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Summer camp offers a blend of fun and learning

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Children show their acting talents by improvising a sketch.

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Experiencing lots of fun and adventure at Dino City.

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Children with their group leader in a water park.

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Excitement fills kids' eyes as they wonder at the magicians' tricks.

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"Playing on the trampoline was fantastic fun," said Dima Daaouk (not in photo), a 9-year-old participant.

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After experiencing some of the activities, such as the trampoline, wall climbing, visit to Dino City, and the octopus slide, Yasmine Accad (not in photo) said she liked wall climbing the most.

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One of the participating children enjoys his meal on a sunny day near the pool.

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With their group leader, kids are photographed in front of a dinosaur statue during a prehistoric park visit.

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Training in the LAU basketball court.

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So delighted to have made a colorful flower in the art class.

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"Group leaders are very nice and kind. I like being here," said Lina Alami (not in photo), one of the participating kids.

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August 18, 2008—

Children aged 5 to 13 flooded the Beirut campus starting early July and spent a few weeks on a program loaded with entertainment, learning, and interaction that LAU’s Continuing Education Program offers yearly.

The program, which included off-campus activities, was customized for different age groups and monitored by experienced instructors.

Besides the usual lineup of physical activities—basketball, tennis, swimming, water polo, gymnastics, dance, Wushu—mental and creative exercises were given equal importance. The children were engaged in chess, storytelling, music, art, and cooking.

“Even during summer time, kids should use their minds and imagination,” said Roula Baadarani, the camp coordinator.

The organizers introduced the Universal Concept in Mental Arithmetic System this year. Baadarani explained that UCMAS is a program based on the ancient practice of mental arithmetic using the abacus. This system stimulates both sides of the brain, said Zeina Saad, assistant to the director of CEP.

Some of the children took part in the Little Business Leaders program, which gave them “a preliminary idea about the business world,” said Baadarani. The kids were also asked to think of products they wanted to manufacture and create ads to market them.


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