Black Belt Legacy Camp

"Inspiring young leaders to build upon the legacy of Alabama’s Black Belt Region"

June 7-11, 2015


The Black Belt Legacy Camp is a collaborative project between the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and The Black Belt Community Foundation.

Goal

To inspire students in the Black Belt region through activities to:

  • Effect change in their community
  • Embrace traditions passed down from generations
  • Strive for success and become strong leaders in the community
Strategy

This program is part of the University Strategic Plan for Grades K-12 where the overarching goal is for “Auburn University to be recognized as a key resource for the community in the state through outreach to targeted school districts”. Auburn University Outreach in conjunction with the Black Belt Community Foundation will provide a week long residential summer camp to students. This summer camp will be a unique and exceptional way for students to engage in activities on the campus of Auburn University. They will participate in a variety of activities that will focus on:

  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Community Engagement
  • Career Exploration
Target Population:

This summer camp will target 12 counties in the Black Belt region:

Bullock County, Choctaw County, Dallas County, Greene County, Hale County, Lowndes County, Macon County, Marengo County, Perry County, Pickens County, Sumter County and Wilcox County

Five students from each county will be accepted as a participant in the Black Belt Legacy Camp. The students will be solicited from both public and private schools. The purpose of selecting students from both the private and public school sector is (1) to increase the diversity of the students participating in the program and (2) allow students the opportunity to engage with students from other backgrounds and learn how to work together and build a sense of community.

Costs

There are no costs to the students for participation in this camp. Students will be housed in one of the resident dormitories on campus and meals will be provided at campus dining facilities. Camp participants will have 24/7 counselor supervision.

Transportation

Transportation will be provided to and from the camp location. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for getting their child to the pick-up location. Students will board the bus for Auburn on Sunday June 7th, 2015 from the Black Belt Community Foundation main office in Selma, AL. The address is 609 Lauderdale Street, Selma, AL 36702. Students must arrive at 12 noon. The bus will depart promptly at 1 PM. If a student misses the bus, it will be the parent/guardian’s responsibility to get the student to Auburn.

The bus will return the Black Belt Community Foundation Office in Selma on Thursday, June 11th at 6 PM. Parents/Guardians must be at the BBCF main office by 6 pm to pick up their student.

Requirements
  1. Must be a student in between 9th - 11th grade
  2. Must attend a school in one of the 12 counties of the Black Belt Region
  3. Submit an application and one page essay on the topic “What is your legacy?”
  4. Five students will be selected from each county to participate in the camp based on essay submissions
  5. Please fill out the application and essay form and return it to the designated representative (Teacher, School Counselor or Community Associate) no later than May 1, 2015.
  6. If selected for the program, complete the required Summer Camp Form Packet below by May 15, 2015.

Apply Here

Required Forms and Insurance

Please complete the required camp form packet below, 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 in attending or would like more information on this camp, please contact the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at 334.844.5700.

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Last Updated: December 16, 2014