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Metamorphosis: Whitworth's Summer Program for Gifted Children

A one-week nonresidential program for students entering grades 4-6

Who am I? What are my specific gifts and talents? What can I know about my place in the world? At Camp Metamorphosis, gifted youth find many answers to these questions while exploring interesting academic areas, such as:

Center for Gifted Education

Kathryn Picanco
Director, Center for Gifted Education



Dixon Hall

  • Physics: It's All about Propulsion!
  • Creative Artist Endeavors
  • Robotics and Programming
  • The Power of the Story, and Making Change Happen
  • Join the MFI (Metamorphosis Forensic Investigative) Unit
  • Author Study
  • Drama: Act Your Story Out Loud
  • Super Summer Puzzlers and Strategy Games
  • Earth Science and Archeology
  • Secrets of Stellar Students

Camp Metamorphosis is where gifted and talented youth can be unique individuals excelling together!

When: July 11-15, 2016 | Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: The Whitworth University campus, 300 W. Hawthorne, Spokane 99251
Cost: $250 per participant

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What the Academic Areas Include:

Physics: It's All about Propulsion!

Explore Newton's Third Law to learn about propulsion, and what makes vehicles of all kinds "go." Choose to build a balloon-powered car or a water-powered rocket, or invent a new vehicle all your own.

Creative Artist Endeavors
We will examine various works of art from famous artists and use similar methods, techniques and media to create our own unique art masterpieces. By the end of the week you will have a wonderful display of work that highlights your talents.

Robotics and Programming
Are you a techie at heart? Want to learn programming using Lego Mind-Storms? Create your own Lego robot and learn the basics to program it to do amazing things. Obstacle-course competitions will put your robots to the test!

The Power of the Story, and Making Change Happen
We remember stories. They carry feelings, facts, impressions, and experiences. This class will put a pencil in campers' hands as they interview each other to discover their stories. The class emphasizes empathy, collaboration and presentation skills.

Join the MFI (Metamorphosis Forensic Investigative) Unit
"Sherlock Holmes, I presume..." Think about "Who did it?" "How do we get out of this predicament?" "What can we do to all come out ahead?" and other dilemmas and challenges. Each camper will be given roles on the forensics team to help solve crimes and other problems. You'll utilize reasoning, being creative, working TOGETHER, laughing, piecing together information, and taking turns being in the lead. We'll focus on skills that include confidence, personal awareness in group settings, and creativity – the qualities of emotional intelligence.

Author Study
Do you have something unique to say to the world and a passion to be heard? Come find your own voice as an author as we explore creative-writing techniques that will help you tell your story like never before!

Drama and Creative Movement: Act Your Story Out Loud
Spend the week acting your story out loud through skits, role-playing, and a small dramatic presentation. Students will learn basic acting techniques and theatre terminology. This class will also teach students how to work together in groups, use their imaginations, think critically, and solve problems while expressing themselves creatively.

Super Summer Puzzlers and Strategy Games

Do you like to play games outside? Do you like to work on puzzles and solve problems? Do both at the same time, while using your problem-solving skills to play outdoor inventive games of strategy.

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

Secrets of Stellar Students
Think you know all there is to know about yourself? Investigate the most interesting topic on the planet: you! Learn about how you work best, and find out about tips and tricks for organization, planning, and stress management while you have fun getting to know yourself.

Biomechanics of Track
Have you ever wondered how sprinters run so fast? How throwers throw so far? How jumpers jump so far? Students will increase their physical skills while learning how implementing physics into their track workouts can help them go fast and far.

What Campers Can Expect:

Your camp day will look like...

Mind Map for the Day: 9-9:10 a.m.
Meeting as a group to discuss the day's upcoming activities

Personal Leadership-Making Sound Decisions in Teams: 9:10-9:40 a.m.
Engaging activities that build teamwork and personal leadership activities will start each day.


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 3:20-3:50

Join the junior counselors for interest based clubs of your choice. Participants can choose a different activity each day or stay with the same one- it's up to them! Examples include improv, obstacle courses, reading, soccer, and board games.

Personal Leadership-Making Sound Decisions in Teams, 4-4:30 p.m.
Engaging activities that build teamwork and personal leadership activities will end each day.

What Campers and Parents Say About Camp Metamorphosis:

"This was the best time of my life!" "Do we have to go home?"

Still Have Questions?

Please call Whitworth University’s Center for Gifted Education and Professional Development at 509.777.3226.

Junior Counselors Needed!

Are you a Camp Metamorphosis alum 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 seventh grade or higher to apply for the position. If interested, please click here for the application.

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