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IPC Summer Camp Report for 2015

Posted on: October 5, 2015

The success of the Indianola Promise Community’s summer camp program is measured in more than the fun derived by its hundreds of young campers.

“As we wrap up our sixth year of camps, we use data to show us where we’ve been and where we need to go,” said Anthony Powell, an IPC project manager who coordinates the camps. “The information we collect helps us improve for next summer and address concerns. In the end, it’s our children who benefit.”

The results from this summer’s eight IPC-sponsored camps show that the programs continue to head in the right direction. Consider:

  • The overall retention of campers is the best in six years. Of 489 participants in the eight camps, only 45 students dropped out over the course of the summer.
  • Seventy percent of campers showed no learning loss in reading levels and word recognition over the summer, according to results of pre-camp and post-camp testing.
  • Nearly three-quarters of campers met age-equivalency benchmarks on post-camp tests, compared to only 67 percent on pre-camp tests.
  • Of 120 campers identified as facing the most challenges with reading, 81 percent improved at a higher rate than other campers during the summer.

“The results show that greater attention to those kids who faced the most challenges really paid off,” said Karin Scott, IPC research director. “All of these results are an indicator of all of the hard work put into these camps and into the success of the kids.”