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USC youth summer camps 2023

Looking for activities to keep your kids entertained while still learning new things this summer?
The University of South Carolina offers a wide variety of summer camps for all interests from opera to soccer and tennis to computer science.

Students in a labratory.


Adventures in Pharmacy

(Rising 9th- through 12th-graders): June 11-16  

Discover what it takes to become a pharmacist. Campers will study hypertension, diabetic monitoring, intravenous techniques, and experience the  pharmacy lab at USC’s School of Pharmacy.

Students work in forensic science camp.


Carolina Master Scholars

Various sessions available in June, July

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

Boy performs on stage during theater camp.


Summer Drama Conservatory 

Early Elementary Camp (Grades 1-3): June 26-30
Upper Elementary Camp (Grades 4-5): June 12-16
Middle School Camp (Grades 6-8): June 12-23
High School Camp (Grades 9-12): June 19-30

USC Summer Drama Conservatory provides a challenging and fun training and performance experience for aspiring theatre artists.

Engineering students test projects.


Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science 

Summer Technical Workshops (Rising 9th- through 12th-graders): June 12-16,  June 26-30

Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science summer technical workshop provides gifted minority students academic enrichment in the career areas of engineering and computer science.  

Summer seniors gather on the horseshoe.


Summer Seniors program

Session 1: June 21 - June 24
Session 2: July 12 - July 15

Summer Seniors is 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 USC. 

Coach Shane Beamer on football field.


Shane Beamer's Football Camp 

Rising 3rd- through 8th-graders: June 12-14
1-Day High School Camp (Rising 9th- through 12th-graders): June 2, 9, 16, 17, 19, 21
OL/DL Camp (Rising 9th- through 12th-graders): June 15, 16, 22, 23
Specialists Camp (Rising 9th- through 12th-graders): June 17

Kids playing soccer.


Tony Annan's Soccer Camp

Junior Gamecock Camp (Ages 5-14): June 5-9, June 19-23
Gamecock Elite Residential Camp (Ages 10-18): July 7-9, July 21-23
ID Camp (Ages 15-18): May 21, July 29-30, August 6

Shelley Smith's Carolina Soccer School

Day Camp (ages 6-13): June 12-16, July 17-21

Kids in swimming pool.


Gamecock Swim Camps

Short and Long Axis Camp (Ages 10-18): April 22-23, May 13-14
Sprint Camp (Ages 10-18): June 3-4, June 24-25
Elite Training Camp: June 4-8
Week Camp: June 11-15, June 19-23

Kid playing tennis.


Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps

Ages 4-8: June 5-9, 12-16
Ages 7-18: June 5-9, 12-16

Kids playing volleyball


South Carolina Volleyball Camps

All Skills/Positions Clinics (Rising 5th- through 12th-graders): July 5
Intro to Volleyball Camp (K through 7th-graders): July 6, 14
Coaches Clinic: July 8
Games Camp (Rising 5th- through 12th-graders): July 13
Elite Skills Camp (Rising 8th- through 12th-graders): July 7-8, 16-17
2023 Team Camp: July 19-21

Beach Volleyball

Spring ID Camp (Rising 8th- through 12th-graders): April 1-2

Kid playing softball on field


Bev Smith Softball Camps

D1 Prospect Camp (Ages 9-21)
D1 Prospect Camp (Ages 13-21)
Elite Camp (Ages 9-19)
Pitching and Catching Speciality Camp (Ages 9-21)
Li'l Gamecocks Camp (Ages 5-8)

Band students practice drums during summer camp.


Carolina Band Summer Clinics 

Carolina Rhythm: June 18-19
Carolina Lead, The USC Drum Major Clinic: June 22-24
Carolina Spin: June 25-26

Student playing cello.


String Project Summer Camp

Rising 3rd- through 12th-graders: July 17-21

Students will hone their skills and learn from experienced teachers and graduate students. The camp fosters the excitement of developing skills on an orchestral string instrument and is open to students who have completed one year of instruction.

Kids on stage at the opera experience summer camp.


Carolina Opera Experience

Rising 5th- through 10th-graders: June 26-30

Kids learn the art of props, makeup, costumes, scenery and musical preparation in this weeklong experience.

Musical theater performance on stage.


Musical Theater Intensive 

Rising 9th- through 12th-graders: July 8-18

Students will receive immersive musical theatre training in vocal technique, acting, and dance. Expert USC faculty and Broadway professionals will lead two student cohorts including middle and high school students and college-bound high school juniors and seniors who wish to major in musical theatre.

Jazz students perform on stage.


Summer Jazz Intensive

June 19-25

The jazz intensive provides aspiring high school jazz students with experiences in ensembles, improvisation, history, rhythm training and private lessons with USC’s jazz faculty. Students will learn new repertoire, musical skills and develop new relationships with mentors and peers. 

Students practice xylophone during music camp.


Carolina Summer Music Conservatory 

June 18-24

Advanced high school students of brass, jazz, percussion, piano, strings, voice and woodwinds can participate in this intensive one-week training period for both day and boarding students.

Two people playing pianos on stage.{


Piano camps and lessons

Beginner Camp (Ages 5-8): June 26-30
Beginner camp is for students with less than three years of piano study. 

Camp Creativity (Ages 9-14): July 10-14
Camp Creativity is open to students who have taken piano for at least three years.

Student sings during voice lesson.


Private Lessons and Group Classes

Carolina Music Studios

Carolina Music Studios offers private instruction in: Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, Voice and Woodwinds.

Various group classes are offered in KinderFlute for children ages 4 throughout fifth grade and beginner guitar classes for students ages 6-18.

Students practice ballet in studio.


Summer Dance Conservatory

Ballet and Contemporary Intensives: July 5-22
Jazz Intensive: July 23-28

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.  

Babies play in music class.


Music Play 

Music Play classes at the USC’s Children’s Music Development Center are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potential of young children from newborns to 3-year-olds.

Kids in classroom studying.


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.