FUN • CHALLENGING • MEMORABLE • EDUCATIONAL • AFFORDABLE

Our 2018 Enrichment Classes

 

 

Classes involve ACTIVE PARTICIPATION with a variety of daily projects and group activities. Instructors are specially chosen for their unique abilities to make learning come alive. Average class size is 12 participants. Campers are enrolled in four classes.

 

Bon Voyage en Francais!  (For students with NO experience in French)
Communicate in French and enjoy “un voyage imaginaire” to Paris and the provinces.  Enjoy French music, learn about life in France, do some French cooking, and create your own personality collage “en francais”.  It’s a culture all its own.
Taught by Ms. March
French Teacher, Cathedral High School, Pennsylvania
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 3
BA, French/English, University of Richmond

Past Positions: French Teacher, Roanoke City Public Schools, Published in the Messenger (Creative Writing), Honorable Mention Glimmer Train (Creative Writing), Led school trip to Quebec City, Canada 

 

Cooking 101

International Style - Impress your family and friends as you become an international culinary wizard! Prepare appetizers, entrees and desserts from around the world.  This class will also cover topics of food preparation and presentation, menu planning, kitchen safety and table manners.
Taught by Mrs. Foster
Spanish Teacher, Bassett High School, Bassett, Virginia
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 15

BA, Spanish and Sociology, Longwood University

 

 

Creative Crafting
Bring your creative self to camp!  Channel your creativity into unique creations!  Design and build a working clock, (and learn the mechanics behind clock making and how a clock works); create a personalized garden stone; and make your own photo box.  Take home lasting memories from FCSEC 2018!
Taught by Ms. March
French Teacher, Cathedral High School, Pennsylvania
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 3
BA, French/English, University of Richmond

Past Positions: French Teacher, Roanoke City Public Schools, Published in the Messenger (Creative Writing), Honorable Mention Glimmer Train (Creative Writing), Led school trip to Quebec City, Canada 

 

 

Crime Scene Investigators I
Follow the evidence!  Experience the real-life adventure of detective work from arrival on the scene, to collecting evidence, analyzing clues and drawing conclusions.  Learn basic laboratory techniques including fingerprinting, blood typing, chromatography, and comparative analysis of microscopic evidence.
Taught by Mrs. Bailey
Physical Science Teacher, The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, Rocky Mount, Virginia
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 4
BS, Biomedical Science, Jefferson College of Health Sciences; MS, Science Education, Virginia Tech

Gereau Center Teacher of the Year (2017), Forensic Science teacher at The Gereau Center (2012-2015), member of Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (2012-2014), presenter at Virginia's Association of Science Teachers PDI (2013).

 

 

Crime Scene Investigators II

(Designed for Campers who have completed CSI I) - Solve the crime!  This class begins where CSI left off.   The budding criminologist will photograph, sketch, and process a mock crime scene, identify victims by examining dental and skeletal features, learn advanced fingerprint identification, examine blood patterns and trajectories, and use advanced laboratory techniques to solve a crime.
Taught by Mrs. Bailey
Physical Science Teacher, The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, Rocky Mount, Virginia
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 4
BS, Biomedical Science, Jefferson College of Health Sciences; MS, Science Education, Virginia Tech

Gereau Center Teacher of the Year (2017), Forensic Science teacher at The Gereau Center (2012-2015), member of Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (2012-2014), presenter at Virginia's Association of Science Teachers PDI (2013).

 

 

Drawing

If you love to draw, or just wish you could, this class is for you!  Projects will focus on the HOW TO of drawing objects and shapes, still lifes, characters and cartoons.  See your talents unfold as you learn to apply the fundamentals of outlining, shading, form, and perspective.  Take home a portfolio with masterpieces suitable for framing.

Taught by Mr. Smith
Assistant Professor of Art at Ferrum College
Year of Teaching at FCSEC:  3

BA, Roanoke College; MFA, The George Washington University

 

Back to top^

 

The Ferrum Challenge

Head to the woods to challenge yourself on the Ferrum College Ropes Course! Spend the first two days on the low ropes learning about yourself and explore how we interact with others. Then head up into the trees for personal and team challenges on the high ropes course cumulating in a 500 foot-long zip line! Cap off the week with time on the climbing wall and rappelling tower.
Taught by Dr. Caston
Assistant Professor of Recreation Leadership, Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC:  10

BS, Biology, Longwood University; MS, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, Western Illinois University; PhD, Outdoor Education, Prescott College

 

 

Hippology (The Study of Horses)
Love horses and want to know everything about them?  Then this is the class for you!  Learn about different breeds of horses, riding styles, equine anatomy and physiology, and more.  Test your knowledge of horses and enter a Hippology contest!  This class will be taught at Ferrum College’s Titmus Agricultural Center, a working farm, so campers must have appropriate shoes and attire.
Taught by Dr. Brubaker, DVM
Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC:  2
BS, Ferrum College; DVM, Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Relief Veterinarian
APHIS Category II Veterinarian
2017 FCEC Ranch Division Champion
2017 FECE Trail Obstacle Champion

4H Virginia State and National Horse Judging Champion

 

 

Hogwarts Academy I: O.W.L.

Get sorted! Enter the classroom of Harry Potter, and experience the education of the boy wizard with Ferrum College’s own internationally recognized Harry Potter expert. Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.s) exams in subject areas such as Charms, History of Magic, Potions, Transfiguration, Herbology, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. First years only!
Taught by Dr. Whited
Professor of English and Director of the Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC:  12
BA, Emory & Henry College; MA, The College of William & Mary: MA, Hollins University; and PhD, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Dr. Whited edited two books of essays on the Harry Potter series and a volume on the Hunger Games trilogy. An internationally recognized expert on the Harry Potter series, Dr. Whited serves as Minister of Magical Education for Diagon Valley (Roanoke’s Harry Potter festival) and has written about Harry Potter for many publications.  In 2014, she was recognized with an Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministries of the United Methodist Church, and she was Ferrum College’s 2016 nominee for the State Council of Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Awards.

 

 

Hogwarts Academy II: N.E.W.T.

Hogwarts upperclassmen do have their privileges. FCSEC repeaters may return to the classroom of Harry Potter and experience the education of the boy wizard with Ferrum College’s own internationally recognized Harry Potter expert. Returning students work toward completion of the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test, studying such subjects as Care of Magical Creatures, Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, and Divination. Also try out for the Quidditch team.
Taught by Dr. Whited
Professor of English and Director of the Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC:  12
BA, Emory & Henry College; MA, The College of William & Mary: MA, Hollins University; and PhD, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Dr. Whited edited two books of essays on the Harry Potter series and a volume on the Hunger Games trilogy. An internationally recognized expert on the Harry Potter series, Dr. Whited serves as Minister of Magical Education for Diagon Valley (Roanoke’s Harry Potter festival) and has written about Harry Potter for many publications.  In 2014, she was recognized with an Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministries of the United Methodist Church, and she was Ferrum College’s 2016 nominee for the State Council of Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Awards.

 

 

Back to top^

 

Living, 1800 Style

The year is 1800. A 30-mile trip takes an entire day. John Adams is president, but you have never seen his image or heard his voice. You need real skills to keep your family warm and fed. Step back in time at Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Farm Museum, an 1800 living history farmstead, for hands-on training in oxen driving, open hearth cooking, cabin building, gardening, blacksmithing, and other tasks. Learn two different skills each day in a one-of-a kind setting.
Living 1800s Style—Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum College

The teachers of the Living 1800s Style class are interpreters & volunteers at the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, having 54 years of combined experience. Each instructor brings a unique skill set. These include blacksmithing, pottery, spinning, farming & music. All are practiced in teaching Colonial Era skills. They are led by Rebecca Boone Austin, the Coordinator of Educational Outreach & Interpretation for the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum. Rebecca has been working at the Institute for 19 years, teaching a class for FCSEC class for the last 12 years.  For more information about Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Farm Museum visit http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/farm.htm .

 

 

Mythology

Mythology – The original Superheroes—the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, the deities of Egypt, the Norse and Celtic immortals—squabbled with their peers, meddled in human affairs, and demanded respect and adoration.  Now they are coming to our class.   Explore the worlds of mythological gods and goddesses, create artwork, and take the forms of the deities for discussions and dramatizations.  Fittingly, the week will close with an epic party for the ages!
Taught by Dr. Grimes
Professor of English, Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 2
BA, summa cum laude English and Psychology, Catawba College; MA, English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD, English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Contributor to The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter (essay excerpted in Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths /Ed. Eva M. Thury, Margaret K. Devinney); co-editor of Critical Insights: Harry Potter.

 

 

Summer Theater

Develop acting techniques and gain confidence in performing onstage. Learn the fundamentals of voice projection and articulation, teamwork, stage directions and use of props as you prepare a performance for camp friends for Friday evening. Daily warm-up activities and fast-paced theatre games add to the fun.
Taught by Dr. Stephenson
Professor Emeritus, Theater Arts, Ferrum College; Adjunct Professor, Playwriting at Radford University
Years of Teaching at FCSEC:  5
BS, Ball State University; MA, Indiana State University; PhD, New York University

Producer/Artistic Director, Ferrum College Blue Ridge Dinner Theater 1979-2012; Producer/Writer/Director of Ferrum College Jack Tale Players, 1975-2012; Numerous Publications and Articles related to Play and Tales; Directed over 150 Plays, Written/Produced over 30 Plays, Acted in over 100 Plays.

 

 

The Writer’s Toolbox

Writers are masters of their universes, spinning ideas and sending characters to the edges of imagination.  In “The Writer’s Toolbox” you’ll explore techniques—everything from point-of-view to plot and settings—and build skills for a lifetime of creative expression in poetry and fiction.  Led by a published author, the entire group will produce a camp literary magazine showcasing everyone’s work.

Taught by Mr. Campbell
Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount VA Year 15 in Franklin County Public Schools,
Years of Teaching at FCSEC—5 
Bachelor of Journalism—University of Missouri-Columbia; MFA, National University
Adjunct Professor of English at Virginia Western Community College; Adjunct Professor of English Ferrum College
Publications: 
Book: The Three Reasons Formula: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Almost Any Essay--paperback
Poems: Published in both World Journal of Contemporary Poetry and American Journal of Contemporary Poetry
Short Stories: World Journal of Contemporary Literature
Teacher of the Year Franklin County Public Schools 2007, Teacher of the Year Franklin County High School 2018, First Place State of Virginia for High School Newspapers, 2012-present, First Place National Award from American Scholastic Press Association, 2013-present.

 

Back to top^