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Viking Explorations is designed to meet the educational needs of gifted and talented children in rising 3rd to 6th grades. The program is co-sponsored by the Floyd County Schools and Berry College. 

Located on the Berry College campus, children will have access to state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. Daily drop-off and pick-up will be at the rear of Evans Hall on the Berry College campus.

Faculty teaching the courses are teachers from Berry College Elementary and Middle School and gifted/talented endorsed teachers from the Floyd County Schools.

Dates of the program are June 7 - 11, 2021.

Morning sessions include one class from 8:30 - 10:00 and a second class from 10:30 - 12:00. 
Students choose two different classes.  There will be a break with a snack from 10:00 - 10:30. Class assignments are made based on registration dates; earlier campers are assigned classes first. 

The tuition is to be paid online at the time of registration by credit card. No checks will be accepted.

Tuition - $110

Registration is open online at Viking Explorations at Berry College

No refunds will be allowed. 

Supplies and equipment will be provided and are included in the price of the classes.

Class Offerings:

Berry Unplugged

Chess Masters 



Spanish Stories, Songs, and Play


Class Descriptions:

BOLD Outdoor Leadership:  The Berry College Outdoor Leadership course will require the imagination and cooperation of every participant as we build communication skills and team confidence.  The aim of working on low ropes course elements is to maximize the group’s experience in communication and decision making, team effectiveness, group identity, conflict resolution and leadership formation.  This is an outdoor experiential learning class and requires closed toed tennis shoes.  Taught by BOLD staff.

Berry Unplugged: This course will guide you through rich experiences in history by looking through a lens to the past.  Campers will have the opportunity to “unplug” for the week as we experience games, crafts, story making, baking, and hiking while focusing on the Appalachian culture found here in Georgia. Experiences such as candle making, nature printing, scavenger hunts, and weaving will also be explored as we learn more about a past culture and life before electricity. I hope you will join me in “Berry Unplugged.” Taught by Claire Conner

Chess Masters:This class will take players from piece pushers to strategic thinkers in one of the world’s oldest games. Players will learn opening strategy, defense tactics, common checkmates, and how to anticipate what their opponent will play next. This five-day “master class” will focus on instruction, practice, actual play, and improving chess prowess, no matter from what level the player starts. Knowledge of piece movement is preferred. Taught by Lewis Byrne.

Improv: is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Who would enjoy improv? Anyone who enjoys laughing, using their imagination, playing games, pretending they are a different person, making sound effects, being silly, doing skits, and having a great time. In this class, we will play all sorts of fun games where we have to make up everything in the moment. You don’t have to love “acting” to love improv! This class encourages creativity, quick thinking, humor, problem solving and teamwork. Taught by Gretchen Dodson.

Orienteering: “Aaaarr, Matey!” Join in the fun while we explore the children’s classic Treasure Island and learn the basics of a sport called Orienteering. Orienteering involves a course marked out on a map. In following the course map, the Orienteers have to find a number of checkpoints. Those who find all the checkpoints, in the right order find the treasure! In addition to an introduction to a classic piece of literature, students will learn Orienteering skills including:

  • Folding the map
  • Thumbing the map
  • Orientating the map to north (with ground or compass)
  • Reading features on the map
  • Taking a compass bearing
  • Following a compass bearing
  • Pacing
  • Judging distance

Taught by Sarah Syverson

Spanish Stories, Song & Play: Come learn Spanish as you listen to crazy stories, sing songs, and play games. The main focus will be learning to understand what you hear and read in Spanish starting with the SUPER SEVEN words to get you started. Don’t know any Spanish or only a little? No worries! This is a class for beginning students with no Spanish experience AND those of you who have had Spanish before. ¡Qué divertido! ¡Qué interesante! Taught by Ellen Dunn.

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