Curiosity Camp at Simon’s Rock is a camp for inquisitive and motivated students completing grades 9, 10 or 11 who are interested in exploring their academic and creative interests in a college environment. The camp is located on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, which enrolls students who are ready to begin working on their bachelor’s degree after the 10th or 11th grade. The campus is also home to Bard Academy, a unique two-year high school for students planning to begin college early.

“Curiosity Camp gives campers an inside look into what life and academics are like at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy,” says Susan Lyon, vice provost at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. “Our students leave Curiosity Camp with an understanding of a college environment, experience across diverse academic courses and opportunities to make new connections with peers—and all before they’ve completed high school.”

Camp includes Simon’s Rock’s signature Writing and Thinking Workshop along with a seminar, as well as arts and science courses for campers to experience diverse and exciting academic offerings. “Parents have said that attending Curiosity Camp gave their student more confidence and a better sense of the experiences and academics they’ll be looking for when applying to colleges in the future,” Lyon says.

Located in the Berkshires, Simon’s Rock’s includes a beautiful 275-acre wooded campus, the state-of-the-art Kilpatrick Athletic Center, nearby downtown Great Barrington and planned excursions to cultural and historical attractions.

“Our campers enjoy having the opportunity to explore new academic topics in creative, exciting and hands-on ways,” she says.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington, MA