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Academic Summer Camps 2018June-July 2018. 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) 591-3808 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.
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, 2018 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 2018, GRAM Summer Art Camps provide children ages 4-17 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 x102 or email for more information.
BizStream AcademyLearn 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. Two 3-week sessions. Must be 14+.

There is a $20 registration fee for BizStream Academy
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 9-12, 2018 or Davenport University, Holland: July 16-19, 2018, $75 per camper. Register at:
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!
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 June 18-22, 2018, and are available to teens ages
13-18. For more information call 616.988.1000 or contact .
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 9-12. Lunch is provided. July 16-19, 2018 from 9am-1pm daily. Questions? Contact Steve Bacinski at 616-871-3967 or at
Digital Animation and Game DesignLocated 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 AcademyLocated 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.
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.
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
GVSU Teen Entrepreneurship AcademyLocated at GVSU's Pew Grand Rapids Campus. June 12-22, 2018.  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.
Kent Innovation High Camp in MotionLocated at Kent Innovation High School. July 13-16 from 9A-3P. Grades 6-8. Elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) will be incorproated to build and race soapbox derby cars with a fun race on the last day!
Kent Innovation High Propel CampLocated at Kent Innovation High School. June 22-25 from 9A-3P. Grades 6-8. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) will be brought to real life by building catapults and trebuchets to PROPEL objects.
Health Sciences Scholar Institute (HSSI) at Michigan State University College of Human MedicineThis is a four-week intensive Scholars experience (non-residential) - July 9 - August 3, 2018. 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.
Interfaith Service Day CampYouth Interfaith Service Day Camp, for students entering 8th to 11th grade next fall. June 18-21 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. $35 early bird registration. $45 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.
Michigan State CampsA WIDE variety of summer camp opportunities for students of all ages.
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:
MySchool@Kent Summer SessionsLocations throughout Grand Rapids. June- August, 2018. 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.
49 to learn more about architecture? Want to get an idea of what an architect does? Interested in design or drawing? Would you like to meet an architect? Join us for a free 2-day camp that is designed to engage students not only about architecture but connected them with professionals in the field. 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! Visit the website for additional information.
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
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