Edinboro University Announces Great Scots Summer Camps

- Prospects for fun, productive summer just got brighter for students in the region who want to develop new skills while keeping their minds and bodies active.

Edinboro University, the region’s premiere location for athletic camps, announces Great Scots Summer Camps, an expansion of its summertime offerings to include six academic camps. The new academic programs begin June 15 and continue through early August.

Residential camps for high school students will enable participants to build skills they need to become leaders or to gain hands-on experience related to engaging careers in business, crime scene investigation, health care, and television and other media.

“Our Great Scots Camps offer students a fun, engaging experience that’s also personally transformative, so their parents can appreciate it as much as the students do,” said Pablo R. Reyes, who coordinated development of the new academic camps. “Whether students’ interest is in learning the science of crime scenes or picking up a new skill in soccer, they get a chance to explore what really excites them. By immersing themselves in a subject and experiencing life on a college campus, they grow in ways that prepare them for a strong finish in high school and a strong start at college or whatever they choose to do next.”

Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner said another stellar lineup of about 25 sports-related camps is scheduled, along with several large soccer tournaments and about a dozen band camps. With the addition of participants in the new academic camps, well over 2,000 students will fill the campus with activity on the busiest weeks of this summer’s camps season.

“It’s great to have all these young students using our facilities and benefiting from the expertise of our coaches and faculty during the summer months,” Baumgartner said. “They learn and get a little taste of life on a college campus, and the university has an opportunity to show them what a wonderful choice this would be for their higher education. The addition of academic camps expands that opportunity to students with an even wider range of interests.”

Leading the academic lineup is the return of the Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy, which had a highly successful debut in 2013. The June 15-19 program gives students in 9th, 10th and 11th grades an immersive introduction to business strategy, management, financial planning, team building and other skills vital in the business world.

Additional offerings, all for students entering grades 10-12, include:

· CSI Academy, June 15-19. Students who think the mystery-solving work of crime scene investigation is fun as well as challenging will experience the field’s mix of science and adventure firsthand. The criminal justice experts who lead the camp will create mock crime scenes in which campers can practice their new investigatory techniques.
· Media Boot Camp, June 22-24. Whether they aspire to be in front of the TV camera or in a supporting role, participants will learn about all aspects of the business from regional media professionals. The camp includes opportunities to learn and work with the latest technologies in the campus media studios.
· Leadership for Young Leaders, July 13-17. Students who would like to move into – or move up in — leadership roles will build the necessary skills here. The camp, led by EU faculty members with extensive experience in leadership training and team building, will explore communication and networking techniques while providing practice in public speaking, critical thinking and more.
· Healthcare Professionals Camp, Aug. 3-7. Medical field trips and hands-on experience in high-tech simulation laboratories will give students interested in healthcare careers an up-close look at many facets of their chosen field. As a bonus, participants will take an official, practical step toward preparing for health careers by earning certification in CPR.

In addition to these residential camps for high school students, the Great Scots Summer Camps lineup includes Sibshops Day Camp for children 8-13 who have a sibling with special needs. The July 27-Aug. 1 camp will give students the opportunity to break out of their routines and have fun while learning new skills and developing relationships with others who share similar experiences.

Reyes noted that each of the academic camps is built around the expertise of Edinboro University’s faculty and the unequaled quality of the University’s state-of-the-art facilities, including nursing simulation labs, crime scene investigation laboratory, media production studios, and more.

“Where else could a student still in high school have an opportunity to cast shoe track impressions and detect suspected blood under the guidance of a nationally known expert like Dr. Ted Yeshion?” he asked. “Add the chance to experience life on a beautiful college campus, and you have the theme of the Great Scots Camps experience: Athletic. Academic. Awesome.”

Additional information about Great Scots Camps and online registration is available at http://www.edinboro.edu/camps  or by contacting Reyes at mailto://preyescruz@edinboro.edu  or (814) 732-1738.

A list of athletic camps this summer is available at http://www.gofightingscots.com. Contact Bruce Baumgartner at mailto://bbaumgartner@edinboro.edu  to learn more.

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