Young Local Reader Featured in Camp TV Segment on WSKG
Public Television Brings Playful Summer Learning to Kids Nationwide with Season 4 of Camp TV
New season launches wskg.org and camptv.org
WSKG announced the return of the award-winning Camp TV public television series. Season 4 of The WNET Group’s summer learning series, aimed at kids ages 5–9, is led by a brand-new Head Counselor, actress and singer Nzingha "Zing" Ashford. Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region of NY and the North Branch of PA, new episodes of Camp TV will premiere on WSKG-TV and streaming on wskg.org. The new season introduces 10 new half-hour episodes, joining the collection of 50 episodes and 500+ segments from previous seasons that are already available to stream on camptv.org.
“Camp TV’s mission is to prevent the summer learning slump in a fun and accessible way,” said Sandra Sheppard, executive producer of Kids’ Media & Education for The WNET Group. “We're thrilled with the new array of activities and themes this season, thanks to the collaboration with our many educational and cultural partners.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for WSKG to support summer learning with a diverse range of educational topics,” said Brieanna Moreno, Director of Education for WSKG. “Many thanks to our local "reader", Aditi R., who is encouraging her peers to continue reading throughout the summer.”
Camp TV begins with an announcement of the theme for the day, which for Season 4 includes Ice Cream Day, Polka Dot Day, Penguin Day, Bubble Day, Kid Inventor Day, Compliment Day, Tropical Day, Slipper Day, Rain Day and Scary-ish Day.
Episodes feature dynamic teaching artists from leading educational and cultural institutions across the country. Experts lead young viewers in hands-on activities that explore math, literacy, science, arts, movement, mindfulness and more. Viewers also go on virtual field trips to museums and performing arts centers.
In this all-new season, kids can learn how to juggle; make bunraku puppets and a rubber-band powered boats; meet a corroboree frog, penguins, and coral reef fish; learn about right angles and how to "measure" a pet; make sheet pan nachos and hold a yoga tree pose. Each episode concludes with a story time segment featuring young readers from public television stations around the country, including Aditi P. from the WSKG viewing area, reading Bubbles…Up! By Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Sonia Sánchez.
Activity guides will be posted on CampTV.org so families can do the activities at home. The website invites kids and other users to easily explore the entire collection of Camp TV segments, episodes, related activities and more.
Camp TV content partners for Season 4 include Bedtime Math, Blackspace, Carnegie Hall, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Go with YOYO, Guggenheim Museum, The Intrepid Museum, Memphis Zoo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mister C, National Dance Institute, New Victory Theater, New York Theatre Ballet School, One Voice Children’s Choir, PBS39, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Story Pirates, and WHRO Public Media.
Camp TV is a production of The WNET Group. The program is distributed nationally by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Sandra Sheppard is executive producer. Melinda Toporoff is co-executive producer and writer. Kevin Di Salvo is producer.
Funding for Camp TV is provided by the New York State Education Department and The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the New York City Council and administered by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.
WSKG serves to inspire with the highest quality educational programming, explore the arts, culture, and heritage of the region and beyond, engage in thoughtful consideration of news and issues of importance, and entertain with the very best in multimedia programming.
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