July 11, 2014

Media Advisory -- Summer Camps July 13-26

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s summer camps offer numerous opportunities for reporters, photographers and news crews to find many interesting stories. 

Continuing Education and Outreach coordinates most of the camps while the Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Saluki athletics and other campus units also handle activities. 

The 2014 summer camp schedule for Sunday, July 13 to July 26, along with a brief description of each camp, opportune times to capture good stories, photographs or footage, and contact information includes: 

  • Middle School Architecture Camp, July 13-18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for youths in grades 7-9, at Quigley Hall.  Participants will learn what architects and designers do, how people define space, and why buildings are created the way they are.  They will participate in a variety of activities including creating small scale architecture projects, learn the history of architecture, sketch and build models, and take a field trip the last day to study historic architecture.  For more information, contact Jon Davey at 618/453-3734 or by email at jdavey@siu.edu
  • TV News Camp, July 13-18, for high school students, at the Communications Building.  Participants in this residential camp will learn to write, produce, direct and present a TV news story in the WSIU-TV studio. They will also learned about broadcast writing, producing, performance, videography, editing and field reporting from veteran television news professionals and students and faculty in the university’s Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media.  For details, contact Jennie Gambach at 618/453-7713 or email jgambach@siu.edu
  • Camp Little Giant, the therapeutic recreation camps for children and adults of differing abilities, has three sessions during this time period.  Camp Shawnee I is July 13-18, Camp Shawnee II is July 13-25 and Camp Shawnee III is July 20-25.  Each camp is for participants between eight and 21 years old with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities, and provides true summer camp experiences.  The camps meet at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. For additional information, contact Vicki Lang at 618/453-1121, ext. 231, or by email at vickl@siu.edu
  • Summer Art Day Camp will offer four camp sessions during this time period and all meet in Allyn Building, Room 202. The first two sessions are July 14-18.  The Artists in Action Camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon.  Participants in grades 4-8 will explore various painting, drawing and sculptural media, and learn how to utilize different material and art forms to best express ideas and tell stories.  Explore Art Camp meets from 1 to 4 p.m. and is for children in grades 1-3.  Children will create art inspired by stories and picture books about animal adventures, myths and folk tales from around the world. There are also two sessions that run July 21-25, as well.  World Art Journey Camp is from 9 a.m. to noon for children in grades 1-3, and campers will make art inspired by the arts and crafts traditions of cultures from around the world.  Projects will include Peruvian finger puppets, African kente cloth and Indonesian batiks.  The Globetrotters Camp is from 1 to 4 p.m. for children in grades 4-8.  Participants will draw their inspiration from global art and exploring the many ways people in different cultures tell their stories and express ideas through artwork. For details, contact Continuing Education and Outreach at 618/536-7751 or dcereg@siu.edu
  • There are two Adventure Summer Day Camps during this time period, each from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Wilderness Outdoor Week (WOW) is July 14-18 for youths in grades 5-8.  The emphasis of the experiential camp is on learning and growth through outdoor adventure, as participants enjoy team building, canoeing, the zip line, rock climbing, the high ropes course, and hiking and swimming throughout the week.  The Southern Adventures Camp is July 21-25 for youths in grades 7-10.  Campers will participate in similar activities and also explore locations around Southern Illinois including Giant City State Park, Little Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, the Panther Den and Bald Knob wilderness areas and other locations in the Shawnee National Forest.  They will learn camping and hiking basics and outdoor survival skills.  For additional information, call 618/453-1121 or email tonec@siu.edu
  • Beginning LEGO Engineering, July 14-18, 8:30 a.m. to noon, for children in first and second grades, at Quigley Hall.  Campers will use basic LEGO parts and construction to create motorized and non-motorized projects including a level and catapult, car, pulley, conveyor, gears, gears with belts, simple crane, gears with chains, turn stile, folding chair, drawbridge, player piano, windshield wipers, helicopter, airplane, conveyor belt and a merry-go-round.  For details, contact Jon Davey at 618/453-3734 or by email at jdavey@siu.edu
  • Advanced LEGO Engineering, for children in grades 3-5, will have two camp sessions -- July 14-18 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and July 21-25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Quigley Hall. Campers will create motorized and non-motorized projects including a street cleaner, disk car, hand-held and other types of cranes, mechanical hammer, disk speedster, balance, balance with dial, windmill, sail car, go-cart, walking stick, dog, dragster, tow truck, helicopter and an airplane.  New projects will also explore renewable energy sources; investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption; and use measurements and data analysis to describe and explain outcomes through hands-on activities.  For more information, contact Jon Davey at 618/453-3734 or by email at jdavey@siu.edu
  • High School Architecture Camp, July 20-25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for high school students, at Quigley Hall.  Campers will explore design and architecture through discussions, studio projects, hands-on activities and field trips.  They will learn about building design, the history of architecture, what architects and interior designers do, how and why buildings are made the way they are and reused in construction.  They will participate in small-scale construction projects, sketching, rendering and building models, and explore historic architecture in St. Louis.  For details, contact Jon Davey at 618/453-3734 or by email at jdavey@siu.edu.  
  • WeDo Robotics LEGO Camp, July 21-25, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for grades 3-5, at Quigley Hall.  Children will participate in creative learning experiences in science, literacy, math and social studies utilizing LEGO Education WeDo hardware and software.  The “Wild Animal” themes include “Hungry Alligator,” “Flying Bird” and “Roaring Lion.  To learn more, contact Jon Davey at 618/453-3734 or by email at jdavey@siu.edu.