DCF, Partners Host First "Chipola Champs Camp" for Local Children in Foster Care

Media Advisory:
February 14, 2013

Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675

DCF, Partners Host First "Chipola Champs Camp" for Local Children in Foster Care
Eighteen children will participate in arts, athletic and academic activities next week

MARIANNA – The Department of Children and Families, Big Bend Community Based Care and Anchorage Children's Home are partnering with Chipola College to host the first "Chipola Champs Camp" for 18 children, ages 11-17, from Leon, Bay, Gadsden, Jackson and Holmes counties next week.

Last year, DCF and our many partners across the state held more than a dozen Camps for Champions for 1,000 children in foster care. These camps provided mentoring, team-building and leadership activities. Several camps focused on athletics, but others offered art classes, technology and more. All of the camps helped the youth share a special experience, build self-esteem and character and strengthen life skills.

The two-day Chipola Champs Camp will be held on the campus of Chipola College. The camp will give youth in foster care and children receiving services in their own homes an opportunity to experience a college environment while participating in fun and educational arts, athletics and academic activities. The camp will allow the youth to learn more about themselves and their future career interests through leadership, professional and growth activities, hands-on learning activities focused on science, technology and vocational skills, and mentoring sessions.

During the men's basketball game on Tuesday evening, the campers will be called to the court at halftime to be recognized, and lucky campers will compete in a shoot-out contest to win a big prize. On Wednesday, the youth will be participating in various learning activities, then attending a special musical performance arranged exclusively for these youth by the theatre department. The Chipola Champs Camp will conclude Wednesday afternoon with a session to guide the youth to a clear pathway to post-secondary education and a career. DCF will also announce a new local mentoring program for the youth.

Media are invited to attend the following events on the campus of Chipola College, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. CST: Recognition of first ever “Chipola Champs Camp” at halftime during men’s basketball game (game begins at 7:30 p.m.), Chipola College Health Center Gymnasium

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20
    9 a.m.-10 a.m. CST: Science classroom activity with the Chipola Science Club, Natural Science Building (D)
    10 a.m.-11 a.m. CST: Technology classroom activity with the Chipola Future Educators Club, Teacher Education Building (G)
    3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CST: Pathway to Post-secondary Education: "College is for me" session with Chipola College Student Affairs, Continuing Education Building (S)

A campus map is available online at www.chipola.edu/catalog/2012-13/MAP.pdf