May 11, 2015

Academic, artistic camps available this summer

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers a large and diverse selection of academic and artistic camp opportunities for children of all ages this summer. 

The schedule of camps for children, divided according to ages of participants, along with brief camp description and pricing, includes: 

For children of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten age:

  • Art for Young Hands Summer Art Camp, July 6-10, 2-4 p.m. Children will explore the world of art using pencils, pastels, watercolors, acrylic paint, clay and wood as they create personalized works of art. $85. 

Children in grades 1-2 can enjoy:

  • Beginning Lego Engineering Camp. The children in these commuter camps will use pulleys, gears and motors to create basic Lego construction projects. They will also create a project to take home. There are four different camp sessions meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon: June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10 and July 13-17. $99. 

Camps for children in grades 1-3 are:

  • Inspired by Nature Summer Art Camp, June 22-26, 1-4 p.m. An art workshop where participants draw their inspiration from animals, flowers, trees, ecosystems and other elements of nature and the world around. $115.
  • Explore Art Summer Art Camp, July 13-17, 1-4 p.m. Children will create drawings, paintings, sculptures and various other artworks drawing inspiration from around the world. $115. 

Camps for children in grades 3-5 are:

  • Advanced Lego Engineering Camps. Children in these commuter camps create a wide variety of Lego projects including motorized go-carts, airplanes, helicopters, cranes, tow trucks and disk speedsters. Hands-on activities and the exploration of energy and renewable energy sources is included. There are two camp sessions that meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon: June 15-19 and July 20-24. Three camp sessions meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m.: June 8-12, June 22-26 and July 13-17.  $99.
  • WeDo Robotics Lego Camp. There are three sessions of this commuter camp and each meets from 1 to 4:30 p.m.: June 15-19, July 6-10 and July 20-24. Participants will learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills while creating wild animal theme models using the Lego Education “WeDo” hardware and software. Children will make a project to take home, too. $99. 

The camp schedule for children in grades 4-6 includes:

  • Kid Architecture Camp, June 15-19. This award-winning commuter camp meets 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday. It introduces children to the world of design and architecture through projects, discussions and hands-on activities. $180. 

Children ages 10 and older can enjoy:

  • Mindstorms Camp. There are six sessions of this new commuter Lego camp allowing campers to use the MindStorms EV3 system to create and command robots that can walk, talk, think and do numerous tasks. Morning sessions are 8:30 a.m. to noon while afternoon sessions meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be one session in the morning and another in the afternoon each of these weeks: June 8-12, June 22-26 and July 6-10. $150. 

Options for children in grades 4-8 include:

  • World of Fibers Summer Art Camp, June 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon, giving children the opportunity to create woven two- and three-dimensional works of art using a variety of techniques and styles as well as build looms and experiment with different fibers. $115.
  • Fabric Fun Summer Art Camp, June 15-19, 1-4 p.m., a camp focusing on assorted techniques used to create fabric designs and patterns including tie-dye, Japanese Shibori, stenciling and stamping. $115.
  • Globetrotters Summer Art Camp, June 22-26, 9 a.m. to noon, wherein commuters explore the ways people in cultures around the world tell their stories through art. The children will create a number of these art forms. $115.
  • Artists in Action Summer Art Camp, July 13-17, 9 a.m. to noon, helping participants explore the many different materials and art forms they can use to express ideas and tell stories. They will keep sketchbooks and experiment with various art forms. $115.
  • Where Art and Music Meet Summer Art Camp, July 20-24, 9 a.m. to noon. This new workshop melds music and visual arts with an exploration of traditions around the world as participants will create their own instruments and decorate them as they experiment with methods of translating music and instrumental sounds into a visual language with the use of 2-D and 3-D media. 

Camps for youths in grades 6-8 are:

  • Challenge to Excellence Camp, June 14-19, providing academically talented students the opportunity to learn, grow and stretch as they participate in activities promoting higher levels of critical thinking and creativity. This is the 32nd year for the camp. $325 for commuters or $400 for overnight campers.
  • STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics) Camp – Full Steam Ahead, June 29 to July 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The commuter camp for girls promotes interest in those vital subject areas through a variety of activities, hands-on experiments, demonstrations and more. $100. 

Open to grades 6-9 are: 

  • Experience the World of Design Art Camp, June 8-12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will explore both 2-D and 3-D design, practice the basics of brand development and product development, conduct design research, learn and apply brainstorming techniques, create and refine logo and product concepts and present their final projects to the class. $155.
  • Take Five: Exploring 2-D and 3-D Art Camp, July 6-10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This art workshop offers an intensive exploration of various art media, methods and techniques with each day focusing on different art forms. $155. 

Children entering grades 7-9 can participate in:

  • Middle School Architecture Camp, July 12-17, helping students learn about the world of construction and design through activities and field trips. $370 for commuters or $520 including overnight accommodations. 

Teens in grades 9-11 are eligible for:

  • Challenge to Excellence Camp, June 21-26, gives academically talented students the chance to learn, grow and stretch as they participate in activities that promote higher levels of critical thinking and creativity. This is the 32nd year for the camp. $325 for commuters or $400 for overnight campers. 

High school students in grades 9-12 can participate in:

  • Summer Wings Aviation Camp, June 14-19, giving participants the opportunity to learn about aviation and actually fly. $1,665 for those who commute or $1,845 for those who stay overnight.
  • Radio and TV News Camp, June 21-26, a residential camp enabling youths to learn skills in broadcast writing, producing, performance, videography, field reporting and editing. $95 (pending approval of a grant to partially fund the cost, otherwise it may be higher).
  • High School Architecture Camp, July 19-24, offering participants the opportunity to dig deeper into the fields of design and architecture through studio projects, hands-on activities, discussions and field trips. $370 for commuters or $520 for overnight participants. 

Camps for teens entering grades 10-12 are:

  • High School Intensive Art Workshop, June 8-12, 9 1.m. to 4 p.m., a commuter camp giving participants in-depth experience with various media including painting, ceramics, sculptures and drawing using innovative approaches. They will also work with small metals, print-making techniques and other art forms. $190.
  • Young Writers Workshop, June 23-27. This is the 17th annual camp featuring workshops, discussions, readings, panels and daily critique sessions to help young writers hone their skills. $350 for commuters or $400 for those staying overnight. 

Continuing Education and Outreach at SIU coordinates the many camps. Each camp has specific registration requirements and details. Some have predetermined registration deadlines and others accept participants until the camp session is full. For some camps and workshops, prices are higher for later registrations. 

For additional information, or register for the camps by going online to or by calling 618/536-7751.