Reading instruction is a vital component of Camp Fort Worth

Fort Worth community centers are preparing to start Camp Fort Worth June 29 for a limited season due to concerns about COVID-19.

Camp sessions will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended care outside of these times will not be available. Camp fee is $30 per week with scholarships available; campers can register for as many weeks as they wish. Register online for camp.

There will be a limited number of spots available. This is due to the City of Fort Worth’s hiring freeze that impacts summer staff hiring, and the need for physical distancing. Camp will adhere to the minimum standard health and safety protocols established by the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas. All staff will wear masks, and parents are strongly encouraged to send their camper with a mask.

Reading instruction at Camp Fort Worth

The city’s 100×25 Reading Instruction Program is a component of Camp Fort Worth. The city launched its first formalized Reading Instruction Program during the summer of 2019; about 2,500 participants, ages 5-13, were enrolled.

This year, due to the shortened camp season and social distancing requirements, 22 locations will host campers; 19 community centers, two mobile recreation sites and one non-city site — Kingdom Manifesters, 2401 McCurdy.

Though the city’s Reading Instruction Program for summer 2020 is reduced in scope and size, it will be improved, said Gleniece Robinson, the city’s director of educational strategies.

Trained literacy support specialists will provide direct reading instruction to the children. These instructors have credentials and/or experience in reading instruction, early learning or elementary education. Reading instruction will be based on six best practices: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, fluency and writing.

Camp staff will reinforce these reading best practices through activities integrated into recreation, sports, crafts and games.

Each Camp Fort Worth location will have a collection of materials from the recommended reading list provided by the Texas Wesleyan University professors who developed the program. Each participant will take at least one book home to keep.

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