Summer of camps, activity begins at Northwestern

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Summer of camps, activity begins at Northwestern

June 17, 2010

During the summer the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University is generally quiet with the exception of summer school students. Not so this summer.

Northwestern is experiencing a flurry of activity with groups involving young people and potential new students taking advantage of campus housing and facilities.

“It is becoming clear that Northwestern is viewed as a state and regional center for summer camps and other organized activities,” said David Pecha, vice president for administration and president of the Alva Chamber of Commerce. “Through these efforts we introduce Northwestern to new groups of potential students while the community of Alva benefits through greater exposure, increased retail business activity and more sales tax collections.”

Northwestern is currently playing host to the first of two BASIC Leadership Workshops of the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils (OASC). The current camp concludes on June 18, and the second camp is scheduled for July 11-16.

Each camp features approximately 230 student council leaders from high schools across Oklahoma and 30 staff members.

The OASC had held its BASIC workshops at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah for several years. Northwestern was able to attract one of the camps in 2009 and both camps for this year.

Kristi Neerman of Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, and one of the workshop directors, said Northwestern’s attention to detail and the hospitality shown by university staff lured OASC to move both of its BASIC workshops to Alva.

She recalled how last year a workshop student from Boise City attended the BASIC camp at Northwestern and made the decision that week to attend Northwestern.

In addition to the OASC workshops, Northwestern also is in its third summer of hosting the summer component of the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science programs. The Upward Bound programs are designed to prepare eligible students from 10 area high schools for college entry and success.

The six-week summer component is designed to help develop college-requisite competency in mathematics, reading, writing, sciences, foreign language and academic/study skills. Currently, 68 students and 25 staff members are participating in the summer component.

Beginning June 20, the teen camp of the Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists will make Northwestern its home for a week of activities with several hundred expected to attend.