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The (Un)Offseason

  • ONU will host more than 50 camps and events this summer.
  • Middle- and high-school students, new ONU students, alumni and area educators will all spend time at ONU this summer.
  • Camps offer students the opportunity to sharpen their skills in a variety of fields while experiencing a college campus.
  • This year, ONU welcomed The Cadets, a ten-time champion drum and bugle corps for a month-long training camp.

Even with most Ohio Northern University students home for summer break, campus remains bustling thanks to ONU’s reputation as a premier summer destination. By the time students return at the end of August, ONU will have hosted summer camps for middle- and high-school students, events for alumni and new students, and even workshops for area educators.

In all, ONU will host more than 50 camps and major events. Camps range in activities from athletics (football, soccer, basketball, cheerleading and volleyball), academics (ONU Summer Academic & Honors Institute, Camp GEMS, Sakae Institute), the arts (The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, ONU Music Camp) and leadership (HOBY, School of Christian Mission). The major events include Alumni Weekend and three ONU Orientation sessions for new students, along with the annual Chemistry Teachers Workshop.

“Our camps offer high-level instruction to help students stay sharp and improve their skills over the summer,” says Sara Ambroza, associate director of enrollment management. “There also is the added benefit of getting to explore a college campus. Staying in residence halls, eating in the dining facilities, building new relationships and navigating a college campus give campers a taste of what it’s like to be college students.”

With so many visitors to campus, McIntosh Center, which is responsible for all of the summer camps and conferences, barely has any time to relax. Campers will occupy 11 residence halls throughout the summer, and McIntosh Dining Hall will serve nearly 6,000 meals. When you consider that many of those meals will be for hungry high school football players, it seems even more impressive. Eleven high school football programs will train for the upcoming season at ONU this summer.

While the University has a long history of hosting camps (Camp GEMS celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer), this year ONU welcomed its first drum and bugle corps to campus. The Cadets, 10-time Drum Corps International national champions, have made ONU their home for the past month, preparing for their upcoming summer competition season. The Cadets break camp this weekend and will perform at Dial-Roberson Stadium on Sunday, June 14, at 8 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

This weekend also marks the deadline to register for the ONU Summer Academic & Honors Institute. Now in its 11th year, the institute includes 14 challenging weeklong courses scheduled over the month of June. Each course provides a great way to investigate potential career choices or college majors. It’s also the perfect opportunity to interact with other gifted students with instruction provided by ONU professors and special guest lecturers. The deadline for registration is June 12, 2015.

So, whether it’s to prepare for an upcoming season or to learn something new, ONU remains a popular place to spend the summer.