Inclusive Community Camp...with a little bit of STEAM!
Looking to create a unique and inclusive experience, MSU's Departments of Health & Human Development and Education collaborated with community members and established Inclusive Community Camp 2020. Unfortunately, we had to abruptly shift to individual, virtual camps across the country due to COVID-19 last summer. We fully anticipate launching a face-to-face camp experience on our MSU campus for Summer 2021! This summer camp will be the first of its kind in Bozeman and will provide local children with and without disabilities an active, STEAM-focused "Train Like an Astronaut" camp experience! ICC-Full STEAM Ahead will also offer our MSU teacher candidates the experience of working with children of different abilities in a fun and experiential setting. Appropriate language, shifting perspectives, and changing the culture of disability will be woven throughout the camp. Support for ICC will help bring this camp activities and opportunities, all while filling a void in our community. The goal is to have ICC become a sustainable program that can grow just as our Bozeman community is growing.
During Summer 2021, ICC will partner with our MSU NASA AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network to create an active STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts and Math)-focused camp for children with and without disabilities. We cannot WAIT to launch the first in-person, socially-distanced, inclusive, active, creative, hands-on, playful summer experience for approximately 30 K-8 campers! Our campers will include 1/2 of the campers with disabilities/additional support needs with the other 1/2 of the campers without disabilities/additional support needs. ICC is a very intentional, first-steps summer camp experience designed to fill a void in our community. ICC seeks to become self-supported through camp fees and community partnerships. In this second year, ICC is seeking start-up funding to ensure the camp can provide a range of activities, materials, and experiences for all campers. Please join us in this incredible endeavor!