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RIT Students Give A Helping Hand

This article originally appeared in The Floyd Press on April 7, 2016.

Spring Break Visit Appreciated

Seventeen students from Rochester Institute for Technology journeyed to Floyd County recently as part of an alternative spring break experience organized through the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project. The RIT students spent most of their week on projects at Apple Ridge Farm, but they took one afternoon to journey to the town of Floyd and work at Blue Mountain School.

Along with BMS students and staff, the college students helped complete several projects including improving drainage near the main building, installing a tire climbing wall on the playground, and clearing trails in the woods. Early childhood teacher Stefi Schafer said, “Our students had a great time working and learning alongside their new friends, and they even got in a game of soccer!”

If you’d like to help make more improvements and additions to the Blue Mountain School campus, you are invited to join school students, staff, friends and family on April 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 for the school’s annual Earth Day Work Day, which is a GiveBigNRV Giving Day Event.




Week 3: Let's Build!

When you arrive at Build It! Camp, you'll be greeted by stacks of wood, tangles of wire, mountains of cardboard boxes and some great teachers ready to help you turn your dreams into reality!

Want a skateboard or scooter that works on a grassy hill? Build it!

Ever wondered how to make your own musical instruments, robots, rockets, stilts? Build it!

Want to make an alarm for your bedroom? Build it!

Have an idea for an invention, but just need the tools and materials to make it a reality? Build it!

We will have a variety of materials and tools available for all ages, and in the afternoons, our older campers (10-12) will have a chance to tackle more complex projects using more advanced tools. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to join us to check out (and maybe even try out) our campers' creations!

Build It! Camp led by Shawna Williams - August 8 through 12

Use real tools and real materials to build projects you can take home. Make sure to wear clothes with lots of pockets or borrow your grown-up's tool belt because you'll need your hands free at this camp! (Ages 2 ½ to 12)

Camp is Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost is $150 for the first child in a family and $135 for each additional child in the family. For more information or to register, please send a message.

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Week 2: Into the Woods!

Ages 2.5 to 9: This camp is Full! Please email us to get on the waiting list.

Ages 10-12: We have four spots available for this age group.

You asked for it, and here it is... Forest Forts Camp may have a new name, but it still has the same spectacular fun! (With lots of new surprises, of course!)

One exciting addition to Fort Camp will happen in the afternoons when our older campers (ages 10-12) will have a chance to broaden their outdoor skills by working with Ezekiel Fugate. Ezekiel is a former BMS teacher and current Director of Student and Staff Engagement at Springhouse Community School. Some of the activities these campers will explore are

  • learning to build survival shelters (e.g., debris huts)
  • identifying and preparing wild, edible foods
  • learning the basics of tracking
  • building and tending fires safely 
  • lots of fun outdoor games (e.g., advanced hide and seek, eagle eye, scout-style capture the flag, wren tag)
  • catching frogs and other critters  

Forest Forts led by Jenni Heartway - June 27 through July 1

Join us for a week of fun and fort building in the great outdoors! Campers will explore the woods around our beautiful campus while exercising their building and cooperative play skills. We will incorporate primitive skills, games, music, water play and art into each of our days. Younger campers will create a fort as a group and older campers will divide into small groups to create many forts. Dress for adventure because we plan on being outdoors rain or shine! (Ages 2 ½ to 12)

Check back on Monday for something totally new...


A Riddle for You...

What's messier than a playground after weeks of drenching rain?

What's messier than a two-year old with a new pack of markers?

What's messier than a passel of goats with a five-gallon buck of peanut butter?

What's even messier than a week of Big, Messy Art Camp?

Answer: the Blue Mountain School Festival of Colors, of course!

Everyone is welcome at the Festival of Colors! Even if you don't come to camp, we hope to see you at the Festival on Friday, June 24.

Check back tomorrow for some woodsy fun....


Week 1: It's Gonna Be Messy!

This camp is Full! Please email us to get on the waiting list.

It's gonna be big, and it's gonna be messy! It's like no other art camp around!

Please join us for another year of Big, Messy Art camp! We'll have old favorites like paint Twister, body painting, and lots and lots of glitter. But that's not all! BMS art teacher, Lore Deighan, has some especially messy surprises in store for campers, but you'll have to join us to find out what they are!


Big, Messy Art led by Lore Deighan - June 20 through 24

Have you ever had the urge to make as big of a mess as you possibly can? At this summer camp, making a mess is not only allowed, but expected! We will play with paper mache, mud, paint...anything that makes a mess. Dress for messiness because we guarantee that no one will leave this camp clean! (Ages 2 ½ to 12)

Check back tomorrow to see how messy this camp can get...

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