Summer Youth Opportunities

Below are examples of the types of summer youth opportunities provided by or in conjunction with UofL.  This list is provided as a service to the community and is not to be considered an exhaustive list.  Please check this page regularly as more summer programs are added.

If your unit/department offers a summer enrichment program that is open to the general public and would like to be included in this listing, please fill out the Summer Youth Opportunity Form. Be sure to check out the Minors on Campus policyThese documents provide guidelines for appropriate protection and supervision of minors participating in University-sponsored programs, in programs operated by outside entities held in University facilities, and/or programs housed in University facilities.

Accounting Careers Awareness Program

*UPDATED FOR 2017

ACAP introduces high school students to accounting and related business fields through a free, four-day campus residency program that will explore the industry through workshops, group activities, and site visits to area businesses.  Participants meet local business professionals who share their personal experiences and offer tips for success.  No matter what career participants pursue, success in the workplace requires managing money and resources intelligently, applying critical thinking skills, communicating effectively, and maintaining high standards of professional ethics, skills ACAP addresses. 

Application deadline: May 26, 2017

June 25 - 29, 2017 / Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors / Free to participants

Location - UofL Belknap campus

For more information contact: Julia Karcher, 502-852-4821

Summer Law Institute

*UPDATED FOR 2017

A seven-day residential program for high school students interested in the law and the legal profession. Students will learn the fundamentals of trial procedure, discuss important legal and social issues, and study how the law affects their lives. This program provides an opportunity to meet and interact with local lawyers, judges, and law professors. Throughout the week, students will be participating in workshops and mock trial practice at the Brandeis School of Law, tour the Federal Courthouse, and visit Bellarmine’s campus for additional trial preparation. The camp concludes with a mock trial on Saturday.

High School Students/June 12 - June 17, 2017/ cost-$175 (Some scholarships are available.  Only 32 students can be accepted).

Location - Brandeis School of Law

For more information contact: Lisa Hebert, 502-583-5314

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium Summer Camps

*UPDATED FOR 2017

Space Adventure Camp: Leads kids on a warp-speed exploration of our universe.  Campers plunge into astronaut training activities, create comets, launch rockets, build telescopes and much, much more in this engaging, hands-on camp.

June 26-30, 2017 / July 31- August 4, 2017 / Students entering grades 2-4/ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $150 Planetarium Member/$180 UofL Affiliate (with valid ID) / $200 non-members

Space Engineering Camp: Campers probe with probes, design solar ovens, craft human sun dials, and experience astronaut training while exploring human interactions with space in this technology rich, interactive camp.  Kids end the week with testing their Mars Landers with an egg drop!

June 12-16, 2017 /July 17-21, 2017 / Students entering grades 5-6/ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $150 Planetarium Member/$180 UofL Affiliate (with valid ID)/$200 non-members

Space Engineering Camp:Curiosity and a loveof space propel campers through this week-long exploration of our relationship with the universe.  Kids use technology to probe and experiment while creating science projects that excite their desire to learn.

June 19 - 23, 2017 / Students entering grades 7-9 / 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $150 Planetarium Members/$180 UofL Affiliate (with valid ID)/$200 non-members

Location for all camps - Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, UofL Belknap Campus

For more information contact: Kim Whitehead, 502-852-6665

Dance Camp

*UPDATED FOR 2017

A dance experience designed to enhance creativity, critical thinking and cognitive motor skills through a  variety of activities specifically designed for children.

June 12-16, 2017/ 5-8 year olds/ $170.00

July 31-August 4, 2017/ 3-4 year olds/ $140.00

Location for all camps, Dance Academy, School of Music, Belknap Campus

For more information contact: Cynthia Bronner, 502-852-6878

Digital Media Academy

*NEW FOR 2016

This free two-week day camp - in which girls will learn about and play with new technologies (videos & podcasts) - is open to graduating fifth-grade girls at Lincoln, Atkinson, and Cochran elementary schools.  We hope to make it available to other schools in the future.

Location - Bingham Humanities Building, Belknap Campus

For more information contact: Andrea Olinger, 502-852-3051

McConnell Center's Young Leaders Academy

* UPDATED FOR 2017

The McConnell Center's Young Leaders Academy is a summer residential leadership conference open to high school students interested in developing their leadership skills and understanding of American history.  This year's theme will explore "Rethinking American Constitutionalism."

Participants will take part in a series of seminars, discussions, team-building activities and structured socials to Louisville landmarks during their four-day stay.  Sessions will be led by faculty from the University of Louisville and other area institutions and will be conducted at or near an entry-level college experience.

Each participant will receive a YLA scholarship that includes FREE lodging at UofL, meals, and all conference materials.

Dates of camp: June 14-17, 2017 / Rising junior and senior Kentucky high school students / McConnell Center, University of Louisville

For more information contact: Sherry Allen, Program Manager, 502.852.3130

Hear Camp

*UPDATED FOR 2016

Hear camp is a great opportunity for children with hearing loss and their siblings and friends to interact with other kids with hearing loss.  This unique camp experience has become a summer staple for young children with hearing loss and their families for over a decade.  Throughout the week, the campers will play games, make crafts, and learn about hearing and hearing loss, all while making friends with children who use hearing assistive devices.  Camp is put on by the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) and is staffed by Audiology doctoral students from the University of Louisville Audiology and will be supervised by University of Louisville Audiologists.

Dates of camp: June 22-24, 2016 / Children 4-12 with hearing loss and their friends/family / $30

For more information contact: Haiden Nunn 706-540-0679

iD Tech Camp

*NEW FOR 2015

Inspired by tech-savvy instructors, campers will code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, and more, all while meeting friends who share their interests.

Dates of Camp: June 8 - July 18, 2015 / Ages 7-17 / UofL Shelby Campus

See website for specific course costs.

For more information contact: Anthony Price, 1-888-709-8324

Micro/Nano Technology Center Summer Camp 2017

*UPDATED FOR 2017

The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a summer camp for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the University of Louisville's premier $30 million cleanroom.  Students will learn the same microfabrication techniques used in Silicon Valley to make a variety of devices such as solar cells, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, etc.  Participants will be exposed to 3D printing and learn how to communicate with a variety of sensors using an Arduino microcontroller.  After completion of the program, participants will get to take home their silicon wafers, a cleanroom notebook, lecture notes used from the labs and an embroidered polo shirt.

Dates of Camp: June 26-30, 2017 / Shumaker Research Building, Room 121/ $795

Attendees must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes while in the classroom.  Shorts, heels, and flip-flops are not allowed.  Cancellations will be accepted up to one week before the beginning of the laboratory excluding $50 for administrative costs.

For more information, contact: Julia Aebersold, Ph.D. 502-852-1572

Social Justice Youth Summer Camp

*NEW FOR 2017

During this interactive experience, participants will explore best practices concerning inclusion and social justice.  This camp is designed to promote awareness and offer tools for cultivating spaces that are more inclusive and equitable for all.

Dates of camp: July 10 - 14, 2017 (students entering grades 4-7) / July 7 - 21, 2017 (students entering grades 8-12) / $100 per students

Details of camp are still pending.  Individuals interested in assisting with, sponsoring, or registering youth for this camp should indicate interest by emailing Marian R. Vasser, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence or call 502.852.2252.

Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshops

*UPDATED FOR 2015

An intensive learning experience for musicians of all ages and levels.  Theory Classes, Ear Training, Combo Performance, and Master Class sessions allow you the opportunity to grow and develop to your fullest potential.  We welcome all instruments, including rhythm section, strings and vocalists and ALL levels - from novice to pro!

Dates of Camp: June 28 - July 3/ July 5-10, 2015/ All ages, instruments, and abilities/ $595

For more information contact: Jason Lindsey, 812-944-8141

Suzuki Summer String Institute 2017

*UPDATED FOR 2017

This year marks the 53rd Suzuki Summer String Institute at the University of Louisville.  This is for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Guitar.

Dates of camp: June 11-16, 2017 / Suzuki String and Advanced String Players / UofL School of Music/ Cost varies according to program.  Early bird registration deadline is April 1, 2017.  Registration deadline - May 1, 2017.

For more information contact Blaise Poth, 502-852-0537 or email suzukistrings@louisville.edu.

Louisville Kid Studies

*UPDATED FOR 2017

Looking for something fun and educational to do this summer?  Participate in child development research at UofL.  Studies take 1 hour or less and are available for children up to age 12.

Free - children receive prizes and families may receive compensation.

For more information contact the Louisville KID lab, 852-0718, or email:

Other Resources

J.B. Speed School of Engineering

UofL Sports Camps

School of Music

Junior Achievement Summer Camps ** Please note: UofL employees signing up their children receive a 20% discount

City of Louisville

JCPS Summer Adventures Booklet