Not Your Average Summer Camp!
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast introduced a brand new curriculum for the families in our community to enjoy over the summer. Over ten weeks, up to 20 campers participate in a curriculum based on learning how to be a good citizen within their communities. The Director of Education, Katie Makemson, aimed at bringing the Our Town side of the museum to life by incorporating jobs, income, volunteering, elections, taxes, and even stocks into the camp’s daily activities. With the support of various businesses in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, some of the presentations enjoyed by campers included the Martin County Tax Collector’s Office, Supervisor of Elections, Martin County Fire Rescue, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Real Estate Agents, Financial Advisors, Tykes & Teens, and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Therapy Dog Program. Each week also includes field trip slots where the campers have an opportunity to take their new skills as citizens and utilize them at locations such as the 911 Dispatch Center, Martin County Courthouse, and the Florida Power and Light Plant. Ms. Makemson shared her thoughts in the midst of summer, “It’s been wonderful watching the children really take responsibility in their roles. Each week they pick an exciting career and complete the tasks. Their favorite part is getting paid each day!” Along with learning income, campers are also learning about financial responsibilities. For example, they have to pay bills, buy a house, and pay taxes. Ms. Makemson continued to say, “I find it funny when Lidia from the Martin County Tax Collector’s Office comes in as a guest speaker. The campers do a fun activity to learn about how the government spends are taxes, but then why she goes to collect their taxes, they still complain.” Registration is still open for the remaining weeks of summer, July 8th through August 9th, and invites children ages 5-12 years old to embark on this journey as a mini community at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. All registration and curriculum details can be found at www.childrensmuseumtc.org/camp. Museum member and non-member pricing available.
The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.
If your camp program would like to include the museum on their field trip itinerary, please contact Katie Makemson at The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast for more information at (772) 225-7575 Ext. 201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.