School’s In for Summer
By Marion Harmon
The images that first come to mind when most of us think about summer camp probably include swimming, craft classes, and late-night gossip fests. And you’ll find some of that at the many summer camps held on the Chico State campus each year. But you’ll also find some pretty serious work being done. From Adventure Day Camp and Upward Bound to Summer Music Camp and Calculus Boot Camp, the University offers many opportunities for youth and college-aged students to cultivate their talents and refine specific skills.
And then there’s the Ability First Sports Camp (see feature), where lives are truly changed as a result of the experience. Ability First is a one-week residential camp for youth with physical disabilities. The camp emphasizes physical skill development and socialization. Campers participate in waterskiing, swimming, tennis, golf, wall climbing, soccer, rugby, basketball, and hockey; almost all the coaches are athletes with physical disabilities who have competed nationally or internationally.
“This camp has given the children positive role models, as well as providing them self-esteem, team-building skills, friendships, and an overall sense of fun,” says camp co-director Laura McLachlin. “This experience influences campers for life; many campers grow up and come back to the program as coaches.”
To find out more about these and other summer programs, visit the CSU, Chico Web site at www.csuchico.edu and type “summer camp” in the search box.