Kourtney Mottern, a junior in the sustainable business management track within the business administration major at Lycoming College, has been selected as one of the first summer environmental education interns at Camp Victory, in Millville. The announcement was made by Dr. Peter Petokas, research associate with the College's Clean Water Institute, and Jamie Huntley, executive director of Camp Victory.
Mottern will work alongside another intern, Emily Fogoros of Bloomsburg, at the new Camp Victory Nature Center preparing and administering environmental education programs to special needs children.
Camp Victory provides a summer camp experience to children who cannot otherwise attend a regular summer camp. The new nature center was opened in July 2012 and is heavily used by summer campers and by students from local school districts.
Mottern and Fogoros will assist in the development of nature center resources in addition to providing daily education to campers. Petokas helped secure the needed funding for the new internship program and will serve as mentor for the interns during the 2013 summer season.
The internship is funded by the Degenstein Foundation. Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply for the summer internships, and those selected will be offered a stipend, room and board at the 250-acre camp. The camp is especially interested in hosting student interns who enjoy working with special needs children and those with an interest in environmental education.