Summer Camps Bring Thousands to Campus
More than 4,000 pre-college students are expected to visit the Alma College campus this summer for camps related to music, science, service, leadership, competitive cheer and athletics.
“Summer camps are a great way to experience campus life and learn more about a topic or develop skills in an activity,” says Tammy Rees, manager of auxiliary services. “Our goal is to do all we can to provide every camper a positive experience. Many return to Alma after they graduate from high school and enroll as undergraduate students.”
ASPIRE offers summer science research opportunities.
With full-scale renovations and construction work under way at Hamilton Commons, food service for campers has been moved to a temporary location in the Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center. In addition to the inside dining rooms, a food tent has been set up in the VanDusen courtyard to accommodate summer visitors. Read more.
Service and Leadership
The annual Alma College High School Leadership Academy takes place July 7-13, sponsored by the Center for Responsible Leadership with support from The Dow Chemical Company. High school juniors explore issues that affect local, state, national and international communities during their weeklong stay. Read more.
Leadership Academy attendees create documentary videos.
As many as 140 teens and adults from Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Ill., will visit the Alma community June 9-15 for a Go and Serve Mission Trip. The teens will stay at Alma College and do volunteer home repair and other work projects at locations throughout Gratiot County. The church is working with the Gratiot Commission on Aging to identify places to serve.
Science and Mathematics
More than 40 pre-college freshmen will attend the annual ASPIRE summer research experience July 6-13. Incoming students work alongside faculty and undergraduate research assistants on “hands-on” science and mathematics research as part of the PRISM, or Positive Routes into Science and Mathematics, program. Read more. Watch the video.
Alma College’s music department sponsors percussion, drum major and color guard camps, directed by Dave Zerbe, director of bands and the percussion studio. Percussion camps are scheduled for concert bands (June 16-22) and marching bands (June 23-29), while color guard and drum major camps are set for June 23-29. Read more.
During the camps, the Alma College Percussion Ensemble will present a community outdoor concert and ice cream social at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 on the Remick Heritage Center lawn, sponsored by the Gratiot County Evening in the Park series.
The Percussion Ensemble performs on the chapel lawn.
In addition to the Alma College camps, three high schools will hold band and choir camps on Alma’s campus. Typically sponsored by the schools’ local choir and band boosters, the camps enable the ensembles to prepare for the upcoming performance season.
The Grand Ledge High School Choir returns to campus for a third year July 15-19. School band camps at Alma College include Wyoming High School July 29-Aug. 2 and Dakota High School Aug. 5-10.
For the 27th year, Alma College is the site for Champion Cheerleading’s summer camps. Champion Cheerleading, based in Howell, will sponsor nine camp sessions, ranging from two to four days each, beginning June 21. Read more.
Champion Cheerleading offers stunt, classic, “beast,” coaches and private camps. In all, more than 3,000 high school cheerleaders will converge on Alma’s campus.
The Alma College competitive cheer team competes at nationals.
Recognizing the growing popularity of competitive cheer at the high school level, Alma College added competitive cheer to its athletics program in 2012. In its first year of competition, Alma’s cheer team, coached by Michelle Sabourin, placed ninth in its division at the 2013 NCA College Nationals at Daytona Beach. Read more.
Sports camps at Alma vary in focus and age level, ranging from elite camps to general skills development. They include camps for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, football, wrestling, softball and volleyball. Read more.
Posted: Wed, May 15th, 2013 at 8:34AM