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

  • When: July 17-21, 2017 | Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Whitworth's Main Campus, 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 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:

Opportunity CSI
Have you ever wondered how a real crime is solved? Identify fingerprints, analyze handwriting, and perform chemical analysis to solve a Camp Opportunity mystery.

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

Games and Strategies
Prepare to get messy and have fun inside and out. Play games of strategy, and have fun problem solving.

Kitchen Chemistry
Want to know about the science behind root beer or bubble gum? Come discover the real science behind some of our favorite foods, and of course you get to eat what you make.

Artistic Build
Are you an artist? Clay sculpture and creations is for you! Build a masterpiece out of clay, or create your own likeness in paper mache, or try your hand at creating smaller works with Sculpie.

Get your creative juices flowing while building, tinkering, and problem solving.

Make Your Own Music
Are you musically inclined? Explore musical principals, composition, and learn how to play the Marimba in this creative hands on music class.

Environmental Investigations
Hypothesize, Investigate, discover, and create in this hands-on course about climate change.

What Campers Can Expect

  • Daily Gathering: 9-9:10 a.m.
    Meeting 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 of the academic areas to focus on for the entire week.
    Session One: 9:55-11:25 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Session Two: 12:20-2:10 p.m.
    Session Three: 2:15-4:00 p.m.
  • SNACK and Fun Clubs, 4-4:30 p.m.
    End of day reflection, small group discussions about the day’s events, team activities and game time.

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.

All field trips and activities are subject are volunteer driven and subject to availability. If substitutions are necessary and 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.

Center for Gifted Education

Kathryn Picanco
Director, Center for Gifted Education



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