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Academic Summer Camps

Because we care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our campers, students, and employees, we have made the difficult decision to modify Southern’s Academic Summer Camps this year due to the pandemic. While we have had to cancel several camps, we are pleased to tell you that five will remain available as online camps at a reduced price of $65 per person, per camp. The dates are the same as previously scheduled: June 15-17.

Our camps are open to those who will be in grades 9-12 for Fall 2020.

We invite you to explore these five online camps: 

Computing: Hacking 101- An introduction to Ethical Hacking »

DATE: June 15-17, 2020

DESCRIPTION:  This summer camp introduces students to the world of ethical hacking through participation in a Capture The Flag (CTF) environment. Students learn basic concepts related to simple encryption, Open-source intelligence (OSINT) including more intelligent web searching, network scanning and exploiting some of the most common web security risks.

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PREREQUISITES: Prior programming experience is a plus, but not required.

INSTRUCTORS: Rick Halterman, PhD, and Scot Anderson, PhD

COST: $65

Filmmaking Camp »

DATE: June 15-17, 2020

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make films with what you have readily available to capture fun, creative ideas with the guidance of a professional filmmaker. Campers will need access to a camera—even a smartphone camera will do—and basic editing software.

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PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Nick Livanos, MA, and Randy Craven, MA

COST: $65

Outdoor Adventure Leadership Camp »

DATE: June 15-17, 2020

DESCRIPTION: Outdoor Leadership camp will provide training for a spectrum of skills from wilderness survival to fire-building, including knot-tying, fishing and basic first aid. On the even more adventurous side, you will learn about vertical caving, rock climbing, kayaking, and canoeing, as well as water rescue all from the comfort of your home. Join Mike Harris for this exciting camp you won’t want to miss!

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PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Mike Harris, MS, and Doug Brown, MDIV

COST: $65

Photography/Journalism Camp »

DATE: June 15-17, 2020

DESCRIPTION: Ever wonder what it’s like shooting photos that tell a story? Or writing stories that people want to read? This Photography/Journalism Boot Camp will give you the hands-on experience you need to take your skills to the next level! If you’re interested in photography, you’ll learn to shoot, edit and package your photos for publication. If you have more of a knack for writing, you’ll learn to develop a story idea, gather facts, conduct interviews and write a compelling piece. In either case, you’ll learn secrets for crafting multimedia stories and building an online audience through social media. So bring your energy, talents and inquisitive mind, and let’s break some news!

PREREQUISITES: None except an interest in photography, writing and/or videography, as well as a willingness to look beyond the surface.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  Access to broadband internet, computer for writing and editing photo/videos.  For photographers: access to a digital camera or smartphone.  

INSTRUCTORS:  Award-winning, long-time journalist, Alva James-Johnson; veteran photographer, TV reporter and professor Stephen Ruf.

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PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Stephen Ruf

COST: $65

Vegetarian Culinary Arts Camp »

DATE: June 15-17, 2020

DESCRIPTION: 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 last few years are moving toward healthier meals; the demand for vegetarian and vegan food increased at an exponential rate since 2018. Put an apron on and learn some new skills that will impress your family and friends. 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! This camp will be offered online in the afternoon and evening so students will be cooking when a guardian is home for safety purposes. Please watch for an email with the list of needed ingredients.

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PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Bonny Musgrave, MA

COST: $65

The following camps have been cancelled:

  • Automotive Repair
  • Chemistry:  The Chemical Treatment
  • Creative Writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Ministry
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology

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

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