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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

2012 Summer Courses and Camps

General Summer Camp Information

What to Bring

  • Linens, Sleeping Bag, Pillow
  • Toiletries and Towels
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen and Bug REpellant
  • Casual Clothes for colr, hot or warm weather (U.P. summer temperatures are unpredictable)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Raincoat, old cloathing, shoes for outdoor camps
  • Spending money for campus bookstore, pizza, snacks, etc.
*We are not responsible for the loss of personal items such as hand held video games, cell phones, laptops, etc.

What will I be doing during summer camp evening recreation if I stay on campus at LSSU?

Visit the Soo Locks, go out for ice cream, view a show at the planetarium, play basketball, racquetball, swim and much more at LSSU’s Athletic Complex. Your evening counselors will have many activities planned for the week during summer camp. Some activities have a minimal cost to the camper.

What supervision will there be?

A camp counselor will participate in all activities with the students. We provide 24 hour supervision to our resident plan students while attending our summer camps.

What if the Summer Camp I sign up for is full?

If the summer camp is full, we will notify you and place your name on a waiting list. Otherwise, we can help you find another summer camp offering that may interest you. All money will be refunded if an opening doesn’t become available by the start date for the summer camp offering you requested.

Is transportation provided from a local airport?

We will provide transportation from the Chippewa County Airport (CIU).  Please contact the summer camp office in advance with your flight itinerary. 

Is there a charge to stay over for an extra night or weekend if a camper stays for two consecutive weeks?

  • $50 fee for a one night stay over
  • $100 fee for a weekend stay ove

Hotel Special Rates

Best Western
Telephone: 1-800-297-2858

Park Inn
Telephone: 906-632-6000

Holiday Inn Express
Telephone: 1-800-632-7879

How do I contact Superior Edventures Summer Camp?

LSSU Superior Edventures Summer Camp
Julia Roque
Cisler Center
650 W. Easterday Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Telephone 906-635-6673
Fax 906-635-2695

Code of Conduct / Cancellation Policy

Lake Superior State University and Superior Edventures Summer Camps reserves the right to terminate the stay of any student, without refund, when it is deemed to be in the best interest of either the student or the program. 

Full refunds will be issued for any camp cancelled by LSSU because of low enrollment. Refunds will be issued minus the $125 non-refundable deposit for any camp cancelled by a participant two weeks prior to the camp start date the participant is enrolled in. 


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