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Camp Invention Central Kansas

What is Camp Invention?

Spark your kid’s creativity and build their confidence at Camp Invention®! Ellsworth County is hosting a week of fun where children in grades K-6 will learn STEM concepts by collaborating with friends, building creative problem-solving power, sketching, building and testing inventions, and completing high-energy challenges inspired by world-changing innovators! 

Camp Dates:  July 11-15, 2022 

Location:  First Presbyterian Church Basement |  405 N Lincoln

Camp Invention is for children entering grades K-6th.

Scroll down the page for registration and scholarship information!

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Explore a Typical Day at Camp Invention 2022

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Camp Invention's Inspiration

Every good idea starts with a story, and Keri's personal journey created the motivation and inspiration to bring this STEM Camp to Ellsworth County and the surrounding area.

Keri's story begins in Ellsworth, where she grew up and graduated from Ellsworth High School.  A discovery journey into her professional career landed her at Raytheon, where she grew her passion for process improvement and change management.

Keri's professional and personal road took an unexpected and life-changing pivot in 2017,when she suffered a brain aneurysm, stroke, and heart attack, right here in Ellsworth, Kansas.  Her life was forever altered as she faced a long road to recovery.

The summer following Keri's aneurysm was fraught with new challenges as Keri and husband Marion struggled to balance their family life with recovery and workload.  It was then that Keri discovered an opportunity for Sierra.  Camp  Invention was offering a summer camp of STEM learning opportunities that seemed to be a way to occupy time in an educational environment.  Little did Keri and Sierra know that Camp Invention would ignite a fire for STEM learning and the opportunities that come from developing these skills at a young age.

During this 5 year anniversary of Keri's recovery, this is her "give-back" to the community that enveloped her during her trials, and to those gifted healing hands that set her on the road to recovery.  Keri is the inspiration and Director for Camp Invention Central Kansas 2022.

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Keri Weinhold Whorton & Sierra Whorton

Get Involved

Keri's goal is to make this camp assessible to all children who would like to attend and to break down barriers of costs.  As such, we have created several ways to make camp affordable.  

  • Register for the camp at an out of pocket cost of $245.00

  • Volunteer to assist during the camp!

  • Sponsor a scholarship for a child to attend or to reduce the cost for ALL children as a blanket donation to the effort

  • Support fundraising efforts to reduce the cost through the purchase of a delicious Marcon Pie!

  • Support fundraising efforts to reduce the cost through the purchase of pampering Bath Sorbet products!

REGISTER FOR THE CAMP

FUNDRAISING/SPONSORSHIP

(includes Bath Sorbet & Marcon Pies)

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP

(based on availability)

SPONSOR A CHILD TO ATTEND

VOLUNTEER

LEADER IN TRAINING

INTERNS

Camp Cancellation Policy

$75 of each registration fee is nonrefundable. The remaining balance is refundable up to 11:59pm ET on the Sunday three weeks prior to the start date of the program  (June 19) . Cancellations made after this time are nonrefundable, as materials and educator costs are allocated and final. As long as there is availability, you can switch your program location up to six weeks before the start date (Refund Policy will be applicable to the earliest start date).

 

Cancellation Insurance may only be purchased at the time of registration for an additional $25 per participant, which covers the registration cost should a parent need to cancel, less the insurance fee and any applicable materials which must be returned and unopened. Cancellation Insurance claims are redeemable up to the first day of the program by speaking with a Customer Relations representative at 800-968-4332.

MEET OUR CAMP INVENTION CENTRAL KANSAS TEAM

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Keri Whorton

Director

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Sarah Richard

3rd Grade Educator

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Louise Blanding

1st Grade Educator

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Bekah Tripp

4th Grade Educator