Every year the Muscatine High School choir department holds their annual Youth Show Choir Camp. This camp is available for anyone from 2nd to 8th grade. The camp is separated between elementary students and middle school students. This year, Youth Show Choir Camp had 27 elementary students and 29 middle school students.
Youth Show Choir Camp is meant to introduce students to show choir and pique their interest in singing and performing. The camp also gives students a glimpse into what it is like to be a part of a real show choir if they become interested in auditioning for their middle school or high school show choir. Camp also gives the students a chance to interact with other students and make new friends.
Throughout the week, students learned the three songs they performed for their show at the end of the week. Each afternoon, they learned choreography taught by high school volunteers to go along with the songs they were learning. Throughout the day they also got snacks and played icebreaker and team-bonding games.
Not only does show choir camp provide a performance for the groups at the end of the week, but students also have the opportunity to audition for a talent show. Talents can range from singing, dancing, and tumbling to telling jokes or whatever other talent students bring to the table. This year, seven students were selected to take place in the talent show in between the elementary and middle school show choir performances.
In addition to the campers, there are 13 camp counselors who make each day of camp possible. Counselors help students learn their music, teach choreography, and play games with the campers. The volunteer counselors are high school students who are selected by head choir director Jonathan Ryan.
Youth show choir camp is an annual event that anyone who meets the age requirement can take part in.