May 26, 2017

Media Advisory – Summer Camps June 1-17

Another full schedule of summer camps is kicking off at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, offering opportunities for reporters, photographers and news crews to obtain interesting activity stories, photographs and video. Conference and Scheduling Services and Touch of Nature Environmental Center coordinate most of the camps, while Saluki athletics and other campus units handle others.

The 2017 summer camp schedule for camps taking place June 1-17 that welcome media coverage, along with a brief description of each camp, opportune times to capture good stories, photographs or footage, and contact information, includes:

  • Touch of Nature is hosting numerous camps this summer, including two EdVenture camps and one X-Treme Kids Day Camp during this time period. For all of these camps, the most opportune times for media visits are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; contact camp organizers before arrival.

--- Survival 101 Day Camp is June 5-9 for children ages 7-10. It includes hands-on programs to help participants build their nature knowledge and survival skills. Planned activities include hiking, paddling, building shelters, collecting water, making fires, reading maps and compass and team-building activities.

--- Survival 102 Day Camp is June 12-16 for ages 10-13 and activities are similar to those planned for Survival 101 camp, with the addition of an optional overnight opportunity and a survival challenge.

For more information about either EdVenture camp or to schedule a media opportunity, contact Steve Gariepy at 618/453-1121 or by email.

  • X-Treme Kids Day Camp, an EcoCamp for ages 7-10, will also be June 12-16 at Touch of Nature. Participants will enjoy numerous traditional camp activities including arts and crafts, tie-dying, hiking, swimming, paddling, outdoor/indoor games, zip lining and rock climbing. To schedule a media visit, or for more information, contact Dena Haun.  
  • Camp Little Giant, the therapeutic recreation camp for children and adults of differing abilities, offers two camp sessions during this time period. Camp Olympia I is June 11-16 and Camp Olympia II is June 11-23. Both are for adults age 21 and older who have high care needs, low mobility or who use wheelchairs. Participants will enjoy arts and crafts, bowling, games and sports, horseback riding, nature hikes, canoeing, talent shows, music, environmental activities, swimming, boating and much more. To arrange a visit, or for more information, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-3950 or by email.
  • Saluki Baseball Camp, for children ages 7-13, is June 12-15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Participants receive individual instruction to enhance their hitting, bunting, base-running and pitching skills and their infield and outfield play. Media are invited to cover the participants sliding down the hill at Abe Martin Field from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on June 15. For more information, contact Ken Henderson at 618/453-3794 or or Ryan Strain at 618/453-7645 or