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Children construct an "alien head" at Camp Adventure at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. Each year, college students from the States travel to overseas bases to host eight-week summer camps for first- to fifth-graders. In return for their work, they earn college credit, room and board and a small daily stipend. This year, 37 students are working as Camp Adventure counselors on U.S. bases in South Korea.

Children construct an "alien head" at Camp Adventure at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. Each year, college students from the States travel to overseas bases to host eight-week summer camps for first- to fifth-graders. In return for their work, they earn college credit, room and board and a small daily stipend. This year, 37 students are working as Camp Adventure counselors on U.S. bases in South Korea. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Children with glue-covered hands gathered around a table at the school-age services building Tuesday, excited about the day’s activities.

“Bring the head over here. We’re not done with it,” counselor Rachel Galloway said to the assembled mass of would-be mad scientists.

“We have to make the skin?” one asked as she reached for a box of orange tissue paper.

“Yes, and it’s going to get messy,” Galloway said. “Glue it on really good.”

The project — creating an alien head — was part of an annual summer program called Camp Adventure. Each year, college students from the States travel to overseas bases to host eight-week summer camps for first- to fifth-graders. In return for their work, they earn college credit, room and board and a small daily stipend.

This year, 37 students are working on U.S. bases in South Korea.

As some of the kids worked on the alien head Tuesday, another group worked on a cake.

At least one child joked about her efforts.

“I just got back from leave last Tuesday, and I’m already working again,” 9-year-old Sherrika Howell said after taking her turn with the cake batter.

Officials stressed Tuesday that it’s not too late to register children for the last three weeks of the camp, July 30 to Aug. 17.

Tuition runs between $44 and $98 a week, depending on the parents’ income, and children participate in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, sports and cooking.

Call the following locations for more information (all numbers DSN):

Camp Red Cloud — 732-9246

Camp Humphreys — 753-8507

Camp Walker — 764-5072

Osan Air Base — 784-6830

Yongsan Garrison — 738-4707


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