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Reading Camp in the Diocese of Western Michigan is an annual program helping children who are identified as at least one year behind reading level to catch up and gain confidence.

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Mission: Reading Camp:

Reading Camp is an intensive remedial literacy education program for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade children who are struggling with learning to read. It is free to all campers through full scholarship, and will be staffed entirely by volunteers. Hands-on learning opportunities will be abundant, with a very low adult-to-child ratio in a comfortable, stress-free, failure-free setting for learning. Illiteracy has been categorized by the National Center for Child Health and Development as a public health problem. Over 40% of the children in the United States are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade; the percentage is much higher for minority children. We believe that each child deserves an experience like Reading Camp. We believe that reading is a basic human need, and we are committed to helping children become confident readers and successful students.

The last few years, volunteers in our diocese have traveled to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to learn to teach at-risk children coming out of 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades better reading skills. These children had been identified by their schools as being at least one grade behind reading level. It was a life-changing experience for all of us. As a result, this summer, we will be holding the first ever Reading Camp for our own diocese. We have decided to join the Reading Camp Network sponsored by the Diocese of Lexington. They have a very well-researched and tested program which is used in many day camps and residential camp programs across the country. Our hope is that the program will spread to our entire diocese.


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