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CDC students combine culture, learning, fun at camp

By Verda L. Parker | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | June 23, 2015


The Child Development Center at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is hosting a two-month Summer Program for the installation’s school-age and Pre-K youth.

Students enrolled in the program have participated in a number of enrichment activities throughout the month, including a field trip to Thronateeska Heritage Center, June 5.

Alex LaPierre, program manager, Thronateeska Heritage Center, Albany, Georgia, and a team of student volunteers greeted the CDC students and teachers as they disembarked the MCLB Albany Marine Corps bus at the center.

LaPierre outlined a list of activities the students would participate in during their visit.

“Students will be doing scavenger hunts,” LaPierre said. “They have a piece of paper with different questions on them and they’ll have specific points to address within each section of the museum. So, they will go to every one of our exhibits (on their hunt). We also have planetarium shows where they’ll get a chance to explore outer space and have a question and answer session with our volunteers afterwards.”

Children participated in an activity entitled “Oasis in Space,” where they focused on outer space and took a virtual trip from planet-to-planet, looking at the atmosphere, the environment on each planet and learning more about outer space.

Summer Camp participants have continued their summer adventures on a safari to Chehaw Wild Animal Park, Albany, Georgia, June 8.

The first of many attractions the children explored at Chehaw was Ben’s Barnyard, a petting zoo.

There, the students busied themselves chattering about each of the animals behind the fence line; some children “petted;” some pointed, while others fed animals with the special pellets retrieved from feeder machines.

A trip to Turtle Grove Park, Riverfront Park, Albany, Georgia, was scheduled for June 22; however, due to the city’s heat advisory, that adventure was postponed.

The next 30-plus days are also packed with several activities, field trips and learning opportunities for participating youth.

The camp’s final activities, which are scheduled for July 31, will include a special movie for Pre-K enrollees, as well as a family engagement trip to Georgia Atlanta Aquarium for school-age youth.