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GOTCHA program is on fall break menu for Oklahoma children

Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma's GOTCHA camp is in its second year and teaches kids about physics through an array of activities.
by Matt Patterson Published: September 27, 2012
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Physics doesn't have to be intimidating, and that's the message Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma is trying to send with its GOTCHA fall camp.

GOTCHA is an acronym for Great Outdoor Teaching Classroom Holiday Adventure. Program director Penn Henthorn said participants will be able to test a variety of theories through fun activities. All sessions will be at Camp DaKaNi, 3309 E Hefner, in Oklahoma City.

“We'll use archery to talk about trajectory and the optimal angle for the arrow to go the farthest, and we'll have gravity experiments with our rock wall to show them how repelling is affected by gravity,” Henthorn said. “We'll use a zip line to teach them about velocity and speed and all of it in a fun and safe environment.”

Henthorn said response to the camp has been good for a program in its second year.

“It's a great opportunity for kids to learn the basics of physics and to get outdoors, which is something kids need to do more of these days,” he said. “It's also a way to learn self-confidence.”

The camp sessions will coincide with fall break at Oklahoma City schools. Sessions are open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

There will be a three-day session Oct. 10-12 and a full week session Oct. 22-26. Cost is $105 for the three-day session and $150 for the week. All sessions run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before and after care is available.

For more information or to enroll a child in the program, call Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma at 254-2067 or 234-6508.

by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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