Gifted Summer Camp at Berry
Floyd County Schools and Berry offer academic summer camp
Posted on 04/14/2014
roboticsSummer break from school is near and many parents will be looking for opportunities for enrichment camps for their children.  Floyd County Schools and Berry College have teamed-up to provide a gifted summer camp for children in the Northwest Georgia area.  Viking Explorations will be held on the campus of Berry College and is a summer program for gifted and talented students in third through eighth-grade.  The program will be held July 7-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  

Viking Explorations will be taught by full-time college faculty, teachers from Berry College, Berry Elementary, Berry Middle School, and gifted program teachers from Floyd County Schools. Children will have the opportunity to select two classes from the variety of options offered in the program.  The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon each day.  "As we looked at what was offered for our gifted children over the summer, we saw a void of programs here in our area," stated McCall Govignon, director of advanced academic programs for Floyd County Schools. "I approached Berry College about hosting a program last year and their excitement about the opportunity quickly developed into Viking Explorations."  Govingnon added, "This will be our second year and we are thrilled about the summer academic exploration this program will offer for our gifted program students in Floyd County Schools."  

Tuition for Viking Explorations is $125.00.  Supplies and equipment needed during the camp are included in the price along with snacks.  Parents may register their children online at:  Children must be in the gifted academic program in their local school to register for the program.  Registration is open May 1 to June 1, 2014.   

Classes offered during this summer's Viking Explorations include:

BOLD Outdoor Leadership: The Berry College Outdoor Leadership course will require the imagination and cooperation of every participant as we build communication skills and team confidence on low ropes course elements. 

Chess Masters: Taking players from piece pushers to strategic thinkers in one of the world’s oldest games is the goal. Players will learn opening strategy, defense tactics, common checkmates and how to anticipate when their opponent will play next.  

 Get "Grossed Out!" in this session about germs, diseases and organs.  The course will be a hand-on study or organs of the human body and disorders that affect them.  Participants will meet with professionals from the medical field.  A dissection will be part of the session.

Hiking through History
 Participants will be guided through rich experiences in history by looking through a lens to the past, exploring documents firsthand in the Berry College Library Archives, the Martha Berry Digital Archives and various historical sites on the Berry campus.   

Summer at the Improv!
 Children will learn the basic rules of improv, including stage presence.  Most importantly, students will gain self-confidence, learn to celebrate the quirks that make us all unique and fabulous, build team-work skills, practice critical thinking and have a blast playing a wide variety of improv games.

Odyssey of the Mind: Participants will develop their creative, original and diverse thinking skills.  Students will be placed on teams that will foster teamwork, cooperation and appreciation of others while developing self-respect and respect for others through brainstorming and role playing. 

Introduction into VEX Robotics: Children will use the VEX Robotics design system to build a robot to compete in fun, real world challenges like robo-soccer, obstacle courses, sack attack, tag, maze solving and much more.  The Vex Robotics design system is the same system used in major regional and national robotics competitions as well as in many middle school, high school and university level robotics classes.

Aquatic Habitats
Explore hands-on science with engaging life science activities.  Participants will learn more about environmental science and the interactive nature of living ecosystems.

For more information about Viking Explorations, contact McCall Govignon at 706-234-1031 or email at  More information is also available on the Berry College website.