Kid’s Day Camp Takes Summer Fun to the NExT Generation
Release Date: 05/25/2007

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Alegent Health hosts Generation NExT Camp at College of Saint Mary June 11th-August 3rd, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Omaha, NE—Does your child love to write short stories or sing their heart out? Or perhaps they prefer discovering what tropical plants and animals are native to the jungles of Africa. Wherever their interests may lie, Alegent Health and the College of Saint Mary are teaming up to pique their interest and keep kids engaged over the summer months through Generation Generation is a day-long camp designed to keep kids mentally and physically active during the summer months and that also caters to blossoming the body, mind and spirit of Omaha’s youth.

“Summer is one of the most vulnerable times for children due to the fact school is out and many kids don’t have structured activities that keep their minds and body’s active,” said Denise McNitt, division executive of Home Care for Alegent Health. “Generation is designed to be a fun, alternative to television or Play Stations that presents a great opportunity for these children to continue learning and growing in a healthy, positive way.”

Generation Camp is an eight-week day-long camp geared toward children ages six through 12-years-old. The supervised activities feature age-appropriate curriculum taught by school teachers and other qualified professionals and are designed to engage, challenge, entertain and educate each child. Held on the beautiful campus of the College of Saint Mary, the summer youth program features a variety of classes that appeal to children of all ages. Such classes include Amazing Authors, which gives kids the tools to create their own unique publication. The class centers around teaching step-by-step the necessary steps of book writing and at the end of the summer, kids will be able to take home their very own hard-cover book that they have created.

Singers & Songwriters is another class that explores some of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time and also allows children to create their own lyrics for a demo tape. Rainforest Exploration explores the dark, wet home where thousands of exotic plants and animals call home. Kids will enjoy literature, crafts and even take a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo’s Lied Jungle.

“These kids are our future and with studies indicating that one in every three Nebraska K-12 students is overweight due to unhealthy eating habits and a lack of physical exercise, we must reach out to them. Generation is meant to be a healthy alternative for kids that will engage their bodies and minds over the summer months as well as tap into their spiritual growth and experiences. As a faith-based non-profit organization, that is Alegent Health’s Mission. We are committed to healing the body, mind and spirit of every individual and in this case, it involves a lot of laughter and fun,” said McNitt.

Kids can sign up for one week or the entire summer. Days are divided into two classes and kids can either go for a half-day of a full-day of classes. Scholarships will also be available so that everyone can take part in the adventure. For more information call (402) 898-8013 or to register, visit GENERATIONNEXT.NET.