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2017 Summer Camps

Explore new fields and delve into your interests with Columbia College's summer camps. We offer a wide range of camps open to experts and beginners alike. You’ll learn from CC faculty, meet current students and get hands-on experience in everything from nursing to art. Some camps will even allow you to live on campus in the residence halls and get a taste of what college life is really like. Make sure to sign up early – camps fill up fast!


Summer Art Intensive

Students at Summer Arts Intensive

Monday, June 5- Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Grades 9-12 and 2017 graduates

Residential and non-residential options available

Cost: TBD

Register for the Summer Art Intensive 

Fuel your creativity at the Summer Arts Intensive at Columbia College. This camp is ideal for students interested in building their artistic skill, receiving valuable input on their work, thinking creatively, and learning more about the Columbia art scene. Work with exceptional art faculty and learn new techniques in painting, drawing, jewelry, graphic design, mixed media, and photography sessions throughout the day. You’ll get to display your new work in the Larsen gallery by the end of the week. Choose the residence option for an immersive, overnight experience at Columbia College. Contact Kristen Hartmann, at (573) 875-7691 with questions.


Forensic Science Summer Camp

Students Looking at Fingerprints

Monday, June 12- Friday, June 16 | Grades 11-12 

Residential only

Cost: $250

Register for the Forensic Science Summer Camp

Case closed- you’ll want to come to the Forensic Science Summer Camp. The supporting evidence? You’ll get to learn real-life crime scene processing techniques and get hours of hands-on time in the forensic laboratory, examining samples with microscopes and other specialized instrumentation. You’ll even get practice presenting results and sharing your opinions in the form of mock testimony; you’ll be the expert witness. This residential camp, designed for high school junior and seniors, allows you to stay overnight for a full experience. Contact Kristen Hartmann at (573) 875-7691 with questions.


Nursing Summer Camp

Students Feeling for Heartbeat On PatientTuesday, June 13- Friday, June 16, 2017 | Grades 10-12 and 2017 Graduates

Residential only

Cost: $325

Register for Nursing Camp

Take a thrilling nursing shift and combine it with new friends and a cool college campus, and you’ve got the Columbia College Nursing Summer Camp. You’ll get a hands-on education in a state-of-the-art facility from professional nursing staff and practitioners, plus the adventure of sleeping and eating on campus. For the medically minded, the time spent in exploratory classroom activities, nursing skill sessions and hours in the innovative simulation lab could be just what the doctor ordered for an unforgettable experience. Contact Kristen Hartmann at (573) 875-7691 with questions.


Mock Trial Academy

Students at Mock Trial

Sunday, June 18– Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Grades 10-12 and 2017 Graduates

Residential only 

Cost: $750

Register for Mock Trial Academy

High school students aspiring to become lawyers, law enforcement officers and leaders are invited to attend the Mock Trial Academy Summer Camp at Columbia College. This 2017 session marks the 20 anniversary of the Columbia College Mock Trial, and attendees will benefit from the decades of experience their coaches will provide. Students will learn how to effectively present an argument; develop an understanding of constitutional laws; and sharpen critical thinking skills to convert ideas into arguments while exploring the fields of law, government service, law enforcement and forensic science. This residential camp will also feature guest speakers and field trips to regional courthouses. 

On the last day of the academy, students will perform a full trial that will be open to parents and friends, be honored in the award ceremony and earn their Academy Certificate of Completion; if they attend CC, the certificate exempts a student from all prerequisites for the mock trial team try-outs.

Students will be expected to read the assigned Mock Trial case before arriving at the camp and come with professional attire for the final trial. All books, case materials and exhibits are provided by the Academy for the students to keep. Please contact Kristen Hartmann at (573) 875-7691 with questions.


STEAM Summer Camp

Students In LabMonday, July 17- Friday July 21, 2017 | 3-8 grade students 

Non-residential only

Cost: $200

Register for STEAM Camp

Gear up your tool belt for problem solving at the Columbia College STEAM Camp, a week-long adventure of daily exploration (no overnight option). You'll become a creative thinker as you explore and learn in science labs, art studios and the awesome CPS STEAM bus. Students will be involved in various activities including the creation and programming of their own light sculpture shows that are accompanied by music. Students will also get to see and participate with local scientists as we visit local STEAM businesses. Contact Kristen Hartmann at (573) 875-7691 with questions.


STEAM Teacher Academy

Teacher Summer Camp

Monday, July 10- Friday, July 14, 2017 | Open to in-service and pre-service teachers in grades 3-8 in science, math, and art

Non-residential only

Cost: $200

Register for the STEAM Teacher Summer Camp

Teachers, both experienced and pre-service, will be able to develop integrated learning plans and activities in all five STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). With partnerships between a joint commission of CC professors and CPS teachers, the CPS STEAM bus and employees from local STEAM related businesses, this camp will help our community of educators build connections and access local resources to support STEAM education. Teachers will be able to participate in a STEAM activity created by the commission that ultimately have them creating and programming their own light sculpture shows that are accompanied by music. Teachers will be able to design their own activities to implement at the student’s STEAM camp the following week and in their own classrooms in the future. Note: Participants in this camp, must participate in the student camp for the following week. Contact Kristen Hartmann at (573) 875-7691 with questions.

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