Big Summer Island, Fairport, Michigan

The Lodge at Big Summer Island, Fairport, Michigan

The Lodge at Big Summer Island, Fairport, Michigan

The Owosso Argus Press-April 24, 1969
Science Camp Gets Kresge Grant
DETROIT (AP) – A grant of $60,000 from the Kresge Foundation was announced Wednesday by a group of educators and businessmen who have started a summer science camp for brainy teen-agers on a Lake Michigan Island.
News of the grant came as the nonprofit organization knows as Summer Science, Inc. kicked off a drive to raise $208,000 by 1973
The camp is on 2,200-acre Summer Island, about 25 miles southeast of Escanaba, off Fairport.
The camp is designed to give junior high and high school boys aged 13 to 18 what its sponsor’s term “a unique blend of scientific research training and recreational adventure”.
Student work under direction of university professors and graduate students, concentrating on such subject as meteorology, historical archeology, wildlife ecology, shoreline geology, aquatic biology and plant ecology.
“We plan to earmark 10 percent of all paid tuitions this summer for economically disadvantaged students from Inner city schools,” said Phillip H. Power, a member of the camp board and publisher of The Observer Newspapers in suburban Detroit.
“We feel,” Power added, “that attending a camp of this kind, giving teen-agers the unique opportunity to get rigorous science training from highly qualified graduate students and professors in ideal surroundings, is a contribution adult and should make.”
The camp first opened in 1967, with 29 students taking part. There were 32 campers last year, and Power said there will be space for 53 this year in two four-week terms and one eight-week term.
E. Dan Stevens, 26, an Ann Arbor teacher, is camp director. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and in physical education and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Michigan.
The camp will operate from June 28 to August 23. Tuition amounted to $150 for two-week campers in 1967 and was $440 for four-week campers in 1968.
Tuitions for the 1969 terms have not been announced but sponsors said they would be in line with those prevailing in the past.

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