University will host Governor’s Camp

University will host Governor's Camp More than 100 middle school students from South Dakota and surrounding states will participate in the 20th annual South Dakota Governor's Camp, scheduled July 27-31 at The University of South Dakota.

Under the theme "Lean on Me," students identified as "high ability and high potential" will participate in a program of academic studies, enrichment activities, and career exploration. This "College for Kids" will feature a wide range of classes and group activities led by a combination of university faculty and adults at the Vermillion campus of USD.

Gov. Mike Rounds has been invited to speak to the campers. Applications are still being accepted for the program, which costs $350 per student.

In addition, about 80 high school students will participate in the South Dakota Ambassadors of Excellence program July 21-31, taking advanced classes in communications and leadership. In this 15th year of the Ambassador program a major activity is building a performing group of singers, dancers, and entertainers.

The public is welcome to attend the annual Ambassador Show in the Fine Arts Building on the USD campus at 7 p.m. on July 30. A reunion of former Ambassadors of Excellence and camp staff will be held following the Ambassador Show. Since its founding in 1984, the camp programs have attracted over 3,500 students, with more than 350 having participated in both programs.

Co-directed by Dr. Bruce Milne, professor-emeritus at USD, and Dr. Carole Kasen, retired TAG coordinator of the Rapid City area schools, the camp offers an array of talent competitions in art, writing, music, dance and drama. Over 40 class offerings are available for campers to choose from, with writing and speaking as the primary focus of most classes.

Students will also take part in a "Lewis and Clark Festival."

"As we look forward to the approximately 200-250 high ability students who attend the S.D. Governor's Camp and the S.D. Ambassadors of Excellence this summer, much attention will be paid to career choice and life-long learning," Milne said. "More and more high ability students are looking at ways they can complete formal education, which will allow them to continue life and living in South Dakota."

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