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Summer Camps 2019

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.

Athletic Camps Ended

January 12 – July 19 (Athletics, Athletics)
For more information regarding our camps and clinics, please click the link above to visit our Athletic Camps webpage

eSports Ended

June 17 – June 21 (eSports, eSports)
Grade: 5 – 8
Held in Western Michigan University's state-of-the-art Esports Arena, this camp will be led by an esports performance coach and WMU's very own Esports Arena team. Participants will learn about objective discipline, growth mindset, execution, teamwork and communication, qualities that build on each other and can be used both in everyday life and to become an esports professional of tomorrow. On the last day, participants will get the full event experience, just like a WMU Esports team member. Camp runs Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing the College Admissions Essay Ended

June 17 – June 21 (Writing, ATYP)
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 allows the real you to shine through! We will use creative methods every day to inspire writing that will spark interest in your readers. We like to have fun in this camp! Led by Becky Cooper. For students entering grade 12. June 17-21, 9 a.m. to noon, Sangren Hall. Limit 15 students per class.

Third Coast Writing Project Camp for Young Writers - Mentors Ended

June 19 – July 2 (Writing, English)
Grade: 9 – 12
We're bringing you ten days of awesome writing instruction, immersive campus experiences, and the ability to publish your own writing!

Third Coast Writing Project Camp for Young Writers - Campers Ended

June 19 – July 2 (Writing, English)
Age: 8 – 13
Grade: 3 – 8
We're bringing you ten days of awesome writing instruction, immersive campus experiences, and the ability to publish your own writing!

Aviation Summer Camp Ended

June 23 – June 28 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Age: 13 – 17
Grade: 9 – 12
$200 deposit required to secure your spot (deducted from overall camp cost)

eSports Ended

June 24 – June 28 (eSports, eSports)
Grade: 5 – 8
Held in Western Michigan University's state-of-the-art Esports Arena, this camp will be led by an esports performance coach and WMU's very own Esports Arena team. Participants will learn about objective discipline, growth mindset, execution, teamwork and communication, qualities that build on each other and can be used both in everyday life and to become an esports professional of tomorrow. On the last day, participants will get the full event experience, just like a WMU Esports team member. Camp runs Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beyond the Lemonade Stand: An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experience Ended

June 24 – June 28 (Entrepreneurship, Management and Engineering)
Age: 14 – 19
Grade: 9 – 12
Find out what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in Western Michigan University's five-day entrepreneurship camp Beyond the Lemonade Stand: An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experience for grades 9-12. The camp will be held from June 24 through June 28. You will learn about developing the mindset of an entrepreneur and walk away with tools to help you launch your business idea. Cost: $100, includes t-shirt, snacks each day and a pizza lunch on Friday.

Web Design Ended

June 24 – June 28 (Web Design, ATYP)
Grade: 6 – 9
Enter the world of interactive web design. Learn how to create web pages that allow users to interact with and manipulate what is shown on the screen. Students will craft an interactive web page that includes a virtual pet and learn programming skills along the way. Led by Marty Trautman. Grades 6-9, June 24-28, 1 to 4 p.m., Sangren Hall.

Japanese Language and Culture Ended

June 24 – June 28 (Language, ATYP)
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), and Japanese food, songs, and more. Led by Michiko Yoshimoto. Grades 6-9. June 24-28, 1 - 4 p.m., Sangren Hall

Graphic Novels Ended

June 24 – June 28 (Art, ATYP)
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! Led by Paul Sizer. Grades 7-9, June 24-28, 9 a.m. to noon, Sangren Hall.

Writing the College Admissions Essay Ended

June 24 – June 28 (Writing, ATYP)
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 allows the real you to shine through! We will use creative methods every day to inspire writing that will spark interest in your readers. We like to have fun in this camp! Led by Becky Cooper. For students entering grade 12. June 17-21, 9 a.m. to noon, Sangren Hall. Limit 15 students per class.

Forensic Science Ended

June 24 – June 28 (Science, ATYP)
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 retired high school forensic science teacher and textbook author, covers the principles of crime scene investigation, as well as patterns and impressions, serology, trace evidence, and more. Students will learn how DNA is processed and interpreted, roll and identify fingerprints, analyze bloodstains, and apply their skills in a mock crime scene. Led by Kathy Mirakovits. Grades 7-9. June 24-28, 1-4 p.m. Additional $10 materials fee.

Dollars & Sense Ended

June 24 – June 28 (Financial Literacy, Department of Finance and Commercial Law)
Grade: 10 – 12
For students who have COMPLETED grades 10-12. Taught by WMU faculty members, classes are discussion-based, fun and include two real-world projects (a financial life cycle plan developed by each student and a team-based portfolio investment project), a trip to Chicago to visit the stock exchanges, meet with brokers and other finance professionals. All classes are taught in WMU's Greenleaf Trust Trading Room, housed within the Haworth College of Business. The trading room gives one a glimpse into a Wall Street environment right in Kalamazoo, equipped with the software and tools that finance professionals use every day. Questions? Please call (269) 387-5726 or email Jeannine Shafer.

Philosophy & Technology Enrichment Camp: 3rd Annual WMU Lyceum Ended

June 25 – June 29 (Philosophy, Philosophy)
Grade: 9 – 12
The Western Michigan University Lyceum is a FREE summer camp for high school students, facilitated by philosophy faculty and graduate students. This year's theme, Philosophy & Technology, offers a rich variety of subjects to investigate and discuss together: Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence, Ethics of self-driving cars, Censorship and Social Media. At the Lyceum, students will engage in discussions, participate in fun activities and games, and improve their critical thinking and writing skills. Students will also get to see more of WMU's campus, including free daily lunches and a trip to the new Virtual Reality Lab.

SEMINAR 2019 Ended

July 7 – July 20 (Music, School of Music)
Age: 15 – 18
For 68 years, Western Michigan University's School of Music has been elevating high school musicians through its Seminar music camp, a unique program with a focus on chamber music. At Seminar, you will hone your craft as a musician as well as learn to collaborate and communicate with fellow ensemble members. On top of it all, you will spend two weeks on the campus of Western Michigan University, an institution known for its musical excellence, meeting others who share your passion for music. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be a music student at a world-class university, Seminar is your chance.

Aviation Summer Camp Ended

July 7 – July 12 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Age: 13 – 17
Grade: 9 – 12
$200 deposit required to secure your spot (deducted from overall camp cost)

eSports Ended

July 8 – July 12 (eSports, eSports)
Grade: 9 – 12
Held in Western Michigan University's state-of-the-art Esports Arena, this camp will be led by an esports performance coach and WMU's very own Esports Arena team. Participants will learn about objective discipline, growth mindset, execution, teamwork and communication, qualities that build on each other and can be used both in everyday life and to become an esports professional of tomorrow. On the last day, participants will get the full event experience, just like a WMU Esports team member. Camp runs Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Read Alouds and Solutions: Bridging Literacy and Engineering Ended

July 8 – July 19 (Literacy and Engineering, McGinnis Reading Center, Special Education and Literacy Studies Department)
Age: 5 – 11
Learn to develop your critical thinking and creativity through problem-based learning. Our summer camp will focus on book read alouds and problem-solving activities for K-5th grade students by developing literacy skills through engineering, and developing engineering skills through literacy! $25 registration cost.

What's in Your Water? Ended

July 8 – July 12 (Science, ATYP)
Grade: 6 – 9
What makes water clean enough to drink, wash or play with? Get ready to explore what is naturally in your water and how water goes from dirty to clean! Camp will feature outdoor field trips, collecting and testing indoor and outdoor water chemistry, studying bugs and other critters found in water, and maybe even getting muddy and wet! Grades 6-9, July 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon, Wood Hall. Water camps are led by college students in the Pathways to Science Teaching program, and supervised by WMU faculty and local teachers.

Water In, Water Out Ended

July 8 – July 12 (Science, ATYP)
Grade: 6 – 9
Where Does Your Water Go When You Flush? Have you ever wondered where your water comes from, or where it goes after you flush? Come explore water sources and discover different methods to clean it. Camp will include designing and building water treatment models, as well as indoor and outdoor field trips on campus to learn about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle your water. Grades 6-9, July 8-12, 1 to 4 p.m., Wood Hall. Water camps are led by college students in the Pathways to Science Teaching program, and supervised by WMU faculty and local teachers.

Cryptography Ended

July 8 – July 12 (Math, ATYP)
Grade: 6 – 9
Students discover the origins of encoding in classic codes as they create new codes and decode the projects of their fellow students. Using basic mathematics and modular arithmetic, participants raise the level of their math skills and math reasoning. Led by Marty Trautman. Grades 6-9, July 8-12, 1 to 4 p.m., Sangren Hall.

eSports Ended

July 15 – July 19 (eSports, eSports)
Grade: 9 – 12
Held in Western Michigan University's state-of-the-art Esports Arena, this camp will be led by an esports performance coach and WMU's very own Esports Arena team. Participants will learn about objective discipline, growth mindset, execution, teamwork and communication, qualities that build on each other and can be used both in everyday life and to become an esports professional of tomorrow. On the last day, participants will get the full event experience, just like a WMU Esports team member. Camp runs Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virtual Reality Ended

July 15 – July 19 (, ATYP)
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 virtual environments that are compatible with VR devices, including smart-phone VR headsets! Emphasis will be on understanding how to create, place, and manipulate objects using computer programs and groups of coding provided by the instructor. Led by Marty Trautman. Grades 6-9, July 15-19, 1 to 4 p.m., Sangren Hall.

Short-Short Fiction Ended

July 15 – July 19 (Writing, ATYP)
Grade: 7 – 9
Reduced to their essence, short-short stories from 6 to 1,000 words can say 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 start with a six-word story and move through Nano, Micro, Drabble, Sudden, and Flash. At camp's end, we will celebrate with a publication and reading. Led by Theresa Coty O'Neil. Grades 7-9, July 15-19, 9 a.m. to noon, Sangren Hall.

4N6 (aka Forensics) Ended

July 15 – July 19 (Forensics, ATYP)
Grade: 7 – 9
Love public speaking? Acting? Then this class is for you! Go into your high school forensics auditions/team prepared with all the knowledge you need to get started. This class will give an overview of all public address and interpretive events so students can choose what category they like best. They will have the opportunity to choose/write a piece and workshop it over the week with a performance for the class on the final day. Led by Nikki Dobos. Grades 7-9, July 15-19, 9 a.m. to noon, Sangren Hall.

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Program Ended

July 15 – July 19 (Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Department of Anthropology)
Grade: 6 – 8
Interested in archaeology? Students are invited to work with archaeologists at the site of Fort St. Joseph, a French trading post and garrison built in 1691. Participants spend a week discovering the history of FSJ and excavating onsite with opportunities to wet screen, map, and analyze recovered artifacts. Camp Runs Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, and scholarships may be available.

Write Your Own Adventure Story Ended

July 15 – July 19 (Writing, ATYP)
Grade: 6 – 9
Two Week Camp! In the spirit of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, students will first imagine and then, through a writing workshop, bring to life a world of their own full of choices both good and bad that the reader can make for their characters. Once the world exists as a story, the students will then turn that story into an interactive fiction text adventure that can be played on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Week one led by Jess Fales; week two led by Marty Trautman. Grades 6-9, July 15-19 (Sangren Hall) and July 22-26 (Kohrman Hall), 1 to 4 p.m.

Business Career Camp: Build Your Brand! Ended

July 16 – July 18 (Business and Career Readiness, Haworth College of Business: SPuRS and Zhange Career Center)
Grade: 11 – 12
Participants will build their professionalism and work ethic in a three-day career readiness and personal branding summer camp. Participants will learn about and apply the seven A-behaviors of work ethic, get an up-close look at the Haworth College of Business and WMU, talk with WMU business students, and tour a business and connect with business professionals to learn more about careers. For high school students who have completed 10th grade or above.

Pinhole Photography Ended

July 22 – July 26 (Photography, ATYP)
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, 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, develop their own black and white paper negatives in a darkroom, and make prints from the negatives. Led by Marcella Hunt. Grades 6-9, July 22-26, 9 a.m. to noon, Kohrman Hall. Additional $10 materials fee.

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Program Ended

July 22 – July 26 (Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Department of Anthropology)
Grade: 9 – 12
Interested in archaeology? Students are invited to work with archaeologists at the site of Fort St. Joseph, a French trading post and garrison built in 1691. Participants spend a week discovering the history of FSJ and excavating onsite with opportunities to wet screen, map, and analyze recovered artifacts. Camp Runs Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, and scholarships may be available.

Creatures in Clay Ended

July 22 – July 26 (Art, ATYP)
Grade: 6 – 9
This fun introduction to ceramics class will give students the opportunity to learn several hand-building techniques as they push creativity to the max! Create a hollow form creature from your imagination - whether it turns out to be beastly or sweet, you'll improve visual problem solving and creative thinking skills as you work in a relaxed and collaborative environment. Led by Marcella Hunt. Grades 6-9, July 22-26, 1 to 4 p.m., Kohrman Hall. Additional $10 materials fee.

The Art of Stage Makeup Ended

July 22 – July 26 (, ATYP)
Grade: 6 – 9
Learn practical application of stage makeup skills including the basics, age makeup, bruises, fantasy, and character makeup. Students will have hands-on guidance in stage makeup and will have the opportunity to practice on themselves! During the final class, students will create their own character and the makeup to match! Led by Nikki Dobos. Grades 6-9, July 22-26, 9 a.m. to noon, Kohrman Hall. Additional $10 materials fee.

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Program - For Adults! Ended

July 29 – August 2 (Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Department of Anthropology)
Interested in archaeology? Lifelong learners are invited to work with archaeologists at the site of Fort St. Joseph, a French trading post and garrison built in 1691. Participants spend a week discovering the history of FSJ and excavating onsite with opportunities to wet screen, map, and analyze recovered artifacts. Camp Runs Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, and scholarships may be available.

Dollars & Sense Ended

August 19 – August 23 (Financial Literacy, Department of Finance and Commercial Law)
Grade: 7 – 9
For students who have COMPLETED grades 7-9. Taught by WMU faculty members, classes are discussion-based, fun and include two real-world projects (a financial life cycle plan developed by each student and a team-based portfolio investment project), a trip to Chicago to visit the stock exchanges, meet with brokers and other finance professionals. All classes are taught in WMU's Greenleaf Trust Trading Room, housed within the Haworth College of Business. The trading room gives one a glimpse into a Wall Street environment right in Kalamazoo, equipped with the software and tools that finance professionals use every day. Questions? Please call (269) 387-5726 or email Jeannine Shafer.