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2023 Summer Camp & Resource List

Summer is just around the corner – here is a list of a few camps and other resources in Arizona we found that you may be interested in. This list will be updated throughout the spring and into summer, so check back for new programs and camps!

SEL & Affective Learning

Logic, Leadership, & Life Skills
What is the key to success for teens and young adults? Success isn’t only about doing well in school or getting into a good college. Being successful is about discovering your strengths, mastering your emotions, and adding value wherever you go. A child is only truly successful when they learn to be happy and confident with who they are.

Happiness is the goal for this one-of-a-kind youth summer camp! Hosted at Arizona State University campuses, Leadership Society of Arizona’s 2023 Logic, Leadership, and Life Skills summer program is a day camp where teens complete licensed professional development training. We’ve taken a college-level curriculum and turned it into a fun and interactive 4-day course. Students will set new goals, learn proven leadership skills, and get individualized attention from our certified teen life coaches.

AAGT Members Receive $25 off registration. Login to your account and visit Leadership Society of Arizona’s Profile in our Business Directory to receive the promo code!

Online Programs

Smithsonian Online Camps
Online Smithsonian Summer Camps will be offered between June 20 and July 28, 2023 for Grads 4-11.

Gifted-Specific Summer Camps

ASU Barrett Summer Scholars
Barrett Summer Scholars is a residential summer enrichment program for academically talented and motivated students entering 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade in Fall 2023. Students participate in a Critical Thinking or Human Event course and an elective taught by university faculty or staff to prepare them for enrollment and success at ASU and Barrett, the Honors College. Application deadline: March 17, 2023

Bridges Summer Programming for 2e Students
The Bridges Academy and 2e Center’s popular summer enrichment program catalog is now available! The 2023 catalog features nearly 50 courses designed for twice-exceptional learners. Course subjects include music, college essay writing, science, art, film, gaming, anime, Dungeons & Dragons, crafts, and much more. This year both online and on-campus (Los Angeles & Seattle) courses are being offered.

Davidson Institute Stars Summer Camp
A gifted summer program for ages 8 to 11. The goal of the STARS Summer Camp is to provide our Young Scholars the unique opportunity to attend a five day residential summer program focused on supporting their academic and social needs. Our bright students get the chance to build independence through a fun, short experience away from home.

Davidson Institute Reach Summer Seminar
A gifted summer program for ages 8 to 11. REACH Summer Seminar offers Young Scholars an academically challenging residential experience amongst intellectual peers on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. For those familiar with Davidson STARS Summer Camp and Davidson THINK Summer Institute, REACH bridges the experience between these two well established and popular summer opportunities for profoundly gifted youth.

Davidson THINK Summer Institute
THINK is a residential summer program for students, ages 13 to 16. Students take two college classes earning six credits from the University of Nevada, Reno. THINK students come from all over the country and about half of attendees are Davidson Young Scholars. The SAT/ACT score requirement is waived for Davidson Young Scholars.

Young Scholar Summit
Young Scholars are invited to attend a summertime get-together called the Summit, where relationships are fostered between Young Scholar families. During this experience, special activities for the Young Scholars, parent discussion workshops, multiple game rooms, meet and greets, and interaction with dynamic speakers/presenters are offered.

Deer Valley Gifted Summer Camps
Two camps to choose from, Puzzlements or Camp Create. Registration opens March 8.

Yunasa Summer Camps for Gifted Youth
Designed and led by eminent experts in the field of gifted youth, Yunasa embraces gifted children for who they are, helping them understand and work with the unique joys and challenges that gifted children face.

Yunasa in Michigan, for ages 10-14, offers:

  • Dorm-style living
  • A large lake
  • A larger group of campers, including leadership campers ages 15-16

Yunasa West in Colorado, for ages 10-15, offers:

  • A more rugged, camp-style feel with cabin living
  • A greater emphasis on ecology
  • A Rocky Mountain setting at a high elevation
  • A smaller, more intimate group of campers

Music Programs

NAU Curry Summer Music Camp
The NAU Curry Summer Music Camp is proud to return this year as a 5 day festival experience for choir, band, and orchestra students from Arizona and all around the Southwestern United States. Join us for the opportunity to receive world-class music instruction from elite musicians, and to rehearse and perform in NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium on our Flagstaff Mountain Campus.

Flagstaff Piano Festival Academy 
The Flagstaff Piano Festival Academy plans to return this summer with another fantastic Festival Experience! Join us for a week long, fully immersive Piano experience, hosted once again by your wonderful Festival Coordinator Dr. Silvan Negrutiu.

The Nash Jazz Summer Camp at Arizona School of the Arts
Attention instrumentalists and vocalists: Spend a fun-filled week learning and performing jazz with the Nash Jazz Summer Camp’s all-star faculty!

Desert Hills Community School of Music Announces Summer Camp ProgramWith sessions for both school-aged children and all age groups, the camp will help students build essential skills on their instruments under the guidance of world-class instructors.

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – From June 5-9, 2023, Desert Hills Community School of Music (DHCSM) will present a two-part summer camp, with each day featuring a band instruments workshop for ages 10-17 and a string workshop for ages eight and up, including adults. Instructors will include Gregory Hamilton, DMA, an Associate Professor of Cello and Bass at Concordia College, and Vitaly Serebriakov, DHCSM Artistic Director and Artist in Residence with the Scottsdale Philharmonic. DHCSM is located on the campus of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in North Scottsdale.

The band instruments camp will take place each day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open to beginning and intermediate-level players and all band instruments (including woodwind, brass, and percussion), the camp is designed to help middle and high school students ages 10-17 become more proficient on their instruments and develop increased confidence and ability playing in ensembles. It is aimed at young musicians who will be joining band in August as well as more experienced musicians who want to become stronger leaders in their school band programs. Each day, students will spend time playing in both large and small ensembles, and will have the option to focus on two out of three supplementary skills: group piano, conducting, or music theory. From Monday through Thursday, professional musicians – including Vitaly Serebriakov, Gregory Hamilton, and the Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet – will give performances from 12-12:30 p.m.; on Friday, the performance will run until 1 p.m. and will feature all student groups performing pieces they have worked on through the week. All performances will be free and open to the public.

In the afternoons, an intergenerational strings workshop will take place from 1-3 p.m. each day. Taught by Gregory Hamilton, this workshop is intended for beginners ages 8 and up – including adults of all ages – who want to start learning to play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will learn skills such as proper instrument posture, bow hold, left hand finger position, production of adequate sound, and an awareness of where the notes lie in first position. By the end of the week, they will be able to play simple tunes and one-octave major scales (up to two sharps and two flats). This is a particularly great opportunity for school-aged students to gain the skills they need to join their school orchestra programs and be able to play music on day one.

The cost of the five-day band instruments workshop is $375; scholarships are available. The cost of the string workshop is $200, or $150 for students also enrolled in the morning session. Stringed instrument rentals will be available on site for $50 for the week.


College Preparedness Summer Programs

ASU Summer Programs
A variety options for students looking for leadership, support and preparation as they gear up for their college journey.

STEAM Programs

ASU Digital Culture Summer Institute

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering annually hosts a summer program for students ages 12 to 18, featuring 5-day, project-focused workshops. Students work directly with faculty and graduate students who are experts in their field. Open to students of all levels of experience, we offer a variety of interdisciplinary classes infused with ideas and practices from the arts, music, digital media, computer science, technology and engineering

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Don’t forget – AAGT offers a Student Enrichment Scholarship that can be used to pay for summer programs like these! Apply here 

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