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kids in sports campAcademic Camps for Excellence
Calvin Chem-Camps
Wetlands and Woodlands Camp
Summer Sports Camp
Foreign Language Camp
Knollcrest Music Camp
Striving Toward Educational Possibilities (STEP)
ENTRADA Scholars Program

Academic Camps for Excellence (A.C.E.)
Students entering grades 6-8
For student entering grades 8-10, click here
For students enterning grades 8-12, click here

Middle school students who thrive on complexity have an exciting opportunity to participate in five different academic camps. Class size for all camps is limited to permit individual interactions with instructors and to better meet the educational needs of gifted learners. The science camps utilize Calvin College’s state-of-the-art laboratories and scientific instruments.
Science Camp I: focuses on chemistry. Participants learn about acids, bases and the pH scale, light and photosynthesis, polar and nonpolar solvents, and behavior of gases.
Science Camp II: focuses on energy. Participants explore potential energy, kinetic energy, circuits and battery technology, nuclear energy and alternative energy sources.
Imaginary Worlds Camp: focuses on using a computer to tell stories. Participants create stories utilizing the 3-D virtual-reality software ALICE. A variety of computer programming concepts are introduced through hands-on activities. These concepts are integrated into individual stories.
Mathematics Camp: focuses on math concepts and problem-solving activities. Participants learn new mathematical strategies for formulating solutions by playing math games and working on interesting problems.
Literature and Writing Camp: focuses on classic literature, word origins and written expression.
Participants read and discuss great books, learn the etymology of
words and understand the development of vocabulary, study different writing styles and genres, and apply what is learned to individual writing pieces.
Science Camp I: July 12 – July 22, 2004 Monday–Thursday 9:30am– 2:30pm
Science Camp II: July 26 – August 5, 2004 Monday-Thursday 9:30am – 2:30pm
Imaginary Worlds June 28 – July 8 (boys only) July 12 – July 22, 2004 (girls only)
Camp: both camps will be Monday-Thursday 9:30am – 2:30pm
Mathematics Camp: July 26 – July 30, 2004 Monday-Friday 9:30am-2:30pm
Literature/Writing July 12 - 16, 2004 Monday-Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm (section A)
Camp: July 12-16, 2004 Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm (section B)
*Science Camps: $235 plus a $25 lab fee
*Imaginary Worlds Camp: $235 plus a $25 materials fee
*Mathematics Camp: $120 plus $25 materials fee
*Literature and Comp. Camp: $95 plus $25 book fee
*Partial scholarships available

ADMISSION: Participation in the Midwest Talent Search or scores in the 95th percentile or higher APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 24, 2004
Academic Camps for Excellence (A.C.E.)
Students entering grades 8-10
Markets, Finance,
Economics & Business Camp

Examine American and global systems from an economic, political, historical, and mathematical point of view. Learn how the American economy impacts the world. Explore the stock market using an engaging investment simulation. Examine how the rapidly changing economy affects decision making. In this fast-moving camp, students will begin to develop an understanding of capitalism and appreciate the complex interplay of economic realities and world events.
July 19 – July 23, 2004, Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DeVries Hall at Calvin College
The cost for this camp is $120 plus a $25 materials fee.
Academic Camps for Excellence (A.C.E.)
Students entering grades 8-12
Advanced Science Camp: Light & Luminescence

Discover how clothing can be whiter than white. Find out why things glow in the dark. Use advanced scientific tools to understand color, light, and materials that glow – and why they are so useful. Learn about fluorescence, phosphorescence, and other glow-in-the-dark phenomena.

Instruction will use many hands-on activities and some college-level techniques. Participants will receive a kit of simple optical tools for observing light emission and fluorescence.

This class is designed for students who have completed Science Camp I: Emphasis on Chemistry or have other background in chemistry.

June 28-July 2, 2004, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
afternoon session may be added if sufficient interest is indicated
DeVries Hall at Calvin College
The cost for this camp is $120 plus a $25 materials fee.
Sue Sweetman, Science Division Secretary
Calvin College
3201 Burton Street, SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
(616) 526-6200
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Students who have completed 5th, 6th, or 7th grade
Program ChemCamp program features demonstrations and many hands-on experiments designed to teach introductory chemical concepts in a way that is fun and entertaining.

4 Sessions,
Students attend only morning or afternoon

June 14-18, mornings, 9:30-12:00
June 14-18, afternoons, 1:30-4:00
June 21-25, mornings, 9:30-12:00
June 21-25, afternoons, 1:30-4:00
Spillover week June 28-July 2..

Costs $95 per camper / session
Leaders Prof. Larry Louters, Calvin College; Sharon Piers, West Catholic High School, and Deb Smith, Allegan Tech Center.

Sue Sweetman, Science Division Office, Calvin College
Telephone: 616-526-6200

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Wetlands and Woodlands Camp at the Ecosystem Preserve
Earth, Air and Water

Session 1 June 14-18, 2004 for ages 4 to 5
Session 2 June 21-25 for ages 6 to 8

Insects and Other Creepy Crawlies Session 3 June 28-July 2 for ages 9 to 11
Session 4 July 12-16 for ages 4 to 5
Session 5 July 19-23 for ages 6 to 8
Campers will explore the woods, ponds, and fields of the
Ecosystem Preserve at Calvin College
as they learn how plants and animals, weather and water, interact.

All camps are from 9:00 AM to noon.
The cost per camper is $60.00.
For information, contact Cheryl Hoogewind
by email: or
by phone (616) 526-9952 or (616) 949-0063.

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Jodie Bird @ 616-526-6176 or e-mail for a brochure with complete information and registration form.

Sports Camps Include

Basic Sport & Movement Skills Camp
Youth And High School Soccer Instructional And Team Camps
Basketball Instructional Camps For Girls
Volleyball Instructional Camps For Girls
Community Recreation Swimming
Basketball Instructional Camps For Boys
Softball Instructional Camp For Girls
Baseball Instructional Camps
Tennis Instructional Camps
2003 Calvin College Summer Swim Program
Track & Field Camps For Youth & High School

Click here for the Summer Sports Camps webpage

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Renee VanKeulen, 616-526-6361

For children 7-10 years of age. The camp will offer an introduction to
French, German, Japanese, Swahili,
Korean, and Spanish

Fee: $85.00
.July 19-23
1:00 PM--3:30 PM
We reserve the right to cancel a camp due to insufficient enrollment.

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Participants & Dates
Junior Camp: For musicians entering grades 7 and 8
August 9-13
Senior Camp: For musicians entering grades 9-12
August 16-20
Costs $150.00 per musician
Description Knollcrest Music Camp is a one week day camp (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Musical ensemble offerings include Concert Band, Orchestra, Choir, Musical Theatre, and Jazz Band. Classes are also offered, including conducting, piano, hand bells, music technology, guitar, fiddle, voice, and others. All students participate in at least one ensemble and up to 3 classes. Teachers include Calvin faculty and many fine teachers from the West Michigan area.
Contacts 616- 526-7145 (voice mail until late spring)
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Striving Towards Educational Possibilities - S.T.E.P. Conference
S.T.E.P. was founded in 1994 for the purpose of preparing 7th through 10th graders to meet the challenges of and discern the necessary steps for successful college entry. Students register for classes and move on Calvin’s campus for 3 days and 2 nights. Students take simulated college courses and have first-hand experiences with college studying, living, and worship. Of special note is the Conference component for parents entitled, "What Every Parent Should Know About Successful College Entry." Calvin faculty members teach the simulated courses and Calvin students assist throughout the Conference.

For information: 616-526-6749
E-mail for information:
Cost for participants:$45

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Entrada Scholars Program
sponsored by Pre-College Programs
Dates: June 20 - July 16, 2004
For Students in the 11th-12th grade of high school
Phone for information: 616-526-6749
E-mail for information:
Cost for participants:$200
Apply by March 15