Honors Frog Camp might move to Rome

Students in the Honors Frog Camp may be touring the Roman Colosseum instead of Westminster Abbey next summer.

Chancellor Victor Boschini said the university is considering moving the Honors Frog Camp from London to Rome.

“The experience in England proved so powerful we thought it should be exported around the world,” Boschini said. “Rome was just one of the next options.”

Frog Camp is designed to help incoming students learn about TCU and to give them an opportunity to connect with their peers and faculty before they begin school.

In July, Honors Frog Camp took 36 honor students to London where they visited Westminster Abbey, Parliament, the Globe, the Royal National Theatre,British museums and the TCU London Centre.

“One of the several purposes of the Frog Camp is to expose our students to the greater world,” Boschini said. “In my mind, we never intended to always do it in London.”

Ron Pitcock, assistant director of the Honors Program, said there’s nothing wrong with London as a Frog Camp location, and if the location is moved to Rome, it’s for the sake of exploration, Pitcock said.

Jason Wallace, a senior strategic communications major and Frog Camp London facilitator, said he doesn’t think Rome would provide a similar experience to that of London. There are a lot of TCU students already in London with the study abroad program, and that made Frog Camp more comfortable, he said.

“I’m not sure Rome would have the same TCU presence,” Wallace said.

John-Mark Day, assistant director of Student Development Services, said the location of the Honors Frog Camp will be decided sometime within the next month.

The price of the Honors Frog Camp will not be announced until December.

Boschini said there will not be an increase in cost if Frog Camp is moved to Rome.