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Academic Summer Camps

Plan for Summer 2023

Each June, Southern Adventist University offers a selection of academic summer camps hosted in-person on our 1,300-acre campus. High school students are invited to explore or sharpen potential career interests before even starting college in this immersive learning experience. Each three-day camp includes hands-on learning with some of our top-notch professors as well as a spiritual component, modeling how Adventist education offers both academic rigor and development for the whole person. See below for information about the camps students enjoyed in 2022.

Our 2023 camps are open to those who will be in grades 9-12 that fall.

Stay tuned for more details!

Academic Camps for Summer 2022

Is delicious food your passion? Our kitchen is the perfect place to try your hand at creating yumminess while building new friendships. Cooking is not only a fun hobby, but an important life skill and an increasingly popular career choice. In the last few years consumers are moving toward healthier meals, and the demand for plant based foods are increasing at an exponential rate! Come put an apron on and learn some new skills that will impress your family and friends!

Capture awe-inspiring images by immersing yourself in the art and craft of photography. Join photo experts from the School of Journalism and Communication for a 3-day in-person workshop. Bring your digital camera or smartphone. Campers may also use our digital SLR cameras with a selection of wide and telephoto lenses. Instruction offered in photo editing using Adobe Lightroom in our maclab. Subjects include nature, action, and travel photography. Create portraits in our photo studio using our professional lighting and grip hardware. Share your pictures with family and friends. No prior photography experience required.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being a journalist? Well, our summer boot camp is just what you need for hands-on experience. You will learn to develop story ideas, gather the facts and conduct interviews in a dynamic news environment. In the process, you’ll learn to write and publish compelling stories, utilizing digital multimedia technology. The boot camp is designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in the communication field. It concludes with an online story that you can share with friends and family on social media. So bring your ideas, your energy, your talents and let’s break some news!

Stories, TikTok, YouTube, Netflix, Live Streaming,... Videos has become one of the most valuable ways of entertainment and communication. So what it takes to make a great video?

In this summer camp, you will learn the first steps of video production, storytelling, and multi-camera production. You will also develop valuable leadership, communication, and team-work skills, as we have a lot of fun creating entertainment and meaningful projectsThe boot camp is designed for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in video, content creation, and communication.

In person at Southern Adventist University.

None. All equipment needed will be provided.

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 are there apps you wish you had, but they simply don't exist?

Learn how to create your own apps for iPhones/iPads and Android (Samsung, Motorola, Google Pixel) smartphones. Prior programming experience is a plus, but is not required. We'll start with the fundamentals, and by the end of camp, you'll be sharing your prototype with fellow campers and friends--and you could be on your way to changing the world!

Robert Ordóñez, MS

Do you have business ideas but wonder how to make them reality? Would you like to own your own business someday? Or be part of a startup team? 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.

Do you want to be a physician? This camp is just the thing for rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors who want a behind the scenes view of this profession while exploring Biblical principles for finding meaning in your career. Uncover hidden diseases in x-rays, practice suturing, construct skeletons, and learn how a real scientific laboratory works. Interact directly with actual physicians and pre-medical students.  Camp concludes with a simulated hospital experience incorporating the skills you have learned.  Prerequisites:
Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors
Rick Norskov, MD, and Tim Trott, PhD

Dreaming of a career that allows you to post on social media every day, connect with diverse people, write news stories, coordinate events? Then look no further!  Public Relations may be just right for you! Join us this summer to learn more about this exciting field and possibly your career.  This camp provides an insightful overview of Public Relations. During our time together, you will discover the role of public relations in the social and broadcast media, marketing and the church.  Hands on activities will include creating press kits, planning and executing a real public relations campaign and coordinating events. You will also participate in live discussion sessions with public relations experts from the US and around the world. So much to do and so little time! 

High school students (all grades) 

Dr. Ayanna Eastman

Do you want to make a movie? There’s a name for the place where cameras, editing, and the art of entertainment converge. We call it Storyforge. Gets hands on with the gear that pros use to shoot the highest quality motion pictures. Discover what really engages an audience—how to make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry, & even make ‘em sweat. If you want to hear a round of applause for your team when the credits roll and surprise them with a meaningful tale, this is the place. Because being part of a movie crew means living into something bigger than yourself. Storyforge: where the movies we make can honor the Maker of all.

Willing to jump in and work hard. Camera or editing experience can help, but is not required.

Nick Livanos & Nathan DeWild

Are you wanting to pursue a lifestyle of adventure in the great outdoors? Sign up for the Outdoor Leadership Academic Summer camp and we will introduce you to ropes course, rafting, rock climbing and caving.    

Over the course of 2 days we will introduce basics of outdoor leading including knot tying, trip planning, LNT, map and compass skills, first aid, and risk management. While we are having fun in outdoors we will show how you can take your passion for the outdoors and make it into a career. 

We will incorporate lecture and hands-on lab instruction where students can work on their own vehicle or one of the shop’s, doing general maintenance and repair. We will arrange a tour of a parts warehouse as well as a dealership to give students an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. This camp exposes students to the day-to-day activities associated with this career path, showing practical application and discussing opportunities they will have once they have graduated, including what they need to think about if they want to own their own business. Together we’ll explore what a Christ-centered approach looks like for those who enjoy working with their hands in a rewarding automotive career.