Announcement Regarding COVID-19 and Summerscape and Drury Leadership Academy (5/29/2020)

Summerscape and Drury Leadership Academy will be online this year. While we may be apart, we are still going to provide classes and a creative and unique residential experience.

Class will run Monday, July 13- Thursday, July 23 with no classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Residential Experience Summerscape: We want you!!! Betsy, 2020 RC.

You will be able to participate in daily virtual and home based challenges and activities.  You will receive a package that will include your t-shirt, a schedule of virtual meetings and events, and an envelope for every day of camp that will be the key to unlocking the fun for the day!

Residential Experience DLA:  Camp doesn’t end after class! Chance, 2020 RC.

 Are you up for the challenge of an all-new, never-done-before version of DLA this summer?

-Meet with your houses to catch up, plan your competition strategy, and welcome your newest members!

-Committees such as RAK, Art, Parks & Rec, Juice Box and more will be creating memories for the entire camp!

-Catch an online presentation by your favorite RA or possibly some surprise guests!

-You want Trivia Night?  How about Poetry Night? You got it!

-Of course, we can’t share EVERY secret of camp so prepare for some surprises along the way. Maybe all your heroes eventually meet?  Who knows?

Announcement Regarding COVID-19 and Summer Pals and Summer Quest (5/21/2020)

Summer Pals and Summer Quest is canceled for summer 2020.  Contact Mary at with any questions

Announcement Regarding COVID-19 and Residential Programming (5/14/2020)

Hello Summerscape and DLA Families! 

We hope you are doing well during this unprecedented time. Related to this, we are reaching out with heavy hearts to update you and share the news that Drury University has cancelled residential camps for this summer, as related to safety concerns with COVID 19.  Currently we are waiting for more information regarding the possibility of seated classes and are exploring other options as well.  We will keep you informed and contact you as other decisions are made.  

Just as is true of many campers, most of our staff and teachers have been involved in Summerscape and DLA for years in one way or another; we certainly understand the importance this camp, and the relationships it creates, has in your lives.  Please know we think of you daily and are hopeful to find some alternative options that also keep everyone safe.  We will certainly miss having you live on campus.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

In a few weeks a plan of action will be emailed and you can decide then how much of it you want to participate in and refunds can be requested at that time.

If you have not received a direct email from me in the last few days, please contact me so I have your email address for future communications. 

Mary Potthoff, Director
(417) 873-7386 (O)
(417) 885-8089 (C)

Dates for Summer 2020

Our summer pre-college programs are moving to July!

  • Summer Pals and Summer Quest is canceled for summer 2020.  Contact Mary at with any questions
  • Summerscape and Drury Leadership Academy will be July 12 - 23.
    • As of now, camp is going forward as planned. Please continue to sign up and send in your applications. You can either include a deposit check (your check will be held until final plans have been decided) or send a note letting us know you will pay later. DLA is full, but we are starting a waiting list. Email

About the Center for Gifted Education

The Center for Gifted Education is one of only 17 complete gifted education centers in the United States. Since 1981, the center has provided programs for gifted children, their families and educators. Each summer, more than 700 children from pre-kindergarten through high school attend Drury’s residential and nonresidential pre-college programs: Summer Pals, Summer Quest, Summerscape and Drury Leadership Academy. Drury also hosts Fallscape and Winterscape, yearly day-long enrichment programs for gifted and high ability students. 


Summer Pals & Summer Quest

Summerscape & DLA     Fallscape

The teacher education program provides graduate credit for Missouri gifted education certification and a Master in Education with a concentration in gifted education. Credit courses are provided during each university term. Special symposiums, conferences and seminars for parents, teachers and other professionals are scheduled throughout the year. Consulting services are available to school districts.

Each year, Drury hosts the Duke Talent Identification Ceremony, recognizing over 400 seventh graders from around the state who scored highly on the ACT or SAT. The Center for Gifted Education also hosts the Gifted Association of Missouri Fall Conference, which brings together gifted education educators together for several workshops and seminars.