Bemidji State to host variety of camps for youths this summer

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University is hosting a variety of on-campus camp activities for children this summer, with a broad range of activities ranging from basketball to music to technology. The camps run throughout June, July and August.

• Athletics and Sport
The Department of Athletics and Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport are offering a variety of camps this summer for boys and girls of all ages. The Department of Athletics will offer five basketball camps, a soccer camp and a volleyball camp, while the Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport will offer its Northern Plains Visions of Sport Camp.

The Bemidji State men’s basketball program will host three camps for boys in June, July and August. Its Boys High School Team Camp will be held June 28-29; its shooting and scoring single-day camps for boys grades 3-12 will be held June 9, 11, 14 and 16 from 9 a.m.-noon; and its three-day camps will be held Aug. 4-6, with boys grades 1-6 being held from 9-noon each day and grades 7-12 held from 1-4 p.m. For information, contact the Bemidji State men’s basketball office: head coach Matt Bowen at (218) 755-2774, toll-free at (800) 475-2001; or assistant coach Jeremy Tiers at (218) 755-4619.

Women’s basketball will host two camps, one for elementary school aged girls from June 16-19 and one for high school girls from July 20-23. For information, contact Assistant Coach Krissi Super at (218) 368-6547.

Women’s soccer will host one camp for girls ages 7-19 from June 9-13. For more information, contact Head Coach Jim Stone at (218) 755-2773, or visit

Dr. Jim Mastro will also offer his seventh annual Northern Plains Visions of Sport Camp from July 12-19 for students with visual impairments. For more information, contact Mastro at (218) 755-3772.

• Music
The 61st MusiCamp at Bemidji State University will feature three sessions: an instrumental camp from July 13-19, focusing on piano, band and jazz for grades 7-12; a choral and vocal camp from July 20-26 for grades 7-12; and a director’s workshop available for graduate credit from July 15-19.

For more information on the instrumental camp or the director’s workshop, contact Dr. Del Lyren at (218) 755-3931. For more information on the choral and vocal camp, contact Dr. Brad Logan at (218) 755-2915, or visit

• Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
“STEM Camp: Branching Out,” focusing on the interplay between science, technology and mathematics, will be held June 8-13 for students entering grades 10-12 during the fall of 2008. For more information, contact Dr. Colleen Livingston at (218) 755-2843.

• High School to College Transitions
“Post-Secondary Readiness Experimental Program (PREP),” a transitions program for high school students with disabilities, will be held June 22-28. For more information, contact Kathi Hagen at the Office for Students with Disabilities at (218) 755-3883. Information is also available at

• Wellness and Outdoor Activities
The Academic Adventures program, for children ages 8-12, will reinforce academic concepts in an experimental outdoor and community environment. It will be held in four five-day sessions, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Friday. Sessions begin June 23, July 14, July 21 and Aug. 4. Camp sessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. each day. Registration is limited to 10 children per session. For more information, please contact the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center at (218) 755-4135 or Academic Adventures Director Chris Hoffman at (218) 755-4141.

The Wellness Adventure Camp for Kids, an activity-based, educational program to explore healthy and active choices, will be held Aug. 11-14. This is a day camp for students entering grades 2-6, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Space is limited. For more information, contact Dr. Jim White at (218) 755-2766.