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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 academic areas of interest. Camp Metamorphosis is where gifted and talented youth can be unique individuals excelling together!

Center for Gifted Education

Kathryn Picanco
Center for Gifted Education



Dixon Hall


When: July 10-14, 2017 | 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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  • 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 p.m.
    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.
Each camper will select THREE classes to take for the full week. The choices are:

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

Camp Meta's Test Kitchen
Are you hungry for knowledge? Sample a wide variety of foods and come explore the science of food, while answering these questions: What makes bread rise? What makes soda fizzy? Can you cook with the heat from the sun?

The Physics of Flight
Inventors, builders and innovators wanted! Come tinker and build as we learn about the principles of flight. Campers will build their very own flying machine.

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

Unleash Your Inner Artist
Get ready to get your hands on some fun! Explore pottery, painting and tin tooling, in a fun filled week of art exploration.

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.

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. Each camper will be given "roles" on the forensic team to help solve crimes and other problems. You'll be using left and right brain reasoning, being creative, working TOGETHER, laughing, piecing different information together, taking turns in the lead. Skills that we are focusing on are confidence, personal awareness in group settings, creativity – the qualities of emotional intelligence. Some of the activities include negotiating the Forbidden Desert, figuring out what "winning as much as you can" means, and entering Spy Alley!

Game On!
Ever wonder how many rubber bands it takes to slice a watermelon in half? Or how to get Cheetos to stick to your head? Experience a variety of high strategy games, both indoors and outdoors. Bring your creativity and get ready to have some fun!

Creative Movement/Choreography
In this class students will learn the foundations of and about different elements and styles of movement/dance. This will be done through vocabulary, research, videos, music, and of course getting up and moving! From there students will explore movement improvisation and choreography concepts, learning how to take risks, express their creativity, and trust their instincts. These activities will all build and provide the framework for the culminating project: a movement piece choreographed by the students themselves, complete with stage directions, lighting options, costumes, and storytelling!

Power of the Story
We remember the stories. They carry feelings, facts, impressions, and experiences. This class will put a pencil in the camper's hands as they interview one another, hearing and recording their story. The experience will help campers break from relying on the "single story", practice the art of listening, and experience empathy - "the highest form of critical thinking". We will build on the camper story experiences to "interview" other young and/or elderly people from the Spokane community to understand some critical social and economic issues from a personal, human perspective. Teams of campers will then "design" solutions to these needs and present these solutions in a creative, team method. The campers will have given others a gift of listening and develop innovative problem solving. The class emphasizes empathy, collaboration and presentation skills.

Climate Change Investigations
What is the difference between climate and weather? What is climate change? What is carbon? How does carbon impact climate change? How can we measure carbon trends throughout Earth’s history and predict trends in the future? Learn about all of this and more in Climate Change Investigations.

Physiology of Track
Learn about physiology, muscle movement, training your muscles and finding your strengths in Track and Field events

Biomechanics of Track
Have you ever wondered how sprinters run so fast? How throwers throw so far? How jumpers jump so far? Increase your physical skills while learning how to implement physics into your track workouts to help you go fast and far.

Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg? Who is he? If you enjoy being creative and building things, this class is for you! Create your own Rube Goldberg Machine.

Create, play and problem solve in this mathemagical class! Explore tessellations, patterns, and many other geometric ideas.

Author's Study
Is reading your passion? Get into some great books and create interesting, creative and fun literary projects.

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.