By Kim Mueller, summer session pre-college programs manager

PULLMAN – Young people can gain academic motivation, discover new interests and consider career options through participation in WSU’s Cougar Quest camp, which will celebrate its 11th year this summer. Registration is open at
The simulated six-day college encounter is intended to be a fun adventure in experiential learning. Camp dates for students entering grades 7-9 in fall 2011 are July 17-22. Dates for grades 9-12 are July 24-29. Students entering grade 9 have the option of attending either or both weeks.

Students choose three workshops (out of 27) to attend daily; each lasts two hours over four days. Some of this year’s offerings include:

  • A Pet Lover’s Guide to the Galaxy, where students are trained to take “vitals,” give physical exams and explore preventive medicine and health care for pets.
  • 3D Journey into the Molecules and Atoms of the Human Body
  • Making 3D Images with Lasers
  • Chocolate: Living the Vida Cocoa
Check out more workshop offerings at
Workshops are structured to engage students in the learning process and to further their skills in a particular discipline through hands-on interactive projects.

Social and recreational activities round out the camp experience during evening hours.

E-mails and phone calls from parents of former campers provide testimony that, through the workshops and social and recreational activities, students have gained confidence, developed social skills and discovered new interests.

For more information visit or contact or 335-1235.