Spending Summertime with CJ

Families, friends and kids of all ages are invited to campus this summer to experience firsthand what it is like being an Eagle at one of 13 CJ Youth Summer Camps offering a unique blend of academic and athletic activities. Whether you enjoy exploring a passion for STEMM topics and story-telling or taking a tour of the city of Dayton and sweating it out on the gym floor, CJ has it all for students entering grades K-9.

This year’s summer programming—which began June 6 and concludes with football, soccer and tennis camps in late July—kicked off with creative writing and art camp for students in grades 4-8. CJ English teacher and camp supervisor Jim Brooks said the highlight of the week-long activities was the open mic session on Friday in the library where youngsters shared their writing with family members.

“It’s great to see kids respond in writing to each of the themes,” said Brooks of the four writing prompts provided each day; colors on Monday, weather on Tuesday, heroes on Wednesday, and time on Thursday. The students wrote poetry, fiction stories and non-fiction journal entries with guidance from Molly Bardine, CJ English teacher and department chair, as well grade school teachers Colleen Bott of St. Bridget, Debbie Higgins of St. Peter, and Karen Anderson of Ascension.

“The atmosphere is relaxed, and the teachers’ encouragement and expertise really sparks the students’ interest in writing,” Brooks added.

Other campers spent the afternoons immersed in the history of Dayton’s architectural art with Janet Lasley, CJ art teacher.  Along with drawing sketches and creating three-dimensional models in the school’s art classrooms, participants also explored various community landmarks.

“I enjoyed taking students and parents on a walking tour of downtown Dayton to see some of the beautiful sites near our campus,” Lasley said. The group made stops visiting City Hall, Emmanuel Church and the former Cox Ohio Publishing building at Fourth and Ludlow Streets among other places.

Find out more about the 2011 Eagles Youth Summer Camp lineup, download the registration form, or introduce someone to the CJ community by passing along this link to CJ summer camp information, available at cjeagles.org.