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Iḷisaġvik summer camps heating up in Barrow

June 10th, 2015 | Elise Patkotak Print this article   Email this article  

It's that time of the year again when school ends and students find themselves with an entire summer of days that need to be filled. Ilisagvik College has once again done its part to help engage those students, and fill at least some of their summer days with a wide variety of fun and challenging camps. These camps are available to a broad range of students, from middle school through high school and beyond. According to Tennessee Judkins, Ilisagvik recruiter, "All high school camps are offered for college credits as well as high school credits." This means that many of these camps offer educational lessons wrapped into camps that speak to a student's specific interests while setting them a little ahead of the crowd with both high school and college credits.

Camps being offered this year range from Methods in Molecular Biology to the iCamp where students learn to make their own movies from scratch. No more old family videos that are shaky and badly framed. Students can learn how to become their family historian by creating films that are in-focus and beautiful. And if movies aren't a student's thing, how about attending the photojournalism and documentary camp to join the world of digital photography?

The Alaska Youth Academy Camp will be held again this year for students interested in careers in public safety. Camp instructors include everyone from local police to FBI agents and State Crime Lab personnel, who will expose participants to the wide range of jobs available in this area. There are also camps for students interested in many other career fields such as teaching, science and health care. This includes the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Camp, which offers "complete hands-on fun for future scientists, tech gurus, engineers, and mathematicians. Be a part of demonstrations and projects that will be held in many facilities including the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)."

And for students interested in learning more about the culture and history of the North Slope, there are the Inupiaq, Land Values and Resources camp and the Inupiaq Arts and Culture Camp. Both camps are based in cultural traditions and emphasize the application of these traditions in the modern world. These camps are amazing opportunities to learn from local, Native instructors about the land and culture that sustains them.

And just because it's summer and summer should always have a some silliness in it somewhere, Ilisagvik's Cooperative Extension program is once again offering its Circus on the Slope program; which brings a Circus Camp to Barrow, Atqasuk, Nuiqsut and Kaktovik. With genuine circus performers teaching kids of all ages the best of the big top, it's bound to be a camp young ones will want to attend year after year.

If you've not yet applied for or been accepted into one of the camps being held this summer, don't wait. Space is limited in all camps and some are already full.

Contact the Recruiting Office at Ilisagvik for more information on Summer Camps: 907-852-1772 or 1-800-478-7337 ext. 1772 or visit online at To access the online application, enter the following URL into your browser: Don't miss out on this chance to make this a summer of epic learning.


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