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Career Services hosts summer camp fair

Monday, January 28, 2008  
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By Lindsay Blaze

Oklahoma Christian University is beginning summer preparation a little early this year. On Tuesday, Oklahoma Christian hosted the first on-campus camp fair.

Students were invited to check out the different camps for possible job opportunities in the upcoming summer.

Sara Barnett, Oklahoma Christian’s Coordinator for Career Services, decided to bring in the camps for the fair. The first of its kind, over 20 representatives from different camps came with information for student job opportunities.

Each camp representative set up a display and handed out papers regarding desired qualifications.

“[OC] always has various camps that recruit each semester and I thought it would be a great idea to have them all here at the same time,” Barnett said.

Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University held camp fairs on Wednesday of this week. Barnett received information about their fairs and it seemed fitting to hold one at Oklahoma Christian as well.

“I thought it would be wise to have ours on the 22nd and capitalize on the ones that were traveling in from out of town, this way the camp recruiters could recruit from numerous schools on one visit to Oklahoma,” Barnett said.

The Oklahoma Christian Camp Fair follows the mission statement of the school. Most of the camps are Christian camps and give students the opportunity to be leaders Barnett said.

“Many of these camps are Christian based and explore the awesome responsibility of leading by example to kids of all ages, it is a fun and meaningful summer job, that doesn’t really seem like a job,” Barnett said.

The camp fair had different types of summer camps present including residential and recreational camps. The typical period of operation for many of the summer camps would from May to August. The residential camps have one to four week terms. The ages of the campers students could be working with range from three to 16, depending on the type of camp.

Students browsed and searched for the camp most fitting for them. Many grabbed a handful of information for consideration of their summer activities.

“I really want to travel this summer and I’m very excited to see the various states here,” freshmen Holly Greene said. “I really want to work with little kids.”

Among the camps represented, Vista Camps was one at the fair. Established in 1951, the camp runs two separate programs for boys and girls. Christian based, the ages of campers range from six to 16. A large number of job opportunities for college students are available.

“We are looking to hire about 45 to 50 guys and about 30 to 35 women,” Vista Camps Business Manager Justin Hawkins said.

Oklahoma City’s Park and Recreation Department was also present at the fair. The Department hires 150 -300 college students every summer. There are 26 different sites and summer term begins in the middle of June and runs until the first week of August. Hours are flexible for students who may be taking summer courses.

The job is a great opportunity for students in specific fields Field Operation Supervisor Sue Wood said.

“We take tons of interns in many fields, a lot of them are education, child development and psychology . Those are excellent internships,” Wood said. “A lot of interns really learn a lot in the summer.”

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