Natchitoches, LA (Northwestern State University) — NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University campus will host more than 9,000 students and staff at summer camps on its Natchitoches campus through August. More than 40 camps will be at Northwestern State for a variety of programs including band, art and music camps, Louisiana Boys State and Girls State, cheerleading and sports camps, Project Lead the Way, the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars, the Louisiana Association of Student Councils, Energy Camp Louisiana and more.
“Those attending summer camps at Northwestern State have many of the same daily experiences our students do, by living in our residence halls, eating in the cafeteria, utilizing our state of the art facilities and often getting instruction from NSU faculty and staff,” said Assistant Vice President of External Affairs for University Advancement Dr. Chris Maggio. “Many students have told me their first visit to Northwestern State was at a summer camp and that made them want to come back again.”
About half of the camps are overnight camps, requiring the students to stay in either the University Columns, University Place I and II or Varnado Hall and have meals at Iberville Hall. Executive Director of Student Union Life Alan Pasch says this gives camp participants a good idea of what student life is like at Northwestern State. The camps generate revenue for campus residence halls and dining facilities while NSU students are away from campus. Natchitoches-area businesses benefit from purchases made by the camps and visits from parents.
“Northwestern State provides a great atmosphere for groups holding summer camps for students,” said Pasch. “We provide them with comfortable housing, excellent food service, meeting space and a safe, secure environment. Many of the camps have come to Northwestern State for many years because they have an outstanding experience each time.”
This year’s summer camps will have an estimated economic impact of nearly $3.5 million on the local economy, according to Iris Harper, executive director of the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.