Meaningful Summer Experiences

Plan for a Meaningful Summer


Summer is the perfect time to broaden your horizons and learn things that you may not be exposed to in your everyday school setting.



Websites for Summer Programs

Follow this link to a list of many great websites that list summer programs and camps.  Many are universities that offer high school students the opportunity to experience college and some even offer courses for credit.  Website for summer adventures abroad for middle school, high school and college students.



Summer Discovery – Pre-college enrichment, business and leadership for high school students:

For summer programs and internships go to  This site contains numerous opportunities for students with a variety of interests.



Student Leadership University

SLI’s aim is to equip, motivate, enable and empower students for present and future leadership in their schools, churches, teams, families and workplaces. We believe our training gives them a 20-year quantum leap on a global level that accelerates their leadership decisions.

Modeled after Fortune 500 corporate leadership seminars, each student is exposed to comprehensive programs focusing on leadership skills. These skills include time and life management, goal setting, dealing with conflict and difficult people, and developing a Christian worldview.   For more information to to



High School Study Abroad




Pre-Law Academy

Spend a week in June at Stephen F. Austin University to learn information on the field of Law and how to prepare.  For high shcool juniors and seniors.  Go to


Elevate at Gordon College

Elevate is an annual leadership institute for outstanding high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Through personalized leadership coaching, seminars with world-class speakers, adventure-based learning, and a call to take real-world action in response to social problems, Elevate participants develop their leadership abilities in ways that endure long after the program’s close. The institute focuses on helping students integrate concepts of Christian faith and leadership in their own lives.


Subiendo/Hispanic Leadership Summer Camp:

Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders is a summer program hosted by The McCombs School of Business. Now in its fifth year, Subiendo offers Texas high school seniors a unique opportunity to work hand-in-hand with today’s business and political leaders.

The Subiendo program is free for accepted applicants and offers:

  • Leadership training and community-building exercises
  • Opportunities to network with prominent business and political figures
  • On-campus dormitory experience at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Training both in and out of the classroom
  • Mentoring and guidance from accomplished community leaders

Over the past 5 years, Subiendo has welcomed almost 300 students to the University of Texas campus to undergo leadership training. Come and see what our program can do for you!



Landmark College:  Summer Programs for students with Learning Differences

Landmark College offers several Summer Programs to assist students with learning differences. We have created special short term summer programs for younger high school students, graduating high school seniors, and colleges around the country.

All the programs are designed to enable students to identify their learning strengths and differences, to learn specific strategies to be successful in formal academic settings, and to give participants the opportunity to make significant changes in an intentional and supportive academic community.

Note: No applicant is required to have a diagnosed learning disability to participate in any Landmark College summer program.



Summit Christian Leadership Camps – several offered during summer

“As Christian youth we stand and fall not so much by our convictions as by our ability to explain, defend, and consistently live out those convictions. Summit provides training in these exact areas.”

Numerous 2 week camps available at a cost of approx. $800.00, which includes 70 hours of instruction on world view christian apologetics and leadership; with world class instructors.  Prepare your student to battle ideas they will face in college and in culture.

For more info and dates go to



Summer Leadership Program at TAMU College Station

Exploring Leadership Opportunities and Rewards in Education (ExpLORE) Conference. This year’s program will be June 19-22, 2011 on campus. This camp is open to any student who is completing their junior year and is ranked in the top quarter of their class.

This camp provides students the opportunity to learn more about teaching as a career and will expose prospective students to the requirements for college admissions and financial aid. Additional information and this year’s application can be found here:  Applications usually due in the first of May.

David A. Byrd, Director of Recruitment

TAMU College of Education & Human Development

Tel. 979.862.7167 | Cell. 979.255.2140
Fax. 979.862.4352 | Toll Free 866.279.6432



Leadership Camp “SLOT” for High School Juniors and Seniors

An annual leadership conference for HS juniors and seniors hosted by a Freshmen Leadership at Texas A&M University, held in March on a Friday – Sunday.  For more info go to or email



Animal Science Summer Opportunity

Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has a Veterinary Enrichment Camp for students in the summer after their sophomore or junior year in high school.  Animal experience is required and students returning to class should start on obtaining this experience as soon as possible.  There are also letter of recommendation and transcript requirements that students should ask for early, as well as minimum grade point average of 3.0 requirement.

Please see

For deadlines and questions contact, Brady Dennis, at 800-874-9591.



Camp Stewart for Boys (15 – 17yrs)

Camp Stewart is a leadership development camp for boys in Hunt, Texas.  For more information go to or call (830) 238-4670.



TAMU Architecture Camp  – CAMP ARCH Usually held in June and July

1 Solid Week of Design, Learning and Fun

WHO: TAMU invites ALL high school students and incoming freshmen

Camp Arch is an exclusive week-long interdisciplinary experience designed to acquaint students with the study of and potential careers in professions utilizing architecture, visualization, construction science, landscape architecture, and urban planning.   The goal of Camp Arch is to introduce students to the college lifestyle, course work, and career opportunities involved in the TAMU college of Architecture!

Activities include lectures, design/building activities, digital photo, video editing and presentations by faculty in the College of Architecture. Additional activities include workshops in basic design and materials, individual and group projects, a review and critique of projects, and information about attending Texas A&M University and the College of Architecture.

For more information and to register:



TAMU:  Youth Adventure Program

For more info go to



Junior Statesmen Summer School Programs:

For Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in politics and leadership.

For more info go to or call 800-334-5353



Rising Junior Girls Communications Skills Camp

SMU “Girls Talk Back”, an exciting one-week summer camp for outstanding young women entering the 11th grade, is a first-time partnership between SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Foundation for the Education of Young Women.

Students will participate in seminars to improve expertise in communication. In the afternoon students will rotate to public speaking and professional etiquette classes.   The faculty is comprised of SMU professors, as well as teachers from public and private schools and recognized community leaders.  For more info; email; 214-768-4383.



SMU College Experience for exceptional high school Students

Students participate in two college classes; and experience on campus living; see course offerings at  Admissions info at



SMU – TAG (Talented and Gifted Summer Programs)

SMU’s Talented and Gifted program (TAG) offers intellectual challenges and exciting learning experiences to academically accelerated students completing the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade.

Students participate in two courses chosen from a selection which includes both noncredit and college credit courses. Students with particularly strong academic profiles, including high SAT or ACT scores, are encouraged to take a college credit course as one of their two choices.

Course topics may include computer science, mathematics, political science, economics, geography, physics, paleontology, law, medical science, ethics, literature, writing, life science, psychology, art history, humanities, and performing arts.

Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.  Limited financial aid is available thus the earlier you apply the better.  For more info; call 214-768-0123 or email 



TAMU Summer Math Clinic

6th – 12 graders learn math by participating in fun activities at Texas A&M University for more info visit



Veterinary Enrichment Camp – Two week long camps available in July

For high school students after your sophomore or junior year,  to explore the possibilities of veterinary medicine.  For more info go to:



 Camp RYLA – Leadership Camp

For students, the summer between junior & senior year.  Camp RYLA is an exciting week long student leadership camp in June sponsored by the Rotary Club International.  The Sherman Rotary sponsors a student from our area to attend each year.  Only students selected by a local Rotary Club may attend.  TCS students selected have given rave reviews upon return.  The selection process includes an interview and completing an application form available in the counselor’s office usually in March.



Austin College, Center for Southwestern & Mexican Studies (CSMS) Summer Institute for Talented High School Students.  Read more about the Program and print the Application at:

The high school students during this summer program will take Spanish 101, 201, and Anthropology 123.  It’s a great opportunity for students that are interested in Southwestern and Mexican Studies.



Pace University for High School Students

Gain experience in a college setting during the summer on an adventure in New York City.  Pace University Summer Scholars Programs offer students the opportunity to gain a certificate of completion from courses such as Model UN; Theater and Film; Legal Studies; Forensic Science; Environmental Studies and Art/Design.  While college credit is not granted, students experience a college environment and studies while exploring areas of interest in depth.  Students must have be Sophomores or Juniors with a grade average of 85 to be considered.  For more info go to



Jacksonville College Theater Camp – Jacksonville, Texas

For Elementary – High School Students, usually one week in June

For more info contact Mary Lewis at 903-589-7132 or or see website at



Duke University Summer Programs for Middle and High School Students

For Current 10-11th grd: Summer College for High School Students program is designed to enhance your students’ readiness for future admission to an undergraduate degree program at a selective and prestigious university or college.

For 9-12th grde: Duke University Summer Academy for High School Students is designed for personal enrichment and offers a two-part daytime course in Global Citizenship and Leadership and an evening course with many exciting options available.

For 6-8th graders: :Duke University’s Honors Institute for Middle School Students. Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world..  You can register online beginning on December 1, of each year.



Stanford University Summer Programs for High School Students

Many to choose from – for more info go to

American Legion Boys & Girls State Conference

Designed for students after their Junior year, to enhance the American Civics class helping them understand and appreciate the basics principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society.  Nominees must have strong leadership skills, be of good character and strong academic standing.  Application and non-refundable appl fee is due by March 15 each year.  For more info go to:

The American Legion-Department of Texas

The American Legion-Department of Texas Boys State

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas

The American Legion Auxiliary-Department of Texas Girls State

The American Legion-Onion Creek Post 326



Engineering Camps – UT Austin

My introduction to Engineering Camp

Contact: Sara Sanchez, Recruitment Coordinator, 512-471-5953



Business & Accounting Summer Experience

McCombs Futrue Executitve Academy

info at

ACAP Accounting Career Awareness Program

info at



The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar

This summer camp is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. The Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation’s leaders.  If you think that you may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation’s service academies and serving your country as an officer, you should seriously consider attending the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar.  There are 3 camps available each June.  Applications are due April 1 each year.

For more info go to: 



College of William and Mary, Willaimsburg, VA

Numerous summer opportunities available at



Sewanee Launches Environmental Program for High School Students

This summer program is a Pre-College Field Studies Experience for rising high school juniors and seniors. The Experience is a two-week outdoor program for talented students who are passionate about the outdoors and interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the study of the environment. Led by full-time University faculty and utilizing Sewanee’s ecologically diverse 13,000-acre campus, the program will provide an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental studies featuring ecology, botany, zoology, geology, archaeology, conservation policy, and environmental ethics.  Cost is approx $2,000 and if you matriculate into the college you will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  Learn more at



Summer Jobs for Youth ages 16 – 24

Workforce Solutions Texoma will be implementing summer youth work programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009/federal stimulus package slated to begin soon and are believed to be designed for youth who are considered low income.

For additional information and an electronic copy of the Youth Program Pre-Application, please visit,  Follow the link to Summer Youth Jobs found on the Home Page under Workforce Solutions News.

Applications can be e-mailed, mailed, or faxed.


mail:    Workforce Solutions Texoma; Attn: Youth Services

2415 S. Austin Ave., Suite 105; Denison, TX  75020

fax:     (903) 463-3073

For additional questions, contact Lisa Dickerson (903) 463-9997 or email or Bob Rhoden at (903) 957-7408, or by email



Other Resources for Meaningful Summer activities and camps:



Baylor Summer Programs for Juniors

If you’re a high school junior right now trying to decide what to do next summer, we have some great options for you to consider! We hope you’ll apply for one of our summer programs designed specifically for rising high school seniors. Each of these programs will give you a glimpse into what life is like at Baylor while diving into a subject of interest to you.

Christian Leadership Institute

The Christian Leadership Institute offers rising high school seniors from across the country the opportunity to come together to discover their personal potential for influencing the world around them, identify ways to leverage their strengths for greater impact and success, and listen for God’s calling on their lives. It includes team building activities, ropes and challenge course activities, a community service project, and meaningful small group interaction and discussion among other thing. For more information, please visit


Innovate is an elite week-long summer program designed to give rising seniors with an interest in science, math, and technology an opportunity to explore computer science and engineering as a career. The program focuses on gaming and programming opportunities in computer science as well as mechanical, aerospace, and electrical engineering. You’ll have the opportunity to be in a classroom and lab setting with our world-class faculty to get an inside look into what it would be like to study Engineering or Computer Science at the college level. Learn more at

Renaissance Scholars

The Renaissance Scholars Program aims to help students interested in pre-health areas consider the ethical issues facing the field of medicine and science today. Spend a week engaged in deep discussions with Baylor professors concerning great philosophers and theologians. During an intensive week of study, you will participate in three courses that will expand your horizons and allow you to explore your role in the future of medicine and the sciences. Learn more at

Kathy Howard

TCS Guidance Counselor

(903) 893-7076 ext. 205

   fax (903) 891-8486

TCS School CEEB Code:  446-499