LeTourneau University summer camps begin Monday

From LeTourneau University:

Enrollment is underway for LeTourneau University's 2013 Summer Camps for students entering grades K-12.  Academic camps include acting, art, robotics, science, fun and skills. Sports camps include camps for a variety of levels of skill in baseball, volleyball, basketball, tennis and soccer.

The weekly camps schedule is online and registration is available at www.letu.edu/camps.  For questions call LeTourneau University's Conference and Event Services at (903) 233-3090.

Week-long academic and athletic camps will run through July 26 with new camps offered each week.  These camps are designed to help students enjoy hands-on learning and skill development opportunities throughout the summer.

"Our pre-camp enrollment is at a higher level than it has been in my six-year history with LeTourneau's Summer Camps," said Marty Lane, LETU director of Conference and Event Services.

"The ever-popular robotics camps are already beginning to fill up," Lane said.

LEGO Robotics camps allow campers to build and program LEGO robots guided by Janice Park and Paula Hjorth, both professional teachers of robotics.

Several camps are offered for both the new and experienced camper, ranging from "LEGO Beginners" for grades 2-4 to "LEGO Engineers Pumped Up" for grades 5-12.

LeTourneau University has expanded its camps featuring the arts.

Acting camps include the drama and cinema camps taught by Doris Collier: "Next Stop Hollywood" June 17-21, "Stage Struck" June 24- 28, "Once Upon A Time" July 8-12, "Camp's Got Talent" July 15-19, "Movie Makers" June 10-14 and "Stage Fun" July 22-26. Collier has been leading popular summer campus at LETU for many years for grades K-12.

New art camps include "The Painting Party" July 15-19, "Traveling Around the World with Art" June 17-21, "Cartoon & Comic Club" June 24-28 and "Wondrous World of Watercolor" June 10-14.

Several art and creativity camps return this year such as "Jewelry Making" July 15-19, "3D Art" June 24-28, "Scrapbooking 101" July 8-12, and "Artsy Animals" June 10-14, "Tape Art" July 8-12, "Cool Creations" July 8-12 and "Wild World of Arts & Crafts" June 17-21.

New science camps are "Feel It, Hear It, See It, Smell It, Taste it!" July 15-19 taught by Tammy Baker and "Jr. Naturalists" July 22-26 taught by Lance Homeniuk.

A few science and space camps will be taught by returning camp instructor Lee Wilkinson: "LeTourneau Space Camp" June 10-14, "Slime Ka-Boom" June 17-21 and "Incredible Stuff" June 24-28.  Wilkinson is an Illinois-based professional camp director who travels the world entertaining and educating children grades 2-8.

Lance Homeniuk, a science teacher for 25 years, will teach "Insane Science" July 8-12 and "Jr. Engineers" June 24-28. Tammy Baker teaches science camps to younger campers which include "Super Science" June 10-14 and July 15-19 and "Super Science 2" June 24-28 and July 22-26.

New skills camps include "Survival Skills (Level 2)" July 15-19 and "Creative Writing" June 17-21.

Also new is "Self Defense for Adults and Families," a self-defense class for parents and children. It teaches skills for families to save the life of family members and is offered during lunch, noon to 1p.m. each day, July 22-26.

Professional manners expert, Amy Riestenberg, will teach the skills camps "Say 'No Thank you' to Bad Manners!" June 24-28 and "Teenagers Guide to Charming" July 8-12. "Police Academy" is offered June 17-21 and July 8- 12 and "Police Academy 2" June 25-29.

Other skill camps include: "Math - Let's Work on Facts!" June 24-28, "Reading Rocks!" July 8-12, "Basic First Aid and Survival Skills" July 8-12, "Self Defense for Children" June 10-14 and "Introduction to Martial Arts" July 22-26.

For those interested in airplanes, flight camps include "Flight: Pre-Flight" June 10-14 and "Flight: Pilot" June 17-21. For the younger flight enthusiasts, "Airplane Camp" is offered on July 8-12 for grades 3-6.

New fun camps are "Camp Wackypalooza" July 22-26 and "Just Like Me!" June 10-14. "Mini United Nations" July 15-19 and "Ancient Roman Adventures" July 22-26 offer history from a new perspective.

Returning history camps include "Ancient Egypt" July 15-19 and "Medieval Times" July 22-26. Other fun camps include the superheroes camp, "Hero Clix Camp," offered June 17-21 and June 24-28, "Smorgasbord" June 17-21, "Young Adventures" June 10-14 and July 22-26 and "Kid's Architecture" July 15-19.

Athletic camps for various ages and skill levels will be directed and taught by LETU coaches and student-athletes in baseball, volleyball, basketball, tennis and soccer.  Sports camps offer basic skill development and extend to teach the finer points of the games, depending upon the skill levels of the campers.

One-on-one instruction and team strategy is incorporated in all camps. Junior high and high school campers will receive instruction aimed at skill development for their school teams.

"Camp Sports Time" is offered for children to experience several different sports and daily swimming.  Call the LETU Athletic Office at 903-233-3760 for more information about sports camps.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university offering academic majors in the aeronautical sciences, business, education, engineering, the humanities and sciences.  LeTourneau University also offers graduate programs in business, education, counseling, psychology, engineering, and strategic leadership  at the Longview campus and at education centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and Tyler and online. Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact.