CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 24, 2015 – Only in its second year, Southeast Missouri State University’s Camp Redhawk is quickly becoming an exciting tradition for entering freshman to better position themselves for the years ahead through invaluable and fun experiences.
“The transition to college life can be challenging and scary at times – Camp Redhawk takes away some of that anxiety,” said Katie Foshee, assistant director of Admissions for New Student Programs at Southeast.
Camp Redhawk is a Sunday-Wednesday summer camp for incoming students to meet and build friendships, interact with staff from all over campus that will help them upon arrival and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the campus and a feel for the community. It provides not only a deeper introduction to the spirit and traditions of Southeast, but gives the students an opportunity to create their own traditions and develop their school spirit through fun events such as the nest games, ice cream social, “Fun Time, Party Time” with yard games and inflatables, team challenges, an exciting high ropes course and the opportunity to leave their mark (literally) by signing the inside of the Academic Hall dome.
“My favorite part of Camp Redhawk was the nest games we played the first night. It helped all of us get to know each other and made everyone comfortable the first night,” said Ciena McNew of Union, Missouri, who attended this year’s first camp. “Also, I was introduced to the wonderful game of Walleyball. That was the great thing about this camp – I got to do things I’ll be doing when I actually start school in the fall.
“Camp Redhawk was a blast,” she continued. “I wanted to meet new people and get a feel for the campus before I moved down there. I met so many people and feel so much better about attending in the fall. I am now able to start my first year at Southeast with some friends.”
Mackenzie Long of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, attended last week’s camp with similar expectations.
“I wanted to make the transition in August a little easier,” said Long. “I met several friends and faculty members that I feel I can talk to if I have any questions. I liked the athletic rally and really enjoyed the scavenger hunt around campus. I loved getting to know my way around my future home!”
Although many students attend for the opportunity to meet classmates and to get a taste of what college life is like, Camp Redhawk is much more than a meet and greet. It is designed to provide transitional leadership experiences for students entering college for the first time.
“They learn much about themselves and their leadership style through some of our activities, and we steer them towards events and organizations that would be a good fit for them,” Foshee said.
“The high ropes course pushed me (and several others) out of our comfort zone and forced us to trust others,” said Long. “Most of the activities were fun and promoted team building and leadership.”
This year, the Camp Redhawk leadership team welcomed two student members in effort to gain insight into the student experience and two Campus Life staff members to provide students with a clear and guided path into campus leadership programs and campus organizations.
“We are looking to make Camp Redhawk a permanent part of the Southeast experience,” said Foshee.
This year’s attendance has already exceeded last year’s, and registration is still open.
“One of the coolest things about Camp Redhawk is that a different part of the camp resonates with everyone. Some love the physical challenges of things like the Nest Games and Ropes Course; some love the mental challenges of our Leadership Inventories and the Go! Southeast Scavenger Hunt. There is something for everyone at camp!” Foshee said. “Take a leap, and give it a shot. It’s a wonderful experience!”
Registration is open for July 12-15 and July 26-29. For more information and to register, visit: www.semo.edu/nsp/campredhawk.