Baylor Summer Camps on Campus in Full-Swing
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WACO, Texas (June 16, 2014) – The summer camp season is upon us in the heart of Baylor’s campus. Sports and skills camps began last Sunday for kids of all ages.
Designed to give prospective students a taste of the university, camps and summer programs offer skill-enhancing activities with a side of Baylor Bear culture.
Joi Terry, assistant director of logistics for Baylor Event Services, said that nearly 6,000 students are expected to be on campus this summer during the camp season. The age range of those students is anywhere from 8 to 80 years old.
“We have youth camps both academic and athletic, and we have a handful of adult camps,” Terry said.
Basketball camps, coached by Baylor head coaches Kim Mulkey and Scott Drew, range from individual to team-focused training. Tennis, softball, golf, volleyball, cross country and many other sports camps are also available for kids throughout the summer.
“The sports camps are definitely the most popular,” Terry said. “Football and basketball as well as the Band and Orchestra camps generally have the highest attendance.”
More arts-focused camps are offered as well. High school bands, orchestras and choirs have a specific workshop, and a concentration on canvas artwork is offered through the art department.
In order to get the campus and faculty ready for the summer months, Baylor Event Services does plenty of behind-the-scenes work.
“We definitely get started early with the preparations for summer programs. Typically by February or early March we know all of the camps that will be on campus and start work on housing placement,” Terry said. “With summer camps there can be so many changes that it is important to get started as early as possible.”
Baylor faculty and athletes teach the camps all around campus, using the facilities Baylor athletes play on for game days and practice and the auditoriums in which art and music classes are taken.
Most registration times for sports camps are available until the day of the specific camp’s commencement. However, “academic camps usually fill up pretty quickly; it just depends on the size of camp that the director wants,” said Terry.
by Rebecca Flannery, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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