Division of Continuing Studies

Summer Camps

Summer Youth Camps

Purdue University Fort Wayne offers a variety of camps and classes for kids in grades K-12 over the summer months (and throughout the year). Below is information to help you locate all of them.

Radio host Carrie Wellman of WLDE/Fun 101.7 interviewed Community Arts Academy Director Melinda Haines about all the 2018 summer youth programming happening on campus. Listen to that interview here to get more details.


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Appleseed Writing Project Summer Camps

All three Appleseed youth writing camps will include the following:

  • Writing in a variety of genres (poetry, story writing, narratives)
  • Engaging activities and collaboration (choosing a topic, sustained writing time, revising, editing, publishing , and sharing)
  • Understanding the writing process (in a variety of writing contexts)
  • Learning in a supportive environment under the tutelage of experiences writing teachers (but without the concern of earning a grade)

To register, visit the Appleseed Writing Project website (www.pfw.edu/awp) or contact Cheri Pruitt, AWP’s Youth Camp Coordinator, at 260-710-3418 or cheri.pruitt28@gmail.com.

Elementary Writing Camp (Students Entering Grades 4, 5, or 6)

  • June 10-21, 2019 (10 meetings), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

Middle School Writing Camp (Students Entering Grades 7,8, or 9)

  • June 10-21, 2019 (10 meetings), Monday-Friday, 1-4:00 p.m.

High School Writing Camp (Students Entering Grades 10, 11, or 12)

  • June 10-13 and June 17-20, 2019 (8 meetings), Monday-Thursday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

PFW_CAA_Horiz_FullColor_DBGCommunity Arts Academy

The Community Arts Academy, a division of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University Fort Wayne, offers a wide range of instruction in art, music, theatre and dance for students in grades pre-K-12 in the summer as well as throughout the school year. Call 260-481-6977 or click here for more information.

Fort Wayne MastodonsFort Wayne Athletics Camps and Clinics

For kids of all ages, Fort Wayne Athletics offers camps throughout the year in baseball, volleyball, basketball and soccer. For general information, call Katie at 260-481-5445 or click here.

Niecee Nelson Basketball Camps

Jon Coffman Basketball Camps

Steve Florio Volleyball Camps

Fort Wayne Softball Camps (Skills Clinic June 19, 2018)

Jason Burr Soccer Camps

Gender and Justice Graphic LogoGender & Justice Institute

April 10, 12, 14, 2018: Hosted by Purdue University Fort Wayne Women’s Studies and facilitated by advanced students in our program, the Gender & Justice Institute is a three-day educational workshop open to area high school students who wish to explore and learn more about how gender impacts their lives. Throughout the three days, students will participate in fun and informative discussions and activities focused on gender, privilege, identity, popular culture, feminism, activism, and social justice. For information, click here or call 260-481-6711.

20160615G-Marcus-Piano-JW-004Gene Marcus Piano Camp & Festival

June 9-14, 2019: The Gene Marcus Piano Camp & Festival aims to inspire young pianists to strive for artistic excellence and to encourage them to reach their potential in piano study and performance. Under the direction of Hamiton Tescarollo, professor of piano and director of keyboard studies at Purdue Fort Wayne, students are immersed in all things piano, from a variety of workshops and group sessions, master classes, music theory and keyboard musicianship classes and ensemble playing, to daily individual lessons with camp faculty and practice sessions guided by experienced practice coaches, all to help them progress rapidly and continue to be excited about making music throughout the year. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or click here.

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Institute of Reading Development: Summer Reading Program

June 4-July 8, 2018: In the programs for children (4-year-olds through 5th grade), students have fun while learning phonics and word-attack skills, building fluency and comprehension, and becoming confident readers. Your child will be excited about books and reading and get off to a great start in the upcoming school year.

In the programs for adolescents (6th grade and up), students improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction while doubling their reading speed. Students get better grades in school by learning the best way to read and study textbooks, take notes, and study for tests.

The focus of the adult program (12th grade through adult) is to improve reading efficiency. To that end, eye-tracking exercises, retention techniques and systematic analytical approaches are taught.

For more information and to register, call the Institute for Reading Development at 1-800-964-8888.

For more information on program content by age group, click on the following links:

LightboardLighting Technology Intensive

June 10-14, 2019: This week-long training intensive will cover how moving lights and LEDs work and how they can be programmed. Also covered will be using intelligent lights in the design process. Open to high school students, high school teachers, church lighting technicians and other individuals who use this type of technology and want to learn more about how to use it effectively. This program will take place in Williams Theatre and be led by Mark Ridgeway, Purdue University Fort Wayne Associate Professor of Scenic/Lighting Design. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or click here.

Purdue University Fort Wayne Math and Science Camp

July 9-12, 2018: For students between the ages of 11 and 13. Participants engage in hands-on science and minds-on problem solving with a variety of activities. Past examples have been hot air balloons, buoyancy investigations, robots, column strength, chemistry and optics. They will solve logic puzzles, create mathematical games, and investigate the stock market all while having fun! Camp sessions are led by university professors, high school and middle school teachers. For details, call 260-481-6306 or register online here

STEM Summer Explorations

June 18-July 13, 2018 (see ETCS Outreach webpage below for description and dates of each camp): STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Explorations are offered by a variety of ETCS departments for students in middle through high school. All STEM Explorations are taught by Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty and community experts who offer youth hands-on projects that expand STEM knowledge and skills while having fun. For details on 2017's programs, contact the ETCS Outreach Office at at 260-481-6905.

  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) Summer Explorations: More information.
  • For information on other year-round ETCS Outreach Programs, including Sci-TEC Academy, Engineers Week Bridge Building Contest, FIRST Lego League, Indiana Regional Future City Competition and NE Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair click here.

20170623-CAA-Choir-JW-014Summer Choir Camp

June 10-14, 2019, 1pm to 4pm: Join in the fun and learn more about the art of singing. Under the direction of Susan LaCroix of Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, singers will be introduced to basic music theory through musical games, instruction, and, of course, singing. The week culminates in a short program for parents and family members. This camp is for students entering 1st-6th grade in fall 2019. Call 260-481-6977 or click here for more information.

CAA Summer String CampSummer String Camp

June 17-21, 2019, 9a to 2p: Run by Fort Wayne Philharmonic musician Marcy Trentacosti, this camp features string orchestra, chamber ensembles and group classes for violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar. Students must have a minimum of two years of string instruction to take part in this camp. Learn new music in a week of string orchestra, group classes and chamber music playing. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or click here.

Woodwind Camp Final Recital DSC09122Woodwind Summer Music Week

June 17-21, 2019, 2p to 7p: Woodwind Summer Music Week is a day camp for beginning to advanced woodwind students age 12 to 18. Offering instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon, this program includes chamber music and introductory music theory classes. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or click here. 


Parental Supervision Statement

Purdue University Fort Wayne is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the Purdue Fort Wayne University Police at 481-6827.

Purdue University Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

Purdue University Fort Wayne abides by the operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here:

Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

Programs for Minors Registration Form