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Humanities Summer Camp

Experience what it's like to be a college student while still in middle school!

Important Update

We want to thank you for your interest in Simpson College's Humanities Summer Camp. We understand that one of the cornerstones of Simpson College is community.  Due to the unprecedented times we are in with COVID-19, the Humanities Summer Camp will not be held this summer. 

We ask that you continue to watch for more information regarding this camp in 2021. 

Course Description

world building

World Building

Work with other campers to build rich, multi-layered fantasy worlds. Over the course of the week we will create the structure and lore of these worlds by designing maps, cultures, ecologies, histories, and belief systems. Everyone will develop their own worlds; we will also collaborate to build a world together.

Nick Proctor

Creative Writing Workshop: Characters, Conflict, and Dialogue

Explore the writer’s craft of creating character, conflict, and dialogue. Strengthen your creativity by observing other authors’ styles, learning techniques, and getting active. Apply your new craft skills during extended writing and workshop sessions where you will create your own characters and begin writing their stories.

Dawn Stallman

creative writing
harry potter

Ethics in Harry Potter: The Dramatic Conclusion (Books 5-7)

As Rufus Scrimgeour knows, these are dangerous times.  Cedric Diggory’s example could inspire or intimidate us in our choice between what is right and what is easy.  But how do we determine right from wrong?  This course examines ethical dilemmas in the last three books in the Harry Potter series and applies their insights to today’s Muggle world as well.

Maeve Callan

Comic Book Heroes and Villains

Journey into the world of comic book heroes and villains. Study a bit about the history of characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and Black Panther. Learn how to design and script your own characters and spend time writing and drawing them. Work collectively with fellow campers to build a comics’ world where your characters will interact. Save the Universe!

Jeff Karnicky

heroes and villians

This camp is open to residential campers and commuter campers, age 10 - 14



Camp Counselor paid positions available 



Are you a self-starter? Do you enjoy working with kids? 
Then you should consider to apply for this opportunity!


This is a residential camp for students ages 10-14

Assist professors with “major” and “minor” courses during the day
Host evening activities and game nights
Ensure campers are engaged with the lessons and activities
Ensure campers have a quality, memorable experience
Work as a team with other counselors
All applicants must be 18 or older

If interested, please contact emilymarieortiz17@gmail.com
Please send a copy of your resume, references and a brief statement explaining
why you are interested in this position