Children from age four through grade five had a blast on campus at St. Andrew's Schools during the holiday break. More than 60 boys and girls attended the camp and nearly half of the participants were Japanese citizens.
"At our camps, the kids have the opportunity to meet friends from other countries and learn about different cultures," Adventure Camp Director Vicki Lepick said. "The small groups provide an environment for friendships to develop and the international students often come back year after year. We always enjoy hearing that our students stay in touch after camp."
Memories and friendships were made as the students enjoyed activities each day revolving around winter themes, including Polar Bear Escapades on the North Pole, Mr. Grinch and Chinese New Year.
Some of the favorite activities included making Grinch-colored (green) pancakes and Grinch slime, drumming on Chinese New Year, making stuffed animals on Arctic Day, and making and playing with snow.
It's not just students who look forward to old and new friendships formed during camp. Lepick says that the camp staff members work for an average of five years and 90 percent return to work at camp. The group is so close that they even hold their own annual reunion to socialize with one another. The shared expertise of the returning staff contributes to the strength of the camp's programs and the sense of community among all participants.
St. Andrew's School's Adventure Camps are a great way for children become involved in fun and educational experiences – and to spend time with friends – during school breaks. All camps are accredited through the American Camp Association and run each spring, summer and winter to make it convenient for parents, community members and visitors to find safe and engaging activities for their children to enjoy when school is out of session.
"St. Andrew's campus at Queen Emma Square is such a convenient location because we're right on the edge of downtown Honolulu," Lepick said. "A lot of the parents park at their workplace and walk their kids over. It's also convenient for the visitors to take a bus from Waikiki and then return back after."
Make plans now for Spring Adventure Camp, which runs over the next school break, March 18-22 and March 25-29. The camp features two fun-filled weeks, each with its own theme.