Campus Notebook

Summer camp offerings: NIU, U of I, CCT

Teens interested in health careers can register for STEM Career Exploration Camp and get hands-on experience in NIU’s labs. NIU offers more than 30 specialty summer camps for students in grades 1-12.
Teens interested in health careers can register for STEM Career Exploration Camp and get hands-on experience in NIU’s labs. NIU offers more than 30 specialty summer camps for students in grades 1-12.

NIU offers art, sport, science and career camps

DeKALB – From June to August, Northern Illinois University offers more than 30 day and residential camps for students entering first through 12th grade. From athletics to activism, there is something for every young learner.

Registration is open for all camps, many of which offer early registration discounts. Some also offer reduced rates for multiple campers from a single family, children of NIU employees and returning campers. Need- and merit-based scholarships are available from many camps.

Camp directors assure parents campers will be able to learn in a fun, safe environment. Campers are accompanied by camp staff, who are trained and mature, and who pass background checks.

To find a camp, go to NIU’s Summer Camps web portal at to see a complete list of camps or search by date, subject area or grade level.


Top collegiate coaches provide instruction in NIU facilities to campers grouped according to age and skill level. Learn more at

Huskie Pup Camps

NIU’s Huskie Pup Camp, administered by the Department of Campus Recreation, offers fun educational programs for ages 6 through 12. Camps run Monday through Thursday, from June 10 through Aug. 8. Children of students, faculty, staff and community members can register for $125 for each of the nine sessions. The camp is also open to the general public for $150 per week. More information at

Liberal Arts and Sciences

• Archaeology Day Camp for grades 6-8 Aug. 5-9.

• Broadcast Journalism Camp for grades 9-12 July 14-19.

• Creative Writing Camp for grades 9-12 June 16-21.

• Creative Writing Day Camp for grades 6-8 July 29-Aug. 2.

• Film Camp for grades 9-12 June 23-28.

• Global Leadership and Philanthropy Camp for grades 9-12 June 16-21.

• LGBTQA Leadership and Activism camp for grades 9-12 July 7-12.

• Journalism Camp for grades 9-12 July 14-19.

• Math Camp for grades 9-12 July 7-12.

• Speech Camp for grades 9-12 June 23-28.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

• Camp Invention Day Camp for grades 1-6 June 17-21.

• STEM Career Exploration Camp for grades 9-12 July 28-Aug. 2. Camp tracks include health, engineering or video game careers.

• Engineering Amusement for grades 5-7 July 21-26.

• Enhancing Engineering Pathways June 10-14.

• Exploring STEM through Art for grades 7-9 June 23-28.

• Exploring STEM through Nature for grades 7-9 June 23-28.

• Green Energy for grades 6-8 July 7-12.

• Nanotechnology Day Camp for grades 10-12 Aug. 5-9.

Video Game Design Day Camps

• Games Camp Just for Girls for ages 10-16 June 24-28.

• Advanced Video Games Camp for ages 13-adult Aug. 5-9.

Visual and Performing Arts

• NIU Jazz Camp for grades 9-12 July 14-19.

• Theatre Arts Camp Junior for grades 7-9 July 7-12.

• Theatre Arts Camp Senior for grades 10-13 July 14-19.

• Visual Arts Camp for grades 9-12 July 14-19.

Nature camp offers hands-on experiences

GENOA – For 19 years, University of Illinois Extension has offered Camp Russell each summer for children ages 7 to 11. Camp is held in the Russell Woods Forest Preserve one mile west of Genoa on Route 72. The camps are focused on nature and the outdoor things kids love the most. Campers spend a week learning about a nature-related topic, doing hands-on experiential learning and physically moving in activities which relate to the curriculum of the week.


“The campers are basically in an outdoor environment all week and don’t realize it is curriculum-based just like school," extension educator Peggy Doty said. "They learn many things that will apply in their classrooms next fall."


Camps are filling, but some openings remain. In Birds of Prey camp, June 10-14, children will learn about birds and may meet a few large special guests. In Incredible Insects, June 17-21, campers will collect, study and discover all there is to know about bugs and insects. In Endangered Species camp, activities will focus on special animals in Illinois and around the world while we learn how to protect and preserve their favorite animals.


“We keep our camp size small, giving more time for campers with plenty of staff to support their needs. Our first concern is the child’s emotional and physical safety while presenting solid, research-based nature education,” said Doty. “Children learn best when they trust the people that support their learning through experiences.”


Camp starts at 9 a.m. and the teaching ends at 3 p.m. Each camp is $95 per week. To register, go to For information, call 815-784-2000 or email Connie Handel at



CCT summer theater camps gear up


DeKALB – CCT of DeKalb County will offer students with an interest in theater a trip to the West, where cacti grow and tumbleweeds drift, at its Beginner’s Imagination Camp, scheduled for June 11-21.


In its eighth year, Beginner’s Imagination Camp is open to students who will be in kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall of 2013. Camp is from 9 a.m. to noon each day at St. John's church on Brickville Road in Sycamore, and ends with a performance for family and friends at a local theater.


“With the O’Connell Theatre officially under renovation, we were faced with finding a new location for camp,” said Julie Breidenbach, coordinator of the summer camp. “We are confident that St. John’s offers us the space needed to provide an amazing opportunity for students interested in theater.”


Cost of the two-week camp is $95. Children will learn all aspects of beginner’s theater, including music, dance, art, stage combat, auditioning, performing and more. 


CCT's Advanced Imagination Camp, designed for students entering seventh through 12th grades in fall 2013 and 2013 spring graduates, returns for its seventh edition. 


Advanced Camp also runs for two weeks, June 17-30, and will culminate with four performances of the popular 1950s genre musical “Grease.”


Students will audition for, create, rehearse and stage a full-length musical in just two weeks. They will learn the skills needed to ace an audition, the tips and secrets to onstage performance and the songs, dialogue and choreography of the musical. 


“Advanced Camp is much more intense,” said Breidenbach. “We literally put on a full-scale musical in just two weeks, and students are treated to every aspect of onstage performance.”


Every student will receive an onstage role in the production. While other aspects of musical theater instruction will be included, much of the emphasis of the Advanced Camp is placed in performance. 


Cost of the camp is $125 and includes a “Grease” cast T-shirt and a dinner during dress rehearsal.

To register or to see a full summer camp schedule, visit or find CCT of DeKalb on Facebook. Enrollment for both camps is limited and tends to fill up quickly. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. 

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