Summer Academic Youth Programs

Summer Academic Youth Programs

Bowling Green, Ohio, United States

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Camp Category: Academics, Animals, Aviation, Biology, Broadcast Journalism, Business, College Credits, Culinary, Environmental Studies, Leadership, Marine Biology, Medicine, Pre-College, Public Speaking Debate, Science, Space, STEM, Arts, Arts and Crafts, Creative Writing, Film, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Visual Arts, Day Camps, Residential, Technology, 3D-Design, Digital Video, and Web Design

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Summer is the perfect time for pre-college students to explore their career interests. BGSU Pre-College Programs provides opportunities for students to experience the Bowling Green State University campus while expanding their knowledge, building life skills and exploring their interests. There are many opportunities throughout the summer, including day/commuter camps, overnight camps as well as class credit opportunities.

DESIGN FOR SOCIAL GOOD |  July 17-19, 2019

Presented by the Division of Graphic Design at BGSU, the Graphic Design for Social Good Camp invites ninth through eleventh graders to learn how the power of graphic design can be used for making a meaningful difference in everyday lives, communities, and the world.

Students will be exposed to a college design studio, the digital and physical tools designers use to make their work, while also learning necessary skills for working in today’s collaborative environment. This camp is great introduction to those who are interested and eager to learn more about design, design thinking and careers in visual expression.

Campers will:

  • Be introduced to the field of Graphic Design and the Design Thinking process
  • Be exposed to the digital and physical making tools of the industry
  • Discover how design connects and informs our experiences and behaviors
  • Tackle a real world problem through collaborative and individual outputs
  • Apply art and design making skills to visually communicate ideas
  • Develop skills in visual and verbal presentation

EAT 2 COMPETE DAY CAMP | June 24th – 28th, 2019

Did you know that foods can affect athletic performance? Thousands of elite athletes enhance their performance with proper nutrition. Discover how to prepare nutritious meals and snacks and how to use nutrition to up your game. The BGSU Eat 2 Compete: Nutrition and Fitness Camp is for students who will be in ninth – twelfth grade in the fall of 2019. (Day/Residential)


At BGSU, architecture involves the study of the nature of materials, tectonics, history, aesthetics, physiology and psychology as well as to study the culture of space and the geometries of use. Architecture at BGSU is about relational networks; about structures both visible and invisible in the conjunction with an entrepreneurial spirit. (Now offering Residential Options!!) 

Forensic Science Camp | June 16-19, 2019             

The BGSU Forensic Science Camp is designed to provide high school students an insight to the education and training crime laboratories require. Forensic scientists typically work in laboratory environments, but can also be found in courtrooms, crime scenes, classrooms or morgues. They also can work in variety of employer levels and environments or can even work independently as forensic science consultants.

BGSU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science with specializations in Biology,  Chemistry and Investigations that prepares students for immediate employment after graduation. (Residential)


The BGSU Health Careers Camp is an opportunity for high school students in tenth through twelfth grade to explore eight pre-health professional areas. The five day/four night camp is filled interactive lessons and labs, and professional insight from those in the field. (Residential)

Camp Connections:
  • Connect with professionals in 10 Pre-Health areas
  • Tour and explore the all new Anatomage table
  • Participate in case studies/mock patient rotations
  • Hear from first responders from Mercy Health – Life Flight network
Camp Labs:
  • Improve your manual dexterity in an arts studio lab
  • Engage with Dietitians and prepare a meal with the BGSU Teaching Kitchen
  • Additional Workshops and Dissections

HATCH  | June 16 – 20, 2019

The BGSU Camp HATCH IT, is a one week summer opportunity for entrepreneurs who will be high school juniors or seniors this fall.

Following in the path of The Hatch, campers will spend a week working individually and in teams to plan, develop and showcase their very own unique ideas in the camp’s closing program.

On the final day of camp, campers will present their ideas and parents and guests will vote. In addition to Hatch It events, campers will experience life on BGSU’s campus residing in one of the residence halls and engaging in activities with current BGSU student counselors. (Residential)

Camp Activities:

  • Work in teams to develop, plan and pitch an idea
  • Network and meet other student entrepreneurs, faculty and staff
  • Apply to Bowling Green State University while at camp and application fee will be waived
  • Students will pitch their ideas during a closing program on the final day in front of parents, guests, BGSU faculty, staff and local business partners
  • The winning team or top three individuals will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the College of Business
HELPING PROFESSIONS| July 14-17, 2019         

The BGSU Helping Professions Camp is an opportunity for high school students in tenth through twelfth grade to explore career opportunities in the area of Psychology, Social Work, and Human Development and Family studies.  The three day camp is filled with interactive sessions and professional insight from those in the field. (Residential)

MARINE BIOLOGY: LIFE @ SEA | July 21-26, 2019       

BGSU has one of the few marine biology and aquatic science programs in the Midwest. The BGSU Marine Biology: Life at Sea Camp is for students who will be in ninth through twelfth grades in the fall of 2019. This camp engages participants in understanding marine ecology by working closely with the University’s extensive collection of saltwater specimen. Students will also engage in research projects visit Lake Erie and explore behind the scenes at the Aquatic Center at the Toledo Zoo.

MEDIA PRODUCTION| June 24-28, 2019

BGSU Media Production Camp is for rising 9th to 12th grade students during Fall 2019 who are interested in studio and video film production, audio recording and editing, and radio broadcasting and podcasting. Experience a hands-on, unique learning opportunity with state-of-the-art equipment and world-class educators.

Students will get to spend time in the newly renovated Kuhlin Center which is the home for the School of Media and Communication. Inside this building, students will actively participate in the video and audio production suites with advanced technology equipment. Students will get the chance to control manual and robotic cameras from a “live reporting” space. Green screens along the walls and floors of the different staging areas to allow students to produce a background fit for their production. The audio production studio incorporates a “floating floor” concept that offers top-quality soundproofing and sound-shaping. This assists students in music production and offers an isolation booth for drum sets or voice-over audio work.

PRE-LAW | June 10-14, 2019

Are you interested in law or what it takes to become a lawyer? Can you picture yourself in the front of a courtroom? (Or Can you picture yourself as the star of a courtroom drama?) Then start your journey now with the Bowling Green State University Pre-Law Camp and experience what it is like to be a part of the legal community.  Throughout camp you’ll have the chance to hear from law students, law professors and other professionals across all backgrounds and disciplines of the field.


  • PREPARE for a career in law by learning the language of the profession
  • PARTICIPATE in an interactive mock trial experience
  • ENGAGE with the Wood County Law Library and the historic Wood County Courthouse
  • CONNECT with BGSU Alums and those practicing in alternative areas of law
  • MEET with Forensic experts and tour the Bowling Green Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lab
  • WITNESS an actual Crime Scene building

PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY | June 16-19, 2019 

The BGSU Pre Physical Therapy Camp is an opportunity for high school students in 9-12 grade to explore the profession of physical therapy and all that it has to offer. This three day camp is filled with interactive lessons, labs and activities that will help campers discover more about the world of physical therapy and the career options that are available. Camp activities will help reinforce student interests in either the applied or theoretical sciences.

Campers will connect with BGSU Advisers to learn more about what options they have.

Additionally, the BGSU Office of Pre-Professional Programs will be on hand to support campers with tools needed for being a successful applicant to a program in physical therapy.

Camp Activities

  • Tour and explore the all new Anatomage table
  • Strengthen your leadership and problem solving skills
  • Learn about the importance of community and patient care
  • Visit nearby rehabilitation centers and connect with professionals
  • Explore Bowling Green State University Facilities and all that they have to offer


VETERINARY SCIENCE | July 8-12, 2019

Do you have a passion for taking care of animals? Have you thought about becoming a veterinarian, technician or zoo keeper? The BGSU Veterinary Science Camp is here to help students discover what it takes to work in fields related to animal science, medicine and more. This five-day program will allow high school students entering tenth through twelfth grades and recent high school graduates to explore research laboratories, gain insight from professionals in the field and learn more about the vast profession of veterinary medicine. (Now offering Residential Options!!) 

Camp activities include:

• Learn how to suture
• Learn how to complete a physical exam
• Complete veterinary case studies
• Perform diagnostic tests – fecal floats, blood draws, dissections and more
• Explore special interest fields of veterinary medicine


Young Falcon Financiers is a week-long day camp at BGSU, focused on financial literacy, leadership development and service. The curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Standards in financial leadership and career development for middle grades students.

Camp is from June 10-14, 2019. The cost of camp is $200 per camper. This includes a t-shirt, flash drive containing all materials for the week, field trips, guest speakers from the business and area community agencies. Students will participate in authentic budget/ spending activities in the course of the week. Technology resources will be provided during camp.
Students attending camp must be entering the 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2019. Enrollment is limited to 25 students and 4 students per school/per session.