Kids entering seventh or eighth grades this fall have an opportunity to attend a free, one-week summer camp focusing on civics and leadership.
The nonprofit O’Connor Institute (formed in 2009 by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) is hosting the camp.
Applications are due April 1, and kids will be notified by April 15 if they have been chosen to attend. Camp O’Connor offers talks about civics and citizenship and fun, civics-based activities, such field trips to the Arizona State Capitol and the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse.
Scholars, local government leaders, civics teachers, Arizona State University law professors and law-school students will work with campers. The five-day camp takes place June 10-14 in downtown Phoenix at the O’Connor Institute in the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law building, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
Camp O’Connor’s goal is to educate, encourage and inspire the next generation to develop a deeper understanding of our democracy. Participants learn about the different branches of government and the duties and responsibilities of citizenship.