Media Advisory: June Summer Camps and Activities at McDaniel College

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June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018

Contact: Cheryl Knauer





McDaniel College hosts various summer camps and activities throughout the month of June. McDaniel-affiliated camps and activities include:  

The American Legion Maryland Boys State  
June 17–23 

This program of The American Legion is open to males who have completed their junior year of high school. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs. Maryland Boys State participants who complete the full Boys State Program and are admitted to McDaniel will automatically be considered for a $40K scholarship to the college. Participants also have the option to receive two college credits by attending the camp. 

McDaniel's Summer Science Academy
-Session 1: June 18–22
-Session 2: June 25–29
-Session 3: July 9–13

Approximately 100 high school students in grades 9–12 attend over the course of three weeks. All students who successfully complete a week at the camp receive a $40K guaranteed scholarship to attend McDaniel College.

The camp offers seven different science courses spread out over three weeks (* = new this year): 

-Forensic Science – students participate in realistic forensic investigations using actual techniques in use today, including eyewitness testimony, drug analysis, blood and DNA analysis, hair analysis, forensic anthropology and entomology and ballistics. (Sessions 1, 2 and 3)

-Real World Physical Science Lab – students who have had limited laboratory experience in their high school science classes have the opportunity to do what real scientists do in the laboratory. Topics covered include spectroscopy (UV-Vis, IR, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and laser spectroscopy), chromatograph, mass spectrometry, and more. (Session 1 only)

-*Pre-Health Science: How the Heart Works – students explore how the heart works to move blood through the body. Students are shown how to measure blood pressure, the electrical activity of the heart (ECG), and other techniques to see how well the heart is working. (Session 1 only)

-*Cooking Science – Students experiment with, and consume, a variety of foods as a way to fuse interesting scientific principles with the art of cooking. Students prepare recipes as a means to learn about basic physical principles and chemical laws, the quantification of mixtures and compounds, and interesting and relevant chemical reactions. (Session 2 only)

-*Environmental Science – Students investigate a variety of environmental science topics, including water remediation, life cycle analysis, climate change, food, regeneration and sustainable development. DATE TBD:  Students will also participate in a BioBlitz to create an inventory of plants and animals at Lehigh Cement’s Union Bridge Quarry in Frederick County, Md., as part of a long-term project that McDaniel’s environmental studies and biology departments are collaborating on to assess efforts by Heidelberg Cement to restore the Haines Branch Stream (currently one of the largest restoration projects in Maryland). (Session 2 only)

-Marine Science – student participate in hands-on laboratory experiments and fieldwork to explore topics in marine ecology, biological oceanography and physical oceanography, as well as take a field trip on a working oceanographic research vessel on the Chesapeake Bay. (Session 3 only)

-Zombie Science – students learn about the potential effects of a zombie apocalypse, such as the impact of infectious diseases and how they spread. (Session 3 only)

Green Terror Boys Basketball Day Camp 
-Session 1: June 18–22 
-Session 2: July 30–August 3 

This day camp for ages 7–17 is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of basketball that may be applied individually and in a team setting. The camp is directed by Kevin Curley, head men’s basketball coach at McDaniel, and current McDaniel men’s basketball players work as coaches and counselors.

McDaniel College Swim Lessons
-Session 1: June 18–22; June 25–28
-Session 2: July 2–6 (not 4th); July 9–13 
-Session 3: July 16–20; July 23–26 
-Session 4: July 30–August 3; August 6–9 

Jeff Heistand, head coach of the Green Terror men’s and women’s swimming teams, is the swim lesson coordinator. Lessons are available from water babies through level 5. 

Green Terror Softball Day Camp
June 26–28 

This camp for girls ages 8–18 allows girls to develop the fundamentals of softball and increase skill level with areas of focus including throwing, infield, outfield, hitting, base running, sliding and bunting. It is directed by Stacie Maring, assistant coach of the Green Terror softball team.

Others include: 

King of the Hill LAX 
June 18–20

Coerver Soccer Camp 
June 25–29

Point Guard College 
June 26–30

Triathlon Skill Dev Camp 
June 27–29


Camps and activities are open to the public. Advance registration is required. 


McDaniel College
2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. 


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