Camps, conferences help keep campus busy during summer

Camps, conferences help keep campus busy during summer

By University Communications
June 24, 2013
Summer Camp

Photo: Summer Camp

Most of the college students are gone, but the campus at University of Wisconsin-Stout remains a draw for other students and visitors during the summer months.

About 5,000 people are expected in June, July and August for a variety of camps, conferences and other events.

Summer school also is in session at UW-Stout, with campus and online classes available. The first four-week session began Monday, June 10. The second session begins Monday, July 8.

The university offers a wide range of facilities, making it a popular destination for many groups. Some of the amenities are athletic fields and gymnasiums, large meeting halls, residence halls with air-conditioned rooms and dining and banquet facilities, all with free Wi-Fi.

“UW-Stout can provide one-stop shopping for camps and conferences of all sizes during the summer months,” said Elizabeth Wilhelm, conference coordinator in Administrative and Student Life Services.

Plus, it’s all within walking distance. “Within a block of the residence halls, we can provide three cafeteria meals a day, 10 meeting spaces and two large banquet spaces,” Wilhelm said.

About a dozen groups are planning to stay in residence halls this summer.

Other campus amenities include a pool, fitness center, racquetball courts and indoor and outdoor tracks. Several groups plan to use the Stout Adventures Challenge Course, which has team-building activities on a ropes course, two 50-foot towers and a giant swing.

The National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has been held on campus for nearly 20 years. The 29th annual conference ran Sunday through Thursday, June 9-13.

“When we came to Stout, the institute just blossomed,” said Louise Monson, executive secretary and treasurer of the sponsoring group, the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network.

“The university helps us with anything. They’re like family. The facilities are excellent, and the comments we hear (from participants) are that ‘I will be back,’ ” Monson said.

About 200 people attended this year’s conference at the Memorial Student Center.

Other groups renting and using campus facilities this summer are:

  • Nature Valley Grand Prix pro bicycle races Saturday, June 15. University facilities, including Johnson Fieldhouse, the Clock Tower Plaza and parking lots, will be used.

  • PreCollege Camp, for about 50 high school age students, in July.

  • Annual STEPS for Girls science camps, with 40 girls a week plus support staff expected for four weeks in July and August.

  • International Graphic Arts Education Association Print Ed Conference, expected to draw about 200 people in July.

  • Eastview High School marching band from Apple Valley, Minn., summer camp, with about 175 musicians expected July 31 to Aug. 2. The band will train on the artificial turf at Williams Stadium football field, stay in the residence halls and eat at Merle M. Price Commons.

Also scheduled are youth camps for gymnastics, June 10-21, and pole vault, July 19-20, led by UW-Stout coaches.

An AAU basketball tournament was held in May at Johnson Fieldhouse with another planned June 28-30.

Freshman orientation in late May and early June drew more than 1,400 students, in addition to their parents.

For information about renting UW-Stout facilities, contact Wilhelm at 715-232-5132 or email her.