: The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) offers a very unique series of engineering camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science and technical courses and are interested in pursuing engineering in college. These one–week camps are high energy, hands–on events for students from across the country and around the world. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the military services. The week–long camps take place during the summer months in settings centered on a military base. Each camp has it own unique focus and theme and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn what engineers do from professional engineers, learn practical skills and gain exposure to the military services. To participate the determine eligibility and then go through the Application process for one of the following camps:
• U.S. Army Camp June 13-19, 2010 Vicksburg, Miss. (Application Deadline: 19 MAR 2010).
• U.S. Air Force Academy Camp June 25-July 1, 2010 Colorado Springs, Colo. (Application Deadline: 23 APR 2010)
• U.S. Navy Seabees Camp August 1-7, 2010 Port Hueneme CA – 50 Slots available (Application Deadline: 21 MAY 2010
To qualify for consideration, students must meet the following criteria:
• Be a U.S. Citizen.
• Have completed at least their freshman year of high school.
• Must still be enrolled in school at the time of the camp.
• Be on a high school track that will provide a basis for attending an accredited engineering college or university (i.e., taking appropriate math and science courses).
• Have an expressed intent to pursue a degree in architecture, engineering or a related field.
• Have demonstrated leadership characteristics through participation in extra-curricular activities, sports, and/or community activities.
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 GPA scale.
• Be physically fit and healthy (not have any physical limitations including, but not limited to the following: a requirement to take mandatory medication that requires special handling; sprained joints; or, neck, shoulder, or back injuries).
• Be of high moral character.
• Students who have attended an SAME Engineering and Construction Camp prior to this year will not be eligible to attend the same camp. Students are eligible to attend a specific camp once only.
• Students must be sponsored by a local SAME Post.
• For the USAFA camp, if the student is completing their junior year of high school, they must provide some proof of an expressed interest in applying to a Service Academy or ROTC Program (this does not include JROTC).
• For the USAFA camp, if the student has completed the junior year of high school (rising senior), they must provide proof of application for entry to a Service Academy or ROTC. Rising seniors who have not met this qualification will not be considered for camp. Proof includes: A letter from the service academy or recruiter referring to the student’s application.
The total registration fee for the camp is $550. The student is responsible for paying half the registration fee, $275. The sponsoring SAME Post will pay the remainder of the fee and will work with the student on transportation cost. (A Post may choose to restructure this payment plan based on special situations). If you are unable to find a sponsoring Post send your application directly to the Camp Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. The student will need to pay $275.00 of the registration fee, but the Society will sponsor the remaining $275.00 and the airfare for the student to the camp. Applications and supporting document forms can be downloaded at http://posts.same.org/camps/documents.htm. To locate a SAME post for sponsorship in your geographic area refer to http://posts.same.org/PostMap and select the appropriate Post Point of Contact. Students on the National Sponsorship list will be notified whether or not they have a sponsorship about 6 weeks prior to the camp date. [Source: http://posts.same.org/camps/eligibility.htm Apr 2010 ++]