Please feel free to contact our office
at any time with any questions you may
have. We have a fully-trained staff
available to assist you Monday - Friday
(8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) with any of
What is the difference between Mind
Trekker Summer Camps and Pre-College
Trekker summer camps are offered to
students who will have completed grades
6-8 at the end of the 2014-2015 school
year. Pre-College Explorations are for
students who have completed grades 9-11
by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
How large is each exploration?
Explorations are limited to 20 students
or fewer to allow one-on-one
instruction. Some programs-like
backpacking and mountaineering-are kept
smaller to ensure safety. We train and
employ more than three hundred
instructors, activity counselors,
residence counselors, and staff. We
intentionally keep our student-to-staff
ratio low at approximately 10:1.
If I stay for more than one exploration,
do I have to leave campus during the
If you elect to come for two or more
consecutive weeks of Summer Youth Programs, we
offer exciting weekend activities in the
area. Stayover fees are $125 per weekend
and include meals, lodging, and
supervised excursions. Weekend
activities can include beach barbecues,
copper mine tours, a trip to historic
Fort Wilkins State Park, hiking,
kayaking, boat tours, and more.
Where will I stay?
Our live-in participants enjoy a taste
of campus living in Michigan Tech's
largest residence hall, Wadsworth Hall.
Staff and participants are housed in
self-contained, secure areas.
Participants have access to residence
hall laundry facilities (minimal fee),
recreation areas, and lounges. We have a
full-time, live-in counseling staff who
provide supervision, interact with
participants, and help ensure safety.
Who will I room with? Will they be close
to my age?
We take great care to match participants
with a roommate of the same gender who
is close in age, but from a different
place. Floors are divided by gender-no
males are permitted on the female floor,
and vice versa.
We encourage participants to broaden
their horizons and room with someone
new. However, some students prefer
rooming with someone they already know,
like a sibling or friend. These requests
are honored whenever possible. Both
friends must request each other on their
Confirmation Packets. If you request to
room with a friend, but your friend does
not request you, you will not be placed
together, and it will not be possible to
switch rooms when you arrive.
Will there be college students in my
While we share Wadsworth Hall with
Michigan Tech students during the
summer, Summer Youth Programs participants will
have exclusive use of the fourth and
fifth floors. Swipe access points limit
the access only to Summer Youth Programs
participants and staff.
Are the residence halls or campus
While a few classrooms may be
air-conditioned, the majority of spaces
and all residence hall rooms are not. We
recommend that all students bring a
small personal fan; it can get quite
warm in Houghton during the summer.
Can I commute?
Programs are available at a reduced fee
for students who wish to provide their
own daily transportation. Lunch is
included, and commuters are strongly
encouraged to attend evening
recreational activities. Commuting
students must reside with adults
(parents, relatives, or family friends).
The Summer Youth Programs office will
need the student's local address and
phone number, and the participant must
agree to follow all live-in student
rules while on campus.
Several of our explorations involve
travel or late-evening activities and
are not available to commuters. See
Tuition & Special Fees for
exploration description details.
Is there recognition for my
Upon successful completion of your
program, you will be awarded a
certificate. We recommend that you put
it in your high school portfolio. You
may wish to refer to it when applying
for jobs, colleges, or honors programs.
You also are eligible to apply for the
Summer Youth Diversity Incentive Award,
a scholarship available only to Summer Youth
Programs alumni who enroll as
undergraduates at Michigan Tech.
After I apply, what's next?
You will receive a personalized
Confirmation Packet once we receive your
application and deposit. In it, you'll
find important forms that must be
completed and returned. About a month
before the start of your program you'll
receive a Welcome Packet with
information about registration, campus
life, what to bring, and more. Keep this
packet for reference as the summer
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How much do Summer Youth Programs cost?
We remain one of the most affordable
programs in the nation, and we
intentionally keep our costs low so that
our programs are accessible to as many
people as possible. Note: fees may vary;
please see exploration descriptions for
Are there any financial awards
Financial Awards for information.
Can I cancel my enrollment?
Cancellation for information.
When is the balance due?
For Summer Youth Programs, the remaining
balance (including bus fees, stayover
fees, etc.) is due June 1.
Competitive Scholarship Programs, the
registration fee is due ten days after
you receive your acceptance
notification. This is so that we can
complete your enrollment and guarantee
Deadlines and Payment Schedule for
information about deadlines and payment
What if my program is full?
We are always happy to help you find
another exploration to fit your
interests. Or if you prefer, we can
place your name on a waiting list and
notify you if space becomes available.
If you haven't been transferred from a
waiting list to an exploration by the
start of the program, your entire
payment (including the deposit) will be
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Transportation for more detailed
information on transportation.
How do I get to Michigan Tech? Where
Michigan Tech is
located in Houghton, Michigan, near the
shore of Lake Superior in the beautiful
Check out a
campus map for more information.
Arranging transportation early will
ensure smooth travels. Early
arrangements will also allow our staff
to prepare for your arrival and be ready
to give you a great welcome. See
Transportation for more information
about transportation options, including
car, air, and bus.
Wadsworth Hall relative to the rest of
The hall is located
on the south side of US Highway 41, near
the east side of campus.
can my family stay in the area?
Many people use the trip to Michigan
Tech as a vacation for the entire
family. The area is well known for its
scenic beaches and waterfalls, unique
shopping, historic downtowns, and
tourist attractions. Cottages, hotels,
bed and breakfasts, and camping are
available in the area. For more
someone available to pick me up from the
airport/bus/etc. when I arrive? Will
they drop me off when I am departing?
Yes! Summer Youth Programs staff
members will pick up and drop off any
participant as long as we have prior
notice. Please complete the
transportation section of the
application, indicating the time of your
arrival and departure. If your plans
change, please notify our office as soon
as possible so we can make the
I arrive a day early, or leave a day
You must get prior
approval if you wish to arrive early or
depart late, so call our office to
check. In most cases, we can accommodate
your request. There is a $75 charge for
each extra day, which covers counselor
supervision, room fees, and meals.
Please be aware that late departure on
August 3 is not available.
I drive myself to campus?
Yes. You must check your keys at the
office-students are not allowed to leave
campus alone during their exploration.
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When does a specific program run?
Our programs start in mid-June and
run through the first week in August. To
find the dates of a specific program
Course Catalog for more information.
When will we receive information
regarding the programs?
For Summer Youth Programs, you will
receive a Confirmation Packet
approximately two weeks after we have
processed your application and deposit.
For Competitive Scholarship Programs, we
will notify you that we have received
your application within two weeks of
applying. We will notify all applicants
of their admissions status in mid-May.
When will I need to return my Health
History, Community Standards, and
Parental Consent Forms?
Forms for all programs must be
returned to the Summer Youth Programs office by
June 1 (see
Forms for details). A Health
History, Community Standards, and
Parental Consent Form must be on file in
order to attend an exploration. All
required forms will be sent with your
If I am staying for more than one
session, what happens over the weekend?
Will I change rooms?
The weekends here at Michigan Tech
are awesome! Weekend stayovers cost
and include everything you need to have
fun and relax-room and board, all meals,
fun activities, and local excursions. We
offer a wide variety of weekend stayover
• A guided tour of an
inactive copper mine
• A Pictured Rocks boat
tour on Lake Superior
• Barbequing at Great Sand
• A tour of Historic Fort
• Traveling to an Indian
• Boat tours on scenic
• Hiking into Lake of the
We try our best to make
sure that stayover participants keep the
same room, but we cannot guarantee this.
We will have counselors on duty to
supervise over the weekend.
Do I need spending money?
We recommend bringing $30 to $40 of
spending money per week, but it is not
required. The exploration fee covers all
instructional materials, so you only
need spending money to buy merchandise
or for some
optional evening activities.
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Where do I go to register when I
Registration for information.
Do parents need to be there for
encourage parents to attend
registration, but it is not necessary if
all forms have been submitted.
What meals are provided on
registration and checkout days?
Lunch and dinner are served during
Sunday check-in for live-in
participants, and breakfast is served
during Saturday checkout. Parents and
commuters may also buy meals on these
dates. We encourage parents to have a
meal in the residence hall to get a
taste of what participants will
experience during their stay.
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What is the daily schedule?
Daily Schedule for information.
What types of things will I do in my
allows you to immerse yourself in a
particular field or area of interest for
an entire week. Explorations are offered
in seven different categories that are
designed to introduce you to a world of
opportunities. You'll learn new
software, rappel, or perform diagnostic
chemical tests. In other explorations,
you could fly a plane, produce a film,
backpack through a scenic wilderness
area, or cast molten metal. Basically,
you'll learn awesome stuff through
hands-on activities like working in
labs, going on field trips, doing group
projects, and meeting with role models.
Who teaches the classes, or
faculty, graduate and undergraduate
students, and other specialists teach
our explorations. All instructors are
trained to work with students of
pre-college age and meet extensively
with the Summer Youth Programs coordinators to
ensure that their curriculum is
age-appropriate yet challenging.
To what address can my family and
friends send a letter/package/money?
ATTN: (Student's Name)
Michigan Technological University
1703 Townsend Drive
Will I have contact
with students from other explorations?
Yes. Other than the
classes/explorations, all recreation
areas, activities, and events are open
to all participants.
allowed to check me out to go off-campus
for the day/evening if they live around
the area? Can I leave by myself?
You are not allowed to leave campus
without an adult. Personal friends or
relatives not associated with Summer Youth
Programs are only allowed to visit
during evening recreation time (around
4:30-10:00 PM); they must be listed on
your Health History Form in the Release
of Student section in order for you to
go off-campus with them. Please make
sure that you are signed out and back in
with the residence hall coordinator at
the time of the visit. No guests may go
upstairs in participant rooms.
Who supervises the students in the
residence hall coordinators, and head
counselors supervise participants
whenever they are not in their
explorations. We hire undergraduate
mentors after a comprehensive screening
process, which includes intensive
training in safety, age-appropriate
activities, and diversity.
students have constant supervision?
Yes. Participants are not
allowed to leave the designated campus
area without accompaniment by an SYP
staff member. During recreation times,
you are welcome to walk around campus,
but you must sign out and sign back in
when you're done.
is the campus?
residence halls are locked from 10:00 PM
to 6:30 AM.
Individual rooms lock
and participants are responsible for
their own room keys.
No one is
allowed on the fourth and fifth floors
of the residence hall without a Summer Youth
Michigan Tech is
ranked as the third-safest college
campus in the nation.
patrolled by full-time police officers.
While we rarely have problems, we
recognize the value of keeping valuable
possessions safe. Summer Youth Programs
provides a free "safe deposit" service
where participants can store money and
valuables such as iPods, laptops, or
other items. Valuable possessions are
individually stored where the
participant can access them at any time.
The balance of stored cash is tracked,
and participants must initial each
Will I be able to
Laundry facilities are available for you
to use on site. The washers are free,
but dryers are 25 cents per unit of
time, and are very large and can hold
multiple loads. Detergent is available
for purchase at the front desk.
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All participants must have a completed
and signed Health History Form on file
prior to the start of their program. See
Forms for more information.
have special dietary needs (lactose
intolerant, allergies, unable to eat x,
y, or z). Will you be able to
any special dietary needs on your Health
History Form. If we need more details
about your needs, one of the residence
hall coordinators will contact you prior
to the start of the program. Our dining
hall has a variety of options to fit
almost any diet, including salad and
sandwich bar, made-to-order stir-fry,
pizza, burgers, hot dogs, veggie
burgers, cereal bars, toast, bagels,
fresh fruit, and desserts, in addition
to the hot dishes of the day.
I take medication-what do I need to do?
Make sure to note any
medications you are currently taking on
Health History Form,
including when you take it and the
dosage. Medication will need to be
turned in to the office. We make
exceptions for epi-pens and emergency
inhalers, which you can keep with you.
We prefer that medication be in its
original bottle, but feel free to bring
it in a case if it's more convenient for
We have some
over-the-counter medicine available in
our office for students, but we do not
have everything. If you choose to bring
over-the-counter medicine, it will need
to be turned in to the office. You can
request it any time you need it.
I have a special medical
condition-what do I need to do?
Be sure to note any conditions on
Health History Form. One of
the residence hall coordinators will
contact you if necessary to ensure that
we are prepared to accommodate your
Where can I receive
All SYP staff
members receive first aid and CPR
certification, and are capable of
handling minor first aid needs. If you
need professional attention, treatment
for minor ailments and injuries is
available at the
Portage Medical Clinic, which is
located on campus. Clinic staff includes
physicians, nurses, and lab assistants.
A fee will be charged for each visit
and/or medication (cash, check,
MasterCard, or Visa accepted). Portage
Hospital, located less than ten minutes
from campus, is used after clinic hours
and for emergencies.
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