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Activities and Camps
Forensic Investigation Summer Camp
June 10 - 13, 2019
This day camp allows middle and high school students to explore the forensic investigation field and learn how to see the world with the detective's eye for detail.
Tomorrow is Mine Camp
June 16 - 22, 2019
“Tomorrow is Mine” is a free summer camp held at the WVU Institute of Technology campus in Beckley for 10-12-year-old children from the southern West Virginia coalfields. Last year’s camp saw an increase in attendance with 36 students from Boone, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties. Students enjoyed activities such as fishing, crafts and swimming, magic shows, STEM challenges, exercise and nutrition activities, first aid training with the Beckley Fire Department, a visit from the aviary in Summers County, Dutch oven cooking, and a trip to Charleston including the Capitol and Clay Center. Campers also went to Organ Caves and the Appalachian Power Park to see the West Virginia Power baseball team. Campers were exposed to positive role models from all walks of life in hopes of providing inspiration to believe a successful life is possible no matter where you grow up.
Campers had an opportunity to talk with local law enforcement and the judicial system. The Honorable Judge Thompson, Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Justin Marlowe and the Boone County Chief Deputy, Chad Barker, spoke to the campers about the dangers of substance abuse and how it can negatively affect lifestyle. Campers also spoke with WV Senator Ron Stollings and Karen Bowling, former secretary for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources. A demonstration by Jamie Lester, internationally known artist and native of Wyoming County, was one of the highlights.
WVU Media Camp
June 17 - 19, 2019
Students learn fundamentals of Journalism while exploring new and innovative ways to tell stories. Workshops will focus on writing, photography, video, social media strategy, and augmented and virtual reality. Students will learn the difference between Journalism and Brand Storytelling and their importance in the current market by creating pieces related to both.
USGS Geosciences Summer Camp
June 23 - 30, 2019
The United States Geological Survey and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey have teamed up with West Virginia University to initiate the Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp in summer 2019. Students from across the country and who are moving into grades 9 through 12 in the fall 2019 academic year will explore concepts and skills related to the earth sciences, including orienteering, topographic and geologic mapping, forest ecology and more. The GeoCamp experience will go far beyond indoor lessons and lectures by putting learning into the field alongside experts, to create hands-on experiences that allow students to explore possible future interests and careers.
National Youth Sports Program
June 17 - July 21, 2019
The National Youth Sports Program started in partnership with the NCAA, higher education, governmental agencies and the community to give youth the right start and enhance the quality of children's lives throughout the country. While the government funding has ended, the model program is going strong as we get ready to celebrate 31 years of NYSP on the campus of West Virginia University.
WVU Forensic Science Camp
June 17 - July 21, 2019
The Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative, working in conjunction with the Department of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, will be hosting a forensic science summer camp for high school (9th-12th grade) students for one week this summer. The goal of this program is to bring the crime lab to the classroom. Through hands-on, experiential learning, participants will acquire the practical knowledge and skills that forensic scientists employ in their day to day casework. At the conclusion of the week, participants will take their newly acquired knowledge and skills and apply them to a mock crime scene at the WVU Crime Scene Complex.
Southern West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy
June 18 - 20, 2019
You'll learn real-life nursing skills. Take vitals. Learn infection control and sterile procedures. You'll even explore operating room and ER nursing procedures.
WVU Gymnastic Summer Camps
June 18 - 20 and 21 - 23, 2019
The 2019 Mountaineer Gymnastics Camp features the WVU coaching staff, current and past WVU gymnasts, and guest coaches from around the country!
The Visual Arts Summer Academy
June 23 - 28, 2019
The WVU School of Art & Design will hold its fourth Visual Arts Summer Academy at the WVU Creative Arts Center.
WVU Sports and Adventure Media Camp
June 24 - 26, 2019
Sports and Adventure Media Campers will have the opportunity to put their adventure video skills in action through a variety of activities including capturing footage while zip lining through the hills of West Virginia. Students will build skills in writing, photography, video, social media strategy, and sports editing and reporting.
June 24 - 28, 2019
The 8th annual WVU Summer Percussion Camp will include clinics and workshops by the WVU Percussion faculty George Willis, Dr. Michael Vercelli and Brian Wolfe. In addition to clinics with faculty, performances by The Willis Duo, Mountain Men Percussion Ensemble, Dr. David Newcomb, and others, the camp will expose high school percussion students to the highest level of musicianship. Other activities include percussion ensemble rehearsals and performances, drum line activities, and more.
Summer Acting Academy
June - July, 2019
Open to students of all levels of theater experience, the Summer Acting Academy provides quality training for the beginning actor, as well as advanced level study for the young actor with previous experience.
Engineering Challenge Camps
June - August, 2019
The Statler College will be hosting seven weeks of Engineering Challenge Camps in June, July, and August 2019.
STEM Summer Academy for Girls
July 7 - 12, 2019
This five-day summer program is for current and incoming female high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
WVU School of Medicine Brain Camp
July 14 - 20, 2019
The Department of Neuroscience in the WVU School of Medicine is launching a new coed youth summer camp for high school students entering their junior and senior year. Brain Camp will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about a wide range of neuroscience topics while experiencing life in a WVU residence hall for a week during July 14-20. The cost of attendance, which includes lodging, meals, and evening activities, is $700. Limited financial assistance may be available. Brain Camp is limited to 30 students to ensure a more hands-on experience.
Elementary Engineering Challenge Camp
July 15 - 19, 2019
A session of the popular WVU Engineering Challenge camp will be hosted in Beckley for first through fifth-graders.
First Time Freshmen Camps
First-Year Pathway (FYP) is an academic support program designed for conditionally admitted students. Conditionally admitted students are those who have not met one of the minimum admission criteria, either high school GPA or standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).
We believe that through specialized advising, participation in a summer component, and structured resources throughout the fall and spring terms- FYP students have a successful transition to college. The core of the program is to assist students in building a solid foundation, achieving meaningful academic goals, and graduating with a bachelor’s degree.
WVU Mountaineer Quest
June - August, 2019
Mountaineer Quest is a camp-based, peer-led, 5-day program that prepares incoming students for life at WVU and in WV. Students will engage in day trips around the area, participating in activities such as hiking, rock climbing, service work, whitewater rafting, and sightseeing.
July 7 - 11, 2019
Explore WV trips include a sampling of adventure activities including camping, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and travel around the state of West Virginia.
July 13 - 18, 2019
This is our backpacking-based program and a popular choice for those looking to spend the most time enjoying the great outdoors! Groups will spend 5 days and 4 nights backpacking through the beautiful Dolly Sods Wilderness Area! Upon exiting the backcountry, students will finish up their trip by climbing the Via Ferrata near Seneca Rocks!
Math Early Start
July 15 - August 2, 2019
Math Early Start provides students the opportunity to get a jump start on their math progression. Students will take an intensive college pre-algebra course in a supportive environment, and earn college credit. Students will also be able to make connections to the WVU community, meet other incoming freshman, and acclimate to campus life. This is perfect for students who are interested in majors that require college algebra or higher.
Current Student Camps
Summer Boost Program
Summer Boost is a program designed to help currently enrolled students at WVU increase their cumulative GPA and earn course credit during the summer term.
WVU Extension Camps
West Virginia has many opportunities for youth ages 9 through 21 to have fun, make friends and learn at camp through WVU Extension’s 4-H program – the camping experts!
AgriSTEM Camp Alpha Camp (I and II) Business Camp Code Camp Dance Weekend Junior Firefighter Camp Older Members Conference Shooting Sports Weekend State Conservation Camp STEM Camp Young Adult Conference
4-H Older Members Conference
June 16 - 22, 2019
The purpose of this camp is to develop leadership among older 4 H members through opportunities to discuss timely issues and problems and to teach new skills that can be used in local clubs and communities.
Alpha Camp (I & II)
Alpha I - July 7 - 12, 2019
Alpha II - July 14 - 19, 2019
The purpose of this camp is to provide 4-H members personal development experiences to help better understand themselves, and to display personal confidence when assuming leadership positions. 4-H members will participate in workshops that will enhance their personal understanding and skills. Guest speakers and assemblies will emphasize daily themes.
July 28 - August 2, 2019
AgriSTEM Camp is designed to be fun and engaging. Students should come prepared to spend the majority of each day in interactive and hands-on Ag-STEM curriculum. They are expected to demonstrate safe and appropriate behavior while in the laboratory or when participating in the climbing wall and zip line activities.
July 28 - August 2, 2019
4-H members will participate in activities that introduce a wide range of STEM focused fields and careers. Past activities have included: visits to the WVU Planetarium, Science-In-Action on the WVU zip line canopy tour and rock climbing wall, forensic investigations, visits to WVU research labs, as well as experiments and activities that explore chemistry, energy, motion, electricity, magnesium, optics, and nanoscience.