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We offer one day workshops, weekend seminars and week long camps for youth in a variety of subject areas. Each year we offer technology, art, music, career, engineering and many other educational opportunities for youth.

Summer 2014 Youth Programs and Camps!

Apprentice Chef Cooking School

Eastern’s Apprentice Chef Cooking School is your opportunity to:

  • Immerse yourself in culinary training
  • Test your skill and talent in the hospitality industry
  • Get a feel for working in a professional culinary setting     
  • Meet others who are passionately epicurious
  • Experience campus life in our EIU Residence Halls
  • Get a head-start on your college career - earn EIU credit!

High school sophomores and juniors interested in gaining practical experience in the hospitality and culinary arts field will have the opportunity to attend a three and one half-day camp, working under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Painter, a world renowned dietician with special expertise in the hospitality industry.

Participants will be expected to commit themselves to an exciting course of study and development. A variety of recreational activities will also be planned and students will have time to relax, make new friends, and experience campus life. For more information on this new and exciting program, click here. 

2014 Creative Writing Camp for Ages 12 - 18 (June 9-12)

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Spend four days writing fiction and poetry. Complete daily writing exercises to excite your creativity and develop your writing skills, and meet with the instructor for one-on-one guidance to improve your writing technique. Collaborate with other students to write several complete short stories and poems. Compile a portfolio of ideas and writing fragments to use for your future writing projects. Present an oral selection of your work from the week for your friends, family and invited guests at an informal reading to close the camp.  Camp will meet from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. $60.00. Registration deadline is June 4th.

 

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2014 Fit-N-Fun Camp for Ages 6 - 8 (June 912)                               

Learn how to safely ride your bicycle, learn to have fun with your friends and family. Earn the President's Council on Fitness Award. Camp will meet from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. $75.00. Registration deadline is June 4th.

2014 Fit-N-Fun Camp for Ages 9 - 12 (June 1620)                           

Learn how to exercise using a Wii and an Xbox. Learn how to stay active and move for 60 minutes a day. Earn the President's Council on Fitness Award. Camp will meet from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Thursday) and from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon) on Friday. $125.00 (lunch provided). 
Registration deadline is June 11th.

 

2014 Rookie Cooks (June 20) Ages: 8-12

Join us and learn how to cook. Participants will learn the basics of home cooking. Camp will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the 4-H Building at the Coles County Fairgrounds. $25.00. Registration deadline is June 18th

2014 Computer Guts (June 27) Ages: 8-14

Want to learn what makes a computer work?  Want to take a computer apart and look at the inside?  Join us in Room 2116 Blair Hall on Friday, June 27th from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and we will show you.  Registration is free but you need to register to attend. Registration deadline is June 25th.

 

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Beginning Engineering LEGO Camp (June 23–26) Ages: 68           

Design and build exciting projects with LEGO construction materials. You will work with levers, gears, pulleys, and wheels to make cars, catapults, and more. There will be time each day for both individual creative challenges and team projects. Great opportunity for girls and boys! Camp will meet from from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon). $99.00  Registration deadline is June 16th.

LEGO WeDo Robotics Camp (June 23–26) Ages: 810                          

Involve yourself with engaging learning experiences in science, literacy, and math. Use the LEGO WeDo materials to inspire problem solving and creativity! Participants will work on themed projects as well as have challenging creative time. Great opportunity for girls and boys. Camp will meet from from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon). $99.00  Registration deadline is June 16th.

Intermediate Engineering LEGO Camp (June 30–July 3) Ages: 810   

Work with LEGO construction materials to design and build exciting projects. Explore simple machines, motors, gears, and motion. There will be individual creative challenges and team projects. Great opportunity for girls and boys. New projects for 2014! Camp will meet from from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon). $99.00  Registration deadline is June 23rd.

Young Inventor’s Workshop (June 30–July 3) Ages: 1114                                         

Develop your creativity and engineering skills with hands-on projects using LEGO Mindstorms materials. Learn about inventors and inventions while designing and building your own creation. Great for boys and girls! (New for 2014). Camp will meet from from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon). $99.00  Registration deadline is June 23rd. 

LEGO Robotics Bootcamp (July 7–July 10) Ages: 914                            

Learn programming basics for the LEGO Mindstorms robots. Introduction to strategies and skills that can be used for FIRST LEGO League. No experience with robots or programming is expected. Great for boys and girls! Camp will meet from from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon). $99.00  Registration deadline is June 30th.

Introduction to Computer Programming with Python (July 14–17) Ages: 1319

Hands-on programming projects that introduce students to Python, a language used by game developers and computer programmers. No computer programming experience is expected. Camp will meet from from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon). $99.00  Registration deadline is July 7th.

To register for many of the listed camps, please use this printable registration form. 

 

camp  (July 1417) Ages: 1st grade through 6th grade

Through Camp Invention, children entering grades one through six can spend their time building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct a pinball machine...for more information about the program and registration, please click here.


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2014 Summer Art School 

Summer Art Camp 2014 (July 13-19) Ages: High School Students

     JOIN US for a week-long EIU Summer Art Experience.

• spend a decadent week immersed in the Arts
• flex your creativity
• try your hand using art media you haven’t tried before
• meet other young people who are passionately creative
• experience campus life in our EIU Residence Halls
• test-drive EIU - see if YOU could be BLUE!

For more information, please click here.

MTIEP Summer Camp – (July 611)                                      

This summer Eastern Illinois University will host its 11th annual one-week Minority Teacher Identification and Enrichment Program (MTIEP) Camp in which students will experience college life and participate in academic sessions to develop teachers. MTIEP is a special program designed to recruit and retain minority students who have an interest in becoming teachers. This program has been a vital part of EIUs College of Education & Professional Studies since 1993. This program is a TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. The only expense that the campers will incur is a $50 reservation fee for the students who are selected to attend. Students selected for the camp will be notified and asked to pay the non-refundable $50 reservation fee to secure a place in the 2014 camp. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the camp. No money is required to apply for the camp. All students will live in air-conditioned university residence halls and will explore the facilities and services of EIU with the camp leaders. This camp will provide an opportunity for students to discover what college life entails. For more information, please contact Mona Davenport at mydavenport@eiu.edu or 217-581-6690.

Minority Leadership Camp – (July 2026)

This summer Eastern Illinois University will host its 28th annual one-week Minority Leadership and College Prep Camp in which students will experience college life and participate in activities to develop leadership and communication skills. This program is a TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. The only expense that the campers will incur is a $20 reservation fee for the students who are selected to attend. Students selected for the camp will be notified and asked to pay the nonrefundable $20 reservation fee to secure a place in the 2014 camp. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the camp. No money is required to apply for the camp. All students will live in air-conditioned university residence halls and will explore the facilities and services of EIU with the camp leaders. This camp will provide an opportunity for students to discover what college life entails. For more information, please contact Mona Davenport at mydavenport@eiu.edu or 217-581-6690.