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Challenge to Excellence 2022

June 5-10, 2022, Challenge to Excellence (6th-8th grades)

June 12-17, 2022, Challenge to Excellence (9th-12th grades)

Now in its 40th year, Challenge to Excellence is one of the most respected and long-standing summer residential programs for academically-talented students in the Midwest. The program’s major goal is to provide students with opportunities to “stretch themselves” in learning experiences that promote higher level thinking skills and creativity in a variety of academic subjects, such as math, art, psychology, drama, biology and many others. Camp staff are creative teachers and counselors who are dedicated to providing safe, fun learning experiences for campers.

Many of our former campers have matriculated at our finest universities and are now teachers, doctors, engineers, journalists, computer scientists and pharmacists. One of our former Challenge to Excellence students received a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Read what some of our campers and parents have said about the Challenge to Excellence program:

Camp Activities

Structured, supervised activities including activities from the STEM Education Research Center, College of Education and Human Services, College of Engineering, Theatre and Art will be provided to all campers throughout their stay, as well as recreational and socially engagement opportunities. 

What's Included?

  • Meals from Sunday to Friday
  • Educational supplies and materials
  • Limited accident medical insurance
  • Camp T-shirt
  • Recreational activities
  • For residential campers, the fee also includes five nights lodging at air-conditioned SIU Carbondale residence halls (Sunday-Thursday)

Camp Details 

Program Date:

June 5-10, 2022, Challenge to Excellence (6th-8th grades)
June 12-17, 2022, Challenge to Excellence (9th-12th grades)
  • Commuter: $400
  • Residential: $550

What's Included?

  • Meals from Sunday to Friday, (Breakfast, lunch and dinner M-Th, Sunday is dinner only and Friday is lunch and breakfast.)
  • Educational supplies and materials
  • Limited accident medical insurance
  • Camp T-shirt
  • Recreational activities
  • For residential campers, the fee also includes five nights lodging at air-conditioned SIU Carbondale residence halls (Sunday-Thursday)

Program Check-in: East Campus Housing on Sunday afternoon, 3-4pm

Program Times: Varies each day but generally 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Program Location: SIU Carbondale Campus

Parents:  You also have the option of paying a deposit, varies depending on residential or commuter camp, when you register.  The balance is due one week prior to camp start date.

Program Requirement: The Camp Release Form is required for camp participation and must be received in our office prior to camp beginning. 

Questions?
For questions about the camp, please contact ChallengetoExcellence@siu.edu
For assistance with registration, please contact Rebecca Dycus at rdycus@siu.edu 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations before May 20, 2022 will be refunded, less $25.