Looking for a Champaign-Urbana area summer camp that challenges your kids? Do you wonder if they can have fun AND learn during the hot summer sun?
Of course, they can — you live in a college town! There are plenty of opportunities for your school-aged children to do crafts and get dirty, all while stopping their brains from atrophying from disuse.
Check out our HUGE Champaign-Urbana Area Summer Camp Guide for a comprehensive list of East Central Illinois camps; however, if it’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) camps that you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s a sampling of the STEAM-themed camps found right here in Champaign-Urbana this summer:
Camp Invention Connect™ delivers imagination and high-energy fun right to your doorstep. This flexible program redefines the learning experience with minimal screen time and engaging activities that build an innovation mindset. A schedule to join optional kickoff and collaboration sessions with fellow campers will be provided by your Camp Invention Connect Coach the week before your start date.
Dates: 6/22/2020 - 6/26/2020
Parent Comment: “From the first day of camp, our daughter was so excited about Camp Invention. We picked her up and she couldn't wait to tell us about her first day. Her exact words were ‘this was the best day of my life.’ She loved getting to create and come up with ideas with her peers.”
Ages Served: For Children Entering K-6
Through these weeklong enrichment camps, students will have the opportunity to explore themes in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. Students will immerse themselves in units of study that foster creativity and discovery-based learning. In the mornings, campers experience hands-on and inquiry-based STEAM activities as well as enjoy time in Makers Lab. Then, in the afternoon they enjoy swimming trips and outdoor activities. These camps meet for nine weeks during the summer.
Dates: 6/1-8/7 (Camp closed the week of 7/6-7/10)
Parent Comment: I have watched my son grow exponentially since his experience at STEAM began. I admire the creativity that his teachers provide as they inspire our son through various science, cultural, mathematical, and artistic projects. His creativity shines and is evident through his actions at home. His interactions and collaboration with other students allow him to grow socially and emotionally. I attribute a lot of his academic abilities and success to our involvement and his interactions and learning environment at STEAM.
Ages Served: Students entering grades 1, 2, or 3 in 2020-2021
Location: 2521 Galen Drive, Champaign
Through these weeklong enrichment camps, students have the opportunity to explore themes in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. Participants will immerse themselves in units of study that foster creativity and discovery-based learning. Students entering 4th through 6th grade will participate in an advanced STEAM program that will include comprehensive experiments, opportunities to meet and work with experts in the field of study, and the creation of unique products to take home at the end of the week. These camps meet for four weeks in June.
Parent Comment: I am the parent of an 11 year old boy that has a wonderful imagination. We have been so grateful for the STEAM Studio program that embraces this imagination and puts it into action! As we pick up our son after STEAM we always ask about his day was and what was his favorite part of the day and more often than not it was the time he spent in STEAM studio. The teachers keep the kids engaged and having fun while learning skills that will help advance them in many aspects of life. I endorse this program wholeheartedly and we are thankful a terrific and safe learning environment like this exists.
Ages Served: Students entering grades 4, 5, or 6 in 2020-2021
Location: 2521 Galen Drive, Champaign
Update: All Countryside School summer camps have been canceled. The 2021 summer camp schedule will be available in March.
Countryside summer camps are open to ANY student from ANY school. Choose from week-long enrichment camps in art, sports, fantasy, nature, Chinese culture, strategy games, and much more. Several of the most popular camps are returning this year including Wizard Academy, Footprints: A Champaign-Urbana Walkabout, Dungeons & Dragons, and Sugar Paste Flowers. New camps offered too! Dates: New ALL DAY option this year! One week only: June 8-12. Camps meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. For campers registered for both morning and afternoon camps, supervised lunchtime play included. Early drop off program offered beginning at 7:45 a.m. each day. Parent Comment: “I have one child who likes art, nature, and being creative and one child who prefers math, science, and computers. I love that both can attend the Countryside camps because they can select from a variety of camps offered based on their interests.” – mother of a 3rd and 6th grader Ages Served: Kindergarten through ninth grade Location: 4301 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign For More Information: website or call (217) 355-1253