FIRST DINO CAMPS OF 2004 HIT THE MARK

?Cool.? ?Fun.? ?Educational.? These are the first testimonials of the Dino Camp 2004 season.

A short week due to the Canada day stat, Dino Camp of 2004 kicked off in Tumbler Ridge on Monday June 28 and wrapped up July 2 with an afternoon graduation ceremony. Before families and Northern Lights College staff, the students presented their museum ?exhibits? in exchange for their grad certificates and coveted Dino Camp tee shirts.

Coordinators Melanie Dame and Janet Proos were well-prepared for the week, which began with five students in the introductory ?Raptor? camp and one veteran in Tyrannosaur camp. Adam Weimann, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, enjoyed being the first kid to experience Tyrannosaur camp.

?I did different projects and activities from last year. I liked that we had a smaller class, it was great.? It didn?t hurt that Adam?s best friend Andrew was enrolled in Raptor camp and the pair got to partake of field trips together. Andrew, who listened to Adam?s rave reports of the 2003 program, decided to try it for himself and said, ?It was everything I expected, and more.?

Blain Broderick – a science teacher at Tumbler Ridge Secondary – enrolled nephew Cory and niece Jessica in Dino Camp while they were visiting BC from Newfoundland. Jessica says her reply, if asked what she did for summer vacation, will be ?I went to BC, and to Dino Camp, and it was really fun.? Nic Duncan from Dawson Creek said he found out about Dino Camp after his mom researched it on the Internet. Nic said he plans to ask her if he can return to Tumbler Ridge this summer for Tyrannosaur camp, and his favorite part was ?making stuff.?

The favourites? The Field trips, Internet research on dinosaurs and projects, like casting footprints. Improvements? More local field trips. Photos of the highlights will be posted to www.nlc.bc.ca and www.tumblerridgemuseum.com. There is still space available so call the College at 242-5591 or complete an online registration form.