Math Contest Camp 2013

Dates for 2013

June 23-28, 2013 for those entering grades 6-8

July 7-12, 2013 for those entering grades 5-7

July 14-19, 2013 for those entering grades 7-12

  Week 1 had 24 campers, week 2 had 24 campers, and week 3 had 19 campers.  

What is the purpose of the camp?  

It is a mission of providing an opportunity for students to have fun and to solve math problems with students who are like them (so they don't have to worry about what others are thinking about their interest in having fun with mathematics).

What do you do?    What activities are there?

  • Lots of math problems from contests such as MATHCOUNTS® , AMC-10/12, and other contests

  • We also have some outdoor rec time

  • Spend some time in the Wellness Center (Pool, gym, rock wall). 

  • You can see information from the previous years ( 2011, 2012 ), such as schedules and evaluations.  The week 1 schedule for 2013 , the week 2 schedule , and the week 3 schedule for 2013 are fairly similar (adjusted somewhat to coordinate with another camp on campus).  As of July 27, 2013, I have not looked at dates for summer 2014, but I anticipate much the same schedule of the two weeks in July after the July 4 week (which since it is a Friday, makes July 6 part of the July 4 weekend, so not sure if week 1 will start July 6 or July 13).

  • The grade cutoffs for the three weeks are somewhat arbitrary, but overall maturity level of the group does tend to influence how quickly we  can move through material during the week (and transition from one activity to another).  My plan is to cap each week at 24 (and perhaps the week of 5th-7th graders capping it at 20).

  • Photos from 2012 and 2013 camp were posted to  For 2013 both camper and parent evaluations are in the same document.

Who can come to the camp?  

Students entering 5th-12th grade who are interested in math and solving problems.

Who started the camp?

Dr. Kevin Hopkins.  Email:   Phone:  417-328-1675.  You can find more info about Dr. Hopkins at .

On average, how many kids come to camp?  

In the 12 weeks of camp (over 7 years), we have averaged 22-23 per week,  The camp is capped at 24 per week.  Both weeks reached the cap in 2011 and 2012 (which is why the camp is expanding to three weeks in 2013), so send in applications and deposits early to reserve your spot.

How many workers are there?  

Usually between 4-6 depending on the number of campers.  They all stay in the dorm (including Dr. Hopkins) and stay with the campers all day. 

Where is the camp located?  

On the campus of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. It is the personal work of Dr. Hopkins, Chair of the Mathematics Department at Southwest Baptist University.  Bolivar is 130 miles from Kansas City, 190 miles from St. Louis, and 25 miles north of Springfield.  The Lake of the Ozarks and Branson are nearby attractions families could visit before or after dropping their camper off.

Although not officially sponsoring the camp, Southwest Baptist University is the location of the facilities.  Offering Christian higher education since 1878, Southwest Baptist University serves an enrollment of 3,400 students with graduate and undergraduate programs.  The views or beliefs set forth in this web page do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of Southwest Baptist University.

 How much does the camp cost?  

$375 for the week-includes room, food, t-shirt, tests, and other things.  A $100 deposit is required by May 1 (to be sure there are sufficient numbers to run the camp-if not, deposits will be returned).  If the cap is reached before May 1, the website will be updated.  If there is still space after May 1 (and enough to run the camp), additional registrations will be accepted until camp begins.

 Can I find out more information?  

An application form  is available and a  brochure was produced with information


Math Contest Camp is not sponsored by, or affiliated with, the MATHCOUNTS® Foundation or with the AMC 10/12, or with any of the other contests.

This camp is the personal work of Dr. Hopkins. This page is produced by Dr. Kevin W. Hopkins of Southwest Baptist University.  It was last modified on January 14, 2013.  I plan on redoing the webpage some more, but will probably not do that until later.  More information is available from the 2012 camp website: