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UofSC youth summer camps 2022

With only a few short months until summer, it’s time for parents to find summer activities to enhance the lives and bolster the minds of their children. Fortunately, South Carolina offers a wide variety of summer camps for all interests from music to soccer and dance to engineering.

Summer Chorus

Summer Chorus

This program gives community singers and students the opportunity to participate in the Summer Chorus. Students can take this class for credit. For more information contact Lisa Smith, 

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Carolina Master Scholars

Various sessions available in June, July

The award-winning Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series offers a variety of topics for interactive weeklong camps. Academically talented 6-12 grade students will also have the opportunity to explore future careers and experience student life at South Carolina. Scholars learn from UofSC Columbia faculty and staff members, researchers and experts.

test prep

ACT and SAT Test Prep

Various sessions available between June-August

University Test Prep is hosting continuing education sessions and conferences to prepare students for the SAT or ACT. Both face-to-face and virtual options are available.

Carolina Spin: Colorguard camp

Carolina Spin: Summer Colorguard Clinic

June 19–20

This clinic provides intermediate through advanced marching band colorguard skills for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students. Students will work with Carolina Band staff and experts on colorguard performance and design. For more information, call 803-777-4278.

Carolina opera experience

Carolina Opera Experience

June 30-July 1

Children with different levels of musical ability will have a hands-on experience, working with talented professionals in daily workshops that explore the basics of creating characters through music and voice, while also learning about set lighting and costume design. Basic knowledge of music and singing is required. For more information, email 

summer music conservatory

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory

June 19-25

This program is designed for high-level music students of all instruments, voice and jazz. The students have daily music topics, theory, private lessons, chamber music, jazz class, masterclasses and concerts. The Carolina Summer Music Conservatory is designed for students in grades 9-12. 

String project: summer camp

String Project Summer Camp

July 25-29

The University of South Carolina String Project is for children who have played an instrument at least one school year. There are three levels: Blossom (1st year), Park (2nd and 3rd year) and Devine (4th year). Participants will work on experience-appropriate skills and literature. This program is designed for children 9-16 years old. For more information, email

Drum major

Carolina Rhythm: Summer Drumline Clinic

June 12-13

This clinic provides intermediate through advanced marching band drumline skills for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students. Students will work with Carolina Band staff and experts on performance development for marching snare drum, tenor drum and bass drum.

Carolina couqette at Williams Brice Stadium

Carolina Dance: Summer Coquette Dance Clinic

June 19-20

This clinic provides intermediate through advanced dance and choreography training, in the style of the renowned Carolina Coquettes. The clinic is open to rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students. Students will work with Carolina Band staff and members of the Coquettes. 

summer drama convservatory camp

Summer Drama Conservatory

June 13-24

This program is a summer acting-intensive camp directed and taught by South Carolina theater professor Peter Duffy with the assistance of graduate theater students. Camps are available for early elementary, upper elementary, middle and high school students and provide a challenging, stimulating and fun training and performance experience for aspiring artists. 

Summer dance conservatory

Summer Dance Conservatory

Ballet and Contemporary Intensives: July 5-23

Jazz Intensive: July 24-29

This program provides three-week intensives in either ballet, contemporary dance or jazz for students 11 and older. Participants must audition to be accepted into the program and both residential and commuter options are available.  

Summer drum major clinic

Carolina Lead: The UofSC Drum Major Clinic

June 16-18

This clinic provides leadership and conducting skills for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students. The clinic provides high school leaders with three days of instruction in basic conducting technique, score study and advanced musicianship, vocal commands, salutes, music and marching instruction and dynamic leadership. 

South Carolina Youth Collective campers

South Carolina Youth Collective Summer Fellows

June 13-17

This fellowship is focused on understanding civil rights history and the importance of civic engagement. These fellows will be engaging in community-building activities and may have the opportunity to take field trips to important sites across South Carolina. This program is geared towards high school students. 

Summer senior camp

Summer Seniors

Session 1: July 14-17

Session 2: July 28-31

Applications close May 10.

Summer Seniors is a recruitment program designed for African Americans who are rising high school seniors in South Carolina. Students selected to attend will learn about opportunities on campus and what it’s like to be a student at the university.  

minorities in engineering camp

Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Sciences

Technical Residential Workshop

June 12–17 and June 26-July 1: Upperclassmen

June 13-17 and June 27-July 1: Freshmen

This in-person program is designed to address the critical need of motivating minority students to enter and successfully complete post-secondary education in the fields of engineering and computer science. Through these workshops, students can be introduced to the many fields and career opportunities in engineering/computer science. Workshops are open to high school students (ages 14-17, grades 9-12). 

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Summer Piano Camps and Lessons

Various lessons and packages available

The camps and lessons include end-of-year May private lessons, private lesson packages, piano camp for beginner and elementary pianists and camp creativity for young pianists. Camps are open to students from any studio or program in the Columbia area. Current students of CPS are encouraged to participate. Registration for the camps ends on May 15.

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