For the second consecutive year, the Delaware County Department of Job and Family Services will offer a week-long summer camp to bolster local youths' education and life skills.

For the second consecutive year, the Delaware County Department of Job and Family Services will offer a week-long summer camp to bolster local youths' education and life skills.

Through June 11, the county's DJFS and program partner Delaware-Union Education Services Center is holding open registration to their "Superstar Camp."

The camp, which will be held from June 22 through 26 on the Ohio Dominican University campus, will offer Delaware County students preparing to enter seventh, eighth and ninth grades opportunities to make friends while honing study and life skills.

"We give them study skills that will enable them to succeed in school, and life skills that will enable them to succeed in life," said Steve Ehrle, a DJFS point of contact for the Superstar Camp program. "It's pretty cool, actually. They get to spend four nights in a dorm on a college campus, and they get to do team-building with other students.

"This is not summer school."

Curriculum applied during the camp seeks to instill study skills such as time management, note-taking, memory enhancement and test-taking and reading and mathematics strategies.

The camp also attempts to teach communication skills, problem-solving techniques and conflict resolution.

"Certainly, statistics show that kids do better in school by attending this, but they also have fun," Ehrle said.

Ehrle said the camp is free if students are referred by their school counselor or DJFS. Participation will be limited to the first 60 students who register.

Registration information can be obtained by contacting Ehrle, at (740) 833-2337, or Marie Ward at the Delaware-Union Education Services Center, (740) 548-7880, Ext. 3470.

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