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Academic Summer Camps

June 11-16, 18-23, 2023 

Explore Your Passion at a Higher Level

Academic Summer Camps offer high school students the chance to pursue their specific passion through academic learning and hands-on experiences at a higher level. Academic summer programs are open for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year.

The Camp Experience

Students get to:

  • Live on campus with like-minded peers for one week
  • Learn from experienced leaders about their area of interest
  • Pursue their passion through hands-on learning
  • Grow in faith
  • Have a college-level experience

What to Expect

Dates:

  • June 11-16, 2023 for Film; Music, Theatre, & Dance; Art; Engineering; and Cybersecurity Camps
  • June 18-23, 2023 for Forensic Science; Worship Arts; Game Development; Entrepreneurship (IMPACT); and Professional Writing Camps

Cost: The cost of each camp is listed in the camp description. To reserve your spot, a $50 non-refundable deposit is due immediately upon registration. The remaining camp balance must be paid in full no later than May 15

Who Can Attend: High school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year.

Dress Code: Modest casual attireincluding jeans, shorts, and t-shirtsare acceptable for camp activities.

Housing: Students will live with other camp participants in one of Taylor’s newest residence halls

What to Bring: Here's a basic camp packing list. All students must complete and bring their signed medical release form to registration.

Schedule: to be announced.

Airport Shuttle Request: If you will need transportation from the Fort Wayne or Indianapolis airport, please fill out this form.

Scripture Engagement: Each morning, students will be exposed to a different approach to engaging Scripture that will help them to know God, not merely about God. Dr. Phil Collins, the director of the Taylor Center for Scripture Engagement, will introduce students to practices that will enable them to interact with the Bible in meaningful ways. Students will be given opportunities to practice the engagement methods and debrief the experience with fellow camp participants. We're excited for students to connect with God through His Word which will foster a growing relationship with Him.

Summer Programs Scholarship: This $1,000 one-time scholarship is awarded to students who enroll full-time at Taylor University who have attended an eligible academic summer program on Taylor’s campus during high school and prior to senior year, and completed the required scholarship process while on-campus during the camp or conference. 

Upcoming Academic Camps

Art Camp

June 11-16, 2023

Cost: $550

You know you’re an artist, but what’s your favorite area of art? Or maybe you’re not sure you are an artist, but you’re still curious. At this academic camp, come explore these big questions by creating a brand new portfolio exploring lots of different art forms. Projects will range from studio media such as printmaking to CGI works created using 3D software Blender. This is all about discovering new passions and skills, so absolutely no prior experience is required. By the end of the week, you’ll have mini-portfolio of all-new work for family members and other campers to see.

Cybersecurity Camp

June 11-16, 2023

Information coming soon!

Engineering Camp

June 11-16, 2023

Information coming soon!

Film Camp

June 11-16, 2023

Cost: $600

Plunge into film production while focusing on great storytelling through film scripting, digging deep into post-production editing, and on-set immersion. Fueled by your creativity, this high-energy and fast-paced film production week will take you from concept, to scripting, through shooting and post-production editing. Get exposure to Taylor’s extensive inventory including the Sony FS-5 and the RED Weapon 8K. Take workshops with Taylor’s award-winning faculty members. Build relationships with fellow creative collaborators and finally, cap off your week by watching your work on the big screen.

Forensic Science Camp

June 18-23, 2023

Cost: $550

Learn to use your love of science to solve mysteries at Taylor University’s Forensic Science Camp.  This hands-on learning environment will give you exposure to many areas of forensics science and provide the opportunity to use state-of-the-art instrumentation including chromatography, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy. 

You’ll learn standard procedures required for carrying out an investigation as well as techniques for sample collection and analysis. The roles that biology, chemistry, and physics play in criminal investigations will be emphasized.

The week will culminate in a hands-on crime scene investigation project where you will demonstrate your understanding of each aspect of the crime scene investigation process.  During this investigation, you will employ many of the skills you learned throughout the week. The camp will end with a mock press conference, where you will report on the progress/success of the investigation.

Music, Theatre, and Dance Camp

June 11-16, 2023

Cost: $600

Experience what it means to thrive on the stage with Taylor University’s Music, Theatre, & Dance Academic Camp. This camp focuses on the triple-threat of musical theatre: acting, voice, and dance. Work one-on-one with Taylor Theatre’s Managing & Artistic Director as she coaches you through staging and believable acting. Hone your singing performance in vocal workshops and individual lessons with our esteemed vocal faculty, and learn choreography and storytelling through dance intensives with a professional choreographer. Finish the week with a showcase in Mitchell Theater.

In addition to sharpening your general stage presence and performance, our experienced Music, Theatre, & Dance faculty will teach you how best to prepare your body and mind for your upcoming theatre arts or musical theatre audition.

Tech track: No performance is produced with a strong tech team! Students interested in behind-the-scenes theatre work are welcomed to join Music, Theatre, & Dance Academic Camp to design sets, costume actors, and manage the stage. 

Professional Writing Camp

June 18-23, 2023

Cost: $500

Are you a writer? Are you constantly reading and writing and often creating characters, scenes, and worlds? Do you love words and want to find a way to work with them for the rest of your life? Join us at Taylor's Professional Writing Academy and learn what it takes to get your words into the world. This fast-paced week will help you hone your craft, learn how to write to specifications, submit your writing, and understand the publishing world. We’ll make it less mysterious and help you understand that your love for words can be used in a variety of ways to create, to work, and to build God’s kingdom.

Video Game Development Camp

June 18-23, 2023

Cost: $550

Come build a prototype of your dream game! This is a perfect opportunity to learn how to design, build, and program your own computer video games. This camp is great for anyone wishing to dabble in game design and development. You will learn the basics of level design, character design, and video game theory. You will then apply those basics in creation of a 2-dimensional video game through the Godot engine tool. Basic programming ideas, Godot tool usage, and video game design will be covered.

Worship Arts Camp

June 18-23, 2023

Cost: $550

Join other committed student worship leaders in deepening your skills at Taylor University's Worship Arts Camp 2023. Learn through classes and mentoring with experienced musicians and worship leaders. Train your heart and mind in Biblical theology. Develop your abilities to work with a band. Gain practical experience through leading worship on campus.

Worship Arts Camp is a 5-day, intensive training program for high-school-age musicians who desire to develop themselves musically and spiritually as worship leaders, and who have experience leading worship in youth groups, churches, or other settings. Join this week-long camp learning, rehearsing, and growing as a worship leader.

Questions or Concerns?

We can't wait to see you at Taylor's Academic Summer Camps! Contact Kiersten Seeman at kiersten_seeman@taylor.edu for more information about these programs for high school students.