July 23, 2010

Media Advisory -- Summer Camps July 25-Aug.13

Just a few weeks of summer camps remain at Southern Illinois University Carbondale but reporters, photographers and news crews can still find a variety of entertaining summer activity stories.

The Division of Continuing Education coordinates the academic and athletic camps. The camp schedule for July 25-Aug. 13, including a brief description of each, opportune times to get stories and photos as well as contact information, includes:

• Girls Make Movies, July 25-30. Young women in grades 9-12 will learn to tell stories with video. They’ll explore various types of films from documentaries to fiction and create their own short films to share with others. The campers will be at the Communications Building from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 26-30. For details, contact Jason Hartz at 618/453-4303.

• Kid Architecture Camp, July 26-30. Children in grades 4-6 learn about the built environment and architecture through hands-on projects, field trips and activities under the direction of Jon Davey, architecture professor. The nationally recognized camp has drawn participants from around the world for more than 20 years and won numerous awards. Media are welcome to come to the parking lot at the corner of Mill and Washington streets at 9:45 a.m., July 27, as campers will be creating mosaic steppingstones. To learn more about the camp, contact Davey at 618/559-8931.

• W.O.W., also known as Wild Outdoor Week, is July 26-30. It is an experiential adventure for children entering grades 7-9 this fall. The camp meets at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. Each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. participants will engage in a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, 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.

• Girls’ Basketball Big Dawg Day Camp, Aug. 2-4. Girls in grades 3-8 will work on basketball fundamentals. Saluki players and coaching staff members will group campers according to age and/or skill level and through games, fun drills and competitions the young campers will enhance their skills and compete for daily prizes. The camp runs 9 a.m. to noon at the Student Recreation Center. For more information, contact Nicole Woods at 618/453-5487 or 704/214-3147.

• Four sessions of LEGO Camp for various age groups will take place during this time period. Junior Creative LEGO Camp I is Aug. 2-6 and Camp II Aug. 9-13. Both, featuring all sorts of learning activities with Legos, are for grades 1-2 and meet 8 to 11:30 a.m. Camp II projects are somewhat more advanced. Children in third grade or older will participate in Creative Lego Camp Aug. 2-6 or Advanced Creative LEGO Camp Aug. 9-13. The older campers meet 1-4:30 p.m. Each camp includes age-appropriate learning experiences with the popular building blocks along with applications and projects involving engineering principles. All camps meet in Room 204 at Quigley Hall. To find out more, contact Jon Davey at 618/559-8931.

• Camp Little Giant offers several therapeutic recreation camp sessions for individuals with disabilities in coming weeks. Camp Shawnee III is July 25-30 for those ages 8-21 with physical, cognitive or development disabilities. Dyna Camp is Aug. 1-7 and it is for youths ages 8-16 with attention deficit, hyperactive disorder. Camp Little Giant camps offers individuals with various disabilities a complete summer camp experience at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center. The center is about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. To plan 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 or the other summer 2010 workshops and activities visit https://www.dce.siu.edu or contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751.