Young children face an increasingly divisive and divided world, where they often lack the models and tools they need for respectful disagreement and positive dialogue. Express C.A.M.P. (Character, Attitude, Morals, Perspective) is a week-long summer camp led by local Putnam County K-5 educators and college-aged counselors that’s designed to teach first- through fifth-grade children how to actively engage with others who might have different views, while also encouraging them to express and develop their own values. Express C.A.M.P. served over 60 Putnam County children in 2018. We plan to expand this vital programming next summer.
A philosophy-centered camp experience that equips kids with the tools they need for ethical dialogue.
The fun, meaningful activities provide local schoolchildren with camp experiences centered on building character, expressing values and building empathy. The camper’s cornerstone experience at Express C.A.M.P. is an in-depth exposure to philosophy through the stories and themes of well-known children’s books. As camp counselor and local kindergarten teacher Kelli Croan explains, “Kids need to know that it is okay to disagree and have different opinions, but more importantly they need to know how to respectfully listen and talk to one another when sharing opinions. Express C.A.M.P gives them this opportunity to practice these skills in a safe and accepting place.”
- The camp takes place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in early July.
- Breakfast, lunch and snack served daily.
- Free bus transportation within Greencastle city limits is available.
- Parents should sign up well before the May deadline, as our camps fill up quickly.
- Registration is $150 if your application is received by the May deadline.
- Scholarships are available. Contact Emily Knuth (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be considered for a scholarship.
Contact Emily Knuth with questions about next year’s camp: email@example.com.