Summer camp adventures abound at FVSU

June 13, 2014 – June is camp planning time and Fort Valley State University is offering summer camps ranging from sports and science to performing arts and leadership. Several summer camps are now open for registration and taking place on campus.

Camp durations vary from full-day, week-long camps to half-day activities offering children and teens exciting new experiences in a healthy and safe environment. 

One camp that is bringing talented students together for the love of science and technology is the Young Scholars Program. The program is designed to provide hands-on experience and opportunities for students interested in majoring in agricultural sciences or sciences, technology, education and mathematics.

“This is year two of this grant-funded program,” said camp director Mohammed Ibrahim. “There are very few minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs and hosting this camp is one way we are trying to introduce it to this group of students.”

Ibrahim, also program director for the Division of Agricultural Economics within the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, said the children really like having the opportunity to be paired with a mentor for six weeks.

This camp along, with other science and educational camps held this summer, help children to explore the world outside the rigid structure of classroom walls and encourage trial and error and creative experimentation.

FVSU’s summer camp offerings also provide a wide variety of options for young artists, athletes, performers, gardeners, tech whizzes and adventurers.

Camper Darrian Travis said he has had an amazing experience at the 4-H STEM/Health Rocks Summer Day Camp.  

“I learned about goat milk and how it works to help people,” said the 15-year-old Warner Robins, Georgia resident. “I also learned about the process and procedures for processing goat meat, the veterinary science program and many other things. 

Travis, a rising 11th grade student at Houston County High School, said the program helped solidify his career choice.

"I love animals and that’s what I want to major in animal biology,” Travis said. “I’m thankful to 4-H for providing this opportunity.”

Fellow camper Karina Garcia, 15, of Fort Valley, Georgia, shared his sentiments.

“The best part of the week for me was when they were giving us lectures about careers because I was kind of deciding what I want to be,” said Garcia, a rising ninth grader at Peach County High School. “I want to be a private investigator. I would tell others interested in this camp to come because not only do you get a tour around campus, you also learn about careers and about trees and other things. This is a perfect place to come."

FVSU interim 4-H program leader Woodie Hughes Jr. said his goal is to share all the possibilities with students like Travis and Garcia.

“I want them to take away from this the benefits that they can receive by being Fort Valley State University 4-H participants,” said Hughes, whose program operates under the Cooperative Extension Program within the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology. “We let them know about the opportunities that exist and educate them about the whole array of what we have to offer. This entire week has been about 4-H, STEM, healthy living, career opportunities and college recruitment."

Below is a comprehensive list of camps that Fort Valley State is offering. 

Contact camp directors for additional information about summer offerings.




^ Free  |  *Athletics   |   % Lodging Available 

Camp name



Camp Director


June 1-13

7-12th grade

Bobby Dickey


4- H- STEM Health Rocks Summer Day Camp^

June 2-5 and

June 9-12

 6-12th grade

Woodie Hughes Jr.


Volleyball Camp*

June 10-15

Boys and Girls 7-17 years old

Dwaine Powe

Ag Discovery

June 2 - July 13

14-17 years old

Dr. Nirmal Joshee

Agricultural Economic Enrichment Program

June 2-7

14-17 years old

Jackie Whitehead

 FVSU Summer Football Camp*

June 20-22

8- 17 years old

Donald Pitman

Academic Adventures Academy^

June 1-3 and
June 8-14

7th and 8th  grade

Alfrieda Manson

Minority Youth Opportunity Program^

June 17-21

11th  and 12th grade

Stephanie Solomon
Kristy McKinney478-825-6271





July 13-16

9-12th grade

Jackie Hodges

Cheerleaders Camp*

TBD July


LaRue Harden

Church of Christ Camp

July 14-19

Boys and Girls 6-22 years old

Donald Moore
Cell 478-235-4191

Arthur Medlock

FVSU Basketball Camp*

June 3-5

Boys and Girls 7-17 years old

Sammy Jackson




Natalie White Basketball Camp*%

May 31- June 2

Boys and Girls 6-17 years old

Donald Moore

Natalie White

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Biotechnology

May 29 -
June 29

College Undergraduates

Angela Hite

Summer Research Apprenticeship Program

June 24 -
July 19

Raising Freshmen and High School Seniors (Ages 15-18)


Summer Kids University

May 28 - August 2

7-15 years old/1st-8th grade

Malika Moore

Volleyball Camp*

June 25-27

7-12th grade

Dwain Powe

Upward Bound

June 1-10

9-12th grade

Ms. Stembridge

Young Scholars Program

June 2-
July 12

Boys and Girls 16-19 years old

Jackie Whitehead
478- 951-0886 or 825-6808)
Mohammed Ibrahim 478-0825-6815



Published Date: 

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 14:15