Camp Cherokee applications available
Keegan Setser of Sallisaw, Okla., works on his pot for pottery class during the2009 Camp Cherokee in Welling, Okla. (Archive photo)
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The dates for Camp Cherokee 2010 have been set for July 18-23, and applications are available online or for pickup at the Cherokee Nation.
Camp Cherokee is a free Arts Institute and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Academy combined into one camp.
According to the application, the camp is operated by CN Education Services and is an enriching cultural and academic experience for CN students.
This year, 175 middle and high school students, entering sixth through 12th grades, will be selected. In 2009, the camp accepted 297 students. However, the large number also made for large class sizes, sometimes with more than 35 students in a class, said CN Director of Fine Arts Bill Andoe.
“This provides us the opportunity to have smaller class sizes, which teachers will welcome,” he said. “Certain classes we wanted to tailor differently. We definitely want students to apply early because certain classes are going to fill very quickly.”
The camp’s location has also changed. In 2009, the camp was held at the Salvation Army Camp Heart O’ the Hills in Welling, Okla., but this year the camp will be held at Sequoyah Schools in Tahlequah.
“It was a lot of fun out there (in Welling) but it was also expensive,” Andoe said. “This was just part of a whole cost-conscious decision to change locations this year. But where one door closes another one opens.”
Having Camp Cherokee at Sequoyah Schools allows instructors and students to have more opportunities to do experiments and take field trips, he said.
“We do have more opportunities with the lab space and being more centrally located and next door to the complex will help us take advantage of the opportunities at the complex,” Andoe said. “And maybe next year we’ll move some place else. We just don’t know yet.”
Daniel Faddis, CN Education Outreach specialist, said Sequoyah should also provide more opportunities for the camp’s science aspect.
“I think Sequoyah is going to bring some bright opportunities for my science classes this year,” he said. “We’re having an actual science lab to have to be able to do some actual laboratory chemistry activities.”
The camp will utilize the school’s dormitories and will therefore still be a residential camp.
“We really try to emphasize that because it’s all encompassing,” Andoe said.
The camp includes a daily morning meeting for campers, spending time together in class, recreation time in the afternoon and big evening events.
Classes available are acting, basketry, dance, digital arts, drawing and painting, photography, pottery, singing, sketching nature, traditional Cherokee crafts, video, singing voice lessons, laboratory chemistry, engineering activities, Native Approach to Science, competitive robotics and Native Science of the River Valley.
Students can download the application at www.camp.cherokee.org. Applications can be mailed to CN Education Services Administration or dropped off at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
Camp ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᏗᏂᎾᎢ
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ.-- ᏚᎵᏒᏍᏔᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏣᎳᎩ camp ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏒᏍᏔᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎫᏰᏉᏂ ᏁᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏍᎪᏦᎢᏁ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᏕᎦᎾ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎦᏁᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏏᎳᏑᏫᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎬᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ.
Camp ᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎᏊᎢ Arts Institute ᎠᎴ STEM (science, technology, engineering ᎠᎴ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ) Academy ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ camp.
ᏂᎬᏅᏃ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎪᏪᎸ, Ꮎ camp ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᏗᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏕᎶᏊᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏅᏓᏗᏏᏐᏗ ᏂᏗᎦᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ.
ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ, 175 ᎢᏯᏂ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ, ᎠᏂᏴᎯᎲ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᎾᎠᎩ ᏔᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᎢᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᏛᎾᏑᏰᏏ. ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏥᎨᏒ, ᎾᎿ 297 ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏯᏅᎲᎢ. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏧᏊᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏧᏔᎾ ᏂᏚᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸ ᏓᏂᏯᎥᎢ ᏦᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏯᏂᎢ ᎨᏒ ᏌᏊ ᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ fine Arts Bill Andoe.
“ᎯᎠ ᎠᏜᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᏗᎯᎨ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏰᎸᏍᎪᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᏑᏓᎴ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸ ᎣᎦᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᏕᏓᎴ ᏍᏗᎩᏓ. ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᎦᏚᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏄᏟᏍᏛᏊ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏛᏂᎧᎵᏥ.”
ᎯᎠ camp ᎤᏍᏆᎵᏗ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏌ. 2009 ᏥᎨᏒ, Ꮎ camp ᏧᏍᏆᎸᎲ Ꮎ Salvation Army Camp Heart O’ the Hills ᎾᏍᎩ ᏪᎵᏂ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ., ᎠᏎᎩᏂ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏉᏲ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏓᎵᏆ.
“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᎸᏓ ᎨᏒ Ꮎ ᏪᎵᏂᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏚᎵᎬᏩᏝᏅ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Andoe. “ᎢᎦᏓᏊᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏓᎵᎬᏩᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎦᏁᏟᏴᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏍᏆᎸᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏌᏊ ᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᏳᎵᏍᏚᏂ ᏐᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎢᏍᎪᎢ.”
ᎯᎢᎾ ᏥᏛᏍᏆᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ Camp ᎾᎿ ᏏᏉᏲ ᎠᏝᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏟᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏒᏅᏗᎢ, ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.
“ᎤᎪᏓ ᏓᏜᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ lab space ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᏎᏍᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎩᏍᏆᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎥ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎣᎩᏍᏕᎵᎭ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏢᏅᏓᏕᏫᏍᎩᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Andoe. “ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏐᎢ ᏩᏕᏘᏴᎲ ᏐᎢ ᎢᎸᏢ ᏲᎩᏍᏆᎸᏏ. Ꮭ ᏲᎦᏅᏓ ᎨᎳᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ.” ᎤᏛᏅ Daniel Faddis, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏯᏅᎯᏛ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗ, ᎤᏛᏅ ᏏᏉᏲ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏛᎵᏊ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏗᎬᏩᏛᏅᎢᏍᏩᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᏂ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᎲᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᏏᏉᏲ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎬᏩᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎤᏜᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎶᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎶ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎬᏩᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏙᎯᏳᏃ science lab ᎣᎪᏢᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏦᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎣᎩᎠᎵᏰᎥᏅᎲᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.”
ᎾᏍᎩ camp ᏓᏲᏨᏔᏂ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏣᏂᏯᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏯᎡᏍᏗ.
“ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᏣᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏦᏣᏁᎶᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎩᏕᏯᏍᏙᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Andoe.
ᎾᏍᎩ camp ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᏌᎾᎴ ᏗᏠᎯᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᎠᏂᏯᎢ, ᏗᏠᎯᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ, ᎠᏂᏰᎸ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏒᏗ ᏒᎯᏰᏯᏗᏝ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᏳᎵᏏᎾ ᎤᏂᎰ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏓ ᎤᏬᏢᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎮᏍᏗ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᏍᏗ, ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗᎢ, ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗᎢ, digital arts, ᎤᏂᏑᏫᏒᏗᎢ, ᎤᎾᏛᏁᎸᏗᎢ, ᏧᎾᏓᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᎦᏓᎫᎩ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ, ᏧᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗ, sketching nature, ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅ, video, voice lessons, laboratory chemistry, engineering activities, Native approach to Science, ᎳᎷᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ science ᎾᎿ ᎤᏪᏴ ᎤᎨᏓᎵᏴᎢ.
ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏂᏴᏗ ᎾᎿᎢ www.camp.cherokee.org. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏫᏗᎦᏅᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Education Services Administration ᎠᎴ ᏫᎦᏅᏗ ᎾᎿ W. W. Keeler Tribal Complex.