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Daniel Liu, 7, closes his eyes as he tries to catch a water balloon at the Salvation Army day camp. Children can enroll by calling 744-2311 or visiting
Education notebook

Day camp mixes learning and fun

Daniel Liu, 7, knelt on the pavement Thursday as a camp counselor sprayed him and two other giggling friends with a hose.

Daniel and others in the group had just finished playing a game with water balloons, and when they complained of hot feet on the warm pavement, the counselor, Tyler Morningstar, decided to cool them down a bit.

“I don’t like being sprayed like that!” said Daniel, who was beaming nonetheless. “It feels like a waterfall on your head.”

Daniel was one of about 18 kids participating in Solid Rock Day Camp at Salvation Army, a camp for students entering first through eighth grade that runs through Aug. 3.

The camp, at the Salvation Army headquarters, aims to keep kids learning and having fun while exposing them to Fort Wayne’s major attractions. Students take field trips several times a week, visiting the pool, local parks, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and the Fun Center at Paige’s Crossing.

Students spend time doing physical activities and learning. Each week the camp focuses on a different continent that the kids explore through mapping, drawing and other activities.

Although Solid Rock is a Christian camp, organizers say their goal is not to proselytize but rather to explain some basic concepts of Christianity. They say every child, regardless of race or religion, is respected for his or her own beliefs.

The camp is $70 a week, though children can qualify for scholarships. Children can enroll for a week or the summer by calling 744-2311 or visiting

“We try to make things as well-rounded as possible,” said camp director Wade Meadows, who calls the camp one of Fort Wayne’s best kept secrets. “We give these kids experiences that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Zach Davis, 13, said he’s been coming to the camp for almost eight years.

“It’s pretty fun,” he said. “I like coming here and hanging out with my friends for the summer.”


Jalen Walker, a graduate of Carroll High School, was named a Kelley Scholar.

Julie Hoy, Trine University’s creative media specialist, received the Gold Excellence in Design award for an invitation she created for an admissions event.

Dean Orewiler, Trine University’s creative digital multimedia specialist, received the Bronze Photographer of the Year award.

Josh Loyd and Dylan Sutter represented the state of Indiana in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition National Finals

•Bishop Luers Future Business Leaders of America won the State Leadership Conference Spirit Award for 2012


Minali Aggarwal, Hannah Endorf, Michael Fliotsos, Veronica Frecker, Layne Fulk, Philip Gerber, Randa Gillespie, Cassandra Hacker, Clinton Hoffar, Helen Li, Ashley Likens, Serene Alyssa Macaraig, Stephanie Swank, Tabitha Vachon, Ethan Welch, John Wilson and Mylie Winger received Burger King scholarships.

Ashley Lewis won a National Federation of Independent Business scholarship


•IPFW will present RiverFest 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday on the IPFW campus.

•Women of all ages are invited to join a “Tapestry Walk the Talk” weekly walking group to connect and socialize through fitness. Walk the Talk is a 12-week program, from July 10 through Sept. 27, designed to help women create positive, healthy habits and prepare for the Fort4Fitness 4-mile walk/run or 10K event, which will be Sept. 29. Registration is open to all females 7 years and older. The $20 nonrefundable fee includes a starter kit, training booklet and a T-shirt. Registrations will be accepted through June 29, and are available at For more information, contact Judy Tillapaugh, wellness and fitness director, at 481-6647 or

Defiance College

•Defiance College will host two Master of Arts in Education information sessions in June and July. The information sessions will be in Defiance Hall room 128 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 29, and July 27.

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