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Central Honors Institute

2017 Dates: Sunday, July 9, through Thursday, July 13
  • 2017 CHI Brochure ImageThe Central Honors Institute (CHI) is a five-day residential academic camp for middle school students who have completed the 6th or 7th grade and who have demonstrated academic accomplishments, leadership and maturity among their peers. Students must complete an application, and submit a recommendation from a recent teacher and a nomination from a counselor or school official to be eligible to attend.

    CHI campers attend academic classes during the day, socialize with peers in the evenings and fully experience life on a college campus, complete with dorm food and residence halls. Central Community College-Columbus has been proud to host CHI campers since 2003.

    To learn more, either download the brochure or contact the camp director.

    Visit our CHI Photo Gallery for snapshots from this summer’s camp.

    CHI Academic Program

    During the week, campers will follow one of five academic tracks. They can apply to be a part of CSI at CHI, CHI Stream Team, CHI CreativityFLY CHI or CHI Tech Explorers. CHI faculty have distinguished instructional credentials and have been selected for their experience and enthusiasm working with this age group.

    While the typical CHI student excels at academics, many are pleasantly surprised by the challenging academic experiences they will have at camp. Best of all, our CHI learning environment supports acceptance, growth and excellence.

    CHI Social Program

    Having fun and learning to feel confident in a new setting are important components of the CHI agenda. Our social program includes activities such as swimming, bowling, putt-putt and Frisbee golf, table games, group games and relays. CHI draws from a large geographic area, campers will meet kids from other schools and cities and have the opportunity to form friendships beyond their normal peer group.

    To Attend CHI

    CHI SymbolTo apply for the Central Honors Institute, complete the application, nomination and recommendation forms and submit them to:

    Central Community College
    ATTN: Central Honors Institute/Betsy Rall
    PO Box 1027
    Columbus, NE  68602-1027

    Materials may also be faxed to 402-562-1451. Applications must be received by May 1. For more information, contact Betsy Rall at 402-562-1458; toll-free in Nebraska at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 1458; or by email at

    Tuition for the five-day camp is $395 (if paid by June 15) and includes room, board, supplies, recreational activity fees and a CHI T-shirt. Tuition is due when the student has been notified of CHI acceptance in mid-May. After June 15, the cost is $425. No refunds will be given after July 1.