Thursday, April 5, 2012

From jazz band and computer animation to broadcast, St. Bonaventure to host summer camps for 14- and 15-year-olds

This summer, St. Bonaventure University will be hosting a series of summer programs for students ages 14-15. Students can choose from one of six camps and spend time pursuing their passion and meeting other teens with similar interests.

The camps being offered are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Computer Animation and Narrative Writing for Girls, Rugby, Community Engagement & Service Learning, Broadcast, and Jazz Band Performance Workshop.

Most of the July sessions run seven days with five full days of programming. On the first day, students will have room assignment, orientation and team-building games. Classes will begin the following day.

With the exception of the four-day camps, the sessions will end after a noon closing ceremony on Saturday. Costs for the seven-day camps are $500 for students who want to stay on campus, $300 for day camp (includes lunch). The four-day camps cost $300 for a residential session and $175 for day camp.

The following camp sessions are slated for July 22-28:
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are fields of great interest in the U.S. today. Finding new ways of solving our energy crisis, developing new medicines, increasing computational power and capacity, and simply building a better world are the challenges for our future scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the STEM camp will learn about these fields as they race to solve a forensic chemistry mystery, build geometric models, and explore astronomy.

In Computer Animation and Narrative Writing for Girls, faculty from St. Bonaventure’s English and Computer Science departments are teaming up to help young authors bring their stories to life with computer animation. The morning sessions of this camp will help campers develop their narrative writing skills, while afternoon sessions will be devoted to the Storytelling Alice program, a software tool that can turn a self-created story into animation. Among the instructors will be two longtime St. Bonaventure faculty members, Dr. Lauren Matz, associate professor of English, and Dr. Dalton Hunkins, professor of computer science.

At the Rugby Camp, which runs July 22-25, students will learn to play the fastest-growing sport in America. They will spend a week at St. Bonaventure learning the basics of the game while developing teamwork, improving their physical fitness, and learning new skills. Coaches from the nationally ranked men’s and women’s St. Bonaventure rugby teams will lead this camp open to boys and girls, no experience necessary.

The following camps will be held July 29 through Aug. 4:
Students in the Community Engagement and Service Learning Camp will build an understanding regarding current social issues. Students will gain hands-on experience with service projects at nonprofit and government agencies that are working to address the challenges of an increasing number of Americans living below the poverty line: hunger, lack of opportunity, education, nutrition, and basic human rights. They will also brainstorm with their peers on how they can make a difference in their own hometowns by getting engaged in community projects, forming collaborative partnerships, and seeking funding to support their causes.

At the Broadcast Camp, students will learn the fundamentals of writing, shooting, and editing television news and feature stories using equipment from the university’s Koop Lab. They will work in teams to search out and produce stories throughout the camp week. They will learn the basics in live television sports production on the university’s professional network-level 48-foot, 40-ton production truck. Hands-on experience covering events in the Reilly Center during the week will be provided, including live audio, camera and replay. All the students’ work will be saved to DVDs to take home and also posted on YouTube.

With the goal of preparing challenging music for a concert performance, students in the Jazz Band Performance Workshop will work on ensemble blend, intonation, and articulation, with a special emphasis on jazz improvisation to support the final concert. The workshop runs from July 29 through Aug. 1. Besides full ensemble rehearsals, other camp activities will include sectional rehearsals and workouts, improvisation practice and jazz listening skills development. The instructors are all working professionals with teaching experience at the college and high school levels.

For all camps, meals will be served in the university’s main dining hall, HickeyDining Hall. Students will stay in secure university residence halls with males and females housed on separate floors. Camp advisers, who are upper-class college students, will provide out-of-class supervision and be supported by the university’s 24-hour Safety and Security Office.

When students are not in class, they’ll have a chance to get together with other campers for evening activities, such as swimming in the pool, working out in the recreation center, movie and ice cream nights, karaoke nights, “Night at the SBU Museum,” a barbecue, field games, and a bonfire.

Online registration is available at For more information, visit the website or contact Larry Sorokes at or (716) 375-2304.

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