U.S. National Security

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." With this quip, Benjamin Franklin stoked a debate over American politics that continues to this day: when trying to protect the country, how should we balance concerns over security and liberty? In this camp, you will step into the shoes of policymakers as you attempt to answer this question and learn about the fascinating realm of American national security. Throughout the week, you will learn about the people who influence security policy, and you will take a swing at crafting security policy yourself through simulations, role-playing, and debate. The course will culminate with a major simulation in which you will work together to solve a security crisis. Whether you hope to win dinnertime debates, to understand recent news reports about the NSA, or to become president, this camp will help you to make sense of American national security.

Ages: 13-17

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 24, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $390

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $870

Students should have a strong interest in government and current events, and a willingness to participate in debate and role-playing simulations. No prior knowledge of national security policy is required for this camp.


Karina Delgado is a rising senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Political Science and International Affairs with a Spanish minor. She has always been interested in politics since she was in high school, but after beginning her major at UGA, she became more interested in international politics involving security. Although she is primarily interested in the international arena of politics, she has also worked at the local level with non-profits and local governments. Karina plans on attending law school in the fall of 2020. This is Karina’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Sarah Ensley is a rising senior at UGA. She is a Political Science major and a History minor. Her passion for U.S. history stems from her college dual enrollment American Government class in high school; it was then she decided to further her studies in the politics and history, specifically of the United States. She spent Spring 2019 studying international affairs in Verona, Italy with UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs. After graduation, she plans to begin law school in the fall of 2020. This is Sarah’s first year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.