“Northwestern State feels it is important to host camps on our campus each summer,” said Dr. Chris Maggio, NSU’s dean of students and assistant provost for student life. “We feel it is beneficial to expose the camp participants to a college campus. For many students it is their first look at a university and we feel this starts college exploration process even for kids at a young age.”
About half of the camps are overnight camps, requiring the students to stay in either the University Columns, University Place I and II or Varnado Hall and have meals at Iberville Hall. Maggio says this gives camp participants a good idea of what student life is like at Northwestern State.
“They have many of the same daily experiences our students do, by living in our residence halls, eating in the cafeteria, utilizing our state of the art facilities and often getting instruction from NSU faculty and staff,” he said. “We hope that this excites students to want to be a part of the collegiate experience. A number of our students have told me the first time they learned about Northwestern State was at a summer camp.”
This year’s summer camps will have an estimated economic impact of nearly $3.4 million on the local economy, according to Iris Harper, executive director of the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.