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.

2021 Camps & Events

COVID-19 Response

Alma College is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment on campus. We adhere to all local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure that the Alma community and its guests remain safe and healthy. We require all faculty, staff, students, and guests to practice safe social distancing in and around all on campus owned facilities. Campers will receive more detailed information prior to arriving to campus. Campers who are more than 100 miles from the campus of Alma College should contact Kari Yerington at (989) 463-7575 prior to registering.

Academic Camps

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.

Dates: June 13 - June 17, 2021

Cost: $375 for high school students and $200 for incoming students.

Registration for this camp is now closed.

e-STEM Math Enrichment

The e-STEM Math Enrichment Camp is a seven-week mathematics enrichment program for students who have completed grades 3 through 7. 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 21, 2021 - August 2, 2021

Registration for this camp is now closed.

Explorers Week (STEM) - grades 2- 6

Students currently in grades 2 to 6 will have a chance to explore exciting topics in math, science and engineering in a 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 also have activity time, workshop time and guest speakers.

Lunch and snacks are provided. There is no cost for the camp, however, there is a $25 application fee ($25 for the first child, $35 for two or more children in each family.) Receive $15 off when you register two people.


Registration for this camp is now closed.

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 20 students.


9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students may opt in for the extended activities that will last until 5:30 p.m. In the past this camp was offered as an overnight experience. Please note that this year it is moving to a day camp.

Masks and a health screening will be required each day.


Registration for this camp is now closed.

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: July 5 - July 9, 2021

Registration for this camp is now closed.

Gaming Camp

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: July 12, 2021 - July 16, 2021


Cost: $460


Registration for this camp is now closed.

Performing Arts Camps


You will learn more about…

  • Bagpipe Maintenance
  • Improving Technique
  • Competition Preparation
  • Improving the tonal quality of your bagpipes
  • Tune Memorization

Scottish Drumming will also be available to interested campers!

Dates: July 25, 2021 - July 30, 2021

Cost: $315 for 3-day only (July 25-28); $465 for full week.

Register for this camp.

Bagpipe Competition

Dates: July, 25 2021


  • Entry Fee Practice Chanter - $10
  • Entry Fee Grade V - $10
  • Entry Fee Grade IV - $20
  • Entry Fee Grade III, II, I - $30

Register for this camp.

Choral Conducting

This camp is deigned 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 11, 2021 - July 14,2021

Cost: $350

Registration for this camp is now closed.

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. New this year, Wednesday will be 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 25, 2021 - July 30, 2021

Cost: $550

Register for this camp.

Professional Development for Educators

STEM Core Option 1: Technology
Course closed, capacity met.
STEM Core Option 2: AST - Ambitious Science Teaching

The first week 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. The AST book is provided. Meetings will take place in a synchronous online format from 9 a.m. - noon EST.

Through this workshop, 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.

Participants will receive a stipend of $500, $250 for classroom supplies, and if a team of teachers from a building or grade level sign up together they will receive an additional $250 for classroom materials.

Please contact Carolyn Studley at or (989) 388-2912 for additional questions and information.

Waitlist only at this time.

Dates: July 12, 2021 - July 16, 2021

Registration for this camp is now closed.

Athletic and Cheer Camps

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