Do you know how to sew a button? Make an apron? Stitch a hem? Is this a skill you want your kids to have but you aren’t sure you’re the perfect person to teach them? If you answered yes to any of these questions then there’s a camp for that!
Rocket City Sewcial opened in 2017 and has been offering sewing camps and classes for kids – and adults – ever since. Recently we chatted with the owner/operator of RCS, Crystal Brewer, who couldn’t wait to share details about her plans for summer camps.
Grades/Ages of Campers: kids 8 & up
Counselor/Camper Ratio: 1 teacher to 4 students
Camp Dates: weekly between June 3rd – July 23rd (Thursday & Fridays from 9:00-12:00)
Cost: $85 per session
What is your camp’s predominant mission/philosophy?
To pass along the knowledge of sewing to future generations so that the art of sewing will not be lost, to help children strengthen fine motor and decision making skills, gain real-life experience using math; including fractions and measurements, provide a creative outlet for artistic abilities, and to have sewcial time with other children. Also, we feel it’s a great confidence boost to be able to say that you created something with your own hands.
What sets your camp apart from other area programs?
We are one of only a few schools in town that teach the art of sewing from a true beginner level. We provide the students with everything needed for each lesson or project. Don’t have a sewing machine, no problem! We will provide you one during class. We also provide all fabric, notions, and supplies.
What activity opportunities exist for your campers?
Each week we have a different camp theme, so there is something for everyone. We will learn how to use the sewing machine from basic operation, to more advanced sewing as the student’s abilities advance, and as they gain confidence by creating something with their own hands.
What protocols are you following for Covid-19?
Our class sizes are kept small. Each child has their own table, sewing machine, and supplies which are sanitized after every class. Masks are required to be worn inside the building per state mandate and hand sanitizer is available for use.
What advice do you have for parents looking for a camp for their child(ren)?
Make sure that it’s something that your child wants to learn and participate in. As an instructor I can quickly tell if your child wants to be there or not. Sewing isn’t for everyone, and that’s ok. There might be other activities that will allow your child to use their creativity.
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