Hey, class of 2020! Are you excited about starting your college experience this fall?
“This year, RAM CAMP is going to be bigger than it’s ever been, which is super exciting,” Steven Pagach, a student director for RAM CAMP and senior Business Administration major with minors in Economics and Criminal Justice, said. “I think all of the campers are really going to enjoy all the awesome things we have planned!”
RAM CAMP is a week-long on-campus leadership experience designed to connect 500 incoming freshmen to VCU traditions, campus resources and fellow Rams. Campers are divided into small groups and participate in various activities led by VCU upperclassmen student leaders. These leaders, along with university staff and faculty, create opportunities for campers to develop leadership skills, engage in community service and build their Ram community.
“RAM CAMP is a great way to start identifying who you are as a person, a leader and a VCU Ram,” Julie Nguyen, junior public relations major and student director for RAM CAMP, said. “The networks you build during RAM CAMP can be very helpful later in the year as well as the lessons and challenges that you learn.”
Here are some things you can expect from RAMP CAMP:
- Enhance or develop your leadership strengths.
- Moving in a week before everyone else.
- Participate in VCU traditions that will acclimate you to the Ram family.
- Great peer connections with upperclassmen student leaders.
- To become aware of the numerous resources and opportunities to get involved on campus.
- Giving back to the community through service projects like the James River Clean-up.
- Exclusive access to outside guest speakers.
- Touring and learning the campus before your peers.
- Kick-starting your VCU apparel collection with free fan gear.
- Make tons of friends along the way!
Participation in large and small group team-building challenges throughout the week encourage community between Ram Campers. Whether it’s a dodgeball game against the VCU Campus Police or coming up with team handshakes, incoming freshman will connect and form relationships with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff.
“I think that (RAM CAMP) is a great way for freshman to get acclimated to their home for the next four years,” Pagach said. “There’s a lot of opportunities for them to meet other people and engage in team building.”
2016 dates to remember:
April 1- Application Open
June 6- Priority Deadline
June 20- Final Deadline
August 14- RAMP CAMP Starts
“RAM CAMP has been the initial influence and start to my leadership journey here on campus,” Nguyen said. “I was able to build a network with so many other students and faculty who have helped me pursue other positions on campus. I want incoming students to have the same opportunity to build that network, learn who they are as a person and leader, and ultimately become involved in the opportunities that VCU offers.”
You can apply here to be a Ram Camper! Remember, the deadline to apply is June 20!