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Registration for 2015 SCORE camps will open March 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 17:53

“Go Wild With Science” is the theme for the 2015 SCORE camps.  Students in grades 1-6 will again have an opportunity to engage in exciting and fun hands-on science June 8-12, 2015.

SCORE stands for Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences.

This year’s camps will emphasize biology and life sciences with programs and activities in all science areas.  Main attractions will include Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery, Riverside Zoo and Wildlife Encounters.

Registration for the 2015 SCORE camps will open on March 1 at the SCORE website:, said Camp Director Marla Smith. In addition, all students in the Upper Republican NRD will be sent home from school with brochures about the camps.

The 2015 SCORE camp lineup will include camps for first and second graders and fifth and sixth graders on June 8-10 and third and fourth graders on June 10-12.

The camps will once again feature a no-charge community open house, this year on Wednesday, June 10. The day’s schedule is still under development, but the day will culminate in a community open house for all ages starting at 6 p.m. MT/7 p.m. CT.

The evening will include “visit a scientist,” a presentation by the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery with live birds of prey and wild life encounters with live exotic animals. Updates regarding the daily schedule for the camps, including the open house, will be updated online.

Fundraising efforts are also ongoing with many local businesses and individuals having already contributed to the camps as sponsors.

Smith said SCORE is funded by grants and individual, business and organization donations, in addition to student tuition.  Because of generous support from area businesses, organizations and individuals, the tuition cost is set as low as possible, Smith said.

The tuition cost for 2015 camps will be $110.

“Without the help of the community through its contributions of money and hundreds of volunteers, the camps would not be possible in their present format,” Smith said.

Chase County Schools will again be camp headquarters, but field trips are planned to four or five different locations such as Open Country Adventures, Champion Lake, Champion Memorial Park and Swinging Bridge Ranch.

“I can’t wait to put together another SCORE camp and I look forward to watching the kids explore, discover and enjoy science,” Smith said. “Their smiles, enthusiasm and abounding energy is contagious.”

Smith, also a co-founder of SCORE, will begin her 26th year as director. Assisting her will be a staff headed by Kim Spady.

Anyone is interested in contributing to the camps or giving a SCORE camp tuition gift can contact Smith at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 308-882-4859.