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URI Summer Camps offer fun, education, & inspiration for all ages

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I., March 30, 2012 - The University of Rhode Island will be brimming with activity this summer as it hosts dozens of summer camps on a wide variety of themes for all ages from late June through August. For further information, visit

URI Summer Camps for Youth and
Programs for Adults

Summer Intensive jazz and percussion week
July 9-14, 2012. The University's Community Music Program is offering the exciting, creative, educational, and inspiring 2012 Summer Intensive Jazz Percussion Week for students in grades 9-12 and adults. For more information, please contact Jane Murray at the Community Music Program office, 401-874-2798 or New for 2012: Housing and meals will be available for jazz campers.

2012 Green Design Academy
The URI Transportation Center is offering a one-week Green Design (Landscape Architecture) Academy from July 30-August 3 for Rhode Island high school students who are interested in sustainable landscape architecture. Each student accepted into this program receives a full scholarship to cover their cost for the program.

2012 Operation: Military Kids Family Camp
A weekend of discovery for the entire family, July 15-17, 2012. 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. Families stay in URI residence halls and participate in 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.

KIDSEYE Summer Filmmaking Camp
KIDSEYE!" is an intensive and fun five-day summer camp that exposes young people to the basic elements of the filmmaking process, culminating in a premiere screening of their finished work. This year's camp will be held July 9-13 on the Kingston Campus for students ages 11 to 17.

Community Music Program
Experience the joy of music-making this summer on URI's Kingston campus. Each day of string week (July 16-20) will include morning and afternoon large ensemble rehearsals, as well as sessions in music theory and string techniques. Students will be grouped by age/ability. For more information, please contact Jane Murray at the Community Music Program office, 401-874-2798 or

Computer Camp
Sign your child (ages 9 to 18) up for a one-week seminar of fun and learning! Each of the one-week sessions has a different topic and is specialized for a particular age group and ability level. All sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Camps held weekly July 16-August 24. Call the URI Computer Science Department at 401-874-2989 ( to register.

Environmental Camping Programs
Accredited by the American Camping Association, the Alton Jones Campus offers Farm and Ecology Day Camp for 5-11 year olds, Overnight Earth Camp for 9-13 year olds and Teen Expeditions for 12-17 year olds.

Summer Engineering Academy
URI's Summer Engineering Academy 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. Session 1: June 18-July 13, (Seniors and College Freshmen); Session 2: July 2-27 (Grades 10, 11 and 12). Students in the first session also may earn three college credits. See the website for complete information.

Transportation Institute
Transportation can be lots of fun! Students will learn the many aspects and modes of transportation. For children in grades 7-9, the Summer Institute will include two, two-week sessions in July and August. A total of 40 students (20 per session) will be selected for this highly distinguished national program. Applicants will be selected based on completion of a formal application, essay, school grades (especially math and science), family support and an interview. Contact Tory Perrotta at the URI Transportation Center at 401-874-7075 to apply.

Academies for High School Students
This summer the URI Transportation Center offers one-week sessions about: Construction, Business, and Engineering for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who have an interest in these topics. Applicants will be selected based on completion of a formal application, essay, school grades (especially math and science), family support and an interview. Contact Tory Perrotta at the URI Transportation Center at 401-874-7075 to apply.

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.

Summer Sailing Lessons
Classes are held at the URI Sailing Center on Salt Pond where beginner, intermediate, and adult keelboat sailing lessons are offered. 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. For more information, please call the URI Sailing Center at 401-783-0797 or visit online.

Summer Study Abroad -- International Education
The University offers students the opportunity to study in 10 URI faculty led summer study abroad programs (Belize, Cape Verde, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Global Business, Greece, Israel and Spain). 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, visit online or call the Study Abroad Office at 401-874-5546.

International Nonviolence Summer Institute
The University Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies presents an intense program that prepares adults from across the country and internationally in the art of nonviolent conflict reconciliation. The Institute will be held June 4-15, 2012, offering different levels of training. For more information, visit online or call 401-874-4912 or 401-323-7851.

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 21 to June 22, Session 2 runs from June 25 to July 27, and Session 3 runs from May 21 to July 27. For more information visit online or call 401-874-2107.