Base Camp Classes

Sunday, July 7 to Saturday, July 13

Residential & Day Campers in rising grades 6 to 8

When completing the camp enrollment form, you will be asked to select your top choice and a second choice for each period. Campers will receive their class schedules in the spring.

PERIOD 1 (9:00-10:30)

Advanced Choreography (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) Do you enjoy learning challenging dance moves, drilling tight formations, and feeling moved by groovy, funky music? We'll learn a modern dance choreography, including popping, locking, isolations, acrobatics, lyrical movement, and maybe even a little bit of drama.

Drumming & Percussion (Homer Jenkins, BS, Certificate in Music Technology) Explore histories and theories behind rhythms from around the world, and use different instruments to make your own. Bring your own percussion instruments if you have them!

Let’s Work Together! (Lamont Holley, MSW) Innovative work is done by individuals bringing their talents and expertise together with those of others in order to create new dynamics of change. Technology, business, manufacturing, finance, and other industries will be used as examples of how to make group decisions on how to best serve our communities. Learn who you are in a group and how to make decisions that can sculpt ways to navigate your life.

Music Video (Cora Smith, BA) Ready to unleash your inner rock star? Create your own music video to show camp!

Place Based Journaling (Carmen Carrion, MS) Explore your surroundings and learn to journal using your senses. Practice mindful reflection all over the beautiful Mars Hill campus.

Toothpick Bridges (Helen Tynes) Teams build a one-foot long bridge out of toothpicks and glue, then put those structures to the test.

Yoga (Sarah Carlson, PhD) We’ll move through gentle, restorative, and deep stretch type yoga postures, while learning more about the physical, emotional and energetic benefits of each posture and ways to continue a practice at home. We’ll also practice pranayama breath work throughout each class to increase longer, deeper breaths for healthy lung capacity. Students who have their own yoga mats are encouraged to bring them.

PERIOD 2 (10:30-12:00)

But I Can’t Relax (Lamont Holley, MSW) In this class we will learn, discover, discuss and practice relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation activities. Identify the many ways to remain calm or less stressed in any situation.

Core Concepts in Neuroscience (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) What is a brain? What is a brain for? How do we study the thing that lets us study...anything? Come learn some history of neuroscience as we unbox the assumptions we make about brains, and how these assumptions can influence everything from our one-on-one interactions to the way we build societies.

Fun With Optics (Christina Smith, OD) Optics is the scientific study of sight and the behavior of light; get a better understanding of how light travels through the world and do your own experiments.

La Costumerie (Helen Tynes) Whether you prefer the whimsical, the comical, the terrifying, or the beautiful, this class is your costume workshop. Learn the history behind why we celebrate holidays like Halloween by dressing up as someone else, and use new and recycled materials to come up with your own creations.

Mach Fantastic (Cora Smith, BA) Have you sailed the stormy seas? Did you step on Quetzalcoatl's tail, only to steal a feather? Perhaps you were conducting the Olympian orchestra that time Poseidon missed a note. Maybe you were in the orchestra. How did you invent the cherry blossom? Begin a new mythology by creating a most fantastic tale!

Music Appreciation (Homer Jenkins, BS, Certificate in Music Technology) Develop an understanding of music through listening to different genres, discussing history, and learning to read music. Get an experience many people will not have outside of a conservatory.  

Python (Geer Prutzman) Learn computational logic and basic programming through the use of Python.


PERIOD 3 (1:00-2:30)

Bio Engineering (Carmen Carrion, MS) Biological Engineering applies engineering principles to analyze biological systems and to solve problems in the interfacing of such systems- plant, animal or microbial- with human-designed machines, structures, processes, and instrumentation. Campers will identify issues around campus, then design and construct ways to solve problems occurring around them, like erosion.

Birds! (Cora Smith, BA) Learn about our winged friends, create bird-specific spectacles, and make cool bird costumes.

Dungeon Master 101 (Geer Prutzman) Learn what skill and sacrifices are needed to make sure your friends have a good time and a great story is told.

Reading Fantasy (Sarah Carlson, PhD) You might love to read fantasy, but have you ever thought about the cognitive processes and motivational strategies associated with reading narrative text? To learn about these, we’ll write about and act out parts of our favorite fantasy novels. We’ll make connections between fantasy and our real lives.

Self-Actualization (Lamont Holley, MSW) Discovering who we are is a lifelong journey. Identify your values and personal code of ethics to understand their influence, and complete self-esteem building exercises you can apply to every aspect of your life. Gain a better understanding of who you are and how you relate to the world.

Synthesizers (Homer Jenkins, BS, Certificate in Music Technology) Use synthesizers to explore performance, engineering, math, and music theory with an expert from Moog Music.

Visual Perception (Christina Smith, OD) This class attempts to answer the age-old question, "Can you believe your eyes?"  Spoiler alert: The answer is no! Find out why and experience first hand how the brain deals with receiving confusing information from the eyes.

PERIOD 4 (2:30-4:00)

3D Printing Basics (Janalyn Peppel, BS) Learn the principles of 3D design and Virtual Reality,  and use tinkercad software to produce original design.

Dawn of Worlds (Geer Prutzman) Become a god and forge a world in the highly popular world-building game Dawn of Worlds.

Food Chains (Carmen Carrion, MS) No, we don’t mean Applebee’s...Explore food chains and how energy moves through them.

Memory and Mindfulness (Sarah Carlson, PhD) Did you know implementing mindfulness practices into everyday living can support memory development? We’ll learn how to become aware of breath and body during times of stress but also times of relaxation. We’ll explore how the respiratory and muscular systems help support the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems during memory development.

Speculative Fiction (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) How do we deal with a universe full of unknowns, with a reality in which we know there are things we don't even know we don't know? Extravagant storytelling has been a powerful tool of the human mind for thousands of years, allowing us to flex our imagination, explore social conventions, and run simulations of internally consistent worlds based on wildly different assumptions. Come experience some of the greatest storytellers of this genre - Ursula K LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Isaac Asimov, just to name a few - and write your own short speculative fiction!

Stage Makeup (Helen Tynes) Study the history of stage makeup, learn techniques for different styles, and get hands on experience with application.

The Scientific Method (Christina Smith, OD) In this era of "fake news," what makes for a reliable science experiment? Design and carry out experiments that meet criteria for sound science.