Happy Campers

By Josh Simon

June 20, 2013 Updated Jun 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM CDT

The students at Bradley University may all be gone on Summer break but the campus is still buzzing.

Almost 500 kids have taken over the Bradley Campus this week...
kindergarteners through twelfth graders are taking part in eight different camps all with a different theme.

Director of the John C. Hench Production Art Studios Dr Bob Jacobs said, "I think we have a basketball camp, we have a tennis camp, We have a leadership camp, we have a business camp, we've kind of turned into Camp Bradley for the summer. It's congested in the dining halls."

While the Cafeterias are busy, the classrooms, studios and Gyms are packed as well. Bob Jacobs has been running a high school Broadcasting camp for the last 16 years.

Jacobs said, "About 400 students have come through here. About half of whom have gone on to college about 3/4 of those have gone on to jobs in the industry in one way or another."

Geno Ford's Basketball camps use players as counselors and coaches. Former Bradley Player Dyricus Simms-Edwards was a camper when he was a kid.

Former Bradley Basketball player Dyricus Simms-Edwards said, "I just remember how fun it was. A few of my friends were in it and it's just something that I looked forward to every year. To see these kids out here now is a little surrell because I remember being that small."

Across campus The World of Wonder camp is a hands on camp for kids from 5 to 17 years old.

Jon Neidy World of Wonder Camp Director said, "It gets them inspired to be in college and it makes them feel a part of something bigger than their school that they are typically in. So they get the feeling that they are going off to school, going off to college so they like it."

And the hope is they really like it and maybe someday come back... Camps like this can be a great way to recruit future students

Elk Grove High School Senior Marki Kaim said, ""I got to see the dorm rooms, but I also got to see the lobbies and the cafeterias and the rec center. All that stuff put together that's what makes a school and you know the depth of it and not just the surface and that's what really helped."

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