Our Summer STEM Camp was Full of Learning and Fun!
Kysoc Stem Camp is in the books for 2023. I would like to take this opportunity to thank a huge group of individuals and groups. Brad Becraft (artist, physicist, and my rock who was there every step of the way) ; the founding team of Friends of KYSOC : Gerda Ford Wise , Ed Gex Williams Carolyn Williams Cathy Gilbert Joe Gilbert Eva Archie Ford who all showed up and were there to be at the ready for preplanning and throughout the week! My Regular Teachers: Anne Hill (fishing & gardening) , Jessica Page (art) , Holly Frye (crafts) , Kaleb Nab ( Civil Engineer), Elizabeth Mefford (master bee keeper) , Beverly Carter-Service (nurse and insect lover, who also showed up two days in a row to clean and spruce up the outside) Bailey Smith (biologist), Steven Grant Smith (biologist and photographer) , Ashley Hughes (Carroll County Public Library) Elizabeth Mullins (Carroll County Public Library): Guest Teachers: Jon Carter Becraft, (actor musician) my Jacob Becraft (zoologist biologist), David Bramer (chemical engineer), Cheri Mann (teacher and geocacher), Jennifer Hastings Beach (Kenton County Library and certified Environmental Educator). Others who were invaluable: Jodi Kemper (nurse), Becky Ginn Jackson (food service), Tommie Barnes (assistant), Scott Nab , Joan Ferrell , Alma Thomas Jeff Wise.. Counselors: Jordan Cara Becraft ; Kaidyn Hatton ; Lilly Frye; Dylan Service, Addy Campbell; Abby Parmenter, Trey Stucker; Cecilia Baute, Antonio Perry; Junior counselors: Marek Noble, Gavin Service. Sponsors: Groups: The Carroll County Conservation District, Carroll County 4-H, The Carroll County Fiscal Court; Carroll County Public Library, Kenton County Public Library, ; Mark Smith-State Farm, Carroll County School District Food Service Program, Cabot Corporation; LG&E KY Utilities, Meffco Properties, Marshall Ford, Marshall Chevrolet; Gene's Garage, Stones Mechanical, Mike Harmon Sportswear, Lesa Rabourn Barr , Becky Jackson, Elizabeth Mefford, Joyce Doyle , Pat Stewart. Also, these people helped create some skilled kayakers by loaning their kayaks or canoes: Holly Frye, Evan McMahan Angie McMahan , Patrick Underwood , Clara Tuttle , Beverly Service.
The last day was bitter sweet, the campers helped to clean up the place, some did even without asking!
Each day offered 7 regular rotating stations: Art, Photography, Crafts, Friendly fishing, kayaking, water games, scavenger hunts and Nature Center. In addition we had guest teachers from all over the state with these stations: Food for Bears, Creek assessment; Light and Compass, Acting and Geocaching.
The whole of KYSOC was covered with campers learning and having a blast at a variety of stations. They were given the opportunity to engage in a multitude of activities that utilized the natural environment.
Stations were led by experienced educators and professionals. Included in these were biologists, nurses, bee keepers, photographers and former educators, .