- Last Updated on 03:04 PM 05/06/12
- BY Tiffany Hudson
Camp Motorsport, currently located at Virginia International Raceway, offers children ages 8 to 16 a different spin on the traditional summer camp.
Camp participants spend 20 percent of their time driving go carts, but according to Camp Director Diane Tyrrell, they come to the camp because they are interested in the science and technology and physics of the cars.
“We get a lot of kids who are interested in vehicle design, math education and physics of the cars,” said Tyrrell.
The camp offers a hands on first hand experience in the science, technology, engineering and math education in a motorsports related field.
The director also said that although the camp is “a little different,” it is still the traditional summer camp offering all the core values.
“The kids still do skits, sing and sit by the campfire. They play in the pool and have a good time,” said Tyrrell.
“The most important thing is that they learn to make new friends, get along, learn not to bully anyone and build self-confidence, and those are all things you learn at a summer camp,” she added.
Camp Motorsport is hoping to move its operations to Clover where the former Camp Staunton Meadows summer camp operated for over 30 years.
The board of supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Bethune complex in Halifax on a request to move the camp’s location.
The camp is currently in operation only in the summer when local schools are out for summer vacation, in July and the first weeks of August.
“If we move to the new facility, we hope to eventually be open all year and work with the local schools to do some education programs and some things with the community,” said Tyrrell.