There are a variety of summer programs in Oregon and across the country that will engage students, build leadership skills, and explore careers. Many programs are no or low-cost and/or offer scholarships, but deadlines are fast approaching. Here's a sampling:

Opportunities in Oregon

4-H International Summer Camps

Helps Latino youth improve academic skills, develop leadership skills, and participate in healthy physical activities.
Dates TBA Salem Grades 3-8 $75-$100; scholarships available  


A week-long exploration of health care careers.
June 13-17 La Grande Grades 9-12 $550; scholarships available. Application Due: March 9

Rites of Passage Summer Academies

Middle and high school students from Lane County representing four racial/ethnic groups are immersed in a multi-week summer program focusing on their cultural history, literature, folklore, and traditions.
June-August Eugene Grades 7-12 varies; scholarships avilable. Deadlines vary.

Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY)

Spend a week with a research group at Oregon State University.
July 17-22 Corvallis Grades 9-12 $250; scholarships available Application Due: May 23

OSU Summer Veterinary Experience

A hands-on learning experience for academically talented, low-income and minority 11th and 12th grade students interested in veterinary medicine.
August 14-19 Corvallis Grades 9-12 $650; full scholarships available Application Due: May 15

LEGO Camps

Explore engineering and robotics through LEGOs.
June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 25-29 Klamath Falls Ages 8-14 $155  


Students work in art, design, music, and theater labs, attend evening presentations by guest lecturers and artists, and participate in multi-disciplined events.
June 27-July 1  Corvallis Ages 15-18 Varies; scholarships available Application Due: June 1

Hatfield Marine Science Center Day Camps

An opportunity to interact with researchers and learn about the marine environment through hands-on programs and field trips.
July-August Newport Ages 8-18 Varies  

STEM Academy

Week-long programs in science, technology, engineering and math subjects like LEGO Robotics, game design, and creative computing.
June-August Corvallis Grades 3-12 Varies, scholarships available to all who qualify. Registration Opens: March 15

SEA Camp of Oregon

Explore the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments by hiking, observing marine mammals, tide pooling, and taking classes in marine biology.
August 16-19, August 21-24 Coos Bay Ages 10-13 $545 tuition; scholarships available Tuition Assistance Due: June 15


A broad range of classes, workshops, and recreational activities for talented and highly able students.
June 19-25 Ashland Grades 5-8 $750; scholarships available Tuition Assistance Due: May 15

Music Camps

Orchestra, marching band, and jazz improvisation camps.
July 11-16, July 18-23, July 24-29 Eugene Grades 8-12 $595; scholarships available  

Summer Enrichment Program

Challenging academic enrichment with fun events and new friends.
July 17-30 Eugene Ages 10-17 $1595 plus $50 application fee Registration Opens: March 7

Art Adventures

Week-long, in-depth art workshops at the Oregon College of Art & Craft.
June-August Portland Grades 6-8 $350/week  

OMSI Camps & Classes

Science, design, adventure and more at locations around the state.
Varies Various Grades K-12 Varies  

Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering

Summer internships with professional engineers and scientists. Includes a $1,000 stipend.
June-August Various Grades 9-11 $280, fees waived for low-income students Application Due: March 4

Camp Odyssey

An innovative diversity training and leadership development program for Oregon youth.
Dates TBA Location TBA Ages 14-18 No cost  

iD Tech Camps

Weeklong camps focus on programming, game design, apps, robotics and more.
June-August Portland Ages 7-17 Varies; scholarships available Scholarship Application Due: March 4

Northwest Youth Corps

Offers outdoor camps and job-training programs at locations around the state.
June-August Various Ages 12-19 Varies; some may include a stipend for students  

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Camps

Aviation, space and water-themed camps.
June-August McMinnville   Varies  

Tillamook Bay Community College Tech Trek

A week-long residential camp experience for girls going into the 8th grade with a love of science, technology, engineering or math.
June 19-24 Tillamook 8th grade girls No/low-cost Students must be nominated by a science or math teacher.

Clatsop Community College Camps

Week-long camps connecting creativity and technology.
June-July Astoria Ages 12-18 $40-$100  

Linn-Benton Community College Summer Programs

Week-long camps connecting creativity and technology.
June-August Various Ages 10-18 Varies  

Middle School Manufacturing Camp

Design and build a product with manufactuing equipment and tour local businesses.
June 27-30 Albany Grades 6-8 $59 Scholarships available.

Summer Transportation Institute at PSU

High school girls will choose a real-world transportation problem and develop a solution.
July 11-22 Portland Grades 9-12 No cost. Applications due May 27.

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

Students work in teams to create and run a business during this simulation.
July-August Various Grades 9-12 $995 Scholarships available.

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Opportunities Across the U.S.

National Youth Science Camp

A month-long program for budding scientists.
June 15-July 10 Washington D.C. Seniors No cost Application Due: March 16

INSPIRE Pre-College Program

Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students spend 3-weeks on the George Washington University campus to learn about intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government.
July 3-23 Washington D.C. Grades 10-11 No cost Application Due: March 1

Google Computer Science Summer Institute

An intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science.
July-August Boston, Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Chicago Seniors No cost Application Due: March 3

Carleton Liberal Arts Experience Summer Program

A one-week summer program for the country's best and brightest at Carleton College.
July 2-9 Northfield, MN Sophomores No cost Application Due: April 1

Carnegie Mellon University Summer Programs for Diversity

Six weeks of intensive study of engineeering, science, architecture, music, art, or drama.
June 25-August 6 Pittsburgh, PA Grades 10-11 No cost Application Due: April 1

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