Philosophy Camp for Teens
This summer, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics will host its second annual Philosophy Camp for Teens. Designed for students entering grades 10, 11 and 12, the on-campus day camp will explore the "big questions" of philosophy: What is good and what is evil? How do I know the right thing to do? What is love, friendship, and the real meaning of life?
July 9-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The camp is FREE.
- The camp is limited to 20 students, who will be accepted on a "first-come" basis only.
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Free t-shirts, backpacks and water bottles will be given to each student participant.
Adult supervision at all times. Students will work collaboratively with faculty and student counselors, and, most importantly, with each other to think carefully about important philosophical questions and ideas, that relate directly to their lives today. Expect to challenge yourself to understand better your own perspective and those of your peers. Expect to become a more critical, creative, and independent thinker about what matters in your own life by the end of camp.
For more information, contact:
Fred Guy, camp director
Hear what students and parents said about last year's Philosophy Camp...
"This was our son's first experience in a somewhat college setting. He has always been college bound, and since he was 4 years old he has wanted to go to UCLA. Only a few other colleges have peaked his interest and none of them were in state. This is the first time when talking about college that he said he could see himself going to UB. This if course made my husband and I happy, as let's face it who really wants their child to move cross country? Let alone the out of state tuition cost! He said at the end of the first day that he WILL be going again next year. We loved how questions made him think.
In the end, this camp and all those that organized it, and ran it should be proud. These kids will be talking about it for a while, and can't wait to come back next year. Again we really can't thank you and your team enough for bringing these great kids together. I hope that in the future this camp can continue and grow so that more kids have this opportunity."
"My experience at Philosophy Camp was amazing. Just being able to experience new subjects of things that I've never focused on. Meeting new people as taught me to be open to making new relationships with others around me. The mentors and teachers were amazing. Their kind and generous hearts really touched me. Just knowing that you are loved and cared for is very impactful. I definitely want to come back next year. I felt so honored to be apart of this camp. So I'm saying a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who made this experience for me possible."
"I am the one to be thanking you! You and your staff have provided such a wonderful opportunity for my daughter and the fellow philosophy campers. When she was finished her day, and every day, she would excitedly tell me about interactions with new friends, topics she discussed and even her jokes and recorder performance. I joined my daughter with her Speech and Debate team this year during a competition, National Ethics Bowl. This was my first exposure to this arena. I can see why she's attracted to philosophy and how exciting these interactions are for her. She was so excited to be a part of this camp, and honestly it was one of her summer highlights. As a high school student, who wouldn't want to come to a college campus, for an opportunity to learn about a topic you really enjoy, and meet knew friends with similar likenesses, participate in fun learning activities and travel to an art museum (a great one I might add, The Walter's in one of our favorites!)? Not only a college campus, but a prestious campus as University of Baltimore!
Seriously, I can't say enough; Thank you!! I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Mr. Menges too for introducing her to this wonderful opportunity. I surely hope you'll be able to continue this amazing educational opportunity. Before closing I read this to my daughter. She wanted me to reiterate that the friends she has made, she is still in contact with and they are planning a social event this upcoming weekend (the movies in White Marsh). She also wanted me to sign her name too, as she is in agreement with my sentiments."
--Our sincere gratitude, parent & student