2013 Camp American Essay Competition

Essay CompetitionThis year Camp American is holding an essay contest. As in the past there are several age and subject categories for the applicant. Each age category will have three winning essays.

This is a great opportunity for home schoolers to “strut their stuff.” It’s also a great opportunity for public schoolers to show that they’ve got what it takes in the history and civic government fields.

Get your pencils sharpened and make sure the printer ink cartridges are full!

Open to all public, private, and home-educated students who are between the ages of 7 and 18 on  November 1,  2013

The Camp American essay contest age categories are as follows: ages 7-9; ages 10-12; ages 13-15; and ages 16-18.  Student shall enter according to his/her age on February 1, 2011.

1st place winners in the age 7-9 and 10-12 categories will receive a $25.00 cash prize.  If the 1st place winner of the 10-12 age category is 12 years old by the first day of camp, the winner will also receive a full scholarship to Camp American 2014.

First place winners in the age 13-15 and 16-18 categories will each receive a $50.00 cash prize, and a full tuition scholarship to Camp American 2014.  Second and Third place winners in the age 13-15 and 16-18 categories will receive a $100.00 tuition scholarship to Camp American 2014.

Entries must be postmarked on or before Wednesday October 16, 2013, and must arrive at the Camp American office no later than Wednesday October 23, 2013 to qualify.  Winners will be notified on or about Friday January 10, 2014.

The contestants essay topic will be determined by his/her age category as follows:

Ages 7-9 An essay about any one signer of the Declaration of Independence

Ages 10-12 The Second Amendment

Ages 13-15 The Environment

Ages 16-18 First Amendment: Separation of Church and State or  Religious Freedom in the Public Realm

The length of the essay shall be as follows:

Ages 7-9 and 10-12 no more than 1000 words in the body of the essay;  title page, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the word total

Age 13-15  and 16-18 no less than 300 words and no more than 3000 words in the body of the essay;  title page, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the word total

The essay must be double-spaced.  The essay must be typed in an easy to read font or neatly hand written.

The essay shall have a cover page containing the following in order: essay title; contestant’s name; address; age; school and teacher’s name.  These are required for winner notification.

The essay will be judged on content, neatness, grammar, spelling, and adherence to all submission guidelines.  Judges’ decisions are final.

Second and third place winners’ names and those receiving honorable mention will also be posted. First place essays will be posted on the Camp American web site essay page on or about January 10, 2014.

Submit essay to: Camp American   4635 Southcrest Drive   Louisville, KY   40215. Essays that meet the stylistic criteria may be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document ONLY to director@campamerican.com.

Questions?Email director@campamerican.com or call the Camp American office at 614-893-5986

ALL ESSAYS SUBMITTED BECOME THE PROPERTY OF CAMP AMERICAN