-- While the word "camp" usually conjures up thoughts
of sleeping in tents and eating S'Mores by moonlight, it means lessons
and tests for some reservation middle-schoolers.
on the Flathead Reservation begins to wind down with the congregating
in late July and early August of AIMS and PACE campers -- young
teenaged students whose math and science skills get improved through
hands-on experiments, field trips, and cultural and career awareness
(which is short for American Indian Math and Science) participants
are incoming seventh-graders. They closed out July with a residential
camp at Blue Bay on the east shore of Flathead Lake.
(which stands for Pathways to Academic ExCellence) campers are incoming
eighth- and ninth-graders. The latter group, which numbered 15,
met during the first week of August, while their younger counterparts
are meeting this week on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo.
main goal is to help Native Americans and females pursue scientific
15 students in the first group showed improvement in their understanding
of math in the space of a week, thanks to lessons such as "Bungie
Barbie" and "Who started the epidemic?" and field
trips to Glacier Park, among other sites.
was pretty fun," Ronan's Isaac Mahkuk said on the camp's last
thought it would be boring because of the math and science part,
but it's not," noted participant Ceci Shorty.
get help with math and get to hang around kids our own age. It's
fun," added Mary Weiss, who will be attending Sentinel High
School in Missoula this year.
addition to academic enrichment and encouragement to stay in school,
the students received tee-shirts, backpacks and a check.
were also invited to stay in touch with the teachers and counselors
throughout the academic year whenever they need help.
by Ariel Kennedy
- Preparation and fun is what this camp is all about. Preparation
through math and science. Preparation for the real world, but
learning how to enjoy it along the way.
- Activities. Swimming, games, art and traveling are just some
of the fun things we do here.
- Counselors and staff. They are the people who are there for
you and help you on the way, making the trip easier.
Environment and enjoyment. You learn about where you live and
the other things there too. You enjoy your time there and get
money for doing it. Now that's a camp.