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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2

Summer Splash

By Raymond Hardie


It’s January and you’re supposed to think of summer? That’s why we thought we’d tempt you and your children with a whiff of campus summer sun and fun.

You probably remember UCSD summers as all makeup chemistry 101 and macro economics. But the campus is host to a number of youth-oriented camps, some sponsored by UCSD, others just renting the space. They range from academics to sports to international seminars and symposiums.

There’s an intensive ten-week Summer Research Experience Program designed to encourage more promising undergraduates to consider graduate education. The Upward Bound program assists financially challenged tenth through twelfth grade students, to become first generation college graduates. And the Upward Bound UCSD Math and Science program (UBMS) is a 5-week, cost-free academic program, during which 55 high school students live at Sixth College, and take classes in molecular biology, probability and statistics, computer science, technical writing and Latin.

Then there are the School of Medicine offerings. These include a program for educationally and economically disadvantaged students who are reapplying to medical school, and a four-week summer residential program for community college students interested in the health sciences.

As well as these, the private Cybercamps offer students from 7 to 16 hands-on experience with project-oriented topics in Web Design, Programming, 3-D Animation, Robotics, Game Design and Digital Media. And the English Language Program, which attracts between 400 and 500 students from over 20 nations, will celebrate its 21st summer this year.

Sports camps are a perennial favorite. The Nike tennis camp brings game, set and match skills to 40 would-be tennis stars between the ages of 9 and 18. Water babies of all ages can spend a week in the pool learning how to increase their stroke efficiency and technique. Cheerleaders can cheer. And there’s soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics. And yes, what would a Triton summer be without surf lessons? There are both day and overnight camps offered.

There’s also a camp for overweight teens, Camp La Jolla, offering exclusive programs for various age groups. And if you’re looking to jumpstart your youthful oceanographer—Birch Aquarium runs week- and day-long camps for the 4 to 15 year old set.

The Arts also take their bow. Neophyte jazz musicians get the opportunity to study with a dozen or more internationally-recognized jazz artists at the Jazz Camp. And La Jolla Playhouse opens its curtain to novice thespians with classes in acting and stagecraft.


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More Summer Camps at UCSD


"It's January and you're supposed to think of summer?"