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Academic Camps for Excellence (ACE)

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

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

ACE Camps will be offered again in summer 2022. 


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 and placed on a wait list, based on 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 university, the university 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.


Activities and demonstrations in these programs are designed to be safe and students are taught standard laboratory safety techniques. However, the university 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.