Summer Camps Offer Fun Learning Opportunities for Children and Teens


Summer Camps Offer Fun Learning Opportunities for Children and Teens

Learning doesn’t have to stop during the summer. If you have school-aged children, consider enrolling them in one of these summer programs offered by OU Extended Campus Precollegiate Programs. Not only will they learn something new through challenging and fun activities, they’ll also be doing it on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus.

OU Mini College Day Camp

This year, OU is offering 10 sessions of Mini College throughout the summer. Mini College is an all-day program designed for students entering first through sixth grades who want to learn more about the world around them. Students are grouped by grade levels and attend three different classes daily. 

Students will participate in fun, engaging activities that incorporate a broad range of subjects, including science, math, art and culture. Different curriculum each week will allow students to learn more about OU and all of its offerings in a kid-friendly environment. Each day will end with swim time at the OU pool from 3 to 5 p.m.

Students will need to bring a packed lunch and swimsuit with them each morning.

Tuition is $240 per student, per session.

Students will participate in fun, engaging activities that incorporate a broad range of subjects, including science, math, art and culture. Different curriculum each week will allow students to learn more about OU and all of its offerings in a kid-friendly environment.

If two or more siblings enroll, the cost is $230 per student. Cost is $220 for OU faculty/staff.

Sessions are as follows:

  • Session I – June 3-7
  • Session II – June 10-14
  • Session III – June 17-21
  • Session IV – June 24-28
  • Session V – July 8-12
  • Session VI – July 15-19
  • Session VII – July 22-26
  • Session VIII – July 29-Aug. 12
  • Session IX – Aug. 5-9
  • Session X – Aug. 12-16

Deadline information and a registration form can be found on the Precollegiate Programs website. For more information, call (405) 325-2379.

CLIMB: Chemistry Learning Incorporating Mathematics and Biology

Students entering 11thand 12thgrade are invited to apply to attend CLIMB: Chemistry Learning Incorporating Mathematics and Biology offered June 16-21 on OU’s Norman campus. The camp is free for accepted students.

The CLIMB Summer Academy incorporates the study of chemistry, botany, mathematics, medicine, history, sociology and Native American studies. Participants will study the medically relevant ingredients of echinacea herbal medicine while spending time in a working research laboratory.

One of the highlights of the CLIMB Summer Academy is spending a week on the OU campus. Students will live in OU residence halls, eat on campus and learn in university classrooms, giving them a feel for campus life. Summer camp counselors will be housed on the same dormitory floor to provide maximum assistance and supervision. Students will have class activities each day in classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories on OU’s research campus. Educational, recreational and team-building activities will take place in the evenings to help students have a well-rounded experience.

All expenses, including housing, meals, supplies and books, will be provided to each academy student. Travel expenses to and from the academy location and incidental personal expenditures are the responsibility of each academy student.

Interested students must submit a typed or printed application that includes all of the following:

  • Complete student application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 250-word, student-written essay. Please see the application packet for the essay topic.

Applications may be downloaded on the Precollegiate Programs website. They must be postmarked by May 3, 2019.

OU Extended Campus strives to offer a variety of programs that are student-centered, service-oriented, quality driven, inclusive and innovative. Summer camps like these help us fulfill this mission. Interested in other programs from OU Extended Campus? Check out some of our recent blog posts to learn more about what we offer. 

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.