Not Your Average Summer Camp: Quest University Canada Offers an Adventurous Educational Alternative

SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 26, 2014 – For parents and students looking for an educational alternative to the traditional summer camp experience, Quest University Canada is offering a high school “Summer Scholars” program that blends intellectual stimulation with fun and adventure. Set on Quest’s breathtaking campus, subjects range from the myths of psychology, to mathematical problem solving, environmental ethics and songwriting and recording. Designed for students in grades 10 to 12, the program includes options for attendance from one to three weeks starting on July 6, 2014. Prices start at $350 for local commuters and $750 for residential students. This year’s “Summer Scholars” courses includes:

WEEK ONE: July 6th to 11th

Myths of Psychology: Newspapers tell us that pregnant women should eat lots of fish to decrease the chances of autism in their offspring, while simultaneously telling us that pregnant women should not eat lots of fish because it increases chances of ADHD in their offspring. What do we believe? How do we know what's true? This course will debunk some famous myths of psychology, and provide students with the tools to critically examine myths for themselves.

Mathematical Problem Solving: Students will tackle a wide-range of puzzles, brainteasers, and contest problems. They will also read excerpts of a "math novel", in which the main character learns the art of problem solving and through that process, develops insight, imagination, confidence, creativity, and critical thinking. Students will use this novel as a springboard to reflect upon their own life journeys, and explore how problem-solving principles and techniques can be applied to address some of society’s toughest challenges.

WEEK TWO: July 13th to 18th

Why words? Some authors refer to language as an "instinct," claiming that humans develop language the way they develop depth perception. Researchers spent much time in the 1960s and 1970s trying to teach chimpanzees sign language, with mixed results, whereas deaf children in Nicaragua developed their own language with very little input from the outside world. In this course, we'll look at why language is a special cognitive skill, why the acquisition of language tells us about how our brains evolved, and why other species don't have language.

The Ethics of Environmental Decision-Making: In his essay The Land Ethic, environmentalist Aldo Leopold wrote that, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise". Is environmental decision-making that simple? How do governments and corporations make those decisions? This course will use concepts from the field of environmental ethics to explore the differing values underlying our relationships with nature, and the preservation and exploitation of natural resources.

WEEK THREE: July 20th to 25th

From Models to Measurements: This course aims at the linkage between scientific models and experimentation. Students will have the opportunity to choose a scientific model and then perform experiments of their own design to test the connection between the two kinds of knowledge. Questions leading to experiments might look like the following: If atoms are little spheres, what, then, must be the speed of sound in air? If molecules stick to each other, how would this affect the change from liquid to gas?

Songwriting and Recording: This course explores the role of song in societies past and present, the tools and skills of songwriting, and the process of recording in the studio. The course begins with an examination of songs written in many times and places. We will then explore some of the techniques of contemporary songwriting by analyzing recent songs through an introduction to music theory and the relationship between text and music. We conclude by studying the techniques of recording songs through an introduction to studio recording.

For students residing on campus the cost including accommodation, all meals, tuition, and activities is $750 per week, $1250 for two, and $1750 for three. For local commuters it’s $350 per week, which includes tuition, group dinners, and activities. Space is limited and early registration is highly recommended. For more information on any of Quest University Canada’s “Summer Scholars” programming, visit: or email

About Quest University Canada

Quest University Canada, the country’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular university opened its doors in September 2007 in Squamish, British Columbia. Quest’s simple philosophy is that education, in its truest sense, comes not from providing the right answers, but from learning how to ask insightful questions. This philosophy has driven the development of a campus and a curriculum focused on producing broadly educated individuals with an informed perspective on the problems of the twenty-first century, and the integrative abilities to address them. To find out how they achieve this visit: 

Quest Media Relations Contact:

Dee Raffo

Phone: (604) 905-0933


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