Each day campers help facilitate making lunch and snacks for themselves alongside local vendors and chefs with locally sourced foods with an invitational brunch for family and friends on Saturday from the OSU/OKC Farmer's Market.
Campers and their families are also invited to take the Oklahoma River Cruise and visit the Wheeler Ferris Wheel as a part of the Summer Camp experience.
Each week is imbued with activities and guests exploring: Theatre, Inquiry Based Learning, Media & Communication, Upcycled Sewing with Alana Anderson & Howlpop, Gardening and Composting with Terry Craghead of Fertile Ground, Wildcrafting with Clarissa Sharp, Cooking with Katy Gartz and Vuong Nguyen, Dance with Joseph Misner, Sports with Balthazar Hensley and Thorne Poorman from BLOW and Paul Maupin, Film with Nicole Emmons-Willis, Science with Joey Rodman, Music with Jon Mooneyham/Todd Jackson/Elecktra Stanislava and Circus Performers Chase Vegas/Cassidy Queerface/Ooops the Clown to Local Farmers Ian Fuller and with Visual Artists: Kristopher Kanaly/Klair Larason/Anthony Pego/Betty Refour/Eric Piper/Erin Latham/Romy Owens/Narciso Argüelles/Taussy Brewer/Julie Yang/Rick Sinnett/Kjelshus Collins/Tony Westlund and Community Leaders like Lindsey Kanaly. Promoting learning and problem solving skills from a Whole Maker Perspective.
Guests joining the TradeShare camp schedule are invited to share their work with the campers leaving an impression of mentorship that lasts a lifetime.
It is so impactful for the kids to meet artists and community leaders in person as you most likely know. TradeShare summer camp programming is not traditional to a classroom setting. The camp programming is modeled more after a mix between a live museum atmosphere and a drop in center. Campers are offered multiple areas set up with access to project materials and guests covering visual arts, science, gardening, and cooking techniques. Sometimes guests just drop in and work in one of the project areas with the campers, and sometimes they drop in and the campers invited to interact with the guests' "show and tell", demo, or performance.
60% of campers are from Scholarships and 40% are paying campers. All proceeds go to supplies, field trip costs and to the non profit ReFuseOkc which donates upcycled materials to teachers, artists, and students.