By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The 2013 “Tri-Science” SCORE (Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences) camp has packed up and gone, but the memories are just beginning for the students participating.
The camps were held June 10-14 at Chase County Schools (CCS), Champion Lake, Swinging Bridge Ranch and Open Country Adventures.
There were 315 children in grades 1-6, with 155 volunteers helping the students during the week. Many more volunteers helped prepare for the camp, according to Director Marla Smith.
SCORE was founded in 1989 by Smith and former resident Sue Renken as a hands-on experience in science for children. It is now held every other year.
Smith had her feet up Monday following the busy week. She said she doesn’t yet have a theme for the 2015 camp, and there are no plans now for a mini-camp in 2014.
SCORE went smoothly, Smith said, with all instructors attending.
The weather, which hit 100 on Tuesday, was hard on the “little kids,” she said, but no bad weather was experienced.
“It’s always a joy to see the kids’ faces as they light up with excitement,” Smith commented. “When they say ‘no, no, I don’t want this day to end,’ you know you are making a difference and touching lives in a positive way.”
The public was invited to two “community payback” presentations, both of which were highlights in Smith’s opinion.
The Strategic Air and Space Museum launched a hot air balloon June 10, and Hawkquest of Colorado let a hawk fly in the CCS gym on June 12.
Smith was also glad that camps could be held at Champion Lake again following flooding several years ago. She also thought the addition of Open Country Adventures north of Imperial “was real nice and worked well.”
The camp programs included instruction on kayaking, fishing, astronauts, robotics, lasers, volcanoes, tree bark casting, groundwater, animal furs and tracking, clouds, fossils and the space shuttle, among many other subjects.
Smith noted that a video of the high-altitude balloon launch may be found on YouTube.
Pictures taken by staff during SCORE will also be posted on the camp’s website www.scorecamp.com.