Valparaiso University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and Summer Global Leadership Institute announce an exciting new academic camp for elementary and middle school students: Summer Smart, Summer Fun.

“Summer Smart, Summer Fun will provide a wonderful opportunity for elementary and middle school students to enjoy hands-on learning experiences that are fun, engaging and educational,” said Alan Bloom, director of Summer Smart, Summer Fun and associate professor of history at Valparaiso University.

Each summer, Valpo offers a variety of athletics-based camps for local students. Summer Smart, Summer Fun expands the University’s camp offerings to include a two-week academic enrichment camp for students entering first through sixth grades. The camp will run Monday through Friday from June 17 to June 28. Depending on their age, students will enter programs based in global citizenship or world exploration.

Global Citizenship is a half-day program (9 a.m. – noon) that will admit up to 40 students entering first and second grades (Level 1) and entering third and fourth grades (Level 2). Campers will explore cultures, languages and customs from around the world. This fun and adventurous program will be a hands-on experience that will get kids moving and learning. Guest speakers will share their culture, and students will create art and individual projects tailored to reflect countries from around the world. Cost for the two-week program is $125.

The Explorers Program is a full-day camp (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) designed to provide up to 40 students entering fifth and sixth grades an opportunity to explore the world around them. Special focus in the program will be on science, multimedia and creativity. Campers will conduct experiments, go on scavenger hunts, design short media presentations and more. Cost for the two-week program is $225.

For more information or to apply for a spot in Summer Smart, Summer Fun, please contact Bloom at Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

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