If you’re like many American families, summer vacation is full of beaches, pools, sports camps, and hopefully this awesome construction amusement park that also has an area strictly for adults to play around with heavy machinery. Perhaps lost in the shuffle is the fact that construction camps also exist and they can teach kids real world skills that can help them their entire lives.
There has been an extraordinary amount of discussion within the construction industry the past few years about the dwindling construction labor force. For many, it’s clear that if we’re trying to force adults into the trades than we’re already too late. Construction summer camps can make hard work, like construction, just as fun as playing a game of basketball and, at the end, they’ll have something physical to show for it. Whether or not any of the kids in Wayne Township, Indiana’s Lyndhurst construction camp actually end up working in the construction trades, those who attend the camp will be much better off for the skills they’ll learn.
Camp creator, Doug Sisk, is teaching 7th and 8th grade students how to convert an old shed in the back of the school into a concession stand. By doing so, they’re learning carpentry, electrical, finishing skills, among others. These are important skills for any person to know and sadly, there are less and less people that are able to teach them to their own kids. RTV6, an ABC affiliate in Wayne Township, shared the video below of the kids working on the concession stand. You can read the full story on their website, by clicking here.
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