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August monthly Foundation news – The LOOP

The LOOP - Leveraging Our Opportunities and Partnerships
August 2016 – Construction Adventure Camp Edition
Keeping you in the LOOP – Foundation monthly news in two minutes or less
Filling the future pipeline of workers one happy camper at a time
The Foundation welcomed seventeen 4th-6th graders to the third-annual Construction Adventure Camp from July 11-15. Aimed to inspire and introduce young minds to the industry, it was the first time many campers used hand and power tools. Hands-on activities included: building wooden tool boxes and bird houses, constructing the Foundation’s Ready Set Build house, creating concrete pavers, competing for the tallest straw tower and strongest wooden bridge, and touring the Alaskan Way Viaduct Milepost 31 Museum as well as MidMountain’s Elliott Bay Seawall Project. Several veteran campers returned enthusiastically, and several more indicated that they can’t wait to come back next summer (more below). Thanks to all who made this camp a success!
Campers pose in the Ready Set Build house with volunteers from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The women helped campers construct the house after talking about different pathways and careers in the industry.
Words Worth Repeating, Camp Style:
“This is just like school, but fun!” 
“Can we sign up for two weeks?” 
“Can we spend the night?” 
“Nails hate me today.” 
Camper one: “My favorite part of camp is building.”
Camper two: “Yeah, that’s why they call it Construction Camp.”   
“I can’t wait to use my toolbox at home!”  
“I want to be an engineer one day.”  
“Positivity breeds creativity!”
“My dad builds stuff just like this, only bigger!”
(referring to the Ready Set Build house) 
“Sometimes less is more.”
“Slow and steady wins the bridge-building race.”
“We definitely should have drawn our plans to scale.” 
“I’m getting old. Can I come back next year as a volunteer?”
Special thanks to the following sponsors that provided materials, jobsites, and tuition subsidies for several campers. This camp would not be possible without your support!
Individual Sponors
Mr. Bill Bender
Mr. Kelly Barber
Ms. Sarah Cox
Mr. Andrew Ledbetter