By James Stafford, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
From chemical interactions to bumps, sets, and spikes, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is hosting summer camps for every age and interest. The university has organized all its summer camps offerings into one convenient website (umhb.edu/camps).
Chem Camp is the first of the summer’s offerings. The program has been designed to encourage elementary and middle school students to change their attitudes towards science, while giving them actual laboratory experience. In past years, participants have made slime and nylon, turned pennies into gold and silver, and conducted many other exciting chemical investigations.
The athletics department also has a wide variety of offerings. The Crusader Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, and Golf programs are each offering multiple camps. Some of these camps are target young and emerging athletes, while others are specifically designed to give high school athletes a competitive edge. For example, there are four different soccer camps planned for this summer. The Co-Ed Youth camps invites elementary aged players to learn the fundamentals of the game. The Co-Ed Advanced Skills Day Camp is dedicated to helping middle school students develop their individual skills, knowledge of the game, and tactical ability. Finally, there are two College Prep Camps geared towards soccer players graduating in 2016 who have aspirations of competing at the college level. Likewise, Cru Football will host both a youth camp for elementary-aged kids and a traveling Elite Camp designed for serious football athletes entering their junior or senior year of high school. All of the university’s athletic camps are led by UMHB coaches, and many will give campers an opportunity to practice and play in the same facilities used by Crusader student-athletes.
The UMHB Music Conservatory will once again be hosting a number of great music camps for artists of all ages. The Jr. Summer Musical Camp is for students who are interested in exploring Musical Theater. This one week camp culminates in a public performance. The All-State Choir Camp is open to high school choir students who would like to prepare for the TMEA All-State Choir auditions. It includes sectional rehearsals, a private voice lesson, sight singing, and audition hints. The UMHB Department of Music also partners with the Steven Moss Leadership Academy to offer Drum Majors conducting, teaching and leadership skills and Color Guard technical training, performance quality, development of movement skills and confidence. This camp takes place during the Drum Corp International (DCI) visit to UMHB’s Crusader Stadium. All campers will attend the tour performance on Thursday, July 16. Also, Fran Kick will speak to the campers in a private one hour session before the DCI Tour performance.
All of these programs will help campers make memories that they will treasure for years to come. They will explore their talents, sharpen their skills, and experience the beautiful UMHB campus first hand. For more information or to register, parents can visit umhb.edu/camps.