The buses pulled up.
The kids unloaded.
Wristbands were passed out.
The sounds of excitement from over 400 BOOST students filled the air.
Summer campers participating in BOOST, an academic enrichment program for disadvantaged Philadelphia students run by Lutheran Children and Family Services, toured Camden’s Adventure Aquarium on Friday, July 24. The visit complemented BOOST’s summer camp themes: “Ocean Adventures and Beyond” and “Shark Tank”.
With the focus on the sea, students are spending their summer learning about the ocean, aquatic life and more while gaining valuable physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. The trip to Adventure Aquarium was a perfect match as it is now featuring the largest collection of sharks on the east coast and housing the only hammerhead shark in captivity in America. The aquarium also allows opportunities to touch sharks and be surrounded by the fearsome creatures in a shark tunnel that offers 360 degree views.
BOOST campers from seven public schools, led by volunteers and staff, participated in a scavenger hunt, watched presentations by marine experts and got to know the undersea world usually hidden from view. From jellyfish to Sand Tiger Sharks, green moray eels to pork fish, over 850 animals were on display. Many kids took the opportunity to touch starfish, rays and nurse sharks that were in open pools to encourage interaction.
Upcoming events for BOOST students include “Jersey Shore Pirate Adventures”, where elementary students will be ‘stranded’ on a New Jersey ‘deserted island;’ an end of summer BBQ at Belmont Grove; and a Shark Tank event at Austin Meehan Middle School where students will present their ideas for underwater cities to prospective investors.
To learn more about BOOST, visit LibertyLutheran.org.