The Renaissance Child Camps are based on the premise that children of the Twenty First Century should be well rounded. Therefore, they need to be exposed to a variety of academic, creative, and physical activities. Though the specific activities have changed from year-to-year (and camp-to-camp) these core activities have remained the same.
The idea for the camps was developed and implemented by Darla Dye, Director of the Office of Professional Development, and Patricia Williams, Coordinator of Enrichment Programs. They realized that there was a need for a quality full-day summer program for elementary-aged children, and with all of the resources at East Tennessee State University this need could be met.
The Renaissance Child Camps held the first sessions in the summer of 2002 and has grown in popularity since that time. The camps are run in five-day sessions from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon. The home base is on the main campus of East Tennessee State University. The camps have been able to utililize the science and computer labs, Charles Sherrod Library, classrooms at Rogers Stout Hall and the Center for Physical Activity. A string of Renaissance Camp children, led by their counselors, has become a familiar sight at ETSU!
The Renaissance Camp staff is made up of adults with expertise in our emphasis areas. Those who have worked in the camps include ETSU professors and instructors, certified teachers, college students, graduate students, and members of the community with specific interest areas. Our camp population is multi-cultural and has ranged in age from 5-12.The campers’ learning styles and abilities have differed but the staff works with each child to meet their individual needs.