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July 15, 2003

Don DeGraaf, IYC liaison, (319) 415-7654
David Edginton, program operations coordinator, School of HPELS, (319) 273-2264, 277-6289,
Julianne Gassman, resource development coordinator, (319) 273-2155
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

Children of NATO personnel at UNI for international camping experience

The University of Northern Iowa's Camp Adventureï¾™ Youth Services program will host the International Youth Camp, a two-week opportunity for 250 children of NATO personnel beginning Wednesday, July 16. This is the first year in the camp's 32-year history that it has taken place in the United States, and the first time it will take place at a non-military site. The program is operated in cooperation with U.S. Army Child and Youth Services, and the British Army Welfare Service.

Represented nations are Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The youths, all 15 to 18 years old, will live on the UNI campus. Participants will visit several Iowa sites, including Camp Ingawanis and the Dubuque County Fair. They also will learn crafts, participate in team-building exercises, attend a Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball game; and go canoeing, horseback riding and rock climbing.

More information about the IYC is available online at

Media may attend a welcoming event from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Commons Ballroom, on Thursday, July 17. In attendance will be Owen Newlin, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; and UNI President Robert Koob.

Media also may meet the youths and talk with camp administrators during a barbecue near the UNI Campanile that same day from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Media kits will available at that time.

Media may attend these other events, but should contact Don DeGraaf, camp liaison, at (319) 415-7654, to make arrangements:

'Planet Hollywood' at UNI's Piazza, Thursday, July 17, 8 p.m.

Barn dance at Camp Ingawanis, Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.

'50s dance at UNI's Piazza, Sunday, July 27, 8 p.m.

ROPES course at Camp Ingawanis (several dates; see DeGraaf for information)

Military dignitaries from NATO countries will visit UNI and the surrounding area July 22-25, and attend a reception and dinner in UNI's Commons Ballroom from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 24. To meet with them, contact David Edginton, program operations coordinator, UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-2264.