C.A.M.P. at The Woods, June 3-7, 2024

High school students who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply to participate in the Challenging Ambitions and Maximizing Potential or C.A.M.P. at The Woods program and earn two college credits! The program will be facilitated on the SMWC campus from June 3 – 7, 2024 (5 days) as a day camp program. This will not be a residential program this year. All participating students will need to be commuters. Students accepted into the program from outside the local area will need to plan for their own lodging and provide their own transportation to campus each day. On Thursday night, June 5, we plan to invite all students to stay overnight and have an evening of activities. 

Embraced by key faculty who are experts in the respective subject areas for the program offerings, C.A.M.P. at The Woods has generated the opportunity to develop new and innovative curricula for high school students. The programs are immersive, engaging and share an academic core framework, ensuring the quality of delivery and facilitation.

Applications are due April 5, 2024. Candidates will be selected and notified by April 10, 2024.
The registration fee of $250 will be due by May 15, 2024. This fee covers all daily activities, breakfast and lunch daily, and the Thursday overnight experience.

Into The Woods                                  

The Into C.A.M.P. at The Woods event is to be held March 20, 2024, at 6 p.m. in the Woods Student Center inside Rooney Library on the SMWC campus. This will be an opportunity for prospective participants and their families to learn more about each C.A.M.P. at The Woods offering and engage in immersive experiences highlighting each program. The in-person evening event includes break-out sessions for each of the five program offerings. The Pre-College Outreach admissions representative will be present to assist prospective students. A virtual component will be offered to meet the needs of those who cannot attend in person. There is no cost to attend the Into C.A.M.P at The Woods. If attendance is not an option, please contact the Director of Pre-College Outreach at bob.jackson@nightowlprod.net or 812-535-5291.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page!

Go Global

The three Go Global courses will culminate after the June on-campus program by providing the opportunity for students to participate in a fully-funded, faculty-led study abroad experience. Funding for travel is provided by the Indiana Youth Programs on Campus, a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant.
In Fall 2024 (following the summer program),
Go Global – GL 150 students will be traveling abroad to the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Go Global – EQ 150 students will be traveling to Stuttgart, Germany
Go Global NU 150 students will be traveling to London, England
All Go Global students will be required to get passports or show proof that they have current passports prior to the summer program.

If attendance is not an option, please contact the Director of Pre-College Outreach at bob.jackson@nightowlprod.net or 812-535-5291.

The PE 150 students will be traveling during summer camp week to Indianapolis, IN, to visit The National Institute of Fitness and Sport, NCAA Hall of Champions and Lucas Oil Stadium. This is an overnight experience.

The EV 150 students will travel to Yellowstone National Park in July 2024 to study controversial issues concerning Yellowstone wolves and bison.

Course options

The five C.A.M.P courses are facilitated by key faculty in the academic content areas of Environmental Sustainability, Global Leadership, Equine Industry, Nursing and Physical Education. This reinforces that C.A.M.P. participants are learning from experts in each content area. All C.A.M.P. at The Woods participants will share what they learned in a Showcase on the last day. Parents, family, K-12 school district staff and faculty and other community members will be invited to the Showcase event. Participants who complete C.A.M.P. at The Woods programs will earn two SMWC credit hours that will be documented on an SMWC transcript.

Choose from one of these C.A.M.P. options:

Go Global – NU 150: Nurses for the Future

This course will develop an awareness of and willingness to increase understanding and application of a growth mindset. It also establishes an awareness for the supportive networks offered to encourage students at SMWC during this C.A.M.P. at The Woods course. This C.A.M.P course is for students considering nursing as a profession and includes topics focused on the expansive role of the professional nurse, the history of nursing, nursing ethics, professional communication, career opportunities, the use of technology and basic nursing skills. There will be a Go Global component to the course. Students participating in the Go Global NU 150 course will have the opportunity to participate in a faculty-led travel abroad experience in London, England, during the Fall of 2024.

Requirements:
Completion of 9th grade & Successful completion of introductory biology course (preferred).

Taught by Dr. Crystal White

PE 150: Introduction to Health and Wellness

This course will develop an awareness of and willingness to increase understanding and application of a growth mindset. This camp is an introduction to allied health professions, such as personal trainers, athletic trainers, physical therapy and more. Students will be introduced to body composition measuring, cardiovascular fitness and holistic wellness. Students will have hands-on application to health outcomes, such as blood pressure and heart rate. Basic human anatomy and physiology will be discussed, along with lifesaving skills. Students who demonstrate skill mastery will earn a certification through the American Red Cross in CPR/AED and first aid.

Requirements:
Successful completion of 9th-grade Health & Wellness and Physical Education & an interest in improving one’s own health and helping those around you.

Co-taught by Dr. Tricia Pierce

EV 150: Applied Methods of Environmental Sustainability

This course will develop an awareness of and willingness to increase understanding and application of a growth mindset. It will also establish an awareness of the supportive networks offered to encourage students at SMWC during this C.A.M.P. at The Woods course. Participants in this summer learning experience will learn various global applications of environmental science and sustainability as they relate to conserving and managing our shared global ecosystems.

Requirements:
Completion of two semesters of high school biology (or advanced life sciences), completion of two semesters of high school chemistry, and Algebra II, with a submission of a current high school transcript. This group will be traveling to Yellowstone National Park to study the controversy surrounding wolves and bison in the Greater Yellowstone area (Montana, Wyoming and Idaho).

Taught by Mr. Bob Jackson

Go Global – EQ 150: Introduction to Equine Industry

This course will develop an awareness of and willingness to increase understanding and application of a growth mindset. It also establishes an awareness of the supportive networks offered to encourage students at SMWC during this C.A.M.P. at The Woods course. This course is designed to introduce pre-college students to the world of equine studies. Students will learn introductory horse handling, riding, grooming and general care instruction, as well as an introduction to the science of the equine industry (nutrition, reproduction, and general physiology of the horse).

Requirements:
Preferred completion of high school biology, Algebra I & 9th-grade physical education, recommendation letter by school counselor, and willingness to travel to Germany (fully funded faculty-led study abroad, speaking German is not required) in Fall 2024 after the June 2024 C.A.M.P. on-campus session.

Taught by Dr. Edward Ferguson and Sara Shultz, M.Ed.

Go Global – GL 150: Leaders of Positive Change

This course will develop an awareness of and willingness to increase understanding and application of a growth mindset. It also establishes an awareness for the supportive networks offered to encourage students at SMWC during this C.A.M.P. at The Woods course. Responsible global leadership and leaders of positive change lessons provide the foundation in this C.A.M.P. at The Woods course for students in grades 11-12 to develop a project proposal that can influence positive change on a globally local (glocal) level. Students will participate in initiatives that can increase their growth and global mindset in a variety of ways, such as through cultural immersion. Students will participate in a faculty-led short-term study abroad following the successful completion of this course.

Requirements:
No course prerequisites are required. All applicants should be rising high school juniors or seniors (current sophomores and juniors) and have an interest in leadership. All applicants are to submit a short essay highlighting leadership experience and additional questions that are included in the application, a letter of recommendation, and a willingness to travel to Quito and the Galapagos Islands located in Ecuador. This is a fully funded faculty-led study abroad; speaking Spanish is not required. The study abroad experience will take place in the Fall semester after the June 2024 C.A.M.P. on-campus session.

Taught by Dr. Kimberly LaComba


C.A.M.P. Program Faculty

Bob Jackson, M.Ed.

Pre-College Outreach Director, Professional Advisor

Kimberly LaComba
Kimberly LaComba, Ph.D.

Director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership Program / Assistant Professor of Global Leadership

Sara Schulz
Sara Schulz, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator, Assistant Equestrian Coach