A Guide to UT Dallas Summer Camps

By Melissa Graham  |  May 9, 2019

Catering to students with diverse interests, UT Dallas offers a wide range of summer programs for kids as young as 6 and as old as 18. Here’s a roundup of the current camps still open for registration.

Basketball Shooting Camp

Budding athletes or basketball fans can participate in one of three camp sessions offered to boys and girls ages 6 to 18 at the UT Dallas Activity Center. The daily camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes drills on ball handling, dribbling and passing as well as training on proper methods and techniques, led by the UT Dallas men’s basketball team and coach Terry Butterfield. Spots fill up quickly, so register your student today. June 3-7, July 22-26, July 29-August 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Basketball Skills Camp

Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 can participate in one of three camp sessions presented by the UT Dallas women’s basketball coaching staff. Students will be divided into age groups for five days of skill sessions, games and other activities at the UT Dallas Activity Center. Bonus: All campers will leave with a T-shirt and a basketball. Register here today. June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended camp to 5 p.m. available)

Brain Boost Summer Camp

The Brain Performance Institute’s half-day camp helps teens and tweens learn how to boost their creativity and think outside of the box through activities and experiences. Each day brings new adventures, from scavenger hunts to obstacle courses and informational sessions. Students 10 and older will learn how to innovate and socialize through this fun, educational program. Registration ends June 19 for Week 1 and June 24 for Week 2. June 24-28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July 29-August 2, 1 to 5 p.m.

Camp Interact

Camp Interact is a therapeutic day camp offered through the Callier Center for Communication Disorders for children who have completed first through fifth grades. The daily camp is designed to give children with communication deficits a chance to participate in team-building activities and drama-related exercises. Children may have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder/Asperger’s, ADHD or mild language impairments to participate. Learn more or contact Rachel Wehner for registration information. August 5-9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Callier Center Richardson

Chess Camp 

From beginners to intermediate and advanced players, the UT Dallas Chess Camp engages children in intellectual pursuit while building social skills. The daily camp is offered in morning and afternoon sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. for kids 7 to 14. Register here and read about discounts, carpooling and directions. June 10-14, June 17-21, July 15-19, July 22-26, Jindal School of Management

Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp

The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas offers a three-week camp for children 6 and older to help build Chinese language skills and introduce participants to calligraphy, painting, kung fu, tai chi, folk dances and crafts. Parents can meet, greet and communicate with other families as well as camp staff on Thursday, May 23 at the Greet and Open House from 7-7:30 p.m. in JO 4.614. The deadline for registration is June 3. June 10-28, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Erik Jonsson Academic Center

Cochlear Implant Summer Listening Camp

The Callier Center’s annual camp for kids ages 4 to 11 with cochlear implants returns this year to Cross Creek Ranch for a week of listening and speech-language therapy through arts and crafts, music and dance, bounce house slides and obstacle courses. The camp is conducted by licensed audiologists, speech-language pathologists and graduate student clinicians. The registration deadline is May 17, and space is limited. July 22-26, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coding Camps

More than 200 coding camps are available to elementary, middle and high school students through The University of Texas at Dallas. From Dancing Robots to webpage design and virtual reality app design, there’s a camp for every skill level, age group and interest. See the full list of camps, dates and registration deadlines.

Comet Chemistry Camp

This one-week camp is designed for students ages 11 to 13 who want to explore their passion for science and chemistry. Each day, attendees will be given a specific theme with demonstrations performed by camp staff. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, art projects and labs encompass this fun-filled week at the University. Applications and recommendation letters are due by May 18. June 24-28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Founders North

Design Connect Create

Physics can be fun, and Design Connect Create is the perfect way to introduce fascinating physics concepts to rising ninth to 12th grade girls. Students will be able to learn about STEM careers from guest speakers, participate in interactive activities, go on field trips and solve cool problems with other students their age. The week-long day camp is offered in two sessions in July. July 8-12 and July 15-19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elite Boys Prep Soccer Camp

The UT Dallas soccer coaching staff will be running this camp geared toward boys ages 14 to 18 looking to improve their knowledge of the game and learn more about college soccer and recruiting. The program includes two nights at a UTD residence hall with meals provided. Campers will need to bring soccer cleats, shin-guards and sunscreen. Registration is open until June 21 for residential campers and June 22 for commuter campers. June 28-30

Elite Volleyball Camp

UTD’s Elite Volleyball Camp is designed for high school girls looking to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Students with varsity/junior varsity or club team experience will enjoy this three-day overnight camp, which includes simulated games and drills, training on techniques, classroom sessions and camp activities. The registration deadline is June 21, and only 60 spots are available. Read more information about meals, room assignments and packing. July 12-14

Girls Sports Leadership Camp

Basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball — girls in seventh to 11th grades will be introduced to these sports and more at the UTD Girls Sports Leadership Camp. The week-long camp combines sports play and skill development, as well as decision-making skills and team building activities. Girls in this camp will learn directly from college athletes and coaches. Register today and see a sample schedule of a typical camp day. June 15-19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

UT Dallas and the University of North Texas have collaborated to bring the most established debate camps to the Dallas area this summer. From June 21 to July 17, students will learn from some of the best strategic thinkers and educators from the high school and college debate communities. The final deadline for registration is June 1, and the deadline for scholarships and financial aid applications is May 10. Learn more about specific sessions and camp information. June 21 to July 17, UT Dallas campus

Read to Succeed

Designed to improve literacy skills for children entering kindergarten to first grade, Read to Succeed includes lessons that implement phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. The camp takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 4 to July 18 with different sessions for specific age groups. Contact Sara Loving for registration information. June 4-July 18, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Pre-school to kindergarten 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., first through fourth grade, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Smart Edge Summer Camp 

Through the Smart Edge Summer Camp, the Center for Brain Health teaches cognitive processes that enhance deeper-level thinking, focus and meaningful learning for students in fifth through 11th grades. The day camp extends the Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) program by engaging teens and tweens in critical thinking activities in an age-appropriate environment. For questions and registration, contact Denice Myers at 972-883-3247. June 3-14, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; August 5-9, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Summer Language Intervention Camp for Kids (SLICK)

This week-long morning camp for first through sixth graders with language and learning disorders provides a fun learning environment with a mission to build language skills through literacy-based activities. Students will be guided by a licensed speech-pathologist and graduate student clinicians. Contact Christina Gollis for registration and evaluation information. June 10-17, Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 to 11 a.m., Callier Center Richardson

Summer Softball Camp

Softball season will be in full swing when this camp rolls around. Beginning softball players ages 5 to 12 will gain experience and be able to improve their skills throughout this three-day camp that focuses on fundamentals. Older players ages 13 to 18 with aspirations to play in college are encouraged to attend the June session, which will include instruction from UTD’s softball coaching staff and players. Register here and learn more about the necessary equipment and camp details. Ages 13-18, June 11-13; Ages 5-12, July 16-18, 9 a.m. to noon daily

Youth Soccer Camp

Kids will have a ball at this day camp, which features five full days of skill sessions, games and instruction from UT Dallas soccer coaches and players. Campers will be divided into age groups and will leave with a camp T-shirt and soccer ball. Boys and girls 6 to 14 years old are eligible to attend the camp, which is offered for full or half days each session. Register for a specific session and read more about meals and necessary equipment. June 3-7, June 10-14, June 8-12, July 8-12, July 15-19, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to noon


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