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What to Expect

A Typical Summer Honors Weekday

5:45 a.m.  Workout - Optional for athletes and fitness fanatics.
7:30 a.m.  Breakfast - Get your made-to-order omelet, biscuits and gravy, or cereal. Remember to hydrate!
8:00 a.m.  Academic Sessions - Attend courses such as "Criminals and the Death Penalty" (Criminal Justice), "The Social Register" (Sociology), "Gross Anatomy" (Physical Therapy), "Jungian Archetypal Analysis" (Psychology), "Citizens and Politics (Political Science) or "Neuroscience" (Psychology). Other offerings in the past have included Marine Biology, Genghis Khan, and Drawing 101 (Art).
9:30 a.m.  College Writing Course - After the first break, work with a college writing professor and have two of your essays graded as though they were submitted for an honors section of Composition 101 at a typical college in Georgia. Learn your strengths and weaknesses as a writer from a professor who teaches these courses. 
10:45 a.m.  Leadership Discussion - After the second break, attend a discussion where you and your peers learn your individual leadership styles, the strengths and weaknesses associated with that style, and get practical advice on common leadership struggles. More than 80% of our leadership curriculum is adventure learning on the ropes course or Mt. Yonah, but classroom discussions provide a framework for learning leadership. 
12:00 p.m.  Lunch - Stations in the Dining Hall include the comfort food line, salad bar, pizza and desserts. Sandwich fixings and cereal are available. Be sure to hydrate!
1:15 p.m.  Pine Valley - Load onto the Nighthawk shuttles for the ten minute ride to Pine Valley, a recreation area owned by the University of North Georgia that houses our high and low ropes adventure courses and the Leadership Reaction Course. Bring a backpack to store your water bottle, sunglasses, cell phone, sunscreen, ball cap, sunglasses and bug spray. We have water coolers available on site for water bottle refills. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
5:00 p.m.  Return to Campus - Load up the shuttles and return to the dorm to rest, enjoy some air conditioning, and clean up for dinner. Some days, we have only two activity periods so that we can return to campus by 4:00 p.m. This allows time to visit historic downtown Dahlonega, visit the Fudge Factory or Connie's Ice Cream Parlor and even eat at one of the local restaurants (optional). We also return early the afternoon before our Etiquette Dinner so everyone has a chance to shower and dress up a bit for a five-course, catered meal complete with sparkling cider and toasts. 
6:00 p.m.  Dinner - Our Dining Hall has Powerade and other good hydration options, plus all your favorite Coke and Pepsi products. Be sure to check out the soft serve ice cream, a real crowd pleaser after four hours outside on the challenge course or a day of hiking and climbing at Mt. Yonah.
7:00 p.m.  After-Dinner Activities - Activities include: Quiz Bowls, Essay Contests, trips to the UNG Observatory and Planetarium shows. 
8:30 p.m.  Free Time - Hang out in the dorm, or walk to Dairy Queen after a long, hot day in the sun. When it's raining, we try to run a shuttle so you can get back to campus safe and dry. Students may enjoy the outdoors near our dorm or play ping pong, shoot pool or play cards with your friends in the dorm day room.
10:00 p.m.  Quiet Time - You don't have to go to bet yet, but we make sure the dorm hallways are quiet so that anyone who does want to sleep can do so.
11:30 p.m.  Lights Out - The lights out time varies depending on activities but is typically between 11 p.m. and midnight. Campers must be in their dorm rooms and reasonably quiet. We won't come in your rooms to check on you unless there's an emergency, but RAs do roam the halls to verify it's quiet. Make sure your alarm is set so you're ready for tomorrow.

A Typical Day Saturday: Mt. Yonah

8:30 a.m. Breakfast - After a nice sleep-in.
9:00 a.m. Head to the Mountain - Load shuttles for a trip to Mt. Yonah.
10:00 a.m. Hike - A strenuous-but-rewarding, 1.5 mile hike to the top of the mountain lead by three of our mountain guides. We'll meet you at base camp with water and Gatorade. 
11:00 a.m. Rappelling and Climbing - You and your group will either rappel at the boulder or climb the face of Yonah.
1:00 p.m. Lunch - Return to base camp for lunch, more hydration and a restroom break.
2:00 p.m. Rappelling and Climbing - If you rappelled before lunch you will head to rock climbing after, and vice versa.
4:00 p.m. Break Time  - Return to base camp for a break. We host an optional hike to the top of the mountain for those who want great views and photos with friends. Yonah provides views of the North Georgia mountains, and on a clear day you can see from Lookout Mountain near the Tennessee border to the mountains in southern North Carolina.
5:00 p.m. Hike Hike off the mountain. Down is easier than up!
6:00 p.m. Return to Campus - Load the shuttles and return to campus for a well-earned dinner and rest.
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Free Time/Rest - After a great day on the mountain, we rest up. Free time in the dorm and good night's sleep await.

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