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 job” 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?” 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.