Project Transformation is a high quality, structured summer literacy camp with an emphasis on reading for underserved children in the Bartlesville community. We focus on developing the mind, body, and spirit of participants and help them reach their full potential.
Project Transformation at First Church is staffed by three site coordinators, two of which are volunteers, and six college-age interns. The site coordinators are responsible for oversight and making sure the program runs smoothly, while the interns are responsible for modifying and teaching the statewide curriculum to fit the needs and interests of the children at our site.
Please see Project Transformation for more information.
Students of all backgrounds are welcome to attend. (You are not required to be members of First Church.) We are a reading camp, so those who read at or below their grade reading level or who are at the highest risk of dropping below grade level without literacy support are given priority enrollment. Campers must have completed Kindergarten-4th grade by June 2018 to be considered for acceptance.
Applications are available through your child’s reading teacher, at the church (4715 Price Road), or by mail (call Felicia 918-336-3361 to request one). Applications received after May 11 will be put on a waiting list. Parents of accepted children will be notified by May 21.
Family Fun Nights
Dates for two family fun nights will be announced the first week of camp. The first will be an open house style evening where parents will experience an abbreviated day at camp with their children. The second will be a final concert by the children and award ceremony. A free family dinner will be served at both!
There is a one-time $10 supply fee for families who are able to pay, but scholarships are available upon request.
Schedule and Attendance Policy
Project Transformation is every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. from June 4 – July 26. Campers have July 4-5 off. Please understand that in order for your child to fully benefit from this program, regular attendance is required. Your child may not miss more than eight (8) days of camp.
9:00 a.m. – Campers arrive, sign-in, and have breakfast.
9:30 a.m. – Harambee: A time of games, songs, values lessons, and expectations for the day.
10:00 a.m. – Rotations: campers rotate between four sectors (30 minutes each): Reading out loud one-on-one with an adult, Computers/Science, Crafts, and Recreation.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch and Outdoor Free Play.
1:00 p.m. – Afternoon Enrichment Activity: Campers are given the opportunity to explore local museums, play at the park, swim, listen to guest speakers, attend local festivals, and many other activities.
3:00 p.m. – Campers are dismissed.
Volunteer at Project Transformation
It’s almost time for Project Transformation! As we prepare to serve our community through this summer literacy camp, there are a few things we still need.
Snacks: Every summer, more than 2,000 snacks are served to campers. The snack drive this year will be May 13 – June 10. Our snack wish list includes: cheese crackers, whole grain crackers, microwave popcorn, popsicles (we’ll freeze them!), goldfish crackers, granola bars (no nuts, please!), animal crackers, and teddy grahams. Donated snacks may be placed in one of the baskets at each of the main entrances to the church.
Readers: Every summer, PT campers log more than 1,500 hours reading with adults. This is the key component to their success. Volunteers to read with campers are needed from 10 a.m. – noon every Monday-Thursday of summer. At least 18 reading volunteers are needed each day, so the campers get the one on one time they need to succeed in reading! Sign-ups are available on the north counter in the church Atrium or HERE.
Bus Drivers: Many of the children who need the summer academic support the most do not have transportation to First Church, so we provide it for them! Two bus drivers and two bus monitors are needed daily. Bus drivers and monitors should be at church at 8:30 a.m. to pick up children and 3:00 p.m. to take children home. Sign-ups are available on the north counter in the Atrium or HERE.
Dinners: It is our responsibility to feed the seven college-age summer staff members that come to serve the campers. We are their church family for the summer! If you are interested in having them to your home for a dinner, taking them out for dinner, or providing them with a gift card to eat dinner together, please sign-up are at the north counter in the Atrium or HERE.
We appreciate all the help you give in making this literacy camp a success for the children in our community. Thank you!