Even when CHC’s students leave the campus for the summer, the grounds are never really empty.
This summer will witness even more activity – of the Education – Sports – Fun variety. ESF has been in business since 1982, and since that time, they have offered a variety of opportunities for young people to have fun while exploring things they are passionate about.
Since 1991, ESF has created a summer camp on the campus of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy. This year, the program is expanding to include CHC’s campus, creating a “learning corridor” between the two, and providing more than 60 activities through six different types of camp.
In announcing the new partnership, ESF Co-founder and Executive Director Michael Rouse said, “I have admired Chestnut Hill College and everything it stands for. We could not pass up an opportunity to work together to spark the STEM, entrepreneurial and athletic spirit of the surrounding community. It is our goal to provide children of all ages with the tools to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Programs will be offered at the College between June 18 and August 24. Activities that are designed to encourage exploration and discovery include Multi-Sports Camp, Tennis Camp and specialty camps called Learning Labs for boys and girls beginning at age 6 for the two camps and age 8 for Learning Labs.
The Learning Labs program is for students who have a specific passion for cooking, theater, art, animal conservation, reading and writing, digital forensics and cybersecurity and photography, to mention a few areas in which they may enroll.
According to the ESF website, programming will “inspire laughter, promote creativity and curiosity, develop leadership skills, build self-esteem and confidence, improve athletic ability and create amazing memories that foster lasting friendships.”
CHC President, Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., says that faculty and administration have been impressed by ESF and its camps.
“Michael and his team do an excellent job for campers,” says Sister Carol. “ESF is the best at what they do and their program offerings provide youth with amazing opportunities to grow and learn. They give children wings and are dedicated to making a different in every child’s life through outstanding program offerings with great curriculum and a customized character development platform they’ve developed over the years that fuels optimism, happiness and positivity.”