PALS Camp returns to Purdue to teach life skills in a fun way
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A summer spent playing sports, learning about engineering and computers, and gaining valuable life skills is ahead for several hundred Lafayette-area young people at the annual PALS Camp on the campus of Purdue University.
Now in its 17th year, PALS, which stands for Purdue Athletes Life Success program, runs June 14–July 13. About 425 kids between the ages of 8-14 will take part this year. Campers must be income-qualifying and from Tippecanoe County.
“PALS is a positive youth development program,” said Bill Harper, PALS Camp co-program director. “It is designed to promote increased motivation for physical activity, improve self-esteem, and nurture hope for the future. It is truly giving local kids a terrific summertime experience with lifetime benefits.”
Judo, soccer, basketball and swimming – always a favorite during hot Indiana summers – are among the daily activities on the schedule, but PALS is more than just a traditional sports camp. Engineering stations, featuring 3D printing and problem solving are on the daily schedule, along with art and dance sessions, and a return visit to the Celery Bog Nature Area north of campus to join faculty and staff from the Purdue Department of Forestry for environmental science activities.