(Grades 10-College Freshman, rising)
Learn skills necessary to thrive in college. Study skills, time management, and communication techniques are taught to help you succeed both academically and socially in a collegiate setting. Geared toward high school students looking to continue their education, this camp helps you understand the transition from high school to college.
Don’t Bully Me!
Learn strategies for dealing with situations involving bullying and harassment. Taught by Martial Arts Hall of Famer Lance England, the course material is based on 33 years of martial arts experience and his observations and experiences in the world of education. His instruction centers on producing successful individuals with a positive attitude toward life and a strong sense of “Can Do!” Having a degree in exercise physiology, England believes that the individual is the sum of the parts. Each person not only needs the mental skills equivalent to the challenges that they face, but they also need the confidence that physical skills can provide. The goals for children are to enable them to become a successful, confident individual with a strong positive self-image. The goal is not to train aggressive fighters, but rather to help them become well-rounded individuals who have the ability to take care of themselves.
Grades 3-6, rising
Grades 7-9, rising
Collapse: The Fall of Complex Civilizations
(Grades 9-12, rising)
Quick! What do the Mayans of South America, Vikings of Greenland, and the people of Easter Island have in common? They all had intricate, complex societies that collapsed and disappeared. Explore critical and scholarly evaluations of the factors that contribute to the fall of civilizations, and discuss competing explanations for collapse, focusing primarily on the arguments between environmental factors and human agents. Geared toward college-bound high school students, this camp gives you a look at cultures from around the world and the things that linked them together. Registration includes two textbooks needed for the camp.
A Look Back: Colonial History
(Grades 5-10, rising)
See how groups of different people lived in the late 1700s. You’ll learn, hands-on, in a fun environment where questions will be answered clearly and immediately. We’ll link our past to today by learning where commonly-used phrases and traditions came from that impact our daily life now. We’ll write with quill and ink, observing dress of the times, games played, currency used, architecture/furniture, how they slept, ate, worked, relaxed, celebrated holidays, danced, traveled, married, and much more. You’ll also see where and how our famous forefathers lived their private and public lives. We’ll visit Blount Mansion on Wednesday. The museum entrance fee is included in camp fee.
Great Greeks & Ruling Romans
(Grades 9-12, rising)
Learn the history and development of Western civilization through the remains of two great civilizations: the Ancient Greeks and Romans. You’ll also learn about major sites and monuments, like the fabled city of Troy and the great Coliseum. Discuss the myths and legends surrounding such famous places. In addition to learning about some of the greatest sites known to Western civilization, you’ll learn about the basics of archaeology.
(Grades 6-10, rising)
Have you ever wondered when and how Tennessee became a state, or are you interested in learning about who first settled here? You’ll learn what led to becoming the State of Franklin from North Carolina, first settlements, and how the Civil War impacted the people and the land. We’ll discuss the major differences between regions of the state since then and famous Tennesseans. We’ll visit the East Tennessee History Center Museum and James White’s Fort during the week. Museum admission fees are included in the camp fee.
Exploration in Psychology
(Grades 9-12, rising)
This camp examines such questions as: What is psychology and what do psychologists do?; How do psychologists study behavior?; and Why is it important to study the things we see and do every day scientifically? We’ll also answer more detailed questions about what causes us to think, feel, and act the way we do. Is it genetic, is it learned, or is it both? Why don’t we behave the same way in different situations? What do we mean by “abnormal” behavior or mental illness? What are some examples of mental illness? What are stereotypes and why do we have them? We’ll approach these questions through activities, group discussions, video clips, and by putting some of what we learned into action.
Practices of the Most Successful Young People
(Grades 8-12, rising)
Do you question how others seem to achieve success and have it all? Would you like to learn how to be truly successful as a young person and have that carry over to adulthood in every area of your life? Partially based upon the best-selling The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, this one-week camp guides you in applying these tested principles to your own life. Learn about what you can do to control your own success and how to respond to adversity to be more successful as a person. All materials are provided. A packet of materials is given to each student to use for the week and take home at the end of the camp.
Learning to Lead: Leadership 101
(Grades 7-12, rising)
Spend a week discovering different styles of leadership. The camp focuses on developing leadership skills, characteristics, and traits. You’ll learn the definition of leadership and its importance, how and why leaders develop, the impacts of leadership, management vs. leadership differences and similarities, and develop your own leadership plan.