SOAR Camp at West Bourbon Elementary This June

West Bourbon Elementary School, Uniontown.

SOAR is a summer camp offered to West Bourbon Elementary 4th through 6th-grade students.


“The name was chosen to represent the eagle soaring,” Kerri Travis, the program director, said. The USD 235  Mascot is an eagle.

“It’s an opportunity for students to spread their wings and experience and enhance their learning through the exploration of new concepts and activities.,” she said.


These two girls are forming a flower pot on pottery wheels in a previous WBE Camp. Submitted photo.

The camp is June 1 – 28, Monday through Friday, from  8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., and is free to district students.


Parents can sign up their children by contacting the West Bourbon Elementary School office at 620-756-4335.


“Our goal is to provide a place for our students to continue their growth academically while learning through hands-on activities such as robotics, coding, life skills, community service, and science experiments,” Travis said. ” Furthermore, it’s an opportunity for our students to spend time with their friends while engaging in fun activities.”


These are the planned activities for the camp:


Field trips to  Fort Scott Cinema, Trampoline Park, nature exploration, roller skating,  and a bouncy house.


Outdoor games, such as bowling, ladder golf, cornhole, horseshoes, badminton, water games, slammo game, ring toss, basketball, and volleyball.

These boys are preparing to eat a pumpkin dessert that they made in cooking class at a previous WBE Camp. Submitted photo.


Indoor Activities include 3D puzzles, bead pets, catapult wars, wooden construction science projects, sewing kits, magnetic design and paint tiles, food science experiments, cooking, photography, science experiments using microscopes, gardening, Legos, banking, fishing, tie-dye shirts, community service, reading session, and virtual reality headset activities.


Daily camp schedule and activities.

Students will arrive at West Bourbon Elementary be served a free breakfast.


Then the activities begin.


“Our summer program is designed to offer new enrichment activities while they are continuing to learn science concepts, technology, engineering, and math,” Travis said. “Our program is all hands-on activities, which the students love!”


There are three different enrichment activity classes daily, a thirty-minute session focusing on reading, a physical activity, and a healthy, nutritious free lunch for all students.


“Our SOAR camp will end daily at 1:30 p.m., from which the students will be sent home via school buses,” she said. “Every day will offer new and exciting learning opportunities for all our students. We all are gearing up for a great time at summer camp!”


These girls are painting rocks during sn enrichment time at a previous WBE Camp. The rocks are then hidden around the school for others to find. Submitted photo.


Daily Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. is check-in time, attendance, and breakfast.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Enrichment class #1

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Recess – outside or gym

10:20 – 11:00 a.m.  Reading session

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Enrichment class #2

11:50 – 12:00 a.m. Recess – outside or gym

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Enrichment #3

1:30 – 1:45  p.m. Family time – load onto buses


The WBE camp leaders are Travis, program director, along with
Hannah Hays, Courtney Campbell, Angela Nading, Julie Schafer, Rachel Reed, and Bonnie Rathbun, who are tutors for the program.
“These ladies are who keep this program running effectively and work hard to keep the program exciting for our students,” Travis said.  “I appreciate their inputs, suggestions, and support as we all work together to make the best program possible!”
Pictured are students building objects with the activity called Zoomtools, in a previous WBE Camp.  “One student told me that they built the Coronavirus,” Travis said. Submitted photo.

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