University of South Carolina

Summer camps offer a world of adventure

Want to have some serious summer fun?

Come to Carolina. We offer some 60 camps for middle and high school students that are full of challenging activities, exciting learning opportunities, and tons of fun. Campers can choose from a variety of subjects they want to explore, from art to pharmacy, from criminology to marching band, from bionanotechnology to visual arts.

Each activity gives campers the opportunity to meet other young people and to work alongside distinguished faculty and graduate students. Campers also can select preparatory camps such as the SAT/ACT Summer Institute.

Here's a sample of Carolina's summer camps. Join us -- great learning adventures await you!


The Culinary Institute at Carolina offers two camps for rising ninth graders. In Basic Culinary Camp, campers work with a trained professional chef instructor and learn about knife skills, safety, sanitation, culinary terminology, and dining room etiquette. In Baking Culinary Camp, campers learn how to bake cookies, brownies, breakfast pastries; how to decorate cakes, make cake icing, and prepare cream and custard pies.

The Arts

Summer Drama Conservatory is a series of camps for elementary students and high school students. Taught by talented theatre faculty, campers will learn the fundamentals of acting, with a focus on character, action, physicality, and ensemble. Carolina faculty and graduate students training to become public school teachers will teach these sessions.

For the Love of Art: A Camp to Explore the Arts, a camp for kids ages 6-12, is an interdisciplinary arts-based camp hosted at the Columbia Museum of Art featuring poetry, studio art, and dance workshops, as well as tours of the museum’s exhibits. This camp is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Arts Institute and the South Carolina Poetry Initiative in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art.


Gamecock team coaches and players instruct campers at football camps and clinics, and women’s and men’s soccer camps.


The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series offers academically talented students a variety of subjects to learn from top University faculty and research professors. These hands-on camps are for rising 6th through 12th graders and include Adventures in Business-Entrepreneur, Adventures in Pharmacy, Adventures in Bionanotechnology, and Adventures in Visual Arts.


Between 400 and 500 students come from across the Eastern United States to attend Carolina’s Summer Music Camp. Open to rising seventh grade through twelfth grade students, the band camp includes Drum Major, Marching Percussion, Symphonic Band, and Symphonic Percussion camps.

Now in its seventh year, the Southeastern Piano Festival gives a select group of pianists in grades 8 through 12 many performing opportunities, daily lessons with Carolina piano faculty, master classes and conversations with distinguished guest artists, and workshops. Each day ends with an evening recital by a guest artist, piano faculty member, or festival students.


Electrical Engineering Summer Camp is for rising 10th- and 11th-grade students who have a special interest in engineering. Taught by Carolina engineering faculty and staff, campers will build and race a robot that can sense heat, light, and wind.

Camp Success is for rising 6th- through 8th-grade students who want to explore careers in engineering and technology. Campers will go beyond the books and assist a local community agency with an actual problem. Working alongside University professors, students will use creativity, innovative thinking, and problem-solving skills to develop a solution and learn about a broad range of career paths along the way.

Posted: 06/12/09 @ 4:00 PM | Updated: 11/09/09 @ 1:57 PM | Permalink