Tahlequah Daily Press

June 14, 2013

NSU offering an array of summer camps


From staff reports

TAHLEQUAH — Deadlines are approaching for NSU’s Continuing Education and the College of Liberal Arts summer camps for children ages 4 and older.

Dr. Dana Eversole, professor of Media Studies, said they have added additional camps – including some outdoor camps – this year.

“Students asked last year about more outdoor activities and this year the camp organizers have tried to do just that,” said Eversole.

Camps begin June 17 and continue through most of July.

“Summer camps are a wonderful opportunity for NSU to provide area children with extracurricular activities during June and July,” said Cassie Freise, instructor of Media Studies.

Week 1 is June 17-21. There are two camp options. “Summer Fun” will be taught by Tahlequah High School English teacher and tennis coach April Quiett and includes daily activities ranging from swimming to indoor sports. It is open to ages 8 and older. The other option this week is “Time Travelers.” Keisha Murray, a Greenwood Elementary School teacher, will focus on crafts and activities that explore time periods. This camp is open to ages 4-7.

“Kids should come to our camps, because it’s fun all wrapped up with learning,” said Eversole. “We adjust for age. We understand that kids need down time as well.”

Week 2 is June 24-28, with three camps on tap. “Impulse Images Photo Camp” is instructed by Freise and teaches students digital photography and lighting. It is open to ages 8 and older. “Kids’ Kayak Camp II” is instructed by Dana Boren-Boer and is open to experienced kayakers ages 9 and older. Boren-Boer holds the appropriate certifications. “Bring It To Life” is instructed by Murray. Campers will use props, acting, drawing and clay to tell stories; the camp is open to ages 4-7.

Week 3 is July 1-5, with two camps slated. “Music and Movement” is instructed by Kristopher Copeland, instructor of communication at NSU. The camp will feature Broadway-style music and movement and is open to ages 4-7. “Hiking and Biking” is instructed by Boren-Boer and Quiett and uses outdoor activities to explore Tahlequah.

Week 4 is July 8-12. This week offers two camps for children. “Tennis Camp” is instructed by Quiett. It will teach individual and partner tennis techniques and is open to ages 8 and older. “Archery Camp” is instructed by NSU student Latasha Atcity, teaching archery skills and safety, and is for ages 12 and older.

Week 5 is July 15-19. This week offers three camps. “Children’s Kayak Camp I” is instructed by Boren-Boer and will teach basic kayak and float skills; it’s is open to ages 9 and older. “A Mixture of Art Techniques” is instructed by local artist Kellie Myers. She will teach campers about watercolor, acrylic, sculpture and tie-dye art. The is open to ages 8 and older. Science camp is instructed by Shawna Batson, Greenwood Elementary School teacher. She will teach science through experiments, and the class is open to ages 8 and older.

“Monday through Thursday, campers will enjoy various camp activities,” said Freise. “Each Friday, campers will go to the skatehouse and then to an afternoon movie.”

Each camp, with the exception of the adult camp, runs Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The general cost is $150, kayak camps are $200 and July 1-5 camps are $125. Continuing education offers early dropoff at 7:30 a.m., and late pickup is at 5:30 p.m., with prior arrangement, for an additional $50 per week.

“Media studies teamed up with continuing education this year,” said Eversole. “We have stumbled over credit cards for the past four years. Through continuing education, we accept registration, liability forms and credit card payments.”

The cost of each camp includes drinks, lunch, afternoon snacks and Friday activities.

For information about camps or registration, visit www.nsunews.com/summer -camps or call continuing education at (918) 444-4610.