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Citadel News Service
18 Dec 2006

The Citadel Summer Camp ceases operations

The Citadel Summer Camp, a residential sports camp that Gen. Mark Clark started in 1957, will cease operations. The decision to discontinue the camp was made by The Citadel Board of Visitors this fall based on a recommendation from the college administration.

That recommendation was based on several factors including:

  • Young people and their families have many more options for summer activities than was the case in past years.
  • Major barracks maintenance must be done while the barracks are vacant, and some cadets return for the fall semester by late July.
  • There is an increased demand for barracks space by other college programs.
  • There is no proven correlation between summer camp enrollment and admission into the Corps of Cadets for families without other Citadel connections. 
  • Insurance costs have increased markedly. 
  • Revenue generated by the camp did not offset true operating costs.

Day camps conducted by Citadel athletic coaches during the summer will not be affected.

Gen. Mark Clark founded The Citadel Summer Camp in 1957 on the precept that “Youth is America’s most precious asset." The sports camp was designed to bring many aspects of The Citadel’s college experience to younger people and give cadets the opportunity for summer employment at the college. Clark also saw the camp as a way to use campus facilities throughout the year and recruit future cadets.

Since its inception, the program grew from a one-week camp to two three-week sessions. Girls were admitted in 1998 and enrollment peaked in 2002 when 504 campers attended. Last summer sessions were reduced to two weeks and a total of 300 campers attended one session or the other.

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