UCA Summer Camps for High Schoolers

    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. Summer Reading Skills

    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.) 

    Entering 9th – 11th Graders
    Entering 12th Graders, College Students, and Adults

    Conway Area Youth Leadership Institute (CAYLI)

    CAYLI is a school-year program consisiting of a two-day retreat and seven monthly sessions, which include human services, education, media/technology, healthcare, work world/economy, government/court system and environment/agriculture. A community service project is a vital part of the curriculum.

    Program Concept:

    • The youth program represents a cooperative effort between UCA Outreach & Community Engagement, Faulkner County Leadership Institute and school districts throughout Faulkner County.
    • CAYLI is designed to help develop leadership potential within current 10th and 11th grade students.
    • CAYLI addresses the challenges and opportunities of our community and exposes high school age young people to avenues for community involvement and improvement.
    • Enrollment is open to students who are high school juniors and seniors in Faulkner County. Teachers, parents and others are encouraged to nominate students and encourage them to apply. Applications are open in March with selections made in April.
    • Each class ranges from 25 to 35 students representing a broad cross-section of the community. Special effort is made to ensure a diverse group is selected.


    • To develop leadership ptential in high school students by promoting an atmosphere that will enrich students for leadership roles
    • To broaden the community awareness of each participant
    • To encourage active student participation in their community including service projects
    • Provide mentoring and career exploration opportunities in areas of vocational interest

    Application Deadline:

    Applications should be submitted online no later than Saturday, March 31, 2018. If you would like to request a paper application, please email youthleadership@uca.edu

    For more information, contact Dr. Shaneil Ealy, Assistant Vice President for UCA Outreach at youthleadership@uca.edu or call 501-450-5275

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    IT Careers Camp

    Any student who is going to enter 9th grade through 12th grade in the Fall of 2018 may apply. The selection process is competitive and based entirely on the application.

    Camp Highlights:

    • Learn about IT Careers
    • Learn IT skills (web or game development)
    • Meet IT professionals and learn about what they do
    • Make a field trip and experience real IT operations
    • Experience the “college life” at UCA (all campers will spend the night in the residence halls)

    Check-In: June 21 from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Check-Out: June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

    Cost: $99 – a limited number of scholarships are available

    The deadline for applying to the 2018 IT Camp is Sunday, April 15, 2018

    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)
    UCA College of Education, Mashburn Hall
    For more information:  uca.edu/teaching/bearswrit

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    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.

    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


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    UCA Theatre Summer Intensive Program

    The Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas (YTCA) will host its annual Summer Intensive Program for young people grades 5-12. It will run from Monday through Friday June 4th, through June 30th, in the Snow Fine Arts Center.

    Junior Theatre: Grades 5-8
    June 4 – June 30, 2018
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Senior Theatre: Grades 9-12
    June 4 – June 30, 2018
    1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    For more information contact:
    Melissa Pearson