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Camp Opportunity 2014:
Where Innovation & Imagination Meet

Whitworth's Summer Program for Gifted Youth entering 7th, 8th and 9th grades
A one-week non-residential camp

  • Are you ready for hands-on adventure where 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 water cycles, organisms, and sustainability!

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.

Not Just Your Ordinary 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 28-Aug. 1, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 14, 2014

Where: Meet at Whitworth's main campus. Camp will be at the university and outdoors at the Verbrugge property, just south of Newport. Transport to the Verbrugge property will be provided by Whitworth.

Cost: $250 per participant.

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

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

Situation: Water fuels life as we know it on our planet. Humans, animals, plants, and all sorts of other creatures need clean, healthy water to thrive. How do we know that our water is a healthy resource for all?

Projects and Activities:

  • Discover and experience the phases of the water cycle while creating a bracelet that records your water cycle journey.
  • In an outdoor learning experience, analyze water quality in a natural habitat.
  • Observe macroscopic life in the water.

Situation: Clean and healthy water is important, but what affects the quality of water that we drink?

Projects and Activities:

  • Design and make stormwater runoff mazes.
  • Learn how impurities are spread through interactive game play.

Situation: How do we put our observations and ideas to good use?

Projects and Activities:

  • Document thoughts, observances and ideas in a scientific journal.
  • Create a mosaic out of natural materials to capture your ideas.
  • Innovate new water-purification inventions.

Conversation Circle / Reflections on the Day
The day will end with a closing conversation circle to share some of your experiences, reflections and expectations for the next day or for the week.

Camp-Activity Questions?

Please e-mail Kim Weathers, camp director, at, or call her at 509.209.1276.

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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