Geology Camp

June 15-19, 2020

Geology Camp will cover a wide variety of geologic topics. The schedule will include a field trip each day to a location in Ohio or Northern Kentucky.  Sites to be visited may include the Creation Museum in KY, fossil collecting sites, nearby gorges and parks, the Ohio Caverns, and an impact crater site.  Time will be spent in discussing dinosaurs, fossils, and the Bible.  Participants will learn how to do laboratory tests to characterize minerals and rocks.  Fun and relaxing evening activities will also occur, both on and off campus.

The camp instructor is Assistant Professor of Geology Tom Rice, who has degrees and work experience in both geology and engineering.  Prior to coming to Cedarville University in 2011, Mr. Rice spent over 30 years working in government research, academia, industry, and as a consultant.  Most of those years were spent doing work in the natural gas industry as a geologist, environmentalist, and engineer.  He has worked from Virginia to Arctic Alaska and many places in-between and has done marine geology work in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf.  He is a registered professional geologist.  Two upperclassmen geology students will assist with the camp activities.

Campers will get to meet current Cedarville geology students and learn more about studying this fascinating subject at Cedarville. Geology is the science where God’s Creation is revealed in its most spectacular glory.

Geology Camp is open to Christian students entering 10th through 12th grades, or incoming freshmen to Cedarville University.

Sample Schedule

Monday

Time
Activity
Location

3-5 p.m.
Camp Check In
Dorm

5-6 p.m.
Dinner
Stevens Student Center (SSC) Dining Hall

6 p.m.
Welcome to Geology Camp!
Engineering Science Center (ENS) 240

7 p.m.
Admissions Presentation
SSC 244

7:30 p.m.
Academic Camp Kick Off Party
Outside SSC

10 p.m.
Devotions with counselors
Dorm

Tuesday

Time
Activity
Location

7-8 a.m.
Breakfast
SSC Dining Hall

8-8:50 a.m.
Scripture and the Age of the Earth with Follow-up Questions
ENS 240 (Prof Rice)

9-9:50 a.m.
Dinosaurs and the Bible with Follow-up Questions
ENS 240

10 a.m.
Rock and Mineral Identification Lab
ENS 248 (Geology Lab)

11:45 a.m.
Camp Photo at the Rock
The Rock

12-1 p.m.
Lunch
SSC Dining Hall

1-4 p.m.
Fossil Hunting at Caesar Creek State Park
Caesar Creek State Park
Waynesville, OH

4:15 p.m.
Take Fossils to the Lab
ENS 248 (Geology Lab)

5 p.m.
Dinner
SSC Dining Hall 

6 p.m.
Get Ready for Climbing Wall
Murphy and Rickard Hall

6:30 p.m.
Climbing Wall
Fitness Recreation Center

8:30 p.m.
Relax or Walk Around Campus
Dorm/Campus

10 p.m.
Devotions with Counselors
Dorm

Wednesday

Time
Activity
Location

7-7:30 a.m.
Breakfast
SSC Dining Hall

7:30 a.m.
Depart for Hocking Hills State Park
Via Chillicothe, OH

9:30 a.m.
Sites in Hocking Hills State Park
 Hocking Hills State Park

12 p.m.
Bag Lunch at Park
Hocking Hills State Park

12:30-2 p.m.
Sites in Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park

2 p.m.
Depart for Cedarville University
To Cedarville, OH

4-5 p.m.
Relax and Get Ready for Dinner
Dorm

5-6 p.m.
Dinner
SSC Dining Hall

6-7 p.m.
Relax or Walk Around Campus
Dorm/Campus 

7 p.m.
Board Games/Movie and Snack
ENS 248

10 p.m.
Devotions with Counselors
Dorm

Thursday

Time
Activity
Location

7-7:30 a.m.
Breakfast
SSC Dining Hall

7:30-9:30 a.m.
Hike in Massie's Creek Gorge
Cedarville, OH

9:30-10:30 p.m.
Take Stream Velocity Measurements on Massie's Creek
Massie's Creek
Wilberforce, OH

10:30-12 p.m.
Hike in Clifton Gorge or John Bryan State Park
Clifton/Yellow Springs, OH

12-1 p.m.
Lunch
SSC Dining Hall

1-2 p.m.
Stream Discussion and Calculations
ENS 248 (Geology Lab)

2-3:30 p.m.
Laboratory Activity - Google Earth Activity
ENS 248 (Geology)

3:30-5 p.m.
3D Printing Exercise
ENS 248 (Geology)

5-6:30 p.m.
All Academic Camp Cookout
Outside SSC

6-8:30 p.m.
Games and Drone Flights
Campus

10 p.m.
Devotions with Counselors
Dorm

Friday

Time
Activity
Location

7-7:30 a.m.
Breakfast
SSC Dining Hall

7:30 a.m.
Depart for Ohio Caverns
West Liberty, OH

8:30-11 a.m.
Tour of Ohio Caverns and Glaciology Discussion
West Liberty, OH

11 a.m.
Depart for Cedarville University
To Cedarville, OH

12-1 p.m.
Lunch
SSC Dining Hall

1 p.m.
Check Out
Dorm

Cost and Registration Details

The $400 registration fee includes all meals, housing, field trips, activities, supplies, and a camp shirt.

For the June 15-19 week, the final deadline for registration is June 3, 2020. We are unable to refund registrations after June 3, 2020.
Please note that most camps fill up before the registration deadline so register early! If a camp reaches capacity before the deadline, there will be a waitlist available.

Check into residence halls between 3-5 p.m. on Monday. Camp concludes at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, unless indicated otherwise in the camp schedule. All campers must be picked up by 2:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accommodate any early arrivals/late departures for any camp students. Please adjust your schedule accordingly.

What to Bring

  • Great attitude
  • Open heart to the Lord
  • Excitement to learn
  • Desire to make new friends

and in your suitcase…

  • Walking/hiking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunblock and insect repellent
  • Rain jacket
  • Bible
  • linens or sleeping bag for twin bed
  • pencil and notebook
  • umbrella
  • personal items
  • towels
  • comfortable clothes and shoes
  • pillow
  • trash can
  • money for snacks

What to Wear

Modest casual dress including blue jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are acceptable for camp activities. Shorts should be no shorter than halfway between the top of the knee and top of the thigh. Exposed midriff style shirts are not allowed.

Resources

Cedarville University Airport Transportation

Cedarville University provides shuttle service from Dayton (DAY) and Columbus (CMH) airports to pick up Academic Camp students between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday. The shuttles will drop off Academic Camp students at Dayton and Columbus airports on Friday after 3:00 p.m. Please check your camp schedule and note the check out time before you schedule a return flight. If your camp checks out at noon or later, you will want to schedule a return flight for 5:30 p.m. or later, otherwise they may miss out on scheduled activities.

For a shuttle service to Dayton, there is a $45.00 round-trip charge. For shuttle service to Columbus, there is an $80.00 round-trip charge.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any early arrival and early/late departure for any camp students. Please adjust your schedule accordingly.

Please schedule and pay for airport transportation. This must be completed by your camp registration deadline.