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How to Become a Camper?

Important Dates & Camp Costs

The Southwest Alliance for Girls’ Enrichment in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (SAGE STEAM) Camp at SWOSU will select up to 50 middle school-aged students across the state of Oklahoma to attend this week-long summer camp. 

Steps & Deadlines for 2019 Camper Selection

  • Students currently in the 7th grade are nominated by their middle school teachers/counselors/principals – Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Nominated students then receive and fill out a camper application – Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Students who apply are interviewed to get to know them better – Completed by last week of March 2019
  • Campers and alternates are notified by April 22, 2019, if not before.
  • Campers send in a non-refundable reservation fee* and fill-out online camp forms – Deadline:  First week of May 2019
  • Students attend camp, with no additional costs, for one full week – June 2019
  • ImportantPlease limit nominations to no more than three students per school.

*Note: The camp will only cost $200 for campers to reserve their spot for this week-long, residential camp. Based on financial need, parents/guardians may request a scholarship to cover that amount. Note that camp actually costs ~$1,100 per camper, and approximately one out of three nominees are expected to be chosen – therefore, it is an honor to attend. If nominees decide not to come, they should notify the camp director immediately, so that other deserving Oklahomans can participate in this opportunity. 

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The SAGE STEAM camp will aim to inspire young Oklahoma students to cultivate their curiosity, wisdom and self-growth.

Desirable Camper Qualities

We are looking for middle school-aged students who:

  • may not have opportunities such as this camp due to socioeconomic barriers, geographic location or other factors.
  • are passionate and motivated about learning and increasing their knowledge.
  • want to explore their interests in STEAM and potential career options.
  • are excited about the prospect of “spreading their wings.” 
  • have the potential to rise to the challenges of new experiences. 
  • may need extra boosts of encouragement and self-confidence to come out of their shells. 
  • are capable of working collaboratively as team members and working successfully on independent tasks... display resolve to complete tasks.
  • are motivated to complete what they start.
  • have a history of showing respect and appropriate levels of self-control.

Does the camp nominee have to be the top student?

  • Not necessarily. We are looking for campers who will grow from this experience and who will take advantage of the myriad opportunities this camp has to offer.

Does the camp nominee have to fit a particular mold? 

  • No. We do not have a particular prototypical camper. In honoring the different skills and personalities that campers bring to the experience, we are able to respect diversity, gain different perspectives, enhance creativity and enrich communication skills. The SAGE STEAM camp will also strive to serve those Oklahomans whom may have limited opportunities and exposure to hands-on learning and programming -- whether this is due to financial reasons, living in rural areas and/or cultural barriers.
  • The one definite trait our campers have in common are the excitement of learning and curiosity. In turn, this camp offers many opportunities for the campers to discover uniquely who they are and who they want to become - academically, socially, professionally and personally.
  • In these ways, the SAGE STEAM camp hopes to improve the future of Oklahoma via encouraging more students to pursue advanced placement courses in high school, go on to college, pursue STEAM careers, become leaders in their field, and thus provide more diverse, innovative, and productive employees to Oklahoma businesses, organizations and state agencies.

To learn more about the SAGE STEAM Camp, contact the camp director at 580.774.3148 or sagesteamcamp@gmail.com.

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