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Camp Opportunity

Whitworth's Summer Program for Gifted Middle School Students

A one-week, nonresidential program for students entering grades 6-9.

When: July 22-26, 2019 | Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Whitworth Main Campus, 300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane
Cost: $300 per participant. There is a $25 discount per child when you register more than one child for camp.

Registration is currently full; please contact to be added to the waitlist.

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.


Areas of Exploration

The Science Behind Star Wars

Join fellow Padawans to learn the "real" science behind Star Wars. Create items like Anakin's mechno-arm, Jabba's slime, a gliding speeder, the invisible force, a pod racer and so much more. 


Come explore optical illusions, how the brain works, and solve riddles and puzzles using logic.

Rec Center Challenge!

Work with your peers to solve puzzles, overcome challenges and uncover your unique personal strengths. Using various team initiatives and the Whitworth U-Rec climbing facility, we will push boundaries and work to discover untapped reserves of inner strength, creativity and team synergy. Climb, run, play and laugh while we boulder in the U-Rec, experience slacklining and explore the “back 40” in search of adventure!

Survival Training

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


This is a fast-paced, science-based crime scene analysis! Problem solve to break out! Learn about scientific techniques used to solve real crimes. 

Wonderment: Collaborative Worldbuilding and Creative Writing

Design your own fantastical world by merging narrative creative writing techniques with game-based learning, and draw inspiration from renowned author Tamora Pierce’s best-seller, Tortall Universe. Students will read, write and build a detailed fantasy world from scratch while determining the technical and creative dimensions of worldbuilding, such as invented cultures, languages, history, mythology and geography.

Automotive Technology

How do cars work? Check your fluids and learn how a 4-stroke engine performs. Learn light maintenance, identify areas under the hood and grasp an overview of how gas vehicles operate.

Mixed Media

Try your hand at all sorts of art, from print making to sculpture, try it all.

Passion Projects

There are so many things to explore! Do you have something you’d like to research and find answers to? This class may be for you. Come with a topic you’d like to learn more about.

Yoga Moves

Relax and stretch. This class will energize you, help you to become more flexible, and help you learn more about you!

Get Outside!

Spend part of your day playing group games outside. Each day will have a new and challenging theme.


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

Developing Great Games for Phones

Do you like games? Do you want to develop a game for your iPhone or Android, so you can show your friends? In this class, that's exactly what we'll do. Campers will learn how to design a video game and how to build that game using Thunkable. The Thunkable platform stores your project online, so you can continue to work on your project even after camp ends. Thunkable even helps you submit your app to the app store so that others can download and play your game! No prior programming experience is needed.

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.
  • Break
  • 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 review the Camp Opportunity Junior Counselor Application.