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Summer camps provide opportunities to local community

Published 4/18/17

Jessica Henry

TNE Writer

Summer break is often filled with fun activities for the youth of the community who are enjoying their break from school. The continuing education department at NSU is offering numerous summer camps for the local community. One of the summer camps being offered will focus on the criminal justice system.

“The goal is to provide an understanding of the inner workings of the criminal justice network,” said John Clark, chair of the department of criminology, justice studies and global security. “This camp is designed to bring together practitioners, academics and young adults in the field to give a holistic prospective. The camp takes a journey from the beginnings of the criminal justice system through the end, which would be corrections.”

The criminal justice camp will be available to the Tahlequah campus community and the Broken Arrow campus community. The age range for the campus is beginning freshmen through graduating seniors. The camps are filled with activities that will teach the campers new things about the topics they are studying.

“The summer camp serves several purposes,” said Haley Stocks, secretary for the department of criminology, justice studies and global security. “The system is vast, so we have divided each day into topics. Monday is law enforcement, Tuesday is courts, Wednesday is corrections and Thursday is special topics.”

The criminal justice camp is available in Tahlequah June 26-29, and the camp is available in Broken Arrow July 10-13. The fee for the camp is $75.

“The students will be exposed to a hands-on CSI experience led by the Crime Scene Unit with the Broken Arrow Police Department,” said Stocks. “Students will also have the opportunity to receive clues and work on solving a mock crime scene.”

Another camp that is being offered is the STEM camp that is available for the Broken Arrow campus. The camp will focus on water quality and learning what factors impact water quality.

“In teams the students will collaborate to analyze the health of water bodies by hiking over trails to collect water samples, don waders to collect ‘critters’ for classification and conduct engaging experiments to determine water quality,” said Dr. Pamela Christol, associate professor of general physical science.

The STEM camp is offered free of charge to participants, and they will receive a $35 stipend if they complete the camp. The camp is available to the Broken Arrow community June 5-9. The camp will be a learning experience for all campers involved.

“We will explore exciting careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by such activities as building team filtration devices and participating in interactive games that simulate cycles in nature,” said Christol.

For more information or to register for these camps, visit or call the continuing education department at 444-4610.

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