Click here for K to 8th grade listing.
High School Enrichment Opportunities
Summer is a great time to focus on enrichment beyond the classroom. Please help your student determine where their gifts fit the enrichment opportunities below. Summer enrichment programs at NC Colleges and Universities are listed below alphabetically. THEN they are listed divided by cost. If you would like help deciding on a program for your student, email [email protected]
Statewide University Program
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics
: Summer Ventures is a free, state-funded program for academically talented students who may pursue careers based in science and mathematics. This program is offered at the following campuses: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, NC Central University, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, and Western Carolina University. www.summerventures.org
Appalachian State University
: Students work in teams to solve problems and improve math skills; costs $120 for one week in July. www.camps.appstate.edu
NC Summer Institute in Choral Art, Inc.
: Young singers work with renowned conductors; costs $210 for one session in June. www.ncsica.com
Martha Guy Summer Institute
: Rising seniors participate in leadership development and interact with business leaders, including a trip to NYC and Washington, DC; costs $500 for 3 weeks in summer. www.business.appstate.edu/marthaguy/
Cannon Music Camp
: Most comprehensive course of musical instruction in the Southeast, with intensive college prep work in performance and music theory; costs $1300 + meals in June-July. www.cannon.appstate.edu
Sci-Pharm, The Science Behind the Pharmacist
: A summer day camp for grades 9-12, focusing on science and pharmacy careers; costs $10 for insurance. www.campbell.edu/faculty/ebloom/
The July Experience
: Rising seniors can select 2 courses from several liberal arts disciplines and experience an educational, creative, social, and personal-development program; costs $2300 for July session. www.davidson.edu/academic/education/julyexp.html.
Constructing Your College Experience
: Designed to empower college-bound sophomores and juniors in exploring college options and navigating college application process; costs $1150 for one week residential program. www.learnmore.duke.edu/youth/
Duke Creative Writers Workshop
: Designed for advanced writers in 10th and 11th grades who are committed to refining their skills and building a community of writers; costs $1565 for two-week residential program. www.learnmore.duke.edu/youth
Duke Drama Workshop
: same as Writers Workshop for students studying drama
Duke Young Writers Workshop
: same as Writers Workshop for beginning writers
East Carolina University
Health Professional Recruitment and Enrichment Program (HPREP)
: Targets high school students with a desire to study science and medicine; ongoing program on Saturdays throughout the year. www.ecu.edu/org/snma
Legislators School for Youth Leadership Development
: Rising 10th and 11th grade students work to enhance leadership and communication skills, and develop conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies; three week session has varying fees. www.coe.ecu.edu/legsch/
Math and Science Education Network (MSEN) Pre-College Program
: Designed to prepare students to pursue math and science at the university level and beyond, including enrichment/preparation classes, Saturday and summer scholar programs, and competitions; no fee for Saturdays and one week summer program. www.unc.edu/depts/msen
(This program is also available at Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, NC A & T State University, NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, Western Carolina University, Winston-Salem State University.)
Discover GC, a Summer Camp Program for Teens
, will be offered this June and July. The registration for each camp is now open via WebAdvisor. The program features a variety of individual summer camps for area teens between the ages of 13-18 with costs beginning at $40. Click here for more details.
Here is a list of the camps being offered:
A-321 Advanced Manufacturing Camp
Creative Writing Workshop
CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)
First aid & CPR
Personal Safety & Defense
STEM: Exploring Textile Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing
Mars Hill College
Music in the Mountains Summer Band Camp
: Daily classes for high school concert band students, offering master classes on each instrument and a jazz ensemble; costs $395 for one week residential camp. www.mhc.edu
High School Music Theory Camp
: Helps any student considering music as a college major or anyone who is excited about expanding basic music knowledge; one week summer program with varying fees. www.meredith.edu/youth/
Lamar Stringfield Music Camp
: Instruction includes classes in string orchestra training, string technique, chamber music, sectional rehearsing, theory; costs $350 for one week and $650 for two weeks. www.meredith.edu/music/strings-camps.htm
Looking Toward College
: A Residential Program for High School Women: A personal skills seminar that focuses on communication skills, decision-making, goal-setting, values clarification, college selection, and career planning; costs $300 for four day summer program for high school females. www.meredith.edu/youth/
Math Week at Meredith
: Rising 10th grade students use technology to predict patterns, build mathematical models, tile the plane, and construct Web pages individually and in groups; costs $300 for one week summer program. www.meredith.edu/youth
Young Writer’s Camp
: Female students experience writing through hands-on activities, share and expand their curiosity and creativity; costs $300 for one week summer program. www.meredith.edu/youth
North Carolina A & T State University
Check out www.ncat.edu/summer/summeryouth/index.html for information on these FREE and fee-based programs:
Energy Engineer Starters Program (EESP)
Engineer Starters Program (ESP)
Ford Renewable Energy Summer Program (FRE-SP)
Higher Learning Institute
Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL)
NOAA-ISET Climate and Weather Camp
Research Apprentice Program (RAP)
Summer High School Transportation Institute
Students Hot On The Sciences (SHOTS)
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North Carolina Central University
Check out http://web.nccu.edu/univcoll/syp/aboutsasp.htm for FREE and fee-based programs that include:
Legal Law Camp
Senior Project Prep Camp
Senior Project Enrichment
High School Writing Enrichment
: Sophomores who are interested and eligible for NC Teaching Fellows will learn about the teaching profession; no fee for July program. http://web.nccu.edu/univcoll/syp/summer_program.htm
North Carolina School of the Arts
NCSA Summer Session
: Offers two- to five-week residential programs surrounded by artists of diverse ages and backgrounds studying in classes, workshops, rehearsals, and extracurricular activities; fees vary by program. www.ncarts.edu/ncsaprod/summersession
North Carolina State University
: A two-week residential camp for students 9-11 to learn about careers in plant science and veterinary medicine through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, character and team building activities, and diversity training; no cost. www.science-house.org/student/agdiscovery
Design Residential Camp
: Rising 11th and 12th grade students experience creative problem solving, learn about career choices in design, and studying design at the college level through exposure to architecture, art and design, graphic design, industrial design, and landscape architecture; costs $600 for one week residential program. http://ncsudesign.org/content/index.cfm/fuseaction/page/filename/design_camp.html
Engineering Summer Programs
: Rising 11th and 12th grade students experience engineering, science, and technology in week-long residential programs in a variety of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Autonomous Robotics, Biological Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, and Wolfpack Motorsports; costs $575 for one week residential program. www.engr.ncsu.edu/summerprograms/
Poultry Science Summer Institute
: Rising 11th and 12th grade students who have an interest in biological sciences or a career in poultry can broaden their understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, and careers related to poultry science; costs $50 for 4-day/night program. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/poulsci/4h/summerinstitute/institiute.html
Shelton Leadership Challenge Institute
: Rising 9th through 12th grade students with a 3.0+ GPA can experience an intense week of values-based leadership, integrity, team building, public speaking, and social responsibility; costs $700 for one week program. http://www.necus.edu/extension/sheltonleadership/leadership-programs/challenge.php
Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS)
: Outstanding students in grades 9-12 who have an interest in a career in science can participate in this college level and college credit program, practicing cutting edge research techniques and skills; costs vary according to four-week program. www.cifr.ncsu.edu/scibls/index.htm
Summer Exploration Camp—Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources (DFER)
: Rising 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in natural resources spend a week studying careers and raising awareness of the impact of natural resources on the world; costs $300 for one-week program. http://cnr.ncsu.edu/HighSchoolSummerCamp.htm
Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP)
: Residential program for rising 11th and 12th grade students to experience NCSU by working with professors in one of the following choices: apparel design, business/marketing, chemistry, computer science, and engineering; no fee for the weeklong program. www.tx.ncsu.edu/student_services/step.html
Teen Writers’ Workshop
: Offers a lecture and small-group environment for students in grades 9-12 to develop their creative writing skills; costs $200 for one week program. http://www.chass.ncsu.edu/english/writingworkshops/index.html
Young Investigators Program in Nuclear Technology
: A residential program for rising 11th, 12th, and graduating seniors to experience the role nuclear technologies play in meeting the needs of society and solving everyday problems; costs $900 for three-week residential program. www.ne.ncsu.edu/outreach/summerprogram
Peace College Summer Leadership Institute
: Rising 9th and 10th grade female students explore leadership skills, step out of their comfort zones, and gain valuable experiences toward college; costs $500 for one week program in June. www.peace.edu
SPEC Summer Programs
: Rising 9th through 11th grade students can experience various career exploration-themed workshops; costs vary by program length and subject in summer. www.pfeiffer.edu
University of North Carolina at Asheville
UNC-Asheville Office of Academic Conferences and Institutes
: Offers a variety of programs in academic and cultural enrichment, as well as sports camps, to develop intellectual, physical, cultural, and creative abilities in a residential camp setting; costs vary according to program and length. www.unca.edu/oaci/
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
All summer youth programs listed on campus
High School Music Camp
: Offers master classes and private lessons for students in grades 9-12 to provide opportunities to work one-on-one with UNCCH faculty to study music theory and music literature; costs $325-$495 for one week program. http://music.unc.edu/calendars/summer-camp
: An opportunity for high achieving students to increase racial, social, geographical, and economic diversity, this program targets the top 25% of high school students who are African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, low income, rural students, or students from other historically underrepresented populations; nominal fee for 3-4 day conference. http://www.unc.edu/minorityaffairs/prospective/uplift.html
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
UNC Charlotte Summer Camps
: Offers a variety of programs that include Acting and Statecraft, Aspire! (sneak preview of college life in various academic areas), Chess for Experts, Cool School Writing, Engineering Lab and Technology, MathCAMMP + Mathematically Wild, Writing Spooky Stories; costs vary by program. http://www.summer.uncc.edu/camps/index.html
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Summer Music Camp
: Residential camp for band, orchestra, and piano students grouped by age and ability level; costs range from $285-$385. www.smcamp.org
: Offers rising 11th and 12th grade students a way to get ahead by taking college classes while still in high school and earn UNCG college credit; no cost, but students must access this school from their home high school. http://www.web.ung.edu/dclweb/fastforward/default.asp
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Health Career Opportunities Program—Summer Enrichment Program
: Targets rising 12th grade and recent graduates who wish to pursue careers in medical and health related professions; no cost for six-week program. http://www.uncp.edu/hcop/components.htm
Mixed Media Program
: High school students will be exposed to video cameras, broadcasting equipment, and the hands-on aspects of editing and presentation; costs vary. http://www.uncp.edu/rc
: Providing Advocacy and Achievement through the College Experience: Offers enrichment in the areas of transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education for high school students with disabilities and their primary caretakers. Includes topics in entitlement laws, financial aid, self-advocacy skills, documentation requirements in higher ed, study skills, test-taking strategies, and social skills development; no fee for one week program. http://www.uncp.edu/dss
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Marine Biology Camp
in Bimini, Bahamas: Exposes high school students to work performed on research vessels for one week; costs vary. www.uncw.edu/marinequest
University of South Carolina
Get a taste of college life at the University of South Carolina’s flagship campus through these educational adventures designed for academically talented students in grades 5 through 12. For course descriptions, our camp schedule, pricing and scholarships, visit www.discover.sc.edu/youth
Wake Forest University
Debate Workshops for High School Students
: Invites superior high school students with an interest in forensics to participate in debate workshops in a three-week summer program on campus; costs vary. http://www.wfu.edu/academics/summer/special.html#top
Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University Summer Programs Office
: Coordinates many summer enrichment programs that include: Mountain Area Health Education Center Camp.
College Express Program
: Rising 11th and 12th grade students participate in a new summer program designed to advance college education, explore courses that may open a field of interest, and experience college life; costs are by credit hour and room and board.
: Offers a four-week residential program for rising 9th -11th grade students who show potential for developing into future leaders; costs vary. http://ore.wcu.edu
The following section is divided by cost.
Free to $599 in Cost
Commissioner’s School of Excellence (Freshmen)
Description – Each high school is allotted one position for every fifty students enrolled in the 9th grade. Selection is competitive and based on grades, recommendations, essays, activities, and honors received. The commissioners’ School of Excellence is a two-week summer residential experience that challenges selected participants to better understand themselves, life in Gaston County, and their roles as future leaders. Through seminars, problem-solving activities, simulations, field trips to visit community leaders, guest speakers, and “hands-on” experiences, students examine issues relevant to their future and the future of Gaston County. Deadline – Applications due to Mr. Chapman or Dr. Parker in February (see counselor for details). Applications available late January. It is a free program.
INROADS Summer Internships for Minority High School Seniors (Seniors)
Description – INROADS Internships are awarded to outstanding students of color. Only the best and the brightest are selected. Interns are graduating high school seniors, college or university freshmen or sophomores with a grade point average of B or better, and a combined SAT score of at least 1000, or an ACT score of 20 or better. They have demonstrated a proven leadership ability, and are interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, retail, technology, nursing, pharmacy, marketing, and sales. Deadline – Applications completed between August and March of Senior year.
Ag-DISCOVERY (9th to 12th)
Ag-DISCOVERY is a two-week residential camp for students designed to help high school students (age 14-17) learn about careers in plant science and veterinary medicine. Students live on the college campus and learn about science from university professors and practicing entomologists, botanists, and plant pathologists. Participants gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students also participate in character and team-building activities and diversity workshops. The cost is free.
Discover GC, a Summer Camp Program for Teens, will be offered this June and July. The registration for each camp is now open via WebAdvisor. The program features a variety of individual summer camps for area teens between the ages of 13-18 with costs beginning at $40. Click here for more details.
Here is a list of the camps being offered:
A-321 Advanced Manufacturing Camp
Creative Writing Workshop
CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)
First aid & CPR
Personal Safety & Defense
STEM: Exploring Textile Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing
NC A&T Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) (10th &11th)
Description: RAP is a four-week residential summer program for current or rising high school juniors and seniors. Its main objective is to stimulate interest in agriscience professions, including: biological engineering/ biotechnology/ business and economics/ child development/ fashion and apparel/ food product development/ horticulture/ landscape architecture/ nutrition/ teaching/ veterinary science, and many more.
Requirements: Show an interest in the food, agricultural, environmental, family and consumer sciences, and in pursuing a college education in these areas. Be a rising high school junior or senior with a cumulative (weighted) GPA of 2.5 or better and rank in the top 25th percentile of his/her class. Deadline: February Cost: $25 application fee. Program is free and students receive a stipend.
UNC Chapel Catalyst Conference
Description – Brings a selected group of 100 high school students from across North Carolina to UNC Chapel Hill for a weekend-long exploration of social justice issues affecting both America and the larger world. Through leadership and personal development sessions, we aim to empower participants so they can serve as catalysts for positive change in their own communities. The Catalyst Conference serves a vital need, as encouraging today’s youth to take an interest in national and worldly issues is vital to securing an educated and passionate group of future leaders. Dates – The conference will take place on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in mid February.
Cost – A $50 registration fee is required upon acceptance (DO NOT include this with the application) to the conference, which helps to offset the cost of housing and food for the entire weekend. As we do not wish to exclude those with a financial need, if you have an interested student who may not be financially able to pay the entrance fee, please notify us separately and we may be able to offer a scholarship. Criteria – Only high school students in grades 9-11 are eligible for application. No seniors or students who have previously attended will be accepted.
Deadline – Applications must arrive at UNC Chapel Hill, or be submitted via email, by November.
VetCAMP (9th to 12th grade)
VetCAMP is designed to allow pre-veterinary high school students to delve into the immense field of veterinary medicine. Students will hear from veterinarians in many different fields and take a behind the scenes tour of the NC State University Vet School. Lessons will be given on veterinary clinic basics, surgery, dissections and anatomy. Cost is $515.
NC Boy’s State (Junior Males)
Description- Only one student from Highland will be selected. Tar Heel Boys’ State is a leadership action program. Qualified male North Carolina high school rising seniors take part in a practical government course designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of the government. It is the aim of the program to impress the young citizens with the fact that the government is just what they make it. Boys’ State will be held in June at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. The American Legion sponsors this trip and the only cost to the student is transportation to and from the event. Deadline – February
Project Uplift (Juniors) at UNC Chapel Hill
Description: Project Uplift is a summer residential program for high school students providing high-achieving rising seniors an experience of college life on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Students from historically underrepresented populations in the top 25 percent of their class are nominated by their guidance counselors to attend. Participants spend two days attending classes, meeting with faculty and staff, interacting with Carolina students, and participating in cultural and social activities. The program includes recreational and wellness activities; sessions on admissions procedures and financial aid; and group discussions on the college experience.
Cost: $35 processing fee
NC Governor’s Page Program
Description – Established in 1973, the program provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the function and roles of state government while learning about the importance of public service. Each applicant must be a North Carolina High School student in good academic standing between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years old. Pages are selected to serve one week terms during the legislative sessions and summer with the exception of state and national holidays. Pages are expected to display professional behavior at all times. Deadline – Program Dates vary throughout the year. It’s recommended that students choose to attend dates over the summer or during school breaks.
NC Governor’s School (Sophomores and Juniors)
Description- The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential
program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in the performing/visual arts area, is located on two campuses: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.
Students should see a School Counselor if interested. Your test scores will be checked after showing interest in the program. You must have a 92% on a state or national test to be eligible. Then you will be given the application. Only a select number of students will be selected by Gaston County for nomination. Deadline – October – Applications and Recommendations due to Counselor.
Cost- Gaston County Schools pays for students who are selected.
Summer Ventures in Science and Math (Sophomores and Juniors)
Description- Summer Ventures, a cost-free, statewide program of the UNC system, takes students beyond the traditional boundaries of high school science and mathematics. Students learn experimental design, laboratory skills, instrumentation, mathematical modeling, strategies in mathematical problem solving and more. Moreover, students learn these skills while engaged in specific scientific and mathematical topics of interest to them. At the end of the four-week program, students present a comprehensive research project on a current topic in a STEM field of study. Summer Ventures in Science and Math is a four week program offered at Appalachian, East Carolina, NC Central, UNC-Charlotte, Deadline- January Cost- None
Youth Apprenticeship Program
This program especially for 16 and 17-year-old high school juniors and seniors is an industry-driven education and career training program that is based on recognized industry standards. It provides each student an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on technical training, and prepares high school students to be high performance workers and at the same time continue their education in a community college/adult apprenticeship, college, or university program. The program provides competitive pay scales with advancement opportunity while the student learns. A partnership among business/industry, education, government, parents, and youth apprentices is a means by which employers address current and projected employment needs through work-based and school-based learning.
How it works – Apprentices work on a part-time basis during the school year and full-time in the summer. After graduating from high school, the youth apprentice moves into an adult apprentice program and continues his/her education. The employer may offer permanent employment and the apprentice has the option of entering the workforce and/or continuing his/her education.
Staff/Regional Training Consultants: Bill Stricker VP Workforce Development
704-372-1450 ext. 5213 Email: [email protected]
UNC Charlotte 49er Camps (rising 9th to 12th graders)
Our focus for our high school camps (rising grades 9-12) is to introduce campers to academic disciplines and careers that high school curricula may not offer, preparing them for both college and career. Each of these camps can be considered great builders for both college applications and professional resumes. The average cost is $230 per camp. Experience the facilities and amenities of a college campus at UNC Charlotte.
Fire Science & Emergency Services Academy
Mock Trial Law Camp
Model United Nations
Multimedia Lit Club
Change Leaders: Service & Social Impact
Resource Conservation Workshop
The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong intensive study and hands on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. The workshop is intended to engage students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Students participate in field study, tours, hands-on sessions as well as evening activities that focus on college-decision making and career decisions. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to the students under several awards programs. The Resource Conservation Workshop students stay on campus at NC State in dormitories and attend workshop sessions in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Soils Field Lab as well as field studies at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Clemmons State Educational Forest in Clayton. Cost ranges from $375 to $400.
Open Studio at the Design Lab for K-12 Education
The Design Lab at NC State’s College of Design offers a monthly Open Studio session for local teens (current high school students only). During Open Studio, students bring in works in progress to work on alongside other creative students in a college studio environment. A roundtable review will be held during which students will receive feedback from their peers, NC State College of Design students, faculty and guest artists on their work. This is a great opportunity for students serious about preparing portfolios for art and design college admissions. Open Studios are offered after school once a month, January through April and September through December in the Design Lab (Brooks Hall, 212-A) during the school year. This is a great opportunity not only for high school students to prepare for design study at the college level, but to be participating on campus during hours when actual College of Design studios are taking place.
Open Studio participation is FREE! Because there are limited spots in Open Studio, we ask that participants register online through our website. Design Lab staff will confirm those registered via email. This program is scheduled to run January–April in the Spring Semester and September–December in the Fall semester.
NC-MSEN Pre-College Program
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program is housed in the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The goal of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program is to broaden the pool of students pursuing mathematics, science, and engineering based majors and careers. The UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN Pre-College Program actively recruits and prepares students of average to above average ability in grades 6-12 from six counties surrounding the UNC Charlotte area. Cost varies from $100 to $160 per class.
Carolina Sports Journalism Camp
Description: The Carolina Sports Journalism Camp is a four-day residential camp focused on
classroom study and newsroom practice. The camp, for rising high school juniors and seniors,
will feature visiting sports reporters and sports personalities. Students will take a behind the scenes tour of UNC’s sports media facilities. They will cover a press conference and experience a sports media deadline. Instructional sessions will include sports photography, sports play-by-play announcing and sports writing.
Deadline – April Cost – $500
Poultry Science Summer Institute
The Poultry Science Summer Institute is a four-day, four-night conference for high school students with an interest in biological sciences or a career in the poultry industry. The institute is designed to broaden understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science. For more information, visit the Poultry Science Summer Institute website. The cost for the conference is $50.00, which includes your lodging on campus, all meals, field trips, workshop materials, and entertainment.
Polymer Day Camp (seniors)
The Chemistry and Engineering of Polymers and Fibers Workshop is designed for high-school students interested in physical sciences and engineering and attending NC State University. For more information, visit the Polymer Day Camp website. Cost is $200.
Enterprise Leadership Conference (9th-11th)
Description – Rather than relying on traditional lecture methods, FELC offers a unique opportunity to experience business through fun activities that have practical application. The core activity of the week is a company competition. Students form start-ups and are responsible for getting their companies running and turning a true profit. Just like any new company, students must work to write business plans, create commercials and keep accounting records. Requirements – FELC is designed for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have demonstrated leadership potential or an interest in the free market system. No business experience is required, but students should be willing to work. For consideration each student must submit a completed application and processing fee. To obtain an application visit –
Deadline – Applications available in January Dates – June and July at Wingate University and Campbell University. Cost – $150.00 application processing fee. Fee covers activities, housing, and all meals.
Broyhill Leadership Conference (10th -12th grade)
Description – Broyhill Leadership Conference is a five-day, four-night conference conducted each summer since 1982. The conference will be held on the campus of Wingate University in Wingate,North Carolina. Cost – $300 Deadline – Apply in early May
Innocent Until Proven Guilty (Rising 9th-12th graders)
If you think your camper is interested in a legal career, or is just fascinated by the law, this camp is for them! Campers will play the role of a prosecuting or defense attorney, an expert witness, a lay witness, a juror, a criminal investigator, etc., as they attempt to unravel the truth in a homicide trial. Campers will join us for a trip downtown to learn about state and federal courts and learn the basics of courtroom procedures.
Date: July 25-28 Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm –
Location: CPCC Merancas Campus – 11920 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, NC
Tuition: $275 *Fee includes camp T-shirt
Baking Camp(Rising 7th-12th graders)
Do you have campers that are dreaming of becoming pastry chefs or just enjoy making treats for their friends and family? Then let them roll up their sleeves, scoop up some sugar and flour, and add a touch of melted chocolate to be the best bakers on their street. This hands-on baking camp is taught by certified baking instructors.
This camp provides a great mix between the kitchen, eating a nutritious lunch, socializing with new friends and age appropriate activities.
Date: July 18-22 or July 25-29
Hours: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: CPCC Central Campus – 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC
Tuition: $349 *Fee includes camp apron, class photo and more!
Culinary Camp (Rising 7th-12th graders)
Do you have budding young chefs at home? Cooking is a great way for them to use their imagination and creativity while learning fundamental skills. This exciting hands-on camp is taught by certified culinary professionals that will instill confidence and inspiration as they learn to prepare a variety of new foods, while following recipes designed for their age group. Plus, they get to eat what they prepare and a few sweets too!
This camp provides a great mix between kitchen time, eating and socializing with new friends, and age appropriate activities.
Date: July 18-22 or July 25-29
Hours: 9:00am – 2:00pm Location: CPCC Central Campus – 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC
Tuition: $349 *Fee includes camp apron, class photo and more!
YMCA Summer Camp Counselors & Lifeguards
Description – The YMCA is currently hiring Summer Camp Counselors and Lifeguards. Also
available are Lifeguard Training classes.
Become a Summer Camp Counselor! At camp kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. Be a part of creating those memories as a YMCA Summer Camp Counselor! Camp Counselors will be directly responsible for the safety, supervision, leadership and guidance of a group of campers. Deadline – February
Be a Lifeguard at the Y! As a certified lifeguard, you’re ready for a fun and rewarding job, that gives you more than a paycheck. Lifeguards develop leadership, decision-making and communication skills that carry over into future careers.
Deadline – March Join our Lifeguard Certification Training Class! Lifeguard Training is a comprehensive course that focuses on water rescue and safety and prepares guards to anticipate and prevent and respond to
emergencies. Classes begin soon! Member $180/Non-Member $200
Designers & Printers Camp (Rising 8th-11th graders)
Learn how to put your creative ideas on the items that you wear. Learn how the 3rd largest industry in the USA affects our everyday lives while having fun creating and printing your own T-shirt design, decals and more. At CPCC’s Graphics Summer Camp, we will teach you how to use the tools of the trade to market and brand products to the world! This is a great opportunity to have fun and learn a valuable skill.
Date: June 20-22
Hours: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location: CPCC Harper Campus – 315 West Hebron Street, Charlotte, NC 28273
Tuition: $275 *Fee includes camp T-shirt designed and imprinted uniquely by you!
Shelton Leadership Challenge Institute
The First-Year Shelton Challenge is a six-day summer experience for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Shelton’s five cornerstones of values-based leadership—honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity and social responsibility—are the foundations of the camp. The core curriculum focuses on Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics, Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership, Leadership Traits and Approaches, Teambuilding and Empowering Others, Social Responsibility, Public Speaking, and Goal Setting.
The First-Year Shelton Challenge seeks youth who are rising 9th through 12th graders with a 3.0 grade point average (unweighted) or higher. Students will get to experience residence hall living, eat meals at a campus dining hall, and use indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Cost to attend the program varies from $500 to $625.00 for the week depending on location.
UNC-Charlotte Summer Camp Programs – Niner Academy
(8th Grade, Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors)
Description – Our focus for our high school camps (rising grades 9-12) is to introduce campers to academic disciplines and careers that high school curricula may not offer, preparing them for both college and career. In addition to our knowledgeable and personable instructors, our Niner Academy students will have two camp counselors who are leaders on their respective campuses to serve as college mentors.
Programs may vary from year to year. – Mock Trial Law Camp, Robotics, MedCamp, Hunger
Games Book Club/Archery Camp, VetCamp, Minecraft, Model United Nations, Leadership
Institute Cost – $230/week for full day; $150/week for half day
Appalachian State University Summer Programs
Forensic Science Camp (9-12)
Early Registration $525 (post-marked by March 31st, 2016)
Regular Registration $550 (post-marked after March 31st, 2016)
Rates include on campus housing, meals in the main cafeteria (except dinner one evening, on your own), all lab supplies for camp.
are also offered at App State for a variety of sports.
Carolina School of Broadcasting Summer Workshop (11th and 12th)
Description – In one FAST week, five afternoons, you will be exposed to the basics of what it takes to be on-air at a radio station, anchor a TV Newscast, work behind the scenes at a broadcast facility, write a script, voice a commercial, capture footage, edit a package, be on-camera and be exposed to Social Media and its effect on the industry. Deadline – June
Cost – $350 – scholarships available
Central Piedmont Community College Summer Programs
STEM Summer Experiences
In a one week camp students gain self-confidence, learn hands on skills, and apply their creativity. Mathematics, science and engineering converge in camp activities and projects for a deeper understanding of how to apply these in real life. Using “contextual learning” high-school aged students build, analyze, and test either their own Bio-Mechanical Hand or own 3D Printer while learning fundamentals of electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering. At the end of the camp you keep the Bio-Mechanical Hand or 3D printer and have the knowledge and skills to fix it. Other projects the student may be interested in include Computer Crimes and Crime Scene Investigation, Virtual Space, building your own Mini-Dragster, Swag-Tronics, and Brick Mania.
CSI Camp – rising 6th – 12th graders
Students in our camp will participate in exercises that include techniques used in forensic laboratory and crime scene processing. Campers will use our 2000 sq. foot crime scene facility where we set up mock crime scenes for them to search and analyze. We also have a mock court room, state of the art computer forensics lab, and outdoor props for students to use as police and crime scene investigators do.
Computer Crime Camp – rising 9th – 12th graders
At CPCC’s Computer Crime Camp, you will learn how Detectives are able to find evidence of crimes on computers, cell phones and the internet. Using cutting edge technology, campers will take a hands-on approach and work with computer specialists, Police Officers and Special Agents to find digital evidence. Campers will use forensics software typically reserved for law enforcement and will learn how to take apart a computer.
NC-MSEN Summer Scholars Program (9th to 11th)
The NC State University NC-MSEN Pre-College Program offers a 2-week summer program on NC State’s campus. The program provides classes in math, science, robotics, communications, and career awareness for middle and high school students. The main focus of the program is to prepare students for the math course they are taking in the fall. Students are grouped together according to their current math class. Middle school students must attend the full-day program while high school students have the option to attend for a half-day or a full-day. Lunch is provided each day for students who attend the full-day program. Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to participate in this program. Cost is $200.
4-H Camp (9th to 12th)
North Carolina 4-H Camp programs offer campers a great chance to learn, develop life skills and form attitudes that will help them to become self-directing and productive members of society. Cost ranges from $175 to $485.
Communication Camp (11th to 12th)
Communication Summer Camp is an intensive, five-day workshop designed for rising junior and senior high school students interested in television production, broadcasting, and public speaking. Students will learn to operate cameras, audio boards, write copy, and present as on-air talent, culminating in a closed circuit “live broadcast” at week’s end. COM Camp is limited to 14 students from the Wake County School System. Registration opens February 10, 2016 until the maximum number of students has been reached. Waitlist positions available. Campers must be recommended by their high school administrator prior to registration. Camp runs from July 18 – July 22, 2016; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $400.
Chowan University Graphics Summer Camp
Description – The Graphics Summer Camp is an annual event held for high school students to
explore various graphic communication technologies and career paths. The Summer Camp is held in the Horner Center for Graphic Communication at Chowan University with over 20,000 square feet of hands-on laboratories for teaching, learning, and professional seminars. The center includes skill development in imaging technologies, digital communication, and related multimedia without losing sight of the basic skills necessary to put ink on a variety of substrates for the commercial printer, the newspaper publisher, screen printer and packaging industry.
Deadline – April Awaiting cost details.
Creating Awareness of Agriculture and Life Sciences Disciplines, Degree Programs and Discoveries (CAALS 3-D) Project (9th to 12th)
The CAALS 3-D is a week-long day program that serves male, rising 11th and 12th graders from under-represented groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American). Students learn, under the guidance of NC State faculty mentors, cutting-edge scientific techniques in NC State laboratories. Students select research experiences in agriculture and life science disciplines such as biochemistry, biotechnology, organic agriculture, soil science, microbiology, plant biology, food science, and forensics. To further enhance the transdisciplinary nature of this project, students may also select research experiences in closely related disciplines within natural resources and textiles. Awaiting cost details.
Horticultural Science Summer Institute
High school students are invited to spend a week trying North Carolina State University on for size, while exploring the many facets of the Department of Horticultural Science. The HSSI students will live in a campus residence hall, experience campus dining, and participate in workshops designed to engage them to the many career opportunities within horticulture. Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production and design practices and delving into practical tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Students will have the unique opportunity to visit NC farms, markets, greenhouses and gardens. Youth will also explore college-making decisions and leadership development and enjoy evening entertainment and team building activities. The camp provides an close-knit forum for students across the state (and country) to gather together and broaden their interest and knowledge about horticulture and NC State. The cost of the institute will be $550 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. All lodging, workshop materials and field trips and most meals are provided. Scholarships may be available.
USNA – STEM Summer Program (rising 9th -11th)
Description – Engineering is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy
discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work – even better! Creativity,
persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Becoming an engineer requires hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering.
Criteria – The Naval Academy Summer STEM Program is offered to rising 9th -11th Graders. Students must demonstrate superior academic performance to include GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT or ACT results. Selection is based in large part on ensuring geographic representation along with overall accomplishments in and out of the classroom.
Deadline – April All students selected to participate will be required to pay $550 which will include room and board, meals, as well as a variety of materials. Plan on bringing extra cash for snacks and souvenirs.
USNA – Summer Seminar (rising seniors)
Description – The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day
experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation’s leaders. If you think that you may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation’s service academies and serving your country as an officer, you should seriously consider attending the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar.
Criteria – Superior high school performance to include: GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT, or ACT results (test scores not required, but recommended); Demonstrated achievement in athletics and extracurricular activities, especially demonstrating leadership potential in these areas; Physically fit and in good health with normal vision (20/40 or correctable to 20/20); Positive attitude, self-disciplined, and of good moral character.
Deadline – March Tuition for NASS is $450. The tuition covers room and board, as well as a variety of materials. Students should plan on bringing extra cash for snacks and souvenirs.
The Upward Bound Program for is for students in 9th – 12th grades. The mission of this program is to provide participants with equal access to quality education by supporting the development of the academic skills and motivation necessary for persistence and success in secondary and post-secondary education. This is a federally funded program and students must meet the federal admissions criteria, attend one of the targeted schools, and demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing education beyond high school. Contact via phone at 919-515-3632 or email at [email protected]
SAME Engineering & Construction Camps
Description – Each summer, the Society of American Military Engineers, in collaboration with the
Military Components, sponsors a series of four engineering/STEM camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science and technical courses and are interested in pursuing engineering in college. These week long camps are high intensity, fun-filled, hands–on events where students from across the country and around the world can learn about engineering and related fields, as well as leadership. Each camp is somewhat distinct due to location and the sponsoring military service. The camps are run by a cadre of professional engineers from both private industry and the military services who volunteer their time and experience to give students an incredible opportunity to explore new horizons.
Deadline – April The total registration fee for the camp is $580. The student is responsible for paying half the registration fee: $290; checks should be made out to the sponsoring SAME Post. The sponsoring SAME Post will pay the remainder of the fee and will work with the student on transportation cost. (A Post may choose to restructure this payment plan based on special situations. Your local Post will tell you if this opportunity is available.)
PBS Charlotte – Production U Summer Camp
Description – This eight-day summer camp, taught by our Emmy® Award winning production team, gives 9th – 12th graders a chance to learn how to write, shoot, edit and be on camera. Create your own teen newscast and leave with copies of your finished projects.
Cost – $600 For more information call 704-330-5942 or e-mail [email protected]
Appalachian State University Summer Programs
Anatomy and Physiology Camp (9-12th grades)
The residential fee is $1120 and the day program fee is $900. You may pay in full when you register, or pay a $250 deposit with the balance due before May 1. The residential fee includes 6 nights’ lodging in the residence hall, meals starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with breakfast on Saturday, limited illness/accident insurance, lab manual, lab and supplemental materials, and a camp t-shirt.
Martha Guy Summer Institute (Juniors)
Description: The Martha Guy Summer Institute, based in the Walker College of Business, helps high school juniors develop a better understanding of business principles and opportunities. 2016 Tuition for the entire three-week program, trip included, is $1,500 plus a $325 meal plan . Contributions from the Martha Guy Endowment fund cover approximately 50% percent of the actual program costs.
Canon Music Camp (8th-11th)
Description: On the campus of Appalachian State University, this 3-week camp is the most comprehensive course of musical instruction in the Southeast, with intensive college preparatory work in performance and music theory. Deadline: Applications available in December and are limited to 200 campers. Costs: $1525.00 Tuition and Housing for 3 weeks. Meal plan is also required is website for cost. Scholarship Deadline is in March.
C-Tech2 – Computers and Technology @ Virginia Tech Summer Camp (Female – Sophomores and Juniors)
Description – The focus of C-Tech2 is to expose individuals to engineering, science, and technology through various hands on applications. Students will also be exposed to college life, experiencing everything from residence hall living to college classrooms. They will spend their time interacting with college faculty and staff in addition to gaining information that will enable them to make informed decisions about choosing majors and careers.
Deadline – March Cost – $1500 for two weeks, covering all expenses except transportation to and from VT.
Build Your Own 3D Printer (Rising 9th-12th graders)
Creatrex proudly offers one the first engineering camps in the nation based on a 3D printer. Campers learn 3D printing fundamentals while constructing their own printer which they take home. We believe that budding engineers should leave with the projects that build so they continue to build their newly developed skills and to spread the message that students can be successful in a challenging project such as a 3D printer. By the end of the week long campers gained confidence to operate and repair their own printer.
Date: July 18-21 or July 25-28
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm: Location: CPCC Central Campus – 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC
Cost: $825 (Tuition: $425; Supply Fee: $400) *Fee includes camp T-shirt and your own 3D Printer.
North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Intensives
Description – UNCSA Summer Intensives offer non-credit immersion in seven arts areas for students ready for a challenge. All programs are open to both residential students and commuters (day students). Summer Intensive Programs – Animation, Dance, Drama, Filmmaking, Music, Visual Arts, Stage Combat. Cost is $995 to $2500 depending on program.
Deadline: Applications available in January and due in May.
North Carolina State University Summer Programs
Description – Each year, several of NC State University’s colleges and departments offer
academically enriching experiences for young people.
Design Camp (11th to 12th)
Design Camp is an annual series of pre-college summer programs offered at NC State University College of Design to high school and middle school students who are interested in design. Design Camp informs students about college study in design and raises awareness of the impact of design in all aspects of our everyday lives. The skills in design thinking and creative experience gained at Design Camp can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future. Cost is $1200.
Teen Writers’ Workshop
The Teen Writers’ Workshop offers a lecture and small-group environment for teens interested in developing their creative writing skills. Students who will enter the 9th – 12th grades in the fall are eligible. Awaiting cost details.
Young Investigators’ Summer Program in Nuclear Engineering
Young Investigators in Nuclear Engineering is a residential three week program experience that engages participants in the role that nuclear technologies play in meeting the needs of society and solving everyday problems. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors and graduating seniors. Participants will learn about: the development of energy sources for the U.S.; the detection of environmental pollutants; and how are nuclear methods revolutionizing medical diagnostics and treatments. Cost is $1200.
Resource Conservation Workshop
The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong intensive study and hands on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. The workshop is intended to engage students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Students participate in field study, tours, hands-on sessions as well as evening activities that focus on college-decision making and career decisions. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to the students under several awards programs.
The Resource Conservation
Workshop students stay on campus at NC State in dormitories and attend workshop sessions in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Soils Field Lab as well as field studies at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Clemmons State Educational Forest in Clayton.
NC STATE Summer Engineering Programs (rising 11th through 12th graders)
The College of Engineering offers high school students a week long residential camp for rising 11th and 12 graders.
Additive Engineering – Industrial Systems and Engineering
Autonomous Robotics – Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bioenergy Systems – Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Building the World We Live – Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ecological Engineering – Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Engineering Better Stuff with Material Science – Materials Science and Engineering
Generating the Green Economy of the Future – Paper Science Engineering
Look Up — Way Up! – Aerospace Engineering
The Human Machine – Biomedical Engineering
There Must be an App for That! – Computer Science
We also have a lot of fun activities scheduled for each evening.
Cost is $775 to $875.
Summer at St. Andrews University
Description – Summer at St. Andrews is an exciting academic program for students from across the country and around the world. Programs are designed to foster personal development through academic study and shared experience. Our outstanding array of courses is unique. We accept students who are currently in grades 7-11 (rising 8th – 12th graders) This program offers three consecutive one-week long sessions. Students can attend any or all of the sessions. Each curriculum is designed as one-week modules, and students can attend multiple sessions and continue through the next level without repetition. All of our classes are project-based and hands-on. Class sizes are small and feature talented and experienced faculty. Cost is $995.
The Art Institutes Summer Studio (Sophomores and Juniors)
Description – Most Art Institutes locations conduct summer studio programs for high school
sophomores and juniors. These programs introduce students to career opportunities in the creative and applied arts through hands-on design, media arts, fashion, and culinary workshops. Call – 1.800.275.2440 Will be June 20, 2016 — June 22, 2016.
UNCW Marine Quest Summer Programs
Marine Quest is the official marine science outreach program for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education, and the Center for Marine Science providing young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats.
Summer Programs include – Shore Shots, Ocean Career Exploration and Nautical Science, SCUBA Diving, Surf-n-Science, Ocean CHEMystery, Dive Hawks, Sea Shots, Leadership Academy Programs. United States Naval Academy – Summer Programs
Oceans of Change: Ages 14-17 ($845)
Ocean CHEMystery: Ages 15-17 ($840)
Surf-n-Science: Ages 14-17 ($875)
Dive Hawks: Ages 14-17 ($1195)
Sea Shots Residential: Ages 14 – 17 ($1350)
Future Scientist and Doctors Camp
Description: This is a one week clinical skills and three weeks intense biomedical research camp (four weeks total) by experienced national medical doctors and researchers! International guest speakers will also add a Global Perspective to the Program. Cost is $5100.
Duke Summer Academy for High School Students (9-12)
Description: Summer Academy for High School Students, a three-week, non-credit-bearing program offered by Duke University, attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Deadline: Applications available in December. Due in April.
Gastonia Sister Cities – Spanish Culture Classes
Students travel to Peru in the Summer. Students MUST be currently enrolled in Spanish or have taken Spanish in the last year to participate in the program. Students will attend a class twice a month to learn about the culture and history of Peru and at the end of the school year students will have the opportunity to travel to our Sister City in Surco, Peru and spend 2 weeks traveling around Peru. If you are interested in participating, or would like to learn more about our program, please email [email protected]
or call 704-866-6752. Deadline – October
Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS)
SCIBLS is an opportunity for outstanding high school students interested in a career in science to participate in a college level program. SCIBLS participants take coursework for college credit – challenging students beyond high school academics. Participants will work in state of the art laboratories and practice cutting edge research techniques and skills. For more information, visit the SCIBLS website. Cost is over $2000.
Teens Westward Bound
Description – A 23 day discovery of the Great American West and…oneself.
Application steps to take: Step 1: All applicants must be recommended by a past participant. After a person is recommended they will receive a letter of invitation to apply, application form, and a detailed brochure describing the program. Step 2: Prospective participants should complete the TWB application form and return along with letters of recommendation from their peers and adults. Step 3: Prospective participants should make every effort to attend a Slide Show Presentation along with their parents. At the presentation each applicant will be participate in a video interview. Those unable to attend should mail a picture to the Director, Dennis Deaton. During the month of March those that did not complete a video interview will be contacted for an interview via telephone. Step 4: On April 1st, all applicants will receive in writing the status of their acceptance. Step 5: On May 1st, all accepted participants will receive a complete comprehensive mailing concerning further preparation of their Teens Westward Bound experience. Cost is over $2000.
Wake Forest University LENS – Learn. Experience. Navigate. Solve
(rising 11th & 12th)
Description – Living in a global society requires a new generation of thinkers and communicators. Spend three weeks this summer at Wake Forest University discovering how to change the way you learn, the way you think, and the way you lead. Together we will challenge the assumptions we hold of ourselves and of other cultures to become more effective global citizens. LENS participants are rising juniors and seniors who live on Wake Forest’s beautiful Reynolda Campus and examine some of the world’s most pressing challenges through inter-disciplinary lenses. Join a diverse cohort of students eager to engage in a program of study based on global challenges. Wake Forest professors will teach you to explore complex issues and cultivate your potential to develop effective solutions. Engage in hands-on learning and inspiring conversations. Sharpen your critical writing and research skills.
Deadline – Application review begins in early Spring and will continue on a rolling basis until the
program is full. Students are encouraged to apply early.
Cost – $4,100 – scholarships available