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ETSU campus turned campsite for summer

Jennifer Sprouse • Jun 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Thanks to various camps ––academic, sports, music-based ––East Tennessee State University’s campus will not be an empty or quiet place this summer.

The Office of Professional Development hosts academic- enriched camps throughout the summer for kids in a day camp atmosphere with their nine summer programs.

One of the programs is the Renaissance Child Camp, initially set up to be a springboard for success for kids ages 6 to high-school age.

“The idea behind it is having the well-rounded child, so they do a little bit of everything. They do problem-solving, creative writing, arts and crafts, science experiments and they get to go swimming every day,” Angela McFall, program coordinator for the Office of Professional Development, said.

The Renaissance Child Camp, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will be offered for kids ages 6-10 from June 18-22 and July 9-13. These child camps focus on activities in math, science, technology and art, as well as writing poetry and stories.

She said an extension to the child camp is the Renaissance Challenge Camp, ages 11-14, for June 25-29.

“That camp this year is doing superhero week, so they’ll still have all the different aspects, but it’ll all be focused around creating their own superhero,” she said.

The Renaissance Construction Zone, scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3, is where kids will learn and use the basics of science, with engineering and physics principles, to make their own invention.

“We’ve got several camps for older kids too,” McFall said. “We’ve got the science and forensics, science and engineering, computer camp for teens and the digital media for high schoolers.”

Another camp they offer is a two-week art, music and drama camp.

“That one they actually make up their own play,” she said. “They write their play, design their set, costumes and at the end of the two weeks they perform it for their parents.”

The camp is scheduled to run July 9-20.

The Science Exploration Laboratory has already finished up for the summer, but kids ages 6-12 explored science in the class- room with chemistry experiments and studies on animal habitats.

Camps through the Office of Professional Development run each day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kim Young, the conference coordinator for ETSU, said beyond academia, the university plays host to a variety of overnight camps during the summer, which fills up residence halls, cafeterias and the campus grounds.

“The summertime has historically been a busy time here on campus,” Young said. “We have a variety of summer groups scheduled to be on campus this summer that range from sports camps to music camps to church youth group camps. So we have a wide variety and that keeps it exciting here on campus in the summer.”

Two different Upward Bound programs span a five-week time period, exposing programs from Virginia Highlands Community College and Appalachian State University to campus life during their stay.

High school bands also frequent the ETSU campus during the summertime to hold their band camps. The bands scheduled to utilize ETSU’s campus this year are from Morristown-Hamblen High School West and Sevier County High School, Young said.

The (East Tennessee) Suzuki Flute Institute, sponsored by the music department, as well as a piano camp will be other musicoriented camps held this summer.

Sport teams will also spread out on campus, practicing and finetuning athletic skills for volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball and baseball, as well as a high school cheer camp with Universal Cheerleaders Association.

The PowerLife Student Camp, a Christian-based camp, is also expected to bring approximately 500 middle-school to high-schoolage kids in July.

The Departments of Social Work will be sponsoring a migrant student leadership program for kids of migrant workers in Tennessee to come to ETSU for a week to hopefully spark an interest in post-secondary career training. This particular camp is by invitation only and eligible only for high-school-age students.

A medical camp sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine will also apply to students at the high school level interested in the medical profession, Young said.

Students will stay at residence halls on campus while visiting and Young said ARAMARK Campus Dining Service will schedule and provide meals for campers.

While most of the students visiting campus this summer aren’t quite college age, Young said the camps provide good exposure to ETSU’s campus and the Johnson City area.

“It’s always good for us to be able to showcase our campus to these students with the hopes that they will choose ETSU,” she said.

For information about renaissance camp prices, dates, programs, or to register, visit www.   etsu.edu/renaissancechild  .

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