SRU to host numerous summer camps and conferences


May 15, 2017

“Healthy Planet, Healthy People” Environmental Summer Camp & Community Project Incubator

SRU’s “Healthy Planet, Healthy People”
Environmental Summer Camp & Community Project
Incubator, June 20-24, will prepare high school
students and teachers to develop stewardship projects
in their communities.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Summertime on college campuses is anything but dormant, especially for a place like Slippery Rock University, which combines an ideal location, great facilities and excellent faculty and staff to host a variety of camps and conferences.

The University expects to attract more than 4,000 attendees to campus this summer as it plays host to 49 such events. While 30 programs are from providers outside the University that pay to use its facilities, 19 gatherings are sponsored by SRU. Last year, SRU grossed $677,000 in revenue from its summer camps and conferences program.

chris cole


"With our outdoor and indoor facilities, we are able to attract a broad range of events," said Chris Cole, director of the Smith Student Center and Conference Services. "We can host sports camps as well as academic, instructional camps in our classroom buildings. We have great facilities, that's our strongest drawing card. Our residential suites and housing facilities are superb and our dining program is excellent."

Additionally, SRU's 660-acre campus is less than an hour's drive from Pittsburgh, Erie and Youngstown, Ohio, with proximity to Interstates 79 and 80, providing easy access for visitors.

SRU-sponsored camps and conferences include sports camps (volleyball, track and field, soccer and field hockey); programs for the performing arts (Forge Summer Dance Intensive, Jazz Academy, Popular Music Pedagogy, The Roger Bobo Festival of Brass); and environmental programs.

New this year is the SRU "Healthy Planet, Healthy People" Environmental Summer Camp & Community Project Incubator, June 20-24. Hosted by SRU's Office of Sustainability and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the camp prepares high school students and their teachers to develop and lead environmental education and stewardship projects in their communities.

The Forge Summer Dance Intensive

The Forge Summer Dance Intensive, a two-week
training workshop hosted by SRU’s Dance
Department, July 10-21, is the only one if its kind
in the region.

Campers will explore topics such as sustainable food and agriculture, water and air quality, environmental ethics, climate change and alternative energy systems.

Cost is $100 per student for five days' room and board, while teachers and administrators receive a stipend, credit for Act 48 professional development hours and seed money to fund a community project.

The most popular and longest-running camp on the schedule is the SRU Women's Individual and Team Volleyball Camps, July 9-12 and July 12-14, respectively. Both camps are led by SRU women's volleyball coach Laurie Lokash. The individual camp is already filled with 144 registered campers, but a wait list is available.

Returning for its second year is the Forge Summer Dance Intensive, a two-week training workshop hosted by SRU's Dance Department, July 10-21. The only workshop of its kind in the region, the intensive is intended for dance professionals, college students and advanced dancers ages 15 and older. It offers best practices in a variety of skills from highly regarded national and local dance artists in a non-competitive environment.

To view a listing and descriptions of all SRU-sponsored camps and conferences, including information on how to register, visit:

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zackal | 724.738.4854 |