Camp Opportunity

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Camp Opportunity 2015
Where Innovation & Imagination Meet

Whitworth's summer program is a one-week, non-residential camp for gifted youth entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades.

  • Are you ready for hands-on adventure in which YOU are the scientist addressing real-world problems and creating viable solutions?
  • Are you ready to get out of the classroom, conquer environmental challenges, and transform YOUR ideas into action?

  • Join us as we explore computer programing, engineering, physics, art, biology and the great outdoors!

Camp Opportunity is a project-based, sustainability-education camp. The camp's goal is to engage students' innate creative and innovative abilities through sustainability projects involving science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. It’s not just your ordinary camp!

Camp Opportunity is where gifted and talented youth explore sustainability and let their imaginations take the art of repurposing to a new level!

When: July 27-31, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Daily

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2015

Where: Meet at Whitworth's main campus. Camp will take place at the university and outdoors at various locations within Spokane. Transportation will be provided by Spokane Transit.

Cost: $250 per participant.

Meals: Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring their own food each day.

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What You Can Expect

Our faculty experts will guide you with expertise and enthusiasm through fun learning adventures. Some of each day's activities will include...

  • Mind Map for the Day
    The day begins with a visual outline of the day's activities being explained to each group

  • Personal Leadership and Team-Building
    Students work together in group team-building activities and challenge courses to get creative, innovative juices flowing

  • Focus on Situations and Projects

    • Wild about Biology

      • Be a wildlife biologist! Learn about animal habitats through hands-on activities and games, visit and explore our local fish hatchery, and learn about wolves in the Northwest with a visit by special guests the Wolf People. Trout in the Classroom, Stacey Selcho, visit to Spokane Fish Hatchery
    • Solar Astronomers, Physicists, and Renewable Energy... Oh, My!

      • Are you an inventor? A mad scientist? Do you have lots of energy, or are you interested in energy? Come and explore renewable resources.

      • Build your own wind turbine.

      • Bake bread in the oven that you make.

      • Make a splash and learn all about the power of water while participating in hands-on activities and games. Water on Wheels, Stacey Selcho

      • Your experience will be out of this world when you visit the planetarium at SFCC to explore the solar system. SFCC Planetarium

    • The Techie Trek

      • Are you a techie? Develop computer language, as you learn the fundamentals of computer programming using Scratch. Get wild and crazy as you create a QR code scavenger hunt.

    • Art and the Great Outdoors

      • Do you have creative flair? Learn to draw landscapes, collect beautiful leaves and flowers on a hike in the Dishman Hills, create leaf rubbings, and build your own masterpiece with sunbaked clay.

  • Pre-Lunchtime Activities

    • Hungry for a Waste-Free Lunch?: Kristine Major from Waste-Free Lunch
    • Think Globally, Eat Locally: Local produce samples and activities

In addition to these activities and projects, students will participate in various outdoor games.

Camp-Activity Questions?

Please email Kim Weathers, camp director, at, or call her at 509.290.1276.

Camp-Registration Questions?

Call the Whitworth University Center for Gifted Education & Professional Development at 509.777.3226.

Center for Gifted Education

Kathryn Picanco
Director, Center for Gifted Education



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