Cooperative South Coast Indian Education Summer Camp

Since 1977 the Indian Education Programs on the Oregon south coast have operated a cooperative Indian Education Summer Camp program for its American Indian/ Alaska Native students. Begun as an idea at North Bend's Indian Education Parent Committee meeting, the idea spread throughout the region and developed through the original idea to currently involve eight south coast Indian Education programs in as many school districts.

As Coos County Indian Education Coordinator, Jim Thornton began to develop the cooperative summer program from among all of the area Indian Education program parents, teachers and students. Initially the Coos County Education Service District served as fiscal agent for the program. Later, MOTHER EARTH'S CHILDREN began serving as fiscal agent for the cooperative program at no cost to the programs. As a non-profit Oregon corporation, MOTHER EARTH'S CHILDREN provides services to American Indian/ Alaska Natives at no cost. As fiscal agent for the cooperative South Coast Indian Education Summer Camp, MOTHER EARTH'S CHILDREN can seek supplemental funding from the USDA Summer Food Service Program For Children. Other funds are provided by each of the eight Indian Education programs who sponsor their American Indian/ Alaska Native students at a cost of $135 each.

Many different camp directors have served well as directors of camp over the years. In addition to the camp director, the program also has other camp staff that work at the residential camp with students who are grouped by high school, grades 7 & 8, and grades 4-6.

This will be our 33rd annual Indian Education Summer Camp! Begun in 1977, our Indian Education summer camp is open to all eligible American Indian/Alaska Native students that have ED Form 506s on file in each of the seven south coast school districts who have Title IX-Indian Education programs in their school districts. There were no additional costs to students who participate, since it is included in each program's budget.

Returning this year as camp director is Shannin Stutzman and volunteer Esther Stutzman. Shannin continues to bring a lot of wonderful activities and energy to camp again this year at our now traditional location at the Powers Campground!

Supported usually by the sponsorship of the USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children, along with regional Indian Education programs, we are pleased to use this Federal program to help us keep our costs down through receiving reimbursement for meals served to all eligible Indian students in our camps. Although filling out this required form for camp (along with other forms in our application packet) is not exactly fun, it does help us to continue to offer camp at no cost to campers.
To register for camp each year, fill out your camp registration that will mailed out in our Indian Education Newsletter in June, mail your completed application and have it postmarked by the date given on the application form. Since we expect an increase in the number of campers each year, we are not always able to accept last minute campers bringing their applications to the bus. By sending in your application on time, this allows us enough time to plan for camps and to mail out camper packets for their return back to us prior to all camps. The camp packet includes camper confirmation of camp availability and health forms that must be returned to attend our camps, as well as a list of things to bring to camp and the bus schedule.

See you at camp again this year for our 35th year!


Jim Thornton, Indian Education Coordinator, Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program,
90633 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay OR 97420-7635