Top 40 summer photos

Over five weeks this summer, 950 students and teachers spent a week or more at WKU for SCATS, VAMPY, Camp Explore, Camp Innovate or the AP Summer Institute. Here are our favorite photos from five jam-packed weeks.

SCATS camper Matthew Chapman of Fort Campbell closes his eyes while a classmate brushes baby powder over his makeup during Clowning Wednesday, June 17. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS camper Matthew Chapman of Fort Campbell closes his eyes while a classmate brushes baby powder over his makeup during Clowning Wednesday, June 17. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Katelynn Meyer (front) of Goshen and Sherafghan Khan of Hopkinsville and the rest of their group reenact their own version of Goldilocks during VAMPY Paper Theatre Saturday, June 27.  (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Katelynn Meyer (front) of Goshen and Sherafghan Khan of Hopkinsville and the rest of their group reenact their own version of Goldilocks during VAMPY Paper Theatre Saturday, June 27. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Tyler Thomas (left) of Bowling Green and Scott Tobe of Louisville walk through a parking garage at the Nashville International Airport after returning from a day-long field trip to Washington D.C. Tuesday, June 30. Two VAMPY classes went on the trip. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Tyler Thomas (left) of Bowling Green and Scott Tobe of Louisville walk through a parking garage at the Nashville International Airport after returning from a day-long field trip to Washington D.C. Tuesday, June 30. Two VAMPY classes went on the trip. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Counselor Ben Guthrie engages VAMPY campers during the optional, Jedi vs. Sith. Campers were taught special moves and fought each other with pool noodle light sabers on Wednesday, June 24, outside Grise Hall. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Counselor Ben Guthrie engages VAMPY campers during the optional, Jedi vs. Sith. Campers were taught special moves and fought each other with pool noodle light sabers on Wednesday, June 24, outside Grise Hall. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Albania (left) and Italy (right) face off in tug-of-war during VAMPY Olympics on South Lawn Saturday, June 27.  (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Albania (left) and Italy (right) face off in tug-of-war during VAMPY Olympics on South Lawn Saturday, June 27. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Melina Durham (front) and teammate Lauren Simmons, both of London, fall to the ground after their team won the first round of tug--of-war during the VAMPY Olympics Saturday, June 27.  (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Melina Durham (front) and teammate Lauren Simmons, both of London, fall to the ground after their team won the first round of tug–of-war during the VAMPY Olympics Saturday, June 27. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
VAMPY camper Olivia Gilliam of Madisonville prepares her screwdriver to attach two boards to be used for a Rube Goldberg machine in STEAM Labs Friday, July 3. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY camper Olivia Gilliam of Madisonville prepares her screwdriver to attach two boards to be used for a Rube Goldberg machine in STEAM Labs Friday, July 3. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS camper Evvie Cooley of Louisville practices tricks with devil's sticks during Clowning class June 10, 2015, at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.  (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS camper Evvie Cooley of Louisville practices tricks with devil’s sticks during Clowning class June 10, 2015, at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Erin Ashley of Leitchfield laughs as her partner, Jack Thacker of Louisville, acts during a skit in Make Art Live: Commedia Dell'arte Friday, June 12. Jack and Erin worked together to make a skit around the idea of an awkward dinner guest in the SCATS class. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Erin Ashley of Leitchfield laughs as her partner, Jack Thacker of Louisville, acts during a skit in Make Art Live: Commedia Dell’arte Friday, June 12. Jack and Erin worked together to make a skit around the idea of an awkward dinner guest in the SCATS class. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Rose Mar (left) of Bowling Green laughs while Jim Fulkerson leads his Musical Troupe class in activities to get to know each other on the first day of SCATS classes June 8 in the Faculty House. Jim has been teaching SCATS classes for 27 years.
Rose Mar (left) of Bowling Green laughs while Jim Fulkerson leads his Musical Troupe class in activities to get to know each other on the first day of SCATS classes June 8 in the Faculty House. Jim has been teaching SCATS classes for 27 years.
Sarah Pedersen (left) of Barbourville and Kennedy Pendleton of Hopkinsville dance during the SCATS Dance Thursday, June 18. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Sarah Pedersen (left) of Barbourville and Kennedy Pendleton of Hopkinsville dance during the SCATS Dance Thursday, June 18. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
On the last day of SCATS class, Friday, June 19, campers participate in an experiment from their class, The Chemistry of Everyday. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
On the last day of SCATS class, Friday, June 19, Keegan Pendleton works on an experiment in The Chemistry of Everyday. The class tested various substances to see how they react with fire. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
VAMPY campers look through telescopes during a stargazing party Monday, July 6. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY campers look through telescopes during a stargazing party Monday, July 6. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS camper Sam Frey of Louisville listens to his surroundings as part of an observational poetry exercise in Be A Writer Thursday, June 18. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS camper Sam Frey of Louisville listens to his surroundings as part of an observational poetry exercise in Be A Writer Thursday, June 18. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Camp Explore student Elizabeth approaches a ball python held by Chris from Zoodles during a presentation at Camp Explore Monday, July 6. Elizabeth was chosen to have the snake wrapped around her wrist. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Camp Explore student Elizabeth approaches a ball python held by Chris from Zoodles during a presentation at Camp Explore Monday, July 6. Elizabeth was chosen to have the snake wrapped around her wrist. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Anna Youngblood of Paducah looks at an element held by her lab partner, Milai Sheth of Brentwood, Tennessee, Wednesday, June 24, during Chemistry. VAMPY students examined attributes of a variety of elements in a chemical reactivity lab. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Anna Youngblood of Paducah looks at an element held by her lab partner, Milai Sheth of Brentwood, Tennessee, Wednesday, June 24, during Chemistry. VAMPY students examined attributes of a variety of elements in a chemical reactivity lab. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY camper Lorenzo Mahoney of Prospect aims his egg drop container before letting it go from atop Parking Structure 2 Tuesday, June 23, during Problems You Have Never Solved Before.  (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY camper Lorenzo Mahoney of Prospect aims his egg drop container before letting it go from atop Parking Structure 2 Tuesday, June 23, during Problems You Have Never Solved Before. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY Pop Culture students take a selfie in front of the Washington Monument during a field trip to Washington D.C. Tuesday, June 30. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY Pop Culture students take a selfie in front of the Washington Monument during a field trip to Washington D.C. Tuesday, June 30. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Sophie Lawrence of Georgetown rides a unicycle with help from Dawson Wilcox (left) of Fort Payne, Ala., and Margot Hare of Morehead Monday, June 15, during Clowning. SCATS Clowning students took turns attempting to ride the unicycle and spotting each other. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Sophie Lawrence of Georgetown rides a unicycle with help from Dawson Wilcox (left) of Fort Payne, Ala., and Margot Hare of Morehead Monday, June 15, during Clowning. SCATS Clowning students took turns attempting to ride the unicycle and spotting each other. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS Acting teacher Julie Boggess coaches Richard Chandler of Louisville on how the Big, Bad Wolf would blow a house down while the class rehearses "Fairy Tale News" Tuesday, June 16. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS Acting teacher Julie Boggess coaches Richard Chandler of Louisville on how the Big, Bad Wolf would blow a house down while the class rehearses “Fairy Tale News” Tuesday, June 16. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Mary Baker of Paducah and Jared Rodgers of Verona laugh after Jared flubbed a line while rehearsing for "12 Angry Pigs," a parody of "12 Angry Men" June 11 in SCATS Acting class Wednesday, June 10. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Mary Baker of Paducah and Jared Rodgers of Verona laugh after Jared flubbed a line while rehearsing for “12 Angry Pigs,” a parody of “12 Angry Men” June 11 in SCATS Acting class Wednesday, June 10. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS camper Erik Bishop of Baxter, Tenn., works on a group project during Writing, Thursday, June 11. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
SCATS camper Erik Bishop of Baxter, Tenn., works on a group project during Writing, Thursday, June 11. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
During hall time Wednesday, June 24, VAMPY campers react to a story being told by their counselor, Courtney George. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
During hall time Wednesday, June 24, VAMPY campers react to a story being told by their counselor, Courtney George. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Abby Adams-Smith (from left) of Bowling Green, Chloe Paddack from Falls of Rough, Cassidy Burnside of Vallonia, Ind., and Emma North of Owensboro watch an introduction presented by the emcees before their group's performance in the SCATS Talent Show Wednesday, June 17. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Abby Adams-Smith (from left) of Bowling Green, Chloe Paddack from Falls of Rough, Cassidy Burnside of Vallonia, Ind., and Emma North of Owensboro watch an introduction presented by the emcees before their group’s performance in the SCATS Talent Show Wednesday, June 17. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Blake Stewart (middle) of Bowling Green acts as the set along with Cade Oculam of Harrogate, Tenn., to his left during their group's performance in SCATS Paper Theatre on Saturday, June 13. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Blake Stewart (middle) of Bowling Green acts as the set along with Cade Oculam of Harrogate, Tenn., to his left during their group’s performance in SCATS Paper Theatre on Saturday, June 13. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Camp Innovate students test their boat in Math Friday, July 3. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Camp Innovate students test their boat in Math Friday, July 3. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY camper Ben Kash of Bowling Green achieves a chemical reaction where the light is so bright one should not look directly at it in Advanced Investigations in Chemistry during a lab circuit on Tuesday, June 23. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
VAMPY camper Ben Kash of Bowling Green achieves a chemical reaction where the light is so bright one should not look directly at it in Advanced Investigations in Chemistry during a lab circuit on Tuesday, June 23. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
VAMPY camper Harper Sewalls of Winchester works on a light refraction lab alongside his group mates during Astronomy Tuesday, June 23. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
VAMPY camper Harper Sewalls of Winchester works on a light refraction lab alongside his group mates during Astronomy Tuesday, June 23. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Advanced Placement Environmental Science teachers explore Hidden River Cave in Horse Cave Thursday, June 25, during the AP Summer Institute (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Advanced Placement Environmental Science teachers explore Hidden River Cave in Horse Cave Thursday, June 25, during the AP Summer Institute (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Izzy Hunt of Bowling Green looks up at the Athena statue in the middle of the Parthenon in Nashville during a field trip with the VAMPY Humanities class Thursday, June 24. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Izzy Hunt of Bowling Green looks up at the Athena statue in the middle of the Parthenon in Nashville during a field trip with the VAMPY Humanities class Thursday, June 24. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Fourth year VAMPY campers Weston Loy (from left), Sam Smith, Joel Hahn, Emily Leamon, and Kiernan Jolly join in singing Boogaloo as the last performance in the VAMPY Talent Show Thursday, July 9. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Fourth year VAMPY campers Weston Loy (from left), Sam Smith, Joel Hahn, Emily Leamon, and Kiernan Jolly join in singing Boogaloo as the last performance in the VAMPY Talent Show Thursday, July 9. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
SCATS camper Cole LaDow of La Grange debates with counselor Ben Guthrie during a close game of Knights of the Round Table during optionals Tuesday, June 9. Ben ended the debate by starting a new round. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
SCATS camper Cole LaDow of La Grange debates with counselor Ben Guthrie during a close game of Knights of the Round Table during optionals Tuesday, June 9. Ben ended the debate by starting a new round. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
VAMPY campers Samantha Fagone (top) of Louisville and Laina Caywood of Georgetown share a laugh while making a human pyramid at Centennial Mall during the Extreme Campus Tour optional Monday, June 22. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
VAMPY campers Samantha Fagone (top) of Louisville and Laina Caywood of Georgetown share a laugh while making a human pyramid at Centennial Mall during the Extreme Campus Tour optional Monday, June 22. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS campers Patrick O'Boyle (from left) of Elizabethtown, Maddie Holl from The Plains, Ohio, Sarah Pedersen from Barbourville and Cade Oculam from Harrogate, Tenn., work on a container to use for an egg drop Friday, June 12, in Creative Problem Solving. The group's objective was to make a container that would keep an egg from breaking when dropped. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
SCATS campers Patrick O’Boyle (from left) of Elizabethtown, Maddie Holl from The Plains, Ohio, Sarah Pedersen from Barbourville and Cade Oculam from Harrogate, Tenn., work on a container to use for an egg drop Friday, June 12, in Creative Problem Solving. The group’s objective was to make a container that would keep an egg from breaking when dropped. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Shruit Gautam of Bowling Green waits for the right moment to start singing during the Musical Troupe performance after the SCATS Banquet Thursday, June 18. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Shruit Gautam of Bowling Green waits for the right moment to start singing during the Musical Troupe performance after the SCATS Banquet Thursday, June 18. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Jake Inman holds a hall meeting with his SCATS campers including McGregor Lakes (left) of Berea. Jake met with his campers every day after classes in his room in Northeast Hall.  (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Jake Inman holds a hall meeting with his SCATS campers including McGregor Lakes (left) of Berea. Jake met with his campers every day after classes in his room in Northeast Hall. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Counselor Jake Inman gets a hug from his former camper, Luke Parsons of Antioch, Tenn., as the campers return from SCATS classes and check in with counselors Tuesday, June 9. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Counselor Jake Inman gets a hug from his former camper, Luke Parsons of Antioch, Tenn., as the campers return from SCATS classes and check in with counselors Tuesday, June 9. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Caitlyn (left) and Neha race to blow water droplets across wax paper in Science Monday, July 6, during Camp Explore. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Caitlyn (left) and Neha race to blow water droplets across wax paper in Science Monday, July 6, during Camp Explore. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Zach Hanvey of Paris sings "Uptown Funk" during the SCATS Talent Show Wednesday, June 17. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Zach Hanvey of Paris sings “Uptown Funk” during the SCATS Talent Show Wednesday, June 17. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Counselors Emily Powell (left) and Ellie Hogg can't keep a straight face during their skit, "Counselor Update", a VAMPY tradition, where the counselors poke fun at the campers during the VAMPY Talent Show Thursday, July 9. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Counselors Emily Powell (left) and Ellie Hogg can’t keep a straight face during their skit, “Counselor Update”, a VAMPY tradition, where the counselors poke fun at the campers during the VAMPY Talent Show Thursday, July 9. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
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