July 09, 2010

Media Advisory -- Summer Camps July 11-24

Reporters, photographers and news crews looking for appealing, entertaining summer activity stories will find many at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s summer camps. The University’s Division of Continuing Education coordinates the academic and athletic camps. The schedule for July 11-24, including a brief description of each camp, good times to acquire stories and photos, along with contact information, includes:

• Saluki Track and Field is hosting three camps. The throwing camp is July 11. Participants from grades 6-12 will work on their shot put and discus skills and techniques 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at McAndrew Stadium/Lew Hartzog Track. Pole vault camp and beginning hammer camp are both set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 17, also at McAndrew Stadium/Lew Hartzog Track, giving participants evaluation of and help with technique in these events. To find out more, contact Dan Digman or John Smith at 618/453-5311.

• Saluki Swim Camp, July 12-16. Children ages 8 and older will be swimming and diving and enjoying water sports and games, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day at the Student Recreation Center swimming pool. For more information, contact Scott Olson at 618/453-3149.

• Softball Camp -- pitching, July 13-14. Campers from grades 2 to 12 will work on drills and throwing specialized pitches, 1:30-3:30 p.m. daily at the Student Recreation Center. To learn more contact Kerri Blaylock or Christy Connoyer at 618/453-5311.

• Architecture Middle School Camp, July 11-16. Middle school-age children will learn about the built environment through discussions, studio projects, construction projects on various scales, computer graphics, and a field trip to St. Louis viewing various types of architecture. They will create their own mosaic stepping-stones at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, at the parking lot on the corner of Mill and Washington streets. Contact Jon Davey at 618/559-8931 for details.

• Four sessions of LEGO Camp for various age groups are set during this time period. Junior Creative LEGO Camp I is July 12-16 and Camp II is July 19-23. Both are for grades 1-2 and meet 8 to 11:30 a.m. with more advanced projects in Camp II. Children in third grade and older will participate in Creative Lego Camp July 12-16 or Advanced Creative LEGO Camp July 19-23. The older campers meet 1-4:30 p.m. Each camp provides age-appropriate learning experiences involving the popular building blocks and engineering principles and projects. The camps meet in Room 204 at Quigley Hall. For more information, contact Jon Davey at 618/559-8931.

• W.O.W., as they call Wild Outdoor Week, is July 12-16. Youths entering grades 5-7 this fall will enjoy an experiential adventure at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center about 7.5 miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. The camp, meeting daily 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., includes a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, swimming, rock-climbing and the high ropes course. To arrange a media visit, contact Travis Geske at 618/453-1121, ext. 238, or e-mail travis@siu.edu.

• High School Architecture Camp, July 18-23. High school students will discover the built environment via discussions, studio projects, creating projects on large and small scales, using computer graphics and through a field trip to St. Louis to see various types of architecture. They will make their own personalized stepping-stones at 9:45 a.m. on June 27 at the parking lot located at the corner of Mill and Washington streets. Call Jon Davey at 618/559-8931 to find out more.

• Boys’ Basketball Half-day Camp, July 19-22. Boys in grades 3-8 work on offensive skills, the fundamentals of shooting, ball handling and passing along with team play, contests and fun activities, 9 a.m.-noon at the Student Recreation Center. For more information, contact Brad Korn at 618/453-4667.

• Camp Little Giant offers several sessions of its therapeutic recreation camp for individuals with disabilities. Camp Traditions IV is July 11-16 for adults age 21 and older with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. Camp Shawnee I is July 18-23 while Camp Shawnee II is July 18-30; both are for youths ages 8-21 with physical, cognitive or development disabilities. Camp Little Giant provides those with disabilities a complete 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 vickil@siu.edu.

For more information about these camps and the other 2010 summer camps and workshops visit https://www.dce.siu.edu or contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751.