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Academic Summer Camps

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 several years of successful academic summer camps that attracted high school students to campus from all across the country—last year we had 112 students from 13 states!—Southern is excited to once again expand its offerings for 2019.  (REGISTER NOW)

This year, Southern is offering 11 DIFFERENT CAMPS JUNE 17-19 that bring high school students 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.

With minor exceptions where pre-requisites apply, our camps are open to those who will be in grades 9-12 for fall 2019. The total cost is $150 (includes instruction, meals, and recreation). That total increases from $150 to $200 if a camper stays in our supervised group housing all three nights.

Click camp titles below for dates, descriptions, prerequisites, and instructor bios. 

Automotive Repair Camp »

** AUTOMOTIVE CAMP IS FULL. Registrations are no longer accepted, as this camp has reached its enrollment capacity. To be placed on our Automotive Repair Camp waitlist, please send an email to the Academic Summer Camps project manager.

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: This camp incorporates lecture and hands-on lab instruction regarding engine work, electrical systems, and fuel injection systems. We'll also tour 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

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

Business Entrepreneurship Camp »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

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 (or $200 if using campus housing).

Computing (App Development) »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Could your smartphone or tablet be used to help solve big problems like bullying, hunger, and poverty? Have you ever downloaded an app on your phone and thought, "I could've come up with that idea" or realized there apps you wish you had, but they simply don't exist? Learn how to create your own apps for iPhones/iPads and Android smartphones (Samsung, Motorola, Google Pixel). We'll start with the fundamentals, and by the end of camp you'll be sharing your prototype with fellow campers and friends. Come see how technology can change the world!

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

INSTRUCTORS: Robert Ordóñez, MSc

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

Filmmaking Camp »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

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 (or $200 if using campus housing).

Multimedia Journalism Camp »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Wonder what it’s like writing stories people want to read that make a real difference? The Multimedia Journalism Boot Camp provides hands-on experience as you develop story ideas, gather facts, and conduct interviews. Learn secrets for crafting a compelling news story and using pictures/videos to bring it to life. So bring your energy, talents, and inquisitive mind, and let’s go break some news!

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Alva James-Johnson, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing). 

NEW DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION! The Southern Union Communications Department is underwriting Journalism Camp, so registration is now 50% off! The discount is automatically applied on the registration page. This means Journalism Camp ends up costing only $75 for commuter students or $100 for those staying overnight in the residence halls.

Outdoor Adventure Leadership Camp »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: There’s more to being an effective outdoor adventure leader than knowing how to tie knots, rig systems, and belay. You also have to be good at communication, risk management, and community building. We’ll work to improve both sets of tools while practicing the technical and soft skills our professionals use in the outdoor adventure industry. Join us for caving, rock climbing, and so much more!

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Mike Harris, MS

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

Photography Camp »

** PHOTOGRAPHY CAMP IS FULL. Registrations are no longer accepted, as this camp has reached its enrollment capacity. To be placed on our Photography Camp waitlist, please send an email to the Academic Summer Camps project manager.

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Want to improve your composition and technical skills while enjoying outdoor activities, inspiring devotionals, and more? Students will learn about studio and outdoor photography as well as the art of telling stories with images and video. All equipment, including cameras, is provided.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Pablo Fernandez, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

Pre-Med Camp »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Do you want to be a doctor? This camp is just the thing for rising 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, 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 juniors or seniors

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

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

Psychology Camp »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Hands-on experiences introduce students to personality psychology through fun and challenging activities. Campers will take popular personality assessments in order to learn more about themselves and how they work with those around them. Perfect for students interested in learning the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories associated with the science of personality, as well as preparation for college studies.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Cristy Pratt, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

Social Work and Missions »

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to use your passion to make a difference in the world – both locally and globally! We’ll participate in creative and engaging activities using art, religion, and science to develop innovative solutions to personal and collective challenges. Our Christ-centered approach will help you learn leadership principles that can be applied across a number of careers and projects to care for those God is calling us to love.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Corneliu Rusu, PhD (Social Work), Dave Ferguson, PhD (Missions), and Raul Rivero, MA (Missions)

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

Vegetarian Culinary Arts Camp »

** CULINARY ARTS CAMP IS FULL. Registrations are no longer accepted, as this camp has reached its enrollment capacity. To be placed on our Vegetarian Culinary Arts Camp waitlist, please send an email to the Academic Summer Camps project manager.

DATE: June 17-19, 2019

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 2018. Come 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!

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Bonny Musgrave, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation (or $200 if using campus housing).

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