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2021 | PHC Teen Leadership Camps

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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." -Matthew 28:19

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Strategic Intelligence

June 27 - July 3

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Strategic Intelligence Camp functions as a unique environment for Christian teens to interact with the idea of “How should intelligence look from a Christian perspective?” In our era, terrorism, privacy, security, legality, technology, and culture present increasingly thorny situations that touch intelligence and are extremely relevant to everyday citizens, both as patriots and as Christians. Through lectures, activities, simulations, and discussions, SI Camp attempts to help students begin developing a framework for understanding key questions. While at camp, you will:

  • Participate in a Crisis Management Exercise, which simulates how the government responds to intelligence emergencies.
  • Rise to the challenge of working through some of the most complicated global problems in team based discussions.
  • Listen to the stories of professionals who have lived their lives in the intelligence community, and gain insight into the unique rewards and challenges of navigating the intelligence arena.
  • Begin developing the foundation necessary to be an informed citizen in intelligence matters.
  • Explore what principles the Bible brings to a discussion that is often relegated to the legal realm.

ADVANCED TRACK

Have you attended the Strategic Intelligence Camp before? If so, there is a special track available just for you! SI: Advanced Track is designed to allow students who have already been to SI Camp to dive a little deeper into some of the more complex challenges of the intelligence field. This addition to Strategic Intelligence Camp replaces Strategic Intelligence: Level 2 and will run concurrently with the Entry Track camp.

This Advanced Track will involve special lectures and additional guided research into specific issues and countries that are likely to be major international players in the next few years. Campers in this track are expected to help shepherd the Entry Track campers who have not attended before, as much of their prior experience will carry over.

If you are serious about pursuing strategic intelligence as a career, dive deeper into the field with this Advanced Track for returning campers only.

Registration closes June 17.

Instructor: Sam Watkins

Sam Watkins is a graduate of PHC's Strategic Intelligence track ('15) and proud Kentuckian who has vowed to keep her southern roots intact no matter where she goes. During her time at PHC, she enjoyed working on several projects, including leading the FBI Counterintelligence Journal, teaching and mentoring new freshmen in PHC's Introduction to Intelligence, and playing the U.S. President during crisis simulations.

Sam interned at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the State Department and hopes to go back someday as a full time employee overseas. She has been involved with SI camp for 5 years and continues towards her goal of making each year better than the last. During her limited free time, she spends entirely too much time cuddling with her beloved cats, and she loves nothing more than dancing, fiction writing, and making messes in the kitchen and calling it cooking.

Constitutional Law

June 27 - July 3

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“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
– Abraham Lincoln

When our government officials take the oath of office, they do not pledge faithfulness to the government, the president, or even the nation itself—they promise to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. But many Americans are functionally illiterate when it comes to the Constitution. The nation and the courts now seem to use the Constitution to support ideologies and policies directly contrary to the Founding Fathers’ intent. How have we arrived here and is there a way forward where these issues can be addressed?

At Constitutional Law Camp, you will explore our nation's founding documents and precedent-setting Supreme Court decisions. You’ll get familiar with legal terms and complex judicial and legislative concepts, while learning to reflect critically about the Constitution’s original intent. You will receive cases to decide, as if you were a member of the Supreme Court, and you will get to apply the legal principles that you have learned, to come up with an oral opinion as Supreme Court Justices. Leave camp with a thorough understanding of the world’s first and longest standing written constitution, the basis for how our country and its freedoms work. 

Students will take an active role in learning the Constitution, through group exercises, research, and presentations. In a dynamic, hands-on format, Constitutional Law Camp will scratch the surface of these issues and help you think through what your response will be and how you might be a part of recovering important pieces of our great republic.

Registration closes June 24.

Instructor: Michael Donnelly, J.D., LL.M.

Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA Senior Counsel and Director of Global Outreach. He has taught constitutional law at PHC for over a decade, has a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional and Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics. At HSLDA, he serves members in six states and coordinates support for homeschooling freedom all over the world. He is a member of the bars of three states and the United States Supreme Court. Mike’s previous experience includes combat service during the first Persian Gulf War as a United States Army cavalry officer and private legal practice. Mike is an internationally published writer and speaker on the subject of homeschooling, educational freedom, parental and human rights. He and his wife homeschool their seven children.

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Leadership & Worldview

June 27 - July 3

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“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.
– Psalm 78:72

We are each called to be influencers for the glory of God.  Part of working out that calling is learning about your unique “leadership shape”—the way that God has hard-wired you to interact with people, to process information and to make decisions.  In this camp we will help students discover their leadership strengths as well as areas where they have the opportunity for growth.  The material is interactive and involves fast-paced team projects, fun simulations and constructive feedback.  We will learn about vision statements, organizing and running team meetings, and even develop a marketing campaign for the Lake Bob Underwater Marine Observatory and Discovery Center, just for fun.

Leadership also includes the ability to listen well and interact with people who are very different from you.  The Worldviews portion of the camp will focus on examining four principle worldviews (humanism/atheism, polytheism, pantheism and monotheism) to understand how each would answer four basic questions of:

Origin - Where did we come from? Is there a God?

Meaning - Why are we here? Is there meaning for our existence?

Morality - What accounts for the way we interact with each other? Do right / wrong, good / bad really exist?

Destiny – Is this all there is? Is there life after death?  How do our actions now impact that destiny?

Is there any common ground?  What are the major differences?  Does a particular worldview pass the test for two tests for truth:  correspondence and coherence?

Students need a well-reasoned apologetic (defense) of their faith now more than ever! They also need to understand what it means to have a faith that is based on the Person of Christ versus a faith that is based on ever-changing cultural norms. This camp will help students develop a mental and spiritual grid for sifting and sorting through the barrage of cultural messages that confront them every day. In addition, it will give them tools for leading and interacting in a diverse environment in ways that add light, not heat, to potentially divisive conversations.

Registration closes June 24.

Instructor: Jack Haye

President Jack Haye is a 30-year veteran of the corporate banking world. He holds degrees from Baylor University and American Graduate School of International Management, including a Masters of International Management-Finance and Accounting. President Haye spent nearly twenty years as a banking executive at Wells Fargo and for ten years (2002-2012) held the position of Executive Vice President and National Manager. He served on the Board of Visitors at Baylor University (1986-1992), and as a founding member of PHC's Board of Trustees (1998-Present), having served as the Board Chairman since 2000.

Before becoming President of Patrick Henry College in August 2015, President Haye served as Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church of McKinney, a 5000-member church located near Dallas, Texas. His responsibilities there included staff development, budget management, development and delivery of apologetics teaching series, and oversight of both local and international missional engagement in the areas of orphan care, education, and human trafficking.

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Literature & History

June 27 - July 3

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“We do not enjoy a story fully at the first reading. Not till the curiosity, the sheer narrative lust, has been given its sop and laid asleep, are we at leisure to savour the real beauties.
– C.S. Lewis

A story is told that when President Lincoln encountered Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he remarked, “So you're the little woman that started this great war!” Lincoln, while joking, hints at a deep truth with his remark: that good literature reflects reality. Harriet Beecher Stowe did not start the Civil War, but her deep understanding of the realities of slavery and the social pressures building in America set the foundation for Uncle Tom’s Cabin and made it appear as if she did. Stories like Stowe’s are not uncommon because great authors have a knack for incorporating relevant moments, motives, and movements into their works. In order to delve deeper into these great works of literature, we must come to a greater understanding of the history surrounding them. Otherwise, many of the ideas, themes, and references may be lost on us as readers. Just as an understanding of antebellum America is crucial to comprehend the significance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, so it is important to understand the historical context of every great work of literature.

Registration closes June 24.

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Moot Court

July 4 - July 10

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“The President and the Congress are all very well in their way. They can say what they think they think, but it rests with the Supreme Court to decide what they have really thought.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Moot Court provides an opportunity for students to explore Constitutional issues. A traditional law school activity, now growing in the undergraduate arena, Moot Court prepares students for the rigors of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court. This camp will introduce campers to Moot Court, teaching them how to analyze and defend a case. Campers will have the opportunity to work with and be coached by former collegiate Moot Court national competitors. Beginners and veterans alike are welcome!

Registration closes July 1.

Instructor: Susan H. Johnson

Director - Forensics Program

Member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Board of Directors and has served as an AMTA Representative since 2012. Mrs. Johnson has authored and published several Mock Trial teaching resources and has authored, coauthored, and edited over a dozen Mock Trial cases. Additionally, Mrs. Johnson has been published in the North Carolina State Bar Journal and various newsletters. She brings more than a decade of experience in high school and collegiate Mock Trial and Debate to Patrick Henry College (PHC). Mrs. Johnson earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina, completed the Paralegal Program at Meredith College, and earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. She is a professionally skilled administrator and colleague of the late Dr. Guliuzza. PHC’s new director is a strong supporter of Patrick Henry College and its mission to raise up godly leaders who will lead the nation and shape the culture for Christ.

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Entrepreneurship & Economics

July 4 - July 10

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“People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.
– Simon Sinek

At this camp, you will discover the crucial role of economics and the entrepreneur in our society. We will venture beyond the basics and explore the interplay of Christian values, free markets, economic policy, analytics, and cutting edge business practices. This camp is for all levels of business or economics experience. You will benefit from direct interaction with PHC's experienced faculty and staff. The camp culminates in a capstone project of your choice in either entrepreneurship or economic policy.

  • Dive into active discussions and learn how the market affects entrepreneurs.
  • Put economics into action with live simulations.
  • Discover the vital role of entrepreneurs in our economy.
  • Wrestle with business ethics from a biblical perspective.
  • Explore how analytics improves business success.
  • Consider business leadership and start learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
  • Venture into the larger world of economic policy and entrepreneurship.

Guest presenters will include PHC’s Executive Vice President and Professor of Business Analytics, Howard Schmidt. Read his bio here.

Registration closes July 1.

Instructor: Nathan Russell

Professor Russell holds an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University and specializes in Public Choice, Public Finance, practical economics, the morality and culture of markets, and communicating economic ideas—particularly ideas related to policy and everyday application of economics. Professor Russell has been with PHC since 2006 and is currently an assistant professor of economics. He previously worked for the Charles G. Koch Foundation where he developed economic education methodology and theories of economic management, the Regulatory Economics Group where he analyzed corporate cost and profitability, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he assessed state economic and educational policy.

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Speech

July 4 - July 10

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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, and to sit down and listen.
– Winston Churchill

From college applications and internships, to job interviews and casual conversations, communications skills are paramount to success. Whether you love being center stage and already have experience in public speaking or you prefer to stay behind the scenes and feel ill at the thought of an audience, this camp is perfect for you. This camp places a special emphasis on the importance of both character and critical thinking in communication. Packed full of practical instruction and personal coaching, this camp will help students step outside of their comfort zone and develop the ability to:

  • Think quickly on their feet
  • Create phenomenal first impressions
  • Formulate clear responses to difficult questions
  • Captivate and convince their audience
  • Increase influence
  • Communicate with confidence and poise under pressure

This camp is for any student who wants to increase their influence as an articulate leader. Students can expect to practice all principles taught through personalized coaching, drills, games, and friendly competition.

There are no prerequisites required to attend this camp. Camp material is revamped each year, so returning students are welcome and can expect new lessons and activities to take their communication to the next level! The objective of this camp is for all students to leave with an ignited passion for communication and a solid foundation for how to successfully develop the logical premises of their position.

Registration closes July 1.

Instructor: Christian Fernandez

An alumnus of Patrick Henry College, Christian Fernandez holds a Bachelors of Arts in Literature and a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance. He competed in Mock Trial all four years of college, leading several teams, earning multiple individual awards, and competing at the National Championship Tournament twice. During his Mock Trial career, Mr. Fernandez became especially known for his compelling closing statements. After the passing of Dr. Guliuzza, he stepped in as an assistant coach who, along with alumni James Compton and Sarah Geesaman, helped coach PHC to a 4th place finish in its bracket at the 2019 National Championship: the highest ranking in PHC Mock Trial history. Aside from Mock Trial, Mr. Fernandez has coached multiple high-school students to success on the national level in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Moot Court. His studies focus on English literature, classical rhetoric, orations, and theatrical history. Mr. Fernandez intends to pursue a Ph.D. in English to continue teaching, directing, and coaching at the collegiate level.

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Debate

July 11 - July 17

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“In all debates, let truth by they aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.
– William Penn

Debate Camp will be a stellar experience for anyone who wants to learn how to think, communicate, and persuade. Whether you're a seasoned debater who wants to win nationals or just wants to persuade someone on Facebook, this camp is for you. We will cover everything from basic logic and rhetorical skills to advanced non-verbal persuasion strategies. Through sessions, practice debate rounds, and practical drills, students will leave better equipped to speak truth in a winsome, loving manner.

Never debated before? Debate Camp will help you grasp the skill. Advanced debater? We will dive into the intricacies of persuasion and advanced debate theory to help you refine your skill.

Debate tactics for Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas will be covered during camp, giving you a head start on your preparation for the coming competition year. Students will also learn the finer points of rhetoric, tying their preparation into everyday life that you can take with you into adulthood.

Registration closes July 8.

Instructor: Aaron Kamakawiwoole

Aaron Kamakawiwoole is an NCFCA Region 1 LD Champion (2006) who did both Team Policy (2001-2005) and Lincoln-Douglas (2005-2006) debate in high school. He also competed in a high school secular league that allowed him to argue the unconstitutionality of Roe v. Wade before a member of the Hawaii Supreme Court. In college Aaron was part of both the PHC Team Value team and ACMA Moot Court team, which he captained during his senior year. 

Since graduating from PHC in 2011, Aaron has coached moot court teams and judged almost 100 rounds in NCFCA and Stoa combined, mostly through attending tournaments as part of the Office of Admissions at Patrick Henry College.

In his spare time Aaron loves hiking, strategy gaming, reading, anything involving a power drill, and movie nights with his wife.

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WJI Multi-Media Journalism

July 11 - July 17

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“The three most important skills of a journalist, then, are the abilities to see the world clearly, think clearly, and write clearly. We help students do that.
– Dr. Les Sillars

At WORLD Journalism Institute Multi-Media Camp, you’ll experience life as a reporter in a digital world. You will learn how to conduct interviews, how to record and edit video and audio files, and how to tell stories. Mostly importantly, you’ll discover how to think biblically about the news. You will find and craft stories for several platforms and practice engaging your audience. Learn how to:

  • Ask good questions and conduct successful interviews.
  • Tell compelling, true stories in today’s media culture.
  • Apply journalistic techniques across a variety of platforms, including web, video, and radio.
  • Wrestle with journalism ethics and cultivate a Christian worldview.
  • Experience the multi-media world of modern reporting.

Registration closes July 8.

Instructor: Dr. Les Sillars

Dr. Sillars directs the Journalism Program at Patrick Henry College. He teaches courses in the Journalism major, directs internships, serves as a student adviser, and oversees the student newspaper. Dr. Sillars is Mailbag Editor at WORLD magazine and a commentator and reporter for WORLD’s radio show, The World & Everything In It. His writing has appeared in The Weekly Standard, Touchstone, The National Post, The Gospel Coalition, The American Conservative, and other publications. His first book, Intended for Evil: A Survivor's Story of Love, Faith, and Courage in the Cambodian Killing Fields, came out in November 2016.

You can listen to one of his TW&E commentaries here.

Guest instructors will include Paul Butler, features editor at WORLD Radio, and more.

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Drama & Theater

July 11 - July 17

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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them.
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The camp is split into two basic branches – performance and production. For those of you interested in pursuing performance, you will receive hand-on instruction in stage and screen acting, beginning with the audition process and ending with a final performance. If you are interested in production, you will have the unique opportunity to train in the design and presentation of a production, from the pitch to producers to the final fadeout. If you’re interested in both aspects - even better. Every actor/crewmember should expect to learn both on and offstage elements throughout the week.

Registration closes July 8.

Instructor: Christian Fernandez

An alumnus of Patrick Henry College, Christian Fernandez holds a Bachelors of Arts in Literature and a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance. He competed in Mock Trial all four years of college, leading several teams, earning multiple individual awards, and competing at the National Championship Tournament twice. During his Mock Trial career, Mr. Fernandez became especially known for his compelling closing statements. After the passing of Dr. Guliuzza, he stepped in as an assistant coach who, along with alumni James Compton and Sarah Geesaman, helped coach PHC to a 4th place finish in its bracket at the 2019 National Championship: the highest ranking in PHC Mock Trial history. Aside from Mock Trial, Mr. Fernandez has coached multiple high-school students to success on the national level in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Moot Court. His studies focus on English literature, classical rhetoric, orations, and theatrical history. Mr. Fernandez intends to pursue a Ph.D. in English to continue teaching, directing, and coaching at the collegiate level.

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