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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

  • When: July 16-20, 2018 | Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Whitworth's Main Campus, 300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane
  • Cost: $300 per participant

What am I passionate about? What would I like to learn more about? What are my specific gifts and talents? At Camp Opportunity, gifted youth find many answers to these questions while exploring interesting areas of investigation.

Middle school aged campers are encouraged to choose their own path of exploration by selecting three classes of their choice.

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The Areas of Exploration Include:

Brain Science
All this talk about the left brain and right brain, being a brain, and brain growth is out there. Do you want to know what REALLY is going on in your brain, how it works, and what power it has? Can you really grow your intelligence? Why is the brain like bubble gum? In “Brainiacs” this week, we will answer these questions, plus take a look at the structure, function and fun of the brain. We will do brain games, study neuron transmitters, animal brains versus human brains, and learn ways to train our brains. These plus some other hands-on brain activities with other “Brainiacs” make this a class you won’t want to miss!

A Legend in Disguise
A novel study come to life! You have been selected as a detective-in-training for the Republic. Read, explore and participate in analyzing a mock crime scene, investigative reporting, and deciding between common good and private wealth. Students will explore using narrative writing techniques, figurative language and symbolism through journaling.

How to Start a Business
Have you ever walked into a business and thought, “I would love to start my own business!” Well, here is your chance to develop your own business ideas. Whether it is starting a yard service, developing apps or organizing food to be distributed to needy families, starting a business has challenges to overcome. Going through the process of starting a business is a guaranteed way to learn about yourself and how can you solve problems that you see in the world. This course will go over the basics of developing your own business, from the ideas at the beginning to the final products or services you provide to the public. Entrepreneurs start their own small businesses as a way to make the world a better place. Come and learn about businesses so that you too can change the world!

Slab Art
Are you an artist and inventor? Come and discover the beauty and usefulness of clay slab art. Explore various “hand” methods of working with clay.

Outdoor Survival
Learn about orienteering, animal tracking, wilderness first aid, building shelters, acquiring survival tools and exploring the outdoors with confidence.

Get Your Game On!
Do you love a good challenge? Experience a variety of high-strategy games, both indoors and outdoors. Bring your creativity and get ready to have some fun!

Inquire, experiment and problem solve as you explore different topics in chemistry.

Escape the Room
Figure out "Who did it?" "How do we get out of this predicament?" "What can we do to all come out ahead?" and other problems and decisions.

What Campers Can Expect

  • Welcome activities: 9-9:10 a.m.
    Time to get to know fellow campers and play games.
  • Team Games: 9:10-9:40 a.m.
    Engaging activities that build teamwork, with a focus on strategy.
  • Interest Area Selections, 9:55 a.m.-3:20 p.m.
    Each participant will select three of the academic areas to focus on for the entire week.
    Session One: 9:55-11:15 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Session Two: 12:20-1:40 p.m.
    Session Three: 1:50-3:10 p.m.
  • SNACK and Fun Clubs, 3:20-4 p.m.
    Take a break, enjoy a snack and enjoy special guests each afternoon that will present a fun learning activity.
  • Game time, 4-4:30 p.m.
    Spend time playing quiet games indoors, or play fun games outdoors to close out your day.


Call the Whitworth University Center for Gifted Education at 509.777.3226.

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

Junior Counselors Needed!

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

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