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Summer Teen Camps -- On Purpose

July 23rd, 2009

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

Teen Leadership campers seeing the sights

Patrick Henry College is pleased to provide teens, ages 14 – 18, with an opportunity to live their summer on purpose.  Teen Leadership Camps offer high school students an opportunity to explore an academic discipline taught by highly-qualified PHC professors and outstanding Christian professionals, to learn how to apply a biblical worldview to that discipline, and to spend a week or two on PHC’s campus, interacting with PHC counselors that have been hand-selected for their leadership, humility, and love for God.

As camp director and PHC alumnus David Snyder says, “Teen camps support PHC’s mission by encouraging teens to live as lights in the world. From counselors following Christ in their personal lives to professors honoring Christ in their academics, Teen Camps are a great place for high school students to see sincere faith in action.”

Holly Vradenburg, a head camp counselor and currently PHC’s Resident Director, anticipates an exciting summer. Students from across the nation will better acquaint themselves with a unique College, where academic excellence and Christian growth are pursued with equal vigor.

“We focus on holistic development—both the academic side and the spiritual,” she says. “PHC camps are fun, but are also a growing experience.”

The 2009 Teen Leadership Camps include popular, long-standing camps such as Strategic Intelligence, Journalism, Constitutional Law, Debate, and Drama.    Each camp supports an interactive, dynamic learning environment, says Snyder: “In SI camp, we conduct missions. Journalism students report the news. And in debate camp, we actually do debate. It’s far more engaging—and potentially more challenging—than a typical classroom experience.”

This summer PHC is offering two new camps, Kucks Camp and International Relations camp. Kucks Camp will be coordinated by popular PHC physics professor, Dr. Michael Kucks.  Students will immerse themselves in scientific experiments such as launching model rockets, using computer software for analysis, and building and soldering electronic circuitry.

"It includes model rocketry, projectile motion and some electricity, along with data analysis to make sense of the physics,” Dr. Kucks enthused.  Dr. Kucks’ goal is to pass on his passion for physics to his students. Kucks Camp will be a particular blessing to families who are interested in providing their high schoolers with a quality lab experience under the guidance of a Christian professor.

Building camaraderie through team project

In International Relations camp, PHC senior Nicolette Georgacakis will lead students through a Model United Nations simulation, with special committees assigned, as with the real United Nations, to debate the subtleties of international policy.

As camp season draws near, the entire administrative and counseling staff are approaching the summer with special “purpose,” preparing for and anticipating the incredible opportunity they have to serve and minister to teens. 

“There is nothing more exciting than seeing God radically touch the lives of those he loves—and actually getting to play a part in it!” says Kenny Ly, Patrick Henry College alumnus and head male counselor.  “I am completely and utterly STOKED to see God work in the lives of his high schoolers this summer—inspiring them with new aspects of His truth, both through academics and in their walk with Him.”

If you or someone you know is 14 – 18 years old and are interested in spending the summer on purpose, register for the 2009 Teen Leadership Camps today.