Sometimes service learning is confused with community service, but they are a bit different. While volunteerism and community service are parts of our service-learning model, service-learning emphasizes both service and learning and requires participants to use their knowledge and skills to address real-life needs in our community. At our Helping Hands camp, we spend a lot of time reflecting on what the campers are doing and why. Camp activities include:
Learning about the need in our community.
Picking projects to help fill that need.
Making our projects while communicating and working with a local charity.
A field trip at the end of camp to deliver our projects and see how our projects will help others.
An example of one of the Helping hands camps that we have planned for this summer is to work with our local animal shelter to create items that they can use in their shelter. We will make leashes, bandanas, collars, booties and coats for the animals and end the week with a visit to the local shelter to deliver our supplies.