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Robots, Poetry, Sports and More: Summer camps at JMU


Every summer, JMU offers academic, artistic and athletic enrichment for children and teens through a wide variety of summer camps.

Academic Camps


Summer Art Camps
The Summer Art Program inspires students to create, perform, understand and appreciate the arts in their lives, their community and in the world. Morning and afternoon classes are available with the option for campers to participate in both. Students taking both morning and afternoon classes should bring their own lunch and snack.

June 15–19
Cost: $80 per class, $170 for whole day

Ages 6 to 8
Morning Classes
Space Cadets
Creepy, Crawly Critters
Draw/Paint with Watercolor
Robots and Geometric Things

Afternoon Classes
Nature’s Canvas
Jurassic Art
The Art of Dance
Play, Print, Repeat

Ages 9 to 12
Morning Classes
The Art of Dance
Nature’s Canvas
Play, Print, Repeat
Intro to Digital Photography

Afternoon Classes
Space Cadets
Draw/Paint with Watercolor
Who said art can’t be heard?

Ages 12 to 17
Morning Classes
Who said art can’t be heard?

Afternoon Classes
Photoshop 101

For more information, contact Dr. Karin Tollefson–Hall at (540) 568–4304 or For class descriptions and how to register, visit

Robotics Camp
This exciting robotics camp is a challenging program designed for middle school students who want to push robots to the limits. The camp includes using the latest EV3 robot from LEGO.

June 22–26
Rising 5th through 8th graders
Cost: $300

For more information, contact Katie LaPira at, call (540) 568–5532 or visit


JMU Debate Institute
July 5 –18
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 1) $1,200

Resident (by July 1) $1,600

Commuter (by May 1) $700

Commuter (by July 1) $1,000

Contact Mike Davis at or visit and click on “High School Debate.”

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

Residential Camp
July 12–18 (Overnight)
Rising 7th through 10th graders
Cost: $600

Day Camp
July 27–31 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Rising 5th through 8th graders
Cost: $200

Half Day Camp
July 20–24 (9 a.m. to noon)
Rising 2nd through 4th graders
Cost: $90

To learn more, contact Katie LaPira at, call (540) 568–5532, or visit

Summer Honors Institute
This camp 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 5–11
July 12–18
Rising 12th graders
Cost: $800

Fore more information, contact Katie LaPira at, call (540) 568–5532 or fill out a form request more information


Eleventh Annual Summer Poetry Camp
Furious Flower Poetry Center
August 3–7
Rising 3rd through 8th graders

Cost: $75 (scholarships available upon request, please email
Lunch and snacks provided

This year’s poetry camp explores the theme of “Construction Zone: Building Meaning.” The goal is to inspire children to discover all the ways they can be creative with words through writing, dance, music, art and more. On Friday, the final day of camp, campers celebrate with a grand finale performance and art show.

Contact Karen Risch Mott at or (540) 568–8883.

To learn more about the camp or to register, please visit the camp website at


Athletic 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 to 12 (rising first graders through rising eighth graders). Camp is open to both JMU and non-JMU affiliates.

Session 1: June 15–19 

Session 2: June 22–26 

Session 3: June 29 – July 3 

Session 4: July 6–10

Session 5: July 13–17 

Session 6: July 20–24 

Session 7: July 27–31 

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

 $150 per week for the first child registered and $140 per week for the second child registered.

Contact Chris Jones at jones4cr@jmu.eduor visit the UREC website at


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.

Player Camp
June 24–26
Ages 10 to 18

Day Camp – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $275 (includes T-shirt and lunch)
Cost: $375 (includes T-shirt, lunch and housing)

Team Camp
July 21–23
High School JV / Varsity or Summer Travel Teams: 9th to 12th Grades

Day Camp
Cost: $250 per player (includes lunch and dinner)
Cost: $350 per player (includes meals and housing)

Coach Registration
Cost: $300 team deposit (includes meals and housing for two coaches per team)

Contact Loren LaPorte at or (804) 450–2140.



Kenny Brooks’ Girls Basketball Camp
Individual Camp
June 22–25
Grades K–12
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (includes lunch)

Team Camp
June 26–27
Girls middle school, AAU, JV and varsity teams
Overnight or commuter options

Elite Camp
June 27–28
Grades 7–12
Overnight or commuter options

Contact Tim Clark at or (540) 568–2605.


MAD About Volleyball Camps
Advanced Camp
July 5–8
Ages 13 to 18
Cost: Overnight $550, Extended Day $450
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 5–8
Ages 10 to 18
Cost: Overnight $515, Extended Day $415
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 9–10
Ages 10 to 18
Cost: Overnight $300, Extended Day $200
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
Session I
July 13–15
Session II
July 16–18
Cost: Overnight $325, Extended Day $240
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 17–19
Ages 14+ (must be high-school student in fall 2015)
Cost: Overnight $440, Day $280
This program is geared toward advanced soccer players seeking to compete in college at the 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 20–22
Ages 11 to 14
Cost: Overnight $440, Day $280, Teams $390 (must have 10+ players)
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 wanting to develop or improve their playing styles, systems of play and team dynamics.

Contact Dave Lombardo at lombardm@jmu.eduor (540) 568–3452.

Circleplay Field Hockey Camp
Hosted by Christy Morgan, Head Coach of JMU Field Hockey, and the JMU Field Hockey staff.

Team Camp
July 19–21
Eight sessions (three Sunday, three Monday, two Tuesday)
Cost: $400 per person — coaches who bring 16 or more athletes may attend the camp free of charge.

Individual Camp
July 23–24
Four sessions (three Thursday, one Friday)
Cost: $300

Team and Individual Camp
July 25–26
Four sessions (three Thursday, one Friday)
Cost: $250 — housing is athlete's own responsibility; meals provided

For more information, please contact Christy Morgan, at (540) 568–3331, email at, or visit

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Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019

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