USD to offer gifted camps with governor’s support

USD to offer gifted camps with governor's support The 22nd annual South Dakota Governor's Camp and the 17th annual Ambassadors of Excellence Program will be offered on The University of South Dakota campus during the last two weeks of July, with support from Gov. M. Michael Rounds.

These camps are designed to challenge South Dakota's gifted middle and high school students by allowing them to study with university faculty in the arts, sciences and technology.

Through the South Dakota Department of Education, Gov. Rounds granted USD $15,000 to support these programs.

"I am thankful South Dakota's gifted students have this opportunity," Rounds said.

According to Dr. Tim Duggan, USD faculty member and director of the South Dakota Center for Education of the Gifted, "The governor's generous support allows us to keep tuitions reasonable for the campers and still provide top-notch instruction."�

The Governor's Camp, open to students entering grades seven, eight and nine in fall of 2005, begins on July 24 and runs through July 29. New applicants will be asked to provide a recommendation from a school official. Campers attend classes, participate in team-building activities, develop creative challenges and complete individual and group demonstration projects.

The Ambassadors of Excellence program, for students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 in fall of 2005, begins July 18 and continues through July 29. Emphasis for the ambassadors is on creative and performing arts, academics and leadership. Ambassadors work as mentors to their middle school counterparts during the Governor's Camp.

The South Dakota Governor's Camp was founded in 1984 by Drs. Bruce Milne and Carole Kasen, and has served some 4,000 children since that time. Campers typically return year after year for this challenging and rewarding experience. Campers build friendships that last a lifetime.

Those interested in applying or who want more information should contact Tim Duggan at 605-677-5832, or visit the camp Web site at ed/ci/gifted.

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