When Bridget Trogden and her husband sent their son, Jacob, to camp last month, she was understandably nervous about sending her 12-year old to an overnight program. The week-long residential Adventure Camp, hosted by the Clemson University Youth Learning Institute (YLI), focused on outdoor activities and offered participants opportunities to build life skills including independence, […]
Barry Garst was destined to spend his life helping youth.
For three sets of brothers — the Figueroas, the Polites and the Orrs — who all made the Emerging Scholars journey and wound up enrolled at Clemson together, the program helped the University become a vital part of life for entire families that never would have envisioned being Tigers a few short years ago.
Clemson's Summer Scholars program will run for eight weeks this summer starting June 2 and offer a wide variety of courses, from Professional Golf Management to Exploring Mammalian Cell Culture. The program allows middle and high school students to get an early sense of what the college experience--both academically and culturally--is all about, and the program has increased the number of courses it offers in order to add variety.
For years, children's camp directors and counselors have championed the positive aspects of camping and attempted to reframe it as much more than an extended version of day care. Those directors and counselors no longer have to rely on anecdotal evidence to back up their claims as researchers are revealing the benefits associated with camp experiences like never before.