Viking Explorations Gifted and Talented Program


Hiking VictorSummer 2019

Contact vikingexplorations@berry.edu for further information.

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 McAllister Hall, the science building 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 3 - 7, 2019.

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.

Before May 12 - $125
May 13 - May 31 - $150

Registration is open March 19 to May 31, 2019, 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

BOLD BOLD Staff
Breakouts Christina Arnold
Chess Masters Lewis Byrne
Berry Unplugged Claire Connor and Dani Hammond
Improv! Julianne Bailey
Let's Go Wild! Kimberly Bergin
Rocketry Aleks Segal
Storytelling Through Stop Motion Anne Marie Mitchell
Wilderness Survival School Matthew Bishop

Class Descriptions

BOLD: The Berry College Outdoor Leadership course will require the imagination and cooperation of every camper 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. The week will build in difficulty. This is an outdoor experiential learning class and requires closed toed tennis shoes.

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. We hope you will join us in “Berry Unplugged.”  

Breakouts: With Breakouts, the classroom transforms into an academically-focused escape room while facilitating games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box.

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. 

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 team work.  We will end the week with a performance where family is invited to see the show!

Let’s Go Wild!: Come join a science-based class focusing on the wildlife that can be found on the campus of Berry College.  We will learn cool animal facts and investigate habitats.  Plan on games, art, and research in the outdoor classroom that is Berry College! 

Rocketry: Campers will be learning about the basics of aerodynamics and rocketry and use that knowledge to construct and design a functioning water bottle rocket able to safely deliver a payload after launching.  To help with aerodynamics, we will be looking at different wing size designs amongst paper airplanes as well as several historical lesson regarding rocket design itself. The final culminating project would be to construct a water bottle rocket out of given materials which could fly the highest in the air and drop back to Earth without destroying the payload.

Storytelling through Stop Motion: Campers will develop a strong story and make it come alive  through a stop motion video using Legos, paper, or just about anything.   We will plan, create and share our stop motion stories with the world!

Wilderness Survival School: Whether you are hiking, mountain-biking, kayaking, or camping, situations may arise that put your survival skills to the test. In this class, you will learn what to do when things do not go as planned in the outdoors. Each day in the class will be broken down by survival skill so that every day is a new experience! If you are a student in this class, you can expect to learn how to build a fire, create a shelter, administer first-aid, what to eat and drink and what not to eat and drink!