Youth Programs at Western

Western Kids Camp (Grades K-6)
Bellingham

Date Mon.-Fri. for one week at a time from
July 7 - August 15
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Time 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location Western Washington University
Cost $165 - $200 per week  
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Courses

Start the morning with enrichment activities that encourage exploration and discovery utilizing University classrooms, labs and equipment.

The afternoon will be filled with recreation activities in the award winning Wade King Student Recreation Center (WKSRC) and athletic fields, including swimming, rock climbing, archery, crafts, Wednesday lunch concerts, and much more.  The blend of academics and recreation provides an engaging and fun learning environment unique to a college campus.

Students are divided into classrooms to ensure an adult to student ratio of 1:10.

Weeks 1, 2 and 3: Literacy Development

The first three weeks are open to youth in grades K-6.  Morning enrichment will focus on literacy as students explore animal kingdoms, ancient Egypt, and the Oregon Trail.

What to bring:

  • Lunch, two snacks and a refillable water bottle
  • Attire for swimming and sporting activities (swimsuit, towel, tennis shoes)
  • Sunscreen and any other sports gear
  • A favorite reader

 

Weeks 4, 5 and 6: Science Exploration

The second three weeks are open to youth in grades 4-6. Morning enrichment will focus on science and provide an opportunity for local and international Korean youth to build connections. Science themes will include the International Space Station, sight and sound, and vehicle design.  Lunch in Western’s all-you-can-eat cafeteria (except Wednesday) and a field trip on Wednesdays are included at no additional cost. JLS Academy sponsors students from Korea and underwrites some program costs.

What to bring:

  • Two snacks and refillable water bottle; bring a lunch on Wednesdays
  • Sack lunch for Wednesday field trips
  • Attire for swimming and sporting activities (swimsuit, towel, tennis shoes)
  • Sunscreen and any other sports gear
 
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Schedule

Parents must sign their children in and out each day; free 20-minute parking permits for easy drop-off and pick-up are provided.

Weeks 1, 2 and 3 (Grades K-6)
with a focus on literacy development

Weeks 4, 5 and 6 (Grades 4-6)
with a focus on science exploration

Week 1: July 7 – 11
Theme: Animal Kingdom

Week 4: July 28 – August 1
Theme: International Space Station

Week 2: July 14 – 18
Theme: Ancient Egypt

Week 5: August 4 - 8
Theme: Sight and Sound

Week 3: July 21 – 25
Theme: Oregon Trail

Week 6: August 11 - 15
Theme: Vehicle Design


Daily A.M. Schedule

Weeks 1, 2 and 3 (Grades K-6)
with a focus on literacy development

Weeks 4, 5 and 6 (Grades 4-6)
with a focus on science exploration

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Check-in at classroom

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Check-in at classroom

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Entry activities, team building games

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Entry activities, team building games

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.

Interactive read aloud based on theme

9:30 – 11:40 a.m.

Lessons based on theme

9:50 – 11:40 a.m.

Lessons based on theme

11:40 – 11:50 a.m.

Closing and clean-up

11:40 – 11:50 a.m.

Closing and clean-up

11:50 – 12:00 p.m.

Pack-up/wash hands

11:50 – 12:00 p.m.

Pack-up/wash hands

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch in cafeteria

12:00 – 12:10 p.m.

Recreation staff escorts to WKSRC

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Recreation staff escorts to WKSRC

12:10 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch at WKSRC

 

 

Daily P.M. Schedule

Weeks 1, 2 and 3 (Grades K-6)
with a focus on literacy development

Weeks 4, 5 and 6 (Grades 4-6)
with a focus on science exploration

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Activity rotations (vary each day)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Activity rotations (vary each day)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Snack

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Snack

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Pool time

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Pool time

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Check-out at WKSRC

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Check-out at WKSRC

 

Field Trips

 

Weeks 4, 5 and 6 (Grades 4-6)
with a focus on science exploration

 

Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (subject to change)

  • July 30 Woodland Park Zoo
  • August 6 Pacific Science Center
  • August 13 Birch Bay Water Slides

 

Lunch

Bring your own lunch

WWU cafeteria lunch except on Wednesdays;
bring your own lunch on Wednesdays


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Costs

Camp costs are per child, per week.  All costs must be paid in full before your child is enrolled in camp sessions.  Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

Weeks 1, 2 and 3 (Grades K-6) with a focus on literacy development

Weeks 4, 5 and 6 (Grades 4-6) with a focus on science exploration

Wade King Student Recreation Center Member:
$175* for one week
$165* per week if registering for all three weeks

$150 for one week
$140 per week if registering for all three weeks

Non-Wade King Student Recreation Center Member:
$200* for one week
$190* per week if registering for all three weeks

Costs include staffing, instructional/recreational equipment, materials and supplies, cafeteria meals and Wednesday field trips.

Costs are based on Wade King Student Recreation Center membership and include staffing, instructional/recreational equipment, materials and supplies.

 

A full refund is granted if a program session is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure, vacations, special events, short-term illness or expulsion for disciplinary reasons. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to youth@wwu.edu 12 working days prior to the first day of the scheduled session; a $50 weekly per session handling charge will be deducted. Refunds will not be granted for requests postmarked less than 12 days before your session begins.

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