Summer at Alma

Summer at Alma

Alma College hosts a variety of activities, including arts camps, athletic camps in specific sports, cheerleading camps, leadership camps and music camps.


Alma College Research Network (ACORN)

Do you ever wish you were the forensic scientist on the crime scene? Do you enjoy hands-on scientific and mathematical research? If so, then Alma College’s ACORN (Alma College Research Network) program is for you.

First-year science and mathematics students have the extraordinary opportunity to engage in research before they even step foot on campus! Prior to their freshman year, selected students are invited to begin their academic journey through the ACORN summer research opportunity alongside Alma faculty and other students.

Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2022

Cost: There is no cost for this camp.

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e-STEM Math Enrichment

The e-STEM Math Enrichment Camp is a seven-week mathematics enrichment program for students in 4th through 6th grades. Grade 7 students may sign up for Grade six lessons to strengthen their foundational skills. The goal of this camp is to counter summer learning loss and bridge students to their next grade. Multiple sessions will be offered per week and all lessons will be held through Zoom. Applicants will receive communication to choose their weekly lesson times.

Dates: June 20 - August 5, 2022
Cost: There is no cost for this camp.
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Explorers Week (STEM) - grades 2- 6

Students currently in grades 2–6 will have a chance to explore topics in math, science and engineering in a week-long day camp setting. The program includes a variety of hands on, student-centered experiences where they have the opportunity to learn more about each topic. Students will have two different classes each morning. The afternoons are filled with challenges and activities. Students will move about in small groups led by a counselor.

Lunch and snacks are provided each day. This camp is offered free of charge by Alma College through a grant. There is a limit of 55 students.

Dates: June 13 - June 17, 2022


Cost: There is a $25 registration fee per student, with a discount for families with more than one child attending.


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Global Challenge

The Alma College Global Challenge is a United Nations Security Council crisis simulation addressing topics such as the devastating effects of climate change, the threat of pandemic disease, and the impact of mass migration. Students will represent the 15 countries on the Security Council, and work together to draft resolutions that outline solutions to the crisis at hand. By the end of the week students will understand the impact they can have in the world, and will have the tools to begin making a difference. Students who attend Global Challenge and enroll at Alma College in the fall of 2022 receive a $200 tuition credit in October 2022.

Dates: June 22 - June 26, 2022

Cost: $350 for high school students and $200 for incoming students. 

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iGem Camp

This five-day camp will immerse participants in the world of International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM). In this annual event, student teams compete to design and develop genetically engineered solutions to a problem of their choice and learn how you can use synthetic biology to solve real-world problems. Students will get a chance to work in a molecular biology lab setting, design and model genetic circuits, and reach out to the local community to get additional perspectives on both the potential and pitfalls of this technology. Students that are interested in STEM, science communication, and safety and ethics are strongly encouraged to apply. Cost includes housing, meals, supervised activities and all materials. Participants must be enrolled in high school or a higher education institution.

Dates: July 19-July 23, 2022

Cost: $375

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Pre-College Art Program

The Pre-College Art Program is a one week drawing course designed for students at all levels and abilities ages 14–19. This course explores traditional methods of drawing with a focus on portraiture. The Pre-College Summer Art Program aims to introduce students to the rigor and content discussed at the college level. All drawing materials are provided.

Dates: June 20-24, 2022 from 9 a.m.-noon in Clack Art Building

Cost: $80

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Research Week (STEM) - grades 6 - 11

Each morning students in grades 6-11 will work in small groups on a week-long project in one of the STEM disciplines. Each group will work alongside Alma College faculty and/or students as they complete this work. The students will have a chance to present their work at the close of the week. In the afternoons students will work on engineering challenges, social enrichment activities and learn more about the possibilities in life after high school. Snacks and lunch will be provided. These camps are provided by Alma College through a grant, therefore there is no cost for the camps, however, there is a $25 registration fee. There is a limit of 40 students.


Dates: June 20- June 24, 2022. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Cost: There is a $25 registration fee per student, with a discount for families with more than one child attending.


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Esports and Game Design

Join us an exciting week of competition and game design on the campus of Alma College. Campers will be able to practice, play, and compete in our state-of-the-art Esports arena, as well design their own video game. With the rise in popularity of college Esports, we’ll take a closer look at game design and think through how developers build and support games, we’ll dive into how Esports college leagues work, and play some currently popular games!


Dates: 2022 dates coming soon.


Cost: $460

Performing Arts

At Bagpiping Camp you will learn more about bagpipe maintenance, improving technique, competition preparation, improving the tonal quality of your bagpipes, tune memorization, and more. Check in for the camp begins Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m.
Dates: July 24-29, 2022
Cost: $415
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Bagpipe Competition

Bagpipe bands are invited to what promises to be an exciting day of competition on the beautiful campus of Alma College. This competition follows the MWPBA rules for tune requirements.

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022


  • Entry Fee Practice Chanter - $10
  • Entry Fee Grade V - $12
  • Entry Fee Grade IV - $24
  • Entry Fee Grade III, II, I - $36
  • Entry Fee Full Band Grade V $85 per band, one entry per band

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Choral Conducting

This camp is designed for singers who love choir and who may be considering a career as a choir director and music teacher. Conducting lessons and master classes will be taught by Dr. Will Nichols, Conductor of the Alma College Choirs. Voice lessons will be taught by Alma College voice faculty.

Dates: July 17-July 2, 2022

Cost: $400. $100 scholarship available to students who are recommended by their high school choir conductor.  

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Percussion Workshop

Develop your skills as a performer and a leader in concert percussion, as well as perform in a concert with traditional percussion ensembles, steel drum bands, marimba ensembles, and more. We will help you develop musicianship and technical skills on all instruments including marimba, vibraphone, drum set, timpani, steel drums, hand drumming, world percussion, orchestral percussion and much, much more.

Open to grades 6-12 and incoming students of any skill level. You will be taught by the directors Dave Zerbe and Aaron Krause, and top members of the renowned Alma College Percussion Ensemble, as well as internationally recognized clinicians.

For more information email Aaron Krause at or explore our videos.

Dates: July 10-16, 2022

Cost: $900 for on-campus residency and $675 for commuters.

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Summer Intensive Dance

Alma College dance faculty are excited to welcome dancers from all over the U.S. to explore Alma and experience what our dance department has to offer. Our camp features world class instructors and current dance students serve as our camp counselors. Classes will include ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. Wednesday of camp week is world dance day when students will learn Tahitian, Afro-Brazilian, Highland dances and more! A pre-professional track for students ages 16 and older features longer class periods and daily lectures on topics like dance history, dance professions and anatomy. An audition is required for the pre-professional track.

Dates: July 24 - July 29, 2022

Cost: $550

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Professional Development for Educators

STEM Core Option 1: Technology

K-12 teachers take technology tools and explore how to apply them in a classroom setting. This experience is completely on-line and designed for K-12 teachers using various levels of technology in the classroom. Activities include designing websites, researching tools to support math and science units and creating classroom-ready technology enhanced artifacts. This CORE experience is being taught by Jessie Store.

There is a stipend of $500 per teacher and $500 for classroom materials.

Dates: June 20 - July 22, 2022. The class will not meet for the week of July 4th.

Cost: Free

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STEM Core Option 2: AST - Ambitious Science Teaching

This is a workshop centered around the Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) framework and supporting teachers in making curricular and NGSS-related connections to phenomena-based teaching. K-12 teachers will learn about the tools and knowledge to implement the AST core practices in their own classrooms, whatever level they teach.

This CORE experience is being taught by Brian Hancock. Meetings will take place in a synchronous online format from 9:00 a.m. - noon EST.

Participants will receive a stipend of $500 and $250 for classroom supplies and the AST book.

Dates: July 11 - July 15, 2022. This is an online class.

Cost: Free

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Plaid Serves

Prospective and incoming students are invited to join Alma College in the opportunity to serve and utilize their own unique skill-sets to bring leadership to identify and meet the needs of their community through a service-based camp experience.

This five-day service and leadership experience provides students the opportunity to serve within the mid-Michigan community through various service projects. In addition, students will learn the importance of community organizing and how to use their knowledge to become a leader and encourage others to serve.

Students who serve as high school leaders (faith-based youth groups, National Honor Society, Interact Club, etc.), are considering a profession in the nonprofit sector, aim to serve the community through health professions, or are interested in international studies are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Dates: July 19-23, 2022

Cost: This experience costs $350 per student and includes housing in our newly remodeled residence halls that are at the heart of campus, meals, travel, site materials, and hands-on learning activities. Students who attend camp and ultimately enroll at Alma College will receive a credit of up to $350 on their account October 1 of their first year.

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Athletics and Cheer

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