By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 22, 2017

Summertime-summercamps-2Summer, summer, summertime – time to go to camp and unwind!

I’d like to start today’s blog by taking us back to the good old days when Will Smith (also known as “Jaden Smith’s dad”) wasn’t starring in blockbuster movies – he was a goofy, teenage rapper who called himself The Fresh Prince and he rolled out hit after hit with his pal, DJ Jazzy Jeff. These two gave us the timeless (and Grammy winning) lyric, “Summer, summer, summertime – time to sit back and unwind.”

Sure, unwinding after a long school year is great and well deserved, but getting out there and enjoying the time you have outside of school is what summer is all about. Had the Fresh Prince known about some of Utah’s amazing summer camps, he would have been singing a different tune! Here’s a list of awesome camps to check out at Utah’s colleges and universities this summer…

logo-usuUtah State University
Department of Music Summer Programs
Students of various ages can participate in camps focused on vocal and instrumental performance. Some courses are even open to educators and other adults. Costs and dates vary. Discover all the courses and apply for admission here.


logo-weberWeber State University
Youth Academy of Exploration in Science, Technology, and the Arts
WSU offers sessions for students ages 12-18 in game design, Minecraft, filmmaking, 3-D printing, and music. These camps will take place in June and range from $149 to $175 dollars. Learn more or register here.


logo-uofuUniversity of Utah
Upward Bound Summer Academy
Upward Bound serves first-generation students at East High, West High, Highland High, and Kearns High. For 6 weeks (June 26 – August 4), UB students live on campus, attend classes in core high school subjects, and receive tutoring and academic advising. Students also participate in learning service opportunities, lab work, career exploration, swimming, movies, skating, and laser tag. Enrollment closes in May and there is no cost for students who qualify. You can find more information here.

Youth Education
Elementary, middle school, and high school students can explore courses in science and technology, engineering and math, creative arts and music, recreation and sports, ACT prep, and more. Youth Education also hosts a college preparation camp called PATHS that helps first generation students learn about college life. Costs vary, but tuition assistance may be available. Learn more and enroll here

College of Engineering Summer Camps
If engineering appeals to you, consider participating in these camps focused on engineering basics, computer graphics, robotics, programming, and more. Elementary, middle school, and high school students can discover more, compare prices, and apply here.

logo-slccSalt Lake Community College
Youth Summer Reading Program
Salt Lake Community College offers reading camps for students from pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Classes for 8th – 12th grade are designed to help students learn to read faster and understand content better. Learn more, research costs, or enroll here.

logo-uvuUtah Valley University
Youth Summer Camps
UVU’s summer camp includes courses for students of all ages in subjects like arts and crafts, aviation, science and engineering, education, computer science, theatre, and robotics. Course availability varies by age, so be sure to check the website for more details, a list of costs, and registration deadlines.


logo-dscDixie State University
Upward Bound Summer Program
Students who are currently enrolled in DSU’s Upward Bound program can apply to live on campus during the summer and take college courses in English, math, Spanish, biology lab, chemistry lab, and more. Students also participate in cultural enrichment activities and join planning committees for projects like the yearbook and end-of-camp banquet. Read more or apply here.

logo-suuSouthern Utah University
Cedar Mountain Elementary Science Camps
Students who have completed 4th, 5th, or 6th grade learn teamwork and survival skills while exploring hot springs, studying wildlife, investigating edible plants and insects. The cost is $95 per student and enrollment through the SUU website is now open.

Cedar Mountain Science EXTREME Middle School Adventure Camp
Middle school students can explore Zion National Park while learning about topics ranging from engineering to rock climbing. Tuition is $200 and the deadline for registration in May 18. Find more information and register on this website.

SUU TECS (Technology, Engineering, and Computer Science) Summer Camp
Students ages 14-18 can explore science and engineering concepts while experiencing a glimpse of life on a college campus. Donations have allowed SUU to drop the cost of tuition to $175, and half-tuition scholarships are available. Discover more and register through this link.

Stay tuned.

I’ll be sharing info all about the other various kinds of k-12, school district, and community summer camps (camps not on college campuses) in part 2 of our Utah Summer Camps series.

Katie Wornek - Step Up Utah Outreach Officer and Paying for College ExpertKatie is an Outreach Officer with UHEAA and StepUpUtah. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Utah and previously worked as a tutor with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college preparatory program. You can follow her for professional advice about preparing and paying for college on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (@StepUpKatie).