Area Colleges Offer Camps

SMU swim camp starts in June. (Courtesy photo)

The learning doesn’t have to stop when schools close for summer break.

Colleges and universities, including many in North Texas, continue the education and fun with camps covering a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic topics.

In this month’s paper check out some of the opportunities available at SMU, the University of Dallas, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Children in middle school or higher grades can get a taste of college life while improving their skills and perhaps gaining insight into future careers and goals with programs that include hands-on learning as well as have one-on-one lessons with some of the top instructors in Texas.

Learn a language, kick a ball, practice an instrument, program a computer, and make new friends. College camps are designed to motivate and help educate while still making sure children have fun.


Advanced Engineering
What: Students get an introduction to engineering and explore various engineering topics.
Who: Grades ninth-12th
When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 18-22
Cost: Not yet available
Contact: Registration opens March 1. Visit and search for the Lyle School of Engineering.

Engineering Design Experience
What: Students learn about the four main disciplines of engineering: mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental and get a better insight into engineering
Who: Grades 11th-12th
When: Girls, June 11-15; Boys, June 18-22
Cost: Not yet available
Contact: Registration opens March 1. Visit and search for the Lyle School of Engineering.

SMU Volleyball Camps
What: Various camps in July will focus on the skills needed to play various positions on the court as well as on teamwork and serving.
Who: Grades sixth-12th
When: July 9-10, July 11-13, July 16-18
Cost: Camp 1, $150 for one day, $225 for both days; Camp 2, $275; Camp 3, $275 for commuters and $375 for boarders.
Contact: Jason Tanaka: or Cristine Dixon:

Registration opens March 1 for engineering camps at SMU. (Courtesy photo)

SMU Mustang Swim Camps
What: Swimmers work hands on with coaches from around the world especially Olympic winners such as Eddie Sinnott with sessions on stroke, dryland, training, and racing.
When: June 3-7 and June 10-14
Who: Swimmers ages 9-17 (must be 10 or older for overnight camps)
Cost: $650, overnight campers;
$525 day campers.
Contact: or call 214-768-2200

Hilltop Sports Camps
What: This camp focuses on keeping children active and healthy through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
Who: Grades second-sixth
When: June 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
Cost: $300
Contact: or call 214-768-3367

SMU Men’s Basketball Camp
What: Camps will focus on basic skills and techniques.
Who: Half-day for students kindergarten through 12th grades; full-day for those in grades third-eighth
When: June 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
Cost: $175, half-day; $350, full-day
Contact:, (214)-768-3501

SMU Boys Soccer Camps
What: Young players learn skills and techniques and get introduced to goalkeeping, while older athletes hone their skills and prepare for college play.
Who: Half-day camp for ages 5-13, full-day camp for ages 8-13; residential camp for ages 10-14, college pre camp for ages 15-18
When: Half-day and day camps, June 11-15; residential and college pre camps, July 7-10, 11-14
Cost: $185, half-day; $285, full-day; $605, residential camp; $625 for college pre camp
Contact:, 214-952-4441


Soccer Camp
What: Soccer players learn the latest techniques and strategies to help them become fine goalkeepers, strikers, and field players.
Who: Players ages 7 and older
When: June 10-14
Cost: Junior and Senior Academies, $749 residential, $649 commuter; College Prep Performance Academy, $989


Marching Percussion Camp
What: Participants train in the tradition of the North Texas Drumline.
Who: High school percussionists
When: June 11-14
Cost: $436 resident, $306 commuter.
Contact: 940-369-7974,; 940-565-4124,
Extra: UNT also offers a Drum Major Camp, June 21-24. Contact

UNT offers orchestra camp. (Courtesy photo)

Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp
What: Participants will work with excellent teachers and to learn, play, and practice before performing in the grand finale concert.
Who: Beginning and intermediate players
When: June 19-22
Cost: $390 (before May 2nd, 2018) $425 (after May 2nd, 2018)
Contact: Bass Camp Coordinator,
Extra: UNT also offers a String Orchestra Day Camp, June 11-15, for grades second through 10th. Contact

All State Choir Camp
What: Students will receive mentoring as they work on Texas All State Choir music. WHO: High school singers
When: June 27-30
Cost: $364 resident, $264 commuter. Discounts available for Texas All State Members.
Extra: UNT also offers an Honor Choir Camp for junior high/middle school students, July 11-14. Contact


UTA All-State Choir Camp
What: This camp helps singers to audition and prepare for All-State. They work with experienced clinicians on sight-reading and other skills, make friends, and get an insight on college life.
Who: Grades ninth-12th
When: August 1-4
Cost: Not yet available
Extra: UTA also offers a number of bands camps – Summer Band Camp, June 10-14; Summer Marching Band Camp, June 17-21; UTA Honors Horn Camp, July 20-25. Email

Entry to Engineering
What: A team of engineering professors and students will introduce campers to a variety of disciplines – aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, industrial, materials science, and mechanical.
Who: Students entering the sixth through eighth grades in the fall
When: July 23-27
Cost: $300 (Scholarships are available)
Contact: or call 817-272-1295

What: Introduction to engineering for young women who want a career in engineering.
Who: Girls entering the fifth through ninth grades in the fall
When: July 30-Aug. 3
Cost: $300 (Scholarships are available)
Contact: (817) 272-1295

Girls explore career options in Girlgeneering camp at UTA. (Courtesy photo)

UT Arlington Men’s Basketball Camp
What: Camps designed to focus on drills that help better basketball playing skills and techniques.
Who: Grades K-12th
When: June 18-21; 25-28.
Cost: $125-150
Contact:, 817-272-9258
Extra: UTA also offers a Back to School Camp for all grades, Aug. 13-15. Cost $50-$60

UT Arlington Volleyball Camps
What: A variety of camps help beginning to advanced players hone their skills, work on offense and defense, and prepare for the school season.
When, Who, Cost: Elite Volleyball Camp, July 9, for players, ages 13-18, with three years of club experience, $130; All Skills Full Day Camp, July 10, for ages 10-18, $125; General Skill Half Day Camp I, July 11, for ages 10-18, $65; General Skills Half Day Camp II, July 12, for ages, 10-18, $115; Setter and Hitter Half Day Camp, July 11, for ages 10-18, $65; Serve and Pass Half Day Camp, July 12, for ages 10-18, $65; Team Camp, July 13, for ages 10-18, $200.
Contact:, 817-272-2242


Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp
What: The camp is designed to help develop Chinese language skills as well as skills and talents in calligraphy, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, folk dances, and crafts.
Who: Children ages 6 and older
When: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 11-29
Cost: $250 for one week, $450 for two weeks, $650 for three weeks. Cost includes a camp T-shirt, daily drinks and snacks, a completion certificate and group photo. Campers bring their own lunch boxes.
Contact:, 972-883-4860

100 Coding Camps in 11 Weeks of Summer
What: A variety of computer programming camps are offered for five levels of learners. Programs range from exploring coding tools to advanced programming. Campers may explore animation, mobile apps, robots, games, and webpage design.
Who: Elementary, middle, and high school students.
When: Weekly from June 4 through Aug. 17
Cost: $150 for half day one-week camp and $300 for full-day one-week camp. Those who register before March 31 get a 10 percent discount. Last minute registration cost $50 more.
Contact: (preferred), 972-357-6893

Summer Chess Club
What: Classes focus on teaching chess to improve and develop reading and math ability and critical and analytical thinking skills while building character and self-esteem.
Who: For beginner, Intermediate and advanced players, ages 4-7. There also are introductory courses for adults.
When: June 11-15, June 18-22, July 16-20, and July 23-27
Cost: $215, by April 3; $245, April 3-June 12; $265, after June 12.
Contact:, 972-883-4899

Campers try Chinese calligraphy. (Courtesy photo)
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