“The main reason we have MAGIC Camp is to expose our students, particularly our girl students, ... the opportunity to interact with the trades — construction, welding, metals, large equipment, those types of things — really just to give them the exposure because typically they haven’t had a lot of that,” Bartow County College and Career Academy President and CEO Paul Sabin said. “They can learn skills, practice new skills and really learn about safety.”
In its third year in Bartow County, the free camp, which exists as a partnership with local schools and Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen, is limited to 24 students and campers must have turned age 14 by June 1. The camp itself will be held June 16 to 20 at Cass High School.
“We’ve had great response from the students, the parents and the schools. Basically, what the girls have all said, from what I’ve heard, is they had a great experience, that they feel much more empowered, not intimidated by the trades and actually [became] more interested,” Sabin said. “We’ve actually had some girls sign up for the classes at their school the following fall.”
Sabin continued, “I really appreciate Georgia Power Plant Bowen, our local partners, for providing this camp for students free of charge. It’s a great opportunity for young ladies to find out if they have an interest in the trades and just a great opportunity for Bartow County.”
Josephine Kappel, a sophomore at Cartersville High School, shared her experience last year at MAGIC Camp.
“I like to go, get out of my bubble and experience more things that kids usually don’t ... and so I decided that the MAGIC Camp would be kind of fun, to work with tools and kind of experience things to help me out around the house and other things around society,” Kappel said. “...The first day I was there I built a tool box and I worked with hammers and drills and a miter saw. ... I made a table lamp and I learned how to do electrical skills. One day I did from a socket to a switch to a light bulb and made that light up. Another day we actually soldered a rebar and washers together and I made a dragonfly yard art, which is kind of fun.
“... Now after camp I’ve been able to help out a lot more [at home]. It’s a big help around the house after the camp.”
Registration will end May 9. To register and for more information, contact Janet Queen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pat Dover, email@example.com.