Asbury University Launches ImpactU Summer Camps
WILMORE, Ky. — Is it possible for a high-school summer camp to change the course of a person's life?
Asbury University has declared, “Yes!” with a roster of new summer camp options — titled ImpactU Camps — designed to challenge high-school students to examine themselves and their world in creative, academically rigorous ways.
In June, campers will explore fields such as film, worship arts and audio production, creative writing, equine studies, adventure leadership programs, theatre and math and science through two week-long residential sessions on Asbury’s campus. Each camp is guided by a member of Asbury’s experienced faculty and combines the best elements of a summer camp — new friendships, expanded horizons — with the breadth and depth of a University education.
In the Math and Science camp, for example, campers may explore the calculations behind the trajectory of a flying water balloon and “fingerprint” their own DNA, but they may also dig deeper into mission-field applications such as modeling yellow fever growth in Africa and building an irrigation system.
“The bigger picture is to expose students to a wider variety of math/science applications than they’ve seen before,” said Dr. David Coulliette, one of the faculty advisors for the camp. “Many students like math and science in high school, but they think their career choices are limited to teacher, doctor or engineer. We want them to see that a good math and science program like Asbury’s, though tough to complete, opens a huge variety of vocational opportunities for them.”
The film camp is offered in two levels to better accommodate both students who have some experience in filmmaking and those who are just beginning. Professor Joshua Overbay anticipates a week of creative work that will both exhaust and excite young filmmakers.
"I love working with high-school students in particular because their imaginations are fresh and active," Overbay said. "Film is a very collaborative art — you can't do it by yourself. The 'camp' environment provides numerous opportunities for students to work together in a community and learn to collaborate."
From learning the structure of a compelling story to studying the principles of equine ministry and stable management, each camp balances intensive academic sessions with group activities and games. To register or find out more about each camp, visit asbury.edu/ImpactU.
Session I (June 3-7): Adventure Leadership, Equine, Film I and Worship Arts/Audio Production
Session II (June 9-13): Creative Writing, Film II, Math & Science and Theatre
Cost: $360 per camp for each student, which covers all food, lodging and supplies. Sibling discounts are available.
A sample daily schedule is available at asbury.edu/ImpactU.
In addition to the ImpactU academic camps, Asbury also offers athletic camps for a variety of ages in basketball, soccer and volleyball. For a schedule and registration information, visit Asbury's athletic pages.