By Dr. Janna Dresden | UGA College of Education

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Camp DIVE 2017

About the Project

This June, an exciting summer program will be available for students enrolled in the Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia. Camp DIVE (Discover, Inquire, Voice, and Explore)  is a partnership between the Clarke County School District (CCSD), the UGA College of Education, and the Athens-Clarke County community. The purpose of Camp DIVE is to provide an engaging and enriching summer experience for CCSD students in grades K-8 in order to prevent or diminish the ‘summer slide’ phenomenon.

The program is provided free of charge to help meet the needs of students most at-risk for summer learning loss and will serve a total of approximately 80 students from a variety of economic backgrounds and neighborhoods in Athens-Clarke County.


Programming will be provided by UGA faculty and graduate students, who will lead classes, such as Learning through Play and Youth!Athens: Photography, Performance, and Social Change. Local community non-profit groups will offer students enrichment opportunities to pursue interests such as dance, art, and trapeze.

Camp DIVE will run for four weeks from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The camp will be housed at a Clarke County school Mondays through Thursdays, with all day field trips taking place each Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided through the CCSD food program and some targeted transportation will be provided by CCSD as well. Supervision and management throughout the day will be provided by Clarke County teachers and administrators along with UGA faculty and graduate students.

See what Camp DIVE looks like by viewing this 1 minute video.

Sample descriptions of classes children will participate in (all taught by UGA faculty and graduate students) can be found below:

Learning through Play: This course will explore how play and creative activities facilitate learning in K-2 campers.

Youth!Athens: Photography, Performance, and Social Change: This course will engage campers grades 6-8 in developing a civic voice to foster measurable change in the city of Athens through multimedia (photography, model construction, collage, performance, poetry, narrated walks, etc.).

For more information, visit our website:

Why this Project Matters

Research shows that students with lower socio-economic status often lack the opportunities to experience stimulating summer camps and activities. Thus, they are more likely to suffer ‘summer slide’ and must spend the beginning of the next school year catching up academically. Athens-Clarke County has one of the highest poverty rates of all counties in Georgia and over 77% of the students enrolled in CCSD receive free or reduced lunch. To address this need, community members formed a Summer Camp Planning Team with UGA’s College of Education and CCSD in the summer of 2014. This team developed Camp DIVE, which was piloted in June 2016.

Camp DIVE specifically focuses on the needs of undeserved students, and provides fun and enriching hands-on learning experiences for students from all economic backgrounds. Research shows that students of all ability levels and backgrounds benefit from learning and playing together.

Another goal of Camp DIVE is to provide UGA students with opportunities to engage in experiential learning, so they can make a difference in their community, explore careers in education (non-education majors), and take courses for their degree requirements (education majors).

Funding will go towards:

  • Background checks for UGA faculty and students and community volunteers who work with children
  • Entry fees into museums and parks and other miscellaneous field trip expenses
  • Honoraria to pay Clarke County teachers for their participation
  • Materials and supplies




Meredith Metcalf | Development Assistant Director, College of Education | 706-542-2267

  1. Melissa Baker
    05/16/17 @ 8:55 am
  2. Bob and Teresa Carson
    05/09/17 @ 2:31 pm
  3. Mary Voss
    05/05/17 @ 1:13 pm
  4. Nancy Knapp
    04/26/17 @ 2:09 pm
  5. Jenn Graff
    04/26/17 @ 2:08 pm
  6. Helene Halstead
    04/26/17 @ 12:58 pm
  7. Anonymous
    04/24/17 @ 5:25 pm
  8. Matthew Dresden
    04/23/17 @ 10:38 am
  9. Bertis Downs
    04/05/17 @ 7:49 am
  10. Gabriella Benton
    03/23/17 @ 4:32 pm
  11. Janna Dresden
    03/21/17 @ 1:35 pm
  12. Erica Gilbertson
    03/21/17 @ 10:41 am
  13. Ben Dresden
    03/19/17 @ 6:26 pm
  14. Almeta Tulloss
    02/28/17 @ 5:14 pm
  15. Emily Smith
    02/17/17 @ 1:30 pm
  16. Carson Advisory, Inc.
    02/17/17 @ 1:30 pm

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