UNC Greensboro summer camps provide unique learning experiences for young people in the Triad and beyond, with programs for kids ages 7 to 18, and even college students. Camps in art, music, science, writing, theater, a variety of sports, herpetology and more are accepting applications for Summer 2018.
Herpetological Research Experience
In this residential research-based camp, rising 9th- through 12th-graders work alongside field experts in exploring the vast ecosystem at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center. Each morning students go into the field to catch, catalog and release various reptiles and amphibians. They will study the inhabitants of ephemeral pools, streams, lakes and hardwood forests. Possible field studies include: water turtles, box turtles, snakes, stream amphibians, ephemeral pool amphibians and frog calls. The camp is based at a nut-free facility that can provide vegetarian and gluten-free options as needed. Scholarships are available.
Find out more about the Herp Project at UNCG and other summer programs here.
UNCG Summer Dance Intensive
The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers the Summer Dance Intensive, a program designed for UNCG Dance majors and minors, dancers from other universities and rising high school juniors and seniors who can earn UNCG credit or attend with a non-credit option.
The guest instructor for 2018 is Juel D. Lane, an innovative dancer and choreographer who performs with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and has collaborated with a variety of dance legends.
Students may register for the Technique morning session as a stand-alone credit. Dance Repertory credit requires full-day enrollment. All students must be at an intermediate or advanced level of dance training in contemporary or ballet technique. Applicants will be required to furnish links to a video sample of 3 to 5 minutes in length to demonstrate their technique. Details and registration information are available here.
UNCG Summer Theatre Camp
June 18-August 3:
- Ages 7-12, June 18-29: Seussical Kids
- Ages 13-17, July 9-20: Shrek the Musical Jr.
- Ages 7-17, July 23-Aug 3: Alice in Wonderland Jr.
The nationally recognized North Carolina Theatre for Young People is back for its second year of the UNCG Summer Theatre Camp. Run by the professionally trained artistic team at NCTYP, the two-week summer camps will host children ages 7 to 17, in three groups according to age. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UNCG School of Theatre. Sessions will allow students to experience the creation of a complete theatrical production. Participants will build communication skills and theatrical abilities while having fun and making new friends.
For more information, click here.
UNCG Summer Arts and Design Camp
High school artists will work closely with UNCG arts faculty and staff to develop artistic skills, experiment with new techniques and develop portfolio-quality artwork in a state-of-the-art studio environment. Students choose three artistic disciplines to fill their morning, afternoon, and evening studio time. The choices include painting, photography, film-making, animation, interior architecture, graphic design, advanced drawing and more. These studio classes feature both instruction and hands-on time, allowing the students to understand and develop their skills in a supportive environment.
The program also includes visits to Weatherspoon Art Museum, trips to open studios and other art enrichment activities with professional artists. The program ends with a closing reception and student art show, during which students exhibit the results of their work over the course of the camp.
Day Camp includes studio instruction, art supplies, art exhibition, meals and art enrichment activities.
Overnight Camp includes all of the above, as well as double occupancy housing in a UNCG dormitory.
Learn more and register online.
UNCG Summer Music Camp
UNCG’s Summer Music Camp, the largest university music camp in America, is back for 2018. This summer, two one-week camps are being offered, serving over 2,000 musicians, with programs in band, mixed chorus, orchestra and piano.
Camp participants are guided by UNCG School of Music faculty. These faculty instructors are joined by guest teachers, performers and conductors from throughout the nation who will ensure that each student receives an unmatched musical education.
Ensemble performance is emphasized, but a private lesson in instrument or voice is available to all campers as well. Each camp will conclude on Friday with a concert for parents, relatives, friends and locals.
Overnight students will stay in double occupancy rooms in UNCG residence halls and receive meals in the University Dining Hall. A day camper option is also available if preferred.
To learn more and apply, visit smcamp.org.
The Learning Factory Summer Camp
Grades 6 – 8: July 9 – 13
Grades 1 – 5: July 23 – 27
The Learning Factory is a one-week maker camp for elementary and middle-school students. Campers will use the makerspace to engage in a variety of engineering and artistic activities including robotics, circuitry, engineering, digital storytelling and computer science. The program builds students’ creativity, critical thinking and problem solving abilities. The camp is 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every weekday and closes on Friday with a maker faire, where the students exhibit their creations. Details are available here.
UNCG Young Writers’ Camp
This two-week camp, which runs 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., introduces young writers in grades 3-12 to the writing process and to digital tools, such as storyboarding, blogging and movie-making. In daily workshops, the students work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, North Carolina teachers and local authors who support the development of a variety of writing styles. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a special “Writing and Robotics” companion program and visit the Weatherspoon Art Museum to learn how to use visual art to inspire their writing. Typically, all student writers have the opportunity to publish their work via the camp website. Scholarships are available. See the website’s Scholarship Page or contact email@example.com. Visit the website for registration, to view some of the writing tools for student writers and to read the work of past participants.
Writing and Robotics Camp
Writing and Robots is a companion camp for participants in the Young Writers’ Camp. In this one-week intensive, campers will use the Hummingbird Robotics kit to design and build a working robot based on the writing they did for the Young Writers’ Camp. The camp ends with a robot exhibition for family and friends. There are only 12 slots, and they’re expected to fill quickly, so sign up now if you’re interested. For more information and to register, click here.
CHANCE (Campamento Hispano Abriendo Nuestro Camino a la Educación)
UNCG CHANCE is a five-day program that allows Latino/Hispanic high school students in the 10th or 11th grade to engage in an intensive college readiness and test prep experience. Campers will work with university professors, students and staff to develop peer/professional networks and mentorships with a focus on both academic and personal success. Participants will experience “a day in the life of a college student” through a variety of activities including attending classes, learning about financial aid, playing sports, having cultural experiences, doing team building and more.
For more information, contact Kattya Castellon (336-334-5653; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Margarita Kerkado (336-334-4090; email@example.com).
To apply, click here.
All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp
June 24-29 (note, the dates have been updated)
Children ages 7 to 15 receive in-depth, hands-on instruction in art, science and technology. Campers may attend as day campers from 8 a.m to 9 p.m., or as residential campers, staying overnight in UNCG dormitories.
During the week, each camper attends a morning class and an afternoon class. The campers are divided into two age groups (2nd through 5th grade and 6th grade and up) for all activities and classes. The class sizes are small and the curriculum encourages problem-solving and critical thinking. See the course selections here and here. In addition to hands-on learning in the arts and sciences, the campers will gain exposure to great artists and scientists whose contributions have had a significant impact on the world.
The camp also includes multicultural entertainment and a focus on citizenship and daily recreation with a variety of sports and games. Note that this year, there will not be special pricing for UNCG faculty and staff. Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see details and register.
(This camp item was updated Feb. 28.)
“IT is for Girls/We Make IT” Summer Camp
Dates are TBD.
“IT is for Girls” is a week-long program for middle- and high-school girls that includes hands-on technology and leadership activities. High-school students who have participated in past summer camps will be invited to serve as teen mentors for the campers in grades 6th through 8th. Past activities have included creating animations and video games, designing web pages, developing Android mobile apps, creating a video production, working with LEGO Robotics, going on field trips and more. The camp is limited to 80 qualified students. Registration opens March 6, and if registration exceeds the limit, there will be a waitlist. For more details and to register, see this page.
UNCG Speech & Hearing Center summer camps
“The Listening Lab,” auditory training and language intervention for children ages 7 to 11 diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD) will be offered from June 18 to 29, 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Lisa Fox-Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-256-2001.
Horsepower Experience at the Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax, North Carolina. This year the summer camp will serve school-aged children with fluency disorders. The camp will be held (exact dates TBA) June through July, 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Perry Flynn at email@example.com or 336-256-2005 and see the brochure here.
LIME Camp – Language Intervention through Movement and Exercise Camp at the Kaplan Center. This camp will serve rising second- and third-grade students with a language disorder. Students will participate in language therapy infused with yoga. Camp will be held (exact dates TBA) in July, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day at the Kaplan Center. Space is limited. For more information or to register contact Emily Hamuka at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-256-1105.
Check for updates on the website.
Sports camps at UNCG
Though summer sports camps are not operated by the university, UNCG coaches own and operate camps in a variety of sports – and many are on campus. Information about these sports camps can be found here.
Compiled by Avery Campbell
Summer Music Camp photography by Martin W. Kane