What is it? IDEAS (Investigating, Discovering, and Excelling in Academics and Service) is for highly motivated and talented high school students. The program provides students with four days of investigations, activities, projects, and hands-on explorations across a wide range of academic disciplines, all while being mentored by Dordt faculty. Our “Build Your Own Experience” format allows students to choose a focused experience (all courses in one discipline), a multi-disciplined experience, or an experience somewhere in between.
When is it? Plan to arrive on Dordt’s campus the morning of Monday, June 13, 2016. After checking into the dorms and receiving a brief orientation, you will be ready for four days of learning and fun. Beginning Monday afternoon, and running through Friday morning, you will participate in a variety of workshops, activities, and field trips. Interspersed throughout your day will be times of praise and worship, team-building activities, service opportunities, and other fun activities on and around Dordt's campus. You will depart at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, June 17.
This is your opportunity to build your own camp experience! There will be numerous course options, along with some service opportunities from which to choose. You will be asked to pick your top eight choices, and you will be placed in four classes or three classes + one service project (if you have indicated a desire to do a service project).
Who should participate? High school students who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors during the 2015-16 school year are encouraged to apply. Be prepared to join a like-minded peer group and take to heart the motto “Work Hard. Play Hard.” Students should plan to arrive on Dordt’s campus the evening of Monday, June 13, and depart late afternoon on Friday, June 17.
Am I the kind of person you're looking for? We anticipate accepting a diverse set of students to the program. If you have a passion for learning, have done well in your courses, and are excited to spend a few days having fun and learning, then, yes!
When should I apply? Registration opens on March 1, 2106. The preferred placement application deadline is April 30, 2016.
Who is leading the program? Dordt College faculty from various departments will lead the program. Additionally, we will include a select number of Dordt College students as learning facilitators. They will stay in the dorms and participate in all activities as group leaders.
What is the cost of the program? The IDEAS program is $280 for Resident Campers, and $240 for Commuters. Applicants will be asked to pay the fee at the time of registration.
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