High school students are invited to apply for the only immersive Latin language experience in North America designed for 14-18yr. olds.

Drs. Patrick M. Owens and David C. Noe will lead this event in West Michigan, July 9-13, 2018.

Read what last year’s campers had to say about Tusculum.

July 9-13, 2018 • Application • Enrollment deadline: APRIL 30

Check-in is Monday morning from 8-10 a.m. at Waltman Lake in Pierson, MI. Tusculum will provide transportation to and from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, MI. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to that airport or the camp itself. Scheduled activities begin Monday at 11 a.m. and conclude Friday at 8 p.m.

Camp activities will include:

  1. Reading and discussing in Latin a wide variety of authors from all eras of the language
  2. Sharing meals, games, athletics, and campfires all in Latin
  3. Recitations, competitions, dramatic interpretations, and lots of hilarity in Latin
  4. The formation of abiding, literary friendships with other young people your own age who are learning Latin and loving the humanities











1. Do I have to know how to speak Latin already in order to participate?
Immo vero! Two years of experience studying Latin is required, or the equivalent, but no prior experience using the language actively is needed.

2. What are the accommodations like?
Waltman Lake features 319 acres of forest, lakes, meadows, trails, wetlands, cabins, campsites, and comfortable lodge for young scholars. The meal and instruction areas are fully equipped for our needs.

3. How much does this opportunity cost?
$875. This includes all lodging and meals from July 9-13, level-specific instruction by leaders in the spoken-Latin movement, all activities and camp equipment, as well as transportation from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and back for participants who need it.

4. Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, we are setup to take PayPal both for your deposit and the balance. The proper amount should be sent to TUSCULUM EMAIL AT GMAIL DOT COM (not case sensitive).

5. What if the prospect of speaking Latin makes me nervous?
Then you are not alone. The moderators bring many years of experience helping others develop their capacity to use Latin in an active fashion, and will work diligently to reduce the amount of anxiety and increase the amount of joy you take in the language.

6. I see that this is hosted at a Christian college conference center. Is this a religious activity?
No. You will be expected to abide by common standards of moral conduct, but there will be no religious activities conducted during the week. The purpose of our camp is to help you develop your skill in understanding and speaking Latin.










Who are the instructors?

Dr. Owens has organized and moderated several seminars for spoken Latin and Latin pedagogy across the country. He has taught at both the secondary school and university levels extensively, and is currently the editor of the largest dictionary of Neo-Latin vocabulary and modern colloquial terminology. He currently lives in St. Louis and speaks Latin both in and outside the classroom. Dr. Owens’ interest in spoken and active Latin pedagogy began as an undergraduate when he traveled to Rome to study under famed Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster. He then devoted himself to Neo-Latin literature as a student of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Italy. Dr. Owens earned an M.A. in Classics from the University of Kentucky’s Institute of Latin Studies. In 2015 he defended his doctoral dissertation (written in Latin) on Lucretian reception at the Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis in Rome.

Dr. Noe has organized and led several spoken Latin events at Calvin College (2013, 2015, 2016), the Bidua Latina Calviniana, and events at Christian schools in Idaho and Texas, having taught Latin, Greek, and the humanities at the primary, secondary, and university levels for more than 20 years. As a translator of 16th and 17th-century Latin theological and philosophical treatises, Dr. Noe has gained broad familiarity with Latin authors from many eras. And as an alumnus of multiple conventicula, Dr. Noe brings a wealth of experience both as a student and instructor to helping students activate their latent knowledge. He lives in Michigan with his wife and four children, and teaches at Calvin College, having earned the Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Please send additional questions to TUSCULUM.EMAIL@GMAIL.COM


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The moderators reserve the right to cancel the event in case of insufficient registration. If cancelled, all deposits will be returned.