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GBRC announces Mad Science Camps
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host two Mad Science Camps in July, said Garet Fitzpatrick, recreation program coordinator.

Mad Science is the world’s leading science enrichment provider. Its trained and enthusiastic Mad Scientists have engaged over 1 million children in the Greater Kansas City area since 2002. The innovative, hands-on programs help kids see themselves as scientists and encourages their curiosity. 

The first camp, “Claws & Codes,” will allow participants to discover how science will help us protect our planet. Children will understand the basics of water pollution, acid rain and the benefits of solar energy.  They will learn about the interactions that exist between the living creatures in ecosystems, then team up to create their own ecosystems. Then the students will have fun becoming a forensic scientist and learn the science behind solving a crime. Campers will solve their own CSI mystery.

This camp is for children ages 7–12 years old and will be held July 22-25 from 1-4 p.m. The entry fee is $100 per student.  

The second Mad Science Camp, “Outdoor Explorers,” offers younger children an exciting introduction to basic environmental science. Each session is devoted to different aspects of the outdoors, allowing children to progressively enrich their understanding of how living things grow and how they interact with the environment around them. During each three-hour session, children will perform hands-on experiments, play games, and enjoy a snack and story related to the theme for that day. A mural will grow through the course of the program as children illustrate their latest discoveries at the close of each session.

This camp is for children ages 4–6 years old and will be held July 23-25 from 9 a.m to noon. The entry fee is $80 per student.     

The entry deadline for both camps is Monday, July 8. A complete list of programs and class details can be found at the GBRC website at Online enrollment is now available on the website. Contact the Recreation Commission office, 793-3755, ext. 110, or stop by the office located at 1214 Stone St. for more information.

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