Enrichment Camps

Summertime is all about exploring, and US offers a wide variety of specialized camps. Our range of camp choices will open up new worlds for your child! Kids can explore rocketry, outdoor adventure, engineering and design, coding and electronics, music and songwriting, theater, entrepreneurship and debate. US enrichment camps are open to boys & girls entering kindergarten and up.
 

Art & Enrichment

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  • NEW Election 2020

    Coed, grades 6-9
     
    Dates: July 27-31
    Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $295

    Learn about the national, state, and local issues in the 2020 election and discover how elections are run. Learn how to talk about politics in a way that encourages dialogue across differences. We will focus on the presidential election and a local ballot initiative to explore every step of the election process. How does an issue or candidate get onto the ballot? How are polling stations set up and run? What are some key elements of campaigns? This camp features guest speakers from government departments involved in the election process.
     
    Directed by Jeff Pierce 
  • Music Composition & Songwriting

    Coed, grades 6-10

    Dates: June 8-12
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $250

    Campers will spend the week crafting melodies, understanding harmony, writing lyrics, performing, and recording songs. By the end of the week, students will have a demo recording of at least one piece of their own creation. The camp is led by US music teacher Joe Hollings, who is a composer, arranger, and performer. He is the chair of the Cleveland Composers Guild and has had his music performed throughout Northeast Ohio.

    Directed by Joe Hollings
  • NEW Teen UP CLE: Community Engagement + Entrepreneurship

    Coed, grades 8-10

    Dates: June 15-19
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley campus
    Tuition: $350
     
    Combining community engagement with entrepreneurship, this camp introduces teens to local organizations with a social mission. Teens will be given the opportunity to understand the complexities and challenges facing these organizations and will be asked to solve a problem through the lens of entrepreneurship. This project-based learning opportunity develops key real-world skills, including critical thinking, creativity, presentation skills, marketing, team building, resilience, and financial literacy.
     
    Directed by Ilene Frankel

  • Theatre Camp

    Coed, 5-8

    Dates: June 15-19
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $360

    Theatre Camp is a great place for boys and girls who have minimal or no acting experience, and for those who have experience and would like to learn more. This camp features work in dramatic/comedic theater, musical theater, and improvisation. An added bonus is that all campers are offered daily group voice lessons. Camp concludes with a showcase performance for family and friends.

    Directed by Sarah Lyon

Debate

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  • Middle School Debate Camp

    Coed, grades 6-8

    Dates: June 29 - July 2
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $395

    Enter the fun world of academic debate! Learn to speak in public, think on your feet, construct arguments, find evidence, and refute opposing views. Each day we will focus on a different controversial issue in our society. You will be given one-on-one instruction as you prepare your cases. Then you will practice debating against other middle school students and receive feedback on your performance in each round. The camp week concludes with a tournament. The camp is led by University School Coach Peter Paik. He will be assisted by current and former members of the US Upper School Speech and Debate Team.

    Directed by Peter Paik
  • High School Debate Camp

    Coed, 9-12

    Date: June 22-26
    Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $495

    In 2020, we will focus on Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas, the most popular formats of high school debate. Our program is ideal for rising 9th graders who want to learn the basics before they begin high school and increase their chances of making their school’s team. It is also good for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who want to improve their skills but aren’t able to attend a residential camp. The head instructors are US Speech and Debate Team Coaches James Lewis and Peter Paik, the best tandem of debate coaches in the state of Ohio. Assistant instructors will be former high school competitors who have achieved success both locally and nationally.


    Directed by Peter Paik

Science, Engineering & Design

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  • Aviation Challenge

    Coed, grades 7-9

    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $300

    Explore the fun and exciting world of aviation! Design and build several different types of aircraft from paper, controlling them through an app on your smartphone or tablet! Learn about stability, flight control systems, center of gravity, lift, and aerodynamics. The week concludes with an exciting competition where you take your best design and compete in a challenging flight obstacle course. Campers keep the powered flight system at the end of the week.

    Directed by Jim Seibyl 
  • NEW Digital Movies: Filming and Editing Your 1st Video

    Coed, grades 2-4

    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $225

    Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Do you wonder what roles are involved in creating a video? In this camp you'll learn the basics of filming, acting in, and editing videos that you can share with your family. Working in teams, campers create short movies with a tablet device. The camp will focus on teaching basic acting skills and showing campers how to direct and edit video scenes.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Digital Photography

    Coed, grades 2-4

    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $225

    See the world through a new lens, as you learn how to take photographs and edit them. Take photos, make photo edits, add 2D art, and create other fun and engaging images. Gain hands-on experience taking photographs and discover how to digitally enhance your images using graphic design apps on a tablet. No prior experience with photography is necessary. All skill levels are welcome.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Digital Video

    Coed, grades 5-9

    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $450

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a YouTuber or Twitch video producer? Learn the ins-and-outs of producing video content that is appropriate for showcasing on the internet. Create a short movie or create videos such as Let's Play, unboxings, pop culture reviews, and interviews. Learn how to shoot and capture video, as well as write editorial copy and edit your work. Optional: Take home your own GoPro for an additional fee.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Game Design and Roller Coaster Science

    Coed, grades 2-4
     
    Dates: June 15-19
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $450

    In the game design session, campers learn the basics of video game development and design games by hand with Bloxels and tablets. In the roller coaster science session, campers work with instructors to learn the basic engineering behind roller coasters and use K'Nex to build models that demonstrate how roller coasters work.
     
    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Introduction to Science Research

    Coed, grades 7-8

    Date: June 8 - 12
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $300

    The goal of this camp is for students to understand how to create a research proposal and design an experiment of their own for competition. This camp gives students experiential learning in introductory laboratory experiences, experimental design and application, and scientific writing. Students identify variables, learn the proper use of lab equipment, and study math fundamentals that support independent research. Students who are planning to enter a local science fair will find this camp beneficial.

    Directed by Jessica Mitchell
  • NEW Jedi Engineering using LEGO®

    Coed, Ages 5-7
     
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $175

    The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles with LEGO® materials as we construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings, and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!
     
    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Jedi Master Engineering using LEGO®

    Coed, Ages 8-12

    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $175
     
    The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles with LEGO® materials as we construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings, and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!
     
    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Minecraft for Kids

    Coed, grades 2-4

    Dates: July 6 – 10
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $225

    Experience the amazing world of Minecraft. Build your own virtual reality in a sandbox environment by using tablets to challenge your mind and create your own adventures. This fun and engaging camp will spark interests, foster creativity, and help you maximize your learning potential. No prior experience with Minecraft necessary. All skill levels welcome.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Minecraft Missions 2020

    Coed, grades 5-9

    Dates: June 22-26 
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $450

    Are you up for an adventure? In this multi-player environment, Minecraft will be the vehicle to help develop your leadership and social skills as you accomplish unique missions with a team of campers. Use your imagination and collaborate with your team to design and build a large-scale Minecraft Missions project. In 2020, expect the most exciting missions yet. Creativity, critical thinking, and communication will be your keys to success! Previous experience with Minecraft is recommended.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Roblox: Designing Obbys

    Coed, grades 2-4

    Dates: July 13-17 
    Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $225

    This camp is for campers who want to learn how to create their own video game levels. Using Roblox, a gaming platform where users can play and build game worlds, campers produce their own immersive experiences, called OBBYs. With Roblox as your game engine, your game design is only limited by your imagination. At camp, you will learn how to build 3D adventures, races, and obstacle courses.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • Rocketry - Advanced

    Coed, grades 7-9

    Date: June 22-26
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $300

    Join US Rocketry Team Coach Jim Seibyl in a hands-on engineering challenge as you design and launch powerful rockets. The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket contest. Students routinely build rockets that launch thousands of feet in the air, approaching the speed of sound. This camp introduces you to the contest with hands-on discovery of rocketry highlighted by a mini competition with the rockets you design and build.


    Directed by Jim Seibyl
  • NEW Science of Roller Coasters and Minecraft

    Coed, grades 5-9

    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $450

    Amusement parks are filled with lots of heart-pounding fun, as well as multiple opportunities to learn about science and engineering. In this exciting camp, learn about the physics of roller coasters while exploring kinetic and potential energy, and centripetal force. At camp, you’ll build and test, physical and “virtual” roller coaster models. Using various computer programs, including Minecraft, you will create virtual roller coasters, build scale models with K’Nex, and experience the thrill of turns, loops, and drops! Two-thirds of the day is spent working on science and engineering of roller coasters and approximately one-third of the day is dedicated to working with Minecraft. No prior experience is necessary! All skill levels are welcome.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Sports Car Racing and Robot Challenge

     
    Coed, grades 2-4

    Dates: June 22-26
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $450
     
    The camp day is divided into two topics: Sports Car Racing and Robot Challenge. In the sports car racing and design session, campers compete against each other and race Anki smart cars and work in teams to design and build large Anki racecourses. During the robot challenge, campers are introduced to robotics and will learn how to pre-program, code and operate a robot through a variety of tasks.
     
    Directed by Bill Champ
     
  • NEW STEM + Superhero Engineering using LEGO®

    Coed, Ages 7-12          
     
    Dates: June 29 - July 2
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $280

    This LEGO® camp is packed with hands-on and minds-on STEM fun! Build projects inspired by cool machines such as trains, helicopters, treehouses, and beam bridges. Then build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only superheroes, but superhero engineers. Engineer and craft innovative solutions in this new engineering camp for LEGO® fanatics!
     
    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW STEAMwarts Camp of Wizards, Spells and Potions©

    Coed, grades 2-8 (ages separated and challenges appropriately increased)
     
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $325

    At Challenge Island we have brewed up a magical week of spellbinding adventure! You and your tribe will take a full load of Wizarding Classes from Transfiguration to Flying Broomsticks to Charms and Potions to Magical Beasts. The STEAMtastic camp will culminate with an enchanted graduation ceremony that your friends and family can attend.
     
    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Super Science In Cleveland

    Coed, grades 5-8

    Date: June 15-19
    Time: 8:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $500

    Explore all aspects of science through an unforgettable week of adventures! If you love science and exploration, this is the camp for you. Campers will engage with scientists to explore animal predator habits and birds of prey in northeast Ohio. Campers build and launch rockets, engineer and erect their own Mars habitat, create and cook in solar ovens, experience a Star Lab, and investigate trajectories while launching catapults. Field trips to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and daily swimming are included! The week concludes with a rocket launching competition.

    Directed by Jessica Mitchell
  • NEW Virtual Reality: Designing 3D Worlds

    Coed, grades 5-9

    Dates: June 15-19
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $450

    Have you ever imagined actually having the ability to walk in the shoes of your favorite character from a movie or video game? Have you ever wanted to walk on an alien planet, or fly above the clouds like a bird? With virtual reality, you can do all of this and more. In this camp, the adventurous and courageous will explore VR and dive into this amazing and immersive experience. Explore strange new worlds, learn how to navigate through virtual space and even design your own virtual objects. Optional: Take home your own Oculus GO for an additional fee.

    Directed by Bill Champ

Wilderness Camps

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  • The Great Outdoors

    For boys, grades 6-8

    Dates: August 3-7
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, plus Thursday overnight
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $475

    Outdoor adventures await at University School’s Hunting Valley campus and the surrounding Cleveland Metroparks locations. Enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain biking, creek walking, campfire building, fishing, and swimming. In addition to camping-related activities, boys can anticipate other fun large group games both outside and indoors such as dodge ball, capture the flag, touch football, and use of the indoor swimming pool. The week ends with a Thursday-Friday overnight.

    Directed by Mike Wilson
  • Master Fort Builders

    Coed, grades 3-5

    Dates: June 1 - 5
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $350

    Did you ever build a fort from pillows and blankets at home in the living room? 
    We are going to take this challenge to the next level! Master Fort Builders is for boys and girls looking for a design challenge. Using nature and tools, we will divide into teams for the ultimate fort-building adventure. We will put these forts to the test with a culminating water balloon battle!

    Directed by Cortney Dargaj
  • Sailing Camp

    Coed, grades 3-9

    Session I
    Dates: June 1-5
    Session II
    Dates: June 27-31

    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Mentor Harbor Yachting Club
    (Transportation provided from Shaker Campus)
    Tuition: $425

    If you like being outside and on the water and want to learn about sailing, this camp is for you! You will learn important beginning boating fundamentals and water safety at the beautiful Mentor Harbor Yachting Club. Experience kayaks, small dinghy sailboats, large sailboats and powerboats on Lake Erie and the protected Mentor Harbor. The week-long camp is run by experienced, certified, professional sailing instructors who will guarantee fun. No boating experience required. Simply bring your lifejacket, sunscreen, and lunch.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • Scuba Camp

    Coed, ages 10 & older

    Session I
    Dates: June 22-26
    Session II
    Dates: July 6-10
    Session III
    Dates: July 13-17
    Session IV
    Dates: August 3-7 

    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $525

    Looking for a unique, interesting and fun summer camp experience?  Then look no further than Just Add Water’s SCUBA Camp at University School!  Scuba Camp is a summer program that introduces campers to the underwater world and teaches them to SCUBA dive. Kids (and parents welcome too) complete the classroom and pool training required to earn their certification. Campers learn about dive safety, equipment, being a good dive buddy, aquatic life, and protecting the environment. Have tons of fun, be active, make friends and learn to SCUBA dive with Just Add Water! Families, adults included, are welcome.

    Directed by Bill Champ

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Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
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Phone: 216-321-8260

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2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216-831-2200
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