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Note:  Skyline High School does not endorse any of the summer opportunities listed here; this information is solely provided as a community service. Check camps and opportunities out carefully before enrolling or sending money.  The location of camps does not always mean that the organization running the camp has anything to do with the university students are housed at.  Be sure you ask specifics before sending a student. It is possible a local program might be just as subject intensive  with multiple summer opportunities: www.cogito.org

Summer 2015 Opportunities
o  Summer STEM Program:  iD Tech has partnered with Code.org to give 100 girls scholarships to attend summer iD Tech Camps for free!At this weeklong summer program, students create mobile apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, build robots, code with C++ and Java, produce movies, and more.  Programs are held in 30 states nationwide.  Girls can apply for a scholarship and see locations at www.iDTech.com/girls.
WaNIC Summer Skills Academy: Free tuition, $50 lab fee. Registration Opens 3/16, classes fill FAST. Culinary Creations, Dynamic DNA, Health, Health Careers Exploration, Computer Science and Engineering, DigiPen Art and Animation, DigiPen Cyber Security, DigiPen Game Programming, DigiPen Robotics, DigiPen Video Game Development, Radio-TV Broadcasting, Rock Your Ride – Mobile Electronics, and STEM Guitar Building.  Open to students entering grades 9-12.  EARN .5 HS CREDIT!

o   University of Washington Computer Science Camps

Our summer camps introduce middle and high school students to computer science through programming projects, magic tricks and faculty presentations. 2015 Camp dates are now posted! Registration opens March 9th closes March 16th


Here are alternate summer opportunities for K-12 students in the Puget Sound interested in computing:

Pacific Science Center camps: PacSci offers several computing-focused camps including some just for girls!

 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program: Seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with mentorship from female engineers in industry.

Bots on the Sound: students gather on the campus of Mount Si High School to design, build, and program underwater robots made from LEGO and other components. 

UW Summer Courses: advanced K-12 students can take UW's introduction to computer science (CSE 142 and CSE 143).

• Seattle Central Community College: CSC 142 is a transfer course for UW's CSE 142. CSC 110 is an introduction to programming in Visual Basic.

 Lakeside summer programs: Computer Science I and Advanced Computer Science.

 UW Short Courses: programming in Java I and programming in Java II.

iD Tech Camps

DigiGirlz High Tech Camp: a Microsoft camp for middle and high school girls

 DigiPen summer workshops.


Other sources for summer programs:

Summer Program Finder search tool

 Girls Rock Math Camp Intern -Counselor:  Apply at www.GirlsRockMathematics.com

"Finding The Right Summer Opportunity for Teens


Summer Internship Program

The Issaquah School District Before & After School Care program is seeking out incoming 9th grade – 12th grade students (for the 2015 – 2016 year) that are interested in gaining work experience, earning community service hours, and having fun this summer. The Before & After School District have summer camp elementary locations at Creekside, Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Endeavor, Grand Ridge, Sunset, Newcastle and Middle School Locations at Beaver Lake, Pacific Cascade and Maywood. Internship hours are from 9:00AM – 5:00PM for a consecutive two week period during the summer. A two week intern can earn up to eighty hours of community service during the summer and at the end of a successful internship they will have the chance to earn a letter of recommendation. Interns will provide a positive role model for children, assist staff with activities, help clean up snack, and accompany students on field trips. To be considered for an interview, students must have a complete application and submit 1-2 letters of recommendation. Applications and reference forms are available online at http://beforeandafterschoolcare.weebly.com/summer--‐internship.html. If interested, any questions can be addressed to Derrick Capdeville at capdevilled@issaquah.wednet.edu.


Paid Summer Staff

The Issaquah School District Before & After School Care program is looking for aged 17+ high school students that are interested in as full time summer camp councilors this summer. We offer competitive pay at $14.05 / hour and the chance to participate in the summer of a lifetime. The BASC program has multiple locations at Creekside, Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Endeavor, Grand Ridge, Sunset, Newcastle and Middle School Locations at Beaver Lake, Pacific Cascade and Maywood. To apply go to https://issaquahjobs.hrmplus.net/ and follow the instructions to create an online application. Once an application is created, make sure to apply for the Summer Camp Educational Assistant position (job number 2015-895). All applications are due by April 1. Any questions can be addressed to Derrick Capdeville at capdevilled@issaquah.wednet.edu.


Summer 2014 Opportunities

Click on Internships to find out about current internship opportunities.

Cougar Quest is a residential academic summer camp for highly capable students on the Washington State University campus in Pullman. There are two weeks of camp, one to accommodate entering 7th through 9th graders and the second for entering 9th through 12th graders. Students entering 9th grade have the option of choosing one week, or attending both. Most workshops are taught by Washington State University professors and are full of hands-on activities that are meant to challenge and keep the interest of students. Cost is $650 per session. To register go click here.
Wilderness Awareness School - volunteer instructors wanted for summer camp. Learn tools for mentoring youth, expand your knowledge of outdoors while having fun! Summer camps run from June 24 - August 23rd. A $50 travel stipend for day camp is available. Located near Duvall, WA. To register go to <a href=www.wildernessawareness.org">wildernesscamp<a/> or contact Sam Bowman at samb@wildernessawareness.org.  

Power of Hope's Camp  -  August 10 - 17, 2014 - (Cost:$695, no one will be turned away for financial reasons)  Power of Hope's eight-day summer camps are for youth ages 14 to 18 who want to develop their leadership and take an active role in their communities. Teens learn to express themselves through a range of creative workshops on subjects such as: visual arts, dance, theater, writing, media literacy, nature education, social justice and much more!  The Whidbey Institute, Clinton, WA on Whidbey Island - 20 miles north of Seattle. We will be located on a beautiful rustic campsite adjacent to the main center. This year's POH camp is being produced and run by our program partner PYE Global: Partners for Youth Empowerment. PYE Global is run by Charlie Murphy and Peggy Taylor, the founders of Power of Hope. Through PYE's international network of facilitators, several artists and facilitators from around the world will be joining our US and Canadian staff at this camp. This will make for a very unique experience. Click here to find out out more information.
2013 USA Summer Program Dates & Locations

WaNIC Summer Academy registration is open!  You can select from a variety of classes including Culinary Creations, Dynamic DNA, Health Careers, Rock You Ride Mobile Electronics and DigiPen! For more information and description of the classes click here. The cost is $50 and you can earn credit! Sign up online at www.wanic.org.
DigiPen ProjectFUN offers a range of two-week Summer Workshops for grades 8th - 12th in the following subject areas: Video Game Programming, Game Design, Fine Arts and Animation, and Engineering. The Pre-College Program for grads 10th -12th offers four week programs that earn college credits in Game Programming, Game Design, or Game Art. Attend a free Summer Workshops Preview Day Event in April to learn more and get a hands-on experience! RSVP online. 

SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON -  June 30 - August 9th. This FREE program includes six intensive two-week courses taught by university professors. A selected group of motivated high school students with have ample opportunities to acquire a full appreciation of the nature of mathematics. Students must be 14 by March 1, 2014,complete three years of high school mathematics—including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry—by June 2014 and not be a high school graduate on arrival. For more information click here.  Application available online .The application deadline is February 1, 2014, but late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.
Applications will be available in February 2014!  University of Washington Materials "Day" Camp -  Rising Junior or Senior students involved in math, science and technology classes.This week long hands-on learning principles of applied match, physics and chemistry. Students receive FREE meals, tuition and knowledge! Applications are available online . Click here for more information regarding the program.
University of Washington Mathematics Academy - July 6 - August 1, 2014 - High School Juniors interested in studying Science,Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM). Current juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will complete pre-calculus by the end of their junior year.  This FREE 4- week residential program will enhance your math and problem-solving skills, introduce you to engineering fields and careers, and help you with the college application process. Applications due March 3rd! For more information contact delcia@uw.edu, 206.616.3280 or go to their website.
Nurse Camp at University of Washington - July 21-25, 2014  Are you currently a high school sophomore or junior interested in learning what the nursing field is all about? Do you want to know how to get into nursing school? Apply to participate in the University of Washington School of Nursing's Nurse Camp 2014! This FREE week-long day camp is geared toward increasing access and opportunities in nursing to minority and low-income high school sophomores and juniors. Please be aware this is a DAY camp; transportation and overnight accommodations are NOT provided. If you live outside the Seattle area, overnight accommodations, transportation to and from the UW Seattle campus, and meals outside of Nurse Camp are your responsibility.  For more information and to apply:  Nurse Camp
Washington State Patrol-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp -  Washington high school juniors and seniors interested in a law enforcement career July 20-27, 2014 can spend a week learning about job opportunities in the field.The 36th annual Washington State Patrol-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp is accepting applications. May 10 is the application deadline.The camp provides high school students with the opportunity to explore job opportunities in the law enforcement field. Participants can experience the law enforcement problems and challenges encountered by officers on a daily basis, and then learn how to handle the situations in a professional manner. For an application go to: WSP Youth Law Career Camp
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center -Naturalist in Training -  program is ideal for high school students ages14 to 18 who are interested in working with kids in a natural setting. This program helps teens attain invaluable skills while meeting school service learning hour requirements. Accepted teens will attend two required Saturday training's in May and assist with two week-long summer camps at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. The  camp programs run 10 weeks in the summer. For more information go to Mercer.Slough.Teens@pacsci.org.

US Student Volunteer Ambassador Program - International Student Volunteers, in conjunction with the President's Service Award invite student leaders to represent the USA on the Student Volunteer Ambassador Program. All participants will receive a letter of recognition signed by the US President, Barack Obama. For more information please visit their website.
Yale Young Global Scholars Summer 2014
Outstanding students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school Applicants should have a record of strong academic achievement and leadership potential. We welcome students of all backgrounds from across the United States and around the world, and we are deeply committed to increasing diversity in the program. We also offer generous need-based financial aid.

Consists of two distinct sessions The first session - Politics, Law, and Economics (PLE) - will appeal to students who are interested in an intense, college-level introduction to the important thinkers, ideas, and systems of the American intellectual tradition. The second session - Studies in Grand Strategy - will appeal to students who are interested in contemporary international affairs and global issues. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2014. For more information go to our website

 TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Seattle TYE Seattle, the local chapter the TYE global program, focuses on fostering entrepreneurship in youth and helps them discover the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur. The program kicks off with an intensive 8 week training session taking place between October and November 2012. Students will be attending five to seven classes, taught by multiple industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs. The focus of these sessions will be on learning the basics of business including marketing, accounting, finance and law.  For more information please go to their website. Application is due June 30th.

Northwest Trek Widelife Park: Teen Education Volunteers (age 14 -17) serve as an information source on-site for Northwest Trek visitors as well as at off-site functions. Monitors, interprets and helps maintain assigned public areas. Acts as a public relations ambassador for Trek. For more information please vist their website, contact Dan Belting at 360.832.7162 or dan.belting@nwtrek.org. Or complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form.

Project GenOm at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center has several summer opportunities for this summer, but students interested must act quickly, the deadline for some is March 1st. Project GenOm is for students interested in BioMedical research. Information and applications can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/genomics/hsprog/alva.shtml Fred Hutch also provides summer employment opportunities for high school students through a grant funded by the National Institutes of health. For more information, click http://www.fhcrc.org/science/education/hs/internship/

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK:   Students may choose Business, Advanced Business,  Healthcare,  NEW Manufacturing, NEW Energy Week.  Students are housed on a college campus for one week while they experience hands and experiential learning.  It is a fast paced week full of competitions, teamwork, and real life experiences that encourage youth to think beyond high school and plan for the future.  Applications & information are available on the Washington Business Week website at  www.wbw.org click on the programs tab. Because of the awesome sponsorship of this program by businesses, there is a tier fee structure for WA students between $455 - $855. The actual cost of the program is $1,200 per student. Note: for students with financial need some scholarships for the $350 are also available.  For an additional $75, students can earn 2 college elective credits! 
University of Washington  Young Executives of Color (YEOC)
Young Executives of Color (YEOC) - is a high school mentorship Saturday program for high school students of color.Program funded by Ernst & Young. (See attached YEOC Mid Year Report for complete details.) Applications will be available in March please check their website at :http://www.foster.washington.edu/academic/undergrad/Pages/YEOC.aspx
Power of Hope is hosting three arts-based summer camps this year, including a young women’s creative writing camp. Power of Hope's eight-day summer camps are for teens ages 14 to 18 who want to explore the arts and take an active role in their communities. Teens learn to express themselves through a range of creative workshops on subjects such as: visual arts, dance, theater, writing, media literacy, nature education, social justice and much more! Here is a link to our website if you would like more information about our camps:  http://www.powerofhope.org/programs/youth-programs/summer-camp
Applications available in February 2014! Cougar Quest:  Camps for middle and high school students at WSU.  Cougar Quest is a residential academic summer camp for highly capable students on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington (75 miles south of Spokane, WA). The camp is designed to meet the educational and social needs of young college-bound students entering grades 7 through 12 in fall 2012.  There are two weeks of camp, one to accommodate entering 7th through 9th graders and the second for entering 9th through 12th graders. Students entering 9th grade have the option of choosing one week, or attending both. Cost is about $605.00. Registration begins in March. For more information go to their website.
 Chevron Corporation is funding a summer camp geared toward high school juniors hosted at the University of Southern California. This is a part of its dedicated outreach to encourage the development of a new generation of energy engineers; This summer program will introduce students to opportunities and career possibilities in the energy resources fields.  Passionate High School Science and Math Teachers are also encouraged to apply as observers. All applicants must apply online; at the following website. Students who are accepted to this program attend FREE!

Idaho Jems:  Summer Camp in Engineering:   July 14-19, 2013, Designed for students who have completed at least their junior year of high school, the Idaho Junior Engineering, Math and Science (JEMS) Summer Program provides an introduction to engineering through study of real-world problems within their technical and social contexts. Go to their website to apply.


National Conservation Crews: Hands-on, FREE,3-5 week summer programs for youth age 15-19.  Develop leadership skills, create a team spirit, and manage day-to-day challenges- all while connecting with and caring for Planet Earth.   They also offer expense paid internships for those 18 and older.  Field leader positions for ages 21 and up. For more information visit their websiteApply by March 1, 2013.


Teens immerse yourself in the animation industry to create and animate your own characters. Teen Animation Immersion summer program this year during the month of July. All instructors are professionals in the field and experienced educators.  Last summer's program was so successful, that this year, in partnership with the City of Redmond, we are offering both beginner and advanced classes. These are week-long intensive sessions at a commercial animation studio in Redmond that will expose students to Maya, Photoshop, and the northwest's only Markerless Motion Capture system (state of the art technology for producing animated real-time action used now in many professional fields).  For more information go to their website.

Evergreen Girls State: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit is looking for girls interested in learning about Americanism and government. Girls State allows your women the opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens where individuals learn about the privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship. This year the program runs June 14-20 so advance arrangements to take finals and miss the last days of school would be required. Interested students should apply to the program and if selected contact their counselor right away to confirm. For more information check out their website.


 Learn about Business:  Internship Program:  Are you interested in learning more about the process of creating public policy?  Are you interested in participating in community outreach/education programs?  As an intern with United for Washington’s Business Institute you will have the opportunity to meet and work along side key individuals highly engaged in affecting change in our state. As an intern with United for Washington’s Business Institute, you will be working with various groups involved with creating public policy, from non-profit groups, private companies and associations, as well as elected officials.  The Business Institute recruits civic minded individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge on public policy and its effects on the business climate in Washington State. Orientation and training will be provided at the beginning and throughout the internship period.  Interns will be working with our staff and may be assigned to different work groups depending on project requirements. For more information go to their website.  Accepting Applications NOW!
SAME (Society of Military Engineers) Engineering and Construction Camps 2013: High school students from across the country learn engineering solutions and skills from professional engineers while getting a taste of what it means to work for and with the military services.  Only at an SAME Engineering and Construction Camp can you design a chair with three legs and sit on it, construct a concrete beam and smash it, or build a cardboard boat and race it! These exciting week-long camps take place during the summer months in a variety of settings—the colorful Colorado Rockies, the beautiful Southern California Coast, or the historic Mississippi Valley. Go to their website for specific dates for registration information and deadlines.
Camp Sealth Teen Leadership Opportunities (located on Vashon Island): Counselor-In-Training (CIT) and Riding-Staff-In-Training (RSIT)  The CIT and RSIT programs are three-week long leadership development programs for teens entering grades 10-12 who are interested in working with younger children.  Students can earn 50+ volunteer service hours through completion of the CIT/RSIT program.  Students entering grades 11 and 12 are eligible to apply to high school internship program, a volunteer junior staff position.  Students can earn 100+ volunteer service hours through completion of the internship program. Go to their website to apply. Application due by March 31, 2014.

General Information:


Summer is a great time for students to get involved in programs that build leadership and self-esteem, acquire new skills, and have fun. Some programs have applications deadlines in early spring, so the now is a good time for your student to start exploring. When searching for programs with your student, keep in mind the following points:

There are many different types of experiences including camps, academic programs, sports clinics, arts workshops, internships, volunteer opportunities, and travel adventures throughout North American and abroad. Here’s a little of what each may offer:

Camps-Students can make lasting friendships while enjoying fresh air and sunshine. Camp is also a place to learn cooperation, leadership, and independence. For those who’d like to combine the great outdoors with inner growth, there are camps representing a wide range of religious affiliations.
Summer on Campus-Whether your student is looking for remedial help or a chance to move ahead, many programs offer a combination of academics with recreation
Extra Credit-Students can get challenging coursework out of the way or find a program that normally would not be offered at SHS
Community Service/Internships-Students can gain invaluable skills volunteering for organizations in line with their interests. Many organizations have teen programs already set up with coordinators who are able to mentor and give sound career advice

Experiences range in price from $50.00 for a day workshop to $4,500 for a world trek with sessions varying in length from a couple of days to a couple of months.  Your student’s satisfaction with a summer opportunity is directly proportionate with the amount of research you both do. Here are some good questions to ask:

Who is the director? Get to know that person to find out his or her credentials and philosophy about the program.
What is the program’s track record?
Who are the counselors and instructors?
Can you talk to past participants of the program to find out their level of satisfaction?
What are the program’s goals?
What if discipline problems arise?
How safe is the program?
Could you arrange a tour or visit of the program?
What provisions are made for medical care and emergencies?