By Jovanna Scorsone, Program Coordinator of ROMkids Studio and Camp Director of ROM Summer Club.
As many of you reading this blog probably already know, one of the best ways to spend your summer is at ROM Summer Club. For almost 70 years, kids have been making themselves at home in the ROM during the summer months and experiencing world cultures and natural history in a hands-on way that you just can’t get anywhere else in Toronto. They walk out the doors of the Museum at the end of a session with their minds full of interesting facts to teach their families and friends, and they’ve had fun learning those facts, too.
Now, I’ve been a part of Summer Club for a very long time, and I started as a camper myself. It’s clear that I like what we’ve got going here and I know I have fun every day. In honour of Session 3, I decided to see what the kids of Summer Club think about it. I walked around and talked to as many campers as I could.
“What do you like about Summer Club?”, I asked. “Everything!”, shout Marisa, Natalie, and Angelina in unison. They’re all in Science Frontiers. Now that’s what I like to hear!
“I like [coming here because] I want to be an artist when I grow up”, says Liam from Weird Science. I like that Liam likes science AND art!
Ben from Dino Detailers loves “…going to the exhibits. I like the Dinosaurs because they’re really cool…We talked about camouflage for our Dinosaurs.”
“My favourite thing was when we talked about gods and goddesses in Egypt, and made scarab beetles and shwabtis and painted them”, says Alice from Egyptomania.
“I like making lots of friends and seeing the rocks and minerals”, chimes in Sophia from Clay Cultures.
Josephine of Stargazers liked learning “…about planets and stars. We also talked about where aliens live. We thought about what to bring if we visit Mars because it’s cold and there’s not a lot of oxygen. It’s nicer to live on Earth”. I’d have to agree. There’s no ROM Summer Club on Mars.
So there you have it. A snapshot of the best of Summer Club straight from the source. Three fun sessions have already passed in a flash, but we’ve got two more sessions of favourite moments to go, and if the past 69 years are any indication, we have many memory worthy moments to go for years to come.
Were you a ROM Summer Club camper? Tell us your favourite memory!