Week 0: An Intensive Academic Program




Our Residential Program is open to rising 9th through 12th graders


Mars Hill University, north of Asheville, NC

Week 0:

Week Zero is an intensive academic program with AICL’s traditional focus on hands-on projects and fun lessons, and will be limited to students entering grades 9-12.  As always, we encourage students to explore areas outside their usual academic strengths if they wish, but with the understanding that the classes in this program are a bit more intensive and demanding than during our Summer Enrichment Camp at Warren Wilson. Campers at Week Zero will have some loosely structured time in the evenings to explore the concepts and skills they learn in class and campers will take a more active part in the planning and execution of camp activities.

Arrival Time:

Residential campers have a check in time that is between 4 and 4:45 pm on Sunday.  Families can help campers get settled into their rooms and can meet counselors, directors, and teachers.  A little after five, parents will wave goodbye and camp will get under way.

Daily Schedule:

  • Breakfast 8:30-9
  • Morning Meeting 9-9:30
  • Class 1 9:30-10:00
  • Class 2 10:30-12:00
  • Lunch 12-1
  • Class 3 1-2:30
  • Class 4 2:30-4
  • Afternoon activities 4-5:30
  • Dinner 5:30-6:30
  • Clubs/Study Hall 6:30-8
  • Evening activities 8


We will have a Closing Ceremony on Friday afternoon at 4:30 PM.  Parents are invited to come join us as we close the weeks activities together.  Following the ceremony at 5:30, campers will head home with their parents and guardians.

Directions to MHU:

For directions to Mars Hill University, you can find directions and a campus map on MHU’s website: http://www.mhu.edu/about-mhu/location.

Directions to our dorms:

AICL will be staying in the Fox Hall (#33 on the Campus Map).

What to bring:

Residential campers should bring: Pillow, sleeping bag or sheets for a twin bed, clothes for a week, bathing suit and towel, toiletries, two comfy pairs of shoes (if one gets wet), sweater, raincoat, reusable water bottle, light daypack, flashlight, almost no pocket money, prescription medication with dosage guidelines. Optional: Fan (dorm rooms are not air-conditioned), snacks (though there’s plenty of food), outfit for disco, sunscreen, and bug spray.

What to not bring:

We have a policy that campers may not bring cell phones, ipods, ipads, computers, unnecessary valuables (electronics, jewelry, etc.), any substantial amount of cash, weapons, pets, cigarettes, alcohol, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, non-prescribed prescription drugs, or any illegal substances.