Summer Camp Opportunities 2019
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Academic Summer Camps 2019June-July 2019. Various Game Design and Digital Animation day camps are offered for students ages 12-18 at our FSU Grand Rapids ATC, Fountain Street location. Call (231) 591-5808 or Details online.
Academic Camps for Excellence (A.C.E)Camps for academically gifted students. Located at Calvin College. Available to students grades 6 - 12. Various dates and sessions. Science topics: (chemistry, physics, and light). Register online.
Albion College Leadership CampTo learn more: July 21-26, 2019
Art and Tech Camps at WMCATWest 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 -August, 2019 with AM & PM Sessions available.  Visit our website to register, or email for an electronic enrollment forms.
Art Camps at Grand Rapids Art MuseumJune – July 2019, GRAM Summer Art Camps provide children ages 4-15 the opportunity to experience creativity and innovation in a unique and transformative setting. Campers take part in discovery and hands-on activities in the studio, observation and discussions in the Museum's galleries, and learn collaborative problem solving processes through communication and creation. See website for full listing of camps.
Blandford Nature Center Seasonal CampsMultiple camp options available from mid-June through August. For students ages 4-12. Call 616-735-6240 or email for more information.
BizStream AcademyLearn to code in BizStream's fun (and air-conditioned) office: BizStream Academy is an introduction to coding 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. Two 3-week sessions. Must be 14+.

There is a $20 registration fee for BizStream Academy
Camp InfinityCamp 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)
Camp InfinityA 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. The camp builds confidence and capability with hands-on technology activities such as robotics and web design, demonstrates that technology is fun through the execution of engaging projects with other girls, with high school/collegiate girls as counselors and reinforces social relevance by featuring visitors from the local technology community that explain how their work is important to society at large.

Kent Innovation: July 15-18, 2019 or Davenport University, Holland: July 8-11, 2018, $75 per camper (scholarships available upon request).
Camp Invention A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, Camp Invention is an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800-968-4332 to learn more and secure your child’s spot today! KCTC Camp Registration (6/18-21):
Civic Camp - GirlsCurrent juniors who are interested in civics and government and have considered seeking
careers in public service are encouraged to look into the opportunity of Girls State and Boys
State, offered by the American Legion. It offers students a seven-day mock govenment
program that is fast paced, interactive and includes campaigning, debating, voting and electing
mock local and state leaders. Girls State is held at Michigan State. Only $25 if selected.
Remaining fees ($350) are paid by a sponsor.
Civic Camp - BoysCurrent juniors who are interested in civics and government and have considered seeking
careers in public service are encouraged to look into the opportunity of Girls State and Boys
State, offered by the American Legion. It offers students a seven-day mock govenment
program that is fast paced, interactive and includes campaigning, debating, voting and electing
mock local and state leaders. Will be held at Grand Valley State University. Application
deadline is in May!
Compass College Summer Film and Acting CampsWhen you get asked, "what did you do this summer?" Imagine telling them that you made a
movie! This June, you can create your own short film in just one week at Film Camp or Acting
Camp! In these fun, hands-on camps, you'll learn from professionals, make new friends, and work with
a cast and crew to create a short film. The camps run July 15-19, 2019, and are available to teens ages
13-18. For more information call 616.988.1000 or contact .
Lead Program For Grand Rapid residents students 15-24 years old, a 2-1/2 week training camp at at City Hall. Students will experience paid training experiences for 18 to 24 year olds who qualify. No work experience nor education required. Meaninful employment at a Mayor's 100 Businesses. $10-13/hour.
Cyber Camp Located at Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids. June 23-26. For students entering grades 10-12, Cyber Camp will allow you to begin to explore a career as a Cyber Security Specialist. Through hands-on labs students will simulate cyber attack and defense. Students will be guided through the creation of an ethical hacking and penetration testing lab that they will use for both cyber attack offensive and defensive. Labs topics will include digital forensics, cryptography, network traffic capture, and web site exploitation. ther topics such as mobile wireless security may also be explored. This Cyber Camp for high school Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will be taught by professors from the #1 ranked Cyber Security program in the state, Ferris State University.
CSI: Davenport Summer Forensic Science CampLocated at Davenport University at Lettinga Campus. For students in grades 9-12. Seats are limited to 20 students per camp. Two sessions offered in July. 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 or call 586-620-4117.
DC2 (Design. Discover. Collaborate. Create)SUMMER CAMP – 5th/6th grade
DC2 (Design. Discover. Collaborate. Create)
June 19-20 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Kent ISD (Kent Transition Center; Lot #7)
COST: $25 per student

Last year, 40 students from across the county attended a wildly exciting and engaging program where students learned – not by sitting back and receiving instruction, but by LEAD-ing and DO-ing. These energized 5th and 6th graders spend an afternoon at the John Ball Zoo, not to be passive observers, but to conduct active research with a larger goal in mind. Armed with observable data, teams returned to the ISD to build out prototypes of what a redesigned exhibit or enrichment activity for their assigned animal might look like. Presentations were pitched, prizes were awarded and relevant learning was had by all. Here are a few things some students had to say about the camp: “It was AWESOME!” …. “I loved it here” …. “This was the most awesome camp ever” and “The prizes were awesome”. REGISTER HERE http://
Davenport Math CampAre 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 6-9. Lunch is provided. July 15-18, 2019 from 9am-1pm daily. Questions? Contact Steve Bacinski at 616-871-3967 or at
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)
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.
Design and Manufacturing AcademyLocated at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. July 14th-19th. Recommended for ages 14 -19. Students will use solid modeling software to create three- dimensional geometry, designing and prototyping simple household products and a micro-machine. Register Online or by calling (800) 562-9130 or (231) 591-5808.
Digital Media Software AcademyLocated at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. Two Camp and Date Options available (June & July).  Recommended for ages 14- 19. Students will 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 CampDo 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. Check the website for updated info for 2017.  For more information contact: or call 616-554-5292.
GR Young Makers: Maker CampSeparate camps for different aged students starting in June and ending in August.  Cost is $169.  Register via website. Held at GR Makers, 401 Hall St. SW, Suite 185, Grand Rapids.
Exploring Careers in the LawLocated at the Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing. July 16-20, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. For students entering 10th–12th grade in fall 2018 and 2018 graduates. Registrants 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. 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 25, 2018. 
Forensics Chemistry Summer CampForensic Chemistry Camp will resume in Summer 2019. Information will be availabe in January 2019. 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.
GRPD Youth Police AcademyThe Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) is offering a unique opportunity to high school students who have an interest in gaining hands-on experience in law enforcement. The department is hosting two sessions of the Youth Police Academy this summer – June 10-14 and July 15-19. The academy is open to current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Kent County area interested in a future career in law enforcement.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31. They may be submitted online:, in person at GRPD, 1 Monroe Center Ave. NW, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at
Her Power! Her Pride! Her Voice! 2015 is now OPEN!Her Power! is August 21-24, 2015 at Camp Indian Trails in Grand Rapids, MI (1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534). To register please mail your completed registration form and payment to Attn: Theresa Squires, MDRC, 3498 E. Lake Lansing Rd. Suite 100, East Lansing, MI 48823.  Registrations are due by August 7, 2015 and space is limited, so please register early. Once we have received your payment we will mail or email you the health form packet. You are welcome to send all of the forms in at once. Forms can also be faxed to (517) 333-2677.  For Kent County residents only.
Film & Acting Summer CampsCreate your own short film in just one week at Film Camp or Acting Camp! In these fun, hands-on camps, you'll learn from provessionals, make new friends and collaborate with a cast and crew to creat a short film.
Frederik Meijer Gardens Summer CampsMore 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. Topics for older students this summer include Architechure and Design and Build a Model Tree House.
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Summer CampsSummer 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
Grand Rapids Whitewater Summer Science and Leadership ProgramThis program for incoming high school juniors and seniors in fall 2019 allows participants to conduct a hands-on science investigation of the federally endangered snuffbox mussel, learn about and practice principles of design thinking, work with scientists, business owners, and civic leaders invested in our communities, and present your reserach to community leaders working to build a sustainable future. This program is FREE and students who successfully complete the program requirements of attendance, research report, team presentations, and career profile will earn a $200 educational stipend! This program is offered from July 8-19, 2019 (Monday-Friday only) during 2 sessions, morning or afternoon (limit 10 per session) at either 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Location is at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and surrounding locations.
GVSU Teen Entrepreneurship AcademyLocated at GVSU's Pew Grand Rapids Campus. June 24-28, 2019.  For the past ten years the Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TESA) has built high school students into budding entrepreneurs. The Teen Academy is designed for high school students entering grades 9th all the way to 12th grade.  Our Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy attracts MI students. During the five-day academy, teams of 4-5 students from different schools manufacture an original business pitch from the idea stage to a developed concept. On the final day, each team will present their idea to a panel of local business professionals for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $5,000! . Registration is $150/student with breakfast, lunch, snacks and t-shirt provided - an essay is also required. Limited scholarships are available.  Contact with questions.
Howard Christensen Nature Center CampsMultiple camps throughout the summer beginning June 13 through August 21. From a Capture the Flag Camp, to Wild Wednesday, Jr. Backpacking to Team Building Camp, for a variety of ages.  Check the website for specific information and fees.
Health Sciences Scholar Institute (HSSI) at Michigan State University College of Human MedicineThis is a four-week intensive Scholars experience (non-residential) - July 8 - August 2, 2019. The Institute will expose students to the world of medicine and the journey of becoming a physician. The following criteria must be met by participants; current 10th and 11th graders with a minimum 3.0 GPA (unofficial transcript required); participating students are a member of at least one of the following groups: African‐American, Hispanic (all races), American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; have a STRONG interest in becoming a physician (a MD specifically)
Heritage CampHeritage Camp, an all-volunteer-run day camp for internationally and trans-ethnically adopted children and their siblings that celebrates the many cultures that they come from. Located at Kelloggsville East Elementary School. June 18-21, 2019 from 9 AM-2 PM
Interfaith Service Day CampYouth Interfaith Service Day Camp, for students entering 8th to 11th grade next fall. June 17-21, 2019 or June 24-28, 2019 from 8:30 am – 3:30 PM. Explore different faith communities, taste different foods, learn teambulding and leadership skills and work on a service project together. $85 early bird registration. $100 fee. Scholarships available. Registration closes June 1st.
John Ball Zoo Summer Day CampCamps 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 CampsLocated at Kendall College of Art & Design.  Day camps are available June-August in half-day and full-day options for ages 6-17, with subjects including: Drawing, painting, photography, digital art & applications, jewelry, fibers, ceramics, sculpture, and more. Visit website for full details on dates and enrollment. 
Kent Career Technical Center Summer CampsBeat 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 2018. Topics include: ; Design, Grow, Build & Create Innovate; IT Game Maker; Sweet Genius; Young Chefs; the Ultimate Gearhead Camp; Young Chefs and IT Gamemaker Camp. Camps run June 18-21 (session I) and June 26-28 (session II), 9 AM - 2 PM. Lunch and T-shirt provided. Cost is $150. Space is limited, so register today!
Laker Writing Camp Our writing camps are for students who are interested in writing! For one week, your future novelist, poet, or journalist will have the chance to explore the wonders of writing with some of West Michigan’s finest teachers! Each camp is run by different teachers so weekly themes will vary. All writing supplies and snacks are provided daily.  Cost is $125 and sessions are offered in June and July.  Register online or visit the website for more information.
Lawrence Tech University Summer CampLTU’s Marburger STEM Center offers stimulating academic camps for students interested in engineering, technology, design, and science. Expert professors will introduce you to the latest innovations in modern labs and studios on Lawrence Tech’s Southfield campus. To learn more info:
Michigan State CampsA WIDE variety of summer camp opportunities for students of all ages.
Michigan State University College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Pre-College ProgramsThe college of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) offers pre-college programs to students in grades 8-12 to increase awareness of technology, careers, college life, and opportunities in agriculture, natural resources, and STEM disciplines. There are 4 primary programs: the ANR Institute for Mulicultural Students, the ANR Institute for Multicultural Students-Bilingual, the Multicultural Apprenticeship Program, and the Michigan Indian Leadership Program. Dates vary throughout the summer; however, the APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 12, 2019 for all four programs. Contact Phillip Seaborn ( or Stephanie Chau ( for questions.
Michigan TechSummer camp? Sort of . . . but better. Our programs aren't ordinary, and neither are our students. They build robots, conduct chemical analysis, explore entrepreneurship, and inspect ecosystems. Coming from across the country and around the world, students learn engineering, digital photography, metal casting, and more—all in an adventurous, fun, and hands-on way. To learn more:
Michigan Women's Foundation, University of LifeUniversity of Life is a week-long residential on-campus experience preparing middle school girls for success in high school, college, career and community. With its new focus on helping young ladies understand how their talents relate to high potential careers, U of L is an immersive lesson in entrepreneurship, STEM professions and leadership, with a healthy emphasis on self-esteem, body image, financial literacy and social responsibility. July 20-August 2, 2018. Grand Valley State University. Cost $225. Register at:
Michigan Youth Leadership Training CampThroughout the week-long experience, campers will have the opportunity to: discover the wilderness, experience service, build skills, learn about and experience different cultures, explore issues of community involvement, social justice, poverty, race relations and diversity, and ethics through interactive simulations and training. The week-long camp costs just $20 for each student, thanks to the generous support from State Farm. Scholarships are available for students who need assistance.
Montcalm Community College Summer Camp OpportunitiesMontcalm Community College offers a variety of summer camps for youths of all ages. Registration for MCC’s 2019 summer camps begins on Monday, April 29. A completed and signed Summer Camps Registration/Waiver form is required for each person enrolled in a 2019 MCC Summer Camp
MySchool@Kent Summer Sessions
54 year’s camp will bring youth together from around the state for the opportunity to network, learn, and make new friends. MIYLT allows campers to use self-discovery and reflection to recognize their own leadership skills and how they can implement them into their daily lives.
Nature Camps at Calvin CollegeLocated at Calvin College.  Available to ages 4-13 June, July and August sessions. Calvin's Nature Camps provide a fun, hands-on learning adventure for children. Register online or contact: Julie Wilbourn, (616) 526-7602. Topics include Wildlife Detectives, Aquatic Adventures, Jr. Naturalist Club and more!
Portfolio CampOver the course of two weeks you’ll become completely immersed in an artistic exploration that will change the way you think about your creative potential. You’ll experiment with still life, figure or landscape drawing, design drawing, printmaking, 3D printing, and create 2-4 finished portfolio pieces. You’ll meet one-on-one with KCAD Admissions staff to review your current work and set goals for your future. You’ll bond with your fellow aspiring creatives through group activities, and connect with current KCAD undergraduate students, many of whom are Portfolio Camp alumni. Portfolio Camp tuition ($1195) includes over 70 hours of studio time guided by KCAD faculty and Continuing Studies instructors, 1-2 personalized portfolio review session, field trip admission to Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and two studio nights each week, including a light dinner.
sHaPe Camp (Summer Health Activities & Professions Exploration)Located at the GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Services in downtown Grand Rapids. July 16-19, 2018.  sHaPe Camp is a FREE one-week day camp introduction to the health professions for MI boys and girls currently in 7th and 8th grades. Students participate in activities that provide hands-on exposure to a variety of health professions.  Preference will be given to students living in the Grand Rapids Public Schools district. Lunch will be provided.  For questions on the camp, please contact Kathy Agee at the RMSC at (616) 331-3031 or
Summer Sciences & Engineering CampThis Summer Science and Engineering Camp is aimed specifically at middle school students. Students will work collaboratively to explore scientific questions and solve engineering design problems. June 19-29, 9AM-Noon (Tues-Fri first week, Mon-Fri second week). $150 per student, but half- and full scholarships are available. Those interested should inquire with Aquinas College at (616) 632-2056. Location: Aquinas College - Albertus Magnus Hall of Science, 1607 Robinson Rd. Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Register online at or mail/drop off form and tuition check to: Summer STEM Camp, c/o Cindy Chapman, 1607 Robinson Rd. - Room 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
TESA (Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy)TESA is a hands-on, week-long day camp for high school students to immerse themselves in the entrepreneurial experience by learning about problem solving, opportunity recognition, creativity, teamwork, and conceptualizing an idea for a business. The students are presented with a different challenge or theme and asked to come up with a new product concept or service and present it to a panel of judges by the end of the week for a chance to win $5,000 split between the top 3 teams. The program teaches students fundamental business concepts and essential entrepreneurship skills through hands-on, highly interactive, and creative workshops. Registration fee is $150, June 18-22, 2018. Apply at
VAEI Summer Camps (Van Andel Education Institute)Summer is a time for fun with friends, exploring interests and discovering new worlds! Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) is offering a unique summer camp experience for 2nd through 12th graders. Students will learn to think and act like scientists in hands-on and interactive investigations. Check out the wide variety of science programs they have to offer, including a special savings for high school students. $25 - $55.
Youth Police Academy (YPA)A week long mock police academy created for high school students. Two sessions: June 11-15 or July 23-27. Held at GRPD or transportation provided to/from off-site location when applicable. Basic Qualifications: Current Sophomore-Senior in Kent County and minimum 2.0 GPA in good standing. Application deadline for 2018 YPA: March 31st