Iowa State offers pre-college adventures


Photo: Brian Achenbach/Iowa State Daily

Drumline students from the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Marching Percussion Clinic show off their new skills at a free concert in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall on June 9, 2013.

Maggie Mcginity

Every summer, thousands of pre-school and K-12 students come to Iowa State’s campus for various camps, clinics and other educational opportunities. Listed below are the summer programs offered for these students at Iowa State, divided into four categories: Educational, Fine Arts, Sports and Fitness and S.T.E.M(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


Cy’s Sibs is a program for students entering grades 6-9 whose older siblings are participating in freshman summer orientation. This free, half-day program happens during a participant’s sibling’s Day One of orientation. It gives participants a chance to explore college, learn about Iowa State, make friends through fun activities and even participate in a special graduation ceremony.

The Early Outreach Program is a residential program to promote and support college preparation among young students. This free, week-long program is available to Iowa resident multicultural students and potential first-generation college students going into grades 9-11 and previous participants going into 12th grade who demonstrate academic potential and have a recommendation from a teacher or counselor. This summer offers two camps, one for rising 11th and 12th graders during June 9-14, and one for rising 9th and 10th graders during June 16-20.

The Iowa 4-H Youth Conference hosts more than 1,000 teenagers each summer for a three-day event, featuring workshops, social activities, speakers and community service. For the price of $150, students in grades 8-12 can attend this conference, including students who are not in 4-H. The conference runs June 25-27,  and gives its students, who stay in ISU hosing, a taste of campus life.

Fine Arts

For Co-Motion in the Gardens, Reiman Gardens is teaming up with Co-Motion Dance to give Iowa youth ages eight through 14 a chance to learn healthy movement and dance from the instructors at Co-Motion dance. Participants will also have a chance to use information about Reiman Gardens and nutrition to create a special dance performance at the end of the program. This program runs every Saturday in August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including Aug. 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2013. Cost is $68 for Reiman Gardens members and $85 for the general public.

Design Condensed is a one-week, residential camp at the College of Design on the ISU campus. Students entering grade 10 through recent high school graduates are eligible. The design camp includes classes taught by ISU professors. Participants stay at the 4-H camp. Cost is $535. Design Condensed runs June 23-29.

Kid’s Story Time is a program at Reiman Gardens for children ages two to seven years old. Each themed session included the reading of two or three books, which is followed for a themed craft or activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions happen every other Tuesday at 10 a.m., starting on May 14, and running through Aug. 20. Cost is free for Gardens members and only the price of admission to the Gardens for the general public.

Sports and Fitness

The Adidas Tennis Camp at Iowa State University has two sessions this summer, July 7-12 and 21-26. Campers can choose one of three packages: Overnight, for $675; Extended Day, for $575; and Day, for $475.  The camp is directed by Armando Espinosa, head women’s tennis coach for Iowa State. The day sessions will be held at the Forker tennis courts, where students will train and play tennis.

The Cyclone Diving Camp is offering two sessions for resident and commuter campers, running from June 16-21 and June 23-28, 2013. The camps provide diving training, including individual and expert instruction and videotape analysis. Boys and girls ages 10 and up with swimming and diving experience are eligible. Resident camper fees are $495 and include lodging in a residence hall on Union Drive. Commuter camper fees are $295. Sibling discounts are available.

Cyclone Golf Camps offer a few week-long, residential and commuter camps for student golfers. The College Week Camp is limited to “future NCAA collegiate golfers,” while the Summer Junior Camp is designed for younger players looking to eventually compete at a junior and/or high school tournament level. Prices ranges from $499 to $999. This year’s camps happened between June 9 and 13.

Cyclone Gymnastics Camp is offering a 2013 summer camp, happening June 23-27. Boys and girls ages five through 18 are eligible and encouraged to participate. The camp is hosted by Iowa State University Gymnastics and coaching staff in Beyer Hall. The fee for resident campers is $500 and is $400 for commuter campers. There are various sibling discounts available after a first child’s fees have been paid in full.

The Cyclone Hockey School offers three, week-long camps this summer, covering technical and tactical settings of hockey, mental training and off-ice conditioning. Week 1, running June 23-28, is for squirt, pee-wee, bantam and midget aged players; Week 2, June 30-July 5, is limited to bantam and midget players born in the years 1996-2000; and Week 3, July 7-12, is for mite, squirt, pee-wee, bantam and midget players. Each week costs $695 for campers staying overnight on campus and $425 for campers commuting to campus.

Cyclone Soccer Camps give young soccer players access to soccer training and improvement on the ISU campus with members of the Women’s Soccer  team coaching staff. The day camp, with sessions every morning July 15-18, is for boys and girls ages four through 12, 2013, and costs $125 for the Advanced session and $90 for the Recreation program. The residential camp is for girls ages 12 and up, runs July 21-24, and costs $525 for residential participants and $400 for commuters. Both camps offer a $10 sibling discount.

The Cyclone Softball Camps offers four Hitting and Pitching Clinics. These clinics, run by members of the coaching staff for the ISU Women’s Softball Team, run from 2-2:50 p.m. on June 17, June 24, July 8, and July 15, 2013. Cost is $125 and includes all four sessions. 

The Cyclone Swimming Camps‘ slogan is “faster swimming through greater knowledge.” These camps include a technique camp, which happened May 31-June 5, 2013, and a skills and drills camp, which ran June 9-12, 2013. Boys and girls ages 10-18 are eligible for these camps, held in the Beyer Hall pool. Prices range from $275 to $595.

The 2013 Cyclone Volleyball Camps offer camp programs for individuals and teams varying in length from two to four days. Different sessions include the Junior Cyclone Camp for players in grades 1-8, the all-skills camps for players in grades 8 and up, and setter/libero camp for players grades 5 and up. Costs per session range from $55 to $305. The camps run between June 10 and July 30, 2013.

Cyclone Women’s Basketball Camps provides various camps ranging in length from one to three days. There are camp programs for different age groups covering girls K-12. Some camp sessions cover general basketball skills while others offer instruction on a specific position or aspect of the game. The camps run between June 12 and June 28, with prices ranging from $80 to $295.

The Hapkido Summer Camp is a camp for student martial artists, happening the weekend of June 28. Hapkido is a Korean martial art, based in self-defense. The camp is sponsored and run by the Hapkido division of the Cyclone Martial Arts Club.

The Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps offers various basketball camps for boys grades K-12, most held at the Lied Recreation Center. The camps’ costs range from $140 to $450, and include day camps, two-day-long camps, team camps, and a father/son camp. These camps happen between June 11 and June 25.

Iowa State Football Camps offers students opportunities to train and learn with Coach Paul Rhoads and members of his coaching staff in the Iowa State Football Facilities and on the ISU campus. Different camp sessions are offered, most one-day, available for different age groups ranging from grades 1 to 12 and ranging in cost from $35 to $340. These camps happen between June 2 and July 29, 2013.

The Iowa State Strength and Speed Camps offer individual camp sessions to athletes in all sports and their coaches. The sessions run between June 17 and August 2, 2013, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. Student athletes ages 10-18 are eligible. Cost is $335.

The Iowa State Technique & Youth Technique Camp is a wrestling camp designed to help student wrestlers build on and improve their current wrestling skills. The camps are July 22-26, and have two sections, one for ages 13-18 and one for ages six trough 12. Price is $299 for participants living off-campus during the camp and $399 for participants staying on campus in university housing.

The ISU Summer Athletic Training Camp is a summer camp for all students interested in the field of athletic training. The camp is in its 51st year and focuses on lab experiences in taping techniques and athletic health care clinical skills. The 2013 camp was June 9-11 and cost $250 for students staying in on-campus housing and $190 for students staying off-campus.

Iowa VERB is sponsoring a Rubgy Youth Clinic on June 22, from 10-11:30 a.m. Located in the Maple-Willow-Larch Field, this free clinic will be led by volunteers from the ISU Women’s Rubgy Club, and will include instruction on the fundamentals of playing rugby as well as the possibility of touch rugby and scrimmaging depending on the number of participants. 

A Summer Youth Fitness program for K-6 grade students is offered through the Kinesiology Department. Held in Forker, this program runs from June 3-July 25, from 1:10-4:30 p.m., every Monday-Thursday, excluding July 4. The program includes sports and physical activities, including swimming, led by ISU students in related majors. Cost is $300 for a first child enrolled, $290 for a second child enrolled, and $280 for a third child enrolled.

Trip Hedrick’s SwimAmerica Cyclone Swim School offers group swimming lessons for children turning five by October 13, 2013, and older. The swim school four sessions of eight lessons this summer for $98 each. They run from June 10-20, June 24-July 3(7 lessons due to Independence Day, prorated to $87.75), July 8-18, and July 22-Aug. 1.


AgDiscovery is a two-week-long program for teenagers designed to help them learn about careers in different agriculture-related fields, including animal science, wildlife ecology, veterinary medicine, and laboratory technology. The program, running July 7-20, includes lab work and multiple field trips, as well as movies, included meals at Union Drive Marketplace and lodging in Eaton Hall.

Iowa State Engineering Kids offers half- and full-day camp programs for students ages six through 14, happening between June 17 and June 28. These camps, ranging in cost from $20 to $40, give kids the chance to explore engineering and science on the ISU campus. Camps include a girls only camp and a Rube Goldberg-themed program.

The Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (OPPTAG) offers three summer programs for talented and gifted students between June 17 and July 27. These include Adventures, week-long, non-residential programs for students entering grades 3-7; Explorations, one-week, residential courses for students entering grades 8-10; and CY-TAG, an accelerated learning program for students entering grades 8-12 that attempts to teach a full year of high school or a semester of college material in just three weeks.

Plant Pals is a plant-growing class for K-8 graders at Reiman Gardens. For the cost of $2 for Reiman Gardens members and $6 for the general public, this kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn how to grow huge vegetables and beautiful flowers. Each session begins at 10 a.m., and is held on every other Friday from April 19 to Sept. 20.

Reiman Gardens offers three Summer Day Camps designed for first through fourth graders. These camps run from 1-5 p.m., and are $8 per session for Reiman Gardens members and $10 per session for the general public. The first, “Incredible Insects,” is on June 26; the second, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” is on July 17; the third and final session, “Pollination Helpers,” happens on Aug. 5.