Bethel Summer Camps and Programs 2019 Preview

In case you didn’t know, campus doesn’t shut down for the summer. On any given day, you might find athletes, thinkers, or future business professionals throughout Bethel’s halls—learning, working, and growing together.

By Cherie Suonvieri ’15, content specialist

March 08, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.

Lake Valentine

The edge of Lake Valentine is a common place to pause and take in the sunset between all the summer activities.

With summer around the corner, the time to start planning is upon us. This year, like years past, Bethel has a variety of summer programming opportunities available to students through grade 12. These are enriching, hands-on learning experiences, and some of the programs also allow students the chance to stay on campus. Interested? Know a student who might be? Here’s what’s on the docket for this summer.  

Bethel Business Academy

This three-day program is designed for high school students who are thinking about studying business. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of business careers while developing an understanding of their personal strengths and interests. They’ll meet department faculty, connect with business professionals, and hear from current business students. Attendees will also stay in a dorm room, allowing them the opportunity to imagine life on a college campus.

This will be the first academy to use the new business and economics department suite, which opened fall 2018. The facilities include new community spaces, huddle rooms, a financial lab, and a classroom equipped with cutting-edge technology which will enhance the learning experience for attendees.

The academy will conclude with an awards banquet for academy attendees and their parents, featuring keynote speaker, Jim Green, former CEO of Kemps.

Living the Questions Youth Theology Institute

Living the Questions is for students going into 10th, 11th, and 12th grade who want think deeply about important topics related to justice, science, and media—all through a theological lens. A special characteristic of Living the Questions is that it doesn’t stop after the on-campus experience is over. The first week spent at Bethel is just a springboard into a 10-month program, which includes regular meetings with a mentor, two on-campus retreats, and community engagement projects.

This year’s theme, Media & Faith, will enable students to discuss and reflect on questions about how the media can influence a person’s faith, how to discern what’s true and false in the media, and how the media can be used to represent God’s truth in the world.

Be sure to apply early to take advantage of the early-bird discounts.

Sports Camps

For decades, Bethel has offered sports camp experiences for a variety of ages and abilities, and this year is no exception. If you or a student you know is interested in building their skills in basketball, volleyball, football, cross country, soccer, or tennis—see if Bethel has what you’re looking for.

But it isn’t just quality athletic instruction. “Our coaching staff members that serve as camp directors are masters in providing a wonderful blend of in-depth sports training along with a Christ-centered focus,” says Athletic Director Bob Bjorklund, who has, for the past 21 years, observed the way a Bethel sports camp experience impacts students.

Sometimes students love what they see at Bethel so much as campers, they come back as college students. According to Bjorklund, there are over 100 current Bethel students who attended a sports camp at some point in their elementary, middle, or high school years.

Bethel Business Academy


If you have questions about Bethel’s summer programming that aren’t answered online, contact the Conference & Event Services staff.

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