2016 Montana GEAR UP Summer Camp Summary
Summer Camps: National Parks to NASA!
Montana GEAR UP students stayed busy and engaged in learning this summer! Over 190 GEAR UP students from 13 school districts participated in 12 state sponsored summer camps. Camps ranged from 4-7 day trips across the state, held on five different college campuses and in two national parks. State sponsored summer camps offer a variety of engaging opportunities that teach students new skills and encourage them to develop previously unseen talents.
Our GEAR UP schools also stayed busy this summer, as almost all GEAR UP school districts sponsored a local summer program. Over 600 students took part in the one of the 38 local summer programs.
Students spent their days working on credit recovery to stay on track for graduation to studying the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem. These camps provide a unique chance for students to bridge the gap to reduce summer learning loss, support higher graduation rates, and better prepare students for college. Summer programs have also been shown to positively affect student's self-esteem, confidence, and motivation.