Columbus State University Offering an Array of Summer Camp Activities

COLUMBUS, Ga. Columbus State’s robust slate of summer activities continues to grow. Along with that increase has been an increase in demand as well. This year features additional options for youth camps and class participants offered through CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and the College of Education and Health Professions.

Camp Oxbow and Summer Spectacular 2012, both running through June, will complement the June-July camps covering space science, athletics, mathematics, ballet and the wide-ranging Activ8 activities — all coordinated through CSU Continuing Education.

Summer Spectacular

There has been a spectacular response to this long-running activity. It is already sold out. The spectacular, directed by CSU teacher education students and faculty, runs in weekly sessions, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 4-28, at Gentian Elementary School.

“We’ve had more register for our camps this year than ever before,” said program director Jan Burcham, CSU's Moselle Worsley Fletcher Distinguished Chair in Teacher Education. “We are very happy about that.”

The program, which started in 2005, offers families an alternative, fun learning opportunity, while CSU teacher education students gain valuable field experience and more freedom in their approach to curriculum and teaching styles.

The Columbus State students will guide children in designing activities and selecting transportation topics to explore in multi-age classrooms. The approach corresponds to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development — to help participants improve their thinking skills, become more independent and improve their self-esteem.

The cost per child is $100 for the entire camp (four weeks) or $30 per week. Spaces are limited and will be filled based on order of registration. For more information or registration forms, go to http://ColumbusState.edu/COEHP/summer_spectacular.php or call 706-569-2888.

Camp Oxbow

Camp Oxbow, which is themed, “Leave No Child Inside,” is actually two separate camps at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

Wild About Animals, June 18-22, explores the center’s surrounding wetlands. While catching insects and bird watching, the participants will meet live animals that call the wetlands home. Crafts and games will teach the importance of clean water.

Naturally Artistic, July 16-20, involves participants in photographing wildlife, creating pottery with Georgia clays and more. Results from a group project will be displayed at the center, while the students take home some of their work as well.

Registration fees per child are $159 for Wild About Animals and $179 for Naturally Artistic. CSU faculty and staff receive a $50 discount per camp for their children.

For more information, contact Janet Forrest Kent at 706-507-8555 or forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu.

Registration Open for Activ8, Other Youth Camps

Families also can register their children, ages 4-14, for summer camps comprising CSU’s award-winning Activ8 program.

Activ8's various enrichment and sports camps opened May 29 and run weekly through August 3. Upon registration, parents and kids can build their own schedules according to separate age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 11-14.

“Many of the camps this year filled up pretty early,” Kristin Barker, Senior Marketing Manager Continuing Education, said.  “We’ve seen a good increase. The camps have definitely gotten more popular.”

The program, with activities covering sports, dance, technology, arts and more, has earned statewide recognition and recently was a Muscogee Moms Award winner as the area's top summer camp program.

For more information, call CSU Continuing Education 706-507-8070 or go to http://activ8er.com or www.ColumbusState.edu/CE for an online catalog and registration information.

The websites include information about other Columbus State summer camps offered through Athletics, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the CSU Dance Conservatory and the Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative.

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