UofSC youth summer camps 2017

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 journalism and science to soccer, there are many ways to keep Columbia’s youth occupied this summer at Carolina.



South Carolina athletics camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age and grade level). Camps include football, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, baseball, softball and cheerleading. [more]

Carolina Master Scholars Adventures Series
Middle school and high school students 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 they explore future careers. The Adventure Series is for academically talented rising 6th-through 12th-grade students. Camps focus on a wide variety of subjects. [more]

Test prep

Carolina’s well-known University Test Prep program offers an intensive weeklong SAT test prep program in June, July and August on the university’s campuses in Columbia, Aiken, Beaufort/Hilton Head Gateway Campus and at the School of Medicine in Greenville. High school students will 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]

In addition, there is an intensive ACT test prep program during weeks of July 17-20 and July 31-Aug. 3 on the university’s Columbia campus. High school students will have the opportunity to improve their test skills in a college atmosphere and receive 20 hours of classroom instruction and 4 online review sessions held in the fall. [more]

Carolina Journalism Institute

The Carolina Journalism Institute, which takes place June 14–17, helps high school students and advisers enhance their knowledge of cutting-edge journalism techniques and standards for their publications and productions. [more]


The School of Music offers summer music programs for students of all ages to grow their skills, learn, listen and enjoy. [more]

Carolina Opera Experience: July 10-14. Fifth through 10th-grade students learn the art of props, make-up, costumes, scenery and musical preparation. [more]

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory: June 11-17. Advanced high school students of woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, voice and strings will participate in an intensive one-week training. Day commuting and overnight boarding for students are available. [more]

String Project Summer Camp: July 10-14. Students in 3rd grade through high school, who have completed one year of instruction, will develop skills on an orchestral string instrument. [more]

USC Summer Drum Major Clinic: June 15-17. This clinic provides drum majors in the 10th through 12th grades with intensive instruction in basic conducting technique, score study, advanced musicianship, tempo control and vocal commands. [more]


The University of South Carolina Summer Drama Conservatory provides an intensive program in activing on the Columbia campus June 5-23. Directed and taught by theater professor Peter Duffy and graduate theater students, the conservatory program is dedicated to providing aspiring theater artists in first grade through 12th grade with a challenging, stimulating and fun training and performance experience. [more]


South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, which will take place July 9–28, attracts dancers, ages 11–18,  from around the world to study and perform with top teachers. The conservatory combines Columbia’s hospitality with the highest quality of dance instruction. [more]

Ballet in June is open for dancers ages 7 and older, who are at the beginner and intermediate level. Students will work on strength and flexibility and prepare for the next level of dance. [more]

Princess and Pirate camp will take place June 5-9 for children ages 4-7 with or without previous training. Students will learn classical ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, musical theatre. [more]

School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Girls Go For IT Computer Camps

Female students in grades 6-9 can choose among three weeklong camps that provides a fun, hands-on introduction to coding and information technology. Campers learn logical thought and basic programming skills, with a project to show off at the end of each week. Camp dates are June 12–16, June 19-23 and June 26–30. [more

College of Engineering and Computing

Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Sciences

The College of Engineering and Computing will host two camps for gifted minority students in grades 9 – 12. Through a series of workshops, cultural, academic and mentoring activities, students will explore the field of engineering and computing.

Summer Technical Workshop: June 25 – 30 for rising 9–12 grade students (residential camp)

Summer Day Camp: June 12 – 16 for rising 9–12 grade students




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