Summer Camps

Basic information

Policies for Calvin's various summer camps.

Registration and confirmation

Applications will be reviewed on a “first-come, first-served” basis, with notifications of acceptance sent by email. Applications received after June 1st will be honored only if space is available. These applications (received after June 1st) will also be placed on a wait list, based upon the date received by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. If a spot opens up for a camper, applicants will be notified as soon as possible regarding the opportunity.

Cancellation policy

Prior to June 1st, 90% of the camp fee will be refunded upon receipt of a written request for cancellation. After June 1st, refund requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis; the camp program director (Prof. Larry Louters) will determine all final decisions regarding refunds. The college may cancel or postpone any session because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a session is cancelled or postponed by the college, the college will refund 100% of registration fees.


All instruction, supervision, equipment/materials, lab supplies and a T-shirt are covered by the fee. Snacks and lunches are not provided.

Financial aid

Information and applications for partial financial aid are available upon request. The Office of College Access Programs handles all scholarships and financial assistance for all summer programs offered across Calvin’s campus, so it is ideal to apply for financial assistance, if needed, as early as possible. Those who qualify for federal free or reduced lunch programs are given first priority, but other requests are considered based on availability of funds. The “College Access Summer Camp Scholarship” application can be found here. Please be sure to address all questions relating to financial assistance to the Office of College Access Programs.


Activities and demonstrations in these programs are designed to be safe and students are taught standard laboratory safety techniques. However, the college does not provide insurance for its camps and its liability must be based on fault. Health and insurance information will be required from all participants.



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