At Hardin-Simmons, our faculty teach more than just college students. During June,
they impacted the lives of hundreds of children through summer camps. In
addition to numerous sports camps, HSU holds several academic, musical, and
spiritual camps during the summer.
One academic camp is HSU Dream-Catchers. From June 18-28, over 100
diverse readers participated in this science-based literacy enrichment program
designed to help motivate, challenge and inspire. By the end of the camp,
students experienced academic success, developed mentoring relationships with
HSU EC-6 majors and AISD faculty, and established goals to pursue personal
dreams for the future.
Dr. Renee Collins, Associate Dean of the Irvin School of Education, says that the camp benefits students
who attend, HSU Education majors, volunteers, and certified teachers.
“It is a win-win for everyone involved,” she said. “Everyone develops
confidence, friendships, and hope for a brighter future. Dream-Catchers
Summer Camp is a partnership between HSU and the local school district. This
summer event allows various community members to share resources, financial
gifts, and professional expertise through the Community Foundation of Abilene
along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife community.”
At HSU’s Health Sciences Summer
Enrichment Program (HSSEP), high school
students improved their math and science skills as they experienced two weeks
of college lectures, engaging labs, and interactive sessions.
Rebecca Lu, an incoming junior at Trinity
Christian Academy, says that the program gave her insight into what the medical
field truly entails.
“Camp helped me to see how higher
education and advanced skills can be extremely useful in helping to meet the
day to day needs of people,” she said. “It prepared me for the future as it
forced me to assess my own strengths and
weaknesses to see what areas better fit my personality and ability. All in all,
camp helped me to better connect
knowledge gained from the classroom setting to helping people and making an
impact in the world using those skill sets learned.”
HSU also offered several music
camps to increase appreciation and love for the Arts: Piano Camp, All-State
Choir Camp, and for the first time, Festival
“Festival of Guitars is a new camp
dedicated to improving guitar players in the community,” said Dr. Robert
Tucker, Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “It is an opportunity to learn new
techniques, styles, care, and
maintenance, and try out new ideas for songwriting.”
From June 24-28, current HSU choir
students shared their love for music with the next generation at HSU Choir Camp.
“When I went to high school, this
camp introduced me to HSU and was what made me decide to enroll there,” said
Senior Music Business major Sydnie Renner. “I love choir because music is my
passion, and I am so thankful that I get to help high school student realize
that in themselves.”
At the Abilene Summer Piano Camp, young
piano students experienced a week of intensive study and unique musical
experiences from HSU piano faculty. Their curriculum included classes in
technique, sight-reading, and composition with a concert at the end of the
HSU also hosted the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes Leadership Camp from June 18-22. Student-athletes developed skills for Christian
growth and campus leadership.
Upcoming camps in July include
Threshold, Super Summer, and Swim Camp.