Summer 2021 Update – Satori cancellation due to COVID-19
I believe that it goes without saying that this past year has been rather complicated in so many ways. This COVID pandemic has, figuratively speaking, taken the wind out of so many sails and as a result, we so often feel as though our boats are tethered to the dock. Masks have become commonplace and meaningful interaction with friends is, at best, difficult. None of this has been easy, with the possible exception of gaining a bit of excess weight. As time moves forward, however, we have experienced an incredibly swift development and distribution of vaccines which may promise a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. We have already noticed significant declines in the infection rates.
Over the past few weeks, Satori committees comprised of EWU administrators, as well as Satori staff (including counselors, instructors, and SAC students) have met (virtually) with the intent of deciding on the feasibility of holding our incredible camp this coming July 2021. After hours of conversation, debate, and creative problem-solving, we have decided that the health of our students and staff is paramount. As we considered all possible scenarios and protocols based on current scientific recommendations, we decided that we could not guarantee the health and safety of our Satori participants and at the same time offer a meaningful in-person Satori camp experience. This has been an incredibly difficult decision as we all realize that we will not be able to gather our Satori family this July. However, our staff has been diligently working to develop a virtual experience for some time during the last week of July. We will definitely keep you posted.
We miss you so much and can’t wait until we are able to share, yet again, more rich and meaningful Satori experiences. We plan to hold Satori next year from July 24-30, 2022 and we cannot wait to see everyone then.
Mike Cantlon and Sara Maleki
Welcome to Satori Camp!
Satori Summer Camp is the brainchild of Dr. Bruce Mitchell and Mike Cantlon and grew out of their mutual concern over the lack of opportunities for gifted youth to socialize in a non-competitive atmosphere. Founded in 1983, Satori is now entering its 38th year.
The camp is based on a philosophy of non-competition; unlike many other enrichment programs for gifted youth, campers are not graded for their participation, nor do they receive advanced placement credit. What they do get is an opportunity to interact with intellectual peers and engage in all sorts of stimulating activities.
During camp, participants choose three classes from amongst the course offerings, taking these each day during their week at camp. The camp’s course offerings feature a wide variety of classes that introduce campers to areas of inquiry that they may not have been previously exposed to including multimedia design, journalism, brain science, sculpture, archaeology, acting, literary criticism, and many more. Campers have the option to live on Eastern Washington University’s campus for the duration of camp and enjoy the various amenities available on a typical university campus, including the academic facilities and recreational facilities. To learn more, visit our Camp History page.