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From: North County Journal. May 19, 1999

Summer camp focuses on community building

An unique approach to service-learning projects is the focus of a day camp program, "Summer of Fun, Kids Building Community," for youths age 12 to 15 from June 14 to Aug. 6 at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Sponsored by the University's Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity, the camp blends community service projects with fun activities to heighten the students' awareness of culture, science, technology, the environment, communication at the arts.

Four two-week sessions will be held from June 14-25 June 28-July 9, July 12-23, and July 26 -Aug. 6. Youths will be divided into teams of 10 students supervised by one adult team leader with an assistant team leader.

Activities include photography, art and science activities, interactions with young children and senior citizens, work at a food pantry, and computer lab sessions. Field trip to Cahokia Mounds, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Missouri Botanical Gardens are also included to enhance the camp's science and art activities. They also get hands-on experience at an archaeological dig site on campus.

The fee is $140 per session, which includes both morning and afternoon extended care, admission to field trip venues, transportation to and from service site activities, materials, snacks, beverages, and medical insurance during camp hours. Limited scholarships are available.

The camp begins with a two-day intensive workshop in the Human Origin and African Cultures labs on campus. The students will then develop and perform an audience participatory performance based upon West African fables and learn West African dance and music. Students will have the opportunity to work with four artists-in-residence to create art and costumes, dramatize the story and then perform it for audiences.

For information: 516-6020