Camp Opportunity

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Opportunity: Whitworth's Summer Program for Gifted Middle-School Students

A one-week nonresidential program for students entering grades 6-9

Camp Opportunity is where innovation and imagination meet.

When: July 18-22, 2016 | Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne, Spokane
Cost: $250 per participant

Who am I? What are my specific gifts and talents? What can I know about my place in the world? At Camp Opportunity, gifted youth find answers to these questions while exploring interesting areas of investigation.

Middle-school-aged campers are encouraged to choose their own path of exploration. Three pathways will be offered. "Trek of the Techie, "Farm to Table," and "Explore the Great Outdoors." Choose all the class offerings in one pathway, or dabble a little in all three. After all, it is your path.

Areas of exploration include the following:

Trek of the Techie

Super-Fun Scratch Programming
Programming has never been so easy or so much fun. Learn about this free online program and create your own game using Scratch programming.

Lego Robotics - Programming Mindstorms
Put your programming skills to the test on an obstacle course while programming Lego Mindstorms. This is hands-on and action-packed.

Lego Robotics - Robot Building
Are you creative? Do you enjoy hands-on fun? Build your dream robot using Lego Mindstorms.

Farm to Table

A Visit to Red Canoe Blueberry Farm
Blueberry fields forever. Come and explore fields of blueberries, learn about different blueberry varieties, and pick lots to eat.

Fantastic Food Science
Come explore the mysteries of your taste buds. Why do some things taste different when you close your eyes or plug your nose? What makes bread rise? Find out answers to the great mysteries that come from the foods you eat.

Camp Opportunity's Test Kitchen
Have you ever wanted to make a gastronomical concoction all your own? Come create and test your very own recipe.

The Edible Garden
What's the difference between an herb and a spice? Learn all about spices and herbs, and what they are used for. Create a journal and herb garden all your own.

Explore the Great Outdoors

Earth Science and Archeology
Enjoy the great outdoors, and exploring the world around you? Investigate Earth science and archeology in this action-packed, hands-on science lab.

Get Outside and Hike
Explore the beauty and bounty of plant and animal life on a hike in the greater Spokane area. Local experts will lead the hike and exploration. Create a journal of your adventure.

Paddle the Little Spokane
Ultimate water fun! Explore plant and aquatic life in the Spokane area on a canoe trip of the Little Spokane River.

Discover the art of map-making. Chronicle your week's adventures by creating a map of your very own.

Class Selection
Campers will choose their areas of exploration as the opening of camp nears. Registered campers will receive an email in May with a link to the class-selection site.

What Campers Can Expect

Your camp day will look like...

Daily Gathering: 9-9:10 a.m.
Meet as a group to discuss the day's upcoming activities.

Team-Building and Problem-Solving Fun: 9:10-9:30 a.m.
Small groups work to solve puzzles and mysteries in the form of indoor and outdoor games. Fun will be had by all.

Interest-Area Selections, 9:35 a.m.-4 p.m.
Each participant will select three academic areas to focus on for the entire week.

Session One: 9:35-11:25 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Session Two: 12:20-2:10 p.m.
Session Three: 2:15-4 p.m.

SNACK and Fun Clubs 4-4:30

End-of-day reflection, small-group discussions about the day's events, team activities and game time.

Still Have Questions?

All field trips and activities are volunteer-driven and subject to availability. If substitutions are necessary, participants will be notified.

Junior Counselors Needed!

Are you a high-school student who is interested in participating in a leadership role this year? A junior-counselor role may be just the fit for you! Junior counselors will assist in a variety of camp activities daily from 8:30-4:30 p.m. You must be entering 10th grade or higher to apply for the position. If you're interested, please click here for the application.

Center for Gifted Education

Kathryn Picanco
Director, Center for Gifted Education



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