The camps are designed to challenge South Dakota's gifted middle and high school students by offering them the opportunity to study with faculty at USD in the arts, sciences, and technology depart-ments. The camp has served over 4,000 children from more than 100 different communities since its beginnings in 1984. These camps are supported by Governor Mike Rounds and the South Dakota Department of Education.�
The Governor's Camp is open to students entering seventh, eighth, and ninth grades in the fall of 2006 and runs July 23-28.�Campers attend classes, participate in team-building activities, develop creative challenges, and complete individual and group demonstration projects.�
The Ambassadors of Excellence program is for students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in the fall of 2006 and runs from July 17-28. Emphasis for the ambassadors camp is on creative and performing arts, academics, and leadership.�Ambassadors work as mentors to their middle school counterparts during the Governor's Camp.�
According to Dr. Tim Duggan, director of the Governor's Camp, this year's camps will be among the best ever.
"We have several of our strongest instructors returning, and our ambassadors bring the momentum of a great trip to Greece this past December," Duggan said.� ��
Campers typically choose from over 40 different class offerings, and the cost for the camps includes housing in residence halls at USD, three daily meals, all camp activities, and insurance.
Deadline for application is June 15.�For more information contact Tim Duggan in the USD School of Education at 605-677-5832, or visit the camp Web site at www.usd.edu/ed/ci/gifted.