From July 2nd to August 23rd, Brandon University has opened its doors to everyone aged five to fifteen for their 29th annual Mini U Summer Camp. Participants have the opportunity to engage in “a variety of social, recreational, and educational activities and experiences of the highest quality” revolving around fields of study like performing arts, science, computers, and the humanities.
“We provide a unique opportunity for kids to experience university subjects on an age-appropriate level,” said Mini University Director Dr. Nancy Stanley. “We strive to offer something fun for everyone.”
Featuring workshops from previous years, the program now offers an expanded evening program. This includes workshops like Horse Sense and Zumba, which “offer new opportunities for both students and parents to participate in the Mini U experience,” Stanley said.
While engaging in a selection of over 40 camps including Cultural Dance, Archaeology, Judo, LEGO Robotics, and Movie Making, kids also have the opportunity to complete their Mini U experience by staying in residence.
What does this mean for standard university students? Mini U is a cost-recovery project, which permits the university to continue offering the services they do, most of which are mentioned in a summary budget report from earlier this year. The majority of the instructors on staff during Mini U are university students or recent graduates, many of which are studying in the Faculty of Education to become teachers. Additionally, the program promotes many of the fine qualities of the university (like the brand new Healthy Living Centre which is the Mini U Headquarters this year), attracting prospective students while the university maintains community involvement.
Registration can be completed online, or mailed or faxed to the university. For inquiries regarding registration as well as available weeks and fees for residence quarters, contact (204) 727-9636. For more information on Mini U, visit their website.