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Camp Adventure is a program run by the University of Northern Iowa which sends American college students to American military bases, embassies, and British Military installations throughout the world. These students run day camps as well overnight, and sports camps. Counselors also act as lifeguards for the children of military personnel stationed on bases. The UC Davis/California State University, Sacramento program was started by the late great Nancy Tibbitts (former Adviser at the Internship and Career Center in 2006).
Camp Adventure was founded at the University of Oregon in 1985. At its inception, the program sent 12 students to three sites in Korea. In 1997, it sent approximately 600 students to 118 program sites in 16 countries. Over 900 students in 2008 will go all around the world to such locations as the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, and the United States.
The camp counselors are trained in games and first aid, as well as how to deal with the problems that many military children have due to the isolation, frequent moves, and dangerous profession of their parents. The counselors train for several months at the University of Northern Iowa and other Universities across the nation. UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento have a shared training program that runs from January-May every Tuesday night. Training locations alternate between UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento.
After completion of the training program, Counselors are then sent to their destination for the summer. Prior to completion of their training program, students get to pick their top 10 locations and are usually placed with a location from their top 5. Placements are subject to change at any time. Students are responsible for their own passport and visas, but the program provides transportation, room, and board. An extensive background check is performed on all counselor applicants.
Although the program is based at the University of Northern Iowa, Camp Adventure Youth Services students come from over 80 colleges and universities to participate in this service-learning program that allows them to gain skills and experience related to youth services and program management.
Counselors receive 12 hours of college credit for participating in the program (Unfortunately, the credits can't be transferred to UCD, bummer.)
Camp Adventure Counselors create Magic Moments for children all over the world. They also sing a lot, makes lots of friends and eat lots of dessert. Info sessions are held in the fall.
Camp Adventure is often called a cult by its participants, because once you join you never want to quit!
(Info taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Adventure)