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Otterbein University Offers 2012 Summer Camps

March 6, 2012

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University is offering a line-up of summer camps for middle and high school students to adult learners.

Otterbein Summer Camps are directed by Otterbein’s expert and dedicated faculty. Campers will be exposed to innovative technology, creativity and fun. More importantly, they will develop skills and interests vital to success in college.

Registration for Otterbein Summer Camps begins March 15. For more information, or to register online, visit www.otterbein.edu/summercamps.

The camps are as follows:

Imaginary Worlds: Introduction to Game Programming
When: June 11-15
Audience: Entering 7th, 8th, 9th grade
Location: Otterbein Courtright Memorial Library, northwest corner of Main and Grove streets
Cost: $220

If you have ever wanted to create a computer game, Imaginary Worlds is for you. Taught by Otterbein computer science professors, this camp will show you how to develop your own game using the Scratch visual Programming system while learning computer programming and game-development skills. You will also receive a T-shirt and flash drive to store your work. On the last day of camp, you will show your game to your family and friends and upload it to the Scratch gallery on MIT’s website for the whole world to see.

Horsing around: An Otterbein Equine Science Camp
Dates: June-July
Audience: Ages 9-18
Location: Center for Equine Studies, 600 N. Spring Rd.
Costs: $475 for day camps, $800 for overnight camps

Love horses? Back by popular demand, Otterbein’s Equine Science Camp is ready to serve virtually every age group and experience level. Fun, educational activities will revolve around Otterbein’s horses and run the gamut from daily riding lessons and horse handling to equine behavior and communication. Campers will also learn how to administer first aid and evaluate lameness. These camps fill up quickly, so enroll today! Camp dates are as follows: June 18-22 (day camp, advanced riders); June 25-29 (day camp, returning campers); July 2-6 (day camp, all ages); July 9-13 (overnight camp, girls ages 9-12); and July 16-20 (day camp, girls ages 9-12).

Just for Girls: Be a Leader and Change the World
When: June 18-20
Audience: Girls entering grades 6-8
Location: Otterbein Courtright Memorial Library, northwest corner of Main and Grove streets
Cost: $99

What would you do if you knew you had the power to change one thing about the world we live in today? What strategies would you use? What actions would you take? This workshop is designed to help girls answer these questions and identify simple steps to focus their energies on the issues they care about the most. This camp will equip you with “power tools” that will help you lead and communicate more effectively on a daily basis. You will also have the opportunity to experience college life with university mentors.

Create Your Legacy: Enriching Your Life through Memoir Writing
When: June 9
Audience: All ages
Location: Otterbein Courtright Memorial Library, northwest corner of Main and Grove streets
Cost: $75

Would you like to share a meaningful story with your family and friends? Are you working on a memoir? Perhaps you would simply enjoy a chance to sit and write some of your own stories and thoughts in a collected format. If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then Create Your Legacy: Enriching Your Life through Memoir Writing is for you. This one-day workshop offers basic techniques in memoir writing no matter how old or young you are. Come join Professor Nancy Woodson and take part in active writing and storytelling exercises. There will be plenty of opportunities to receive professional feedback on your work, plus you will gain the confidence you need to continue working on your individual project long after the class is over.

Create Your Legacy II: Taking Your Life Story to the Next Level
When: August 4
Audience: All ages
Location: Otterbein Courtright Memorial Library, northwest corner of Main and Grove streets
Cost: $75

Have you already been through the Create Your Legacy workshop or started a collection of stories, family memories, or personal writings? If you have begun a project want to work on it in a group setting and in the presence of memoir writing experts, this one-day program is for you.

The University Experience: Three Days, Two Nights of College Living
When: July 1-3
Audience: Entering 11th-12th grade
Location: Otterbein University Campus Center, 100 West Home Street, Westerville
Cost: $245

Making the transition from high school to college can be daunting. Whether you are anxious or exited about attending college, this residential camp for rising high school juniors and seniors curious about university living is sure to answer a variety questions and perhaps change some pre-conceived notions. Students attending this camp, directed by Otterbein University Student Affairs personnel, will get to experience dorm room living, eat college food, attend social functions, sit in on classes, learn about Greek life, work on a service-learning project, learn study skills, talk about social issues and more. So stop wondering what is in store for you at college, and come see for yourself. Regardless of the college or university you choose, this camp is sure to give you a fun, yet realistic, taste of life as a student!

Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented™ at Otterbein University
When: June 17-23
Audience: K-12th grade
Location: Otterbein University (multiple venues)
To request an application, contact: Suzanne Palmer at palmers@wcsoh.org or Patricia Farrenkopf at pfarrenkopf@laca.org

This camp offers rising high school seniors opportunities for career exploration through a unique program comprised of classes, seminars and workshops on the arts, sciences and humanities. This residential program encourages social interaction and peer discussion so that students can be challenged intellectually and artistically and develop a better understanding of the role of their abilities and talents in their lives and in society. Students who complete the School will earn a $1000 scholarship to Otterbein University.

Athletic Camps
Volleyball, basketball, football and soccer! More details and registration at www.otterbeincardinals.com.