Local universities are offering day camps for kids

Now's the time to start signing up kids and teens for university day camps, say organizers.  First at SIU-Carbondale, the public relations department offers many ideas. This year is the first for equine science camp, which  gives teens a chance to expand their knowledge of horses while working with the University's equine.
The SIU Summer Wings Camp is very popular with high school students, as they actually get to explore what a career as a pilot would be like with ground and flight training similar to what SIUC aviation students receive, says the public relations department.
This is the 21st year for Professor Jon Davey's Kid Architecture Camp.  The camps are geared toward different age groups and all offer hands-on activities, field trips and more.
Eco-U is actually a series of camps at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center.  Kids learn about and experience nature up close and personal.
Youth attending the Robotics Camps get to work with "boe bots," which means they build the robots and see what they can get them to do in a series of challenges.
There's also LEGO engineering camps for different age groups where kids will learn about engineering by working with LEGO parts, creating functioning machinery and more.
Kids can also see what it would be like to operate their very own business.  CampCEO is an entrepreneurship camp from the University's Office of Economic and Regional Development at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center.  Participants create business plans and actually do business projects in the community.
For more information, head to the Division of Continuing Education web site.
In Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University offers many options for local kids and teens as well.
Redhawks Kids camp is day camp for children who will be enrolling in grades K-8 in the fall. Leading the camps are trained and qualified Southeast students who serve as counselors. Many of these counselors are aspiring teachers.  Camp is based out of the Student Recreation Center-South, behind the Show Me Center.
The first scheduled session will begin Monday, June 4. The camps will continue on for nine consecutive weeks, ending on Friday, August 3.
For more information about Redhawks Kids Camp, please call (573) 651-2521.