Please view the Web pages for the course schedule and course descriptions for program dates and corresponding costs. The cost includes room (double occupancy), board, staffing, educational materials, field trips, recreational expenses, insurance and health service coverage. All applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a school official and your school transcript with GPA. Enrollment is limited, so apply early. All payments should be sent to the contact address below.
Note: Applications must include a $200 nonrefundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded only if you are not accepted. In all other instances, the deposit is nonrefundable and will be used toward the program tuition for your student.
2051 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0108
We accept payment by credit card and checks. Checks should be payable to Clemson University. Call 864-656-5535 to make a credit card payment.
Tuition is per student per week and includes room and board (double occupancy), staffing, educational materials, field trips, recreational expenses, insurance and health service coverage. Deposits will be refunded only if an application is denied. In all other cases, the non-refundable deposit will be applied toward program tuition.
The Summer Scholars Program takes place on Clemson University’s campus, in beautiful Upstate South Carolina.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival is 3:00-4:00PM on Sunday at the residence hall main lounge. Please do not arrive before check in time on the first day of camp as staff will be preparing for camp and will be unable to supervise scholars. Departure on Saturday will be from 8:00-10:00 A.M from the student’s assigned dorm.
The Summer Scholars program can provide van transportation to and from the Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) for program participants who will be using air transportation to and from our program. There is a $200.00 charge for this service. We request that flights be arranged proximate to the designated check in and check out times of the program. If students are unable to secure flights within the times noted above, you must contact the program Administrative Assistant, Lori Gugan (864) 656-5535. Additionally, all flight itineraries must be provided to the Program Director no later than 3-weeks prior to arrival. These must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All Summer Scholars will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week. The counselors plan many events for the scholars and all are encouraged to participate. Activities for the week may include: Field Olympics, bowling, gymnasium activities, movie night, campus tours, swimming in the Aquatics Center, dance parties and taking a jog on our beautiful campus. An admissions officer from the Office of Admission will meet with the scholars and share information about the college admission process. Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions about Clemson University or the college admission process. Free time is also scheduled into the day and will include time at the dorm, Starbucks runs, visits to the library, playing Frisbee on Bowman field, etc. Free time activities are dependent on group interests. These activities are subject to change, depending on weather, staff availability or acts of third parties beyond our control.
Course of Study
Scholars will attend their courses Monday – Friday for 2 ½ hours each morning and 2 ½ hours each afternoon (9:00 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm). Additional academic course time may be required for out of classroom activities and/or field trips.
Scholars will leave campus for a variety of activities. Some courses plan field trips to local establishments that reinforce what they are learning in class. Social time field trips vary from year to year but have included trips to see a local baseball game (Greenville Drive – Boston Red Sox minor league), area parks, and other recreational and cultural attractions. The expenses for the trips are included in the cost of the program and students will only need money for personal expenses.
Summer Scholars reside in a single-sex residence hall. The residence halls are air-conditioned. Scholars access their room by using a key. Each hall and/or outer door is card access protected, which each counselor will have access to. Scholars are asked to lock their door when leaving the room and when sleeping. Clemson University and Summer Scholars do not assume responsibility for any items lost or stolen. Scholars and parents/guardians will be asked to read and sign the “Housing Release of Liability” form before arriving. Scholars will enjoy most meals on campus at the Harcombe Dining Hall. During field trips, students enjoy boxed lunches from the dining hall or catered meals off campus. Students are encouraged to eat three meals a day, as they will be kept very busy. All special requests that address dietary concerns should be noted on the application.
Residence Hall Group Assignments
Residence hall groups are assigned according to sex and age. If you have someone with which you want to room, please make this request on the CU Youth Camp/Program Health Exam Form, but please know roommates are not guaranteed.
Expectations of Scholars
The Summer Scholars program is recommended for responsible middle and high school students that want to learn more about life in a college setting. While we recognize that this age student is not a college freshman, we do expect students to exhibit self-control and portray excellent character. The scholar and parent/guardian will be required to read and sign the “Code of Conduct” and the “Discipline” policy forms (which outline behavior standards) before arriving on campus. Scholars who continue to display problem behavior will be asked to withdraw from the program without a refund. No student will be allowed to leave the campus without the permission of their parent/guardian and the Director of Summer Scholars. Visitation by parents and friends is discouraged. Scholars may drive a car to campus but will not be allowed use of their personal vehicle until end-of-camp departure.
The ratio of scholars to counselor staff is 8 to 1. Scholars receive a high amount of small group interaction and personal attention from camp staff and instructors. Counselors have been chosen for their dedication and their ability to work with young people. They are Clemson University undergraduate students and some were Summer Scholars themselves! They are chosen on the basis of a thorough interview process, reference check, academic record, maturity, energy and skill level. They undergo extensive pre-camp training before assignment as counselors. Counselors supervise scholars 24 hours per day, live in the residence halls and are dedicated to the program. They accompany the scholars to class, on field trips and social events. Counselors are assigned activity groups during the day and residence hall groups during the evening and nighttime. They are responsible for ensuring that students are aware of and comply with the expectations set before them.
What to Bring
Packing Advice - What should I bring? What should I leave home? Recommended items are listed below. Please pack light. You do not have to bring everything in your closet or room! We recommend that campers bring only one suitcase and one bedroll. If possible, mark clothes with your name, as we will not be responsible for lost clothing or other personal items. You should be prepared to carry or wheel your luggage, and should not bring more than you can carry. If you are flying to Greenville, be sure to check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines. Since most airlines are charging for extra bags, you will have to pack wisely!
Students need to bring their own linen
ABSOLUTELY NO FIREWORKS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR WEAPONS ARE PERMITTED!
Washers and dryers are available in the residence hall. Students must provide detergent, dryer sheets, etc. There is a minimal cost to use the machines.
Although we do not forbid cell phones at camp, we do limit use. If a camper needs to bring his or her cell phone to camp, we will ask that they refrain from using it during all organized program activities unless required in the course. They will be allowed to use it during unstructured free time for “checking in” with parents or emergencies.
Electronic devices of any kind (other than cameras) may be used only during unstructured free time, rest periods, and/or before bed. They may not leave the dorm unless required in the course. Students will have access to Clemson University’s WIFI throughout the week. **Please view program-specific packing list in case specific electronics are required for your child’s course.**
Many students enjoy purchasing Clemson University souvenirs, buying pizza together before bedtime, etc. Students also enjoy eating lunch in downtown Clemson one time during the week. It is at your discretion on the exact amount to send with them, however, a good suggestion would be around $20-$30 (excluding souvenirs).
You are able to send nonperishable snacks for your scholars, however, they will solely be responsible for them and refrigeration is not guaranteed. Vending machines are available in the residence halls.
All scholars must submit a “Medical Statement” form to be admitted to the program. This form verifies that a scholar has had a recent annual physical. Sports physicals will be accepted.
Staff certified in First Aid and CPR will be present at camp 24 hours each day. The on-campus Redfern Health Center is available during weekday business hours, with Urgent Care in Clemson available through late evening. A full-service hospital is available within a 15-minute drive of campus.
All medications must be given to the health officer upon arrival at camp. The health officer will be responsible for properly administering the medicine on a daily basis as directed by a physician or parent. All prescription and non-prescription drugs are kept under lock and key. (Exceptions may be made for inhalers or Epi-pens.) The health officer will have commonly used non-prescription medications such as Ibuprofen and acetaminophen available. Please refrain from packing such medications if possible. All campers are screened upon arrival at camp for good health prior to admission. We ask that no camper come to camp ill or with any contagious condition. We reserve the right to send your camper home if they become ill, develop any contagious condition (such as pink eye, or head lice,) or if they are unable to participate in the major activities of camp. If your camper cannot remain at camp due to health reasons you will NOT receive a refund of camp fees. Each camp has limited medical insurance on every camper for accidents and illnesses that occur at camp. Pre-existing illness and eyeglass/contact replacement are not covered. Camp is not responsible for eyeglasses or contacts that are lost or broken at camp.
Weather & Physical Conditions
The weather in Clemson is very warm (sometimes very hot!) in the summer. Daily temperatures will be between 80 – 90 degrees and humid. Nights can also be very humid with temperatures in the 70’s. Scholars should bring appropriate clothing for warm weather. Please pack a refillable water bottle!
Sending Mail to Your Scholar
Please feel free to write your child. Scholars, especially middle schoolers, enjoy getting mail and feel left out when others receive mail and their name is not called. It would be a good idea to write your child and mail it before they leave home on Friday or Saturday prior to check-in, so mail will reach the camp before he/she leaves that week.
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Parents can help their student adjust to camp by letting them know that they expect them to have fun, meet new friends, and learn many new things. Our staff works hard to help campers adjust to camp by making sure they are involved in teambuilding and fun activities. If an emergency situation arises at home, we ask that you contact the camp director.
How to Contact Director
For emergencies, call: 864-656-5535. Scholars are not allowed to use mobile phones during organized program activities so as to assist them in making the most of their campus experience. Should your scholar need to contact you during the week for special circumstances, the camp staff will assist them accordingly.
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