The YGP has provided its summer camp program to children entering first through sixth grade for more than five years. The Monday through Friday weekly camps each have theme-based activities that are centered around the garden. Past themes include “Around the World in 5 Days,” “Mad Scientists,” “Water Water Everywhere” and “What’s Cooking,” among others.
“We have organized garden time for 45 minutes every day,” said YGP Program Manager Kaitlin Harris. “Most days we’ll go to the park or the creek so the kids can go swimming.”
During theatre camp, otherwise known as “YGP on Broadway,” campers put together a play during the course of a week that is shared with the Moab community on the last day of camp. Participants design the set and costumes, memorize lines, make posters to invite the community, and hone their skills for the final performance.
Campers begin their week by reading through the play’s script. This year’s performance, “Alice in Gardenland,” puts a new, garden-themed spin on the classic “Alice in Wonderland” tale. The YGP camp’s past plays, in keeping with the organization’s mission, have all been related to the garden.
“We assign the kids their parts based on the read-throughs on Monday,” said Harris.
During the first few days of camp, kids design and draw publicity posters that are put up throughout town.
As the week progresses, campers not only practice their lines during camp hours but are also encouraged to practice with friends and family at home. During the day, kids spend most of their time at Star Hall, running lines on stage. When not rehearsing, campers design costumes and set pieces for their final performance.
The YGP has partnered with WabiSabi over the past several years for costume pieces and set materials.
“The kids come up with their own ideas and ways to embellish their costumes,” said Harris.
After a week of hard work and a lot of practice, the kids have a final, polished performance ready for their big day.
The popular camp is important and special to the kids for many reasons, said Harris.
“This week is about [the kids] becoming familiar with theatrical performance,” she said. “They work really, really hard. They put so much heart and soul into this project that they can share with others.”
The entire Moab community is invited to attend the performance at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St., on July 11, at 3:45 p.m.
For more information on the summer program or other activities, visit YGP’s website at: www.youthgardenproject.org or call 435-259-2326.