ELCE Summer Camp encourages students by boosting their achievement and increasing their English proficiency, but it also benefits schools. Students who attend camp may have better attendance records and are better able to engage in the classroom, thus reducing discipline referrals.
Other benefits include more parental involvement, a more diverse group of student leaders to support school initiatives, and strengthened communication between school leaders and the student body.
ELCE is also a great use of Title 1 funding as it helps migrant students overcome cultural and language barriers to succeed academically and overcome educational disruption, in addition the camp meets Title III criteria through its promotion of community participation in language instruction and focus on attaining English proficiency and developing high levels of academic achievement to meet state standards.
ELCE Summer Camp empowers students to create change that matters, such as implementing recycling in schools, executing food and clothing drives for students in need, and identifying scholarship opportunities for immigrant students. The camp’s structured daily activities allow students to explore their options for the future, participate in project-based learning using curriculum approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, participate in field trips, and experience what it’s like to live on a college campus.
Students also get to participate in exciting extracurricular activities like swimming, sports, museum trips, and movies while making friends with like-minded people.
ELCE Summer Camp aims to impact schools and communities by promoting social consciousness and inclusive mindfulness. As students broaden their grammar and vocabulary skills, they’ll learn to use language effectively and persuasively to raise awareness about important issues, utilize local government and school leadership to affect change, and exhibit leadership and mentoring skills in their daily lives.
Students will be supervised 24 hours a day by OU staff and camp counselors. There will never be a time when students are unsupervised. All teachers and camp counselors have passed criminal background checks and have attended OU’s training on Policies and Procedures for Minors on Campus.
Most camp counselors are OU students who are bilingual, and all have gone through an application and interview process. There is a 12-to-one counselor-to-student ratio, including an evening and overnight female and male counselor.
Communication is kept to a minimum to ensure all campers enjoy a complete immersion in the camp experience. We ask that students not use phones during class/activity time except for language support when necessary. Students may use phones before classes, on breaks, at lunch, and after classes.
If an emergency occurs, parents or guardians will be contacted immediately. Counselors carry first-aid kits at all times. Goddard Health Center on the OU campus is available to campers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (insurance and permission must be provided). Urgent Care facilities, as well as Norman Regional Hospital, are also located nearby in Norman.
OU Extended Campus
University of Oklahoma
300 Kellogg Drive
Norman, Oklahoma 73072