By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – Updated April 24, 2019
Summer, 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 (probably better known to some of today’s students 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. Here’s a list of awesome camps to check out at Utah’s colleges and universities this summer…
Utah State University
Students of various ages can participate in academic camps focused on topics ranging from agriculture to music and creative arts. USU also offers camps for students who want to improve their athletic skills, business skills, leadership skills, and more. Costs and dates vary. Discover all the options and apply to attend here.
Weber State University
Whether you’re interested in leading in business, writing code, discovering the art of metalworking, or learning how to use a 3-D printer, WSU has solutions to make your summer fun! Costs range from free to $300 and dates vary. Learn more about these summer camps or register here.
University 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, 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, and recreational activities. Enrollment closes in May and there is no cost for students who qualify. You can find more information here.
Continuing Education at the University of Utah offers three youth summer programs. Through Club U, students ages 5-17 can make new friends, engage in outdoor fun, and build their cooperative skills. Campus Camps offer half- or full-day experiences for students ages 6-14 through classroom and outdoor experiences. And Pre-College at the U provides 14-17 year-olds the opportunity to explore college majors, prepare for standardized exams, or perform coursework to earn high school credit. Costs and dates vary. Discover more or sign up here.
Westminster offers a variety of summer options for students from elementary through high school. Students can strengthen their skills in sports, learn to manage money responsibly, practice their vocal performance skills, participate in string instrument classes, or explore their interests in the STEM fields. Read more about costs and schedules or register here.
Salt Lake Community College
Youth Summer Reading
Salt Lake Community College offers reading camps for students from pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade designed to help students learn to read faster and understand content better. Learn more, research costs, or enroll here.
Utah Valley University
Youth Summer Camps
UVU’s summer camp includes courses for students in subjects like arts and crafts, STEM, and dance. Course availability varies by age, so be sure to check the website for more details, a list of costs, and registration deadlines.
Brigham Young University
BYU offers dozens of summer options for students of all ages. Performing arts options range from ballet intensives to sketch comedy. Personal development sessions teach students skills ranging from ACT readiness to graphic design. BYU even offers family history options to help students spend their summer exploring their heritage. Learn more about schedules and costs or register here.
Southern Utah University
Cedar Mountain Elementary Science Camps
Elementary school students can explore the mysteries of the natural world during these 2-day camps. The cost is $95 per student and enrollment through the SUU website is now open.
TECS Summer Camp
TECS (Technology, Engineering, and Computer Science) is a 4-day camp where students can learn about the aeorsapce field, build and program a robot, or dive into the world of cybersecurity. Learn more about costs and schedules or sign up to attend here.
SUU offers summer camps for boys’ basketball, softball, girls’ basketball, football, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, and cross country. Discover more here.
Dixie State University
Athletics and Personal Skills
DSU offers athletics camps for students who play football, basketball, soccer, or volleyball. DSU also offers options for students who want to improve their leadership or speech and debate skills. Discover more here.
Students who want to learn about mechanical engineering, genetics research, natural resource management, coding, and more can attend one of DSU’s academic-oriented summer camps. Dates and costs vary. You can learn more or sign up here.
I’m excited for summer and I hope you are too! I hope you get the opportunity to have fun, learn new skills, and meet new people at one of these amazing on-campus summer camps. Check out part 2 of this blog where I share info about the other various kinds of k-12, school district, and community summer camps offered outside college campuses.
Katie 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 Twitter and Instagram (@StepUpKatie).