Mohawk offers vacation camp this week

  • Vibrant foliage rises behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School as the field hockey team plays against Smith Academy in October 2016. RECORDER FILE PHOTO/Matt Burkhartt

Staff Writer
Published: 2/18/2019 7:15:12 AM

Mohawk Trail Regional School District will pilot a vacation day camp this week, half-a-year after the high school began offering an after-care program for third to sixth graders in the district.

The Hilltown Scout Camp is available to students from kindergarten to sixth grade Monday through Friday this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A full-day costs $30 for the first child and $15 for the second, while a half-day is $15.

Currently between four and 14 students have signed up each day, Mohawk After-Care Program Director AliaWoofenden said.

Every day has a different theme: today is fish, Tuesday is animal tracking, Wednesday is animals in winter, Thursday is birds and Friday is games. The days follow the same schedule, including free time, organized outdoor and indoor activities and snack breaks.

The camp is run by Woofenden and one other teacher. On busier days, a Mohawk High student will assist in exchange for minimum wage, Woofenden said.

Mohawk High’s after-care program began this school year for third to sixth graders enrolled in Mohawk or Hawlemont district schools. All four elementary schools — Buckland-Shelburne, Colrain, Hawlemont and Sanderson — already have after-care programs, though some are limited to younger students.

While many Mohawk and Hawlemont elementary students can access after-care, Woofenden said Mohawk High’s program would fill any gaps. The program was also intended help students adjust to middle school, and in doing so, retain students and prevent “choicing out.”

“Students get an experience at Mohawk before being at Mohawk,” Woofenden said. “It’s kind of a hard transition.”

Mohawk High’s after-care program also has a wider range of offerings than individual elementary school services, Woofenden said, including skiing and archery.

Mohawk School District recently received a $50,000 anonymous grant to develop a new program for its after-care service. Program coordinators are exploring creating either a robotics or a music program and are currently surveying families to gauge a consensus. As an incentive, survey respondents are automatically included in a raffle with a $100 prize. The raffle will be drawn over Facebook Live April 1.

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