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Students share stories of Alternative Spring Break

A group of Black Hills State University students who participated in the 2009 Office of Civic Engagement Alternative Spring Break trip will discuss their experiences while working at Camp Campbell, a YMCA camp near Boulder Creek, Calif. One staff member and 21 students from BHSU combined for over 2000 hours of community service, serving as “Cabin Leaders” for the camp’s Outdoor Science School, science and nature education program for 5th and 6th grade students. The students will present their experiences of their alternative spring break Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 206.

Black Hills State University students who participated in the 2009 Office of Civic Engagement Alternative Spring Break trip are back and ready to educate others about their experiences working at Camp Campbell, a YMCA camp near Boulder Creek, Calif. The students will give a presentation about the trip Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 206.

One staff member and 21 students from BHSU combined for over 2000 hours of community service, serving as “Cabin Leaders” for the camp’s Outdoor Science School, science and nature education program for 5th and 6th grade students.

“This trip helped me in learning new techniques of teaching in my future classroom,” said Morgan Casey, junior early childhood special education major from Yankton. Casey also reflected on the group dynamics during the trip, stating, “I became really close with my fellow spring breakers. In our first meetings, it seemed like we were divided up into a few groups, but once we got to camp, we all realized that we were all having the same struggles and it brought us closer together as a group.”

Although the trip is over, the Alternative Spring Break program is not complete. Students will meet once again to reflect on what they have learned and then share their experiences with the community. In addition to the presentation mentioned above, Alternative Spring Break students will participate in a panel presentation entitled Alternative Fun, sponsored by the BHSU Student Engagement and Community Collaboration for Prevention (SEACC) office. Finally, the students will put to use the new skills gained at Camp Campbell when they work on their post-trip community service project: facilitating a leadership retreat for area high school students.

Richard Raridon, volunteer coordinator at BHSU, says that were it not for the wonderful support received from the community, this trip would have been much more difficult, if not impossible for the students. “Through generous donations from Premier Bank and Culver’s, as well as grants from the Spearfish Optimist Club and the BHSU SEACC office, we were able to provide this opportunity to our students at a minimal cost,” Raridon says. “Everyone who bought 50/50 tickets, contributed to or purchased items from our yard sale, participated in our scratch-card fundraiser, purchased a magazine subscription, or made a personal contribution was an integral part of our success as well, and we would like to extend our thanks to those individuals.”
 

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