College for Kids
A Summer Exploration Inc.

Residential Life Message

“It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills,
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Thirty-three years ago, a group of thoughtful gifted educators came together with a vision for a summer experience for very bright learners. The first College for Kids experience came to be. College for Kids, a Summer Exploration has evolved into an intense, fast paced, academic and social experience for each camper. A generation later, over 10,000 students have been a part of this summer exploration.  Former and current “CKers” are now changing the world; each in his/her own unique way. Your mission, if you decide to accept it is to make CK 2019 the best ever. Our mission, as the staff of CK 2019 is to create a learning environment where each participant develops purpose, and answers the question, "Who am I?" Each student lives, interacts and learns from peers and older role models, while engaging in high academic interdisciplinary activities in a jam-packed week.

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” 
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

During CK 2019 students participate in weeklong intensive courses ranging from philosophy to psychology, business to painting, cooking to flying drones. Choose from additional classes in the classics, sciences, mathematics, theatre, history, social sciences, games, poetry, and physical fitness.  In each class you have opportunities to learn with academic peers under the mentorship of dynamic teachers. Explore paradoxes, puzzles and mysteries as you learn about topics of interest to you.  After classes are over you will continue to be engaged in favorite CK traditions and evening activities; (sink or swim?), under the direction of Residential Advisors. Residential advisors live in the halls with CK students. CK RA's are hand-picked CK alumni and attend school in various states during the school year. They come together to bring enthusiasm and traditions to create an environment where learning is cool.  We hope they become your friends and mentors and that you jump into all activities with zeal.  As you complete the CK Application, choose classes that will challenge you.

“Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.'
I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Join us for a week of fun-packed academic challenges in a dynamic learning environment surrounded by like-minded friends.  See you soon!

Marilyn Toalson: Director of Residential Life 

Telephone: (573-642-2935  

2019 CK Booklet


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