General Information

Satori Summer Camp is the brainchild of Dr. Bruce Mitchell and Mike Cantlon and grew out of their mutual concern over the lack of opportunities for gifted youth to socialize in a non-competitive atmosphere. Founded in 1983, Satori is now entering its 32nd year.

The camp is based on a philosophy of non-competition; unlike many other enrichment programs for gifted youth, campers are not graded for their participation, nor do they receive advanced placement credit. What they DO get is an opportunity to interact with intellectual peers and engage in all sorts of stimulating activities.

During camp, participants choose three classes from amongst the course offerings, taking these each day during their week at camp. The camp’s course offerings feature a wide variety of classes that introduce campers to areas of inquiry that they may not have been previously exposed to including multimedia design, journalism, brain science, sculpture, archeology, acting, literary criticism, and many more. Campers live on Eastern Washington University’s campus for the duration of camp and get to enjoy the various amenities available on a typical university campus, including the academic facilities and recreational facilities.

Japanese for “Ah Ha!” It originally represented a state of enlightenment sought in Zen Buddhism. It’s an exploration of the mind and the unknown. It’s the insight you achieve only after expending a good deal of your energy and imagination. Satori is the sense of joy that comes from learning.

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