Summer Learning Opportunities

Looking for some local opportunities to stretch your student's skills and interests over the summer? Check out our list of local summer programs below. Do you have an opportunity to add? If so, please email us at CareerReady@kentisd.org
 

The information below is for SUMMER 2016 camps. We will continue to update as new camps are made available.

A.C.E. - Academic Camps for Excellence

A.C.E. - Academic Camps for Excellence
Located at Calvin College. Available to students grades 6 - 12. Various dates and sessions. Topics related to computing (Scratch) and science (chemistry, physics, and light). Register online.

Animal CSI Camp - Humane Society of West Michigan

Animal CSI Camp - Humane Society of West Michigan
Ages 12-14. Calling all future Animal Control Officers! Do you have what it takes to solve crimes involving animals? Do you enjoy detailed work and using forensic science to solve cases? Spend a week at HSWM as we look and solve cases and gain real world experience about helping animals. July 11-15

Art and Creativity Camps at WMCAT

Art and Creativity Camps at WMCAT
West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) is offering 4-day arts and tech camps this summer to middle and high school students. Small class sizes allow you to get the most of your time in our studios with experienced teaching artists. With over 20 different camps being offered in areas such as photography, sewing, illustration, and video game design, there’s something for everyone. Camps are occurring July 10-August 17, 2017 with AM & PM Sessions available.

Art Camps at Grand Rapids Art Museum

Art Camps at Grand Rapids Art Museum
June – August 2016, 9:00 am-12 noon. GRAM Summer Art Camps provide children ages 4-13 the opportunity to experience creativity and innovation in a unique and transformative setting. Campers take part in observation and discussions in the museum’s galleries, discovery and hands-on activities in the studio, and learn collaborative problem solving processes through communication and creation. See website for full listing of camps.

Blandford Nature Center Day Camps

Blandford Nature Center Day Camps
Multiple camp options available from mid-June through August. For students ages 4-12. Call 616-735-6240 x19 for more information.

BizStream Academy

BizStream Academy
Learn to code in BizStream's fun (and air-conditioned) office: BizStream Academy is an introduction to code in West Michigan. Learn useful web development skills from passionate mentors in a friendly, helpful environment. Get a mentor who will work with you to improve your code. Leave with new skills, a website you built yourself, and some super awesome swag. SESSION 1 - June 12 - June 30 Mon, Weds, Fri - 3pm - 5pm Optional: Tues, Thurs - 4pm - 5pm SESSION 2 - August 7 - August 25 Mon, Weds, Fri - 3pm - 5pm Optional: Tues, Thurs - 4pm - 5pm There is a $20 registration fee for BizStream Academy

Catholic Central's Summer Programs - Academic Courses

Catholic Central's Summer Programs - Academic Courses
Looking for academic credit during the summer? Check out Catholic Central's Summer Coure Programs. Choose from the following classes: Prep Reading, Prep Math, Health, Economics, Achieving for Success and Intro to Theater. Course dates vary and range from $100 to $350. Courses run in June and July, for 7th-12th grades. Contact Jackie Stetson, Admissions Director, at 616-233-5802 or jackiestetson@grcatholiccentral.org for more information.

Camp Infinity

Camp Infinity
Camp Infinity is a four day summer technology camp for girls entering 5th to 8th grade that introduces technology as fun and fulfilling and inspires the pursuit of technology education. MCWT Foundation created it to address the primary reasons girls lose interest in technology: confidence, social relevance, and social (peer) acceptance. July 10-13, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Kent Innovation High School (1655 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) DESIGNED FOR GIRLS ENTERING GRADES 5-8 in Fall 2017

Chemistry Camp

Chemistry Camp
Located at Calvin College. Varied session dates in July. Available to students in grades 6 - 8. Calvin Chem Camp features demonstrations and hands-on experiments designed to teach introductory chemical concepts using fun and entertaining methods. Chem Camps tackle sophisticated topics—things like acids and bases, fat analysis of foods and reactivity of metals—in a fun and intellectually challenging way.

CMC Education Media Summer Camps

CMC Education Media Summer Camps
Choose from three different media camps: Outside the Box Animation Camp (June 20-23); Do it for the Video Camp (July 18-22); and Follow Me! Mobile Device Camp (Aug. 1-5). All camps are from 10am-3pm at 1110 Wealthy Street and are $150. Be sure to pack a lunch! Camps open to middle and/or high school students.

Compass College Summer Film and Acting Camps

Compass College Summer Film and Acting Camps
Do you want to SHOOT or STAR in a FILM? An incredibly fun week! Compass College is offering a Film Camp and an Acting camp this summer for ages 13-18! The camps will be held Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Film students will write, shoot and edit short films under the guidance of professional filmmakers. Acting students will learn on-camera techniques for film and television from an accomplished SAG actor and then join up with the Film Camp to star in the films. For more information visit www.compass.edu or call 616.988.1000

Construction Camp for 6th-8th Graders! (GRCC)

Construction Camp for 6th-8th Graders! (GRCC)
6th – 8th grade students will explore the exciting construction industry through two summer camp opportunities. They will get hands-on experience working in different construction crafts – such as carpentry, concrete, masonry, and ironwork. Students will take a field trip to at least one construction site during the camp and will leave with a hand crafted product they make during the camp. June 28 – July 1, 2016 (Tue. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) OR Aug. 15 – 18, 2016 (Mon. – Thu., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Lunch is provided and the cost for the session is $75. Camp will be held at GRCC's Tassel M-TEC Building, 622 Godfrey SW, Grand Rapids.

CSI: Davenport Summer Forensic Science Camp

CSI: Davenport Summer Forensic Science Camp
Located at Davenport University at Lettinga Campus. For students in grades 9-12. Seats are limited to 20 students per camp. Session 1: July 11-15; Session 2: August 8-12. Both sessions scheduled from 9am-4pm. Students get involved in "real-life" CSI work and investigate a staged crime scene. Participants will also learn lab technqiues and DNA analysis used by police and forensic scientists. For more information, email Dr. Susan Gunn at susan.gunn@davenport.edu or call 586-620-4117

DC2 (Design. Discover. Collaborate. Create)

DC2 (Design. Discover. Collaborate. Create)
DC2 (Design. Discover. Collaborate. Create) June 27-28 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Grand Valley University (Seidman Building – Downtown Campus) DESIGNED FOR BOYS AND GIRLS ENTERING GRADES 5-6 in Fall 2017 COST: $25 per student Led by at team of local K -12 educators, students will work in small groups to collaboratively tackle problems that connect to both their lives and the world around them, answering questions like: • How might we redesign our recess experience? • How might we re-purpose scrap material from a local manufacturer? • How might we re-engineer a classroom to better meet our needs as students? The camp will also include local mentors from industry and high school student coaches. There will be opportunities for students to engineer solutions in a 'maker's space' as they prototype and test their ideas. This is a great way for kids to stretch their thinking muscles this summer in a fun, collaborative, creative way as they harness the innovator within them.

Digital Animation and Game Design

Digital Animation and Game Design
Located at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. Several Camp and Date Options available (June & July). Recommended for ages 14 & up (unless noted). Explore the hottest information technology careers one week at a time and see if you’re cut out for a career in software engineering, digital animation or game design. Register Online or by calling (800) 562-9130 or (231) 591-3808.

Digital Media Software Academy

Digital Media Software Academy
Located at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. Two Camp and Date Options available (June & July).  Recommended for ages 14 & up.  Explore the hottest information technology careers one week at a time and see if you’re cut out for a career in software engineering, digital animation or game design. Register Online or by calling (231) 591-3808. For specific camp content questions, call (616) 451-4777. Details online.

Do You Love to Write? Davenport Writing Camp

Do You Love to Write? Davenport Writing Camp
Do you love to write? Feel most comfortable expressing yourself through writing? Love telling stories? This day camp is for you! For students entering grades 9-12. Students will explore written expression in multiple genres, develop his/her creative writing voice, engage in inspiring and fun activities to develop writing skills, create, evaluate and revise writing, combine digital and print experiences, and build a writing anthology. July 25-28, from 9am-1pm daily. Cost is $50, but may be waived with grant funding. For more information contact: cmulligan@davenport.edu or call 554-5292

Exploring Careers in the Law

Exploring Careers in the Law
Located at the Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing. July 20-24, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. For students entering 10th–12th grade and 2016 graduates. High school students will learn about legal careers by presenting a moot court case, similar to arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court. Participants play the roles of attorneys, justices, and other major players in the case, and meet with members of the judiciary, lawyers, and other legal professionals to conduct legal research and to prepare their arguments and opinions. A $75 donation to the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Learning Center Fund is required. Participants are responsible for transportation and any other travel expenses. Registrants are encouraged to apply early as registration is limited, and the program fills quickly. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Rachael Drenovsky @ 517-373-5027 with questions. Registration deadline: May 27, 2016.

Forensics Chemistry Summer Camp

Forensics Chemistry Summer Camp
Located at Grand Rapids Community College. The goal of the camp is to provide Grand Rapids area high school students who have an interest in science with the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation in an inquiry based forensic chemistry experience.  As part of the camp students will use gel electrophoresis, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and other methods of analysis to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime.  The camp is free, though enrollment is limited to 24 students. Camp will run June 20-24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Summer Camps

Frederik Meijer Gardens Summer Camps
More than 130 classes for adults, children, and parent/child pairs are offered year-round, and more than 30 engaging summer camps for children ages 4 to 14 are offered each summer. Camps vary from week-long to 4-day to 1-day camps and run from mid-June through mid-August.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Summer Camps

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Summer Camps
Summer Day Camps available for age 4 through 12th Grade where students explore all aspects of theatre (acting, song and dance, costumes, sets, props, publicity) culminating with a performance on stage. Camps run June - August

GVSU Teen Entrepreneurship Academy

GVSU Teen Entrepreneurship Academy
Located at GVSU's Pew Grand Rapids Campus. June 27-July1. TESA is an interactive, hand-on day camp that attracts high school students from across MI who have the passion to launch a business. Students will learn about networking, target market research, financial planning, and the vast resources available to young entrepreneurs in MI. Register online by May 13. Registration is $150/student with breakfast and lunch provided. Limited scholarships available.

Howard Christensen Nature Center Camps

Howard Christensen Nature Center Camps
Multiple camps throughout the summer beginning June 14 through August 19. From a Capture the Flag Camp, to Animal Adaptations, Survival Camp to Team Building Camp. Check out a variety of camps for a variety of ages.

John Ball Zoo Summer Day Camp

John Ball Zoo Summer Day Camp
Camps are open to students age 3 - 14 at various times throughout the summer. Each class follows a particular theme, spends time in the zoo and park setting. Your camper may be prowling past the Tigers, fixing up animal treats or even cleaning out Bongo stalls! Classes include full day, half day and overnight opportunities.

Kendall College of Art & Design Day Camps

Kendall College of Art & Design Day Camps
Located at Kendall College of Art & Design.  A variety of day camps (June-August) provided for ages 6-17. Topics include: Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, Film & Video, Fashion, Jewelry, Computers, and Architecture, . $125+. Visit website for full details on dates and enrollment.

Kent Career Technical Center Summer Camps

Kent Career Technical Center Summer Camps
Beat summer boredom with your choice of up to two 4-day camps located at the Kent Career Technical Center, off East Beltline. All camps are for students entering 7th, 8th & 9th grade in fall 2016. Topics include: Cops and Robbers; Design, Create Innovate; Picture This!; Sweet Genius; the Ultimate Gearhead Camp; Young Chefs and Computer Discovery Camp. Camps run July 11-14 (session I) and July 18-21 (session II), 9 AM - 2 PM. Lunch and T-shirt provided. Cost is $150. Space is limited, so register today!

Laker Writing Camp

Laker Writing Camp
Spanning 13 different sessions in nearly as many different locations, this writing camp is available to kids of multiple ages (from 3rd grade through 12th). Beginning in mid-June and running through early August, find a camp for the location and grade level that's right for you. For one week, students have an opportunity to explore many styles of writing in a fun environment. Students participate in activities that create a community of writers and provide nurturing support for developing authors. To prompt writing, campers and facilitators may travel from their camp site to various age-appropriate places of interest, learning and inspiration.Campers write a variety of pieces such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, and nature observations while engaging in the writing process of drafting, revising, responding and editing. Finally, each camper will choose a piece of his or her writing for publication in the camp anthology. Register online.

Manufacturing Camp! (GRCC)

Manufacturing Camp! (GRCC)
For students in 6th-8th Grade. July 11-14, July 25-28, or August 8-11, 2016,  Camp runs from 8 am - 4 pm.  Lunch is provided and the cost for the session is $75.  Camp will be held at GRCC's Tassel M-TEC Building, 622 Godfrey SW, Grand Rapids.  Eye & hearing protection is required & is provided along with the materials.  The projects are safe, challenging & fun to build.  In order to provide an instructive & personal experience, our two faculty instructors will work with only a limited number of students.

MySchool@Kent Summer Sessions

MySchool@Kent Summer Sessions
Locations throughout Grand Rapids. June 20 - August 11, 2016. Need to fit in a couple of extra classes? Or get caught up with credits? One of the best things about MySchool@Kent is that you can complete your actual class work anywhere you want, anytime you want. See site for details

Project Pipeline Architecture Camp

National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA) - Project Pipeline Architecture Camp
Pipeline Architecture Camp is a National Initiative established in 2006 by The National Organization of Minority Architects. Project Pipeline hosted in eleven cities, has taught over one thousand students, logged over seven thousand five hundred volunteer hours and over one hundred sponsors. Each day consists of various hands on activities and learning sessions designed to encourage students to synthesize and interpret new information as they design new places for the city to engage with. By the end of camp, Pipeline students have created the building blocks of a better city and designed a community that reflects their academic, cultural, and design interests! The application deadline is May 27. 2016. Camp is occuring in Grand Rapids on June 17-18, 2016.

Nature Camps

Nature Camps
Located at Calvin College. Seven different sessions with varying dates. Available to ages 4-13. Calvin's Nature Camps provide a fun, hands-on learning adventure for children. Register online or contact: Julie Wilbourn, jw47@calvin.edu (616) 526-7602.

Numb3rs: Davenport Math Camp

Numb3rs: Davenport Math Camp
Are you interested in mathmatics? Join us for the FREE Davenport University Math Camp to discover why math is the KEY to understanding and enjoying our fascinating world. For students in grades 9-12. Lunch is provided. July 12-14, 2016 from 9am-1pm daily. Questions? Contact Steve Bacinski at 616-871-3967 or at sbacinski@davenport.edu.

Portfolio Camp

Portfolio Camp
Located at Kendall College of Art & Design. August 1-12, 2016.  Students ages 16-18.  Must register by July 1. Over the course of two weeks, become completely immersed in an artistic and cultural exploration that will change the way you think about your creative potential. Study both design drawing and fine art drawing. Dive into dynamic experiences like 3D printing, portfolio preparation, art theory, art journaling, research, open drawing, design challenges and 3-dimensional art. When you’re not working on art, you and your fellow campers will travel to Ambrose Design Camp or Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, or just kick back and have fun together at parties and social events. Tuition is $950. Visit web link for full application procedures.

Summer Health Activities & Professions Exploration

sHaPe Camp (Summer Health Activities & Professions Exploration)
Located at the GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Services in downtown Grand Rapids. July 11-14. GVSU sHaPe Camp is a one-week, FREE day camp introduction to the health professions for boys and girls currently in 7th and 8th grades and Michigan residents.  Preference will be given to students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools. For questions on the camp, please contact Kathy Agee at the RMSC at (616) 331-3031 or ageek@gvsu.edu.

University of MIchigan Earth Camp

University of MIchigan Earth Camp
August 6-12, 2016. Earth Camp is an exciting residential camp experience for 9th-grade (entering 10th grade, fall 2016) students sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Michigan. Students will stay in college dorms at UM to experience college life while participating in exciting field trips and hand-on explorations of earth science. The week ends with an overnight trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Students will be exposed to science in a completely different way and form deep and lasting friendships. We especially encourage underrepresented students to apply. FREE.

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science Camps

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science Camps
Located in Walker, MI. Multiple camp options from mid-June through July. For Grades 1-12. Topics include Survival Camp; Mammals, Birds and Reptiles OH MI; Creepy Crawly Investigations, and more. Cost ranges from free to $75.00 per session. Register online.

Woodworking Camp! (GRCC)

Woodworking Camp! (GRCC)
For students in 6th-8th Grade. July 18-21, 2016, Camp runs from 8 am - 4 pm. Lunch is provided and the cost for the session is $75. Camp will be held at GRCC's Tassel M-TEC Building, 622 Godfrey SW, Grand Rapids. You get personal guidance while working on two to three individual projects during this special one-week session. The crowning achievement of this course for new woodworkers will be the production of a classic storage bench and a sturdy wall shelf! Woodworking experience is not a prerequisite. You only need the willingness to learn and give the appropriate attention to detail. We will guide you through the projects.