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Bahamas Lacrosse

IMG_6553 Island School alumnus, Eliott Wellenbach (F'11) wanted to come back to Eleuthera after his semester to share his passion of lacrosse with the community of Deep Creek. Today, the summer lacrosse camp he started on his own with his sister has grown immensely and has run for three consecutive, and successful, summers! Read more about Eliott's experience and the successful summer 2014 lacrosse camp:

"This was International Sports Education’s third annual lacrosse clinic in Deep Creek and it was the best experience by far! Upon arriving at DCMS, we were ecstatic to find two of our previous students not only passing using the sticks we provided them with last year, but also wearing the “Bahamas Lacrosse” t-shirts we designed the previous summer. From there, we received unsolicited, enthusiastic help from the two boys passing in the street as we worked together to repair a weathered lacrosse goal.

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The clinic itself was a huge success – we had 24 students overall, 14 of which were third year returners. We were not only impressed by the enthusiasm and progress of the new students throughout the week, but also blown away by can-do attitude sported by the veterans. These third year students excelled tremendously but not only with their raw lacrosse skill – they also became leaders by teaching the new students the techniques they had mastered over the past two years.

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Our goal is to promote the game of lacrosse, while fostering character development through leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship on and off the field. It has been exciting for us to see this unfold over the past three years and we are even more excited about what the upcoming ones will bring.

We were thrilled to find out that one of our 3rd year veteran students will be going to boarding school in Pennsylvania and playing on their lacrosse team this coming school year. We are very proud of him and all the hard work he has put into the classroom and also on the field!

We are looking forward to see each students' progress at next year's clinic!"

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Deep Creek Middle School Summer Programs

Summer may be a time for relaxation, but the Deep Creek Middle School and Resource  Center had one of its busiest summers yet. There was a new camp and opportunity to explore Eleuthera during almost every week of the summer. The programs kicked off with he Marine Debris & Me Plastic Pollution Camp taught participants about one of the major issues affecting the island. They took part in scientific research and helped create solutions to the problem, one of which was making beautiful art from beach plastic. Along the same idea of how to live sustainably in The Bahamas, the Sustainability Camp taught campers about water conservation, permaculture, aquaponics, biodiesel, renewable energy, and waste management.

This summer's sleepover option was the South Eleuthera Kids Camp. This popular program offered kids the opportunity to experience outdoor adventure, such as boating, snorkeling, and swimming. They experienced hands-on learning in marine ecology, conservation, sustainability and "green" living. After full days of adventure, campers spent the night at the Island School.

Students in Grades 9 - 12, as well as their parents and teachers, were invited to join College & SAT Boot Camp at the Rock Sound Mission. The aims of this camp were to provide study tips and content knowledge for the SAT. In addition to offering a practice test, participants also received information on college and scholarship planning.

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In its third year, International Sports Education's Lacrosse Camp was a great success. Of the 24 students, 14 were back for their third summer in a row. Camp Organizer and Island School alumnus Eliott Wellenbach (F'11) said, "Our goal is to promote the game of lacrosse, while fostering character development through leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship on and off the field. It has been exciting for us to see this unfold over the past three years and we are even more excited about what the upcoming ones will bring." The skills learned at Lacrosse Camp stay with the athletes. Zachary Carey (DCMS '14) has enjoyed the camp for all three years and will be attending Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania this year, with the goal of playing on the lacrosse team.

We thank everyone who organized and participated in our summer programs. Big things are already being planned for next year!

DCMS Students Head to Camp this Summer!

IMG_4012 Every summer, a few lucky Deep Creek Middle School students have the opportunity to attend summer camp in the states and Canada. This year, students will spend the summer at Camp Chewonki in Wiscasset, Maine and Camp Deerwood in Holderness, New Hampshire.

Part of what makes these experiences possible for the DCMS kids is help from Island School alumni families. If you are interested in helping or finding out more about our summer camp program, please email alumni@islandschool.org.

South Eleuthera Kids Camp

A few weeks ago the Educational Programs team had the pleasure of running our longest standing camp, The South Eleuthera Kids Camp (SEKC) for a five day event filled with wild fun, good times, and most importantly, some powerful learning moments. SEKC is a camp run yearly during the summer for local Eleutharan children to get a first hand experience of all that goes on at the Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Island school. The camp has been visiting the Island School for over 12 years now, and given the great time the kids had this year, it shows no signs of slowing down.

This year, fourteen young Bahamians between the ages of nine and thirteen had a busy week, with excursions into the field with field biologists as well as sandbar explorations, participating in interactive presentations with the Island school students, a down island trip and so much more. The young campers also got to mingle with the Summer Term Island School students during a day of terrestrial and marine ecosystem research which culminated in group presentations where the campers and the Island School students presented their learning to one another. Learning (and teaching) about some of the local medicinal plants found on Eleuthera was a highlight for the group, as was the night snorkel through the cut and the visit to the flats ecosystem for some bonefish catching and tagging work.

The youthful and boisterous group turned out to be quite the handful for the E.P team, but only in a most invigorating and lively way, and by the end of the week, it wasn’t just the instructors who were exhausted, but the children too. Many thanks to all the campers and their families for getting them down here for a few days and letting us care for your precious ones!

Until next year campers, E.P team signing out