21st Century Community Learning Centers Summer Camp

June 7-12, 2015


The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Summer Camp, coordinated by Auburn University's Truman Pierce Institute faculty and staff, through funding by the Alabama State Department of Education, is for Alabama's high school students who serve as 21st Century Community Learning Center (extended day) tutors. The camp focuses on providing students with information and skills that will allow them to work successfully in 21st CCLC programs.

This week long residential camp is designed to:

  • Train high school students as tutors for 21st CCLC after-school and summer programs.
  • Encourage careers in education
  • Provide field experiences in life sciences: fisheries, horticulture, forestry, etc.
  • Provide enrichment activities incorporationg nature into literature, art, music, etc.
  • Provide positive experiences on a university campus

Students will further their math, writing, and reading skills, as well as learn about the natural sciences through hands-on experiences in the classroom and in the field. Students will learn to combine nature studies with art, music, and literature.

A typical schedule includes:

  • Training to work with younger students in extended-day programs
  • Learning strategies for working with students in reading, math, science, writing, art, and special needs
  • Learning techniques for linking nature studies with literature, art, drama, and music
  • Learning skills to help work with students with learning difficulties and behavior challenges
  • Environmental study field trips to locations such as: AU Fisheries, Arboretum, Forestry Preserve, Raptor Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Living Streams
  • Evening physical and social activities such as sports, swimming, games, movies, tournaments, etc…

Using skills learned at this camp, participants return to their school systems and serve a minimum of 40 hours working as tutors in a 21st CCLC extended-day program.

Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Attendees will have 24/7 counselor supervision.

A maximum of 30 students for the camp will be accepted, with priority given to rising 11th and 12th grade students.


There is no fee associated with this camp! The Truman Pierce Institute will award merit-based scholarships that cover the cost of all instruction, housing, meals, and recreational activities.

Application and Registration

To apply, students must:

  1. Be an Alabama high school student
  2. Have parental permission
  3. Write an Interest Statement (included on application form) describing why they should be selected to participate in this innovative summer camp experience
  4. Send a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, or school official
  5. Sign an agreement (included on application form) to work in extended-day programs for a minimum of 40 hours either as a volunteer or paid employee
  6. Provide transportation to the Summer Camp

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Required Forms and Insurance

Once selected as a camp participant and notified by Truman Pierce Institute personnel that they are enrolled, participants must complete and return the required camp form packet and ropes course waiver form, no later than two weeks prior to the start of camp. All information provided remains confidential.

If you consent to allowing campers to self-administer required medication, please print and complete the form listed below. (NOTE: You will need to upload this form when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

As proof of health insurance, all participants must upload a copy of their health insurance card (front and back) with the camp form packet. If the participant does not have current health insurance coverage; please contact us as soon as possible for options. (NOTE: You will need to upload the front and back of your insurance card when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

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Contact Information

If you are interested or would like more information on this camp, please contact the TPI 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Coordinator Chris Groccia at (334) 844-5781.

Last Updated: December 16, 2014