ALBANY — A group of 100 Dougherty County kids won’t be sitting on the dock of the bay next week when they take part in the high-energy Otis Music Camp.
Named for Georgia-born singer and songwriter Otis Redding, the summer music camp mixes music, dance and learning. It is sponsored by the Otis Redding Foundation.
The students who will attend the four-day camp Monday through Thursday are members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany. It is part of the organization’s “camp within camp” and part of the Boys and Girls Clubs’ “STEM-Tastic” summer theme.
STEM refers to science, technology, electronics and math.
“Again, this is a part of our summer program offerings, where we are focused on exposing kids to a number of summer learning opportunities in a fun, safe environment,” officials with the Boys & Girls Clubs said in an email response about the program. “This is another example of how we utilize our partnerships to create opportunities to enhance the lives of young people. Music is a universal language and a great way to help prevent summer learning loss.”
A drum circle and other events, blending music and learning, will make learning fun.
“What we’re trying to do is expose our kids to more of the arts,” said Samal Carrington, the Boys & Girls Clubs director of development and marketing. “A lot of the time they don’t have that during the school year. We want to make sure they have exposure to all types of music.”
The camp will be held at the Club at Thornton Park.
The Otis Redding Foundation was founded in 2017 to honor the late musician’s desire to improve the academic performance of young students. The foundation oversees summer camps, the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts and the DREAM choir.