Summer Camps 2014


Every summer, JMU hosts a wide variety of academic and sports camps for children and teens. Here is a list of the camps being offered in 2014:

Academic and Arts Camps


Cyber City Camp
June 18-21, 2014

CyberCity is an award-winning, hands-on, lab-based computer technology program for underrepresented students. CyberCity allows invited students to explore today’s cutting edge technology. CyberCity topics and hands-on activities often include

  • Business etiquette
  • Facial recognition technology
  • Business Intelligence Technology
  • BMobile App Creation
  • First Lego League Introduction
  • Wireless network security
  • Team-building
  • Using an iPad for Digital Storytelling

Invited schools should identify two students (8th, 9th, and 10th graders) to participate in our 4-day program.


Space Camp is much more than stars, planets and astronauts. Campers lean about science, technology, engineering and math. They will also learn about the solar system, light pollution and even build a rover. 

Residential Camp: July 6-13
Rising 7th  through10th graders
Day Camp: July 21-25
Rising 5th through 8th graders

Registration begins in the spring and requires a $25 deposit.
Contact Katie LaPira at or call 540-568-5532.


The Summer Honors Institute is a unique weeklong residential program where talented rising high-school juniors and seniors will get a first-hand look at JMU and its Honors program.
July 13-20
Rising 11th and 12th graders
Contact Katie LaPira in Outreach and Engagement at or 540-568-5532

JMU Debate Institute
July 13 -26
High-school students

The JMU Debate team will sponsor its annual debate camp. One of the most competent and hard-working staffs in the country will provide students with the best possible camp experience.  The camp offers policy debate, Lincoln Douglas, student congress, parliamentary and public forum.  Customizable programs are also available.


Resident (by May 1st) $1,200
Resident (by July 1st)  $1,600
Commuter (by May 1st) $700
Commuter (by July 1st)  $1,000

Contact Mike Davis at

JMU Vocal Arts Camp 
Residential and Commuter Camps: July 20 - 26, 2014

Under the direction of the Choral Area at James Madison University, talented middle and high school singers will have the opportunity to share in a weeklong summer experience of choral singing!  In addition to daily rehearsals, movement classes and group social activities, campers receive daily Kodaly-based and Orff musicianship classes.

Lynnel Joy Jenkins and Dan LeJeune, nationally recognized leaders in choral music education, will conduct our VocalArts Choruses. Both faculty and students from the Choral Music Education Area at JMU support the program.

Junior Camp: ages 5-8 years (M-F:  9:30 am - 12:00 pm commuter only)
Senior Camp Treble Choir:  ages 9-13
Senior Camp Mixed Choir: ages 14-18

Residential Dorm:  Wayland Hall
Vocal Arts Choruses Concert:
Saturday, July 26, 11:00 am in the Forbes Center Concert Hall

Registration begins in April. For more information, please visit the Vocal Arts Camp Website or contact:Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, Camp Director or Tonya Menard, Administrative Assistant at


Tenth Annual Summer Poetry Camp
Furious Flower Poetry Center  

This year’s poetry camp explores the theme of “In a Sea of Words.″
The goal is to inspire children to discover all the ways they can be creative with words through writing, dance, music, art and more.

August 4-8
Rising 3rd through 8th graders
Registration begins in April

Contact Karen Risch Mott at or 540-568-8883.

Sports Camps

University Recreation Center

Camp UREC is a weekly children's day camp at the JMU Recreation Center. Kids will have full days of fun playing in the recreation center, around campus and in the community. Camp Counselors are trained JMU student employees. Enrollment is available for children ages 6-12 (rising first graders through rising eighth graders). Camp is open to both JMU and non-JMU affiliates.

Session 1: June 9-13 

Session 2: June 16-20 

Session 3: June 23-27 

Session 4: June 30-July 3 (no camp Friday due to July 4)

Session 5: July 7-11 

Session 6: July 14-18 

Session 7: July 21-25 

Session 8: July 28-Aug. 1 

Camp is Monday through Friday and daily drop-off is 8:30-9 a.m. and pick-up is 4-4:30 p.m. Campers will need to bring their own packed lunch. 

$145 per week for the first child registered and $135 per week for the second child registered.

Contact Keala Mason at or visit the UREC website at  
To learn more, visit the UREC summer camp website here.


Spanky McFarland Baseball Summer Instructional Showcase Camps
Pitching and Catching Prospect Camp - Sunday, June 8
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Veterans Memorial Park)
Rising 7th through 12th graders
Cost $125 (includes lunch and JMU t-shirt)

Baseball Day Camp - June 9-11
8:30 a.m.  to noon
Rising 1st  through 6th graders
Cost $115 (includes JMU T-shirt)

MVP Instructional Showcase - Option One (residential)
June 15-18
Rising 7th through 12th graders
Cost $425  (includes room/board, 8-9 hours of baseball instruction and games, and JMU baseball T-shirt)

MVP Instructional Showcase - Option Two (commuter)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
June 15-18
Rising 7th through 12th graders
Cost $210  (includes lunch, 6-7 hours of baseball instruction and games, and JMU baseball T-shirt)

Contact the JMU Baseball Office at 540-568-5510.

Mickey Dean Softball Camp
The three-day camp will cover all aspects of the game, including hitting, defense, throwing, pitching, catching and base running. Campers will also be provided instruction in strength and conditioning. JMU players will assist with the camp.

June 24-26
Day Camp – 9 a.m. -4 p.m.
$250 (includes T-shirt and lunch)
$350 (includes T-shirt, lunch and housing)

Contact Loren Messick at or 804-450-2140 or visit their website here

Circleplay Field Hockey Camp
JMU Field Hockey

Overnight - June 7-8
Overnight - July 24-27

Contact the JMU Field Hockey Office at 540-568-3331 or visit their website here

Kenny Brooks’ Girls Basketball Camp
Individual Camp - June 23-26
Ages 7-18

Elite Camp- June 20-22
Grades 7-12
Overnight or commuter options

Team Camp- June 20-22
Girls middle school, AAU, JV and varsity teams
Overnight or Commuter options

Contact Tim Clark at or 540-568-2605.

Valley Soccer Camp
Coed Day Camp- June 23-27

Senior Boys Overnight Camp - June 30 - July 3

Contact Tom Martin at or 540-568-6518.


MAD About Volleyball Camps
Advanced Camp - July 6-9
Ages 13-18, Overnight $550
The advanced program is recommended for high-school varsity and club players with a commitment to the sport and ability and motivation to play in college. These intense, challenging programs stress position play, advanced team techniques and physical conditioning.

All Skills Camp - July 6-9
Ages 10-18, Overnight $515
The All-Skills program is open to players of all ability levels. Players will master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable game play experience.

Position Specialty Camp - July 10-11
Ages 10-18, Overnight $300
The Position Specialty Camp is for girls looking for more intensive instruction in their position. All positions welcome: outside/rightside hitter, setter, middle blocker or libero.

Team Camp - July 14-16
Overnight $325
This camp focuses on competitive team play (6 on 6, as well as various wash drills), skill development and team bonding opportunities for high-school teams that are looking to take their game to the next level. Team coaches are free to be as involved as they like.   

Please visit 

Skyline Soccer for Girls
College Academy Program (CAP) - July 18 -20  
Ages 14-18
This program is geared toward advanced soccer players seeking to play in college at the competitive Division I level. Training sessions are modeled after those used for JMU’s women’s team and are designed to create a challenging and competitive environment.

Team and Individual Camp - July 21-23
Ages 11-18
This program is designed to give campers a traditional and comprehensive camp experience. A flexible format accommodates both individual players looking for personalized instruction and teams (high school and club) wanting to develop or improve their playing styles, systems of play and team dynamics.

Contact Dave Lombardo at or 540-568-3452.

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Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020

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