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.

August 8-12 Salem Grades 6-8 $100; scholarships available Application Due: June 15

COSEY Mobile Science and Engineering Camps

Summer STEM camps for middle school students on the coast.
Dates vary Various locations Grades 6-9 Free  


A week-long exploration of health care careers.
June 19-23 La Grande Grades 9-12 $400; scholarships available Application Due: March 16

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 Cost varies; scholarships avilable Deadlines vary

Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY)

Female and underrepresented minoritiy students spend a week with a research group at Oregon State University.
July 19-23 Corvallis Grades 9-11 $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 13-18 Corvallis Grades 11-12 $750; full scholarships available Application Due: May 15

LEGO Camps

Explore engineering and robotics through LEGOs.
June 26-30, July 10-14 and 17-22 Klamath Falls Ages 8-14 $150 Deadlines vary


Students work in art, design, music, and theater labs, attend evening presentations by guest lecturers and artists, and participate in multi-disciplined events.
July 9-15  Corvallis Ages 15-18 $400 tuition, $350 for housing; scholarships available Application Due: June 9

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 Newport Ages 8-18 Cost 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 Cost 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 21-24, August 26-29 Coos Bay Ages 10-13 $595 tuition; scholarships available  


A broad range of classes, workshops, and recreational activities for talented and highly able students.
June 25-July 1 Ashland Grades 5-8 $850; scholarships available Application Due: April 28

Music Camps

Orchestra, marching band, and jazz improvisation camps.
July 10-15, July 17-22, July 23-28 Eugene Grades 8-12 $395-$595; scholarships available  

Business Education Compact Internships

Internships for high school and college students at businesses in Oregon.
Dates vary Portland area Ages 16+ May be paid  

Art Adventures

Week-long, in-depth art workshops at the Oregon College of Art & Craft.
June-August Portland Grades 6-8 $360/week  

OMSI Camps & Classes

Science, design, adventure and more at locations around the state.
Dates vary Various locations Grades K-12 Cost varies; financial aid available  

Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering

Summer internships with professional engineers and scientists. Includes a $1,000 stipend.
June-August Various locations Grades 9-11 $280, fees waived for low-income students Application Due: March 10

iD Tech Camps

Weeklong camps focus on programming, game design, apps, robotics and more.
June-August Portland Ages 7-17 Cost varies; scholarships available Scholarship Application Due: March 15

Northwest Youth Corps

Offers outdoor camps and job-training programs at locations around the state.
June-August Various locations Ages 12-19 Cost varies; tuition assistance available, may include a stipend  

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Camps

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

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 25-30; July 23-29 Tillamook; Bend 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 Cost varies Registration opens: May

Linn-Benton Community College Summer Programs

Week-long camps connecting creativity and technology.
June-August Various locations Ages 10-18 Cost varies  

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

Students work in teams to create and run a business during this week-long simulation.
July 9-15, July 23-29, August 6-12 Portland, Eugene, Corvallis Grades 9-12 $995; scholarships available  

Next Generation Storytelling

A residential camp at University of Oregon focused on journalism and media.
June 25-30 Eugene Grades 9-11 $850 Application Deadline: April 14

Raspberry Pi Camp

Learn computer programming with fun, practical projects using a Raspberry Pi.
June 26-29 Albany Grades 7-12 $40; scholarships available  

Summer Transportation Institute

A two-week residence immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system for females.
August 7-18 Portland Grades 9-12 No cost Application Deadline: June 16

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)

Free one-week academic and interactive summer programs on the University of Oregon campus for local, underrepresented students.
July 17-21 and July 24-28 Eugene Grades 9-12 No cost  

Oregon Private College Week

Information sessions and tours for students, parents and educators at 12 private colleges across the state.
July 24-28 Various locations Grades 10-12 No cost  


A research mentorship training program for underrepresented Portland-area youth.
June 19-August 11 Portland Grades 10-12 No cost  

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Opportunities Across the U.S.

National Youth Science Camp

A month-long program for budding scientists.
June 14-July 8 Washington D.C. Seniors No cost Application Due: March 1

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 2-21 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 2

Carleton Liberal Arts Experience Summer Program

A one-week summer program for the country's best and brightest African-American students at Carleton College.
July 8-15 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.
July 1-August 11 Pittsburgh, PA Grades 11-12 Free tuition Application Due: March 3

Roadtrip Nation

A cross-country road trip interviewing industry leaders that will be filmed as part of a documentary TV show.
July 16-August 10 Various locations Ages 18-26 No cost Application Due: April 3

Inspiring Girls Expeditions

Expedition teams of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors to spend 12 days exploring and learning about glaciers and the alpine or marine environment.
Various Various locations Ages 16-17 Free tuition  

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, 10-day summer seminar on journalism for low-income students.
August 4-14 Princeton, NJ Grade 11 No cost  

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