National Center for Family Literacy Launches Online Summer Camp

NCFL Fights Summer “Brain Drain” With Toyota-Supported Camp What-a-Wonder and Verizon Foundation-Supported Wonderopolis


  • The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) announced today the launch of the second annual Camp What-a-Wonder — a free, national online program that provides families with interactive activities based on weekly themes to help negate summer learning loss.
  • Camp What-a-Wonder stems from NCFL’s Wonderopolis®, an online destination where children can learn through discovery, creativity and imagination. Wonderopolis features a “Wonder of the Day®,” a fun, daily post that explores an everyday mystery.
  • Camp What-a-Wonder kicks off on July 2 and runs through July 27.
    • The camp will provide a downloadable audio explore guide based on the Wonder of the Day that will take families offline for fun, interactive activities.
    • Families can participate in live, weekly Campfire Chats over Twitter (hashtag #WonderChat), hosted by celebrities/experts including Zach Slavin of the Audubon Foundation’s TogetherGreen InitiativeJeni’s Ice Cream, and craft specialists Kathy Cano-Murillo and Angela Daniels.
  • Each week’s activities are based on a different theme related to the Wonders of the Day, including Spooky Stories, Campfire Cooking, Creepy Crawling Critters and Craft-A-Palooza.
    • The first week’s theme, Spooky Stories, features a Campfire Chat with L.A.-based author of “Cowboy and Wills” Monica Holloway
    • Each week’s Wonder of the Day will be posted on
  • Recent studies have shown that summer “brain drain” can cause kids to lose up to two months’ worth of skills learned during the school year. NCFL is providing Camp What-a-Wonder in order to continue combating this trend by encouraging kids to explore and learn throughout the summer.
  • 2012 Camp What-a-Wonder is a special summer program of Wonderopolis and is generously supported by Toyota. Ongoing support for and its content is provided by the Verizon Foundation.


  • “Once that last bell rings for summer, parents’ busy schedules and a surge of free time can make kids check out completely for a few months. The Camp What-a-Wonder program gives kids an opportunity to have fun with their families while also stimulating their minds — so they haven’t lost any of what they’ve learned once they re-enter school in the fall.” – Emily Kirkpatrick, NCFL vice president

The National Center for Family Literacy, founded in 1989 and based in Louisville, Ky., is the worldwide leader in family literacy. More than 1 million families have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL’s work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers. For more information, contact1-877-FAMLIT-1 or visit

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