June 04, 2009

Media Advisory -- SIUC Summer Camps June 5-19

Reporters, photographers and news crews in search of interesting summer activity stories can find plenty of opportunities during the youth and adult camps this summer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The University’s Division of Continuing Education coordinates the camps.

The camp schedule for June 5-19, including a brief description, opportune times to capture good stories and contact information for each camp, includes:

• Southern Illinois Cooperative Youth Conference, Friday, June 5, Agriculture Building. The College of Agricultural Sciences and the Illinois Cooperative Council host this camp for high school students, featuring workshops and experience in the cooperative way of doing business. For details about story opportunities contact Peter Dirks at 618/453-3014 or via e-mail at dirks@siu.edu.

• Setter/Middle Hitters Volleyball Clinic, Saturday, June 6, at the SIU Arena for sixth through 12th graders. This clinic is for setters and middle hitters and helps participants enhance their skills to excel at these positions. Instruction for setters covers setting and running the offense while middle hitters will learn about blocking and hitting. Media are welcome at the Arena 2-4 p.m. to see SIUC volleyball players and staff working with volleyball players from around the region. For more information contact Julie Yankus at 618/453-5476 or via e-mail at jyankus@siu.edu.

• Eco U summer nature day camps are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and include “Animal Adventures -- In Every Nook and Cranny, Animals are Amazing” June 8-12, and “Survival 101 -- Explore the Way Native Americans Used the Land to Meet Their Basic Needs” on June 15-19. Children entering grades one-six learn about the environment and nature through fun, hands-on activities at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located about 7.5 miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. For more information or to set up media coverage, call 618/453-1122, extension 250 or e-mail kateh4@siu.edu.

• Camp Little Giant features three sessions of its therapeutic creation camp for children and adults with disabilities during this time span. The camp is located at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Camp Olympia I, for adults 21 and older with high care needs, low mobility or using wheelchairs is June 7-12, while Camp Olympia II for the same population is June 7-19. Camp Olympia III is June 14-19 for young adults and adults with high care needs, low mobility or using wheelchairs. To set up a media visit, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-1122, ext. 231.

• Saluki Baseball Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, June 8-11, at Abe Martin Field. Kids ages seven to 13 will work on hitting, fielding and pitching skills. Contact Ken Henderson at 618/453-3794 about story possibilities.

• Saluki Softball Hitting and Defense Camp, 9 a.m.-noon daily, June 8-11, at Sports Blast. Youths in grades three through 12 will use drills and other training to improve their hitting, bunting and defensive skills. For story options or details contact Kerri Blaylock at 618/453-5466.

• Tennis Camp, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 8-11, at the tennis courts. Grades three through 12 will work to improve their tennis skills. For more information contact Audra Nothwehr, 618/453-5463.

• Tennis Academy, 10 a.m.-noon, June 15-19, at the tennis courts. Grades seven through 12 will be enhancing their tennis skills. For details contact Dan Nelson at 618/453-7247.

• Boys’ Basketball Full Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, June 15-18, at the SIU Arena and Student Recreation Center. Boys in grades three through eight are participating in this camp with an offensive emphasis. There’s competition and the final day will feature awards. Contact Brad Korn at 618/453-4667 for details.

• Challenge to Excellence, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily, June 15-18, in the law school auditorium. This is the camp’s 26th year for academically talented youths in fifth through seventh grades. A variety of experiences will challenge them to enhance their creativity and problem-solving skills. They’ll be rehearsing a play during the week with the performance set for 6 p.m. on June 18. For more information contact John McIntyre at 618/453-2415.

• Challenger British Soccer Camp, June 15-19, at Stehr Field, behind the Wham Education Building. First through fourth grades participate 9 a.m. to noon and grades 5-12 are 1-4 p.m. Stop by 9 a.m.-noon on June 19 to see country presentations.

You can find additional information about all of the 2009 summer camps on the SIUC Web site at https://www.dce.siu.edu or by contacting the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751.