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Academic Summer Camps


UPDATE:
 Registration has closed for 2018. We're so excited to meet the 112 high school students coming to campus for career exploration! Hope to see even more next year. Stay tuned to see what we're offering in 2019.

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Gone is the traditional image of high school students spending their summer lounging by the pool. Today’s youth, and the parents who often help pay for college, remain open to the idea of spending this coveted time “off” in more constructive ways. 

After successful academic summer camp seasons in 2016 and 2017 that attracted students to campus from all across the country, Southern is excited to expand its offerings for 2018. This year there will be 10 camps June 18-20 bringing high school students (rising 9th-12th graders) to the university for an opportunity to explore or sharpen their vocational focus before even starting college.

Each three-day camp includes a spiritual component as well, modeling for campers and their families how Adventist education facilitates the marriage of career and calling. Registration for the camps is capped at 14 students per group or lower, a number not chosen by accident. At Southern, we're proud of our 14:1 student/faculty ratio and believe this same idea, that students deserve individual attention, applies to our academic summer camps as well.

The total cost for all three days combined is $150 (includes instruction, meals, and recreation). That total increases from $150 to $200 if camper stays in residence halls all three nightsSupervised group housing and transportation assistance is available for students coming from outside the Chattanooga area. Click camp titles below for dates, descriptions, prerequisites, and instructor bios. 

Automotive Repair Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

Automotive Repair Camp has reached enrollment capacity. We’d love to have you attend to study another topic, though ... and there’s always the chance a spot will open up in this camp! If you write "Auto Camp wait list" in the “Other Comments” section while registering for another camp, we’ll put your name in line for the next available Automotive Repair Camp opening.

DESCRIPTION: This camp incorporates lecture and hands-on lab instruction where students can work on their own vehicle or one of the shop’s vehicles, doing general maintenance and repair. We'll tour a parts warehouse as well as a dealership to give students an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. Ever thought about owning your own business? Presentations on entrepreneurship and management help educate campers on the opportunities and realities of that career path! Together we’ll explore what a Christ-centered approach looks like for those who enjoy working with their hands in the automotive repair field.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Dale Walters, MS, and Steven Oskins

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Business Entrepreneurship Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

DESCRIPTION: Do you have ideas but wonder how to make them reality? Would you like to own your own business someday? Come innovate, dream, and blaze a new trail! During three packed days we will hear from influential real-life entrepreneurs, visit a business incubator and famous Chattanooga entrepreneurship hot spots, and participate in hands-on projects. Participants will share their ideas, learn how to develop and test their ideas, and work as teams to prepare for an idea pitch competition on the final day. You can make a difference! Together we’ll learn how.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Michelle Doucoumes, MBA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Creative Writing Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

DESCRIPTION: “All the world’s a stage” as Shakespeare so aptly said. Join other storytellers at “Set the Stage,” a creative writing camp that helps students hone storytelling skills for both the written and the spoken word. All participants will perform their stories in a Chattanooga venue for the public!

PREREQUISITES: A love for writing and telling true stories.

INSTRUCTORS:Kathy Goddard, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Filmmaking Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

Filmmaking Camp has reached enrollment capacity. We’d love to have you attend to study another topic, though ... and there’s always the chance a spot will open up in this camp! If you write "Film Camp wait list" in the “Other Comments” section while registering for another camp, we’ll put your name in line for the next available Filmmaking Camp opening.

DESCRIPTION: Advances in technology have made filmmaking an increasingly available tool for sharing stories and connecting with audiences. Join us this June and let professors, recent graduates, and students in Southern's School of Visual Art and Design take you on a crash course in filmmaking! From coming up with a basic ideas to screening your film for an audience here on campus, we'll be there to guide and support you every step of the way. Students in this program work in teams to conceptualize, shoot, and edit short documentary or narrative films. All cameras, lights, sound equipment, and editing gear are provided.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Nick Livanos, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Photography Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

Photography Camp has reached enrollment capacity. We’d love to have you attend to study another topic, though ... and there’s always the chance a spot will open up in this camp! If you write "Photography Camp wait list" in the “Other Comments” section while registering for another camp, we’ll put your name in line for the next available Photography Camp opening.

DESCRIPTION: Want to improve your composition and technical skills while enjoying outdoor activities, inspiring devotionals, and more? Students will learn about studio/outdoor portraiture, macro photography, painting with light, high-speed flash, time-lapse, and Adobe Lightroom software. All equipment, including cameras, is provided.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Stephen Ruf, MS

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Pre-Med Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

Pre-Med Camp has reached enrollment capacity. We’d love to have you attend to study another topic, though ... and there’s always the chance a spot will open up in this camp! If you write "Pre-Med Camp wait list" in the “Other Comments” section while registering for another camp, we’ll put your name in line for the next available Pre-Med Camp opening.

DESCRIPTION: Do you want to be a doctor? This camp is just the thing for rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors who want to experience a piece of the profession while exploring biblical principles for finding meaning in a career. Uncover hidden diseases in x-rays, suture skin (nothing injured in this project), construct skeletons, and learn how a real scientific laboratory works. Camp concludes with a simulated hospital experience incorporating the skills you have learned. Come and discover how to heal God’s amazing creation – our bodies – during this summer camp!

PREREQUISITES: Open only to rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors

INSTRUCTORS: Rick Norskov, MD, and Tim Trott, PhD

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Psychology Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

DESCRIPTION: Hands-on experiences introduce students to research in psychology through fun, challenging, and experiential activities. Campers will not simply learn about cutting edge issues in the field, they will use the knowledge they gain to pursue their own research by conducting observations and collecting data during on-campus and off-campus trips. Perfect for students interested in the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories associated with the science of human behavior! This camp gives students an insider's view of psychology, as well as preparation for college studies.  

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Tron Wilder, PhD, and Ruth Williams, PhD

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Strings Chamber Music Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

DESCRIPTION: Young musicians are invited to participate in a chamber music performance experience, with other classes -- such as music theory or conducting -- complementing the performance component. Camp is limited to 8-9 students, with a specific spread of instruments. Students have the option of staying for a fourth day of camp (June 21), allowing them to study/practice longer and share their music in community service mini-concerts with an orchestra.

PREREQUISITES: Violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists advanced enough to form independent groups are welcome to apply for this camp by emailing the String Chamber Music Camp instructor for consideration. Do not register through this website until instructor has confirmed space availability and need for your instrument.

INSTRUCTORS:  Ellen Francisco, MMus, and Laurie Minner, MMus

COST: $150 includes all instruction and meals (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Vegetarian Culinary Arts Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

DESCRIPTION: Does channel surfing at your house come to an immediate halt when Master Chef, Chopped, or the American Baking Competition is on television? Students with a passion for food and its preparation are encouraged to attend Vegetarian Culinary Arts Camp. Cooking is a fun hobby and important life skill, but it's also an increasingly popular career choice. Consumers in the the last few years are moving toward healthier meals; the demand for vegetarian and vegan food increased at an exponential rate in 2017! Come learn about nutrition, dish creation, and presentation. We'll even talk about marketing for all the budding entrepreneurs ready to start their own food blog or YouTube channel on the way to becoming the next Bobby Flay!

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Bonny Musgrave, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

Women and Minorities in Civic Engagement Camp »

DATE: June 18-20, 2018

DESCRIPTION: Do you ever feel invisible when listening to politicians speak or watching them make decisions that directly impact your future? Our summer camp introduces female and minority high school students to the importance of political leadership. Students will grow in wisdom and confidence by participating in workshops led by women and minorities who have run for office, practicing public speaking, researching and communicating a unique message, networking, and more. The goal of our time together is to encourage campers to discover their leadership potential and consider running for public office.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Kristie Wilder, JD

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (+ additional $50 if using campus housing).

For more information about anything related to academic summer camps, please contact us.

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