Next Big Thing


Coming to middle school on the Cherry Road campus is an exciting transition for both current students as well as students that are new to Harding! NEXT BIG THING is week of activities designed to get you ready for the move. You'll make some great friends, get your schedule, learn your house, work with your lockers, have some fantastic sessions with middle school and high school teachers and sponsors, go to Jerry's Sno Cones, and end the week with a family cookout! AND SO MUCH MORE!

We'll see you in July!

Dr. Scott Frizzell ('07), MS principal
Corey Cunningham, Camp Director
Amy Murphy (‘81), Camp Director


When: July 17–19
Who: New rising 6th–8th grade students
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Wednesday–Friday
              *with a family picnic at 5:30 p.m. on Friday
Where: Harding Cherry Road campus
Cost: $150 per student (includes t-shirt and family picnic)
              *Lunch is not provided
Questions: Dr. Frizzell

Pottery with Eddy Efaw

Coming into the upper school at Cherry Road is an exciting step in your spiritual formation. God will bring many new people and experiences into your world for the purpose of transforming you into the person he has always planned for you to be. The pottery section of The Next Big Thing will be one way for you to experience firsthand the creative process in the potter and the clay metaphor from the Bible. God uses this visual example to show us that he wants to transform our lives and make us in to something beautiful. In this course, students will create hand-built pottery pieces that will be fired and ready to take home to paint with acrylics.

Science Lab with Sheronda Holmes

Mission: To build a model of the Earth, look for clues in the model, and use the progress reports to find team members and bring them back safely. Our models will be built using peanut butter, jelly, honey, chocolate chips, graham crackers, and powdered milk. (There will be an alternative to peanut butter for those students with a peanut butter allergy.)

iPad 101 with Scott Frizzell ('07)

Learn the essentials for digital success at the upper school. You will review how to use basic apps such as Notability, Google Drive, Dropbox, Pages, Keynote, and Canvas. Additionally, you will learn more technical skills like backing up information to the Cloud, formatting documents and presentations, and troubleshooting issues. Finally, you will explore some of the creative apps available for projects at the upper school.

Drumming & Percussion with Colby Canterbury

Ever wonder what it takes to become a performer on a drumline? Well, wonder no more! The Next Big Thing Drumline is an opportunity for students attending Next Big Thing to be a part of a percussion group. Students will learn how to read several rhythms, listen to each other, and perform a drum cadence together. Instruments, sticks, and music will be provided. So bring your best because the beat is about to drop!

Plus . . .

  • Daily devotionals lead by upperclassmen and Cherry Road staff

  • Lisa Jo Perdue: Digital Art

  • Jane Morgan: Math refresher, K’NEX project (engineering application skills)

  • Corey Cunningham: Team-building activities

  • Amy Murphy: Poetry Slam

  • Corey Cunningham & Amy Murphy: Scavenger Hunt, navigating locker combinations, and class schedules

  • Daily snacks provided

  • Trip to Jerry’s Sno Cones!

  • Friday evening family cookout

Look for an email with lots of must know information prior to camp.

Next Big Thing Q & A

What is the dress code?
You should dress in modest summer attire that meets normal school-trip requirements.
May I have my cell phone with me?
Cell phones are acceptable but should remain off during camp time.
Will we use an iPad?
Students will use Harding iPads in several sessions.