Summer vacation is a great time for students to grow, learn, experiment, and explore. These times are not primarily to build a resume, but rather to promote a rich summer life for scholars of all ages.


Learn new skills, develop resilience and flexibility, exhibit leadership, build friendships, and reflect on faith.

Deerfoot Lodge Camp for Boys (Speculator, New York)
Tapawingo Camp of the Woods Camp for Girls (Speculator, New York)
FOCUS Summer Programs (Martha's Vineyard, MA)
HoneyRock Outdoor Center for Leadership Development (Wheaton College, IL)
Debate Camp (Drew University, NY)
Patrick Henry College (Purcellville, VA; Constitutional Law, Multi-Media Journalism, Shakespeare, Debate, Leadership, and more)
Witherspoon Institute Summer Seminars - (Princeton, NJ; for rising juniors and seniors and rising freshmen in college)


Summer reading provides time to ponder, to discover, to muse, to wonder.

Enjoy the feast alluded to in The Classical Reader: A Comprehensive Reading Guide for JK-12th Grade Students.


Summer provides additional study time for academic and enrichment courses, for college test prep, and for instruction in new disciplines.

John Hopkins online courses
Stanford online courses
Duke University online courses

Travel (purposefully)

Keep a travel journal, help with travel planning, visit museums and historical sites, and then blog, make a video, or design a photo book.


Helping at VBS or in the church nursery, doing yard work for a neighbor, raising money for a cause - volunteer opportunities abound.

Volunteer ideas from Laura Grace Weldon


Work teaches how-to's (how to entertain a two-year-old, manage a pet business, or run a painting business) and provides stretching experiences (helping in a lab, dealing with cranky customers and demanding bosses). Work expands one's knowledge of careers of people while also teaching personal budgeting.

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