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Challenge Program

Legends and Tales Overnight Program (Grades 5 - 12): June 25 - 30, 2016

The Knights Kingdom Day Program: June 26 - 30, 2016

Saint Vincent College has been hosting the Challenge Program since 1982. Operated by the Saint Vincent College Education Department, the Challenge Program is a summer event for students to participate in fun, enriched classes and elective activities.

This year the Challenge Program opens its doors to more grade levels, more students and more fun! Pay close attention to the new grade levels allowed for each program. The day program is for students entering grades K and 4 in the fall. The overnight program has challenges classes and fun evening activities for students entering grades 5 through 12 in the fall. Registration starts early this year and is expected to fill quickly, so please review the information and contact us if you have any questions.

 

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(for students entering grades 5-12 in the Fall)

 All students welcome. 

The overnight program is designed for entering 5th graders through 8th and 9th through 12th grade to have a separate program that meets their needs. All programs are offered for one week each summer.

For students entering grades five through eight and nine through twelve, the overnight program is a sleep away, theme based, academically challenging, and entertaining program from Sunday through Friday. Students participate in three courses of their choosing, ever-changing activity periods, and planned entertainment every evening.

 

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Activities   

  • Heroes and Heroines Welcome Feast and Fete
  • Dramatic and Enchanting Performances (talent show)
  • Escape the Enchanted Chamber (escape room)
  • Lady of the Lake Swim Festival (pool party)
  • Lore and Legend Ball (dance)
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 Middle School (5-8th)  High School (9 - 12th)
 

CP 10 Zap it! Exploit Powers to Direct Energies to Create Illusory Feat

Train power to do your wishes and build the transformations to bring forth legendary victories or defeats.

 

CP 30 Shocks and Jolts: The Hidden and Mysterious Power of Unseen Current

Unveil the hidden paths of circuits and electric pulses to build your power grids and voltage for strengthening your own kingdom’s magnitude and power

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 CP 11 Bewitched Biology: The Strange But True Oddities and the Freaks of Nature

Investigate the unusual and rare specimens of deformed, regrown and conjoined biological plants and animals.

CP 31 Esmeralda’s Explosives: Combustion and the Chemicals That Can Spin a Spell

Caldrons and Burners! See and create chemicals and gases that result in explosive matter that can alter the view and change the character

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CP 12 While Under the Spell: The Speed of Light and Sound in Storybrook

Experience the invisible and mysterious force fields of light and sound and how astronomical travel can alter reality

CP 13 Maleficent Minecrafting: Shrewdly Building and Taking Your Golems on Adventures of Good and Evil

Design adventures to go beyond limits by controlling destinies and behaviors to promote good over evil in a master plan.

 

CP 32 The Supernatural Lapse of Time in Storybrook: Passages Through Dawn and Dusk

Study the science of time differentials, speeds of light, sound and pressures that juxtapose as one kindred experience

CP 33 Virtual Wonderland: Using Software and Apps to Create Enchanted Worlds

Take control and build worlds in which can be orchestrated by your mastermind!  Using technology, programming and retrofitting create beings and environments of wonderland.

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CP 14 Effect Music and Mood Creation: Special Effects in Mystifying Viewers to Believe the Unbelievable

Explore the special effects that are used in video and image production to create emotions, filter views and change tones for watchers.

CP 15 Fantasy Art: Using Elements of Design, Printmaking and Mixed-Media to Create One-of-a-Kind Dreamlike Masterpieces

Design, compose, and replicate your own designs in Wonderland. Pull together the fantasy forces and elements to create your own visual legend in view

 

CP 34 Suspense, Shocks, and Thrills: Creating Visual Atmospheres with Virtual Effects that Will Spin Storylines and Tales

Learn how to create special effects with video and computer imagery design tools to stimulate viewer emotional change, promote responsiveness and suspense.

CP 35 Twisting the Third Dimension: Sculpting Dream Spaces

Create in the round richly symbolic and exhilarating twists of realities that are encountered in Storybrook

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CP 16 Gothic Glamor: Fashion Design and Costuming for Kings, Princes, Princesses, and Evil Queens

Design the fashion and the legendary attire of the mystic players living in the underground and for those who visit the fantasy worlds and kings and queens.

CP 17 Labyrinth of Legends and Lore: Read and Recreate Stories that will Change and Alter the Expected Outcomes

Fascinate readers with new twists to legends and lore that can enliven the storylines and stimulate passion unlike never before.

 

CP 36 Intertwining Beauty and Attraction: Photographing Stills and Setting Scenes to Astonish Viewers

Document and stage mystical imagery through using the lens and build portfolios of fantasy adventures between all worlds.

CP 37 Fantastically Recomposed: Writing Fairy Tales to Illuminate Our Real Lives

Compose stories and tales to rival those of Grimm and others.  Use examples from everyday occurrences to write modern Fairy Tales.

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CP 18 Huntsman v. Witch: Debating the Sides of Good and Evil

Who is right? Who is wrong? You decide.  Join in on the debate of the forces and win your case for eternity.

CP 19 Whistle While You Work: Making “Maleficent” Music Videos

Use technological tools to create and produce your own fantasy music videos as the star or the director, or both!

 

CP 38 A Grimm Day: Face the Trials of the Most Wanted and their Courtroom Dramas

Strengthen your ability to investigate unsolved cases, examine evidences and prepare defenses for justice

CP 39 Sultan’s Artworking: Painting with Vibrant Technicolors in the Darkness and Light

Paint and explore with colors that change with lighting and exposure.  Use neon and other glow-in-the-dark color to create masterpieces in two lights

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CP 20 Centaurs, Dragons, Hippogriffs: Legendary Creatures and Their Purposes Throughout Wonderland

Learn about animal custody and care.  Investigate how and why certain animals were used throughout the ages for human survival.

CP 21 Dungeons and Dragons: Legendary Fantasy Gaming

Explore, test, and pilot fantasy games as a critic and reviewer.  Review and play games for youth that inspire problem solving, sleuthing and investigation.



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Day ProgramThe entire Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College is an academic and theme based program for participants from rising kindergarten through the 12th grade. The day program is designed for entering kindergartners through the fourth grade to have a separate program that meets their needs. All programs are offered for one week each summer.

The developmentally appropriate day program meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for first through fourth graders and 9 a.m. - noon for kindergartners. It is a full day of academically theme-based classes and fun. Students participate in hands on explorations, physical games and challenges, and artistic or entertainment based activities. Lunch and snack is provided for full day and snack is provided for half day participants.

Students are divided by kindergarten/first/second grades and third/fourth grades.

Activities:

  • Legends of the Kingdom- Constellations and Star Show in the Planetarium
  • Storybook Theatre- Make Believe and Recreate the Fairy Tales
  • Banquet for the Beasts- Prepare and enjoy the Kings’ Hall Banquet and Festival
  • Knights Roundtable -work through the week on physical and intellectual skills and puzzles to elevate your knighthood

 

CP 01 The Storybrook Studies of the Empire

This course connects the sciences through the tales and wonder of hands on activities and demonstrations with in the kingdom’s empire. Students will pull together to plan overcome evil and uphold good across the land.

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CP 02 Creative King Creations

Knights will delve into their creative capabilities to produce a wide range of never before seen individual creations. Common mediums such as paint, plaster, and even photography will extend castle boundaries to form one-of-a-kind expressions.

CP 03 Mapping the Monarch

Using skills of tracking, GPS, coordinates, and mapping, knights will conquer daily challenges. The knights will be taking on a quest each day to tame dragons and protect the kingdom.

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Housing (overnight only)housing
Tuition and RegistrationProgram Location

Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Rd
Latrobe, PA 15650 

Drop Off & Pick Up Times 

Drop Off Time: Sunday 2:30 p.m.
Pick Up Time: Friday at 3:15 p.m. 

Housing

Students in the 5-12th grade Overnight Challenge Program will stay in Saint Vincent campus housing (Rooney Hall). Students will have a roommate of the same gender and will try to be paired with a student from the same age level (grades 5-12). Students may request a roommate when registering.

Meals 

Meals will be provided by the Campus Cafeteria, which is run by Parkhurst Dining. Students in the 5-12th grade program will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner while at Saint Vincent. These meals are included in the Challenge Tuition cost. Please notify the program director of any food allergies. 

3 meals and 1 snack are provided. You may bring snacks if you like, refrigeration not available. 

Packing List 

School Supplies & Book Bag (pencils, notebook)
Sheets (Twin Size), Pillow, Blanket
Towel, Soap, Shampoo, Shower Shoes Bath Robe (optional)
Bathing Suit & Beach Towel
Toiletries and Personal Grooming (toothbrush, hairbrush...etc.)
Sun Glasses and Sun Block
Sneakers/Shoes, at least 2 pair
Plenty of socks
Clothes (long pants, jeans & hoodie/sweatshirt for at night)
Clothes for evening events (such as a dressy outfit for the dance)
Hangers if desired
Spending money; may bring for campus store and concessions if desired, not necessary
Snacks, 3 meals and 1 snack are provided. You may bring snacks if you like, but refrigeration is not available.
Old Beach Towel or Blanket for outdoor sitting

**Group Photo, $10.00 will be collected at registration if you would like to order a group photo. 

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Complete all payment, forms, and information online one week before the program begins and register in minutes!!!*  Arrive to campus at the specified time and retrieve room key assignment and off you go!

*children with specific health needs or accommodations may require a consultation upon arrival.

Plan to have a wonderful time! 

Medications 

Many students with medicinal needs have been able to join us for the program. The health and wellness center on campus is staffed with medical professionals that dispense medications provided by you in a professional and discreet manner. They are also available most waking hours for issues and emergencies. 911 would take over after hours should the need arise.


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Tuition
  • Day Program

    What is included in the Day Program?
    Total Cost is $250 - includes a full day program for the week, lunch and snacks per day, day activities, refreshments, instructional and activity fees, and a Challenge souvenir. A $25.00 discount is available for returning students, families or relatives with members attending, employed, alumni, supporter, or by recommendation to attend given by a SVC employee or current student. ONE DISCOUNT CAN BE APPLIED

    DAY PROGRAM DISCOUNTS
    $25 OFF Discount for friends and family of Saint Vincent College, families sending multiple children, or returning Challenge Program students.

    Register Day Camp

  • Overnight Program

    What is included in the Overnight Program?
    Total Cost is $650 - includes residence on campus for length of program, three meals per day, day and evening activities, refreshments, instructional and activity fees, and a Challenge souvenir. The education department offers a limited number of tuition grants for students unable to afford the program. We also have a $25.00 discount for returning students, families or relatives with members attending, employed, alumni, supporter, or by recommendation to attend given by a SVC employee or current student. ONE DISCOUNT CAN BE APPLIED

    OVERNIGHT PROGRAM DISCOUNTS
    $25 OFF Discount for friends and family of Saint Vincent College, families sending multiple children, or returning Challenge Program students.

    Register Overnight Camp 

Registration Process
  • Step 1: Look over courses and program for the appropriate grade level of your child. 
  • Step 2: Register Online for Day Courses or Overnight Program and complete forms and payment 
  • Step 3: Like us on Facebook to get updates. 
  • Step 4: Pack the items for your child's stay
  • Step 5: Arrive at on campus to Rooney Hall at the scheduled time 
Payment Programs

Day Camp
Total due at time of registration. 

Overnight Program
Total due at time of registration. 

For families unable to pay the entire tuition upon registration, a payment plan can be established by contacting the Director, Dr. Beining 724-805-2981. Please note that minimum of $50 is due at registration and the remaining payments must be received no later than one week before the program begins



TUITION PAYMENTS ARE DUE UPON ONLINE REGISTRATION 

Payment can be made by credit card online or be mailed in the form of a check made out to Saint Vincent College with a notation: Challenge Program 

Mail All Payments to: 

Events and Conferences 
Conference Center at Saint Vincent College 
300 Fraser Purchase Road 
Latrobe, PA 15650

Cancellation Policy

Challenge program experiences are based on attention to every detail of your child’s stay with us round the clock. All aspects of the program are built on the number of students attending and meeting the needs of the attendees through appropriate supervision and support. We hope that your child will be able to fulfill their registration and attend the program. We regretfully have a no refund policy if they cannot, due to the reasons stated above. 

While every attempt will be made to satisfy each registrant's course selections, the Challenge Program reserves to right to modify, adapt, or change selected courses based on availability, supplies, and opportunities for students. 

Thank you and see you at Challenge!

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Letter To the Parents

Dear Parents, 

My name is Dr. Kathy Beining and I am the Director of the Challenge Program held each summer on the campus of Saint Vincent College. I am a full time faculty member of the Education Department. In order to restructure this program, I assumed the director position four years ago and implemented some program changes. Each week of the program is loosely tied to a theme that young people would enjoy. All of the coursework, entertainment, and extra activities are related to the topic to make the experience cohesive as well as lots of fun. 

Regardless of the program your child is attending, be it Day camp for Kindergarten-4th graders or the sleep away program for 5th-12th grades they will be supervised by counselors. A counselor’s role is to serve the needs of the students attending camp. This includes but is not exclusive of, dealing with homesickness or illness, acting as a guide, and being there to answer any and all questions. They lead and participate in activities and help with new student orientation. All counselors are Saint Vincent College Education students or SVC Education graduates that hold teaching certification. All counselors have experience working with students and have current clearances. They undergo counselor training/orientation specific to Challenge. These very responsible young people are chosen through a rigorous screening as the position is highly coveted. 

All Challenge courses are designed by the Chair of the Education Department and taught by certified teachers. All courses are designed to challenge, encourage deeper thought, be highly interactive, and most importantly fun. Courses are offered to meet a wide variety of student interest while maintaining the theme bond. 

Challenge Program is housed in the Rooney dorm for those staying on campus. This dorm is famous for being the housing used by the Pittsburgh Steelers during training camp. The students are free to roam the dorm and make use of the study lounges and game room during free times. An evening curfew is established and at that point boys and girls must remain on their assigned floor with the assigned counselor. 

On campus meals are offered three times a day, usually in the cafeteria, by Parkhurst, the campus food service. Occasionally, we have meals served picnic style outdoors or in a more formal setting than the cafeteria, and on a rare occasion off campus during an evening event. We also provide an evening snack and often have a snack if we are off campus for an evening event. No one ever goes hungry! Parkhurst is very diligent in satisfying and meeting your child’s food allergy needs. 

Many students with medicinal needs have been able to join us for the program. The health and wellness center on campus is staffed with medical professionals that dispense medications provided by you in a professional and discreet manner. They are also available most waking hours for issues and emergencies. 911 would take over after hours should the need arise. 

We want your students experience to be a wonderful one, so to enrich the courses and activities we may take them off campus occasionally to enjoy local entertainment such as swimming, skating, and mini-golf. They are transported in school buses provided by First Student, the bus company used by Greater Latrobe School District. Counselors and Assistant Directors accompany the students on the bus and at the events. All events are planned well in advance and you are aware of them before you even arrive on campus. 

Many students have enjoyed more than one summer with us and some even become students here at the college. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience life on campus within the parameters of a structured program. I hope this has answered many of your questions and put your mind at ease that we will care diligently for your child while they are enjoying their stay with us at the beautiful campus of Saint Vincent College. 

Looking forward to seeing you this summer, 

Kathy Beining