Columbus State Summer Camp Program Draws Statewide Award

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus State University kids’ summer camp program that allows participants to build their own schedules from various activities, has been cited as most innovative among continuing education programs statewide.

The Activ8 program, created and coordinated by Columbus State’s Continuing Education division, is the choice for this year’s Georgia Adult Education Association Outstanding Innovative Programming Award.

This award recognizes unusual, creative or innovative programs based on criteria including innovation, planning, delivery, audience impact and content value.

The association presented the award to Continuing Education Director Susan Wirt during its recent annual meeting in Macon.

GAEA Vice President for Member Services Janice Reynolds, who chaired the awards committee, said exceptional research and preparation went into Activ8.

“(The Continuing Education staff) did focus groups with kids and parents throughout the community, which gave the kids an opportunity to provide input for the content and naming of the program, “ she said. “This gave the kids and community a sense of ownership and helped to dramatically increase summer camp participation.”

Activ8, which debuted in 2008, consists of enrichment and sports camps for ages 8-14. Participants can build their own weekly schedules from 10 or more morning and afternoon classes under the categories 3 R’s, Create-A-Lot, Global, iTech, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports/dance, Trendy and UR Life.

A separate section of classes are designated for ages 4-7. Between the morning and afternoon classes, all Activ8 campers can eat lunches brought from home or purchase a meal during a supervised lunch hour in the university’s main campus cafeteria.

“By spreading the activities among different sites, the kids get a campuswide experience and added motivation to set goals for college,” said Reynolds, also a program development specialist for Georgia Southern University.

Columbus State’s 2009 Activ8 programs begin June 1. Go to http://activ8er.com/ for more information.

For information on all summer camps, including sports camps directed by CSU coaches and athletes, ballet classes at the Rankin Arts Center and space science camps at CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, go to http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8070.