May 28, 2010

Media Advisory -- SIUC Summer Camps June 1-12

Reporters, photographers and news crews looking for fun summer activity stories will find many opportunities at summer camps hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale in coming weeks.

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) coordinates the camps. The schedule for June 1-12, along with a brief camp description, opportune times to get stories, and contact information for each camp, includes:

• Cooperative Youth Camp, June 3-4. This conference gives high school juniors and seniors the chance to learn all about cooperatives and the seven principles of cooperatives through field trips, hands-on activities and presentations by employees of cooperatives. Media are welcome to visit the camp 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 3 or 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 4. Activities take place in Muckelroy Auditorium in the agriculture building, and outdoors. Group pictures are set for 8:30 a.m. June 4. For additional information contact Michelle Sullivan at 618/453-3080.

• Saluki Girls’ Volleyball Setter/Middle Hitters Clinic, June 5 at Davies Gym from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one-day specialty clinic is for grades 6-12 to help players improve skills and develop advanced volleyball techniques. To find out more, contact DCE at 618/536-7751 or Julie Yankus at 618/453-5476 (or by e-mail at

• Saluki Girls’ Basketball Saluki Slam, June 5-6. This is a team day camp for all middle school, high school junior varsity and varsity teams. It meets at the Student Recreation Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact DCE at 618/536-7751.

• Camp Little Giant begins its summer camp schedule with a pair of therapeutic recreation camps for those with disabilities. Camp Olympia I is June 6-11 for adults 21 and older with high care needs, low mobility or those using wheelchairs. Camp Olympia II, for the same populations, is June 6-18. The camps offer a true summer camp experience at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center, eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. To arrange a media visit, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-1122, ext. 231 or e-mail

• Big Dawg Day Camp, June 7-9 at the Student Recreation Center, 9 a.m.-noon. This basketball day camp helps girls in grades 3-8 learn the fundamentals of basketball from Saluki players and coaches. The camp includes games and competitions. For more information, contact Nicole Woods at 618/453-5487 or 704/214-3147.

• Saluki Baseball Camp, June 7-10 at Abe Martin Field. This day camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with a lunch break noon-1 p.m. It is for ages 7-13 and offers instruction in hitting, bunting, running bases, infield and outfield play, specific position work and pitching and there is supervised game activity. For additional information, contact Ken Henderson at 618/453-3794.

• Hovercraft Camp, weekdays June 7-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the engineering building or outside. Students entering grades 9-12 will learn about the theory, application, construction and operation of hovercraft and will actually work in teams to build hovercrafts. Media are welcome 10 a.m. to 3 pm. each day at the engineering building. For more information, contact Bryan Snow at 618/967-5473 or Mandara Savage at 618/536-3396.

• Volleyball Outside Hitter Clinic, June 12 at Davies Gym from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a one-day specialty clinic for grades 6-12 covering basic skills and development of advanced techniques for outside hitters. Fo