Variety of summer camps offered for young people

Contact: Deanne Puca
A  group of young boys playing football at Waldo Stadium.

Summer camp signup has begun at WMU.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Registration is underway for Western Michigan University's June, July and August summer camps for young people in preschool to high school and beyond covering a wide variety of interests.

Whether it's aviation, athletics, art, music, entrepreneurship, archaeology, finance, writing or Japanese culture, WMU faculty, staff and the community are heading up programs on campus to provide fun and educational experiences for learners of all ages. A listing of all camps, with new listings added as information becomes available, can be found at Some scholarships are available. Check with specific camps for more information.

Included are several long-running programs—focusing on such subjects as writing, reading, science, computers and Japanese culture offered by the Academically Talented Youth Program; 10 themed weeks for preschool and elementary students at the Children's Place Learning Center; intensive performance instruction through Seminar at the School of Music as well as sports camps offered through Bronco athletics and West Hills Athletic Club.

Continuing this year are camps for young entrepreneurs through the Haworth College of Business, developing savvy with the Department of Finance and Commercial Law, and hands-on archaeology excavations at the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project.

Additionally, there is a new Upward Bound Project separate from the Kalamazoo Upward Bound that will provide a six-week residential summer program on WMU's campus for high school students in Bangor, Covert, Hartford and Lawrence in Van Buren County. Students will take classes taught by certified teachers to prepare them for their next year in math, science, English, history and Spanish.

Also being offered on campus this year is the 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 to learning the language. The program is free and includes snacks and lunches. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 25. More information is available at

For more information, contact WMU's Office of Pre-College Programming at (269) 387-2773.

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