While area students are out of school, hundreds of kids packed into the Taxslayer Center to continue learning.
About 20 different summer camps from Iowa and Illinois attended the second annual Stepping Up for Summer Learning.
All the camps include an academic element for students.
In total, organizers tell Local Four News, it was more than 800 kids who will be entering first through eighth grade this fall.
It’s part of a stronger effort in recent years by camps to prevent summer brain drain.
“All of these camps are moving toward adding more learning elements to camps; then you have all your others, the museums, the libraries that are including more and more activities to make sure our kids are actively involved all summer long,” Spring Forward Executive Director Dan McNeil said.
Different organizations including libraries and museums hosted activities for the campers.
Antwanette Ford, who will enter fifth grade this fall said she enjoyed all the activities at the event that she could pick a favorite. In addition to the learning she’s doing this summer, one of her favorite parts of summer camp is making new friends.