"They'll be broken up in groups of four children, and it will be very, very intense phonics work from professional teachers, mostly retired teachers," says Hoffman. "There will be three hours of very, very intense learning about reading. The goal is to get them to develop a love of reading."
Scholastic, a publisher of children's novel-type books, Hoffman says, is donating books for the children to take home.
It won't be all work and no play for the campers, who mainly are from Boyle County but also include a few from Mercer County, she adds.
"We're doing fun things. Centre donated its pool, and they'll be going there every day to swim. We're taking them to the library to expose them to what the library is all about. A librarian is giving them a talk on how the library works."
A scavenger hunt also is planned in Constitution Square.
"It's not just intense class time, but fun as well," Hoffman notes.
Trinity lucky to have retired teachers
The camp will be in the church's parish hall. Hoffman says Trinity is hosting the camp because "we are fortunate enough to have some very, very active diocesan people, who work with the diocese, who happen to be retired teachers."
"This piques their interest," she explains. "And also, it is very, very recognized that reading is the key to keeping children out of prison. The state of California gauges how many prison cells it is going to need in the future by how many children in third or fourth grade can't read," Hoffman adds, citing a study she read.
"So reading is the key to life in this world. And this is one outreach we can provide. ... We know enough teachers who know kids who are not motivated to read at home. They need additional help the school system cannot provide."
Hoffman notes the church "hopes to do (the camp) for many years to come."