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Summer Camps 2018

During the summer, Western Michigan University offers a wide variety of camps geared toward students of all ages. Our camps range from academic to sports, with a little bit of everything in between. Camps vary in cost based on requirements. This year, ATYP camps will offer scholarships; see their website for details. For more information on any of our exciting camps, please click on the links below for each specific camp. General questions about this web page can be directed to Alexis in PreCollege Programming at (269) 387-2773, however, we don't have any information about the specific camps.

All Summer Athletic Camps

June 1 – September 1 (Athletics, Athletics)
Grade: 1 – 12
See the link for an updated list of WMU summer athletic camps.

If I Ran the ZOO

June 18 – June 22 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Theres no escaping! This is a fun filled week. Come explore what animals live in the zoo. Pretend to be a zookeeper and care for the animals in our zoo.

Writing Your College Admissions Essay

June 18 – June 22 (Writing, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Looking to get a head start on your college applications? Using the prompts of the Common Application, this class will help you develop essay ideas and focus on a unique piece that lets the real you shine through! Camp is from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Aviation Summer Camp

June 24 – June 29 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Cost: $1,450.00
Age: 13 – 18

How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 25 – June 29 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Do you have a green thumb? Now's the time to show it. We'll design and plant a garden, visit the greenhouse on campus, learn about how plants grow and more. Making our world green is our goal and we will also explore composting and recycling.

Japanese Language & Culture

June 25 – June 29 (Language, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Learn all about basic Japanese language, including writing and greetings using Manga/Anime, calligraphy with brush and ink, folding origami, tips about wearing traditional clothing like the Yukata (summer kimono), Japanese food, songs, and more. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Forensic Science

June 25 – June 29 (Science, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $145.00
Grade: 7 – 9
Forensic scientists use skills and techniques that come from a variety of disciplines biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, mathematics, and technology to solve mysteries. This course-taught by a high school forensic science teacher-covers the principals of crime scene investigation, as well as patterns and impressions, serology, DNA analysis and more. Students will process DNA, roll and identify fingerprints, analyze bloodstains and apply their skills in a mock crime scene. Camp is from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553. $10 of registration cost goes toward material fee.

Cryptography

June 25 – June 29 (Math, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Students discover the origins of encoding in classic codes and as they create new codes and decode the projects of their fellow students. Using basic mathematics, modular arithmetic, factorization and exponents, participants raise the level of their math skills and math reasoning. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Dollars & Sense Finance Camp

June 25 – June 29 (Business, Haworth College of Business)
Cost: $299.00
Grade: 10 – 12
Have you ever wanted to learn more about finance? If you have ever been curious about anything from why a stock market crashes to how to save for college, you will be happy you joined us. In this week-long camp, students learn about more than 10 different finance topics. Taught by WMU faculty members, classes are discussion-based, fun, and include two real-world projects, as well as a trip to Chicago to visit the stock exchanges and meet with brokers and finance professionals. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing Your College Admissions Essay

June 25 – June 29 (Writing, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Looking to get a head start on your college applications? Using the prompts of the Common Application, this class will help you develop essay ideas and focus on a unique piece that lets the real you shine through! Camp is from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Graphic Novels

June 25 – June 29 (Art, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 7 – 9
Learn how to take your ideas from sketchbooks to real books (including character development and refinement, portfolio reviews, and critiques) through the art of the graphic novel. Learn how to progress from concept to art to final product, and how to work with programs such as Photo-Shop and Manga-Studio to create comic pages. Bring your own work in progress, and come to class ready to draw and sketch along as you investigate the power of graphic visual language! Camp is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Slippery, Squishy and Slimy

July 2 – July 6 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Let's explore all things slippery, slimy and squishy. We can make ooblick, slime and whatever else we can think of and experiment with. This will be a week of amazing concoctions.

Advanced Flight Aviation Summer Camp

July 8 – July 13 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Cost: $2,300.00
Age: 13 – 18

Advanced Maintenance Aviation Summer Camp

July 8 – July 13 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Cost: $1,500.00
Age: 13 – 18

Aviation Summer Camp

July 8 – July 13 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Cost: $1,450.00
Age: 13 – 18

SEMINAR 2018

July 8 – July 21 (Music, Music)
Cost: $1,685.00
Age: 15 – 18
Admission audition and $200 deposit required; $1,685 for resident students (live on campus) and $1,485 for commuting students (live off campus).

Chess

July 9 – July 13 (Games, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Students experience chess instruction and play in a fun-filled environment designed to improve their skills whether they are interested in casual or competitive chess. This program includes a mix of instruction (although students are expected to understand the basic rules of chess) and play time. Historic and competitive end games and openings will be taught. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Water In, Water Out

July 9 – July 13 (Science, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Where does the water you use every day come fromand where does it go? Explore different water sources and methods to clean it. Includes building water treatment models and field trips on campus to learn about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle your water. Camp is from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Beyond the Lemonade Stand: An Entrepreneurial and Innovation Experience

July 9 – July 13 (Business, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Starting Gate, Haworth College of Business)
Cost: $100.00
Grade: 9 – 12
Find out what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in our summer entrepreneurship camp. You will learn about developing the mindset of an entrepreneur and walk away with tools to help you launch your business idea. Your days will be spent in brainstorming sessions, company tours of businesses in the research park, learning about key entrepreneurial principles from WMU faculty, talking with WMU student entrepreneurs about how they have launched thriving businesses, meeting local entrepreneurs and learning about their entrepreneurship journeys, and preparing materials and plans for your business idea. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lets Go Broncos

July 9 – July 13 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Hey Broncos! This is your week. Youll have a chance to play some of your favorite games and maybe invent a few of your own. Well end the week with a Bronco Spirit field day!

What's in Your Water?

July 9 – July 13 (Science, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
What makes water clean enough to drink, wash with, or play in? Investigate, experiment, measure, and explore what is in our water and how we clean it! Includes outdoor field trips, collecting and testing indoor and outdoor water samples, and maybe even getting muddy and wet! Camp is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Scratch Multimedia Games

July 9 – July 13 (Computers, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Scratch is a computer program that uses block-like puzzle pieces to enhance learning the core concepts of computer programming. Utilize a programming language designed to produce rich,

WMU Summer Camp for Future Educators

July 9 – July 13 (Education, Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies)
Cost: $75.00
Grade: 9 – 12
Camp is open to any high school student who is interested in pursuing a degree in elementary education. Campers will be on campus Monday and Tuesday and for part of the days on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For the other part of the last three days, campers will be placed at an area school where they will job shadow a teacher of elementary-aged students. Campers will be able to teach a lesson on their last day in their placement.

Michigan STARTALK Chinese Student Academy Summer Program

July 9 – July 27 (Language, College of Education and Human Development)
Grade: 6 – 12
Enrollment is open until April 25 for the free Michigan STARTALK Chinese Student Academy Summer Program for novice-range proficiency level students in grades six through 12. The three-week face-to-face program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9-27 in Sangren Hall with the subsequent one-week online program requiring students to devote at least two hours daily in learning the language. The program is free and all costs including snacks and lunches are covered by the program. The application deadline is April 25, 2018

What's in Your Water?

July 16 – July 20 (Science, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
What makes water clean enough to drink, wash with, or play in? Investigate, experiment, measure, and explore what is in our water and how we clean it! Includes outdoor field trips, collecting and testing indoor and outdoor water samples, and maybe even getting muddy and wet! Camp is from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Come Fly With Me

July 16 – July 20 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Get your passport ready. We're going on and adventure and who knows where we might end up. Sort through travel destinations and pick your favorite. Pack your bags and let's explore a new country, environment and culture.

Dollars & Sense Finance Camp

July 16 – July 20 (Business, Haworth College of Business)
Cost: $299.00
Grade: 7 – 9
Have you ever wanted to learn more about finance? If you have ever been curious about anything from why a stock market crashes to how to save for college, you will be happy you joined us. In this week-long camp, students learn about more than 10 different finance topics. Taught by WMU faculty members, classes are discussion-based, fun, and include two real-world projects, as well as a trip to Chicago to visit the stock exchanges and meet with brokers and finance professionals. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Middle School

July 16 – July 20 (Archaeology, Department of Anthropology)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 6 – 8
The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project is seeking participants of all ages to work alongside Western Michigan University students to investigate and interpret the history and archaeology of Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century French trading post. Campers will spend the mornings learning about the history of Fort St. Joseph and the goals of the Project. Afternoon activities will include practice in excavation, record keeping, artifact identification, lab work, and analysis.

Water In, Water Out

July 16 – July 20 (Science, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Where does the water you use every day come fromand where does it go? Explore different water sources and methods to clean it. Includes building water treatment models and field trips on campus to learn about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle your water. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

From Nano to Flash: Short-Short Fiction

July 16 – July 20 (Writing, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 7 – 9
Reduced to their essence, short-short stories from 6 to 1,000 words can say every bit as much about fundamental human truths as longer forms, often in surprising and unconventional ways. These small gems are a blast to create! In this camp, we will read and write a lot, starting with a six-word story and moving through Nano, Micro, Drabble, Sudden, and Flash, just some of the many types of this short prose form. At camps end, we will celebrate with a formal reading and publication of your work. Camp is from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Digital Storytelling

July 16 – July 20 (Computers, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
An animated environment for learning computer programming! Students create animation projects using Alice, a software package for creating small virtual worlds using 3D models in Pixar and Disney animation style. The emphasis of this camp is hands-on labs, with some lecture and modeling. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

The Art of Stage Make-Up

July 23 – July 27 (Art, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $145.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Learn how to design and apply makeup for the stage! Each day well read a long excerpt from a classic play Our Town, or Dracula, for examplethen design the makeup for one of the characters. Students will learn how to design and apply makeup for old age, opposite gender, vampire gore, animal and insect, and fantasy characters. By the end of each day, students will come home looking like a character! This class is great for students interested in theater or just for fun. Camp is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553. $10 of registration cost goes toward material fee.

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp High School

July 23 – July 27 (Archaeology, Department of Anthropology)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 9 – 12
The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project is seeking participants of all ages to work alongside Western Michigan University students to investigate and interpret the history and archaeology of Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century French trading post. Campers will spend the mornings learning about the history of Fort St. Joseph and the goals of the Project. Afternoon activities will include practice in excavation, record keeping, artifact identification, lab work, and analysis.

Creatures in Clay

July 23 – July 27 (Art, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $145.00
Grade: 6 – 9
This fun introduction to ceramics class will provide students the opportunity to learn several hand-building techniques as they push creativity to the max! Create a hollow form creature from your imaginationwhether that creature turns out to be beastly or sweet, youll improve visual problem solving and creative thinking skills as you work in a relaxed and collaborative environment. Camp is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553. $10 of registration cost goes toward material fee.

Pinhole Photography

July 23 – July 27 (Photography, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $145.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Build Your Own Working Camera! Pinhole photography is photography in its most basic form. The only materials required are a light-tight container with a small hole, photosensitive paper, and a simple shutter to control the exposure. This workshop provides a fun and exciting opportunity to study the basic principles of photography. Students will create their own camera, learn to take pictures with it, and will develop their own black and white paper negatives in a darkroom and make prints from the negatives. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553. $10 of registration cost goes toward material fee.

Full STEAM Ahead

July 23 – July 27 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Join us for a fun-filled week as we explore Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics! Daily hands-on exploration and experiments will encourage campers to take thoughtful risks as they work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century!

Intro to Virtual Reality

July 23 – July 27 (Computers, Academically Talented Youth Program)
Cost: $135.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Students are introduced to the basics of building virtual reality worlds using HTML and the A-Frame JavaScript Library. Through this course, students will build their own virtual reality worlds that are compatible with VR devices, including smartphone VR headsets! Camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact phone number is 269-387-3553.

Picasso in Training

July 30 – August 3 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Explore the world of art this week. Well paint and create and display our masterpieces in the Childrens Place Art gallery. Our inspiration could come from anywhere!

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Lifelong Learners and Educators

July 30 – August 3 (Archaeology, Department of Anthropology)
Cost: $150.00
The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project is seeking participants of all ages to work alongside Western Michigan University students to investigate and interpret the history and archaeology of Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century French trading post. Campers will spend the mornings learning about the history of Fort St. Joseph and the goals of the Project. Afternoon activities will include practice in excavation, record keeping, artifact identification, lab work, and analysis. Any individuals post-high school. An approved continuing education program, the FSJ Lifelong Learner Camps are able to offer applicable students three (3) WMU Graduate credits, nine (9) State Board Continuing Education Units (Michigan), credits for recertification (Illinois), and/or credits applicable toward the Professional Growth Plan (Indiana).

The Marvelous Comic Book

August 6 – August 10 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Be the star of your own comic book series. Design your own super powers, talk about the elements of a comic book. Spend the week working on creating a story and drawing pictures to go along with your plot.

Food Frenzy

August 13 – August 17 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Celebrate an array of different culinary experiences with a week of delicious activities involving food! Well make some kid-approved recipes, visit a commercial kitchen, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a local grocery store as we learn about how to make healthy food choices.

Backyard Bash

August 20 – August 24 (Children, Children's Place Learning Center)
Cost: $207.00
Age: 5 – 12
Grade: K – 4
$45 registration for new students/$75 per family. Enjoy the great outdoors as we partake in summertime favorites spanning the decades! Play classic summer games like tug-of-war, kickball, foursquare, hopscotch and even learn a lawn game or two. Create a nature craft, go on a picnic, make bubbles and more during this celebration of summer!