You’re invited to the Summer ‘21 KEMPA Journalism Kamp "Back in Action" July 18-21 for high school students interested in media. The Kamp is returning from a summer off due to the pandemic and is also coming back to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus this year!
Kampers can choose their own adventure over the four days of fun workshops in Broadcasting, Writers Circle, Sports Media and Photojournalism. You’ll be right in the action with award-winning professionals. Get your school publication or portfolio critiqued. Work in state-of-the-art studios and labs. Enjoy inspiring ACTION talks that will get you educated and excited about media.
Each night will feature trips to the campus swimming pool, bowling lanes, gyms and movie theater. Plus Kampers can compete for fun prizes in the annual KEMPA Kup. Enjoy nights with friends safely social distanced in the dining halls and dorms, or come just for the daytime! A Kamp t-shirt, meals and fun swag are all included.
UW-Whitewater is a large campus located in the southeastern rolling hills of Wisconsin about an hour or so right between Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university is open with stringent health and safety guidelines, providing a safe environment for kampers this summer.
This camp is available to 9-12 grade students (in Fall 2021), interested in media.
Limited to the first 100 registrants.
Registrations accepted online until noon 7/1/21.
We do NOT accept walk up registrations at event check-in.
Your online registration and payment are always safe and secure. We accept MasterCard and Visa credit card payments in our online registration system. We will NOT accept credit card payments over the phone. We will accept checks made out to "UW-Whitewater" and mailed to UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences, 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.
Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact email@example.com if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically, email accounts used from sbcglobal.net, comcast.net, centurytel.net and wi.rr.com are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.
Before you arrive to camp information will be available below three weeks prior to the start of camp. This information will include medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a kamp t-shirt* and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, a kamp t-shirt* and insurance.
*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 7/2/21.
Resident campers are campers who will be staying overnight in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Roommate requests made by online registration closing date will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender. Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.
Commuter campers are campers who will drive back and forth to camp and will not stay overnight. They can arrive at the designated check-in time and location indicated in the Camp Information Packet. Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with friends during breaks. Only lunch and dinner will be served to commuter campers. Report to camp before the first session of the day after breakfast. The authorized driver can pick up the commuter camper at the conclusion of camp each day after checking out with staff.
Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) Members: Receive $50 off registration for being a KEMPA Member. Make sure to check "KEMPA Member" in the registration if you believe you qualify. Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay. You will be charged $50 if you are not a member at the time of camp.
If you wish to have your publication become a member to receive the discounted price for your attendees, download the special BASIC-COVID special KEMPA membership form before registering and send to Bob Kay at email address on form.
All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at email@example.com prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.
In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations requests received 21 days from the start of the event due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.
Full refund will be given to families who need to cancel because of COVID illness.
All cancellation requests must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.
We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.
Sponsorships & Awards Redemption
For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice. Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.
Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code during check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.
A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.
Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email email@example.com before registering to avoid overpayment fees.
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Broadcasting: Breaking news! You can create your own television segments with this hands-on workshop. Write the script and create the storyboard. Practice on set and in the field. Film the segment and edit the story package. In this workshop kampers will practice different roles of broadcasting such as reporting, directing and producing. You can do it all while learning the ins and outs of the TV newsroom. Lights, camera, action!
Writers Circle: Want to grow your toolbox of writing angles, styles and structures? Whether you are new to writing, or want to work more on your journalistic skills, this class is for you. Kampers will develop story ideas, analyze news content, improve interviewing skills, practice fun article formats and polish their feature writing tactics. You will learn how to write engaging, clear and concise columns that will build readership. This class will help kampers define topics, write effectively and increase creativity.
Sports Media: Athletics rank right up there with fireworks and apple pie. Sports media is for those who love the excitement of the game, the rush of being in the press box and the comradery on the sidelines. This workshop coaches kampers in how to conduct that important post-game interview, interact with fans and work with athletics staff. Practice writing detailed feature stories, play-by-plays, game summaries and more. Get into the game with this action-packed workshop!
Photojournalism: We are living in a visual world! This workshop prepares kampers for taking portraits, landscapes, action shots and so much more. Photograph unique subjects and challenging situations. Point and shoot, then prepare photos for publication. Learn how to use editing software, write captions and create an effective digital workflow. A point and shoot or DSLR camera with manual controls and a card reader are required for this class.
Complete self check-in survey that will be emailed to you before the event takes place. You will be asked three (3) Yes/No questions:
If you have answered "YES" to any of these questions, you will not be eligible to participate in any on-campus events for the safety of yourself and others. You will be contacted by firstname.lastname@example.org to process your cancellation and refund, if applicable. Additionally, if you have experienced any of the symptions listed, it is advisable to contact a medical practitioner for further evaluation.
If you have answered "NO" to all the questions you may participate in this event. At check-in you will be asked these three questions again. If you answer "Yes" at check-in, you will be asked to leave immediately and email@example.com will be in contact with you to process your cancellation and refund.
Check in and Orientation
Resident and commuter campers must use the drive thru check in for housing assignments/keys and drop off medications at the location mentioned in the Camp Information Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to the residence halls to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.
Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time
If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Accommodations/Comments” field or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Camp Information Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Camp Information Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact email@example.com.
Parking details will be available in the Camp Information Packet. Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit. Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine. More information is available on the Visitor Center website.
By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event. Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund. Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.
Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice. For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants. Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.
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If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.
By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events. You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos. Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.
Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.
Check-in and out times, along with locations and a confirmed daily schedule, will be available in the Camp Information packet approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of camp. Contact Continuing Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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