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Ap English Language & Composition Prep Course

In the Outdoor Adventures course, we will explore the plentiful mountains and landscapes of California. We will climb rocks, hike mountains, camp under the stars, and cook delicious meals. This course is open to beginners and experts; both groups will develop their skills. Our objectives are to develop self-reliance, skills in outdoor settings (including wilderness emergency response skills), knowledge of native flora and fauna, and conservation practices. Campers will leave this course with a deeper knowledge of planning their own climbing and hiking trips — and, to toot our own horn, an epic level of stoke. This course involves physical activities and includes overnight camping with trained climbers and guides.

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Grades
6th-8th

Week 4: July 8-12

Week 5: July 15-19

Week 6: July 22-26

Price
$650

Ap English Language & Composition Prep Course

$500
9th-12

Week 8: Aug 5-9

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The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing as well as the rhetorical analysis of non-fiction texts. This course will provide campers with curriculum to prepare them for the AP exam in English Language and Composition.

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Ap English Literature & Composition Prep Course

The AP English Literature and Composition course focus on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods, according to the College Board. This course will provide campers with the curriculum to prepare them for the AP exam in English Literature and Composition.

Weeks 

Week 4: July 8-12

9th-12
$500
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This course will assess the narrative and formal strategies that bring video games to the forefront of an ongoing debate about whether they qualify as art. Campers will not be playing or discussing major studio releases like Halo or Call of Duty. Instead, our course will provide space to reflect on small, independent releases like Jason Rohrer's Passage (2007) and Daniel Benmergui's Today I Die (2009) that function like interactive poems. What are the formal strategies that designers use to elicit an emotional response? How do these techniques compare with other literary genres? Do contemporary writers owe a debt of influence to video games for the evolving standards of interactive storytelling? To address these questions and explore the ways that identity also takes shape around video games as a pastime and obsessive hobby, campers will also read excerpts from Gamelife: A Memoir by Michael Clune.

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Week 7: July 29-Aug 2

Grades
9th-12
Price
$500

Video Games as Literature