If not active during the summer, students can lose up to the equivalent of 2.6 months of what they've learned during the school year. This natural regression is something schools accommodate by reteaching at the beginning of the year but why not keep our children engaged in the summer months? In our competitive world if young learners are not engaged year-round they are likely falling behind. The Tree Fort Challenge is a way Oasis Day Camp helps stem this summer learning loss. It is an optional, incentive based game designed to reward campers for the time they spend reading during the summer. Most of the reading is done at home, during Oasis’ open gym hours, or while traveling by air-conditioned bus on a day trip. All campers receive game boards on which to score their progress and prizes can be redeemed once a camper has reached a reading milestone. In the past, prizes have included gift certificates, popular movie paraphernalia, and other items that make summertime more enjoyable. As soon as your camper’s Tree Fort Challenge has been conquered he or she should return the game board to Oasis with a parents signature. This gives staff a chance to sit down with each camper to conference about the reading they’ve finished. There is no set timeline for campers to complete the Tree Fort Challenge. Oasis Summer Day Camp works hard to create a stimulating environment, and one of the ways we accomplish this is by encouraging everyone to participate. To recognize our winners they are announced and celebrated every Friday during our morning meeting. Oasis Day Camp partners with parents to diminish academic regression over the summer months.