July 25, 2014

Media Advisory -- Summer Camps

School will begin in just a few weeks but there are still numerous opportunities for reporters, photographers and news crews to find engaging summer camp stories at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  

Continuing Education and Outreach coordinates most of the camps while Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Saluki athletics and other campus units handle others.  The final 2014 camp sessions are taking place in the next two weeks.  

The 2014 summer camp schedule for July 27-Aug. 8, along with a brief description of each camp, notable opportunities to capture good stories, photographs or footage, and contact information includes: 

• Camp Little Giant, the therapeutic recreation camp for children and adults of differing abilities, offers Dyna Camp, July 27-Aug. 2, for youths, ages 8-19, who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  The camp meets at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, about eight miles south of Carbondale, and provides a true summer camp experience.  For additional information, contact Vicki Lang at 618/453-1121, ext. 231, or by email at vickil@siu.edu

• Summer Art Day Camp, will offer two camp sessions, both meeting from Monday, July 28 to Friday, Aug. 1, in the Allyn Building, Room 202.  From 9 a.m. to noon, youths in grades 6-10 will participate in The World of Fibers Camp, looking at the way different cultures use fibers as their inspiration and creating their own woven works of art.  They will learn various styles and techniques to create 2-D and 3-D woven art and will build their own looms and experiment with different fibers including yarn, old T-shirts and natural materials.  From 1 to 4 p.m., children in grades 4-6 will enjoy Fabric Fun Summer Art Camp, where they learn different methods of dyeing fabric including Japanese Shibori and tie-dyeing.   They will also explore printmaking techniques including steaming and stenciling as they make their own stamps, stencils and printmaking plates for use with paper and fabric.  For details, contact Continuing Education and Outreach at 618/536-7751 or dcereg@siu.edu

• Saluki Prospects Baseball Camp, Aug. 4, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, at Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium.  This is an opportunity for players to showcase their skills for area college coaches and also receive skill instructions and evaluations from the SIU baseball staff.  For more information, contact Ryan Strain at rstrain@athletics.siu.edu.   

• Eco Camp “Clan of the Cave Kids” session, Aug. 4-8, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Touch of Nature Environmental Center. In this experiential nature activity camp, children in grades 2-7 will travel back to when mammoths, giant sloth, saber tooth cat, camels and lions roamed North America and explore the changing relationship between humans and animals. They will experience a heightened ecological awareness of the world through fun, educational, hands-on activities including swimming, hiking and kayaking. They will even form an eco camp tribe.  For more information, call 618/453-1121 or email tonec@siu.edu.