Milligan Summer Camps

July 9-15, 2017 | High School Students

Talented students like you can spend a week at Milligan’s beautiful campus developing knowledge and skills in your areas of interest. Milligan faculty and students will help you enhance your creative skills. They can even help you develop a portfolio for your college applications and resumes, as well as teach you about careers in your field.

Students are housed in residence halls along with their counselors. Meals are included with registration fee.


Digital Media

Musical Theatre











Digital Media

Camp Information

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Beginner to intermediate skill level. Rising high school freshmen through seniors.

Milligan offers you an opportunity to develop your skills in photography, DV filmmaking, and graphic design. Limited to 18.

  • Use state-of-the-art Mac lab featuring 27-inch iMacs
  • Practice with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software
  • Learn from experienced faculty and professionals


  • Capture, process, and enhance digital images
  • Learn basic camera operation
  • Explore black and white photography
  • Develop skills in lighting, composition, and portraiture

*Students must supply their own camera and memory card

Digital MediaDV Filmmaking

Participants will explore digital techniques in:

  • Create a documentary-style short film
  • Examine movie and documentary productions
  • Discover video pre-production, production, and post-production techniques
  • Learn basics of video editing with Adobe Premiere®
  • Work with experienced broadcast production faculty to learn how to set up video scenes, how to shoot, and how to edit videos

Graphic Design

  • Develop graphic design skills
  • Learn how to use professional design software, Adobe Photoshop® and Illustrator®
  • Explore basic principles of composition
  • Develop a portfolio of your work

Digital Media Showcase

Friends and family are invited to the digital media showcase on Friday, July 14, 5:30 p.m. in the Gregory Center.


  • Early bird registration: $400 before June 1
  • Registration: $500 after June 1
  • Registration deadline: June 30 ($50 non-refundable after June 30) or sooner if maximum enrollment (18) is reached

Click here to Register »


Carrie Swanay – DV Filmmaking professor

Dr. Swanay has taught courses in broadcasting, multimedia journalism, production and editing, and visual media at Milligan since 1990. She holds a BS in broadcasting and MA in instructional technology from ETSU. Her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech focused on digital multimedia design and development. She previously served as production manager at WJHL-TV 11 (the local CBS affiliate). She is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast Education Association, and the National Religious Broadcasters Association.


Art is an award-winning graphic designer with over 20 years of experience in corporate and academic settings. As an art director and creative director, he created work for Fortune 500 companies and numerous national and regional companies and organizations. Brown has also served as creative services coordinator for Milligan College. His accomplishments include more than 40 American Advertising Awards and having a logo design published as part of LogoLounge 6: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers by Rockport Publishers in 2011. Brown holds a MFA degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design from ETSU and has served on the communications faculty of Milligan College since 2010.

michael-kaal_smMichael Kaal – Guest Photography Instructor

Michael grew up in Gilbert, Arizona. He holds a fine arts in photography degree from Milligan College. He now owns his own company, MichaelKaalPhotography, and also shoots for Sports Illustrated, 3D home Imaging and Life at the Ridges Magazine. He’s been published over 60 times in the last four years with Bridal Guide, WeddingWire, The Knot, and others. He is the recipient of Two Bright Lights Editors Choice Awards for 2013 and 2015. When he’s not photographing, you can find him fishing the Watauga River.

Musical Theatre

Camp Information

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A week-long intensive musical theatre workshop for all levels from beginning to advanced. For rising high school freshmen through seniors. Limited to 45.

BECOME A STAR. Experience the thrill of singing, acting, and dancing on stage as well as exploring the technical and design aspects of theatre production in a state-of-the-art facility! Learn from dedicated and knowledgeable music and theatre professionals and create a live musical showcase in one week.

Select a specialized track to enhance your learning opportunities and explore your talents and passions. Choose from:

Vocal & Acting Performance Track

TheatreStudents in the performance track will learn and develop skills in all aspects of stage performance. Faculty will lead masterclasses in acting and vocal techniques, with additional opportunities for individual coaching throughout the camp. Also, students will have the opportunity to showcase their acting, singing, and dancing skills in collaboration with the students in the design and technical track in a one-of-a-kind performance that they prepare through the course of the week.

Design & Technical Production Track

Students in the design and technical production track will learn and develop skills relating to the design process and how it is implemented for the stage in the areas of scenic, lighting, and costume design through masterclasses. The student’s design work will be showcased in a one-of-a-kind production at the end of the week in collaboration with the students in the vocal and acting performance track. In addition, students will act as the running crew for the production, giving them hands-on experience in technical theatre.

Participants will:

  • Learn new acting and vocal performance techniques
  • Discover strategies to improve your stage presence
  • Create a live musical showcase in one week
  • Explore technical and design elements of theatre

Musical Showcase Performance

Friends and family are invited to the musical revue performance on Friday, July 14, 5:30 p.m. in the Gregory Center.

“All Dressed Up”

  featuring songs such as

“Fancy Dress” from The Drowsy Chaperone
“Popular” from Wicked
“Put on Your Sunday Clothes” from Hello Dolly!
“Dressed in Your Pyjamas in the Grand Salon” from Titanic
“Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie
I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story
“You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smilefrom Annie

The students will get to assume much creative control over the production. We will give them a setting such as a Goodwill Store or The Mall and with clothes racks and props they will develop their own dialogue and scenes to transport themselves and the audience to another time and place. 


  • Early bird registration: $400 before June 1
  • Registration fee: $500 after June 1
  • Registration deadline: June 30 or sooner if maximum enrollment (45) is reached ($50 non-refundable after June 30)

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Dishon Smith will serve as the guest director for the week. He has a bachelor’s in piano performance from Bryan College and a master’s in piano pedagogy from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Smith is director of the choral and drama program at Providence Academy, where he has directed annual plays and musicals. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Northeast State Community College and operates Smith Studios, where he has directed and choreographed 12 shows and directs a musical theatre camp. He has been a musician with several productions at Barter Theatre, including musical director for several performances of Mamma Mia!

Our other faculty:

Pamela Adolphi
Kellie Brown
Noah DeLong
Rachel Helton


Camp Information

watchvideo2July 9-14, 2017

Open to rising sophomores through current seniors (2017) who are considering a nursing or healthcare related career. Limited to 30.

  • Hands-on learning with Milligan nursing faculty
  • Develop skills used by registered nurses every day

Participants will:

  • Learn how to assess vital signs, start IVs, give injections, and more
  • Gain knowledge to serve as a healthy lifestyle advocate for family and friends
  • Tour area health care agencies
  • Earn CPR certification
  • Discover employment and advanced degree opportunities in nursing
  • Learn why Milligan nurses are highly recruited by employers

NursingYou will receive:

  • Lab equipment bag and stethoscope


Registration for nursing camp is open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and spring 2017 high school graduates. Limited to 30.

  • Early bird registration: $400 before June 1
  • Registration fee: $500 after June 1
  • Registration deadline: June 30 or sooner if maximum enrollment (30) is reached ($50 non-refundable after June 30)

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Computer Science

Camp Information

July 9-14, 2017

Level up your computer skills and learn how to create a mini super computer in one week. Learn from experienced computer science faculty and develop skills used by programmers, computer engineers, and software developers. Limited to 16!

  • Learn how to program a microprocessor
  • Gain knowledge in how to work individually and in a team environment
  • Create a Raspberry Pi-based Beowulf Cluster for a mini super computer
  • Discover employment and advanced degree opportunities in computer science
  • Learn why Milligan CS and CIS students are highly recruited by employers

You will receive:

  • Milligan computer science t-shirt
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit (32 GB edition)

Consider attending an advance computer science camp next summer!


Registration is open to rising high school sophomores through seniors.

  • Early bird registration: $400 before June 1
  • Registration fee: $500 after June 1
  • Registration deadline: June 30 or sooner if maximum enrollment (16) is reached ($50 non-refundable after June 30)



Camp Information

June 5 – 9 & July 17 – 21

Boys and Girls Ages 5 -14

Kids Soccer Day Camp

8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Buffaloes Soccer Day Camp is a fun environment combined with teaching for the young, eager player. Our staff creates an atmosphere of excitement that stems from our love of the world’s game, while developing the fundamental skills needed to play at a high level.

July 25 – 27

High School Boys Ages 14 – 18

Milligan Soccer Recruiting Camp

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.- Thursday, 11:00 a.m.

The Recruitment Camp is for high school-aged boys interested in becoming part of the Milligan Men’s Soccer Team. It will immerse them into three days of training and life as a member of our program. Attendees will train with some of our current players and live on campus.


Kids Soccer Day Camp

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 5 – 14.

  • Day Camp $140




Milligan Soccer Recruiting Camp

Registration is open to high school boys ages 14 – 18.

  • Recruits $150



Coach Adam Laney

Coach Laney is entering his 9th season as the head coach of the Milligan Men’s Soccer team and is in his 15th year of collegiate coaching. He enjoys using the game as a means of developing relationships and encouraging life growth.

<Assistant Coach Richie Rose

Coach Rose joined the Buffaloes after serving as the head coach at Virginia Military Institute, a NCAA Div. I program. Richie brings a wealth of knowledge to his coaching and holds UEFA A and USSF A coaching licenses.


Camp Information

May 29 – June 2

Gray Elementary

June 5 – 9

Milligan College

July 3 – 7

Love Chapel Elementary

July 10 – 14

Milligan College

July 24 – 28

Colonial Heights Christian Church

Milligan Camps: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All other locations: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The camp is designed for all skill levels and campers should wear proper gym attire each day. This is a co-ed camp for ages 7 – 17. Lunch will be provided for all five sessions. Campers are reminded to bring:

  • Swim wear and towel for pool time at the end of each day for the Milligan weeks if your camper wants to swim.
  • Extra money to purchase drinks and snacks in the concession stand.


Registration is open to boys and girls ages 7 – 17

  • Camps at Milligan College: $165
  • Other locations: $150



Coach Bill Robinson

This will be Coach Robinson’s 8th year facilitating the Milligan College Basketball Camp. He has more than 20 years of experience working with summer basketball programs. He will be assisted by members of his coaching staff, as well as current and former players

YiM Student Leadership Conference

Camp Information

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July 9-15, 2017 – New EARLY summer date

Do you have an idea of what you want to do with your life and feel God is guiding you to a career or vocation that fits with your passions? Do you think that God is calling you into full-time vocational ministry? Or are you completely clueless and have no idea what to do with your future?

Wherever you are, if you want to follow God’s call for your life and need some help thinking through it all, this conference is for you.


  • WORSHIP with a terrific praise band
  • CONSIDER your future
  • LEARN about spiritual disciplines
  • CONNECT with other student leaders
  • FORM lasting friendships with small group members
  • EXPERIENCE leaders and teachers that encourage a life of servant leadership

Pick your forums: Leadership, Intimacy with God, Prayer, Career Search, Worship Leadership, Missions, Creative Media, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Preaching, Next Steps, and more!

Nearly one-half of students attend on their own and make new friends quickly. Student leaders representing church youth groups also attend.

Please join us for YiM if you are a student leader who is passionate about deepening your relationship with Christ.


Registration is open to high school graduation years 2017-2020. Registration is limited to 100 students.

  • Registration fee: $500



What Others are Saying

YiM has changed my life. I felt the presence of God in a real way. I’ve made lifelong friendships, and I have been inspired to pursue God’s call for my life, I will speak His name fearlessly in whatever I do.
– Molly, Raleigh, NC

YiM was unbelievable! I went home a different person.
– Becca, Griffin, GA

The YiM conference challenged my spiritual walk and made me more aware of God’s call for my life.
– Jessica, Lexington, KY

The YiM conference was powerful. I have made so many strong friendships. I love that the YiM staff has for youth seeking to become leaders is obvious.
– Wilson, Bloomingdale, GA

YiM gave me a sense of peace in my relationship with God and a sense of peace about my future.
– Krista, Plainfield, IL

I have learned so much during YiM and I saw God work in amazing ways. I’ve grown in more ways than I imagined in one week. Thank you for providing the opportunity to worship Christ with my whole being.
– Jaime, Orlando, FL

I’ve learned how to create a deeper relationship with God through my experience at YiM.
– Anna, Johnson City, TN

The YiM conference helped me grow in my faith and to prepare for college in the fall. I recommend this conference to anyone who is looking to be a leader and go deeper in their faith.
– Emily, Savannah, GA

“As always, Youth in Ministry comes out on top!  My students have come back from this conference with an even greater passion for Christ, and a confidence to be leaders in the church.  I’ve seen Youth in Ministry work in my life and in the lives of students all around me.  This is a conference that brings the best out of students and can truly transform lives.  Christ is truly at work here!  If you have a student who has leadership potential, this is where they need to be!!”
– Chris Wells, Worship & Engagement Pastor, Collective Church, Frederick, MD

“After returning from the Youth in Ministry Student Leadership Conference, our students are more excited than ever about God’s calling! During their week-long experience, they were encouraged to discover their strengths, made great new connections and friendships with adult mentors as well as with other students from around the country, and they learned more about applying Biblical principles to their everyday lives. I plan to send an even larger group of teens next summer. Thanks, YIM!” 
– Matt Agnew, Pastor of Student Ministries and Executive Director of “The Bridge”, Chandler Christian Church, AZ

“Our students have all loved YiM and come back inspired. Most of the students we have sent have already been serving, leading and making an impact at Lifepointe so the changes aren’t drastic. However, what I have noticed is that they are inspired that there are other student leaders out there who are like them. The networking has been huge and given them more confidence to try bolder tasks such as leading their own Bible Study with peers separate from normal programming. Many have also connected with the idea that vocational ministry could be for them and are considering Christian college education despite coming from public schooling.”
– Todd Fischer, Executive Pastor of Ministries, LifePointe Christian Church, Raleigh, NC

FAQ (Students)

Q: What time does the conference begin? 
A: Registration is on Sunday afternoon between 3-5 pm.  It is helpful to arrive during this time so that you can meet your roommates and counselor. Dinner is at 6 pm with the conference in full swing at 7 pm.

Q: What time does the conference end? 
A: On Saturday morning, we host a brunch and we hope your parents and/or youth leader will join us at 9 am in McCormick Dining Center in Sutton Hall. We’ll have a short closing service at 10 am.  The conference closes at 11 am.

Q: What if I need to leave before the conference is complete?
A: We really hope that you can commit to the entire week.  The end of the week is a critical time for conference activities.  Students who leave early always regret it.

Q: Is airport transportation available?
A: Yes, we are happy to pick you up at the Tri- Cities, TN (TRI) airport.  Please make arrangements to arrive on Sunday, between 1- 3 pm and depart on Saturday between 1-3 pm.  If this flight schedule does not work for you, contact us BEFORE you book the flights.  The YiM staff has limited availability before and after the conference.

Q: Is there a dress code policy?
A: You are welcome to wear jeans, t-shirts, etc.  Shorts are ok, too, as long as they are no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.  One piece swim suits are preferred for girls.  The rooms may be cool with air conditioning, so sweaters or hoodies are a good idea.

Q: What can you tell me about my counselor?
A: We have a one to five ratio of counselor to students.  Counselors are Milligan College students with strong reputations for a deep spiritual life and leadership abilities.  Most often the counselors are Milligan juniors or seniors.  The teens are separated by gender in the dorms and are housed with their small group counselor.

Q: May I drive to Milligan and leave my car on campus?
A: Yes, but you are not permitted to drive at any time during the conference.  Students who leave campus without the YiM Director or Conference Dean’s  permission will be sent home immediately.  At registration, let us know that you have a car on campus so that we can give you a visitor’s pass.

Q: What is the cell phone policy?
A: Students may have their cell phones but are asked to turn them off during any conference activity.

Q: May students bring computers or other electronic devices?
A: We don’t recommend it.  Even during free time there are many opportunities for social interaction that you won’t want to miss. Additionally, YiM is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Q: What should I pack?
A: Students will need to bring their bed and bath linens (twin size sheets).  Additionally, they will need toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. We do encourage students to bring something warm as well as sensible footwear (not flip flops), as there will be a hike during the conference.

FAQ (Student Ministers)

Q: Do I have to attend the conference with my students? 
A: You do not have to be at Milligan for the YiM Student Leadership Conference.  Lots of students attend on their own.  Your students will be with our counselors and other adult leaders throughout the conference.

Q: Can I attend the conference with my students?
A: Of course!  We would love for you to be a part of the week with the students. We have found that YiM can be a refreshing week of spiritual growth not only for the students, but for our counselors, leaders, and adults as well.  You are welcome to participate in all of the main sessions, workshops, devotionals, and fellowship for the week.  We are so glad that you want to come be a part of this with us, and we hope that your relationship with Christ can be strengthened and that we can grow together as a community of believers.

**Due to the rising costs of everything (food, housing, and other items used during the conference) the following policy and related charges will be in place:

  • Each student group may have one adult guest for every 10 students at no charge.
  • If you do not have 10 students attending the conference, there will be a $100 charge per adult leader.
  • If your church representative is involved in the conference as a counselor or workshop leader, there will be no additional charge.
  • Each additional representative or spouse from the church will be charged $100 each.  Fee for children is $75 each.

Q: If I bring students to the conference, is there a place for me to stay?
A: Yes, just let us know in advance that you will need accommodations.  We allow for free housing and food for one adult for each 10 students with a church.  If you bring less than 10 students, there is a charge.  See fees below for additional info.

Q: If I bring students to the conference, what can I do for the week while they are there?
A: Discover LOTS of great things to do in Northeast Tennessee.  You can’t beat our area for hiking, white water rafting, and lots of other fun adventures.  God did some great work to make our region beautiful!  You can also make use of the Milligan and Emmanuel libraries if you want to plan your year, research a new series, etc.

Q: Can I send my students with a youth sponsor? 
A: Yes, just let us know in advance who will need accommodations.  We allow for free housing and food for one adult for each 10 students with a church.  See below for additional info.


The Youth in Ministry Student Leadership Conference is held on the campus of Milligan College in East Tennessee. Milligan College lies nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in the Northeast corner of the State of Tennessee, U.S. Located between Johnson City and Elizabethton on the Milligan Highway, the campus is just minutes from the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol) region and an hour’s drive to historic Asheville, North Carolina.

Milligan College is located at:
1 Blowers Boulevard
Milligan College, TN 37682

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About Youth in Ministry (YiM)

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The mission of Youth in Ministry (YiM) is to encourage high school students to pursue God’s call in their lives and to be servant-leaders. We encourage teens to consider full-time vocational ministry and to be committed leaders with their church. Each year, YiM utilizes workshops, youth rallies and retreats, camp teams, special events with churches, conventions, and our annual YiM Student Leadership Conference to reach students from around the United States.

Youth in Ministry (YiM) provides ministry resources and programs that encourage high school students to pursue God’s call for their lives. YiM helps students explore their special gifts, personality traits, vocational interests, and God’s special purpose for their lives. We encourage teens to think about calling more than career—whether as a pastor, church leader, physician, teacher, business leader, counselor, or musician.

The mission of Youth in Ministry is central to the mission of Milligan College. We are committed to helping students determine their vocational calling and prepare for lives of servant-leadership. The progressive nature of YiM—reaching and influencing teens to explore God’s call for their lives—while encouraging them to consider a Christian liberal arts college along with graduate seminary—is a positive influence for Milligan College among our students, boards, constituents, and overall fellowship of churches. YiM’s primary impact is evidenced by the average 50 percent matriculation rate of annual conference students to Milligan College.

P.O. Box 9 | Milligan College, TN 37682
Phone: 423-975-8021   |   Fax: 423-461-8954

Kit Dotson | Director of Church Relations and Youth in Ministry
Hannah Simeon | Youth in Ministry Assistant



  1. APPLICATION: Complete the application for your camp:
  2. CONFIRMATION: You will receive an email confirmation of space availability. Each camp has limited space for participants, so register early.
    • Early bird registration: $400 before June 1
    • Registration fee: $500 after June 1
    • Registration deadline: June 30 or sooner if maximum enrollment is reached ($50 non-refundable after June 30)
  3. PAYMENT: Once you have received a confirmation, please submit your payment to Milligan within 10 days of your confirmation email. PAY ONLINE or send payment to: Milligan Summer Camps, PO Box 210, Milligan College, TN 37682
  4. MEDICAL FORM: Complete your medical form ASAP.
  5. CAMP INFORMATION: Review the information for your camp of What to Bring, Schedule, and Information for Parents at

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