This highly acclaimed program, designed for rising high school seniors, offers participants a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and amazingly fun experience, all for the incredibly low cost of $500.
Each year, over 200 rising high school seniors take part in the program, and leave campus with a new appreciation for the liberal arts, Catholic culture, true friendship, and the beauty of God's creation evidenced in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
With a waiting list each year, the program helps students discern whether an education at Christendom is in their future, quite often, aiding them in their understanding of the benefits of a liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview, encompassed by a vibrant Catholic culture.
Sometimes, up to half of the participants are hesitant about spending a week "in school" during the summer, but the vast majority of them - 99% - end up being blown away by what they experienced during the program.
(We wish we could say 100%, but there's always those one or two people who just like to be the Eeyore of the group:)
Students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes (Philosophy, English, History, and Theology), then, after Mass and lunch, students spend their afternoons and evenings enjoying a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include: canoeing on the Shenandoah River, hike and cookout on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, making smores over a bonfire, bowling, participating in a talent show, and attending an Irish barn dance. These activities are absolutely amazing and show the participants that you can still have good old fashioned fun in a safe, moral, and Catholic environment!
One of the highlights of the program is the opportunity the students have to meet other young Catholics like themselves who are trying to live good, Catholic, well-balanced lives. Through this program, they make friends for life, and learn more about all that Christendom has to offer. In fact, students continually say that they feel closer to their new friends whom they only knew for a week, than with their life-long friends from back home. Why? Find out for yourself by attending one of these programs next summer. There is no real way to explain it - you just need to experience it.
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Counselors pose for a fun pic while bowling.
While on campus, the summer program participants are led by 8 current Christendom College students, called Counselors. Many of the counselors have themselves participated in the summer program while in high school and are eager to show others how much Christendom has to offer. Admissions Director Sam Phillips directs all of these exciting programs. The 2015 Counselors are: Head Counselor Peter Tapsak, Joe McMahon, Daniel Snyman, Hannah Gordon, Elisabeth Willson, Mark Mergner, and Syliva Messing.
Christendom College is located outside the town of Front Royal in the beautiful and historically rich Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is the site of the north entrance to the famed Skyline Drive—a spectacular scenic trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains—and lies only 65 miles west of Washington, DC.
Students can fly in to Dulles Airport (IAD) and the College will pick them up. Additionally, students may fly in to Reagan National in DC, but they would then have to take the metro to the Vienna Metro Station (Orange Line) where the College would pick them up.
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