Camp welcomes Aggies
Published: Monday, June 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
Transfer Camp and Howdy Camp will join forces August 2013 to welcome transfer students under one organization.
Currently, Transfer Camp and Howdy Camp exist as two separate entities that welcome students who did not have the opportunity to attend Fish Camp. Transfer Camp is offered before the fall semester for transfer students while Howdy Camp is for any students entering Texas A&M University prior to the spring semester.
Both camps will exist under the title of “Transition Camp.” Transition Camps will have one director staff, increasing the cohesiveness in welcoming students while still maintaining both camps’ original purposes.
“Howdy Camp and Transfer Camp will still be open to all students who did not have the chance to attend an extended orientation like Fish Camp,” said Brittany Watson, executive director of Transition Camp.
Senior Noah Jackson is the director of registration and recruitment and the director of marketing and PR for Transfer Camp. He said by having one director staff, it would improve the quality of both camps allowing for more hands-on training with counselors.
“I think it will streamline the process, you avoid having to train new staff,” Jackson said.
Although director staff will be the same for both camps, co-chairs and counselors will be different for both camps.
Philip Pringle, senior political science major and director of administration and operations for Transfer Camp said a lot of students participate in both organizations. While students will still have to apply for the two camps separately, having one leadership staff will likely make the process easier.
“It will be much better, it will be easier to explain to them [so that] people can get involved in Aggie Transition Camp” Pringle said.
Both camps will then be under the same constitution, which will alleviate confusion and bring together the similarities of the two camps, as well as help the program financially.
Jake Hayes, program coordinator for the Department of Student Activities, said the unification will bring in more funds and support because Transition Camps will serve a larger demographic and have more staff.
The hope behind the creation of Transition Camps is to enhance the transfer student’s experience while still maintaining both camps. Texas A&M is known as a close-knit University, and enhancing students’ transition experience will hopefully bring the Aggie family closer together.