BHSU to host summer academic camps for area youth

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, May 21, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Children learn about sustainability during Black Hills State University&rsquos Sting&rsquos Eco Explorers camp in July 2014. BHSU will offer three summer camps in June and July, including Sting&rsquos Eco Explorers, for students in the Black Hills region.  



Black Hills State University will offer students in the Black Hills opportunities to expand their knowledge and engage in learning over the summer through several academic camps.

BHSU will offer three academic camps for students in June and July, teaching sustainability, science research and critical thinking skills.

"BHSU summer camps are a great opportunity for students to do something academic, yet interesting and fun over the summer," said Mitch Hopewell, master of science in strategic leadership (MSSL) coordinator and instructor of education technology and leadership at BHSU. "It&rsquos not summer school it&rsquos summer learning."

BHSU summer campus include:

Discovery Exploration Camp, June 22-25

The Discovery Exploration Camp, formerly Summer Exploration Institute, will encourage creative and critical thinking skills. Camp attendees will participate in discussions and hands-on activities on a variety of topics from science, art to social studies.

The camp is open for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The sessions will be led by BHSU educators.

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, June 29-July 2

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe is a science-based camp for students in the ninth through 12th grades. The camp will focus on answering questions of the universe, such as the nature of dark matter, Hopewell said.

Students will work with BHSU faculty, including Dr. Dan Durben, associate professor of physics, learning how to gather and interpret data. Field trips will be taken to the Sanford Underground Research Facility and area lakes to conduct research.

The camp is only open to 15 participants. The summer camp is an excellent opportunity for students to experience the vast research opportunities at BHSU.

Sting&rsquos Eco Explorers, July 21

Sting&rsquos Eco Explorers is open for students four to six years old. It&rsquos a one-day camp from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the BHSU campus. Campers will use the BHSU campus as a learning laboratory, teaching sustainable practices. Students will get to see the campus garden, underground tunnels and wind turbine that is used to help produce electricity, as well as learn why practices such as these are important in the environment.

All of the campus are either half day or full day camps. For more information, schedules and costs of each camp, visit For questions, email Mitch Hopewell at

In addition to academic camps, a variety of athletic camps will be offered throughout the summer. For more information on athletic camps, visit

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