The Best Week of Summer: Campalooza 2019
The highlight of the summer at Dayton Christian School is always the last week of June when Campalooza takes place. Last week, over 100 students arrived on campus to enjoy sessions in art, archery, dance, drama, sewing, unmanned aerial vehicles, and Spanish.
Most of these students were trying these skills for the first time. Seeing campers’ eyes light up with a joyful “I did it myself!” expression is what Campalooza is all about!
Art: Creative By Design
Campers enrolled in the art sessions made t-shirts of their own design with a heat press, created pottery both freehand and on the wheel, and learned about painting from several different artistic periods. As is always the case when working with Mrs. Clements, both students and parents were amazed at the quality of the creations.
Archery: Leaving Your Mark
Dayton Christian partnered with HISPINS Archery to teach students the foundational skills of archery. One highlight from this year’s class happened when two students shot arrows from the opposite corners of the court and hit the same target in the bullseye simultaneously. Also, the “Jesus Rappers,” two members of the class, wrote their own rap song about the amazing time they had learning how to shoot a bow and arrow.
Dance: Worship and Creative Movement
Lexie Anders brought her passion for worship dance to the Worship and Creative Movement dance class. The five-day experience ended with a glorifying performance for our parents by our camp dancers.
UAV: Taking Flight
The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) class, taught by DC alum and pilot Max Johnson, was a hands-on adventure focusing on the science of flight. Campers flew drones, visited the Wright Brothers Airport, and learned about aeronautics careers from professionals in the field. Students were thrilled to find out that they were able to keep their own drones!
Drama: Stories and Stages
Drama sessions were taught by Elizabeth Furst, who brought her experience working with premier talent from Disney and American Idol to our school campus. Students took the week to adapt Greek mythology into modern times. The ending play had Zeus and Narcissus meeting in a local mall, which explored the trap of vanity and used scripture to remind campers of the selflessness Christ calls us to.
Spanish: Expanding Your World
DC Spanish teacher Allison Misere taught two sessions of Spanish during Campalooza. The students learned about colors and fruits and tied that into learning the Biblical fruit of the spirit in Spanish. The week culminated in a taco lunch and a Spanish presentation for parents.
Sewing: Thimbles and Threads
“Pajama Party” was the theme for the sewing class. Instructor Karen Hoppe, who also owns Thimbles and Threads Sewing School, taught students to operate a sewing machine and sew by themselves. In addition, each camper created a drawstring bag, a pillow case, a pair of pajama pants, and a sleep mask.
Campalooza 2019 was a huge success! Make sure you mark your calendars for the last week of June for next year!
*A big thank you goes to our sponsors, Girdwood Orthodontics and McAfee Heating and Air, for helping make Campalooza 2019 possible.