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The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy

Ages 14-18 | June 18-23

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals ACE Academy, a nationally recognized program co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees, introduces middle and high school students to the aviation industry and aviation careers through introductory orientation flights, aviation history, field trips and more. For requirements, fee information and the application, visit obap.org.


Camp Wall Street 101

Grades 9–12 | July 31–August 4 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

A day camp for high school students with an interest in finance and the stock market, Camp Wall Street 101 will be held primarily in DSU’s state-of-the-art Financial Network Trading Room, which replicates a real-world trading experience and functions as a laboratory and classroom. Students will learn the basics about financial management from financial professionals, compete for prizes and awards, and take part in a field trip to enhance their experience. Transportation will be provided. Some scholarships are available. Lunch and snacks are provided daily. This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

Lillie Crawford  |  302.857.6970  |  Cost $100

Junior Entrepreneurs in Training (JET) Program

Grades 5-8 | July 17-28 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Does your young person have an idea but is not sure how to make it a reality? Does he or she want to know what it takes to operate a business? The JET Program at DSU teaches entrepreneurship to youth in a fun and exciting summer camp. Students will participate in hands-on activities and a competition to spark their creativity and learn how to think like an entrepreneur, create a business plan, act upon a dream and be their own boss.

Lillie Crawford  |  302.857.6970  |  Cost $150


Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) Summer High School Student Research Program

Grades 11-12 | June 5-July 28

The OSCAR Summer research program is an 8-week program where students are mentored by faculty, graduate and undergraduate student researchers from Physics and Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. During the program, students will conduct research in various OSCAR laboratories and at the end of the program they will present their research at the Annual Delaware State University Summer Research Symposium. Participants in our summer program will receive a stipend for working 35 hours per week for the 8-week duration of the program. Criteria for participating: An interest in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Technology or Chemistry; rising junior or senior; 3.0 GPA or higher; and U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Application Deadline: March 15 | Jacquelyn Jones​, jjones [at] desu.edu  | http://oscar.desu.edu  | 302.857.6650 


2017 All-Sports Camp

Grades 1-6 | Six weekly sessions June 5-July 28

College coaches will work with campers, who will have access to all University-sponsored sports and intercollegiate facilities to enhance their experience.

Coach Harris  |  302.857.6030 | Cost $140 per week


Actors in the Attic

Grades 6–8 | June 26–30 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Calling all artistic expressions! Actors in the Attic is a camp that will channel your child’s excitement and entertaining abilities into the pathways of dramatic performance. The basic elements of acting will be explored and campers can enjoy expressing themselves through the art of movement and through being vocal by putting on an acting performance at the end of camp.

Josalyn Francis | 302.857.6297 | Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

Chemistry for Kids

Grades 2–5 | July 10–14 | July 17–21 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

At “Chemistry for Kids,” children will learn about chemistry with a twist of fun and a dose of discovery! This weeklong camp will have campers participate in laboratory activities and learn about how chemistry is connected with real-world situations. Campers will spend their days working in a laboratory in the chemistry department at DSU. A staff of experienced chemistry instructors will supervise campers in small groups. Campers will have opportunities to learn about chemical elements, the periodic table, kitchen chemistry and even chemistry related to crime scene investigation. Don’t miss this charming opportunity to introduce your kids to the fantastic world of chemistry!

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

Culinary Arts in the Hospitality Industry

Grade 6–8 | June 19–23 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

The goal of this Hospitality and Tourism Management summer program for middle schoolers is to expose students through hands-on activities to careers in culinary arts and hospitality management. Participants will develop, plan and prepare food items, based on restaurant themes; design and set up specified place settings using china ware, based on restaurant themes; explore back of house restaurant operations, to include design, equipment and setup; conduct cost analysis of food pricing; and design and set up a culinary cuisine for a family of four.

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

Hornets Junior Counselor

Ages 13–16 | June 19–July 21 | July 24–Aug. 18 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Looking for a meaningful summer experience? The Hornets Youth Enrichment’s Junior Counselor program will show your child “What It Is Like To Be A Camp Counselor.” This is a great opportunity for teenagers to develop leadership and communication skills while serving as a positive role model to young campers. Under the supervision and direction of an experienced staff mentor, the Junior Counselors will learn how to interact with campers, assist with activities, conduct themselves in a professional manner and learn general administrative duties that are involved in the operations of a summer camp program. The programs will run for two four week sessions. Each applicant must write a one page essay on why he or she would like to participate in this program and will be interviewed by the staff mentor. Four participants will be chosen for each session.

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  | More Information |  Registration form

Legos! Legos! Legos!

Grades K–3 | June 19–23 | July 10–14 | Aug. 7–11 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Are you looking for a program that will help your child learn how science, technology, engineering and math impact our everyday lives? Look no further! Come join us as we learn to design and build solutions using LEGO elements. This is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s curiosity and direct it toward discovering how science and technology impact the world around them, and features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Your child(ren) will build simple machines using gears, pulleys, levers, switches and cranks. Each week they will tackle a different problem or challenge. They will display their creativity as they work together as a team to research and build models that solve problems engineers and scientists face every day.

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

MindStorm Robotics

Grades 4–8 | June 19–23 | July 10–14 | Aug. 7–11 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.   

Do you want to give your child a jump-start on a high paying, fun career in the future, all while they are having fun? The LEGO Mindstorms Camp is a perfect way to do just that. The LEGO Mindstorms series kits contain software and hardware to create small, customizable and programmable robots. This program will allow students to develop skills in science, mathematics, technology and engineering. Students will develop basic trouble-shooting, problem-solving and critical thinking, while promoting teamwork, cooperative learning and computer programming skills.

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

MindStorm Robotics  |  Classified  Shhh…Top Secret!!!!!!

Aug. 14–18 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

This is the final week of Mindstorm Summer Camp and it’s top secret…Shhh! Student who have participated in the prior Mindstorm camps will build the FIRST LEGO League field missions for the upcoming competition season. They will try to predict the placement of the field’s components, how they function and the possible names of the different missions. Students will also learn about the FIRST LEGO League competition and the FLL Core Values.  Finally, students will build and program robots that will attempt perform the various tasks on the field like at an actual robotics competition.

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

Renewable Energy

Grades 6–8 | July 10–14 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Grades 9–11 | July 17–21 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

In this one-week future scientist preparation summer camp, participants will explore the science, applications and research activities of various forms of renewable energy. Each camp day the campers will learn the concepts and the principles behind renewable energy generation and utilization, design and make renewable energy machines, and visit field renewable energy facilities.

The thematic topics of the renewable energy camp are as follows:

  1. Energy, work, heat and temperature
  2. Renewable energy and sustainability
  3. Solar energy utilization
  4. Windmill and hydropower
  5. Geothermal energy exploitation
  6. Biofuel production and application

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $25  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

Tour and Explore the Global Shores Camp

Grades 4–8 | Aug. 7–11 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Office of International Affairs is delighted to introduce the first year of a unique camp, “Tour and Explore the Global Shores.”  For five days, this cultural camp will introduce children to world cultures with a week of stories, music, crafts, games, snacks, and special guests from other countries and cultures. Campers will focus on cultural/language immersion, experiential learning, and making meaningful connections across national, linguistic and cultural borders through activities. They will also be able to explore their feelings in a supportive environment. Campers will “visit” a different country each day, create their own travel scrapbooks, receive a passport and a Tour & Explore the Global Shores T-shirt. Campers will practice tai chi, discuss books, play Don Quixote, try their skills at Korean brush painting, explore German holidays, and much, much more!

Participation in this camp will expose youth to become well-informed global leaders and citizens, travel and outdoor adventure, and an interest in studying abroad as early as in high school and in college.

The camp will culminate with PowerPoint presentations from campers on their favorite country.

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form

Youthful Essence

Grades 5–8 | June 26–30 | Aug. 14–18 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Campers will establish a business by creating a natural skin care product line. You will witness your child transform into a scientist as they begin to mix a variety of natural ingredients together to create a new product. The campers will control every aspect of the skin care line from marketing to packaging. Logos and labels will be created by the students for the finished products. They will become educated on how chemicals affect the largest organ of the body, “the skin,” and obtain an understanding of why there is growing awareness of the hazards everyday skin care can cause. Due to allergy issues, parents will be supplied with a complete list of all the natural ingredients that will be used during this week of camp.

Josalyn Francis  |  302.857.6297  |  Cost $150  |  jfrancis [at] desu.edu (Payment option information)  |  Registration form