By Erin Grable, Staff Writer
The campus of Young Harris College has been chosen as the site for the newest edition to the Winshape Camps program funded by Chick-fil-A. But, many YHC students and faculty members are wondering if the Winshape camp will interfere with summer school at YHC.
“We are free to operate our summer school and any other programs we choose to operate,” said Cathy Cox, president of Young Harris College.
According to Cox, the summer school program in 2011 will continue as normal. Winshape Camps does not want exclusive access to the campus. They discussed ways in which the college and camp program can create multiple uses of the various facilities that already exist.
The campus will operate as usual during the summer, the camp will only occupy the Enotah Residence Hall, therefore no interference with YHC summer school or any other summer programs will occur.
According to Cox, YHC is studying alternatives to offer additional online or hybrid classes during the summer, so that YHC students who wish to take classes can remain at home if they prefer.
Also, YHC has made arrangements with Winshape to use the auditoriums on campus in multiple ways for YHC’s use and for other visiting camps’ use. However, as of now, there are not any summer theatre programs that would need to be worked around.
“I think that it is fantastic that Winshape Camps is coming to Young Harris and that they want to use our auditoriums for a lot of reasons,” said Eddie Collins, chair of theatre at YHC.
“The more people that come to the campus will see how beautiful it is and what life is like here. We are hoping in the future to tie the theatre department into the camps,” Collins said.
The camps will begin in June 2011 and are scheduled for June 5-10, June 12-17, June 19-24 and June 26-July 1. The program is available for girls in the 1st grade through the 6th. The girls will be staying in the newest residence hall, Enotah Hall.
According to Cox, the cost of the camp has not been determined. The cost of the camp will remain a mystery until after the first of the year when the Winshape Camp registration process is completed. The college typically charges a per day fee of $28 to $34 for every camper. The per camper fee depends on what facilities the camp has access to, and most camps make separate arrangements for food charges with the college’s food service provider.
Many students and faculty question the future status of the campus during the summer, and wonder if YHC will undergo any changes for the arrival of the camp. According to Cox, the campus will not see any changes; the only difference will be that there will be more young girls around. The only other difference will concern the housekeeping staff, who will need to continue to deep clean the Enotah Residence Hall during the summer.
According to Judy Gibson and Gwen Denton, two members of YHC’s housekeeping staff, since the campers will be residing in the Enotah Residence Hall, which takes longer to clean than the other dorms because of the way the floors need to be cleaned, this change will increase the workload for the housekeeping staff. On top of the work schedule for the other residence halls on campus, the staff will be required to also thoroughly clean Enotah Hall for the camps.
“Winshape will make a difference in our work schedules. It will be interfering with our work because we will have to deep clean everything again after each camp,” said Denton. “It is a lot of work and the pay is the same. We do not receive extra pay.”
Not only does the college benefit from being chosen as the site for Winshape Camps, but the students of YHC benefit as well. According to Cox, the leaders of WinShape Camps would like to hire YHC students to staff the camps. A number of YHC students attended Winshape Camps as children, so now they have the ability to work at the camp they grew up around.
“All YHC students will ultimately benefit from the camps, though, because any revenue that is generated from the camps will help to keep tuition costs lower and enable YHC to offer strong scholarships to our regular students,” said Cox. “If we can fill rooms on campus during a summer that otherwise would be empty we are earning ‘auxiliary’ income which helps to pay the bills for the college’s overall operation–and that reduces the amount we have to cover with tuition and contributions.”
According to Cox, once the completion of the new student recreation and fitness center was accomplished, the decision was made by the camp and conference coordinator and the college’s administrators to pursue more summer camp opportunities for YHC.
However, according to Cox any input that students or faculty have about decision to incorporate more summer camps on campus is welcome. The decision conveniently worked out because Winshape Camps was looking to expand their program and Camp Conference Coordinator Brett Beazley was able to coordinate all the arrangements for the summer camp to expand to YHC’s campus.