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Civics, leadership skills taught at camp

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute and the Arizona Bar Foundation announce the launch of Camp O’Connor, a free week-long summer program providing civics education and leadership development for middle school students.

The 2017 camp session will be held June 5-9 in downtown Phoenix at the Beus Center for Law and Society, home of the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. The application for Camp O’Connor is available online for area students entering seventh and eighth grade during the 2017-2018 school year.

As Arizona was the 48th state to enter the Union, 48 students will be selected from applications received to attend the inaugural Camp O’Connor. Campers will develop leadership skills and greater knowledge of our nation’s democracy. The program also will include hands-on experience to witness civics in action.

Camp instructors will include leading Arizona civics teachers. Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students will be selected to serve as camp counselors.

Campers will hear guest speakers representing the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government and participate in field trips to enhance their learning. Students will visit the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse, the Arizona State Legislature, and the Maricopa County elections center to learn about the voting process and importance of each vote.

Camp O’Connor applications are being accepted online at through Tuesday, March 28. For more information, contact the O’Connor Institute at 602-730-3300 or



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