Arts & Culture

Looking for Summer Camps in Orlando? Check Out These UCF-affiliated Options

By Jenna Marina Lee |
April 8, 2019

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Photo by Jessica Keller '15

From athletics to the arts to science to storytelling, there are plenty of summer camps for learning and play affiliated with UCF that can help keep students busy during the summer break. Deadlines are fast approaching for the 30 camps on this list. If you’re interested in learning more about a specific camp or wish to register, click the name of the camp for more information.

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(Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

Arts and Music

Flute Boot Camp: This three-day intensive program is designed to educate and inspire young flutists. In addition to the daily curriculum, guest artists will give classes to the students.

Dates: June 7 through 9
Ages: Middle and high schoolers
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 1 (priority tuition), June 1 (late tuition). Enrollment will close once capacity is reached.
Contact: Nora Lee García-Velázquez at noraleegarcia@ucf.edu

Sax Boot Camp: This three-day intensive program will educate and inspire young saxophonists. Daily masterclasses will provide continual and concentrated input from Associate Professor George Weremchuk. In addition to the daily curriculum, guest artists will give classes to the students.

Dates: June 7 through 9
Ages: Middle and high schoolers
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 1 (priority tuition), June 1 (late tuition). Enrollment will close once capacity is reached.
Contact: George Weremchuk at 407-823-5261 or George.Weremchuk@ucf.edu

Summer Flute & Piccolo Institute: This one-week intensive program is designed to educate and inspire young flutists through an interesting and cultivating curriculum that examines many aspects of flute performance.

Dates: June 10 through 14 (high school session), June 24 through 28 (middle school session)
Ages: One session for high schoolers, one session for middle schoolers
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 1 (priority tuition), June 1 (late tuition). Enrollment will close once capacity is reached.
Contact: Nora Lee García-Velázquez at noraleegarcia@ucf.edu

Knights Design Architecture Camp: Attendees of this two-week camp can expect to learn about architecture and design through a dynamic experience that includes working in UCF studios on projects, traveling to places of architectural significance in Central Florida and networking with professors and local architects.

Dates: June 10 through 21
Ages: Ninth through 12th graders
Location: Valencia College / UCF West Campus Architecture Studio (building 9 room 215)
Registration details: Deadline: May 1. Eligible applications must submit two letters of recommendation from a non-relative and carry at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Contact: Donald Watters at architecture@ucf.edu or Donald.watters@ucf.edu

Summer Opera Institute: In partnership with Opera Orlando, this intensive 10-day program is for singers who are pursuing a music education or performance career. The program includes voice lessons, master classes, private coaching, diction study, acting and movement classes, and a final concert on Sunday, June 23.

Dates: June 14 through 23
Ages: High schoolers to college students
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 15 (priority tuition), June 1 (late tuition)
Contact: Robin Jensen or Thomas Potter at opera@ucf.edu or 407 -823-4680

Piano Camp: A week-long performance intensive program for young pianists.

Dates: June 23 through 29
Ages: 11 though 18 years old
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 1 (priority tuition), June 1 (late tuition.) Enrollment will close once capacity is reached.
Contact: Yun-Ling Hsu at 407-823-1529 or yun-ling.hsu@ucf.edu

Percussion Summer Institute: A unique opportunity to study closely with UCF percussion faculty Thad Anderson ’04, percussionist, composer and contemporary/electroacoustic music specialist; Kirk Gay, world-class timpanist and orchestral musician; and Jeff Moore, internationally recognized percussion clinician, lecturer, soloist and dean of the UCF College of Arts and Humanities.

Dates: July 7 through 13
Ages: High schoolers and college students
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 1 (priority tuition), June 1 (late tuition.) Enrollment will close once capacity is reached.
Contact: Thad Anderson ’04 at tra@ucf.edu

(New!) Summer String Camp: This one-week intensive program designed to educate and inspire young string players in seventh through 12th grade through a rigorous and stimulating curriculum. Skills covered will include string technique (improving intonation, vibrato, set-up) and musicianship (foundations of rhythm, sight singing and theory). Instruments covered in this camp are violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Dates: July 14 through 20
Ages: Middle and high schoolers (seventh through 12th grade)
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 1 (priority tuition), June 1 (late tuition.) Enrollment will close once capacity is reached.
Contact: Chung Park at chung.park@ucf.edu

Orlando Repertory Theatre Camp at UCF (6 camps): Six camps include Toy Story Block Party; Harry Potter and the REPwizard Tournament; This is Me: The Greatest Show; Disney Summer CineMagic; Descendants: Ways to be Wicked; and Keep Calm, Own the Stage.

Dates: July 15 through 26
Ages: First through 10th graders, depending on the camp
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration Details: Deadline: Friday before each camp begins
Contact: Stacy Perez at 407-896-7365 ext. 203 or education@orlandorep.com

Character Animation Intensive: The Intensive Animation Summer Program provides rigorous college level courses to high school students, who will acquire skills in animation, digital media and sound design, while developing and building a professional ePortfolio for college applications.

Dates: June 17 through 28
Ages: High schoolers
Location: Performing Arts Center at UCF Main Campus (12488 Centaurus Blvd.)
Registration details: Deadline: May 31
Contact: Tracey Morrison at tracey.morrison@ucf.edu

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(Photo by Steven Diaz and Austin Warren)

Hospitality and Business

UCF Summer Entrepreneurship Camp (Powered by The Startup Studio): This week-long program uses The Startup Studio’s Learn to Start process to empower students with the entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets they need to create value for others and opportunities for themselves. Each day students will undertake entrepreneurship experiences that help them understand their passions, explore the power of their own ideas, and gain confidence in their ability to lead new initiatives and launch startup ventures.

Dates: June 17 through 21
Ages: High school juniors and seniors; UCF freshmen
Location: UCF College of Business (12744 Pegasus Drive)
Registration details:
Deadline: June 10
Contact: cel@ucf.edu

Camp Pineapple: This overnight camp offers the opportunity to learn about the hospitality industry firsthand by touring some of Orlando’s top hospitality destinations. Campers will meet leaders in the industry to learn more about the variety of career possibilities.

Dates: June 23 through 28
Ages: High school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years.
Location: UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management (9907 Universal Blvd.)
Registration details: Camp is currently at capacity but a waitlist is available.
Contact: camppineapple@ucf.edu or 407-903-8275

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Literary

UCF K-6 Reading Clinic: Develop your reading and writing skills with help from undergraduate education students. The final session includes a parent celebration demonstrating family literacy activities.

Dates: June 3 through 21
Ages
: Kindergarten through sixth graders
Location: UCF Main Campus (4000 Central Florida Blvd.)
Contact: Kristan Priske at kristan.priske@ucf.edu.

Digital Storytelling Camp: Combine literacy, visual arts and technology while embarking on reading adventures. The final session includes a parent celebration where students showcase their digital stories.

Dates: June 3 through 7; June 10 through 14; June 17 through 21
Ages
: Kindergarten through sixth graders
Location: UCF Main Campus (4000 Central Florida Blvd.)
Contact: Kristan Priske at kristan.priske@ucf.edu.

Summer Reading Camp: Explore reading through interactive activities with help from undergraduate education students.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 4 through 20
Ages: Kindergarten through fifth graders
Location: UCF South Lake Campus in Clermont (1250 N. Hancock Road)
Contact: Marni Kay at marni.kay@ucf.edu

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(Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

Sports

Greg Lovelady Baseball Camps: This is a great opportunity for youth players to showcase their skills in front of the UCF baseball coaching staff, as well as receive instruction to better their individual skill set through drill series and a competitive atmosphere with organized games.

Dates: June 17 through 21; June 24 through 27; July 8 through 11
Ages: 6 through 13
Location: John Euliano Park (4422 Knights Victory Way)
Registration details: Registration is open until the first day of each camp.
Contact: ttom@athletics.ucf.edu

Johnny Dawkins Basketball Camps: Campers will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of basketball and improve their skills in the same facilities that UCF’s basketball teams use every day, including the Addition Financial (formerly CFE) Arena and practice courts.

  • Individual Day Camp: This camp has an emphasis on developing the basic fundamentals of basketball: shooting, dribbling, passing and defense. Players are grouped according to age, height and ability level. Campers will receive lunch daily, as well as a T-shirt.
    • Dates: June 17 through 19
    • Ages: Boys and girls, first through 12th graders
  • Position Camp: Campers will learn specific skill sets for their positions and then have the opportunity to work on and develop those newly learned skills against their fellow campers in a live scrimmage.
    • Date: June 25
    • Ages: Boys and girls, middle and high schoolers
  • Little Knights Camp: Younger players will have the chance to work on their game with current UCF players and staff. Campers will receive lunch daily, as well as a T-shirt.
    • Dates: July 22 through 25
    • Ages: Boys and girls, first through ninth graders

Location: Addition Financial Arena (12777 N. Gemini Blvd.)
Registration details: A medical form (which can be found on the camp website) must be filled out before the camper attends the camp.
Contact: Jimmy Drew at 407-823-5805 or johnnydawkinsbasketball@gmail.com

Central Florida Girls Soccer Camp: These camps were created for aspiring young soccer players to experience the coaching philosophy and training environment of a top-level Division 1 program.

  • Elite Residential Camp: This three-night, four-day camp is filled with technical and tactical activities and games for all levels and positions.
    • Dates: May 30 through June 2
    • Ages: 10 through 14
  • Youth Day Camp: This camp offers over 25 hours of instruction that will cover all aspects of the game and will include developmentally appropriate activities for all skill levels.
    • Dates: June 3 through 7
    • Ages: 4 through 12 (*Only half-days are available for 4-and-5-year olds)
  • College ID Camp: This camp is geared toward aspiring college student-athletes and features technical development, position-specific training, full-field competition, speed and agility training, and recruiting Q&A sessions.
    • Dates: July 11 through 14
    • Ages: 14 through 21

Location: UCF Soccer Complex (4000 Central Florida Blvd.)
Registration details: Discounts available for early bird, faculty, staff, alumni and teams.
Contact: cfgscamps@gmail.com or 407-716-2842

UCF Knights Soccer Camp

  • Summer Day + Futsal: This camp is designed with specific daily topics, afternoons of futsal play and opportunities to improve ball mastery and technical skills.
    • Dates: June 24 through 27
    • Ages: Boys, 6 through 13
  • Residential Elite Camp: This camp is designed to offer players the opportunity to engage in a week of development that includes technical and tactical coaching during intense training sessions, competitive small sided games and 11-vs.-11 matches. It also rest and recovery sessions in the pool and soccer education discussions in the classroom.
    • Dates: July 15 through 18
    • Ages: Boys, 12 through 16
  • UCF Elite 200 ID Camp: This identification camp is designed to offer prospective student-athletes with an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a number of coaches in an elite environment.
    • Dates: July 19 through 21
    • Ages: Boys, 14 and older

Location: UCF Soccer Complex (4000 Central Florida Blvd.)
Registration details: Must be registered before the start of each camp.
Contact: Edward Wilding at 561-249-9608

3-Day Summer Youth Cheerleading Camp at UCF: Under the instruction of current and former UCF cheerleaders and staff, campers will learn the fundamental skills required in cheerleading, including pyramids, stunts, tumbling, jumps, cheers, sidelines and dances. Individuals are grouped into teams according to their ages, and each team will perform in the final-day showcase.

Dates: July 10 through 12
Location: UCF Education Complex ( 12494 University Blvd.)
Ages:
Kindergarten through ninth graders
Registration details:
Register online before June 1 and receive a discount.
Contact: UCF Spirit Office at 407-823-2143

Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at UCF: This is the premier camp for young players who strive to learn the game, improve their skills and/or participate in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis or tournaments.

Dates: July 21 through 26
Location: UCF Main Campus (4000 Central Florida Blvd.)
Ages:
Boys and girls of all skill levels, 7 through 18 
Registration details:
Register online for either overnight, commuter or full-day options.
Contact: info@premiersportscamps.com

Central Florida Volleyball Camps

  • Position Skills Camp: Attacking, libero or setter-specific instruction.
    • Dates: July 13 through 14
    • Ages: Boys and girls, 10 through 18
  • College Prep Camp: This overnight camp is designed for campers with significant playing experience and a desire to encounter what it’s like to live and train as a collegiate student athlete.
    • Dates: July 16 through 17
    • Ages: Girls, 15 through 18
  • All-skills Camp: This camp is geared toward technical teaching of each of the six skills of volleyball. It is designed for younger players and those who have only been playing for a short period of time.
    • Dates: July 19 through 21
    • Ages: Boys and girls, 10 through 14
  • Elite All-skills Camp: An individual camp focused on each of the fundamentals of volleyball, but taking it from a basic to a more advanced level. Designed for athletes with a few years of experience.
    • Dates: July 19 through 21
    • Ages: Boys and girls, 15 through 18
  • Competitive Team Camp: Designed for those teams who already have a strong grasp of their system and style of play and are ready to step on the floor to compete against other highly competitive teams
    • Dates: July 26 through 28
    • Ages: High schoolers with a head coach (*Minimum of eight players)
  • Developmental Team Camp: Designed for teams who are trying to create, establish, or enhance both individual and team training systems. Teams will be assigned both a member of the UCF program and an experienced camp coach to aid in the development of their team
    • Dates: July 29 through 31
    • Ages: High schoolers with a head coach (*Minimum of eight players)

Location: The Venue at UCF
Registration details: Contact camp director T.J. Read prior to registration if you are signing up a group of six or more for the non-team camps to receive a discount code.
Contact: CentralFloridaVBCamps@gmail.com or 407-308-5339

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Camp Connect (Photo by Jessica Keller ’15)

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

EEK! Engineering Education for Kids: Solve real world engineering problems through activities that will excite, inspire and challenge.

Dates: July 29 through August 2
Location: UCF College of Community Innovation and Education (12494 University Blvd.) 
Ages:
First through eight grade
Registration details
: Deadline: June 19
Contact: Megan Nickels at Megan.Nickels@ucf.edu

Computer Science Summer Institute: The program offers a mix of activities designed to maximize learning through hands-on, individualized instruction with outstanding instructors. It will also expose students to broader topics in computer science.

Dates: June 10 through 28
Ages: High schoolers (minimum age 13)
Location: Harris Corporation Engineering Center at UCF
Registration details: Early bird deadline: April 19; Final deadline: May 10
Contact: Sarah.Evans@ucf.edu

Camp Connect I: This camp will introduce students to various engineering fields through hands-on activities, presentations and lab tours.

Dates: June 10 through 14
Ages: Rising eight through 11th graders (minimum age 13)
Location: Harris Corporation Engineering Center at UCF
Registration details
: Deadline: April 14
Contact: Renee.Johnston@ucf.edu or 407-823-6230

Competitive Programming Summer Institute: This camp is specifically designed to help students improve their performance in contests such as USACO, TopCoder, CodeForces and eventually the ACM ICPC. While it focuses on programming competitions, the camp also provides fun activities including guest speakers, field trips and social activities, allowing students to enjoy UCF’s exceptional recreational facilities and the Greater Orlando area.

Dates: July 7 through 19
Ages: High school schoolers (minimum age 14)
Location: Harris Corporation Engineering Center at UCF
Registration details: Early bird deadline: April 19; Final deadline: May 17
Contact: Sarah.Evans@ucf.edu

Camp Connect II: This camp will provide a deeper dive into various engineering fields through hands-on activities, presentations and group projects.

Dates: July 8 through 12
Ages: Students who previously attended Camp Connect I (see above)
Location: Harris Corporation Engineering Center at UCF
Registration details
: Deadline: April 14
Contact: Renee.Johnston@ucf.edu or 407-823-6230

Biology Summer Institute: This program will introduce students to field techniques and experimental approaches used in water quality assessment, vegetation monitoring, forest ecology, and studies of gopher tortoises and marine turtles.

Dates: July 15 through 19
Ages: Rising high school juniors and seniors
Location: UCF Biological Sciences building (4111 Libra Drive)
Registration details
: Early bird deadline: April 19; Final deadline: May 24
Contact: STEM@ucf.edu

Cyber CampThe camp will focus on teaching beginner and intermediate computer security techniques and preparation for cyber competition.

Dates: July 22 through 25
Ages: High school schoolers
Location: UCF Engineering Buildings (4328 Scorpius Street)
Registration details
: Deadline: June 30
Contact: Sarah Evans at 407-823-6230 or STEM@ucf.edu