On the program page, find and click the "Register Now" button. You will then be redirected to provide participant information and submit payment. Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) can only be accepted through online registration.

Sometime during the week prior to the start of each program.

Yes, once a program has reached its maximum capacity, participants can enroll on the waitlist. When a participant cancels, the next participant on the waitlist will be notified for registration.

You may cancel your registration up to two weeks prior to the program start date and receive a full refund.

Cancellations made between 8-14 days prior to the program start date will receive a 50% refund.

Cancellations made within 7 days of the program start date receive no refund.

Email youthprograms@jmu.edu to request cancellation. No refund will be given for a “no show” or for a cancellation request received the day of or anytime after the start date of the program. Refunds will not be given due to any illness a student may develop while attending a program.

For non-residential programs, check-in times and locations are specific to each program. Instructions will be emailed out sometime during the week prior to the start of each program. Check-out will take place at the same location as check-in unless otherwise noted.

For residential programs, information for check-in on the first day of the program will be emailed out sometime during the week prior to the start of the program. Program-specific dorm assignments, as well as maps and addresses will be included. Check-out will take place at the same location as check-in.

Participants are supervised 24/7 by a team of professional male and female program staff, as well as JMU faculty and staff. For residential programs, all program staff live in the residence halls and supervise all participants throughout the week.

Program staff are JMU graduate and undergraduate students, as well as other local college students, and JMU faculty/staff who are vetted through an extensive hiring process that includes interviews, reference checks, criminal background checks, and training relevant to the particular program for which they are hired.

Some full-day programs and all residential programs will eat their meals on campus in our dining facilities and/or have catered meals provided by JMU dining services. Participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle that is labeled with their first and last name to keep them hydrated throughout the day. Bringing a nut-free snack is also encouraged.

If your student has special dietary needs, food allergies, etc., please indicate this on the registration form (notification must be given prior to the start of the program).

All schedules are subject to change (and often do). Because so many variables can make a program schedule unpredictable (i.e. weather, etc.), we don't typically provide program schedules. However, tentative schedules are provided at check-in for all residential programs.

Cell phones and/or electronic devices offer the best means for participants and parents to keep in touch during the program. Therefore, we do not prohibit cell phones from any program. However, cell phones should not be used during any scheduled programing or activity and should NEVER be a source of disruption while in attendance at the program. Participants should refrain from using cell phones and/or electronic devices (i.e. iPads, ear buds/pods, computers, etc.) during the program they attend unless otherwise authorized. If participants are unable to adhere to this policy, the program staff may confiscate the electronic device until the end of the program.

The James Madison University Police Department is provided with all program information regarding students/staff in attendance, location on campus, etc. prior to the start of every program per JMU policy. JMU PD regularly patrols the campus and surrounding area. There are interior courtesy telephones in buildings, Area of Rescue Assistance (ARA) phones in stairwells, and outdoor emergency “Blue Light” phones across campus that allow instant communication with JMU Police. The dedicated on-campus emergency number is 540-568-6911.  For more information, please see the Public Safety website at www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/.

Students and parents/guardians must review and sign the Student Code of Conduct. The JMU School Professional & Continuing Education expects each participant to have a successful program experience. Therefore, the failure of one or a group of participants to meet program expectations will not be permitted to impact negatively on other participants. Disciplinary steps, outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, may be omitted or repeated at the discretion of program staff.

If your student is interested in attending James Madison University, we highly encourage you to take advantage of your time here! To schedule a campus visit, contact the Office of Admissions at 540-568-5681 or visit their website.

What does the cost of the program include? Program costs are all-inclusive and cover tuition (i.e. curriculum, instructors/staff, use of classrooms/campus space, etc.), dorm lodging, off-campus excursion fee and transportation, meals, and all program-specific materials and supplies needed.

What clothing does my participant need to bring to the program? During the day there will be a lot of walking, so comfortable closed-toe walking shoes are a must! Also, with the weather being unpredictable, please include a raincoat or umbrella. Additionally, many programs include a trip to UREC, so be sure to pack a swimsuit! We also expect participants to dress as if their own school's dress code were enforced during the program. Summer Honors Institute Only: Please pack at least one nice outfit for the closing ceremony.

What supplies will my participant need in the dorm room? Participants residing in campus residence halls are required to bring their own linens and toiletries. Ideas of what to bring:

  • Toiletries
  • Bedding (sheets, blanket for X-long twin or a sleeping bag)
  • Pillow
  • Sunscreen
  • Tennis/running shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Shower shoes 
  • Alarm clock
  • Bath towel/wash cloth
  • Snacks for room 
  • Extra cash for snacks, outside food, souvenirs
  • Books/games (for evening downtime)

Will my participant have access to the internet while at camp? Yes, residential participants can request guest login information when they arrive.

Can my student request a roommate? Yes! We do accept roommate requests and, while we can't guarantee honoring the request, we try our very best to do so! To request a roommate, please contact us at least one month prior to the start of the program.

What if my participant needs to leave campus during the program? For safety reasons, participants are to remain on campus for the duration of the program unless the program has activities that require otherwise. If a participant must leave campus for any reason, we must have prior written permission from the participant's parent/guardian. Any participant found off-campus without permission will be required to call home to speak with his/her/their parent/guardian directly and may be dismissed from the program immediately at the discretion of program staff. There will be no refunds for any participant dismissed from any program for this reason.

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