Educational Summer Camps: STEM, Reading, and Writing

Just because school’s out in the summer doesn’t mean the learning stops! The low-pressure days of summer are a great time to gently boost your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. The best part? These local camps are so fun kids might not even realize they’re learning!

Our 2019 Summer Camp Guide is proudly sponsored by ISU Community School of the Arts!

Community School of the Arts camps are fun, week-long immersions into a various theme which will include art, music, theater, swimming and more! Most camps are full-day so that students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week. All materials are provided unless otherwise specified. You can register campers for one week or all eight! Designed for beginning to intermediate levels, students need no prior experience. Classes, lunch and breaks are fully supervised by CSA instructors and staff. Instructors are ISU faculty, ISU graduate arts students and ISU undergraduate arts education majors. All fitness sessions are taught or supervised by instructors and lifeguards, and are designed for children at all fitness levels.

Campers can swim, explore the gardens and greenhouse, put on a show, learn to dance, make fresh salsa, play piano and instruments, create comic books, and/or stay overnight on campus for residential Rock Camp.

Parents may drop off children between 7:45-8:00 a.m. and pick them up between 5:00-5:15 p.m.

Click here for more details or to register for ISU Community School of the Arts!

Featured Educational Camp: Summer Science Camp at Indiana State University 

This camp is open to children who will be enrolled in grades 2-6 for the next academic year (2019-2020). Children who enroll in the camp will be divided into two groups according to their next year’s grade level.

This year’s camp will focus on Physics and Chemistry!

Most activities will take place on the ISU campus in the Science Building. However, there are multiple FIELD TRIPS that may take students off campus!

Interested in engineering? ISU’s Engineering Camp will take place July 22-26. Details coming soon!

This one of many camps offered by our partner, Indiana State University. Click here to check out all of ISU’s summer options for art, music, sports, and STEM!

Featured Educational Camp: Adventure Camp at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Explore the campus of Saint Mary-of-the Woods College through science. Adventure Camp at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is open for boys and girls entering grades 6-9 as of September 2019. Join us as we explore ecosystems, interact with plants and animals, assess habitat restoration and biodiversity, test soil and water quality, engage in environmental fieldwork, and document nature through digital photography. This immersive, hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), with an emphasis in ecology and environmental science, will be a fun-filled week of both indoor and outdoor science adventures! Feel free to bring your phone or digital camera to take photos!

Free Summer Learning through Vigo County School Corporation. Students from all Vigo County middle schools who are currently in grades 6, 7, and 8 (for the 2019 and 2019 school year) are invited to intended. Transportation will be provided from each middle school to/from Woodrow Wilson. Students will receive free breakfast and lunch. This program is offered at no cost to students. Please call 812-462-4203 with questions.

{New!} FREE Dr. Camp/Camp MD with Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic for middle school and high school students.

Connecting with Code at Rose-Hulman.  Connecting with Code is a series of camps that takes place on Rose-Hulman campus with Rose-Hulman faculty, staff, and students helping to get your son or daughter interested in software development. Each camp is 3 hours per day, lasting for 1 week M-F, plus a 1 hour Saturday showcase event with parents (which we jokingly called a final exam). Students can sign up for 1 camp, which last 1 week or multiple camps depending on their interest. Each camp will have a different focus and be targeted for either our younger age group (current 1st-4th graders) or our middle school group (current 5th – 7th graders). The cost for the camp is $150 per week ($5 discount for multiple registrations).

  • June 3rd – 8th. Kids: Introduction to Scratch Game Design (9am – noon) or 6-8 Middle School course: Advanced Scratch Programming (1pm-4pm)
  • June 10th – 15th. Kids: Micro:bit with Blocks (9am – noon) or Middle School course: Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit (1pm-4pm)
  • June 17th – 22nd. Kids courses: Lego Boost & Lego EV3 with Scratch (9am – noon) or Middle School course: Python Game Design (1pm-4pm)

Camp Invention at Indiana State University for children entering grades K through 6. Camp Invention® is a nationally acclaimed summer program where STEM concepts come to life. Led by local teachers, this program has tapped into kids’ natural curiosity since 1990, giving them the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving.

Summer Science Camps at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.  Each camp is Monday– Friday. 8 AM – NOON. $125 Non-members; $115 Members. Pre-K Camps are three days and have a prorated fee.

  • Summer Sampler. June 10-14. K-4th Grade.  Explore outer space, jump to new heights, create delicious concoctions, as well as clicking into coding and constructing explosive experiments.
  • Messy Science. June 17-21. K-4th Grade. Explore bubbly concoctions, slippery slime, explosive experiments, and so much more.
  • Culinary Concoctions. June 24-28. K-4th Grade With a dash of chemistry and a pinch of wonder you have the perfect recipe for a culinary chef!
  • Movement, Gravity & Friction, Oh My! July 1-3 or July 8-10. Pre-K. Preschoolers come to play, learn and discover the big questions of how and why things move.
  • Astronaut Academy. July 15-19. K-4th Grade. Join us as we travel through space and train to become official astronauts.
  • Hands-On Coding. July 22-26. K-4th Grade. Discover the basics of coding and the principles of programming with hands-on activities and projects.
  • Ropes & Recreation. July 29-August 2. K-4th Grade. Swing to new heights to explore what makes your body healthy and strong.

The Vigo County Public Library will open enrollment for the 2019 Summer Reading Program on May 1st. More information coming soon!

Operation Catapult at Rose-Hulman.This nearly two-week-long summer program lets you experience college life, meet new friends, dive into cool STEM projects and basically have a blast using all the knowledge you’ve gained in 11 years of school!

Summer Honors at Indiana State University.For students in class of 2020, 2021, and 2022. Summer Honors is a University program that enables high school students to explore an academic interest, experience campus life—and earn University credit. All one-week seminars will be held on the ISU campus, located in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Summer Honors will be held July 14 – 20, 2019.

We’re constantly adding new information to our guides. The following opportunities are on our radar (from 2018), and we’ll update this page when we have more information for 2019!

  • Summer reading club at ISU Barnes and Noble
  • Summer Science Camp at Strive 365.


Special thanks to the ISU Community School of the Arts, ISU, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods college for sponsoring this portion of our guide.  These awesome local organizations help to keep our site FREE to readers like you! Please help us thank them for their support by visiting their websites, signing up for their summer opportunities, and letting them know that Haute Happenings sent you!

As always, typos happen and event details change. Please confirm with camp coordinators before solidifying your summer plans. Haute Happenings can’t be held responsible for printed errors or program changes, but we will celebrate with you if our info helped your family to have an awesome summer! 🙂

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