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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s summer camps are setting up a host of fun and educational activities for kids of all ages—from learning about science and technology in UT labs to acting and improvising at the Clarence Brown Theatre.

All camps are on the UT campus unless noted otherwise.

4-H Camps: Various campus are offered for children ranging from grades 4 through 8 and include a variety of learning experiences and activities.

Architecture and Design: Design Matters! Camp offers a week-long introduction to design and how it impacts the human experience for motivated rising ninth- through 12th-grade high school students. Residential and day options are available.

McClung Museum Camps: Children ages two through 10 can choose camps where they will learn about dinosaurs, fossils, or the museum’s diverse fine arts collection. Younger children attend with caregivers.

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 provides two weeks of training with a final showcase performance.

Adventures in STEM Girls Camp: Adventures in STEM is a week-long summer day program for rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls. Students will learn about engineering, biology, and mathematics through hands-on activities, lab visits, and a field trip.

Young Scholars Program: A research-intensive, one-month program hosted by CURENT for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who will spend a month doing intensive research and work on a project related to electrical engineering. The month will conclude with a poster session about their research.

Kids U Camps: Kids U features day camps for students in grades 3–12 (rising). These camps provide a wonderful opportunity for students to work with university staff, faculty, and graduate students while exploring their interests in fields ranging from art to chemistry, cooking to anthropology, photography to technology, STEM to LEGOs, and much more. Choose from more than 50 camps, including several new options. Receive 10 percent off when you call 865-974-0150 to register for any Kids U camp between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 26 or 27. Children who are registered by May 1 will receive a free Kids U T-shirt.

Sports Camps: Male and female campers will participate in many of the same skill development drills Tennessee coaches use with 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, football, golf, strength, swimming, tennis, and track. Girls’ camps include basketball, diving, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, spirit, strength, swim, tennis, track, and volleyball. Ages vary by camp. Note: Information may not be complete at this time. Check the Tennessee Sports Camps website for current information.

Early Learning Center Summer Camp: Children who completed a kindergarten program during the 2019–2020 school year will play, create with 21st-century materials, and do rich project work. They will enjoy experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to spark their curiosity to learn more about what it means to be a savvy and engaged citizen.

UT Gardens Garden Discovery Camps: One-day and week-long camps are offered for youth ages four to 14. There are special camps for kids and grandparents. Other camps allow parents to attend with younger children. The camps provide an opportunity for youngsters to learn about the weather, vegetables, insects, and mythical forest characters. Many include hands-on gardening activities and arts and crafts.


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