Columbus State Hosts Summer Transition Camp for Students with Disabilities

belay deviceCOLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University is hosting its first Summer Transition Camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11-12 at CSU's Schuster Student Success Center.

Camp Belay is for students with disabilities who graduated from high school this year and some who will be high school seniors this fall. It's being held by CSU in collaboration with the Muscogee County School District, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and the Georgia High School/High Tech program.

The camp's name aims to emphasize the need for campers to rely on their resources. Belay is a technique used in sailing and mountain climbing to secure one rope to an anchor point or to another person. Campers, who signed up for this camp during the school year at their high schools, will be given small clips used in mountain climbing, to serve as a reminder of their need for each other and various resources when going to college.

"In high school, so much is done for them," said Joy Norman, director of CSU's Office of Disability Services. "In college, they have much more independence and, sometimes, if they don't let people know, they could fall through the cracks. We want to help them learn that they need to reach out to each other, their professors and advisors for help early on, and not wait until they get themselves in trouble.

"Nobody gets through college alone. Everybody needs help along the way."

To drive home that point, campers will listen to a speech from Bud Allen, an area climber who has conquered many of the world's highest summits, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in CSU's Student Recreation Center.