Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the instructors?

In most cases, sessions are taught either solely by OSU-Cascades faculty members, or a combination of faculty, student researchers and community partners. Refer to our Summer Academy options for more information.

Tell me more about the Outdoor Program at Summer Academy.

Full details will be released in April 2020, but expect to participate in a number of adventures including paddleboarding, river floating, hiking, rock climbing and more with our trained student leaders.

Who can participate in Summer Academy?

Any high school student entering grade 10, 11 or 12 in the fall. Students entering grade 9 with exceptional drive are encouraged as well.

Do I have to worry about transportation during the day?

All activities occurring off campus during programming will have transportation arranged by OSU-Cascades event staff members. Day Program participants will need private transportation to and from campus each day.

How are students being supervised during Summer Academy?

During the day, program assistants and chaperones will be supervising the students for classroom activities, travel around campus, and outdoor activities. Additionally, our Cascades Adventures or hired external partners will be with your students during any of our excursion activities. Once back at campus, our overnight program is supervised by our Summer Conference resident assistant staff, the chaperones and our program director.

What do students do after dinner for the overnight program?

Chaperones and our Conference Services resident assistant staff will provide evening activities, ranging from movie nights to board games and low-ropes teambuilding activities. Student teams will also work together on projects and program reflection activities.

What do you suggest my student takes for the overnight program?

For the overnight program, students have a fully furnished room with sheets and towels included, as well as access to free guest WiFi and cable television in the main lounges. Our recommendations are:

  1. Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  2. Clothes for the week
  3. Extra pillow, blankets, etc.
  4. Laptop, tablet, books, games and anything they would like to have as entertainment in their rooms after the day’s activities to unwind
  5. Identification, insurance cards, emergency contacts

WHAT CAN WE DO IF GETTING TO CAMPUS IS TOO DIFFICULT?

For guests arriving from 2+ hours away, out-of-state, and internationally, we may be able to work with you on options ranging from overnight accommodations for parent/guardian/families, to airport shuttle runs.  We don't want you to miss out on this opportunity, so let us know if this is something that we can accommodate!  Please contact Nathan Moses directly regarding transportation challenges.

What if my student has dietary restrictions? Will they be accommodated?

In the initial registration, we ask for this specifically, and participants have the ability to let us know exactly what they need. Our dining staff does an incredible job of accommodating our campus community’s dietary needs during the school year.

What do I need to know for check-in?

Day Program – Participants will need to check-in at the designated location (Obsidian Hall) and receive their meal card and ID badge. If valid state IDs are not available, please be sure that parents/guardians are there for check-in.

Overnight Program – Participants will need to check-in at Obsidian Hall between 1pm and 2:45pm on the first day (Sunday) of your program, and will receive their meal card, ID badge and room access card. They may take all belongs to their room, and then report to the residence hall main lobby for tours and other activities. If valid state IDs are not available, please be sure that parents/guardians are there for check-in.

What happens at the end of the event?

At the concluding event, participants will share reflections on the week and take a quick assessment of their adventures during the camp to help us to continue to grow the program.

How does my student get the scholarship? Is it transferable to Corvallis?

The $500 scholarship can be applied toward OSU-Cascades tuition for the fall term immediately following senior year, and is applicable only to our campus here in Bend. Simply by completing the program, OSU-Cascades Enrollment Services will retain this information and apply this scholarship to the student's first term here at the university.

If my student attends multiple sessions, does my student get a larger scholarship to OSU-Cascades?

The scholarship is awarded to students individually as a one-time award.  Attending multiple summer academies might be a great opportunity for your student, however, we can only make one $500 award to each participating student to use towards their tuition per explaination above.

What is the Cost of Attendance?

Overnight Option - $949, includes:

  • 6 days of programming with daily classes in selected option and outdoor recreation trips including transportation and equipment
  • 5 nights of accommodations in OSU-Cascades residence hall supervised by live-in conference housing resident advisor staff and camp chaperones
  • 5 nights of evening programming in residence hall
  • Linens for stay (Sheet set, light blanket, pillow, towels)
  • All meals + snacks
  • A $500 scholarship to OSU-Cascades that can be applied toward tuition for the fall term immediately following senior year

Day Option - $749, includes:

  • 6 days of programming with daily classes in selected option and outdoor recreation trips including transportation and equipment
  • Daily lunch + snacks
  • A $500 scholarship to OSU-Cascades that can be applied toward tuition for the fall term immediately following senior year

I don’t understand the registration process. can you help me?

Registration for this program is three parts:

  • Part 1 – Parents/Guardians will submit interest for their student for Summer Academy beginning in February 2020. This information will be sent directly to our program staff, who will begin processing.
  • Part 2 – In April 2020, official registrations will begin in our new events portal, where we will be able to take electronic payment, or receive the check for the full amount of the camp to be sent directly to campus.
  • Part 3 – In June 2020, the currently registered participants will receive a reminder email, as well as an information on any additional registration information for Summer Academy that covers changes in insurance information, university liability, and confirmations on accommodations and dietary restrictions for our participants.

What is the refund policy for the summer academy?

We cannot accept refund requests after July 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please note that refund requests between initial time of payment and prior to July 2, 2020 will be assessed a $150 administrative cancellation fee. 
Should circumstances arise that result in the cancellation of an track, session and/or the Summer Academy itself, participants will be refunded in full.

ARE FEE WAIVERS AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM?

We do not currently have program fee waivers available, but we are looking for options. If you know of a business or individual that may be looking for an opportunity to help fund scholarships for this program, please contact Nathan Moses. We hope that within the next one or two years, we will be able to waive a number of fees for students through generous partnerships.

Questions?

Please contact Summer Academy program director Nathan Moses.