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Randolph-Macon Academy Offers Two-Week Summer Camp Option for 2015

When Randolph-Macon Academy began offering a summer camp in addition to its traditional summer school program, the camp was closely modeled after the summer school in two ways: it was academic focused (although it offered many more fun activities than the summer school program), and it was four weeks long. 

This year, the camp retains its combined academic/fun approach, with three hours of classes in the morning and many activities in the afternoons. However, families are no longer tied to a four-week commitment. While the four-week camp is still an option (July 5-31, 2015), families may opt to instead do a two-week camp, choosing from July 5-17 or July 19-31. 

The decision to offer two-week camps was made last year after the admission office at R-MA reported seeing a shift in what families wanted.In 2014 the summer camp science class made a giant hot-air balloon. This year they will head to a lake as part of their study of ecology.

“It used to be that a four-week camp was convenient for families,” explained Middle School Admission Counselor Pam Cole. “Now they want diversity. They want their children to be able to attend an academic camp like ours because of its obvious benefits such as keeping a child’s mind sharp over the summer or improving a skill set, but they also want their children to attend a Christian camp, a sports camp, and an outdoors camp, all in the same summer. Offering a two-week option allows them that flexibility.”  

This year’s theme for the summer camp will be Nature and the Environment, which is incorporated into the enrichment courses of History in Action, Reading and Writing, and Science Explorer. The science explorers can look forward to conducting an ecological study of a lake, visiting a landfill, and building miniature greenhouses. Meanwhile, the readers and writers will focus on Southern fiction, myths pertaining to the Shenandoah Valley, and learning the history of Skyline Drive. 

Other classes available this summer include the enrichment courses of Digital Media and Music Technology, with skill courses focusing on pre-algebra, basic math, and study skills.  

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.