Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

All Abuzz about Camp ; Studio Bee Program Teaches Respect, Kindness, Life Skills

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

All Abuzz about Camp ; Studio Bee Program Teaches Respect, Kindness, Life Skills

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BOONVILLE - Studio Bee summer campers have been buzzing about respect and kindness during their five-week program at the Studio Bee Community Center in Boonville. The camp, Bee Healthy, Bee Green, focuses on providing a positive, safe environment for children to have fun and play, while also learning important life skills.

Kelley Burdette, mother of camper Madison Burdette, said she was amazed at the difference the camp has made in Madison's social skills - and how happy the camp has made her.

"This has been so good for her," Burdette said. "This program has helped her tremendously. She has gained independence. She has gained confidence."

She said Sunday was the first time Madison attended her Sunday school class alone, without her.

"I can tell she has branched away from me, which has been wonderful," she said. "Madison has always been very outgoing, but she's been very clingy to me and her father both. But here I can tell I can walk in the other room, and she won't follow me."

Madison, 12, will go to Life Skills classes at Boonville Middle School in the fall.

"She would come every day if she could. She just loves it," Burdette said. "She comes home and she talks about her friends, talks about the friends she's made."

Randy Beard, Studio Bee director, said the camp helps build a community for the students.

"The mission behind BHBG has been to provide a positive environment for the children of our community to come, to have a sense of community, and feel a part of something positive," Beard said. "We try to be proactive. Our rules, our guidelines are to have fun. But we explain things, too."

Beard uses music and art to teach the students how to express themselves in different ways. He calls it lyrical learning - which he has used in elementary classrooms before.

The camp, which ran from June 10 through Thursday, is broken into two groups - students ages 8 to 12, with camp helpers ages 13 and older, and the junior camp, for students ages 5 to 7.

Campers have breakfast at Studio Bee, and then say the Pledge of Allegiance and run through some stretches. …

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