COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University will host its first Summer Transition Camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12, at the Schuster Student Success Center.
The camp, named Camp Belay, is being held by CSU in collaboration with the Muscogee County School District, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and the Georgia High School/High Tech program, is for students with disabilities who graduated high school this year and some who will be high school seniors this fall.
Needing to rely on your resources is why the camp has its name. Belay, a technique used in sailing and mountain climbing, is the method of securing one rope to and anchor point or to another person. Campers, who signed up for this camp during the school year at their high schools, will be given small clips used in mountain climbing. It is to serve as a reminder of their need for each other and the various resources when going to college.
"In high school so much is done for them," said Joy Norman, director of CSU's Office of Disability Services. "In college they have much more independence, and sometimes, if they don't let people know, they could fall through the cracks. We want to help them learn that they need to reach out to each other, their professors and advisors for help early on, and not wait until they get themselves in trouble."
"Nobody gets through college alone. Everybody needs help along the way."
To drive home that point, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, in CSU's Student Recreation Center, campers will listen to a speech from Bud Allen, an area climber who has conquered many of the world's highest summits.