Broadalbin-Perth revamps summer program

By ARTHUR CLEVELAND

The Leader-Herald

BROADALBIN-The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is gearing up for this summer’s planned summer enrichment program at The Learning Community, which will be different from its previous incarnations.

At a June 16 board meeting, officials heard from pre-kindergarten teacher Megan Floyd, an organizer and camp counselor for this year’s new Camp Kennyetto program.

Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said he organized Floyd’s presentation at the last minute but believed the school’s board should hear about the progress of the district’s program.

Floyd said the summer enrichment program has been going on for several years.

“It was a good program, but it had a lot of growing pains and it wasn’t exactly what I would have hoped it would be,” Floyd said.

Floyd said the program would have summer courses available for children to sign up for, run by teachers. One problem, she said, is teachers would have to cancel courses if there weren’t enough students.

This year, however, the program has been reorganized into Camp Kennyetto, which is designed to invoke the feel of an old Boy or Girl Scout camp days. The program will take place for two weeks at the elementary school on the Broadalbin campus.

“For now, we are gearing it towards the incoming TLC population,” Floyd said.

Instead of a selection of courses, Camp Kennyetto will have five certified teachers on hand who will watch over the kids. The program will now last a full day, due to many parents looking for a day care-like experience. Floyd joked that she was concerned about pre-K and kindergarten students, who are used to rest time in the middle of the day.

“There is no rest time in Camp Kennyetto,” Floyd said.

This year’s program has 40 children signed up for the first week, while the second week has 33 students. Tomlinson said the maximum number of students per week is capped at 50.

Daily activities, Floyd said, would include physical activities, outdoor exploration, science workshops and summer arts and crafts.

Children will need to bring a bagged lunch, a water bottle and a snack. Sunscreen and bug spray would need to be applied before the child goes to the camp, Floyd said.

The program is open to all children between kindergarten and grade three. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13 to 17 and July 20 to 24. One session will cost $125 per child and $100 for each of that child’s siblings enrolled. Two sessions cost $200 per child and $150 per sibling.