George Mason Offers Summer Programs for Youth

Posted: April 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer LaFreniere

Summer at George Mason is not just for adults anymore. Every summer when the campus population of students dwindles, various departments open up the university for youth of all ages to attend programs tailored to meet their educational and recreational needs. During the summer months, you’re as likely to see a group of 10-year-olds gathered at George Mason as a group of college-aged students.

George Mason offers more than 30 camps with varying themes for ages 4 to 17. Each program is sponsored by a different department or organization, with a few programs sponsored by off-campus entities. Area youths won’t have any trouble finding a program that fits their interests–topics for this summer’s sessions include computers, sports, math and science, and a wilderness adventure.

Recreational camps include a general recreation program for youth at Camp Mason, a wilderness adventure or nature discovery activities at Camp Hemlock, and traditional day camp activities at the Child Development Center’s summer camp. Students seeking academic assistance can enroll in Summer Breakthrough, a program offered through the Graduate School of Education, or Camp CompuPlay or CompuWrite, offered through the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. Those seeking to improve in the sports arena can choose from camps in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, wrestling, football, cheerleading/dance, track and field, or baseball. Most of the sports camps are organized and run by coaches of George Mason’s sports teams.

The budding scientist or mathematician in the family can enroll in the Mathematics Enrichment Program for Talented Youth or the Science, Engineering, and Technology Day Camp. Interested in learning more about radio broadcasting? WGMU’s Summer Radio Camp provides students with hands-on training in a professional radio environment. Another option for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors is George Mason’s Summer Study for High School Students, which allows participants to get a head start in college. Enrichment programs in writing, debate, and public speaking also are available.

For more information on summer program offerings, visit the summer programs website or call x31005.

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