About Summer Pals and Summer Quest (July 6 - 17, 2020)

Hello Summer Pals and Summer Quest 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 and Drury Center for Gifted Education are cancelling in-person classes for this summer, as related to safety concerns with COVID 19.    

Just as is true of many campers, most of our staff and teachers have been involved in summer camp 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 are hopeful to find some alternative options for the school year to engage your gifted learners.  This includes FallScape/Winterscape and potentially adding Septemberscape and Springscape.  We will certainly miss having you with us this summer. 

Refunds are being processed and will be mailed out in a couple of weeks (if you paid with a credit card, you should see the $195 refund in a few days).  Please let us know if you have any questions.


Mary Potthoff, Director

Center for Gifted Education

Drury University

900 N. Benton Ave, Lay 103

Springfield, MO 65802

417 873-7386 (O) 417 885-8089 ©

Applications available January 2020

Important Information for 2020

  • Register by the grade you are in now. For example, at the end of the school year, if you are in 4th grade, please register for a 4th grade class.
  • Camp will be at St. Agnes in downtown Springfield.

Drury University is happy to offer a summer experience for gifted students. Courses are taught by highly qualified, effective teachers who understand and use both enrichment and acceleration.  Courses are hands-on, activity oriented, and highly motivating.

The goals of Summer Quest/Summer Pals are:

  1. To provide opportunities for students to interact with peers of similar academic abilities and interests.
  2. To encourage students to use their intellectual and creative abilities.
  3. To allow students to pursue areas of interest they would not have a chance to study elsewhere.

Summer Pals (Pre-K - Grade 1)

Dates & Times

Dates: July 6 - 17, 2020
(Monday - Friday)
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Agnes


Summer Quest (Grades 2-5)

Dates & Times

Dates: July 6 - 17, 2020
(Monday - Friday)
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Agnes

How to Apply

  1. Locate and complete the application form for the proper grade level. Please note each application differs, so you must have the correct form for registration to be complete. If you need a registration form, e-mail or call the number below.  You may copy both sides of the forms.

  2. For Summer Quest, obtain certification from school.

  3. For Summer Pals, ask the school to complete the checklist in grades K and 1. Pre-School teachers or parents can complete the checklist on the Pre-K child.

  4. Have the child select the courses he/she desires. Be sure to rank all choices desired. Put a 0 by classes not desired.

  5. Attach tuition check or money order for $195 to application form. Checks should be made payable to SUMMER QUEST or SUMMER PALS. Or you may pay online:

    Pay Online By Credit Card

  6. Mail application, tuition (or scholarship information) and certification to:

Summer Quest OR Summer Pals
Drury University
900 N. Benton, Lay Hall 103
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7386

There is no deadline for registration UNLESS you are applying for a financial need scholarship (see Cost and Scholarships for that information). Classes just fill up so apply early.

Additional Information for Summer Opportunity

The Musgrave Boys & Girls Club would be a great place for your child to spend the rest of the day after attending Summer Pals or Summer Quest. Why the Boys & Girls Club? It is located at 720 S. Park and it is a safe place to learn and grow- all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Hours are M-F, 7:30-5:30 during the summer. Cost is approximately $35 per child, per week, approximately $40 for 2 children in a family and approximately $45 for a family of 3 or more children per week.

If you are applying for and receive a financial need scholarship through Quest/Pals, your cost for Boys & Girls Club is also included. You need to let Mary Potthoff know if you want to add this option.

The facility includes a games room, technology center, art room, music room, dance/fitness room, gymnasium, learning center, and lunch room. It is also adjacent to a city park and we offer daily opportunities for low cost field trips. Meals are free. We offer breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. You can check out our facilities online at

Additional questions or concerns about Boys & Girls Club, contact: Cindy Dodson at 862-9249 ext. 104. Please let Mary Potthoff know if you are interested in extending your day with Quest or Pals with Boys and Girls Club at

Pre-College Programs

Drury University
900 N. Benton Avenue, Lay Hall 103
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7386

Director, Summer Quest – Janice Hampton

Director, Summer Pals – Lori Herring

Director, Center for Gifted Education – Mary Potthoff

Resident Psychologist – Brandi Klepper, Psy.D.