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Stephanie Cannon '06 June 28, 2013 8:51 AM

By Roberto Molar Candanosa ’13

Summer, flashlights, sleeping bags, bug spray and lots of Aggie Spirit. Nothing ever sounded so familiar to those who attended Fish Camp. But this time we are talking about S.A.L.T. Camp, a weekend-long orientation where Texas A&M University at Galveston students learn what it means to be part of the Aggie family.

In the Sea Aggies Learning Traditions Camp, newly admitted Sea Aggies have the chance to mingle with fellow freshmen and learn all about Aggie traditions from current student leaders and university staff. S.A.L.T. Camp is also where some lifelong friendships are born. 

S.A.L.T. Camp director Anna Nevitt ’14 explained the camp is an initiation-like event for Aggie life.
“New students learn what it means to be an Aggie and the numerous traditions,” she said. “They can start their Aggie network and they are formally welcomed into the Aggie family by current students and staff.” 

Nearly 400 Sea Aggies camp out every year at Camp Cullen in Trinity, Texas. There are two sessions of S.A.L.T. Camp held in the summer, near the first day of the fall semester. This year, camps are scheduled for the weekends of August 17 and 24.

Thanks to the support of The Association of Former Students, S.A.L.T. Camp is able to accept more students, supplement camp counselors, lower registration fees and even provide 50 full grants for those students who most need it.

Associate Director of Student Activities and S.A.L.T. Camp Advisor Shelly Fordyce ’99 explained the importance of The Association’s generous and loyal donors.

“Thanks to The Association of Former Students funding, we have been able to reach out to more new Aggies,” she said. “A more manageable staff fee has brought us larger numbers of counselors, giving us more opportunity to teach new students the traditions and values of Texas A&M University.”

Tyler Winkler ’15, another S.A.L.T. Camp director, also emphasized the importance of the Aggie Network during S.A.L.T. Camp.

“The Aggie Network is a huge part of what makes Texas A&M such an outstanding institution, and the environment we establish at S.A.L.T. Camp makes it nearly impossible to leave without making bonds that will last a lifetime,” he said.

The network that TAMUG’s students begin building at S.A.L.T. Camp will continue to benefit them after graduation. The Association recently granted a charter for the Sea Aggie Former Student Network, which seeks to strengthen the bonds of Texas A&M at Galveston graduates. The Sea Aggie Former Student Network also promotes the interests of the Galveston campus and helps students and recent graduates break into the maritime and marine industries. Read more about the Sea Aggie Former Student Network at

Financial support of the S.A.L.T. Camp is just one of the many ways Texas A&M is impacted by the generous donors to The Association's Annual Fund. Click to see more ways in which your gifts make an impact on Texas A&M students, faculty and staff.

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