UCA Summer Camps for Early Childhood

    2018 Summer Reading Programs

    The programs are taught by instructors provided by the Institute of Reading Development and are offered by the University of Central Arkansas, Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. Programs in Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Little Rock, and Bentonville. 

    For program locations and schedules in your area, or to enroll online, select a program level below:

    (The following links will re-direct you off of the UCA website.)

    Summer Reading Skills
    4 Year-Olds and Entering Kindergartners

    Entering 1st Graders
    Entering 2nd Graders
    Entering 3rd Graders
    Entering 4th Graders
    Entering 5th Graders
    Entering 6th – 8th Graders

    Bearswrite: From Pencils to Pixels Creative Writing Camp

    Bearswrite will involve students in five action packed days of creative writing using both traditional methods and writing with technology. Campers will study how to use voice, setting, word choice, character traits, point-of-view, journaling, and poetry.  Aspiring authors entering grades 4 to 9 may attend.

    June 25 – 29, 2018
    8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Daily)
    Please visit uca.edu/teaching/bearswrite for additional information
    UCA College of Education, Mashburn Hall

    Bears Football Youth Camp

    May 31 – June 1 – 8:30 a.m. – Noon

    Grades 1 – 8

    Register here

    Cub Fit CampUCA Cub Fit Camp

    Cub Fit Camp at UCA invites rising 4th and 5th graders to campus for a dynamic daily schedule of activities related to health and wellness. Kids will: learn about Arkansas agriculture at the mobile farm, chill out with yoga workshops, learn how fruits and vegetables can keep you from getting sick, splash around in the HPER Center pool and much more! Family members are also invited to see the campers present what they have learned on the final afternoon of camp.
    July 23 – 27, 2018
    8:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    UCA Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center
    Please contact:
    Lawana Hawkins

    Cubs in the Kitchen – Culinary Camp

    A three-day culinary camp for kids ages 8-12 years old? This is just what young chefs have been waiting for! Junior chefs will work in small groups to prepare a dish that will incorporate a surprise ‘atypical’ food ingredient.  Each day of the camp, chefs will explore a different cooking focus resulting in an exciting culinary experience.

    Day 1:  Appetizers with a surprise ingredient
    Day 2:  Entrée with a surprise ingredient
    Day 3:  Desserts with a surprise ingredient

    This three-day “chopped junior” style camp will teach young chefs cooking skills that are sure to tap into their creative talents. In addition to being exposed to a “surprise” food ingredient each day, chefs will also take a closer look at the food items and how to incorporate them into meals at home.

    COST:  $125

    TUES – THURS;  JUNE 26 – 28, 2018 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM | UCA DOWNTOWN

    Smooth Sailing Days 2018

    The UCA Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders invites children who stutter to participate in the Summer Fluency Program. The summer program is designed to provide speech services to school-aged children who stutter. It is specifically geared toward children who need to manage their stuttering and enhance fluency in both learning and recreational activities.

    Registration form and program overview – Smooth Sailing Summer 2018 (1)

    The program will feature:

    • Individual and group therapy sessions
    • Fluency assessment and recommendations for home programs
    • Fluency enhancing activites
    • Recreational activities to help transfer fluency skills outside the clinic

    Additionally, for the older children, the program will feature:

    • Overcoming a Stutter Frame of Mind
    • Building Self-Confidence
    • Developing Good Communication Techniques
    • Dealing with Teasing

    The sessions will offer student experience to improve and manage their fluency through high-energy, low-stress, fun-filled activities.

    Graduate students from the UCA Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will provide leadership for program. Supervision for this program will be provided by certified speech-language pathologists who have had extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of stuttering.

    3rd Grade and Up

    June 12 – August 2, 2018
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    UCA Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic;
    corner of Bruce and Donaghey

    Please contact:
    Dr. Brent A. Gregg

    STEMulate Engineering Academy

    Aspiring engineers and scientists entering grades 3 to 6 may attend. Students will “act as real-world engineers” as they dig into problems and design solutions. Register

    June 4 – 7; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Click here for additional information.

    STEMulate Engineering Academy is directed by Drs. Debbie Dailey, Jason Trumble and Alicia Cotabish.

    For information, please call Dr. Debbie Dailey at 501-852-0920 or email her at ddailey@uca.edu.

    UCA Challenge

    This summer program is designed to offer students an exciting, hands-on curriculum. We believe all students want to be challenged. UCA is ready to meet such an ambitious challenge with hands-on activities guaranteed to promote curiosity and fun. For students entering grades 4-6 who share an interest in science. 2018 Challenge Brochure

    July 9 – 13, 2018
    UCA College of Education, Mashburn Hall

    For more information, please contact:
    Lisa Herrington

    Please visit:  http://uca.edu/else/univchallenge

    UCA Community Language School

    Explore new countries and cultures!  Learn to speak a new language!  Expand your mind and your horizons!  These fun, action-packed day camps for children entering 1st – 7th grades (approximate ages 5-13) teach the kids foreign languages and give them hands-on cultural experiences! International visitors from many countries share their lives with the children through photos, games, music, crafts and recipes.  Camps are reasonably priced (with a discount for multiple siblings) and held in Irby Hall, suite 207 on the UCA campus where classrooms are transformed into colorful and exotic destination from afar. What a wonderful journey to send your child on this summer!  Sign your child up now for fun BEAR CAMPS!  Spots are limited!  Send in your registration form to hold a space for your child! Bear Camps provide interactive foreign language instruction as well as cultural studies including international games, food sampling, arts & crafts, music and celebrations related to the country of focus.

    Asian (Chinese/Japanese)                                                 July 16th – 20th (M-F), 2018
    TBD                                                                                              July  23rd-27th (M-F), 2018


    Monday – Friday
    8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    UCA Community Language School
    Irby Hall Suite 207

    For more information, please contact:
    Ruth Clayton
    Languages and Linguistics Department

    Sera Streiff-Vena

    UCA Super Kids

    UCA Super Kids is a science camp for entering  first, second, and third graders (Grades 1-3) who desire to learn and have fun.  The Super Kids camp is designed to offer students an exciting curriculum not offered in most schools.  The themes are Young Medical Scientists, Young Chemists, and Young Paleontologists.  Each participant will experience all three themes each week.A special 20 minutes per day is devoted to friendship building.

    Program fees are $175 per student. Camp fees cover all materials for the week and a t-shirt. Each camper will need to bring a peanut/tree nut free lunch each day. Super Kids will be held at the UCA Child Student Center (115 Farris Road)

    Refunds will not be given after June 1, 2018

    June 11-15, June 18-22, and June 25-29
    8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    UCA College of Education, Mashburn Hall

    Please contact  Ms. Jamie Dallas

    Please visit:  http://uca.edu/else/super-kids/


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