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Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies at the Heart of Camp Evergreen

All of us have been impacted from COVID-19 in such different ways this year. We are grateful for the efforts and adaptations teachers, parents and students have made to continue the learning during these ever-changing times. After such an unpredictable academic year, and with some parents concerned about learning gaps or loss, we are committed to providing focused learning opportunities and reinforcing foundational skills this summer in particular and helping the entire community of learners stay fresh and get ready for a successful fall!

Durham Academy Summer's Camp Evergreen includes an hour of dedicated academic instruction each day: reading/language arts (Mondays); math (Tuesdays); writing (Wednesdays); STEM (Thursdays); and global (Fridays).

DA teachers and alumni — as well as UNC-Chapel Hill, Elon and Duke education majors and passionate interns — will all work together to teach campers. We will also have a variety of camps, a health and safety coordinator, a Camp Evergreen coordinator, and two rotating academic specialists to design lessons and ensure campers are skill-building in each subject. After such an unpredictable academic year, and with parents concerned about learning gaps or loss, we are committed to providing focused learning opportunities and reinforcing foundational skills this summer in particular and helping the entire community of learners stay fresh and get ready for a successful fall! 

Summer is a time in which being outside, making friends and spending time developing social and emotional skills are equally important to academics. We want campers to feel tired at the end of the day physically and mentally with a “mens sana in corpore sano” approach — which translates from Latin to “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” That is why Camp Evergreen has a schedule that allows campers to unleash their creativity in the arts, to learn a sport or to play outdoors in nature.

We are excited to make learning fun, fresh and safe as we create an environment in which campers experiment with new practices and concepts and gain confidence. Our DA Summer team is well-equipped to serve as educators, mentors and role models for our campers all summer long.