Constitutional Democracy Academy at Mizzou

Sessions: July 8-26, 2024

Two one-week camps will be held July 8-12 and July 22-26, 2024.

How was the U.S. Constitution designed to create an effective and efficient government that would nonetheless stay within its limits and not become tyrannical? Has the Constitution been successful in striking this balance? Rising juniors and seniors who are deeply interested in American history and politics are invited to apply to our week-long camp to explore these and similar questions.

Discussion topics include:

  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Separation of Powers and the Control of the Effects of Faction
  • Founding Mothers
  • Slavery and the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Supreme Court

Seminars will be discussion based and led by University of Missouri faculty in the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. Additional recreational activities offered during the events include cultural opportunities, film viewings, and outdoor activities.


Rising Missouri high school juniors and seniors may apply. Past program participants are not eligible.

Registration Fee, Lodging & Board:

Hosted on the University of Missouri campus, students will be housed on-campus in residence halls staffed by residential advisers. A non-refundable fee of $100 will be required of accepted applicants to reserve your place. All other costs, except for travel to/from Columbia, are covered by the Kinder Institute. Some assistance with registration and travel is available based on financial need.

Applications are due April 1.

Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing your interest and provide a copy of your current high school transcript. In addition to the application and supplemental materials noted above, a letter of recommendation is required by an adult mentor (other than a parent).