VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy

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When: July 18-22, 2022, 9 AM to 4 PM daily

Who: Students in grades 9-12

Cost: $100 (scholarships available)

Deadline to apply: Applications considered on a rolling basis

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The VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy is a day camp for high school students interested in asking big questions, learning about new perspectives, and seeing the world in a new way. The camp is organized and led by faculty members from VCU’s Department of Philosophy, and is held in person at VCU’s beautiful Richmond campus.

Students will spend each day at camp digging into a diverse array of engaging activities that introduce them to the exciting world of philosophy. Students will play games, perform theatrical dialogues, create and share presentations, pose questions to expert guest speakers, race around VCU’s campus on a scavenger hunt, and make lifelong friends in deep conversations about timeless questions.

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Some of the most pressing and urgent questions in our lives are questions about justice. In order to live together in a way that’s sustainable and fair, we need to work to build communities and societies that are just. But how should we do that? What, in other words, does justice require?

Philosophical thinkers engage deeply with this question about the nature of justice, and about related questions like these:

  • What kinds of wealth inequality (if any) are unjust?
  • What duties do we have to address historical injustice?
  • What kinds of punishment—and what other responses to crime—are just?
  • What are the connections between racial stereotyping, racial discrimination, and injustice?

The VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy in 2022 will be devoted to questions like these ones—questions, that is, about justice. Join us for an unforgettable week of mind-bending discussion about one of the central topics in ethics, political philosophy, and political theory.

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VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy is open to any student who will be in high school (grades 9-12) in the 2022-2023 school year or who was in high school in the 2021-2022 school year. This usually means that eligible students will be between 14 and 19 years old.

Disability Status

The organizers of VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy are committed to making the program available to all eligible students. Students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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Tuition for VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy is $100 per student. Tuition covers all the costs of instruction and materials; it also allows us to provide campers with lunch during every day of camp.

The organizers of VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy strongly believe that financial need should not prevent any student from attending camp. Need-based financial aid, in the form of full scholarships, is available. Students can declare financial need in their online application form.

Have a question about financial aid? Please feel free to email Dr. James Fritz at

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There are two parts to the application for VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy. 

Applications for camp may be submitted starting in November 2021 and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Students will be notified of their acceptance to camp no later than two weeks after the application deadline. Early applicants may be notified earlier than the application deadline.

Tuition is due two weeks after the date of acceptance.

Part 1

The first part of the application is an online form completed by the student. Students should log into this form already prepared to type a brief answer to the following prompt: why are you interested in participating in the VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy?

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Part 2

The second part of the application, which can also be completed through an online form, is an academic recommendation form. This form should be completed by an adult who has recently worked with the student in an academic capacity.

Recommendation Form

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James Fritz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy