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—Alvaro Cortés, Executive Director Beyond the Bell Branch
Our flagship program Camp Skyhook, is an immersive, hands-on experience that brings together learning in outdoor environments for fourth and fifth graders to inspire them in a future of STEM education (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). The program is sponsored by the Skyhook Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the curriculum was developed by UCLA and NASA.
Children go on a five-day adventure in the Angeles National Forest where nature itself becomes a multidimensional, multisensory experience.
Children are selected by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Though the camp is located in the beautiful Angeles National Forest less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, the large majority of these children have never been in nature. Many of these kids have been taught to mistrust ‘outsiders’ — which includes children from other schools. The camp’s clean, well-maintained facilities foster a sense of safety and togetherness that these kids desperately need. At Camp Skyhook, children learn not only to get along but to depend on one another. And though the camp provides time-honored activities kids love — hiking, swimming, skits and stories by the fire — our goal is to create more than a happy memory. It’s to initiate and encourage a child’s interest in STEM.
Experts tell us that first-hand experience with a subject sparks neurons in a child’s brain that affect how long that child will retain a particular memory. Camp Skyhook can impact and even alter a child’s future by using STEM-based, hands-on learning to engage each child with nature.
At Camp Skyhook, we believe that when a child’s brain is stimulated at the right age and in the right way, curiosity will lead that child to seek out more information about science, technology, engineering and math. When children have fun and are engaged, the world opens up to them!
Previously known as Beyond the Bell’s Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center, a division of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the camp is a well-tested program that is so popular with teachers and students alike, there’s a four-year waiting list to get in.
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**Skyhook Foundation is a 501(c) 3 Charitable Foundation.