Summer Enrichment Programs


Summer is a great time for vacation and fun... but it's also a great time for children to explore areas of learning in ways that are different than those they are exposed to during the school year. An attachment at the bottom of this page has an extensive list of summer enrichment programs available around Connecticut and the region. For a list of programs in other states, please visit the NAGC website's Summer Resource Directory, or the Davidson Institute for Talent Development listings for summer programs. If you are interested in a program, be sure to check it out right away. Some programs have application deadlines and/or may fill up before the start of summer.

Some local summer camp offerings include:

Challenge Camp
Challenge Camp offers summer enrichment learning opportunities for bright and curious children aged 4-15 to realize their intellectual and personal potential.  Challenge Camp is an ACA accredited camp located in Rye, New York on 18 picturesque acres. The Challenge Camp advantage is that you and your child customize a program of selections based on your child's interests and the students follow their course selections for an entire session, so your child's knowledge and interest grow throughout the session. We offer over 100 courses ranging from architecture to chess to cooking to magic to model rocketry to video production, and sports options as part of the Afternoon Challenge to challenge both minds and bodies.  Challenge Camp offers morning, afternoon, or full day sessions,  bus transportation, early drop-off /extended day, or Kosher lunch options. Please visit www.challengecamps.com or call (914) 779-6024 to learn more about our innovative program.

Project Oceanology
Six sessions serving students entering 5th grade through 6th grade are offered for Ocean Explorer Academy, a one-week marine science day camp. Project O also offers two Ocean Explorer Academy sessions for students entering 4th grade. Ocean Camp, a six-day marine science overnight camp, serves students entering grade 6 through grade 12. Camps offer exploration of marine environments and ecosystems on our boats, on the shore and in our labs. Groton, CT; (860) 445-9007; www.oceanology.org.  

C-Hit Summer Journalism program for High School students
C-HIT (Connecticut Health Investigative Team) in collaboration with the Journalism Departments at Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut and the Journalism Initiative at Yale University offers high school students the opportunity to develop investigative reporting skills in a unique environment led by local and national journalists. All the students' stories are published on c-hit.org. Applications are due by June 2, 2014. Contact Lynne at delucia@c-hit.org or 203-215-6373.

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
Day Programs: SIG Day Programs are three-week academic camps that provide instruction in several dozen courses during its regular academic schedule and engage students in recreational activities every day. Courses are taught at levels appropriate for gifted students who are ages 5-12, covering humanities, mathematics, sciences, and multidisciplinary courses. Residential/Commuter/Extended Commuter Programs: SIG programs are three-week summer programs for gifted students ages 9-17 providing instruction in over 60 exciting and challenging multi-curricular, arts and recreational courses. On weekends, residential students participate in a variety of activities (off campus trips on Saturdays, Sunday Activity Day, local community events, and extended evening programs) that provide a change of pace and further enrichment for each student.
Online Courses: The SIG Beyond Online Learning Program is an exciting 8-week online program for Gifted and Talented students. These courses offer students curriculum beyond what is offered during the school day, are wide ranging in potential interest areas for individualized learning, and engage students in hands-on learning while applying school content through speaking, writing, researching, analyzing, reasoning and questioning. Please visit www.giftedstudy.org, or call 866-303-4744 for further details.

Davidson THINK Summer Institute: Gifted students interested in a challenging academic summer program should consider attending the Davidson THINK Summer Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This intense three-week residential summer program offers exceptionally gifted 13- to 16-year-old students the opportunity to earn college credits that may be transferable. Application deadline is April 1. For more information: http://www.davidsongifted.org/think/  

Talcott Mountain Science Center
1-week day science camps for ages 4 and up with a wide variety of programs including Lego, robotics, and green energy. For more visit www.tmsc.org

Eli Whitney Museum
Week long day camp for ages 5 and up from June through August. Camps are week-long themed programs which are inspired by technology, woodworking, design and literature. Sculpture, aeromodeling, boat building, jewelry making, sewing, weaving offered for older students (11 +). Hamden, CT (203) 777-1833; www.eliwhitney.org

UConn Mentor Connection
UConn Mentor Connection is a residential enrichment summer program for academically talented secondary students.  It provides opportunities to participate in creative projects and research investigations under the supervision of university mentors.  These mentors will work directly with you and other high school students from across the state and the country on projects in your common areas of interest. UConn Mentor Connection is a community of scholars of all ages working together on important problems that are on the cutting edge of various fields of study in the arts and sciences.  It is challenging and motivational because participants are involved in research or creative projects currently taking place at the university. Visit http://mentor.education.uconn.edu/ to learn more and to apply.

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