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Summer Camps 2020

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.

Status of specific 2020 summer camps will be updated as information is provided Ended

June 1 – August 7 (Various Topics, Various Departments)

Online Camp - Writing the College Admission Essay Ended

June 15 – June 19 (Writing, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 12 – 12
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!

Canceled for 2020: Aviation Summer Camp Ended

June 21 – June 26 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Cost: $1,595.00
Grade: 9 – 12
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming 2020 aviation summer camps. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Sign up on our website to be notified when registration for 2021 summer camps goes live! Aviation Summer Camp: this camp is designed to immerse students into the industry of aviation. In addition to spending three to five hours in the air, students will explore aviation career opportunities in piloting, airports, air traffic control, maintenance repair overhaul facilities, and operation centers. Participants will also get to interact and network with WMU alumni and industry representatives, engage in hands-on activities while also experiencing life on a major university's campus. This summer camp is open to all levels of interest. However, it is especially beneficial to those who are considering aviation as a possible career choice, but have never fully investigated the aviation industry.

Online Camp - Cryptography Ended

June 22 – June 26 (Science, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
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.

Metal Casting Short Course for High School Students at WMU Ended

June 22 – June 26 (Engineering, EDMMS)
Cost: $700.00
Age: 15 – 18
Grade: 10 – 12
Educating young adults about the valuable career opportunities in metal casting. Topics covered: the history of metal casting, current trends in the metal casting industry, interrelationship between manufacturing (molding, melting, filling and finishing), engineering, quality, purchasing, marketing and sales of castings. Also covers the application of computers, mathematics, and sciences in metal casting, as well as career opportunities (AFS/NADCA/FEF) in the metal casting industry. Students are recruited by chapters of AFS & NADCA. For more information contact 269-276-3373.

Online Camp - Third Coast Camp for Young Writers Ended

June 22 – June 26 (Writing, English)
Cost: $50.00
Grade: 3 – 8
What's your story? Do you love to read and write? Do you like being part of a community of writers? Third Coast Camp for Young Writers at WMU Welcomes You to Virtual Summer Camp! We're bringing you five days of awesome writing instruction, fun camp activities, and the ability to share your writing with other writers! $50 or pay what you can by donation. We believe cost should not stop anyone from attending writing camp. Check out our web page for more information!

Online Camp - Intro to Playwriting Ended

June 22 – June 26 (Writing, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 7 – 9
Bring your stories to the stage! Learn all about writing short plays through writing exercises and games, culminating in the class reading and performing everyones work. In this week-long camp, we will learn about how to generate ideas, how to write characters and dialogue, how to respond and workshop new work, and how to find and create community around theater and writing.

Online Camp - Graphic Novels Ended

June 22 – June 26 (Writing, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
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!

Online Camp - Writing the College Admission Essay Ended

June 22 – June 26 (Writing, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 12 – 12
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!

Canceled for 2020: Chess Ended

July 6 – July 10 (Games, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 6 – 9
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this upcoming 2020 summer camp. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Students experience chess instruction and play in a fun-filled environment designed to improve their skills whether they are interested in recreational 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.

Online Camp - Math Games and Competitions Ended

July 6 – July 10 (Math, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Do you like solving math problems and puzzles? Would you like to participate in math competitions? This camp is ideal for students who enjoy math and solving challenging problems. The course will introduce students to a few of the concepts and approaches of solving competition math puzzles. Examples of these are seen in MATHCOUNTS, AMC, the Art of Problem Solving and other national math contests.

Online Camp - SurvivalCraft Ended

July 6 – July 10 (ATYP, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $120.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Can you survive mobs of zombies and creepers? Test your building skills with daily survival challenges using items from home and identifying resources in your neighborhood. Design and build shelters, create campfires, produce and gather food and fresh water. Virtually team up with local villagers and earn achievements to complete a quest and beat the boss. Time is ticking. Grades 6-9, July 6-10, 1 to 4 p.m. Online!

Canceled for 2020: Intro to Veterinary Science Ended

July 6 – July 10 (Science, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 7 – 9
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this upcoming 2020 summer camp. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Explore a career path through hands-on activities. Work with microscopes and dissection tools to learn about concepts and engage in activities that veterinarians do daily. Participants come to understand the commitment required to heal animals of all shapes and sizes, and are thus provided with much insight into this fascinating discipline.

Online Camp - Writing the College Admission Essay Ended

July 6 – July 10 (Writing, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 12 – 12
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!

Online Camp - Seminar Music Camp Ended

July 12 – July 25 (Music, School of Music)
Age: 15 – 18
Grade: 9 – 12
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, Seminar is a summer study opportunity like no other. At Seminar, you will be held to high standards, and you will surprise yourself with the progress you make as a musician. You will hone your craft as a soloist, but more importantly, you'll 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. All sessions are held on the University's main campus in Kalamazoo where some 120 students from seven areas of study - brass, woodwind, percussion, string, vocal/choral, keyboard and composition - gather each summer to pursue and develop their interests in music. $1,825 resident, $1,625 commuting.

Canceled for 2020: Advanced Flight Camp Ended

July 12 – July 17 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Cost: $2,495.00
Grade: 10 – 12
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming 2020 aviation summer camps. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Sign up on our website to be notified when registration for 2021 summer camps goes live! See web link for information regarding the waitlist. Advanced Flight Camp: students with flight experience, or who have already experienced a WMU Aviation Summer Camp are eligible for Advanced Aviation Flight Camp. This camp will enhance the knowledge already gained in previous aviation experiences and prepare participants for a more in-depth career oriented/experienced environment. Participants will immerse themselves in all things flight - experiencing nearly every aircraft in operation at Western Michigan University: Cirrus SR20, Piper Seminole, Cirrus SR20 simulator, CRJ-200 simulator and more. Participants must have previously attended a WMU aviation summer camp (or a similar aviation experience) or completed the initial solo of their private pilot training. Participants must have also completed at least one year of high school. Spots are limited, so early sign-up is recommended.

Canceled for 2020: Aviation Summer Camp Ended

July 12 – July 17 (Aviation, College of Aviation)
Cost: $1,595.00
Grade: 9 – 12
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming 2020 aviation summer camps. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Sign up on our website to be notified when registration for 2021 summer camps goes live! See web link for information regarding the waitlist. Aviation Summer Camp: this camp is designed to immerse students into the industry of aviation. In addition to spending three to five hours in the air, students will explore aviation career opportunities in piloting, airports, air traffic control, maintenance repair overhaul facilities, and operation centers. Participants will also get to interact and network with WMU alumni and industry representatives, engage in hands-on activities while also experiencing life on a major university's campus. This summer camp is open to all levels of interest. However, it is especially beneficial to those who are considering aviation as a possible career choice, but have never fully investigated the aviation industry.

Online Camp - Virtual Reality Ended

July 13 – July 17 (Technology, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Students are introduced to the basics of building virtual reality worlds using HTML and the A-Frame JavaScript Library. 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.

Canceled for 2020: Nature and Clay Ended

July 13 – July 17 (Art, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 6 – 9
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this upcoming 2020 summer camp. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Students will explore nature as the inspiration for creating unique sculptures in clay. We will discuss how nature can be an inspiration for design, and look at artists that work with nature as a theme. Campus green spaces will be the source for our organic materials to use with clay. Several hand-building techniques will be taught as students create leaf printed vessels and free form sculptures.

Online Camp - Poetry Ended

July 13 – July 17 (Writing, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 7 – 9
Writers will be introduced to a variety of poetic forms, will read and discuss poems, and produce a small portfolio of their own work that will be workshopped and revised. At the end of the week, each writer will be armed with poems that reflect their unique stories, creativities, and understanding of traditional poetry forms. On the last day of camp, there will be a discussion on how to submit poetry for publication. We will also create a e-zine showcasing all of the beautiful work produced during camp.

Read Alouds and Solutions Season 2 Ended

July 13 – July 24 (Literacy Engineering, McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic)
Cost: $250.00
Age: 6 – 10
This two-week summer camp will develop students' critical thinking and creativity through problem-based learning. Activities will include book read alouds, critical problem solving, and the engineering design process.

Volleyball Youth Camp Ended

July 13 – July 16 (Sports, WMU Athletics)
Cost: $100.00
Age: 6 – 10
This camp will be designed to give an introduction to the basic skills of volleyball. Campers can expect to learn the fundamentals of each skill as well as learning how to move on the court. This camp will be led by our experienced staff which includes our current WMU players to ensure quality instruction for each camper. Each camper will receive a volleyball and t-shirt. This camp is an all-commuter camp.

Canceled for 2020: Making Faces Ended

July 13 – July 17 (Art, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 6 – 9
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this upcoming 2020 summer camp. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Students will unleash their creativity in this fun mask-making workshop. We will begin with a brief history of masks from cultures around the world. Then its time to design a one-of-a-kind creation, beastly or sweet. Problem-solving skills will be utilized as students work to create the found object understructure. Plaster gauze will provide the final skin, followed by paint and embellishments.

Canceled for 2020: Business Career Camp - Build Your Brand Ended

July 14 – July 16 (Business - Career Readiness, Haworth College of Business)
Cost: $200.00
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming 2020 summe camp. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Sign up on our website to be notified when our 2021 camp registration begins.

Online Camp - All About the Stage Ended

July 20 – July 24 (Art, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
Grade: 6 – 9
Come and learn basic theater terms and the different parts of a stage, and explore character development. We will play a variety of theater games to build skills such as team work, story development, memorization, and improv techniques. Each person will be given either a scene or monologue to work on and perform. This camp is great for theater novices, young actors, and theater enthusiast's alike.

Canceled for 2020: The Art of Stage Makeup Ended

July 20 – July 24 (Art, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 6 – 9
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this upcoming 2020 summer camp. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Learn practical application of stage makeup skills including the basics, age makeup, bruises, fantasy, and character makeup. Receive hands-on guidance in stage makeup and have the opportunity to practice on yourself! During the final class, students will create a character and the makeup to match!

Canceled for 2020: Forensic Science Ended

July 20 – July 24 (Science, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $150.00
Grade: 7 – 9
After consultation with our university leadership, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this upcoming 2020 summer camp. While disappointing, we feel that this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety. Forensic scientists use skills and techniques that come from a variety of disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, mathematics, and technology to solve mysteries. This course, 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.

Volleyball All Skills 1 Camp Ended

July 20 – July 22 (Sports, WMU Athletics)
Cost: $300.00
Grade: 6 – 10
The Western Michigan University Volleyball All-Skills Camp is for campers with skill levels ranging from beginner to elite level middle school and beginning high school and club players. Skills are taught through drills that introduce and improve all of the basic volleyball skills. Our camp staff will work to ensure that your experience at camp will prepare you for your next level of competition! Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt. There will be an awards ceremony immediately following camp at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, July 22nd in Read Fieldhouse.

Online Camp - Scratch Multimedia Games Ended

July 20 – July 24 (Technology, Pre-College/ATYP)
Cost: $140.00
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, interactive media while developing important 21st century skills. Work at your own pace to create an original game.

Volleyball All Skills 2 Camp Ended

July 22 – July 24 (Sports, WMU Athletics)
Cost: $400.00
Grade: 11 – 12
The Western Michigan University Volleyball All-Skills Camp 2 is for campers looking to increase their knowledge of the game. Skills are taught through drills that introduce more detailed concepts of the game of volleyball. Sessions will be run very similarly to a WMU volleyball practice. Our camp staff will work to ensure that your experience at camp will prepare you for your next level of competition! Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt. This camp will also be limited to the first 20 participants. Lastly, we will be staying in NEW AIR CONDITIONED DORMS!

Online Camp - Dollars and Sense

August 10 – August 14 (Financial Literacy and Personal Investing, Finance and Commercial Law - Sanford Center)
Cost: $99.00
Grade: 11 – 12
The economic impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that financial literacy and preparedness are key to being able to achieve your financial goals and succeed during financial downturns. The Dollars & Sense Camp will provide students with basic financial knowledge as well as explaining how to invest for the long-term. The camp will be presented in a fun and engaging virtual format with a variety of financial professionals leading games and other engaging activities to help your student learn firsthand about the world of money. Camp meets virtually 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Online Camp - Dollars and Sense

August 17 – August 21 (Career Exploration and Financial Literacy, Finance and Commercial Law - Sanford Center)
Cost: $99.00
Grade: 8 – 10
The economic impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that financial literacy and preparedness are key to being able to achieve your financial goals and succeed during financial downturns. The Dollars & Sense Camp will provide students with basic financial knowledge as well as explaining how to invest for the long-term. The camp will be presented in a fun and engaging virtual format with a variety of financial professionals leading games and other engaging activities to help your student learn firsthand about the world of money. Camp meets virtually 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.