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Camps for the academically-gifted child (Academic Camps for Excellence)

Calvin College offers summer camp opportunities for children and teens who enjoy academic challenges. Taught by talented and experienced Calvin professors and high school teachers who are experienced in their fields, the "ACE Camps" will get students excited about science in a whole new way. Students are challenged to learn about various concepts within fields of science, such as studying concepts of sound or forces through physics or the phenomena of light and fluorescence. These camps are designed for academically-gifted students, challenging them to push their understanding within these scientific fields through fast-paced, hands-on activities both inside and outside of the laboratories. For students that have a true passion for exploration and look for academic challenges, the "ACE Camps" are sure to offer high level challenges and a great deal of fun.

For specific camp info (date, cost, registration, etc.), please click into the individual camps pages below.

Policies

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.

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.

Liability

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.