Explore 30 Camp Reading Program addresses summer learning loss
Friday, May 27, 2011
During the summer, children experience “summer learning loss” when they are not involved in high quality programs with opportunities for skill building. As a result, young people can forget up to two months of academic instruction, particularly in the areas of reading and math, when they are not in school. Launching this summer, the American Camp Association's Explore 30 Camp Reading Program addresses summer learning loss by providing youth with at least 30 minutes of reading time per day.
Camps and other youth development programs provide the opportunity to reduce summer learning loss in an expanded learning environment where children are engaged experientially and have an opportunity for additional academic enrichment. Explore 30 is a free program involving a variety of camps and other youth development organizations interested in starting either a formal or informal reading program.
Camps that sign up have the opportunity to join in advocacy efforts to increase the recognition of and support for the value of the camp experience as a vital component in the development and education of the whole child. Participating camps commit to the goal of incorporating academic enrichment into their program -- specifically by encouraging daily reading to support building literacy.
Participating camps receive access to online reading resources, activity ideas for incorporating reading into camp programs, information on how to advocate for the impact of camp on literacy and the reversal of summer learning loss and incentives for reading completion.
The American Camp Association (ACA), an America’s Promise Alliance partner, works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience. Through Explore 30, ACA is supporting Grad Nation goals and encouraging more camps to integrate academic enrichment into the camp experience. The ACA has more than 7,000 members.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below:
These six platform areas are based on the collective experience and expertise of individuals at organizations engaged with young people across the country, the experience of young people themselves, and our own research. The platform areas are a statement of best practice – they are what has been demonstrated to work to improve graduation outcomes for young people.: