Mason students experience science hands-on at Mystic Lake Camp

Posted at 3:11 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 15:11:55-05

This fall, Mason Middle School students participated in a variety of outdoor educational experiences by attending Mystic Lake Camp. The program which had been suspended due to budget constraints, brought over 200 7th grade students from Mason Middle School to the camp for three days and two nights. Students took part in seven lessons that are correlated to state and national standards in science, physical education, and health, while participating in elective programs such as fishing, boating, and craft projects. Additionally, the camp places a strong emphasis on team building and problem solving skills.

“Taking students outside of the classroom allows educators to connect formal lessons and curriculum with hands-on STEM experiences for each student. The Mystic Lake program challenges the students to look at their surroundings and think differently about what they are learning in the classroom and how it impacts their lives,” said Mason Public Schools Superintendent, Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S.

Tiffany Henfling, Mason Middle School science teacher said, “Not only did the students enjoy learning outside of the classroom, they also enjoyed the team building and personal development aspects of the camp. These skills are fantastic in both the academic setting and preparing for their future.”

Mystic Lake Camp is a YMCA program located in Clare, MI. The Camp has been providing kids and families programs focused on helping them grow since 1926. The Camp’s goals are to help each child learn to lead a healthier and active lifestyle, learn about social responsibility through environmental stewardship, community living, and working with one another in a group setting, and develop and learn new skills to help improve their sense of self-worth and confidence by creating an accepting environment where all are welcome.