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Camp Opportunity

Whitworth's Summer Program for Gifted Middle School Students

We regret to inform you that Camp Opportunity 2020 has been canceled in an effort to keep families, participants and our campus community safe from COVID-19.

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

When: July 20-24, 2020 | Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane
Cost: $350 per participant. There is a $25 discount per child when you register more than one child for camp.

Registration fees include lunch in Whitworth's dining hall every day. Parents should provide a nut-free snack for their camper. 

Registered participants will receive a full refund for event cancellation due to COVID-19 concerns. 

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 explore answers to these questions by investigating academic interest areas. Campers choose their own path and select three classes for the week.

Daily Schedule

  • 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 indoor and outdoor activities that build teamwork with a focus on strategy.
  • Break
  • Class 1: 9:55-11:15 a.m.
    Each camper will select three different classes to take during the week. Class options are listed below.
  • Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch from Whitworth's dining hall. Please let us know of any special dietary needs on your registration form.
  • Class 2: 12:20-1:40 p.m.
  • Class 3: 1:50-3:10 p.m.
  • Snacks & Activities: 3:20-4:30 p.m.
    Take a break and enjoy a snack that you provide (must be nut free). Play a group game indoors or outdoors.

Available Classes

Each camper will select three classes to take for the full week. Class offerings are the same both weeks and are offered each class session during the week unless otherwise noted.

Artists' Studio – Get your creative juices flowing while working on a variety of artistic projects. Be ready to explore, create, have fun and get your hands dirty.

Animal Play – Animals love to play. Crows will slide on their backs on a steep snowy slope and then fly to the top to slide down again; bison will repeatedly sprint onto a frozen lake and then bellow gleefully as they skid across the ice. But why? In this class, we'll explore the "why" behind intriguing and amusing animal behaviors.

Automotive Technology 1 – How do cars work? Check your fluids and learn how a four-stroke engine performs. Learn light maintenance, identify areas under the hood and grasp an overview of how gas vehicles operate. This class is offered the 1st class session (9:55 a.m.) only.

Automotive Technology 2 –  Did the Automotive Technology class last summer leave you wanting more? Or, do you already have a working knowledge of how a four-stroke engine works? This class is for you! Extend your basic understanding of car engines and maintenance. This class is offered the 3rd (1:50 p.m.) class session only.

Mad Science – Are you a scientist at heart? Come and explore one of Whitworth's chemistry labs in this inquiry-filled experience. Learn through doing and creating in this hands-on class. 

Engineering Challenges – Learn key engineering principles and test your knowledge in physics and engineering design.

History's Unsolved Mysteries – Create theories and find possible solutions for some of history's greatest mysteries.

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe –  Enjoy an immersive reading experience based on Allie Condie's 2019 book, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe. Hunt for gold, become a pirate and solve a mystery in this dystopic thriller. 

Outdoor Survival – Come enjoy the great outdoors right here on Whitworth's campus! Learn survival techniques, first aid and much more in this fun outside experience.

The Plastic Crisis! – Explore ideas to help tackle the world plastic crisis. Generate ideas and make your ideas come to life while helping to solve the problem of how to keep plastic out of the earth's waterways and remove plastic that's already there.

Power Build – Explore different types of energy (solar, water, combustion, electric). Use your knowledge to build the contraption of your dreams. 

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.

The Truly Terrific Triangle! – Come explore the mathematical magic and mystery of the triangle. Learn about its unique properties and apply your new-found knowledge in fun and engaging hands-on activities.

Video Game Creation & Innovation – Discover the world of programming through creating simple video games using JavaScript. Whether you're new to programming or a budding expert, you can grow your knowledge and have fun in this hands-on class. 

Still Have Questions?

Please contact Whitworth University's Center for Gifted Education at or 509.777.3226.