Location: All Kanawha County Summer Camps will be at the University of Charleston.

Ages: Grades listed include the grade the student will be during the 2024-2025 school year.

Camps are supported through a collaborative network including: West Virginia Science Adventures, National Youth Science Academy, and the Division of Science, Technology, and Research, WV Higher Education Policy Commission.

Camp costs: All camps at this location are all full day (9:00-4:00) Monday-Friday camps with snacks and lunch provided. These camps are possible due to generous support from the National Youth Science Academy so there are no tuition for these. If you get into one of these camps we will email you and ask for a $25 registration fee due within 2 weeks of the email to hold your child’s seat. If you qualify for a full scholarship (see scholarship tab) your registration fee will be refunded on the last day of the camp if your child attended the entire camp.

During registration for these camps please rank your children’s camp picks if they are interested in more than one (we will try to give top pick, but these are first come/first served so this may not always be possible). Typically we give two full scholarships per child and if there are remaining seats after our May 16th deadline we may award additional camps.

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June 10th – 14th

Builders and Innovators

5th – 9th grade

Calling all aspiring engineers! Join us for an action-packed week at our engineering camp. Through hands-on projects and engaging workshops, you’ll discover the fundamental principles behind each discipline and gain valuable insights into real-world applications. Get ready to collaborate, problem-solve, and unleash your creativity in an environment where the possibilities are endless. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the exciting realm of engineering. Taught by the wonderful David Cartwright.

No Charleston Camps June 17th- 21st

June 24th – 28th

LEGO Adventures

5th – 9th grade

Embark on an unforgettable adventure into the world of creativity and innovation at our week-long LEGO summer camp designed especially for fun! Dive into the endless possibilities of LEGO building as you tackle exciting challenges and unleash your imagination. From constructing towering skyscrapers to designing intricate structures, there’s no limit to what you can create with LEGOs. But that’s not all – get ready to take your building skills to the next level with an introduction to robotics, where you’ll learn to bring your creations to life. Join us for a week of fun, friendship, and the thrill of building something truly extraordinary! Lead instructor is long-time LEGO instructor, college student, and LEGO enthusiast Jordan Holman.

No Charleston Camps July 1st – 8th

July 15th – 19th

All about Animals!

5th – 10th grade

A fun and interactive camp dedicated to teaching students grades 5-10 about the animals that inhabit our planet. This science-based camp will explore the characteristics of insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds through experimentation, crafts, fun activities, and even live demonstrations. Students will come away from the camp with fun memories of our hands on
experiences, and having learned about the unique body plans, brain power, and senses of the various animal kingdoms. This interactive camp is an excellent introduction to everything animal for any future Vet, Biologist, or any animal lover! Camp is led by Sara Stone, Marshall graduate.

July 22nd – 26th

The Microbiological Zoo: Bacteria In and Around Us

6th – 10th grade

Join us for an exciting journey into the microscopic world of bacteria at our week-long summer camp! Get ready to dive into the fascinating realm of tiny organisms that play huge roles in our lives. Through hands-on experiments and interactive activities, you’ll uncover the secrets of bacteria – from their diverse shapes and sizes to their incredible abilities. Explore how bacteria help us, harm us, and even make our favorite foods. From understanding antibiotic resistance to discovering the importance of good hygiene, this camp promises a week filled with discovery, fun, and maybe a few surprises! Lead instructor is Dr. Holly Cyphert Marshall faculty member and mom to two young, energetic boys.

July 30th – August 1st

Water Explorers

4th – 9th grade

Located at the Kanawha State Forest Nature Center

Do you find yourself being pulled to streams, rivers, and creeks? Then join us at the Water Explorer’s Camp this summer. Each day we will explore water and introduce you to all things
fascinating about Earth’s most precious resource. From close-up looks at aquatic bugs and fish you may have never seen before, to how we keep our water clean for all life, this camp has it
covered. We’ll introduce you to mysterious wetlands and the plants and creatures who live there and use our imaginations in hands-on activities and models. Lead educators will be WVDEP
staff including Tomi Bergstrom, WV Project WET coordinator; Tom Aluise, Youth Environmental Program coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.