Reading Camp Calvert

According to 2012-13 Kids Count Data Center, 66 percent of U.S. 4th graders are NOT proficient in reading. If the children are on free or reduced lunch, those percentages jump 10-15 percent. Sadly, statistics show if these children are not reading on grade level by the end of the 4th grade, they are more likely to drop out of high school, than complete it.

Here in Calvert County, Reading Camp Calvert steps in to serve struggling 3rd, 4th and 5th grade readers, as identified by their teachers, guidance counselors and reading intervention specialists. These students are reading “below basic” level and struggle with content knowledge and reasoning, effective verbal and written communication skills and making connections within or between content areas.  Typically, they are at least one grade level below their peers and are not yet equipped to succeed in middle and high school. Our campers are children who will most benefit from remedial tutoring in the summer to build their skills and get a necessary “boost” before the next school year begins.

Reading Camp Calvert strives to meet the educational and social needs of these children each summer by providing a FREE week of camp.  We provide rising 3rd through 5th graders with fun, non-traditional opportunities that build their reading confidence and empower them to achieve academic success.

A typical day at camp begins with breakfast and morning circle time together as a group.  The campers then break into teams of 5-7 and spend their morning rotating through several different skill-building classes, including sight words, reading strategies, writing and pleasure reading.  Afternoons are made for FUN and Field Trips!  This year, we went to the Library in Prince Frederick, the Aquatic Center and to the American Chestnut Land Trust for our Olympic Games and Closing Ceremony.  Master Kyle, from the Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick, came one afternoon and taught us some taekwondo moves. Dr.Shisler, principal at Beach Elementary School, came to play chess with the campers and we also had a great time practicing yoga moves with Beth Cory from Yoga & Wellness for All.

Reading Camp Calvert would not be possible without the volunteer help from many individuals in the Calvert community.  Teachers volunteer in our morning rotations, youth volunteer as counselors and others in our community come by to help with pleasure reading, arts and crafts and other fun activities.  Restaurants in Calvert County provide yummy lunches every day.  We are generously supported by outreach donations from All Saints and other faith communities as well as other big-hearted individual donors.

For additional information, please contact Debbie Shupe at 410-231-8150 or Michelle Doran at 410-703-0094
or send us an email at calvertcounty.md.readingcamp@gmail.com.