Reading on Ranches kids’ camps return to Eagle County this summer
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What: Reading on Ranches Camps.
Where: Kapsner Ranch and the Ingalls/Conlin Ranch, both located up Sweetwater Creek. Drop off and pick up at the Bookworm of Edwards (alternative pick-up/drop-off location in Eagle/Gypsum available).
When: Hatchet Camp (July 13-17), Harry Potter Camp (July 20-24), and American Girl Camp (July 26-31). Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information: Schedule and costs can be found at mybooktrails.org.
EDWARDS — BookTrails, a reading and writing enrichment program taught through the outdoors, will continue its Reading on Ranches Camp in collaboration with The Bookworm of Edwards this summer. The camp will follow the curriculum and programs created by BookTrails at its primary Reading on Ranches Camp located in Steamboat Springs.
The week-long day camps are structured around a common book and emphasize reading and writing skills along with outdoor exploration. All camps are held entirely on local ranches and boost hiking, nature identification and water play, along with literacy education. Reading on Ranches Camp in Edwards will operate primarily on the Kapsner Ranch and the Ingalls/Conlin Ranch, both located up Sweetwater Creek.
BookTrails will offer three of its most popular camps through The Bookworm of Edwards this summer:
Hatchet Camp (July 13-17)
Harry Potter Camp (July 20-24)
American Girl Camp (July 26-31)
Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with drop-off and pick-up at The Bookworm of Edwards (alternative pick-up/drop-off location in Eagle/Gypsum available). Hatchet and Harry Potter camps include a Thursday night overnight camp out at one of the ranches. Camps are offered for children age 7 to 12. A detailed schedule and camp costs can be found at mybooktrails.org.
“Our customers have been asking us for years about fun, summer camps for their little readers,” said Nicole Magistro, proprietor of The Bookworm of Edwards. “We are thrilled to partner with BookTrails to offer enrichment camps that combine great literature with outdoor adventures. This really fills a need, and we know kids and parents will be more than satisfied with the results when summer is over.”
Summertime literacy education is of great importance, as studies show that children lose an average of two months of grade level reading equivalency during the summer vacation, according to the National Summer Learning Association. BookTrails aims to close that gap by introducing fun and exciting ways for children to engage in reading during their summer. Reading on Ranches Camp will offer spots to 36 children in its second summer of the Edwards-based program.
Limited scholarships are available through the BookTrails Scholarship Fund. BookTrails strives to never turn away a child who wants to participate in Reading on Ranches Camp, regardless of their economic situation.
BookTrails was founded in 2011 by Emily Krall in partnership with her family’s Steamboat Springs bookstore, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Krall and her family aim to inspire childhood literacy by designing programs that create new ways to experience the joys of reading and writing. BookTrails’ mission is to foster a love of literacy in all people and promote the importance for all children to have access to literacy programs. Since starting Reading on Ranches Camp in the summer of 2012, enrollment in Steamboat Springs has doubled to serving 150 children per summer. BookTrails is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. BookTrails is also seeking housing opportunities for their staff while teaching in the Eagle Valley and new ranch hosts.
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