On Monday, May 4, 1998, past campers traveled to Orlando to attend the National Consumer's League 1998 Centennial Countdown Conference - Focus on Youth...the New Consumer Power. We were invited to the session entitled "Junk Science vs. Sound Science." Two of our past campers, Jess and Jennifer, were chosen to sit on the discussion panel.

The Junk Science vs. Sound Science session focused on how young people judge the difference between sound scientific theories and unsupported claims. Using examples of the environment and health claims, participants advised youth on where to look for objective information and how they could find it. Discussion panel participants included facilitator Mary Heslin with Heslin Consulting, Erma Anderson of the National Science Teachers Association, Dr. Jerod Loeb of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, student Chris Blackwell with Project Open Health Internet Surf Day, and two students representing the Oceanography Camp.

Jess and Jen arrived in Orlando at the Hotel Royal Plaza on Sunday night, where they were guests of the Consumer's League. Monday morning the other campers left USF and arrived in Orlando at about 9:00 AM. The session began at 10:30 and was over around 12 PM. Many of our campers had comments and questions for the discussion panel.

After the session, we walked to Downtown Disney for lunch and a little shopping. Jess and Jenn went with us and enjoyed spending time with friends from the camp. The rest of us left around 2PM to make the trip back to St. Pete. Jess and Jen remained at the conference until Tuesday afternoon. They were treated to dinner at the Church Street Station and were able to have a great time at Pleasure Island on Monday night with counselor Chris S.

The conference was a great opportunity for all involved and allowed the campers to see old friends and make some new ones!

The following campers attended the conference:

Jennifer M
Jessica W
Jessica H
Katie M.
Kristina L
Katie B
Christina L

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Click here to see campers' comments about the conference.

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