Humanities Summer Camp
Experience what it's like to be a college student while still in middle school!
At Simpson's week-long summer camp, you can "major" in subjects like Harry Potter, mythology, visual storytelling and more, while "minoring" in other interesting areas.
All "majors" are taught by Simpson College faculty who will help you develop your academic skills while engaging your imagination and creativity. Create fun projects and apply what you learn to what's happening in today's world.
Work with other campers to build rich, multi-layered fantasy worlds. Over the course of the week we will create the structure and lore of these worlds by designing maps, cultures, ecologies, histories, and belief systems. Everyone will develop their own worlds; we will also collaborate to build a world together.
Creative Writing Workshop: Characters, Conflict, and Dialogue
Explore the writer’s craft of creating character, conflict, and dialogue. Strengthen your creativity by observing other authors’ styles, learning techniques, and getting active. Apply your new craft skills during extended writing and workshop sessions where you will create your own characters and begin writing their stories.
Tales of Merry Olde England
This major will explore British folktales, legends, plays, and novels. Class will begin with ancient tales of fairies, pixies, goblins, and trolls, followed by Arthurian legend, Shakespearean forests, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical Middle-earth and its creatures. Through reading and acting, and creating and cajoling, we will not only explore but also experience a variety of English tales of mystery, magic, and mayhem.
Ethics in Harry Potter: The Dramatic Conclusion (Books 5-7)
As Rufus Scrimgeour knows, these are dangerous times. Cedric Diggory’s example could inspire or intimidate us in our choice between what is right and what is easy. But how do we determine right from wrong? This course examines ethical dilemmas in the last three books in the Harry Potter series and applies their insights to today’s Muggle world as well.
Greek and Roman Mythology
Why are Hera and Zeus always fighting? How did Hercules get stuck with twelve impossible jobs? What happened to the survivors of the Trojan War? Ancient mythology can reveal deep truths about human nature and help us understand the modern world. We will read some of the most popular Greek and Roman myths, exploring themes such as power, betrayal, and jealousy.
Comic Book Heroes and Villains
Journey into the world of comic book heroes and villains. Study a bit about the history of characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and Black Panther. Learn how to design and script your own characters and spend time writing and drawing them. Work collectively with fellow campers to build a comics’ world where your characters will interact. Save the Universe!
This camp is open to residential campers and commuter campers, age 10 - 14