UofSC youth summer camps 2016

Summertime at the University of South Carolina means there are plenty of activities for kids to learn something new and visit campus. From music to cooking and science to soccer, there are many ways to keep Columbia’s kids occupied this summer at Carolina.

South Carolina camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, and grade level). We offer programs in football, basketball, soccer, cheerleading and more. [more]

Carolina Master Scholars Adventures Series
Student have serious fun at the Adventure Series, the university’s award-winning summer youth academic program. Participants meet other academically talented students from across the country as you explore future careers. The Adventure Series is for academically talented rising 6th through 12th grade students and is specially designed each year to be challenging and rewarding for top students. Camps focus on a a wide variety of subjects. [more]

Test prep
Carolina’s well-known University Test Prep program will offer an intensive weeklong SAT test prep program in June, July and August on the university’s campuses of Columbia, Aiken, Beaufort/Hilton Head Gateway Campus and at the School of Medicine in Greenville. High school students will have the opportunity to sharpen their test skills in a college atmosphere and receive 20 hours of classroom instruction and four online review sessions held in the fall.  [more]

Carolina also will offer an intensive ACT test prep program during week of August 1-4 on the university’s Columbia campus. High school students will have the opportunity to sharpen their test skills in a college atmosphere and receive 20 hours of classroom instruction and 4 online review sessions held in the fall.  [more]

Science and Technology Enrichment Program
Hosted by the College of Education, the Center for Science Education and Lexington School District Two, STEP offers students a hands-on, inquiry-based investigation of the world. [more]

Carolina Journalism Institute

The Carolina Journalism Institute is a four-day summer institute devoted to helping high school students and advisers enhance their knowledge of cutting-edge journalism techniques and standards for their publications and productions. [more]

Columbia’s Cooking!
Young chefs are invited to experience Columbia's Cooking! culinary camps. During these camps, kids will participate in creating simple, delicious and healthy recipes. Campers will focus on a different theme each day while building basic culinary skills. Each session is a five-day camp (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for chefs ages 8 to 18. [more]

Students can sign up for an exciting summer music program and grow their skills. The School of Music offers numerous opportunities for all ages to learn, listen and enjoy. [more]

  • Carolina Opera Experience: July 11-15. Fifth through 10th-grade students learn the art of props, make-up, costumes, scenery and musical preparation. [more]
  • Carolina Summer Music Conservatory: June 19-25. Advanced high school students of woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, voice and strings participate in an intensive one-week training. Day commuting and overnight boarding for students are available. [more]
  • KinderFlute: Children ages 5 to 8 explore the flue and flute playing in group classes. [more]
  • Music Play: Wednesdays, June 8-July 20. Saturdays, June 11–July 23. Music Play is an innovative program designed to develop the music potential of young children from newborns to age 5. [more]
  • Private Lessons at Carolina Music Studios: all summer. [more]
  • Piano Camp: All summer. A wide variety of summer options exist for paints of all ages and levels. [more]
  • String Project Summer Camp: July 11-15. Students in 3rd grade through high school,who have completed one year of instruction, develop skills on an orchestral string instrument. [more]
  • USC Summer Drum Major Clinic: June 16-18. This clinic provides intensive instruction in basic conducting technique, score study, advanced musicianship, tempo control and vocal commands for 10th – 12th-grade drum majors. [more]

The University of South Carolina Drama Conservatory
 is a summer acting intensive program on the Columbia campus. Directed and taught by theater professor Peter Duffy and graduate theater students, the conservatory program is dedicated to providing aspiring theater artists with a challenging, stimulating and fun training and performance experience. [more]

Broadway at USC Musical Theater Workshop
If students want more than “American Idol” and want to be a real musical theater performer, then join our summer workshop in musical theater, and learn how to be a real Triple Threat for Broadway. [more]


South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory attracts dancers from around the world to study and perform with top teachers. Columbia’s reputation for fine Southern hospitality, along with the unequaled caliber of instruction, makes the South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory a wonderful place for learning, growth and camaraderie. [more]

Princess and Pirate Dance Camp

One week of dance training for young boy and girl dancers aged 4-7.  Classes include a variety of dance forms such as classical ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, and musical theatre, as well as special classes in acting, make-up, and dance arts & crafts. [more]

Engineering and Computing 

Girls ACE (Adventures in Computing and Engineering)

In this summer camp, students will learn how chemical engineers design processes for energy generation and emissions control, how civil engineers help prevent damage from natural disasters, and how computer scientists and engineers ensure computer security. For girls in grades 6-9, June 20-24. [more]

Girls Go For IT Computer Camps

This camp is a fun, hands-on introduction to programming and IT. The camp teaches middle school girls to program and build knowledge about computers. [more]

Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science 
This partnership between educators and businesses provides gifted minority students with cultural and academic activities and role models in engineering and computer science. [more]

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