Camp OrganizationPlanning Co-Curricular Program
The goals of co-curricular programming in C2C are: (1) students will experience college living first hand for four consecutive summers so that they feel confident participating in college life when they enter college; and (2) parents will become familiar with the university, which makes it easier to allow their children to move away for college.
Events for parents occur at two times during the C2C four-year program. The first weekend of Year 1, parents accompany their children to camp for the opening welcome, meal, and get-together with staff and instructors. Parents also meet with the camp director for an overview of their child’s C2C program. This overview includes the program goals and academic and behavioral expectations for their child’s continuation in C2C. They also take a tour of campus and meet with a college admissions counselor. During the time they are on campus, parents record brief messages of encouragement to their children, which are played during the celebratory dinner at the end of Year 1 camp.
Parents return to campus for their child’s C2C graduation ceremony in Year 4. While on campus, they meet with a Saint Mary’s college counselor to talk about what to do during their child’s senior year in school to complete the college admission process. The Director also discusses the process for application to the FGI Scholars program for those students who want to attend Saint Mary’s University. On the day of graduation, they attend the scientific poster session presented by the C2C students, and the graduation lunch celebrating their children’s four years of academic and social accomplishments in the C2C program.
The co-curricular program for students is built around the class schedule. Because their classes and homework involve intense concentration, recreational activities are designed for active movement and involvement. Daily recreational activities for Year 1 features a lot of “ice breakers” to help students get to know each other and become a “familia.” For example, in one activity, students put one of their shoes in a pile, select a different shoe, and search for the owner to get to know him/her. As the students return to camp each year, the activities change so that by senior year, groups of students are responsible for planning and leading recreation.
A typical schedule of co-curricular blocks would be:
Mile Run: All students go outside early in the morning to either run or walk a mile.
Lunch and Mid-Day Recreation: Students participate in multiple recreation activities led by student counselors.
Sport Activities/Pool: The students are either scheduled for the pool (which they do twice a week) or of a sports activity such as kickball, basketball, soccer, etc.
Evening Discussions and Academic Competitions: Evening sections are split between evening talks and workshops led by staff, guest speakers, and academic competitions such as Vocabulary Jeopardy.
Other co-curricular activities include field trips such as the Eagle Center, Mall of America, bowling, canoeing on Lake Winona, or walking to the Drive-Inn ice cream shop. Activities are also planned by our science team that incorporate class and recreation, typically done of Saturday evenings.
Evening discussions are different for each class:
Year 1 and 2 evening discussions, led by C2C counselors, are based on first year high school fears and advice for doing well academically and socially. Academic contests, movies with an educational theme, and celebrations are also part of the evening get-togethers.
Year 3 and 4 discussions shift to preparation for college and careers. Community resource people—college instructors, journalists, business people–talk about their profession. Young professionals of color are highlighted to encourage students to see themselves in these roles after college graduation. Admissions counselors and the C2C Director also conduct workshops on getting reading for college admission.
Non-Cognitive Variables Workshop