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From sports to the arts to building a rocket, there is a summer camp experience for all ages at West Virginia University. All summer, these camps, both on and off campus show future Mountaineers what it is like to go first.

“WVU’s summer programs are designed to keep students engaged academically while having fun and making new friends,” said Tammy Bishoff, director of Support Services. “With courses in engineering, forensics, and the creative arts, children can explore their interests or discover new ones.”

This year is the 30th anniversary of the National Youth Sports Program camp on WVU’s campus. The NYSP program, for ages 9-15, highlights sports, emotional and physical well-being. During the NYSP camp, students pick up healthy physical and eating habits.

“Our goal is to teach campers the importance of being physically active across the lifespan,” said Dana Brooks, dean, of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and NYSP project Administrator. "The camp also provides valuable educational experiences such as career option goals and focusing on the importance of reading books, as provided by WVU Libraries."

Along with healthy eating and physical habits, campers develop friendships and memories that they can associate with WVU. These fresh and new memories ultimately serve as a recruiting tool later on for the University. Camps can also provide a guide for students’ future pursuits.

High school students interested in owning a business can apply for the Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship, which starts July 5. The program is a 21-day residential program in which 60 participants will live on campus and learn about the commitment for developing a startup company and sustaining it. The Governor’s School program includes: workshops, activities, recreation and competitive end program, where participants will develop and pitch a new business venture.

Other Governor’s School programs include: Governor’s School for the Arts, Governor’s Honors Academy and the Governor’s School for Math and Science.  

Governor’s Honors Academy is for current high school juniors who are academically motivated and are residents of West Virginia. Participants will attend two classes daily and participate in scheduled activities the rest of the day. Rising juniors will experience a taste of college life, while expanding their horizons. Governor’s Honors Academy will be held July 2-22 in the Honors Hall on WVU’s downtown campus.

The Governor’s School for Math and Science is for 7th or 8th graders. Students will work with mentors and faculty on a specific research theme in a hands-on setting. There are two sessions of 48 students each. Both sessions will be held in Morgantown June 14-22 or June 23-July 1.

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences hosts a number of events including the Forensic Science Summer Camp. The camp begins June 19 and features opportunities for middle and high school students.

WVU Extension offers a variety of camps through 4-H. Additionally, the Junior Firefighter Camp allows a true firefighter experience under supervision of industry professionals, while inspiring teens to be community heroes. The camp takes place now through Thursday (June 8) at the State Fire Academy near WVU Jackson’s Mill.

Among other summer action: Engineering Challenge Camps, Dance Academies, Music Academies and sports camps. Participants will walk away with new skills and fundamentals, and also a sense of pride in WVU.

With the number and variety of camps and programs continuously growing, WVU has created a user-friendly website at K12.wvu.edu for parents and educators to find opportunities for their growing Mountaineers. Opportunities and camps can be searched by topic, age group, date and location. Early registration is encouraged, as many camps reach capacity quickly. WVU also offers year-round programs.

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