Chase Allen, 12, lets go of a lego car that he and a group designed during the Robotics Wiz enrichment camp at CTEC on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

After students in Salem - and across Oregon - saw their school buildings closed for over a year, Oregon legislators wanted to make the summer of 2021 a memorable one.

A $250 million spending package included about $13 million to expand summer camps for students in the Salem-Keizer School District. That's led to an explosion of creative offerings including forestry, band camp and dungeon master training.

READ MORE: From barbecue to robots, students explore new hobbies at expanded summer camps

-Rachel Alexander

Salvador Luna, 13, scrapes batter off of a mixer as Stella Pedersen, 12, washes her hands while the two work on a cast-iron dessert during the Farm to Fork enrichment camp at McNary High School on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Pineapples cook on a rotisserie during the Farm to Fork enrichment camp at McNary High School on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Nicholas Simpson, 11, holds up a Lego car that he and a group made as part of the Robotics Wiz Camp enrichment camp at CTEC on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Tato Ferris, 13, works on a design during the Robotics Wiz enrichment camp at CTEC on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

From left: Iris Hiltz, Isabella Howerton, Lilly Falcon and Ryan Billington work on their cast-iron dessert during the Farm to Fork enrichment camp at McNary High School on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Ryan Billington drizzles chocolate onto a cast-iron s'mores dessert during the Farm to Fork enrichment camp at McNary High School on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

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