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Summer Camps & Workshops

February 28, 2014
By Linda Dennis of A Backpack Journalist



Charleston, South Carolina - 2014

Adventure Camps & Workshops

 A Backpack Journalist 2014 summer camps are being held in Charleston, South Carolina, continuing forward with our “History Comes Alive” series of Scholastic Journalism workshops, writing and digital photography and publications written by our workshop attendees.

 Charleston is known for its preserved architecture found in the gates and buildings, glorious gardens and hands on exhibits at the plantations nearby, the oldest museum in America,  a rich history that dates back to the settling of the “states” and the Revolutionary War, The Civil War and up to present day, with Patriot’s Point and the coastline.  For the parents of our attendees, the city and surrounding area offer beaches, fishing and water sports and some of the finest restaurants America has to offer.  With each A Backpack Journalist - Adventure Charleston Camp, we offer an extended vacation for the families of the student attendees through our host hotel.

To SIGN UP PLEASE VISIT - www.abackpackjournalist.com (summer camps)

Detail follow:

Spring Break – “Become a Backpack Reporter!”  Workshop (3 days)

Focus:  Writing & Digital Photography, Storytelling: Scholastic Journalism

Location: Patriot’s Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Dates: Friday April 18, 2014 -Saturday, April 19, 2014 (Writing & Digital Photography – Storytelling)  

Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Meet at Patriot’s Point, and then travel to Memorial Waterfront Park to Cover the Assignment, as a Backpack Reporter:   

 Workshop Description:  A Backpack Journalist’s module - What’s your story?

  • Included are writing basics and interviewing.   
  • Digital photography working from a backpack creating portraits and environmental pictures.
  • There will be a guest speaker to address their first reporting assignment.

First two days of workshop are spent in a hands-on workshop, lab and with an assignment to return on Sunday, April 27, 2014 to cover their first assignment as a Backpack Reporter:    “The Blessing of the Fleet”

Outcome:  A portfolio book that tells the story of the SC Seafood Industry and the Blessing of the Fleet.  This book will contain the original works of the students, as before class ends on Saturday, April 19, each youth will participate in a brain storming session and select an assignment for their contribution to the overall content and design of the finished portfolio book. Contribution may include photographs, short videos and written articles and interviews.   Example:  health benefits of seafood in the diet, the economics of the SC Seafood Industry, SC Fisherman interviews or the history of the Blessing of Fleet.   Each attendee receives a full color 9” x 12” color portfolio book, with “E” book for their own portfolio. 

$150 cost per student (includes a 9” x 12” portfolio book and e book, t-shirt, backpack and all writing pads, supplies, and lunch on April 27, 2014.

 

An adventure back in time!  

The Charleston Museum, the first museum in America, 1773

Writing, storytelling and photography camp. (Scholastic Journalism) Min: 15/Max: 30 students

 June 2-6, 2014 or  July 28 - August 1, 2014

 Special notation:  for overnight campers: arrival day and check in - Sunday, June 1, 2014 & July 27, 2014

 An adventure back in time, while learning how to become a story teller and shoot digital photography. Enjoy a “real world experience” by reporting on site at the first museum of America - The Charleston Museum, 1773.  Charleston, South Carolina.

 This is not just a tour, but time spent one on one with the curators of the museum, getting a behind the scenes look at how the archival process works, and why it is important to the history of America.  Teams of attendees will meet with Curators from Natural History, Archives, Archaeology, Textiles and History and then the Historic Houses.  

Get a close up look at artifacts that tell the story of the early settlers and days gone by!  Plus take a trip out to the Dill Sanctuary, James Island to visit the natural habitat, and for your free time?   Folly Beach and the James Island Park, picnics and optional Ghost Tours and Harbor rides.  King Street and downtown Charleston are just steps away. Before leaving Charleston, we will sit in on an editorial and budget meeting of the oldest newspaper in the south:  The Post and Courier.

 The week begins with 1 day in the A Backpack Journalist writing and digital photography classroom:

  • . Teachers continue to coach each attendee through the week.
  •   A Backpack Journalist provides a digital lab,  recorders, notepads, and optional    digital cameras.
  •  Attendees are welcome to bring their own as well.
  •  All participants will write a report, contribute their digital photos to a 9” x 12”

  Portfolio Book in print and “E” book and be published for their own portfolio.

 

“An adventure back in time…The Charleston Museum – 1773”

 

Overnight Camp price:  $975

April 1, 2014 deposit:  $218.00

Cancellation policy: fully refundable by May 1, 2014, after May 1, 2014 no refunds offered, supplies package forwarded.

Balance Due: 

May 15, 2014 - $757.00

We accept Visa/Master Card/AMEX/Paypal

Includes:  instruction, lodging, 3 meals a day, museum admission fees, transportation to and from all outside classroom activities and supplies (t-shirt, backpack, pads and pens and use of digital lab).  Does not include any other tours that the youth should request outside of the schedule.

See optional tour selections

Day Camp price:  $350.00

April 1, 2014 deposit:  $100.00

Cancellation policy: fully refundable by May 1, 2014.  After May 1, 2014, no refunds offered, supplies packed forwarded.

Balance Due: May 15, 2014  - $250.00

We accept Visa/Master Card/AMEX/Paypal

Includes:  instruction, lunch for 5-days, museum admission fees, transportation to and from all outside classroom activities and supplies (t-shirt, backpack, pads and pens and use of digital lab).  Does not include any other tours that the youth should request outside of the schedule.

See optional tour selections

 

Our host hotel is the Quality Inn, Patriots Point,  Mt. Pleasant, SC:  double occupancy.    Host hotel has wireless Internet, swimming pool, and all rooms are inside, with no outside entrances,

Overnight Campers: Hotel is working on a special weekend package for parents for either weekend (for check in or check out) May 30-31-June 1 or June 7,8,9, 2014.

 

A Homeland Adventure:

Patriot’s Point, Coast Guard Station, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina and all its surroundings!

 

June 23-27, 2014 or                     SPECIAL JULY 4th CAMP CELEBRATION                                 July 21-25, 2014                                             June 30-July 5, 2014

Special notation, for overnight campers, arrival day and check in:

Sunday, June 22, 2014 & July 20, 2014

 SPECIAL JULY 4th CAMP CELEBRATION

Check in on Monday, June 30 and camp closes on Saturday July 5.   Schedule follows as below except for special events on July 4, 2014 as noted below.

 Writing, storytelling and photography camp. (Scholastic Journalism)

 A Homeland adventure, while learning how to become a story teller and shoot digital photography.  Become a reporter on site at Patriot’s Point, home to the USS Yorktown and then the U.S. Coast Guard Station and NOAA Weather Station and the Citadel, all located in Charleston, South Carolina.

 The adventure begins on board of the USS Yorktown, with all students attending The Flight Academy which has been designed to serve middle and high school students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines to ignite a passion for careers in math and science. Being a US Navy sailor on the open ocean is a unique opportunity that very few people have the chance to experience so the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is on a mission to provide students and visitors with the closest experience possible. Through engaging, interactive technology, the Flight Academy has been developed onboard the USS Yorktown that does just that.

 The Flight Academy is based on the principles of flight and encompasses a comprehensive suite of immersive, aviation-inspired learning that taps into students’ modern sense of adventure and passion for technology. Students will demonstrate critical thinking, leadership, and team work as they play out real world situations. STEM disciplines are the crux of the program and designed to excite students about careers in math and science. Student squadrons will work together to rotate through the Joint Intelligence Center, Joint Operations Center, Flight Stations (simulators) and UAV Deck areas on real world missions; keeping their minds engaged and challenged.

 During the evenings and after a low country cook-out, all students will participate in an Astronomy experience while on board of the USS Yorktown!

 Day trips include a visit to the US Coast Guard Station and a briefing by their Homeland Security team, and to the Citadel, the oldest military school in the US.  And, before returning to the classroom, all students will sit in on an editorial and budget meeting at the Post and Courier, the oldest newspaper in the south.  And, in our spare time?  Recreational visits to the nearby Charleston area parks and beaches, and optional Ghost Tours and Charleston Harbor rides.  

 The week begins with 1 day in the A Backpack Journalist writing and digital photography classroom:

  • . Teachers continue to coach each attendee through the week.
  •   A Backpack Journalist provides a digital lab, recorders, notepads,
  • and optional digital cameras.
  •  Attendees are welcome to bring their own as well.
  •  All participants will write a report, contribute their digital photos to a 9” x 12”   Portfolio Book in print and “E” book and be published for their own portfolio.

 

A Homeland Adventure:

June 23-27, 2014 or                Special Camp:  June 30-July 5, 2014

July 21-25, 2014

 

Overnight Camp price:  $975

April 1, 2014 deposit:  $218.00

Cancellation policy: fully refundable by   May 1, 2014, after May 1, 2014 no refunds offered, supplies package forwarded.

Balance Due: 

May 15, 2014 - $757.00

We accept Visa/Master Card/AMEX/Paypal

Includes:  instruction, lodging, 3 meals a day, museum admission fees, transportation to and from all outside classroom activities and supplies (t-shirt, backpack, pads and pens and use of digital lab).  Does not include any other tours that the youth should request outside of the schedule.

See optional tour selections

Day Camp price:  $350.00

April 1, 2014 deposit:  $100.00

Cancellation policy: fully refundable by May 1, 2014.  After May 1, 2014, no refunds offered, supplies packed forwarded.

Balance Due: May 15, 2014  - $250.00

We accept Visa/Master Card/AMEX/Paypal

Includes:  instruction, lunch for 5-days, museum admission fees, transportation to and from all outside classroom activities and supplies (t-shirt, backpack, pads and pens and use of digital lab).  Does not include any other tours that the youth should request outside of the schedule.

See optional tour selections

 

Our host hotel is the Quality Inn, Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC:  double occupancy.  All meals included.  5 nights.6 days. Host hotel has wireless Internet, swimming pool, and all rooms are inside, with no outside entrances,

 For parents: Hotel is working on a special weekend package for parents for either weekend (for check in or check out) June 21-23, 2014 or July 18-21, 2014 or July 3-5, 2014

 Exploring Nature in the Low Country

 Explore, learn and report on the nature in the low country of South Carolina Min: 15/Max: 30 students.

June 16-20, 2014 or July 14-18, 2014

Special notation: for overnight campers, arrival day and check in – Sunday, June 15, 2014 & July 13, 2014

Exploring Nature in the Low Country, while learning how to become a story teller and shoot digital photography. Enjoy a “real world experience” first hand, and then reporting from the inland waterways of South Carolina.

Kayakcharleston.com

HISTORIC SHRIMPING VILLAGE OF SHEMCREEK  & CRAB BANK ISLAND PRESERVE      

A beautiful historic paddle in the Mt. Pleasant area among Shrimp boats and docks filled with wildlife!  We paddle through a saltwater marsh creek and journey out to a 22 Acre Island Preserve called Crab Bank, which is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds.  Frequented by Dolphins, pelicans, osprey and eastern shorebirds, this is a paddlers paradise.  Manatee are also found in the creek and in the shallow bay as well.  Repeat paddlers love this area.  Historic views of the Charleston Harbor, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse can be seen in the distance from your kayak.  During the paddle our Master Naturalist and University Deg-reed guides will show us the flora and fauna of this wonderful estuary ecosystem.  Beginners are welcome.  All guides are also First Aid/CPR certified and Coastal Kayak Instructors and or Certified ACA Trip Leaders. 

 Wando River Exploration 

Named after the Native American Tribe that lived along the banks of this river, the "Wando" has an abundance of interesting sites to see.  Lined with brackish water grasses and woodlands, wildlife abounds.  Here we paddle through brackish water marsh tributaries and also enjoy the banks of the Wando River itself.  On our 3 hour trip, we'll show you an old dug out canoe left by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago. 

 "WAMBAW Creek Wilderness Area - Our Most Popular Tour

This is a "Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail" located in the heart of a Wilderness area in the Francis Marion National Forest. This Beautiful Blackwater Creek is a tributary to the Santee River and was once paddled by the Santee Indians. Giant 1000 year old Bald Cypress trees, Water Oak, Water Ash, Red Maple and Swamp Dogwood shade the black waters.  The creek offers spectacular birding and wildlife viewing including neo-tropical songbirds and elusive alligators. Banks of the river reflect geological precedence of the Rice era. Historical earthen dikes give way to a flooded subtropical forest of abandoned rice fields once owned by prosperous Rice Plantations.

LOCATION:  McClellanville, SC  (25 to 30 minute drive from the Bird of Prey Center in Awendaw). 

The week begins with 1 day in the A Backpack Journalist writing and digital photography classroom:

  • . Teachers continue to coach each attendee through the week.
  •   A Backpack Journalist provides a digital lab, recorders, notepads, and optional     digital cameras.
  •   Attendees are welcome to bring their own as well.
  •   All participants will write a report, contribute their digital photos to a 9” x 12”
  •  Portfolio Book in print and “E” book and be published for their own portfolio.

Exploring Nature in the Low Country

June 16-, 2014 or   July 14-18, 2014

Special notation: for overnight campers, arrival day and check in – Sunday, June 15, 2014 & July 13, 2014 

Overnight Camp price:  $975

April 1, 2014 deposit:  $218.00

Cancellation policy: fully refundable by   May 1, 2014, after May 1, 2014 no refunds offered, supplies package forwarded.

Balance Due: 

May 15, 2014 - $757.00

We accept Visa/Master Card/AMEX/Paypal

Includes:  instruction, lodging, 3 meals a day, admission fees, transportation to and from all outside classroom activities and supplies (t-shirt, backpack, pads and pens and use of digital lab).  Does not include any other tours that the youth should request outside of the schedule.

See optional tour selections

Day Camp price:  $350.00

April 1, 2014 deposit:  $100.00

Cancellation policy: fully refundable by May 1, 2014.  After May 1, 2014, no refunds offered, supplies packed forwarded.

Balance Due: May 15, 2014  - $250.00

We accept Visa/Master Card/AMEX/Paypal

Includes:  instruction, lunch for 5-days, admission fees, transportation to and from all outside classroom activities and supplies (t-shirt, backpack, pads and pens and use of digital lab).  Does not include any other tours that the youth should request outside of the schedule.

See optional tour selections

 Our host hotel is the Quality Inn, Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC:  double occupancy.  All meals included.  5 nights.6 days. Host hotel has wireless Internet, swimming pool, and all rooms are inside, with no outside entrances,

 For parents: Hotel is working on a special weekend package for parents for either weekend (for check in or check out) June 14-15, 2014 or July 13-14, 2014.


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