Inupiaq Land Values and Resources participants pose on the beach. Ilisaġvik College is once again running its summer camp program. - Photo provided

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Ilisagvik offers summer camp program

June 6th, 2014 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

It's summer time and, for many young people, that means summer camp time.

On the North Slope, Iḷisaġvik College is once again running its summer camp programs, programs that have become so popular they now pull in applications from all over the state. As always though, Iḷisaġvik's first priority is North Slope residents who receive priority for slots available.

This year, Iḷisaġvik has planned 10 camps and already has enough applicants to fill them all with a lot of applicants still waiting in the hope that a slot might open. Camps for high school students include a Welding Camp and Design and Build Camp for Grades 11 through incoming Iḷisaġvik freshmen. For high school students entering 9th Grade through 12th Grade, Iḷisaġvik offers a Future Teachers for the Arctic, Allied Health, Alaska Youth Academy and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp.

Middle School Camps include the Future Teachers for the Arctic, Allied Health Camp and Earth Science Camps. All are open to students from grades 6 through 8.

One camp is specifically geared towards college students and NSBSD teachers, as well as students entering Grades 11 - 12, entitled Iñupiaq Land, Values and Resources.

An added benefit to what is taught at the camps is that high school students are offered academic credits for their participation, which are dual credits with the college. The camps will be staffed with camp coordinators and counselors who will conduct the academic teaching for the camps. Each coordinator and their counselors are responsible for the camp schedule and syllabus, as well as structuring the camp to meet the requirements set in place for each camp. Students participate in the camps from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and then in the evening, the Summer Camp Coordinator (Judkins) and staff from the Student Success Center have planned activities of a more "fun" nature for campers.

According to Tennessee D. Judkins, Iḷisaġvik College Recruiter, the College this year has already received over 400 applicants for the limited numbers of slots available. She added that almost all camps are already at capacity.

Judkins added, "These camps are an excellent opportunity for students. It gives them a sense of independence, a glimpse of college life, and the opportunity for a fun educational experience where they can potentially earn college credit before even graduating high school. It allows them to meet new people from all over the state, gives them the opportunity to learn interpersonal and social skills, as well as hopefully learning something new academically that could spark their interest that they may not have known about before coming to camps! I am excited and ready for these students to start rolling in!"

Iḷisaġvik College and the entire North Slope community welcome those students attending camps from off the slope and those on-slope students taking advantage of this great summer activity. Although camps are pretty full already, if you want to find out if there is a waiting list you can get on or if there is a chance there might still be an opening in a camp that interests you, contact recruiter Tennessee Judkins at 907-852-1772 or toll-free at 1-800-478-7337 ext. 1772 for more information. You can also find our summer camp application and much more information about Iḷisaġvik on our website at


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