Fun and learning at LAU’s summer camps
LAU’s summer camps engages over 300 kids this summer in activities ranging from theater and sports to architecture and business.
It’s that time of the year again, when LAU Summer Camp participants start to wrap up their six weeks of fun and prepare to go back to school. But fun is only half the story. The campers, aged between 4-12, have been acquiring useful skills and came in contact with lots of eye-opening ideas. “The LAU Summer Camp is known for its quality and this year is no exception,” says Ghinwa El-Haddad, the camp coordinator.
A few of the highlights of this year included familiarizing some of the campers with architectural concepts as well as sessions on how businesses are run. “For the architecture and design classes, the campers were taught the basic building blocks of architecture, such as symmetry. They performed construction experiments with various materials, such as Lego, paper and card. In the Little Business Leaders program, campers learned what happens in companies, from the duties of manager through to sales and advertising. “They even got to make their own products by hand, such as bracelets and cars,” explains El-Haddad. The Little Business Leaders program and Architecture and Design classes culminated in a final exhibit in which campers got to show off their art and sell the products they had made by hand to parents and friends.
This year, LAU Beirut hosted more than 300 campers, with an impressive supervisor to child ratio of 1:5. All attendees took classes in theatre and music, and had the privilege of learning dance with a professional dancer from the Caracalla Dance group.
The children also took classes in different sports, such as football, basketball, tennis and swimming, learning various advanced techniques in each. Activities designed to target leadership and social skills were organized, where campers learned to be good speakers and leaders. They were also taught first aid and safety techniques.
Suzan Arakji Alameddine, mother of 5 year old Ghazi, said, “25 years ago I attended LAU’s summer camp and I have only the best memories of my time here. It was only natural for me to enroll my son Ghazi in it too, and I can’t tell you how happy and enthusiastic he was.”
Thirty-two younger campers aged between 2-4 also enjoyed their summer on the Beirut campus as they enrolled in LAU’s Early Childhood Education Camp. Coordinator Hala Maktabi was in charge of overseeing the two sessions of the six-week camp, which began on July 1 and ran until August 29th. Exploratory nature walks, creative art activities and swimming were complemented with outdoor games, story time, a busy schedule that was only interrupted by well-deserved naps.
For both younger and older children LAU’s campus was the place to be this summer. Maria El-Hajj, who enrolled two of her daughters says, “My girls had a blast! They loved the activities, the coaches and monitors and woke up super excited to go to camp every morning! They couldn’t have had a better time, and as a parent I was very impressed by the professional environment.”
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