Throughout the summer, the Naylor Children’s Center will provide four weeklong camps, offering opportunities for children to participate in fun and educational activities with fellow children of seminary students. Camps will offer interactive lessons in the areas of cooking, archaeology, missions, and even Legos and Dr. Seuss stories.

“Summertime is a great time to bring everyone together with their friends,” says Kathi Rogers, director of the Naylor Children’s Center. “We have a large homeschool community, and events like this give everyone an opportunity to gather.”

The first camp will take place May 23-27 and will offer those in fifth through 12th grade an opportunity to cook with and learn from Paul Carby, Southwestern’s director of Food Services. Students will learn basic culinary skills, kitchen safety, freshness, sanitation, and food rotation among other skills.

All lessons and activities will take place in the Horner Homemaking House, an educational building used by Southwestern’s Women’s Programs for instruction in homemaking and other women’s events. In addition to lessons on the skills listed above, each day will be devoted to learning the basic elements of five different cuisines including Latin, Italian and American Southern food.

Returning this year are the popular Dr. Seuss (June 20-24) and Lego (August 8-12) camps. Open to ages 3 to 5 years, Dr. Seuss camp will feature lessons that highlight a different book accompanied by corresponding activities. Lego camp is available to children in first through sixth grade and will offer daily Lego-themed activities and challenges including the Wednesday challenge in which students will craft Lego representations of Bible stories.

The third camp of the summer will take place July 18-22 and provides students in first through 12th grade with various opportunities to experience and learn about archaeology as well as the history of missions. Campers will even have the opportunity to visit Southwestern’s educational dig site and receive a tour and lesson from a Southwestern archaeology student. Rogers says this camp offers students the chance to learn more about the significance of archaeology and how archaeologists uncover history through ancient artifacts.

Each camp will take place from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day and costs $35 per camper. To learn more about the camps and other Naylor Children’s Center activities and programs, visit swbts.edu/childrenscenter or contact Kathi Rogers at krogers@swbts.edu.