Tarleton set to add Duck Camp 4

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Tarleton set to add Duck Camp 4

Courtesy of: Transitions and Family Relations

Courtesy of: Transitions and Family Relations

Courtesy of: Transitions and Family Relations

Courtesy of: Transitions and Family Relations

Joseph Kamin/ Sports Editor [email protected]

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On Friday [June 24], during the fifth freshman summer orientation, Tarleton State University announced that they will add a fourth Duck Camp for 2016, a first in school history. The news came as a surprise to many faculty and students, and was received with excitement by everyone.

The dates for the fourth Duck Camp are August 8-10.

After the announcement, many excited students and Tarleton Transition Mentors who were in the auditorium to hear the news, took to twitter to share it with the rest of the student body.

The expecting the incoming freshman class being estimated to be easily above 2,000 students, a slight increase from the class of 2019, which had 1,955 students. Tarleton is taking several measures to accommodate the incoming students, with the three new residence halls being constructed, however, the largest change has been the addition of a fourth Duck Camp.

“A fourth Duck Camp had always been on our radar,” Senior Residential & Transition Coordinator, Mike Barnett said. “However during orientation that morning [June 24], Duck Camp 3 had filled up and we did not want students leaving to go home and then having to announce another Duck Camp.”

Duck Camp was first established in 1995 and Tarleton first began with one Duck Camp and up until Friday’s announcement, held three per year. Due to high enrollment and an excess of students not being able to attend Duck Camp because all three were filled to capacity, the Office of Transition & Family Relations decided to add a fourth Duck Camp.

As of Monday, June 27, there are an estimated 110 students who have signed up for the fourth Duck Camp, and an estimated 100-150 more are expected to sign up.