A summer camp that helps teens practice life skills
Wednesday, July 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
The first day of school is fast approaching for many students, but it was the first day of camp for some in Muskogee.
News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger says 17-year-old Roy Nunley is a junior at Webster High School. He's loves music, computers and science and he's involved in the school's ROTC program and is an office aid. He's also a special needs student, but that's never stopped him from being optimistic about his future. "Everything I do. I'm in it 100%. I'm real confident with myself-always ready."
It's Roy's first day at summer camp. But it's not your ordinary camp. "Hi, I'm Roy, I'm from Tulsa, Oklahoma." This is a transition camp, for kids with disabilities. About a dozen high schoolers will learn critical skills which will help prepare them for college or the workforce once they leave high school. They'll participate in a variety of games, which test their decision making, problem-solving and team-building skills.
In a "maze" exercise, the instructor gives the kids three minutes to figure out how to complete the maze by getting from one point to another. "Good jobâ€ The idea is to communicate. "Can anyone can get this done on your own- you can't- that's communication. Same as the real world."
Along with learning interpersonal skills, they'll learn to how to dress and prepare for job interviews. Roy's glad he's at a camp where he can learn and interact with others.
Patrina Adger, "Are you homesick?â€ Nunley, "No! I'm having fun being away from home, that's what it's all about." And at the same time, have a great time.