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This past Monday, PSU President Wim Wiewel visited Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC), a summer camp for persons with significant disabilities and a decades-long partner providing a unique, hands-on capstone opportunity for PSU students. President Wiewel toured the camp with GSE faculty member Ann Fullerton, met with the MHKC administration, and talked with PSU students currently completing their capstone.
Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp has been a partner of the University for 39 years. The camp provides the largest and oldest continuing capstone course at PSU, with over 250 students from 30+ majors participating annually. Additionally, it provides GSE students and faculty with numerous research and program development opportunities. In all, over 2,000 PSU students have worked at MHKC, helping people learn about and enjoy outdoor activities.
After three days of pre-training, PSU students spend two weeks as camp counselors and are assigned to individual campers. Students are provided daily feedback and written evaluations, and write a reflection paper linking their academic interests to disability issues in order to complete the capstone.