July 17, 2009

Media Advisory -- Summer Camps July 19-Aug. 1

The wide variety of summer camps hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers great opportunities for reporters, photographers and news crews to find appealing summer activity photographs, video and stories.

The University’s Division of Continuing Education coordinates the camps that bring hundreds of people to the campus and its outlying facilities each summer. The camp schedule for July 19-Aug. 1, along with a brief camp description, suggested times to get stories and contact information for each camp includes:

• Camp Little Giant offers Dyna Camp July 19-25 for youths ages 8-18 with attention deficit, hyperactive disorder. The therapeutic recreation camp gives those with disabilities a true summer camp experience at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. Call Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-1122, ext. 231, or e-mail vickl@siu.edu to set up a media visit.

• Saluki Boys’ Basketball Half-Day Camp, July 20-23, at the Student Recreation Center. Boys in grades 3-8 will be working on offensive skills development, basketball fundamentals and more through instruction, team play and contests. Media are welcome from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the center. For more information contact Brad Korn at 618/453-HOOP.

• Kid Architecture Camp, July 20-24 at Quigley Hall and other locations. This nationally acclaimed camp introduces children in grades 4-6 to architecture and the built environment through hands-on projects, presentations, field trips and more. Media can come to the parking lot at the corner of Mill and Washington streets at 10 a.m. July 21 to see participants creating their individualized mosaic stepping-stones. For more information contact Jon Davey at 618/559-8931 or e-mail jdavey@siu.edu

• Advanced Robotics Camp, July 27-31 at the technology labs in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts labs. Participants learn about electronics, mechanical systems, programming principles, writing original code and more as they work with their own robots. Media are welcome to come to Room 204A in the Applied Sciences and Arts building July 31, 10:30 a.m.-noon, to see camp participants demonstrate their “Boe Bot” robots. For more information, contact Martin Hebel at 618/453-8806 or via e-mail at mhebel@siu.edu.

• Lego Engineering Camps, July 27-31 at Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road. Participants will be creating advanced Lego machines and designs in this camp that combines math and science in a fun way. The junior Lego camp for ages 5-7 is 8-11 a.m. and the elementary camp, for ages eight and older, meets 1-4 p.m. each day. Media are welcome to come to Room 150 during either camp session. For more information contact Vanessa Sneed at 618/453-5684.

• Wild Outdoor Week, aka W.O.W., is July 27-31 at Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Children in grades 7-9 will participate in this experiential adventure camp with a focus on learning and individual growth through outdoor activities including rock climbing, caving, swimming, canoeing, completing the high ropes course and more. To arrange a media visit, contact Travis Geske at 618/453-1122, ext. 238, or e-mail travisg@siu.edu.

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