Cameron offers summer camps for kids of all ages

Art, science, basketball, multimedia, speech and debate are just a few of the topics featured during Cameron University's summer camps, designed to appeal to students ages 6 - 18. The university offers numerous programs of varying lengths and interests.

Science Detectives Summer Academy

May 31-June 6

Ages: Students entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2009.

A FREE, residential camp on the Cameron University campus. Chaperones are on duty 24/7.  Meals are included. 

The Science Detectives Summer Academy bridges the gap between talking about science and doing science and allows participants to explore healthcare careers. Campers will become "field detectives" going out into the field to collect water samples from area lakes, ponds, streams, drinking water sources, pools, and other water sources, and to bring them in from the field for laboratory testing to determine, "What is that stuff in the water?"  The participants, under supervision of science mentors and assistants, will learn about testing for coliforms 

Guided by public school science teachers and Cameron faculty, campers will experience field and laboratory work in a state-of-the-art laboratory in the Science Complex. Evening activities include a picnic, dance, swim party, ice cream social and more. Limited to 40 participants.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Science Detectives Summer Academy is a collaborative effort by CU's Southwest Area Heath Education Center (SwAHEC), Department of Biological Sciences, and Education Department.

For registration information, call 580-581-2284.

Creative Expressions Computer and Traditional Fine Arts Workshops

Session I: June 1-4; June 8-11
Session II: June 15-18, June 22-25
Session III: June 29-July 2, July 6-9
Session IV: July 13-16, July 20-23         
Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - Noon

Age groups:       6 -7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13

Fee: $125 per session (first student)      *20% discount for additional student

Location: Cameron University Art Department

Creative Expressions Summer Art Camp, comprised of four two-week art workshops, helps students explore their creativity through visual art. Each session is unique, featuring a variety of creative opportunities. Multiple sessions may be attended. Participants will attend four art classes daily:  Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media (printmaking, drawing & painting) and Crafts/Sculpture. Art projects are designed to develop technical skill in the handling of art media and thinking skills in decision making and composition. The teaching staff includes advanced art students from Cameron and certified public school art teachers.  Each participant will design an art portfolio to collect artworks from each class throughout the session and digital artwork will be printed and recorded on a CD for each participant. Refreshments and all art supplies are provided.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Art Department, 581-2450; Sue Bolton,; Edna McMillan, 581-2452.  Enrollment is open throughout the summer.

Adobe Flash CS3 Animation Workshop

Session 1: June 1-4
Session 2: June 8-11

Ages: 13 to 18 

Time: 12:30-4 p.m.

Fee:  $50 per session (each session covers different material)
Location: Cameron University, CETES 102

During Session 1, participants will create storyboards, vector drawings, sound bites, 3D objects, photographs and animation. Session 2 features different material, including additional vector animations, creating video, the process of rotoscoping video, and importing content into Flash to create animated cartoons.

Contact: Dr. Linda Wright Smith or Don Aguilar at 580-581-5522.

Boys' Basketball Team Camp

June 2-4

Fee: $275 per team; Two teams for $500

Registration Deadline: May 14, 2009

Location: Cameron University

3 Game Guarantee per day. Officials & Score Keepers will be provided. Coach's Hospitality Room. Concessions will be available for campers. Coaches will receive a coach's packet after the team has paid and registered.  This packet will contain game times, locations, game format, and rules.

For more information, contact Nathan Gamet,, cell:  816-752-1573.

Fine Arts Summer Art Institute 2009

Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 - Session I, Drawing

Fridays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 - Session II, Digital Art

9 a.m. - Noon

Ages: 14-18

Fee: $40 per Session (4 classes each)                                                   

Location: Cameron University Art Department.


Students will participate in a variety of drawing assignments under the direction of professional artists. These workshops are specifically designed to increase student's perceptual observation skills through various drawing techniques with traditional media including graphite, charcoal, and conte. Drawing materials that will be provided include a spiral bound sketchbook, drawing paper, ebony, graphite and charcoal pencils, and kneaded erasers.


Students will be introduced to several graphic software programs including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. They will use the Wacom drawing tablets for production of computer generated imagery. Computer Graphics and Image Enhancement, Aesthetics and Technology will be emphasized. 

For more information, contact Sue Bolton at 581-2450 or Edna McMillan at 581-2452.

Open Doors Summer Enrichment Program

June 8- 25

Ages: 7th, 8th, 9th graders

Meets Monday through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - Noon; Thursdays, day-long field trips, Fridays 9 a.m. - Noon.

Location: Cameron University

For more information, contact Beth Gregory, 581-5581

Boy's Basketball Camp - Individual

June 15-18

Ages: Grades 2-6  -  9 - 11:30 a.m.; Grades 7-12, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $80 per person when registered by May 29; $100 per person, on-site registration

Location: Cameron University

Concentration will be on improving fundamentals, developing winning habits and emphasizing team play. Camp will also include individual contests, team competitions, and games. Each camper will receive a jersey similar to those worn by the Cameron University Men's Basketball Players. FREE Gatorade for the week. Will be grouped by age or ability

For more information, contact Nathan Gamet at 816-752-1573 or

Aggie Speed Camp

June 22-25

Ages: Grades K-3 - 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Grades 4 - 6, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Fee: Early registration by June 15th: $40; Late registration June 16-19:$50; onsite registration: $60

Location: CU Fitness Center

Featuring top quality instruction, Aggie Speed Camp is designed to help all athletes improve performance in any sport. Campers will learn drills and techniques to improve their speed while having fun and playing exciting games. Participants receive a Speed Camp shirt and a Certificate of Completion. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, go to or contact Matt Aguero at 580-581-5456 or

K.I.D.S. Camp

June 22-25 and June 29-July 2

9 a.m.-Noon

Ages: A hands-on science camp for students who have completed K-5 grade

Fee: $75 (includes camp t-shirt and all camp activities)

Location: Cameron University

NASA Space Camp

June 22-25 and June 29-July 2

1-4 p.m.

Ages: Students who have completed 6th-8th grade

Fee: $75

Location: Cameron University

Students will participate in a variety of creative, hands-on investigations and activities related to space travel, astronaut training, rocketry, and space exploration. Students will enroll in the camp grade corresponding to the school grade just completed. The NASA Space camp is supervised by at least three students from CU's elementary education program. 

Contact Dr. Michelle Smith at or (580) 581-2203 or Dr. Kurtis Koll at or (580) 581-2886

35th Annual Speech & Debate Camp

July 12-17 and July 19-24

Ages: Junior high and high school students

Fee: Yes

Location: Cameron University

Cameron University will host the 35th Annual Speech and Debate Camp for high school and junior high students, one of the largest speech and debate camps in the nation. Students have the option of living in campus housing for the week or being a day camper, staying at home and attending daily sessions.  Students will participate in day and evening sessions; entertainment activities will be provided each night.

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May 8, 2009