Camp CEES originated in 2006 with 20 kindergarten students. The mission of the camp was to track the progress of these students from K-12th grade. Each year these students were given an opportunity to return to Camp CEES to further cultivate interest in STEM fields. Because of the early success and popularity of the program, we expanded the camp based on funding and availability. Thus, each year, an additional grade level was added to continue the camps' original intent of tracking students through grade 12.
Today, Camp CEES has serviced over 150 kids and expanded its summer program through 8th grade. On the completion of 8th grade, Camp CEES recommends student for 9th-12 grade engineering and science summer programs also housed on the university campus.
Additionally, Camp CEES engages counselors and volunteers who are former Camp CEES participants that are enrolled in college and high school. Camp CEES Counselors are on the front line of happiness for our campers. Camp counselors are selected each year by letters of recommendation, and or by submitting an application to Camp CEES. School, church, and community involvement are a plus in the selection process. Counselors are typically high school (junior and seniors) and college level students who are Camp CEES alum. Counselor letter of recommendation and applications are accepted starting in April of each year. All staff are required to due a background check through the Louisiana State Police.
Camp field trips are provided as a means to increase the learning experience of campers. Fields trips are typically once per week for each grade level. Field trip dates and times will be available two weeks prior to the start of camp. Changes are possible and additional trips may be added during the course of the camp.
LIGO Science Education Center (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Livingston, LA - K-5th grade Campers will visit the LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston, LA. LIGO is an interactive, exhibit-based, science learning center. Campers will gain exposure to the groundbreaking scientific research facility, be encouraged to interact with the while having science concepts more accessible. http://www.ligo-la.caltech.edu/SEC1/SEC_LIGO_brochure.pdf
NASA Johnston Space Center Houston, TX - 6th-8th grade Campers will visit the Space Center in Houston. The center welcomes more than 100,000 teachers and students from around the world visit our center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. Inspiring young people to choose careers in STEM is one of the outcomes of our program. Parents cannot attend this field trip http://spacecenter.org/general-info/about
Louisiana Art & Science Museum Baton Rouge - K-3rd grade Campers will visit the museum and see the Planetarium Show Magic Tree House: Space Mission andalso walk through theSolar System Gallery http://www.lasm.org/
Greenwood Community Park-All Campers It is one of BREC's largest parks, located on Highway 19 at New Rafe Meyer Road, near the city of Baker. Greenwood Community Park serves a larger geographic area than a neighborhood park and is designed to engage the entire family for a whole day. Campers will enjoy the Playground, Picnic Areas, Recreation Center, and a Spray Pad,
KNOCK KNOCK Children's Museum-K-3rd This trip is filled with hands-on, fun-filled interactive exhibits called “Learning Zones.” Anchored in research and evidence-based practices addressing all areas of development, our Learning Zones are designed to create teachable moments that will connect children’s every day experiences to learning. Knock Knock’s focus is on the development of the whole child with the goal of increasing early literacy skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)while expanding knowledge and raising interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) subjects and careers. http://knockknockmuseum.org/about-us/
Camp Living Waters Loranger, LA-All Campers This trip is free to all campers. Admission for parents is TBA . Payment is TBA. Each child MUST have one parent to attend. Bus transportation will be provided for all campers. Parents who are interested in bus transportation will pay an additional fee TBA. This will be a great field trip! Campers are encouraged to bring fishing and swim gear. Food for the entire day will be provided by CLW. There is absolutely no need to bring additional items (except in the case of special needs.) Girls are required to wear camp T-shirt on top of . Boys may wear swim trunks with camp T-shirt. http://camplivingwaters.net/home.html
Prehistoric ParkHenderson, LA-All Campers Prehistoric Park is conveniently located in Henderson, Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), just one-quarter mile north of I-10 near Cajun Palms RV Resort. This is Louisiana’s only attraction dedicated to these amazing creatures of years past. With approximately 12 acres to explore, you will find yourself wandering amongst some of the most feared predators ever to walk the planet. Prehistoric Park offers a unique, natural setting featuring paved walkways where you will encounter a wide variety of realistic- looking steel and fiberglass dinosaur replicas, including some animated dinosaur exhibits. There will be a concession stand, gift shop and a sandbox with buried bones ready to be discovered by young paleontologists.
Registration and Tuition Deadlines: Registration (on completion of enrollment application) Tuition (on or before Friday, May 24, 2019)
Camp Drop-Off and Pick-up instructions: Campers can be dropped off by 7:45am. All campers should report to camp no later than 8:15am. Campers arriving after 8:15am must be checked-in by a parent, in the classroom. In order to help accommodate parents, some workers will be at the drop-off point by 7:30am. Please note: this service is voluntary. Workers are not required to be on site until 7:45am. Thanks for your patience.
look for the CAMP CEES Drop-Off sign.
loop in front of Blanks Hall.
DO NOT stop in front of the J.B. Cade Library.
campers should get out on the RIGHT SIDE of the vehicle.
avoid long conversations with teachers and workers to prevent congestion.
Tardiness: Parents, it is important that campers report ON TIME! Some parents have alerted us to other obligations that prevent campers from reporting at exactly 8am. However, it is very difficult for teachers to interrupt scheduled activities to check-in late campers. We recognize this is the summer, but we are asking that parents make every effort to have campers no later than 8:45 am. ALL LATE CAMPERS MUST BE CHECKED-IN WITH PERSPECTIVE TEACHER. DO NOT DROP LATE CAMPERS OFF UNATTENDED.
Camp Attire: Campers and all camp workers are required to wear camp T-shirts every WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. All campers must wear closed toe shoes.