Day camps provide summer fun for kids

Zach McCraw
Pottery camp provided students hands-on experience. - Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News
Merideth Van Meter instructs students in pottery camp held at South Stokes High. - Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News
Amanda Gordon and students work together at visual arts camp at Mount Olive Elementary. - Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News
The Stokes Family YMCA partnered with Hanging Rock State Park to provide adventure camp at Moratock Park in Danbury. - - Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News

Summer is in full swing and a multitude of day camps available to Stokes students are here to diminish screen time and encourage peer interaction and spark creativity.

Merideth Van Meter and 13 students ages 12 to 18 met in the art building at South Stokes High School last week for Pottery Camp provided by the Stokes County Arts Council. The gentle hum of pottery wheels turning set a peaceful tone as bowls and vases took shape. Van Meter encourages students to use their imagination, starting from basic techniques, to allow their clay creations to take shape.

Across the county at Mount Olive Elementary, Diggs-Latham Elementary teacher Amanda Gordon guided a group of 23 students ages six to 12 in a series of arts and crafts including relief prints, polymer clay pottery, bead work, art games and alternative methods of printmaking.

The Stokes County Arts Council provides a wide range of day camps, $50-$85 per week, from Theater Camp led by veteran stage director Brack Llewelyn to Film Camp, Storybook Theater Camp, and New Perspectives Art Camp led by Zach and wife Stacey McCraw.

More information on arts camps can be found at www.stokesarts.org or (336) 583-8159. Be sure to register your children early next year as these camps fill up fast.

This summer for the first time the Stokes Family YMCA is partnering with Hanging Rock State Park to provide Adventure Camp at Moratock Park in Danbury. Last Tuesday a small, but lively group of boys took to the Dan River for a fully immersive hands-on creek stomp, intent on catching minnows and crawdads in plastic buckets. Led by Amanda Dickerson campers spent time swimming, kayaking, learning wilderness survival, orienteering, Native American History, archery, and more.

Campers stay at Moratock Park from 7 a.m. until noon, then return to Walnut Cove Elementary for more fun and games.

Registration is still open for the next session of Adventure Camp, August 6-10, Monday-Thursday, $90/full day camp, $45/half. Contact Dickerson at a.dickerson@ymcanwnc.org or (336) 985-9622 for registration information.

Whatever your child’s age, interest, and ability may be, there is a Stokes summer day camp available to stimulate their imagination and create lasting memories.

Pottery camp provided students hands-on experience.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_6477.jpegPottery camp provided students hands-on experience. Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News

Merideth Van Meter instructs students in pottery camp held at South Stokes High.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_6656.jpegMerideth Van Meter instructs students in pottery camp held at South Stokes High. Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News

Amanda Gordon and students work together at visual arts camp at Mount Olive Elementary.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_6657.jpegAmanda Gordon and students work together at visual arts camp at Mount Olive Elementary. Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News

The Stokes Family YMCA partnered with Hanging Rock State Park to provide adventure camp at Moratock Park in Danbury.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_6658.jpegThe Stokes Family YMCA partnered with Hanging Rock State Park to provide adventure camp at Moratock Park in Danbury. Zach McCraw | For The Stokes News

Zach McCraw