NOTCH camp concludes with robots

By Tom Benton

Staff Writer

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SWANTON — The inaugural NOTCH Day Camp concluded Friday after two weeks of activities focusing on science and the arts.

Each day featured a one-hour special activity, such as a visit from local law enforcement or a class on archery, as well as routine daily.

Day campers on the final day built “drawing robots,” drink cups with markers for legs, propelled by a small, motor. Local author and National Geographic blogger Rebecca Rupp supervised their creation.

Co-organizer Sandy Kilburn described the day camp, which was entirely free for kids ages 2 to 18, as “fun with a mission.” The camp was an initiative of the Swanton Enhancement Project’s Task Force to reduce substance abuse.

“When people feel like they belong to a community, that goes a long way toward building self-esteem,” Kilburn said.

Dr. Fred Holmes, who directed the camp with his wife, Joyce, estimated a daily average of nearly 30 kids, with the number of drop-offs increasing as awareness of the camp grew. Kilburn said they hope the camp will return next year.