June 22, 2015 News Release: UP STREAM - program aunches at county Day Camps, Department of Recreation, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

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Greene County Department of Recreation
107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5323 • Fax: 724-852-5356 • www.co.greene.pa.us

News Release

County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: Elizabeth Menhart
Communications Director
Phone: 724-852-5210 / Fax 724-627-5428

'UP STREAM' program launches at county Day Camps
FOR RELEASE — June 22, 2015

WAYNESBURG, PA — Thanks to a generous donation from the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Greene County children ages 5 to 15 years old are enjoying a brand-new educational opportunity at this summer’s Day Camp program.

"UP STREAM", or "YoU being Physical in Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math,"

launched during the first week of Day Camp at all four camp locations. The hospital foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides outreach programs emphasizing healthcare, is the sole sponsor of "UP STREAM," donating $40,000 for programming and supplies.

"At the end of last year's Day Camp, we knew we wanted to take the program in a different direction," said Jake Blaker, recreation director. "We wanted the program to be educational for the campers and to emphasize physical activity. We also wanted to provide our counselors with better opportunities in leadership and teaching.

"Once the idea for 'UP STREAM#39; was developed, we approached the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation for funding. The foundation truly stepped up to the plate for the kids of Greene County to sponsor this program."

The program capitalizes on the increasing interest in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – that have been identified as key growth areas for jobs, with the potential for kids to establish an early relationship with the fields that may turn into a career path.

This year's Day Camp began June 15 and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until July 24. Locations include Jefferson Township Park in Jefferson, Lions Club Park in Waynesburg, Mon View Park in Greensboro and Wana B Park in Carmichaels.

The "UP STREAM" program will be held for the first five weeks of camp, with each site participating twice a week for an hour to an hour and a half. Each lesson plan consists of an interactive, simple discussion explaining the theme of the lesson and a hands-on activity that engages campers to use their creativity and apply their new knowledge in constructing various arts and crafts. Campers will also improve their strategizing and problem-solving skills and conduct various experiments that will help them see science in a fun light. Activities are broken into two age groups, ages 5-8 and 9-15. After the lesson and activities, campers then participate in a game or sport related to the lesson for the promotion of physical activity.

Topics covered in "UP STREAM" are: crystal formations, rocket history, molecular interactions, importance of plants, human skeletal system, polymer properties and behaviors, wind intensities and storms, fossil formations, honeybee society and behavior and different ways light travels.

During the last week of Day Camp, campers ages 5-8 will be bussed to the Greene County Fairgrounds for a "Lego Day" and a field trip to Alpha Aquatic Center. Campers ages 9-15 will be broken into two separate trips to Nemacolin Woodlands Adventure Center, which features foot rope courses, climbing walls and miniature golf. Children must meet attendance and behavior requirements for the “UP STREAM” program to participate in the field trips. Both field trips are sponsored by the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The "UP STREAM" program replaces the previous "Camp Challenge" program, which the hospital foundation had also funded.

On Friday, July 24, an end-of-the-year picnic will take place at Wana B Park. Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation will also fund two Lazer Tag Battle Cruisers from Fantasy World Entertainment. Lunch and snacks will be provided by the hospital foundation and Carmichaels Area School District. After lunch, the children will enjoy Carmichaels Pool for the afternoon.

All meals, supplies and activities are provided free of charge to campers. Day Camp will not be held Friday, July 3, due to the Fourth of July holiday. For more information on the summer Day Camp program or “UP STREAM,” call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

[For interviews with the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation, call David R. Jones, foundation executive director, at 724-852-2060.]

[Photos above:
  • Left corner — Abby and Alix Morris of Carmichaels work on designing and naming their rocket during the “Rocket Power” lesson of the “UP STREAM” program June 17 at the Lions Club Park Day Camp in Waynesburg.
  • Right corner — Day Campers enjoyed the “Rocket Power” lesson, one of the many “UP STREAM” programs this summer, June 17 at Lions Club Park in Waynesburg.
  • Lower/background picture — “UP STREAM” instructors Tia Sullenbarger, left, and Erin Sullenbarger watch as a rocket lifts off during the “Rocket Power” lesson June 17 at Lions Club Park in Waynesburg.]

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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