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Historical Games Pre-College Camp

This is an immersive experience playing historical games designed for students seeking to learn about the history of Ancient Greece and debate skills.

The Camp is designed to serve students in high school's 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. It is held on the Manhattan College campus, conveniently located in New York City.

Participants in this summer program will have complete access to Manhattan College, including our classrooms, labs, and library.
The Camp's program has been carefully designed to introduce and engage students in the excitement of historical study and debate, particularly in Ancient Athens. Full details of the program and activities will be found below on this page.

Click this link to join one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more about each program our program.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does the Camp cost?

    Check our tuition fees below. If you plan to live on campus, review our residential add-on option below.

    Does the Camp offer financial aid?

    Our camp offers several options to support parents with their financial situations. Please get in touch with us to discuss your financial case.

    Where is the Camp located?

    We are located in Riverdale, west of Van Cortlandt Park. Our Camp is conveniently located one and a half blocks from the NYC subway (#1 train at 242nd Street) and close to several major highways. All children will stay on campus.


    Can we visit the Camp before signing up?

    We are not running in-person camp visits. Please join our virtual meetings to learn more about our Camp.

    What is security and safety like at the Camp?

    Security and safety are our top priorities in Camp. Our camp faculty will accompany participants at all times times.

    What should participants wear to the Camp?

    Campers should wear comfortable shoes. Sneakers are highly recommended—no flip-flops or Crocs.

    Who makes up the camp staff?

    Our camp staff comprises professionals with experience in education, Manhattan College faculty, and Manhattan College students may also support daily activities.

    Does the camp offer field trips?

    All the activities and classes will be on campus and in our Manhattan College labs. 

    Can I cancel my child’s registration?

    The registration fee is non-refundable. If you have paid for Camp and, for some reason, you decide not to continue coming, please email us at, and we can discuss your situation.

    Does the Camp provide lunch and snacks?

    Unless the participant is registered to our add-on residential option living on campus, we do not provide lunch or snacks to participants.

    Do you provide housing?

    Yes, we do. We provide a residential add-on option, which includes on-campus housing, three meals at our cafeterias, and fun extracurricular activities.

Activity Descriptions:

This program uses Reacting to the Past immersion games that empower students to negotiate historical crises from the first-person perspective of historical figures.

The program will focus on The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 BCE, set at the end of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. The Athenian democracy has been dismantled. Students take on roles as Greek figures to decide what sort of government Athens should build, who should participate, how voting and education should work, and whether anyone needs to be held accountable for their actions after the war. The program emphasizes active learning, public speaking, problem-solving, negotiation, source analysis, and debate.

In preparation to play the major game, our program includes an examination of Ancient Greek history during the fifth century BCE, such as hoplite warfare, Athenian democracy, Socratic and Platonic philosophy, Greek religion, and history writing. Students will analyze historical texts by Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plato to understand the construction of the Athenian system and critiques of its democracy. Preparation for the game will include workshops in public speaking and speech writing.

Playing historical games set in the Ancient Greek past gives students a hands-on understanding of the motivations that historical people used in their decision-making and the many factors that shaped the debate about democracy, inclusion, and conflict. They learn the challenges of writing a bill and negotiating through opposing perspectives. Students gain historical insight and understanding of how historians work with historical documents.

Program Dates


Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Edwards

Tuition Fees

Tuition: TBD


  • Certificate of completion
  • Classes
  • Class materials
  • Manhattan College gift

Residential Add-On

If you plan to stay at our dorms, have full meals at our cafeterias, visit iconic NYC places, and have a campus experience, check out our weekly residential add-on here.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you every step of the way. Email us at