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Albertson College lines up Stanley summer classes

At the Sawtooth Hotel

Church groups, Scout troops and other youth organizations invade the Sawtooth Valley and the city of Stanley each summer for unforgettable experiences in one of the country’s most scenic places.

So why shouldn’t Albertson College of Idaho offer a series of summer classes and courses in Stanley as well?

Why not, indeed, especially since Idaho’s only four-year private liberal arts college has acquired the rustic, 70-year-old Sawtooth Hotel. It was gifted to the college in Jan. 2001 by Steve and Kathy Cole of Sun Valley.

"This is a first-year program, a trial year, so we’re very excited to offer Albertson’s first Sawtooth Summer program," said 1997 Wood River High School graduate Frances Nagashima, the program coordinator.

Albertson’s Sawtooth Center is now located on Stanley’s Main St., in the Sawtooth Hotel and Café. The hotel has become a research and retreat center, and a base for a new academic program for high schoolers.

Nagashima is excited about the following programs that still have openings:

  • The Sawtooth High Altitude Running Camps for high school students and adults, both priced at $350.

    The coed high school running camp for ages 14-18 is July 14-19. It provides an educational experience and also features hiking, canoeing and other opportunities unique to Stanley.

    Adults 18-and-older can join the adult coed high altitude camp Aug. 23-25. Runners of all abilities are welcome.

  • Openings remain for the Sawtooth Writers’ Conference for Adults June 23-29. Writers of all genres will practice their skills under the tutelage of published authors, poets and novelists.

  • The Sawtooth Teen Camp overseen by the Boise Family YMCA is July 22-27, for ages 12-17. Cost is $394. Teen campers start their week at the Albertson campus in Caldwell then head to Stanley to stay in the historic hotel for six days.

Field and classroom studies are combined with summer camp activities and outdoor fun for a great week.

Other sessions are:

  • Reading, Writing and Walking in the Wilderness for ages 15-22 during the session of Aug. 12-22, for $750; the French immersion experience July 6-13, for primarily adult learners; and the Sawtooth Cello Festival Aug. 2-9 for high school and college students.

Register with Nagashima at 208-459-5303 or 1-800-224-3246 or register on-line at www.albertson.edu/sawtooth.

The fees include room, board and tuition and, in some cases, transportation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, first-come, first-served.



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