Quill Camp FAQs

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[su_spoiler title=”1. What is Quill Camp?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Quill Camp is an extended orientation program that allows incoming students to explore Mason, its vast opportunities, and the surrounding community based on their individual interests. At Quill Camp, you will:

  • Build friendships with people who have similar interests
  • Learn about yourself and how you can make the most of your time at Mason
  • Receive an immersive introduction to both Mason distinctives and the variety of experiences that the Fairfax and greater DC area offer!

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[su_spoiler title=”2. What is the difference between Quill Camp and orientation?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Orientation at GMU gives incoming freshman a chance to get a feel for Mason’s campus, go through academic advising, choose their classes for the fall semester, and gain exposure to the departments at Mason that provide resources to help student transition.  

Quill Camp builds off of some of these aspects and offers an in-depth opportunity to set roots down at Mason. Quill Camp helps direct the student transition experience by creating a context in which students can explore Mason and its offerings in a theme of interest. It will also allow students to build connections with peers and faculty/staff, ask questions of their Quill Camp counselors (upper-classmen GMU students), and participate in activities that will introduce them to our surrounding Fairfax and DC communities. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”3. Can I participate in multiple Quill Camp programs?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

No, you can only choose one Quill Camp program to attend.  Space is limited in each camp and Quill Camp: Republic and Quill Camp: True Crime are ran on the same date.  [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”4. When/where is Quill Camp?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

There are three dates this year for Quill Camp. Quill Camp: Vision will be run from Tuesday, July 14 to Saturday, July 18, 2020. Quill Camp: Republic and Quill Camp: True Crime will be run in conjunction from Tuesday, July 21 to Saturday, July 25, 2020. Project Peak will run later in the summer from Saturday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Participants will stay on the George Mason Fairfax Campus overnight for Quill Camp: Republic, Quill Camp: Vision, and Quill Camp: True Crime, but many activities will take place off-site in Fairfax and the DC-Metro area. Project Peak participants will do a five day, four night outdoor excursion. Prior trip locations have included Shenandoah Valley and Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”5. What are the housing accommodations like?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

You will be staying in one of GMU’s suite-style residence halls on campus. Each room is a double, and you will have one roommate from your specific camp. The rooms include two beds, dressers, desks, and a bathroom shared between you and one other room. You will need to bring your own linens and towels. For Project Peak participants, you will be staying on camp grounds. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”6. Who can participate in Quill Camp?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Any incoming freshman can sign up, including spring admit students (those who are admitted for Spring 2021 can come to Quill Camp in Summer 2020). However, space is limited in each camp and will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”7. Do I have to be a certain major to participate in themed camps?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

All camps are open to all incoming freshmen, no matter what your major is.  For example, if you plan to major in engineering but have a passion for politics or service, we would love to have you![/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”8. How do I sign up for Quill Camp?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Registration opens on March 16, 2020. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can register on our [su_permalink]website[/su_permalink]. Once all the spots are full, you may put your name on the waitlist if you’d like. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”9. How much does Quill Camp cost?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Quill Camp registration for Vision, Republic and True Crime is $200.00 and includes all food, activity costs, housing, a t-shirt, and Quill Camp swag. Project Peak is $275.00 and includes all activities and related equipment, campground fees, food, a t-shirt, and Quill Camp swag. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”10. Is there any financial aid available for Quill Camp?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Thanks to the support of the George Mason University Parents Fund, partial scholarships of $175 each are available for students with high financial need, as determined by George Mason’s financial aid department. Student are still responsible to pay $25 for Quill Camp: Vision, Quill Camp: Republic, and Quill Camp: True Crime. For Project Peak, students are still responsible to pay $100 due to the higher cost of the camp. Scholarships are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in a Quill Camp Scholarship, please visit our scholarship page.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”11. Why should I participate in Quill Camp?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Quill Camp will give you an extra edge in preparing you for success during your time at Mason. You’ll get the opportunity to stay on campus, experience some of the resources and programs Mason offers, and meet students and faculty who will help you along your journey as a Patriot! [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”12. What are the differences between the four camps?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

The activities of Quill Camp: Vision are centered on developing leadership and service.  Quill Camp: Republic is organized around activities pertaining to government and politics. Quill Camp: True Crime explores the world of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Project Peak is centered around the outdoors and adventure. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”13. How big will the camps be?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

Each camp may have up to 40 people, but you will be placed in a cohort of about 15-20 people. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”14. Do the camps ever see one another?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

The daily programming of each camp is tailored to its specific interest group; therefore each camp will engage in different activities. However, Quill Camp: Republic and Quill Camp: True Crime participants will be staying on the GMU Fairfax campus over the duration of the same week. Some meals and evening activities will overlap. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”15. What do I need to bring for Quill Camp?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

We will send you a full packing list, but you should be prepared to bring the following: [su_list icon=”icon: circle”]

  • Toiletries/towels
  • Linens and pillow
  • Clothes and good walking shoes
  • Medications
  • Reusable water bottle
  • 1-2 business professional outfits 

 

Project Peak’s packing list will differ and details will be forthcoming. 

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[su_spoiler title=”16. What kind of special accommodations does Quill Camp offer?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” anchor=”” class=””]

We are committed to serving all individuals! Should you require any visual, physical, or other accommodations please contact us at qcamp@gmu.edu so we can be best prepared to serve you! [/su_spoiler]

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