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Junior Bobcat Camp for fifth and sixth grade children offered at Ohio University Eastern

ATHENS, Ohio (April 18, 2006) -- Ohio University Eastern will host their 2nd Annual Junior Bobcat Camp for children entering fifth and sixth grade in the fall. This interactive summer camp will offer activities on topics such as: creative writing, medieval castles, geocaching, theater, photography, compass skills and team building strategies. The sessions are taught by Ohio University Eastern faculty and staff.

"The 2nd Annual Junior Bobcat Camp will offer something of interest to all fifth and sixth grade children. Those who attended last year's camp can expect to find a few of the same great activities, allowing them to build on their skills from last year," said Crystal Lorimor, associate director of Academic Partnerships and Junior Bobcat Camp coordinator. "Last year we taught compass skills and had compass courses. This year, we will have new courses for the children to navigate with their compasses."

Activities will allow children to explore their creativity and expand their knowledge while having fun. Team-building activities will provide children with the opportunity to interact and build friendships with one another. Returning Junior Bobcats can see how they grew over the year in some of the activities. During the photography lesson, each child will be given a disposable camera to learn how to take photographs and to compare their previous year's pictures to see how they improved.

"Several new exciting activities are also on the schedule for this year's camp," Lorimor added. "We will have sessions on creative writing, web-searching, senses, and medieval castles. The Junior Bobcats will also try geocaching which is using hand-held GPS units to navigate scavenger hunts outside on the OUE grounds. We invite all the children going into fifth and sixth grades to come and experience a wonderful event that will be fun for everyone. It is a great way to learn while getting to be active and outside during the summer."

A family event is scheduled for each Friday evening where children can demonstrate their new knowledge to parents. Parents can participate in activities with the Junior Bobcats at this time.

The week-long Junior Bobcat Camp is being offered three times this summer at the Ohio University Eastern Campus outside of St. Clairsville. The camp will take place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the following weeks:

  • June 12 through 16
  • June 19 through 23
  • June 26 through 30

Junior Bobcat Camp is $75 per child. Children will need to bring a packed lunch from home and dress appropriately as activities will take place outside, rain or shine. All participating children will receive a free Junior Bobcat T-shirt.

To receive a registration packet or more information on the Junior Bobcat Camp, contact Crystal Lorimor at (740) 699-2356, or Debbie Jamison at (740) 699-2494. The registration deadline for the Junior Bobcat Camp is Thursday, May 25.

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Media Contact: Assistant Dean for Development Jan Chambers (740) 699-2334 or chamberj@ohio.edu

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