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Camps for Youth and
Programs for Adults

The University of Rhode Island hosts dozens of summer camps on a wide variety of themes for all ages. Read more about the programs and find contact information for each one on their linked pages.

Green Design Academy : URI's Transportation Center will host a one-week Landscape Architecture/Sustainable Development Academy for high school freshmen who have completed the STI program, sophomores, juniors and seniors, July 14-18. Transportation from a central pick-up point in Providence is available. Up to 20 students will receive full scholarships to participate in the program. Registration opens spring 2014. Contact Tory Perrotta at the URI Transportation Center at 401-874-7075 to apply.

Computer Camp : Sign up your child (ages 9 to 17) for a week full of creative fun filled learning at URI's Kingston Camp! Each of the one-week sessions has a different topic that ranges from game web-page design to python programming, and is specialized for a different ages and ability level. All sessions begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm. Camps will be held weekly between July 7 and August 22. Check out our courses and how to register at http://cscamp.cs.uri.edu

2014 Operation: Military Kids Family Camp : A Weekend of discovery for the entire family, July 25-27, 2014. Sponsored by URI CELS/4-H, this camp is for children ages 5-18 with a military parent and priority given to those in the active deployment cycle. Register by July 1, 2014. Families stay in URI residence halls and participate in many fun and educational workshops and activities helping them bond as a family and create friendships with other military families. There is also programming specifically designed to help families cope with the stresses of military deployment.

Alton Jones: Environmental Camp Programs: Rated as one of the Boston Globe's "Best Camp Values in New England" and accredited by the American Camping Association, the Alton Jones Campus offers a big backyard for learning, exploration, adventure and fun for youth from age 5 to 17 years old. Registration opens spring 2014. Programs include: Farm and Ecology Day Camp for 5-12 year olds, Overnight Camp for 9-13 year olds, Teen X Adventure Camp for 13-16 year olds, and Specialty Camps and Expeditions for 11-17 year olds.

Underwater Exploration Camp: Down by the bay, August 11-15, a hands-on underwater exploration camp for youth 11-15 years of age at URI's Inner Space Center on the Narraganset Bay Campus. During this week-long camp, participants will become ocean-explorers, building and testing a variety of oceanographic technologies, such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Registration opens spring 2014. For more information please email Holly Morin or call 401-874-6414.

Summer Engineering Academy: URI's Summer Engineering Academy (SEA) by the College of Engineering will introduce high school students and college freshmen to the science and the variety of careers opportunities in the overall engineering field. Students will receive hands-on experience in the university's fully equipped engineering workshop, use tools that are employed in all engineering disciplines, and take field trips to local factories and businesses. Registration opens spring 2014. See the website for details or contact sodhi@egr.uri.edu or call 401-874-5189.
  • June 30-July 25, Engineering Session 1-(9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • June 30-July 25, Session 2, Robotics and Programming - (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Weekend and Residential Program options are available.

Transportation Institute:

Transportation can be lots of fun! Students will learn the many aspects and modes of transportation through classroom activities and field trips. For RI middle school students entering grades 7, 8, and 9, the Summer Transportation Institute is held for two weeks in July (July 6-17) and two weeks in August (August 3-14). A total of 40 students (20 per session) will be selected for this highly distinguished national program. Participants will be selected based on their application, a brief essay, school grades, family support, and a telephone interview. Each student accepted can attend at no cost.  The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the URI Kingston campus. For an application and further details, visit our website at uritc.org (Student Programs) or contact Tory Perrotta at (401) 874-7075 or toryp@uri.edu.

Eco-Exploration camp: The URI Outreach Center's Eco-Exploration camp is a hands-on adventure series designed to broaden your child's idea of your backyard. Our camp encourages kids to explore the natural world with programs conveniently located in Kingston and Providence. Campers will investigate bird nests and eggs, search for creatures living under logs, play wildlife-themed games, taste freshly-grown produce, create arts and crafts projects, draw in science journals, collect treasures for their nature boxes and more! The camps run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. based on the following schedule. The first session July 14-18 is at the Kingston Campus, all others are at the Community Garden at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence. Registration opens spring 2014. For more information, please contact the Outreach Center.
  • July 14-18, Kingston Campus, "Where the Wild Things Live"
  • July 28-Aug 1, "Eco-Crusaders: Discovering Our Urban Environment"
  • Aug 4-8, "Where the Wild Things Live"
  • Aug 11-15, "Urban Garden Explorers"

"The Edge" Speed & Conditioning (pdf) This camp will enable young athletes to develop skills that will improve their overall competitive ability. Athletes will be grouped base on skill and performance level to ensure a safe training environment in which all will achieve maximum results. Nationally Certified Instructors will lead your athlete in a safe training environment to get faster, stronger, quicker and more explosive. Your coach gives you skills; "The Edge" gives you the advantage. Mondays and Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-5 p.m. Session 1: June 30-July 10; Session 2: July 14-24 and Session 3: July 28-August 7. Athletes ages 13-21, $99 per session. Please contact Christina Savoie at 401.874.9202 for more information.
Learn to Swim: Let your children learn a skill that lasts a lifetime! Our Learn-to-Swim program offers a group instructional setting for participants of all swimming levels. Ages range from infants to teens. All swim classes are taught by American Red Cross-certified instructors. Our lessons strive to create a safe and comfortable learning environment while teaching your children new swimming skills, important water safety behavior and introducing them to a great form of exercise. Link here for class descriptions, dates, fees and more information.

Athletic Camp, Clinic & Lesson Schedules: The complete schedule of clinics and activities for the summer Includes aquatic swim lessons, rowing, soccer camp, basketball camp, baseball camp, and volleyball camps. The linked schedule provides contacts for more information. Registration deadlines vary for each program.

Summer Sailing For the 2014 season, we are offering beginner, intermediate, and adult keelboat sailing lessons to the general public. Beginners are taught the basics of sailing from rigging and launching to steering and boat-handling to finally sailing solo. A fleet of 12 ft. Tech dinghies is used for novice sailors. Intermediate sailors use 14 ft. Flying Junior sloops and are taught more advanced boat handling techniques and use of the spinnaker. Sailing lessons for children (ages 10-12) and youths (ages 13-16) are also available. Visit online or call the URI Sailing Center at 401-783-0797.

Get Credit for Summer: Programs for college students and others

Summer Study Abroad -- International Education: The University offers students the opportunity to study in 16 URI faculty led summer study abroad programs (Belize, Bermuda, Cape Verde, China, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, Peru and Tanzania). These programs are designed to allow students to earn three to six credits toward their URI or other college/university degree. These programs are open to both URI students and non-URI students, as well as both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students (including teachers, parents and other professionals). For more information and all registration deadlines, visit online or call the Office of International Education at 401-874-5546.

International Nonviolence Summer Institute: The University Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies presents a series of programs that prepare adults from across the country and internationally in the art of nonviolent conflict reconciliation. The institute programs will be held June 2-13, offering different levels of training during that time. For more information, visit online or call 401-874-4912 or 401-323-7851.

Ocean State Summer Writing Conference: Spend three days near the ocean at the University of Rhode Island's Ocean State Summer Writing Conference June 19 through 21. Held at URI's Kingston campus, the conference gives writers an opportunity to raise their writing to a more professional level under the direction of bestselling authors and poets. For a schedule of events and registration information, visit www.uri.edu/summerwriting

Summer Session Classes: More than 4,000 people enroll in summer sessions at URI each year. There are hundreds of course selections from African American Studies to Writing, with offerings from every college of the University; including Business, Pharmacy, Engineering and Nursing. Summer semester Session I runs May 19 to week of June 16, Session 2 runs from June 23 to week of July 21, and Session 3 runs from May 19 to week of July 21. For more information visit online or call 401-874-2107.

Think Summer.

From computers, landscape architecture, and sports to sailing, strings, jazz and more, a host of programs will make a kids' summer sizzle!

Adults, don't despair, there are seasonal lessons for all in the air -- from a writing conference to nonviolence programs to studies in Kingston, Providence or abroad.

Think Big. We Do.