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Summer programs for kindergarten through high school students include credit-bearing, academic, and sport camps. These programs are offered by many CSU departments and organizations hosting events at Colorado State University.

Summer 2020 program information is available on the websites for each camp or program with a few exceptions. Most programs are open for registration now; others make registration at various dates between early January and late March.

Please contact the department or organization offering the program for questions about registration, cost, housing, transportation, and more.

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Credit-Bearing Programs

These summer programs are opportunities for high school  students entering junior and/or senior year to earn college credit while developing their research, leadership and additional skills in an inclusive and stimulating learning environment.

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Black Issues Forum (BIF)

“BIF” is designed to provide students finishing their junior year in high school with an opportunity to enhance their leadership potential.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff, and current students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the African American community at the local, state, national, and/or global level.

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Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ)

Hosted at Colorado State, the “LDZ” program is designed to give youth leaders the edge on successfully navigating, managing, and creating organizations.

The program is open to high-achieving students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school (class of 2020 or 2021).

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Native Education Forum (NEF)

The Native Education Forum (NEF) is a six-day summer program for students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school (class of 2021 or 2022).

Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and receive valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process.

Academic Programs

These programs are presented by departments at Colorado State, as well as organizations providing summer camps through CSU Conference Services.

Many programs fall into more than one category and include common elements such as leadership and creativity. Programs are placed in the category that best describes the primary focus.

Age groups vary by program; please contact the unit presenting the camp for additional information. 

Animals and Environment

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Environmental Learning Center (ELC)

2020 summer day camp dates and descriptions are available; registration opens Wednesday, February 6, at 6 a.m. Ages 7-12.

This summer, the ELC offers eight, week-long summer day camps. While each camp has a theme, the overall focus is getting children outside, comfortable and connected to the natural world.

The ELC is an extension of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

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Youth Summer Horsemanship Camps

Two sessions are offered for summer 2020: June 8-13 and June 14-19.

Registration opens February 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Ages 10-15 are invited to participate as an overnight camper and ages 10-18 are welcome as day campers. English and Western riding are welcome during both sessions.

Arts and Human Sciences

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Fashion FUNdamentals

For students entering 6th-8th grades; 2020 updates are pending.

Participants develop solutions to real-world problems in the global fashion industry through hands-on application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. Social programming focus areas include media literacy, body image, internet safety and anti-bullying, and highlights the importance of balanced nutrition and physical activity.

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Food Science and Human Nutrition Summer Cooking Camps

These camps feature fun cooking activities for children ages 7-11.

Registration is open for July 13-17, 20-24, and/or July 27-31, 2020. Register for one, two, or three weeks.

Camp topics are:

  • Cake Bake, Frost and Decorate
  • Team Time with Pies and Tarts
  • Edible Science: Dehydration, Fermentation, and ROCK CANDIES
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The CSU Writing Project

Registration is open for workshops offered June 22-26, 2020.

Summer 2020 marks the 16th year of the Young Writers’ Workshops offered by the CSU Writing Project for elementary, middle school, and high school students, grades 4-12. During these immersive workshops, participants experiment with creative writing techniques in various genres, work in writing groups, and learn from published writers.

Summer Music, Theatre, and Dance: Camps and Programs

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Summer Music Camps, Institutes, and Master Classes

Experience a variety of music events designed for youth, middle/high school students, and adults. Camps and institutes offer students and adults specialized training, while master classes feature the world’s finest performers providing hands-on instruction in an open, informal setting.

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Dance Lab: Pre-College Summer Program

Dancers ages 15-20 spend two weeks in an immersive college dance curriculum receiving individualized attention from CSU Dance faculty, mentorship from current CSU Dance majors, and unique insights from guest speakers.

August 2-15, 2020 on the CSU campus, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020.

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Kids Do It All: Summer Theatre Camp

Kids Do It All is one of the most innovative theatre programs in the country. Offered in June and July for youth who are ages 7-9, 10-11, and 12-13. Camp participants write, design and compose musical plays entirely of their own, experiencing a practical application of all aspects of theatre from acting, movement, voice, props and scene design, and songwriting. Six one-week camps are available, with another in Todos Santos, Mexico.

Industry and Leadership

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Global Business Academy

July 5-17, 2020; Registration is open.

The Global Business Academy is a summer program for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Create great summer memories in this 13-day, action-packed experience and meet students from around the globe while learning how to use business to create a better world. You’ll gain lifelong skills in international business and leadership, greater confidence, new passions and interests to explore, and global friendships.

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Women In Construction Management Summer Institute

High School Summer Institute

June 2-6, 2020
Applications available February 1, 2020.

Construction Management is a great choice for those who enjoy teamwork, solving tangible problems, critical thinking, and creating the world around them.

In this institute, participants ages 15-18 will develop confidence in their abilities and gain an understanding of their opportunities in construction management and related fields through field trips, classroom sessions, and hands-on activities.

Interdisciplinary Programs

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Honors Summer Institute

Registration is open for both sessons:

  • Session 1: June 7-13, 2020
  • Session 2: June 21-27, 2020

The Honors Summer Institute is a one-week camp for high school students with exceptional academic achievements. The program is an extension of the CSU Honors Program and engages students with sample classes from five different disciplines.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Please note: STEM-X programs are offered by Poudre School District. Summer listings and dates are available, with additional details to follow soon.

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Anatomy Camp

July 5-11, 2020

Applications are open.

High school juniors and seniors interested in going into pre-med majors in college have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a one-week academic summer camp led by award-winning faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Dissect real anatomical specimens, learn anatomy on human cadavers, and look at case studies to diagnose medical problems and study technology-based, cross-sectional anatomy.

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Applied Physiology Camp

July 27-August 1
Day camp, but with an overnight stay at CSU Mountain Campus on July 31-August 1.

Registration will open on March 2, 2020.

Applied Physiology Camp is a hands-on academic day camp for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a strong interest in science and are considering pursuing a career in a health-related field.

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IT in Business

June 8-12, 2020

Summer program for high school students, grades 9-12, ages 14-18. This half-day program is offered by the Computer Information Systems (CIS) department at CSU.

Information Technology (IT) not only touches every aspect of everyday life but is also the primary driver of business today.

In this program high school students explore how tech supports and shapes business through fun and educational hands-on projects. Planned activities include:

  • simulations with LEGO and robots
  • building a mobile app
  • cybersecurity games
  • data visualizations
  • fun coding projects with Raspberry Pi/CircuitPython
  • field trip to a tech company
  • designing e-textiles/wearables

Use email below if you need assistance paying for the program.

A website with additional details and registration will be available soon.

Mechanical Engineering Camps

Registration is open for summer 2020 camps. No experience needed!

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Engineering Her World Camp

June 15-19, 2020

A week-long, half-day experiential summer camp held at CSU introducing high school students to exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and the impacts of women in engineering-related fields.

Participants will tour CSU engineering facilities and laboratories and learn about engineering majors through hands-on activities and lectures. Engineering faculty and students will guide participants and share their personal insights as a woman in their field.

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Engineering Your World Camp

June 8-12, 2020

A week-long, half-day experiential summer camp held at CSU introducing junior high students to exciting activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Participants will tour CSU engineering facilities and laboratories and learn about each engineering major through hands-on activities and lectures. Faculty and students will guide participants and share their personal insights as practicing engineers.

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Researching Her World Camp

June 8-19, 2020

A two-week-long, full day experiential summer camp held at CSU introducing high school students to exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and the impacts of women in engineering-related fields.

Participants will engage in hands-on research and lectures at CSU’s world-class research facilities. Engineering faculty and graduate students will guide participants and share their personal insights as a woman in their field.

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Math Jam

Registration for Math Jam 2020 begins in January.

Camp is scheduled for June 17-21, 2020.

A week of mathematical exploration and discovery led by CSU mathematicians for student entering grades 7-9! Let us show you how applicable, beautiful, creative, and cooperative a topic math can be.

This year, student will learn how mathematics plays a role in science, technology, engineering, and art. Most days will feature two in-depth and interactive sessions, but there will also be a campus-wide scavenger hunt and more!

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Prove It! Math Academy

June 22-July 5, 2020

The application deadline is March 15, 2020, but registration will continue until all spots are filled.

This program serves as a bridge between programs/contests emphasizing computational abilities and those that expect students to be well-versed in proof writing. Designed to help motivated, talented high school students reach their full potential.

Visit the Prove It! Math Academy website for eligibility and addition information.

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SciTrek for Future Scientists

June 22-26, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The application period is open and will close February 15th.  Students entering grades 10th through 12th in August 2020 AND are 15 years of age by June 15, 2020 may apply.

Join the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center’s staff in conducting real scientific research activities in a variety of laboratory and outdoor field settings.

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Summer Vet Program for Future Veterinarians

June 22-26, 2020, 12:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

The application period is open and will close February 15th. Students entering grades ten through 12 in August 2020 AND are 15 years of age by June 15, 2020 may apply.

Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits, and in-depth hands-on activities, students discover what modern veterinary medicine is about.

Organizations Hosted at CSU

National, regional, or local programs providing academic experiences on the CSU campus through Conference Services.

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IDtech Camps

Coding, game development, design programs, video production, animation, and more. For ages 7-17.

Sport Programs

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RAMS Athletics Sports Camps

Registration is open for many camps. Information for additional camps will become available in February 2020.

Camps include mini-camps, day camps and residential camps. Choose from basketball, football, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, and volleyball. Camps are designed for a variety of ages; see specific camps for additional information.

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Youth Sport Camps

Active summer fun for kids ages 5-13! Registration is open. Camps run from May 26-August 14, 2020.

Coeducational day camps focusing on skill development in a variety of sports while promoting the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles for youth.