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With spring approaching, the school year is racing to a close and summer is right around the corner. UT has plenty of options for keeping your kiddos busy when classes end.

From studying fossils to polishing acting techniques to practicing sports, UT summer camps provide a safe environment where kids can express their creativity and talents and learn new skills.

All camps are on the UT campus unless noted otherwise.

4-H Camps: Residential camps are offered for youth in grades four through eight. Other camps focus on shooting skills and electricity.

Architecture and Design: Design Matters! Camp offers motivated high school rising freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors a weeklong introduction to the design of the built environment and the considerations that shape it. Residential and day options are available.

McClung Museum Camps: Children ages 2, with caregiver through 11 can choose camps where they will learn about dinosaurs, fine diverse art collections, or ancient art and archaeology.

Clarence Brown Theatre Summer Acting Workshop: For more than a decade, the Clarence Brown Theatre’s summer acting workshops have offered high school students intensive training in acting technique, voice, movement, improvisation, and musical theater. The popular program now offers two weeks of training in each of two summer sessions.

Adventures in STEM Girls Camp: A fun and educational summer day program for middle school-aged girls. Students will be immersed in a week full of hands-on activities, including lab visits and team projects, that expose the exciting challenges of being a scientist or researcher.

Kids U Camps: Kids U offers a wide range of camps for youth in grades three through 12. Children come to UT and learn from college faculty, staff and graduate students in fields such as art, chemistry, cooking, anthropology, photography, and computers.

The camp is hosting the first-ever Kids U open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the UT Conference Center. The opportunity offers the chance to learn about the fun and educational summer camps. Children signed up at the event will receive 10 percent off camp fees.

Athletics Camps: Male and female campers will participate in many of the same skill development drills Tennessee coaches use to improve the skills of UT athletes. With the help of former Vol players and an elite camp staff, each camper will receive individualized attention during drills, games, and camp contests. Boys’ camps include baseball, basketball, diving, golf, football, and swimming. Girls’ camps include golf, softball, diving, rowing, basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, and tennis. Note: Not all sport camp information may be up-to-date.

Early Learning Center Camps: Rising first through fourth graders will play, complete projects, and explore the local community. They will enjoy experiences in science, humanities, and the arts that are meant to spark their curiosity to learn more about what it means to be an engaged citizen.

UT Gardens: One-day and weeklong camps are offered for youth ages 4 to 15. There are a special camps for kids and grandparents. Other camps which allow parents to attend with younger children. The camps provide an opportunity for youngsters to learn about flowers, vegetables, birds, and garden beasts. Many include hands-on gardening activities and arts and crafts. Discounts are available for UT faculty and staff children.


Amy Blakely (, 865-974-5034)