Quill Camp

**Coronavirus/COVID-19: At this time, Quill Camp registration is now closed. We have made the difficult decision to cancel Quill Camp 2020. All registration fees will be refunded. Please feel free to email us at qcamp@gmu.edu if you have any questions. More information about Mason’s response to coronavirus/COVID-19 is available at http://gmu.edu/coronavirus.**

Quill Camp Program Dates

Vision: July 14-18
Republic: July 21-25
True Crime: July 21-25
Project Peak: August 15-19

Welcome to the Mason Nation! Quill Camp is an extended orientation experience for incoming students that brings together new and current students to help jumpstart the college experience in a fun summertime setting designed to support students in the transition to their new home by developing a diverse social network and strengthening their ties to the Mason Nation. Each program offers its own unique flavor and focus. All programs utilize experienced student leaders to serve as mentors to new Patriots. Over five days and four nights, new students along with other incoming students and student leaders learn more about Mason, its traditions, and their new GMU family. At Quill Camp, you will:

  • Discover lifelong friends, connections and mentors    
  • Learn about yourself and how you can make the most of your time at Mason                                                       
  • Connect with faculty/staff and community members who will help you make your goals a reality
  • Receive an immersive introduction to the variety of experiences that the Fairfax and greater DC area have to offer       
  • Get acquainted with campus life and the Mason community before classes to ensure a successful year.


Available camps for summer 2020 are Project Peak, True CrimeVision and Republic. Find more details about them below or visit Quill Camp FAQs

The registration fee for Vision, True Crime and Republic is $200.00, Project Peak is $375.00 and will be due at the time of registration. Registration includes: 

  • All food and transportation costs within the 
  • All programs, resources, and activities 
  • Housing during Quill Camp
  • Quill Camp T-Shirt and swag


We are committed to making Quill Camp accessible to all students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity and have worked to keep the price of this program low. If cost is an obstacle, limited scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance through the generous support of the George Mason University Parents Fund. Click the link above for more information!


Quill Camp: Republic

Camp Cost: $200.00

Republic is available to only 40 incoming freshman students in total. Republic offers the opportunity to experience the various levels of government through unique and hands-on experience in the heart of the nation’s government and political center. Along with exploring the Fairfax/ DC community, you will find your place as an active citizen as you settle into your home here at Mason. 

  • Meet and learn from student leaders, professors, and government officials            
  • Explore our nation’s various public institutions                                                    
  • Find your place in the important work here at Mason

Republic Sample Schedule

Quill Camp: Vision

Camp Cost: $200.00

Vision is available to only 40 incoming freshman students in total. Vision allows you to delve into the world of leadership and service opportunities available in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. You will be equipped with the skills to become a strong leader and mentor, a catalyst for change and one of the top involved students at Mason. Additionally, Vision provides opportunities to grow your peer and professional network, boost your resume, and become a highly competitive candidate for the real world. With Vision, you can begin to find your place in the Mason and the Fairfax/DC community. 

  • Develop the skillset to Lead and Mentor                          
  • Engage on-site with local service organizations to boost the community
  • Learn from established leaders championing critical causes and how you can enact change


Quill Camp: True Crime

Camp Cost: $200.00

True Crime is available to only 40 incoming freshman students in total. True Crime allows you to explore firsthand what it would be like to work in the criminal justice field and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the criminal justice system in action. True Crime is designed to also establish a strong understanding of the criminal justice system and how that system relates to broader ideas and ideals of justice, equality, and human rights in the Fairfax/DC community. 

  • Observe and participate in mock crime scenes and criminal trials
  • Explore various public/private institutions within the criminal justice system
  • Open your eyes to a plethora of opportunities within the field and a chance to network


Quill Camp: Project Peak

Camp Cost: $275.00

Project Peak is available to only 40 incoming freshman students in total. Project Peak is a great way to start your transition experience and get connected to the Patriot community! Project Peak is a five-day, four-night outdoor excursion offered to first-year students of all experience levels. Project Peak challenges students and builds community through immersive outdoor programs from wilderness canoe trips to basecamp style multisport adventures. Enjoy the outdoors, have fun, and meet Mason students and staff on this one-of-a-kind adventure.

  • Enhance student learning that encourages and promotes the growth of skills and abilities
  • Explore various aspects of nature that encourages all students to participate at their own ability level in a safe environment 
  • Implement physical fitness, create new friendships and provide mentorship

Project Peak Sample Schedule


NOTE: Camps have limited capacities and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once full, registration for that camp will be closed and you will be able to join the waitlist. We strongly encourage you to register early!


Contact Us 
Email: qcamp@gmu.edu
Phone: (703) 993-2475