A Letter From Our Director
Delegates, Parents, Educators, and Counselors,
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you back to Model UN Camp for another summer of exciting and enriching programs. This year, we’ve designed two weeks of activities that offer high school students a unique opportunity to learn about global issues, develop skills in negotiation and debate, and become friends with remarkable individuals from all over the world.
For half of each day at camp, campers (called “Delegates” ) assume the role of the UN ambassador from a country other than their own to discuss topics in international affairs. Having researched these topics for weeks before the camp begins, delegates expertly participate in discussions on topics ranging from greenhouse gas emissions to a historical re-enactment of the Cuban missile crisis. These discussions vary considerably from week to week and committee to committee. Outside of formal debate, campers will also participate in workshops on public speaking, debate, resolution writing and critical thinking.
When not in committee or workshops, delegates spend their time participating in more traditional camp activities. A typical day may consist of going for hikes along the Appalachian trail, swimming in beautiful Pine Hill lake, telling ghost stories around the campfire or playing games like manhunt (with MUN-specific rules about extradition treaties) or our version of cops and robbers, known as “IAEA Inspectors and Iranian Scientists.” Splitting up our days in this way enables us to design programs that make learning about the United Nations and the world at large into an interesting and interactive experience, and encourages delegates to want to learn more.
Our staffers are just as passionate about Model UN as our campers. All of them are college students or recent graduates with a minimum of two years of Model UN experience. In the weeks before the camp, each of them has extensive contact with our campers to help aid their preparation for the program. From our delegates to our staffers and organizers, our camp is for those who love Model UN, regardless of skill level, and want more of it during the summer months. The state-of-the-art facilities of the Belleayre Lodge & Cabins bring every modern comfort to Model UNers as they simultaneously learn and have fun. Our team has worked hard to make something that is more than a summer activity: it is the summer activity that we would have wanted to attend as we began our careers in international affairs.
We hope you’re able to join us for a week or two of our unique camp experience this summer, and we encourage you to contact us to find out more.
Until the summer sun shines,
Director, Model UN Camp