Patrick Henry College
SI campers enjoy the Lincoln Memorial
You are on an undercover mission. For one week, you must assume an alias capable of withstanding scrutiny from rival team members and mysterious interrogators. Their sole aim is to reveal your true identity and compromise the mission. The hopes of your country’s citizens and your team of covert operators are riding on you.
This was the premise of PHC’s Strategic Intelligence Camp, held June 30-July 4. SI campers had the opportunity to complete challenging missions, hear from intelligence professionals, tour the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and attempt to save the world in Friday’s Crisis Management Exercise.
The camp was directed by Evan Johnson (Government, 2013) who had also directed last year’s SI Camp. "While the 2013 SI camp was great, this year's was superb," Johnson said. "The campers were astounding.”
During the week, campers heard from eight different intelligence professionals with experience at agencies such as CIA or FBI as well as a variety of contractors. Campers took copious notes and assembled in their teams after each lecture to produce a one-page summary of what they had just heard. These summaries were judged against each other and contributed to each team's score. Every evening, campers would be taken for interrogations where their cover stories were tested.
A variety of missions challenged the campers to excel as a team, whether executing surveillance plans in the Barbara Hodel Center or racing across open fields to capture enemy flags. During the first few days, each team was given a covert assignment to observe other teams and report back the aliases being used by that team. Friday’s Crisis Management Exercise allowed campers to role-play as various government officials, where their actions directly affected the outcome of events.
“World-class lecturers, motivated volunteers, and a tireless counselor team made everything come together in an inspiring way,” Johnson said. “I know that many campers will greatly serve our nation in the years ahead.”