WASILLA — Alaska Pacific University is launching a new summer camp program at the Spring Creek Farm in Palmer. Farm School Coordinator, Shannon O’Laughlin is excited to offer Camp Kellogg, an educational camp experience for children and teens.
The Spring Creek Farm is part of the Kellogg Campus, named after Louise Kellogg who gifted the use of the 800-acre property to the Alaska Pacific University, who in turn utilizes the historic land to provide education based in nature’s bounty.
Kellogg established a trust that protects the farmland’s purpose as an educational hub available to a variety of groups for a variety of purposes. The campus bustles with activity around the year, especially during the summer with groups like 4-H and Trailside Discovery Camp hosting classes, camps, and community events.
According to O’Laughlin, Kellog made the following statement when she established the trust, “let there be no doubt about it. My aim is to protect the land for use by private educational institutions, for without the serenity of the fields and woods, animals and friendly birds in their natural setting, a private educational institution can only offer book learning, not a real education.”
“We’re really excited about the opportunities this program will create to get kids active and learning throughout the summer... to utilize this amazing gift she established for educational programming,” O’Laughlin said.
O’Laughlin is a teacher for the Alaska Pacific’s homeschool program, offering classes at the farm throughout the school year. She said that she’s wanted to establish a summer camp program for a while, and she’s excited to see it finally coming to fruition. She said this latest addition to their services will help them “better serve the community at large and uphold a local legend’s legacy and mission.”
“I’m thrilled,” O’Laughlin said.
According to O’Laughlin, Camp Kellog activities will have a variety of specific camps covering topics ranging from farms and food trucks to theater and STEM based learning.
“So, it’s really trying to appeal to a broad range of interests,” O’Laughlin said.
She said there will be a variety of nature, adventure, art, and food camps for kids ages 5-13, and a program for teens between 14 and 17 called Leader in Training. She said they’ll split into individual camp activities and come back for daily camp meetings, large group games, and gatherings with all ages participating.
The first week of Camp Kellogg starts June 7, according to O’Laughlin. She said they’re currently at 50 percent with registration, and are encouraging parents to sign up soon if they’re looking for a productive, playful experience in the great outdoors.
“That’s what experiential education is and that’s why I’m wanting to provide a camp… just giving this very real experience, that learning is exciting and fun,” O’Laughlin said.
O’Laughlin said this new camp will help fill the need to engage children in meaningful activities and friendships after a year of living through a pandemic. She noted that anyone interested in sponsoring a child’s camp experience can contact them to make arrangements.
To register for the 2021 season or for more information about Camp Kellogg, visit alaskapacific.edu/camp-kellogg-registration-summer-2021.
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