April 21, 2009

26th Challenge to Excellence Camp set for June

by Ashley McRaven

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 26th Challenge to Excellence Camp for academically talented students is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in two sessions June 14-26.

Challenge to Excellence provides youth with opportunities to “stretch themselves” in classes promoting higher-level thinking skills and creativity. The sessions incorporate a variety of academic subjects including mathematics, art, journalism, poetry, biology, drama, creative writing, engineering and architecture.

Camp I is June 14-19 for students who are currently completing fifth through seventh grades. Camp II is June 21-26 for students finishing eighth through 10th grades.

Students registering by May 22 pay $375 as resident campers or $300 as commuter campers. Those registering after the May 22 early registration deadline pay an additional $10 fee.

The fee for Challenge to Excellence includes five nights lodging in an air-conditioned SIUC residence hall (for resident campers only), all meals, educational supplies and materials, limited accident medical insurance coverage, a camp T-shirt and quality instruction.

It’s preferable for Challenge to Excellence participants to have an IQ score of at least 120 (if available) and a score in the 90th percentile or above on the math, science and/or language arts sections of an achievement test. Registrations must include the signature of a teacher or guidance counselor certifying that the student meets the program qualification standards.

To register, or for more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at https://www.dce.siu.edu.