PULLMAN, Wash. — Cougar Quest 2003, an exploratory camp at Washington State University for students in grades 7-12, is gearing up for its third consecutive year.

Cougar Quest is a weeklong program for junior high and high school students that offers hands-on experience led by WSU faculty. The program allows students to choose workshops from the arts, sciences and engineering areas. Students will participate in a variety of educational and fun learning activities while meeting new people.

The camp also gives students the opportunity to learn about different career choices and degree options, said Linda Schoepflin, director of Cougar Quest camps. “Some students who went into the Java programming workshop thinking they’d like it and didn’t, while some who didn’t think they’d enjoy it found they had a real knack for it,” she said.

Participants can choose from a variety of hands-on interactive workshops, including popular culture; improvisation Web design, Java programming, photography, textile design, engineering, hip hop dance, games and puzzle solving, and playwriting and stage makeup. Students can also learn about topics that range from germs and worms to how veterinary personnel perform various procedures and techniques used in veterinary medicine.

The camps have been a hit with many campers, and some are returning for a third year, Schoepflin said.

WSU faculty, instructors and graduates students will lead the camp workshops. A qualified staff of counselors will provide supervision and guidance appropriate to each age group round the clock.

Camp goers will stay in campus residence halls, eat at a campus dining center, and have the opportunity to try a new recreational activity at the WSU Student Recreation Center.

The cost to attend the camp $395 per student and includes facilities usage, workshops and supplies, T-shirt, camp photo, recreational activities, meals and lodging. Camp dates for grades 7-8 is July 20-25 and grades 9-12 is July 27-Aug. 1. The registration deadline is June 23.

For more information or to register for Cougar Quest, contact Schoepflin at (509) 335-1235 or visit the program Web site at www.cougarquest.wsu.edu.