Cameron University hosts summer youth camps for all ages

Art, science, basketball, and speech are just a few of the activities featured during Cameron University’s summer camps, designed to appeal to children ages 6 – 19. The university offers a variety of programs of varying lengths and interests.

Camps are listed chronologically:

Girl’s Basketball Offensive Skills Camp

May 7, 8 and 10

May 14, 15 and 17

May 21, 22 and 24

July 16, 17 and 19

Schedule:  5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

Ages:  Players entering 7th through 12th grade.

Cost: $50 per week. First 12 players accepted per time slot.

Come improve your game with one-on-one coaching from Cameron head women’s basketball coach Tom Webb and his coaching staff.  You will get to work on shooting, passing and dribbling.  Come learn Coach Webb’s method of becoming a better player.

For more information, contact Coach Webb at 581-2529.

Science Detectives Summer Academy

May 28 – June 3

Ages: Students entering the 8th, 9th or 10th grade in Fall 2012.

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

The Science Detectives Summer Academy asks the question "Is there a growing number of organisms developing resistance to antibiotics?" Through the course of this academy, students will be introduced to methods of collecting samples, scientific laboratory methods, scientific inquiry and opportunities for high school students to pursue biomedical education through the Oklahoma Technology Centers, as well as explore and experience healthcare careers in a hospital setting. It is also an opportunity to experience what it is like to study and live on a college campus.

During the day, participants will experience field and laboratory work in a state-of-the-art laboratory in the Science Complex, guided by public school science teachers and Cameron faculty. Evening activities include a swim party, Silly Olympics, a CSI mystery and more. Limited to 60 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 Summer Art Camp 2012

Session I: June 4-7; June 11-14

Session II: June 18-21, June 25-28

Session III: July 2-3 & 5, July 9-12

Session IV: July 16-19, July 23-26

Schedule: 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Age groups: 6, 7 & 8, 9 &10, 11 & 12

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

Location: Cameron University Art Department

Comprised of four two-week art workshops, Creative Expressions Summer Art Camp helps students explore their creative expression through visual art. Each session is unique, featuring a variety of creative opportunities.

Participants will attend four art classes daily: digital art, drawing, mixed media (printmaking, drawing and painting) and crafts/sculpture. The art projects are designed to develop technical skill in the handling of art media and thinking skills in decision-making and composition. Refreshments and art supplies are provided. Each child 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.

Sponsored by the Cameron University Department of Art and VSA arts of Oklahoma.

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

Boy’s Basketball Team Skills Camp

June 5-7

$325 per team or $550 for two teams. Registration deadline: May 25.

Overnight teams: 2 coaches stay free; $75 per camper for housing and meals.
Location: Aggie Gym, Cameron Fitness Center, Eisenhower High School

Three-game guarantee per day. One of only three OSSAA Officials Camp in the state.  Concessions will be available. Come learn valuable team skills from Cameron University head basketball coach Wade Alexander and his coaching staff.

Register online at For more information, contact Nate Gamet at or 816-752-1573.

Fine Arts Summer Art Institute 2012

Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29 - Session I, Fundamentals of Drawing and Portfolio Development
Fridays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 - Session II, Digital Art and Portfolio Development

9 a.m. - Noon

Ages: 13-18

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’. Areas of artistic development will include drawing (the merits of a sketchbook), traditional subject matter (still life and figure), interaction of drawing and design, and abstraction and thematic variations. 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. 

Presented by the Cameron University Department of Art and VSA arts of Oklahoma.

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

NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy

June 10-15 and June 18-22

For students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.

A 10-day residential academy where students will live at Cameron for the two-week period.

Free to Oklahoma residents. Registration is limited to 24 students.

NanoExplorers will introduce students to the concepts necessary to understand why very small systems exhibit unique behavior. Students will engage in hands-on activities designed to introduce the concepts of nanotechnology and related careers including applications in both chemistry and physics. Activities include the construction of a solar cell, construction of a super conductor train, determination of the crystal structure of a chemical compound, construction of a conductivity device, and an examination of amusement park physics that will include a trip to Frontier City in Oklahoma City. 

Hosted by the Cameron University Department of Physical Sciences, the academy is supported through a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. 

For registration information, call 580-581-2889 or 580-581-2309 or go to

Boy’s Basketball Offensive Skills Camp

Session 1: June 18, 19, 21

Session 2: July 9, 10, 12

Each day will have three time slots: 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m., and 8-9 p.m.

For players entering grades 7-12.

$50 per session. First 12 players accepted per time slot.

Learn how to play basketball with extensive training from Cameron head coach Wade Alexander and his staff. Work on your shooting, dribbling, passing, and learn how to be an overall better player. Four players for every coach; posts and guards; all individual skillwork; no competition.

Register online at For more information, contact Nate Gamet at or 816-752-1573.

K.I.D.S. Camp 2012 (Kids Investigating the Discovery of Science)

June 18-21 

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Ages: Kindergarten through 5th grade

Fee: $60 per child if registered by June 4; $75 if registered after June 4

Location: Sciences Complex (first floor, east entrance)

The K.I.D.S. camp will be fun and exciting for students and includes a variety of activities that students will love.

Hosted by the Cameron University Departments of Education and Physical Sciences.

For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Smith at or 581-2203.

Volleyball Skills Camp

June 25-26

For details and information, contact the Cameron University Department of Athletics at 580-581-2302.

Boy’s Basketball Individual Camp

July 9-12

Grades 2-6: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Grades 7-12: 1 – 3:30 p.m.

$80 per camper, $65 for Cameron/military employees.  After June 25, registration is $100.

Location: Cameron University Fitness Center

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 t-shirt. FREE Gatorade for the week. Campers will be grouped by age or ability.

Register online at For more information, contact Nate Gamet at or 816-752-1573.

38th Annual Speech & Debate Camp

Session I: July 15-20

Session II: July 22-27


The Speech and Debate Camp is hosted by the Department of Communication, 580-581-2359 or 2249. 

A residential camp (also day campers) for high school and junior high students in competitive speech and debate. Competitive individual events include acting, public speaking, poetry/prose interpretation, and duet acting. Types of debate events offered are cross-examination team debate (two person teams) and Lincoln-Douglas debate (one-on-one debate).

Last year, more than 400 students, teachers and staff members from six states participated in the two (one-week) camp sessions. Evening entertainment activities include student dances with Journey Productions, Improvisation Night, and Fitness Center activities. 

Session I: Beginning Individual Events, Advanced Individual Events, Beginning Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Intermediate Lincoln-Douglas Debate, CX Debate.

Session II: Beginning Team CX Debate, Intermediate Team CX Debate, Advanced Team CX Debate, Beginning Lincoln-Douglas Debate, International Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Advanced Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

For more information, go to



April 30, 2012