Got summer plans? UTPA can help!
Contact: Amanda Perez, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 05/21/2010
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With school ending and summer just around the corner, The University of Texas-Pan American is gearing up to host an array of camps for children and teens. Each camp is unique with its purpose of promoting fitness, science, technology, math or leadership while providing participants with a college experience.

Claudia Farias, camp and conference coordinator for UTPA, said the summer camps generally attract close to 2,000 students from all over Texas and in some cases from other countries.

"Attending camp is definitely a learning experience and keeps kids out of trouble," Farias said. "On top of receiving a college experience, they will learn principles they can use in and out of the classroom and apply to their lives right now."

Campers who are required to live on campus are housed in one of UTPA's residential dorms. Farias said that safety is a top priority and that parents have no reason to be concerned.

"This is the first time that many of these students live away from home, but our campus and camps are secure," Farias said. "Our staff and students are experienced at working events like this and treat every camper as if they were their own child."

For more than 10 years, UTPA has been hosting camps in an effort to expose different age-groups to the university and to the different programming and resources available, while teaching them how to make a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others.

Camps offered for summer 2010 are:

Athletic Camps:

Manny Mantrana Baseball Academy:

June 14-18, 2010; June 21-25, 2010; July 5-9, 2010; July 12-16, 2010

- This camp is open to youth 5-13 years of age.

- This is a weeklong camp designed to teach the fundamentals of baseball. Each camper will receive quality instruction from UTPA coaching staff in all aspects of the game.

- Camp cost is $95 pre-registration or $125 on the 1st day of camp.

- For more information, contact Stephen Piercefield at 956/381-2891.

Manny Mantrana High School Baseball Camp:

July 30 and July 31, 2010

- The camp is open to high school students.

- This camp is intense and for the serious player. All campers will receive quality instruction from the UTPA coaching staff in all aspects of the game.

- Camp costs prior to July 16: $60/day or $100/two days.

- Camp costs after July 16: $75/day or $125/two days.

- For more information, contact Stephen Piercefield at 956/381-2891.

Lady Bronc Volleyball Summer Camp

- Baby Bronc: July 19-20 Ages 10-14; Cost of camp: $65

- Setter, Hitter, Libero: July 12-13 Open to high school students; Cost of camp: $85

- Senior High Camp: July 14-15 Open to 11th-grade and up; Cost of camp: $95

- For more information, call 956/316-7007 or 956/384-5090.

Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex Camps:

-WRSC will explore the world of fitness with their summer camps. Camp participants will see the fun side of tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, "Kidfit," art, climbing, team sports and recreational games.

- Available are four, two-week sessions beginning: June 7-18; June 21-July 2; July 5-16 and July 19-30

- WRSC camp is for children ages 6-11.

- Camp Fees:

Children of UTPA student, faculty, staff, and alumni WRSC members $190

Children of UTPA faculty, staff, and alumni WRSC non-members $210

Children of general public $230

Late program (fee per session) $60

Lunch program (optional) $50

- For more information, call the WRSC office at 956/292-7808.

Swimming Stroke Camp

- BRONCS swimming program offers Valley swimmers of all ages an opportunity to develop their competitive swimming skills under a national level coaching staff.

- There are three groups: Senior, Elite and Age Group. Each consists of sessions lasting two weeks.

Senior Session A: May 10 - June 19 Session B: June 21 - July 24

Elite Session A: May 10 - June 19 Session B: June 21 - July 24

Age Group Session A: May 10 - June 26 Session B: June 28 - Aug. 5

- Participants should be between the ages of 5 and 18.

- The cost of camp ranges from $170 to $420 (prices vary per session).

- For more information, contact 956/292-7471.

Academic Camps*:

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp:

- The camp promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences.

- Entering 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students are eligible to apply (Application deadline has past).

- The camp runs from July 11-23.

- Students attend camp free of charge.

Concurrent Enrollment Summer Camp

- This is a six-week camp for local high school students who meet requirements for the Concurrent Enrollment program and gives them an opportunity to take college courses while being housed on the UTPA campus.

- Only high school juniors and seniors are eligible.

- The camp starts June 6 and runs through July 12.

- No fee for students.

Camp of Champs

- Students will learn how to have Confidence, be Honest, take Action, stay Motivated, connect with their Purpose and create Success from Arick Bostick, America's number one success and leadership speaker for Generation Y.

- Only students entering the 8th, 9th or 10th-grade can participate.

- This four day camp runs from July 17-20.

- There is a fee of $340, which includes housing, meals, t-shirt, backpack, planner, camp supplies and giveaways.

Migrant University Summer Experience (MUSE)

- MUSE is a six-week program in which high school students are given the option of taking high school courses, or, if they meet requirements, to take college courses through UTPA's concurrent enrollment program. They will also receive a professional workplace internship.

- MUSE is available for only rising juniors and seniors.

- The six week program starts June 5 and ends July 18.

- No fee for students.

*For more information on academic camps please contact Claudia Farias at 956/292-7471.

Sustainability Expeditions Summer Camp 2010 (Pending Funding)

July 12-16; July 19-23; July 26-30

- Camp participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and attend classes dealing with principles of LEAN manufacturing, team building, sustainability, Lean Green and Six Sigma.

- The camp is open to middle school and high school students.

- No fee for students.

- For more information contact Milly Hernandez at 956/316-7090.

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