Experience Christendom Summer Program – Christendom College

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Experience Christendom Summer Program

The Best Week Ever.

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“I came to the week with rather high expectations, as it was advertised as ‘the best week ever.’ The program not only met my expectations, but surpassed them by a landslide.” – G.B. San Jose, CA, ECSP 2016 participant

Students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2016 are welcome to register for the Summer 2016 programs. Summer 2016 will mark the 18th year of this wildly popular program, which boasts over 1900 alumni since 1999. Each year, hundreds of high school students spend a week on campus and describe the week as one of the best weeks of their lives, ranking it on average 4.75 out of 5 on a survey.

This is the most-popular, well-attended, and highly-ranked pre-college summer program of its kind. It’s just that good.








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Each of the 6 sessions will have approximately 45-50 students in them. (The past three years have had waiting lists, so do not delay). TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Session 1: June 12-18
Session 2: June 19-25
Session 3: June 26-July 2
Session 4: July 10-16
Session 5: July 17-23
Session 6: July 24-30




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 250 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 s’mores 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!

ecsp_8616One 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.



All courses are 50 minutes long and are taught by full-time faculty of Christendom College.

  • Scripture Study/Theology
    The professor leads the students in a thorough study of one of the four Gospels, giving great insights into deep theological questions.
  • Philosophy
    This class will try and answer some of life’s greatest questions. What is happiness? Friendship? Why study philosophy and what effect can it have on our lives?
  • The Moral Imagination in Literature
    This course will focus on the theme of men and women faced with the need to make moral choices, often in difficult and agonizing situations. The students will read and discuss a series of short poems and stories which dramatize this theme in various contexts and settings: ancient and modern; political and social; scientific and religious.
  • The West and Christianity
    Students will be introduced to the glorious achievements of the West, and to the role of Christianity therein. From the Greeks and Romans, who laid the foundations for Christian culture, to the Franks, Byzantines, and Crusaders who defended it, students will come to understand the triumphs of their cultural and religious forbearers, while deepening their own Christian identity.



While on campus, the summer program participants are led by eight 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. Christendom’s director of admissions Sam Phillips directs all of these exciting programs.

mcmahon-summerJoe McMahon — Head Counselor
I grew up here in Front Royal, Virginia, with my six siblings, three of whom have gone to Christendom. I am a transfer Junior, having attended a Catholic university in Florida for two years. I played football and rugby while in Florida, and transferred to Christendom last fall. I had never really considered coming here until my younger brother decided to come to Christendom, which was a major factor in my decision to transfer. The faculty and staff of Christendom have been amazing, and it has been surreal being here for an entire school year already. I look forward to meeting all of you this summer! We have a fantastic team of counselors and there is always such an excellent group of students at each session.

gordonHannah Gordon
I was born and raised in Winchester, VA, and this will be my third summer as a counselor. There is so much to tell you about this school, so I will narrow it down to what I do. I am in my junior year at Christendom, planning on majoring in Philosophy in the spring of 2017. I just returned from my semester abroad in Rome, and am really trying to take in the enormous amount of information and experiences I had overseas. I am a member of the Student Activities Council, the Women’s Softball Team, and I work in the kitchen. I take six classes, and I also have the opportunity to attend Mass daily, which is such a precious gift. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and experienced here with you this summer!

paulPaul Flagg
I am a Junior at Christendom College, and was born and raised in Bedford, VA. For high school, I attended Seton Home Study School, and during that time I acquired the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America. This past fall semester, I had the unbelievable experience of living and studying in Rome through Christendom’s Rome Program, and I learned much about the culture and our Faith. I did not get the opportunity to experience Christendom through the summer program when I was in high school, so I am super excited to have the opportunity to share the experience with you all in being a counselor this year!

sylviaSylvia Messing
I will be going into my junior year here at Christendom. I am from Michigan and this will be my second year as a counselor. I attended the Experience Christendom Summer Program in 2013 and boy, what a life changing experience! My week at Christendom was so enjoyable and from then on I knew Christendom was where God wanted me to be. It felt like another home. I played volleyball last fall and am hoping to play basketball this upcoming year. I work as a resident assistant on campus, with the purpose of encouraging formation of individuals and community at Christendom. Taking advantage of the beautiful campus, I enjoy outdoor activities such as: hiking, biking, canoeing, stargazing, having bonfires, and watching the sun rise over the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. As I prepare for another year full of blessings and learning experiences, I am looking forward to an unforgettable summer as I hope you are too!

treyTrey Dusseault
When I was an ECSP participant back in the summer of 2014, I never dreamed I would get the chance to become one of the counselors that I looked up to so much. I’m more than excited to share those feelings and experiences with future campers, and to be a role model for them during their college search. Coming to the Experience Christendom Summer Program was the main reason for my attendance of this college. Before finally coming to Christendom, for college, I attended St. Michael’s Abbey, a boarding school in California. Although I just finished my freshman year at Christendom, I have been involved in many activities and projects around campus. I enjoy singing in the a capella group, dominating at intramural Frisbee and volleyball, playing drums in the rock band, acting and performing with the theater troupe, and being a camp counselor is next on the list! See you this summer!

corcoranDanielle Corcoran
Hey Everyone! I am so excited to be returning from last summer to be a Summer Program counselor! I am second in family of six, with three sisters and two brothers, and the place we call home is situated in Northern Illinois, a rural town called Amboy. At Christendom, I am moving up in the world as an incoming junior, and I’m especially excited for my semester in Rome. On campus, I am involved in sports: volleyball, basketball, cross-country, and all the intramurals I can handle. I also participate in the work-study program, so I am there to greet or assist you at the front desk of our beautiful library on a regular basis. It is never hard to find things to do at Christendom, and I am excited to share the experience with you again this summer! God Bless!

richardRichard Blank
Hello all! I am a sophomore here at Christendom. A navy brat through and through, I was born in Hawaii and have been around the country as well as out of it on mission trips. At present, I hail from Woodbridge, Virginia and am fortunately able to see my parents, eight siblings, two dogs, and zero cats quite frequently. So far it has been a whirlwind for me at Christendom, spending time as an altar server, resident assistant, swing instructor, student ambassador, athlete, and member of the student activities council. I, along with the great team of counselors, look forward to meeting you all this summer!

danielleDanielle Lemieux
I come from Ottawa, Canada, and music is my passion. I can often be heard singing to myself at all times of the day, and pretending to be proficient at the piano and ukulele. I was homeschooled with my three older sisters until seventh grade, when I began to attend a private Catholic high school. I finished up my last two years at a private Protestant high school, which strengthened my faith in enormous ways and ignited within me a desire to learn as much as possible about God. I attended a Catholic Liberal Arts college up in Canada for one year, and then transferred to Carleton University, a secular institution in my home city to study Social Work. I came to visit Christendom during my fall break and after the first day, I felt that God was calling me to attend. I transferred to Christendom the following semester and have never looked back. I have had so many opportunities to serve the community here, through my job in the Admissions Office and my participation in the acapella group, the drama club, and the Mission Trip Program, and now through being a Summer Camp Counselor! I am thrilled to be spending part of my summer with you all, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us all.



The all inclusive fee of $500 includes tuition, room and board, books and activity fees. Financial assistance is available to anyone who requests it on the online registration form – you will then be sent instructions about how to pay via credit card online. For those not requesting financial assistance, please note that registration is not considered complete until payment in full has been made. Refunds will be given if requested a least a month prior to the start of the session. Payment must be made at time of registration via Paypal.


ecsp_8899Christendom 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.

Find out more about our campus here.


Registration Information- REGISTER ONLINE

Students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2016 are invited to register. Current high school sophomores are also welcome to register to be placed on a waiting list. As the sessions draw closer, if room is still available, these students will be notified in the order in which they registered. As spaces fill up, the registration site will indicate where a session is closed or not.  Once you register, you will receive an email from Klarissa Blank, with more information and some paperwork to be filled in and returned to us. Any questions should be directed to Klarissa Blank ([email protected]). TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

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