Division of Continuing Studies

Summer Camps

IPFW Summer Youth Camps

IPFW offers a variety of camps and classes for kids in grades K-12 over the summer months (and throughout the year). Below is information to help you locate all of them.

Radio host Carrie Wellman of WLDE/Fun 101.7 interviewed CAA Director Melinda Haines and DCS Division Project Director Maggie Hunter about all the 2015 summer youth programming happening on campus. Listen to that interview here to get more details.


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Appleseed Writing Project – Elementary Camp (Grades 4, 5, 6)

June 12-23, 2017, 9am-noon: Students will be guided through engaging activities and collaboration in a supportive environment, starting with choosing a topic, leading into sustained writing time, followed by revision, editing, publishing, and sharing. Click to register, or for more details, contact Cheri Pruitt at 260-710-3418 or via email.

Appleseed Writing Project – Middle School Camp (Grades 7, 8, 9)

June 12-23, 2017, 1pm-4pm: This camp is designed for students who enjoy the experiences of writing in a noncompetitive, nonjudgmental environment where they will be able to allow their pens to follow their hearts. Click to register, or for more details, contact Cheri Pruitt at 260-710-3418 or via email.

Community Arts AcademyCommunity Arts Academy

The Community Arts Academy (CAA), a division of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at IPFW, offers a wide range of instruction in art, music, theatre and dance for students in grades pre-K-12 in the summer as well as throughout the school year. Call 260-481-6059 or click here for more information.

Entrepreneurship Workshops

The three-day summer Entrepreneurship Workshop was created for high school students interested in owning their own business or those who already do. This workshop provides practical startup strategy from experienced local entrepreneurs with the goal of either getting them up and running as soon as possible or growing an existing business.  The learning is fun, energetic, and focused and will help students build a business model, find and attract customers, and plan for growth alongside other high school students who are serious about being entrepreneurs either now or after high school. 

Fort Wayne MastodonsFort Wayne Athletics Camps and Clinics

For kids of all ages, Fort Wayne Athletics offers camps throughout the year in baseball, volleyball, basketball and soccer. For general information, call Katie at 260-481-5445 or click here.

Niecee Nelson Basketball Camps

Jon Coffman Basketball Camps (June 19-22, 2017)

Steve Florio Volleyball Camps

Fort Wayne Softball Camps

Jason Burr Soccer Camps

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Institute of Reading Development: Summer Reading Program

June 5-July 9, 2017: The focus of the children's reading programs is to develop a love of reading. Skill development that provides for increased fluency and comprehension is also emphasized. The adult program improves reading efficiency. Eye-tracking exercises, retention techniques and systematic analytical approaches are taught. For details, call 1-800-979-8980 or click the links below:

20160615G-Marcus-Piano-JW-001IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp

June 10-15, 2018: The IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp aims to inspire young pianists to strive for artistic excellence and to encourage them to reach their potential in piano study and performance. Under the direction of Hamiton Tescarollo, professor of piano and director of keyboard studies at IPFW, students are immersed in all things piano, from a variety of workshops and group sessions, master classes, music theory and keyboard musicianship classes and ensemble playing, to daily individual lessons with camp faculty and practice sessions guided by experienced practice coaches, all to help them progress rapidly and continue to be excited about making music throughout the year. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or click here.

IPFW Math and Science Camp

July 10-13, 2017: For students between the ages of 11 and 13. Participants engage in hands-on science and minds-on problem solving with a variety of activities. Past examples have been hot air balloons, buoyancy investigations, robots, column strength, chemistry and optics. They will solve logic puzzles, create mathematical games, and investigate the stock market all while having fun! Camp sessions are led by university professors, high school and middle school teachers. For details, call 260-481-6306. Click here to register online. 

IPFW Physics Exploration

June 19-22, 2017: For students between the ages of 14 and 16. Physics Exploration Camp gives campers a chance to experience a variety of topics in experimental physics. Each day they will learn about and perform experiments related to Astronomy, LASER Physics, Quantum Optics and Surface Science (nanotech). They will work in the research laboratories with the faculty scientists and senior physics majors in the IPFW Physics Department. For details, call 260-481-6306. Click here to register online.

STEM Summer Explorations

June 19-July 14, 2017 (see ETCS Outreach webpage below for description and dates of each camp): STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Explorations are offered by a variety of ETCS departments for students in middle through high school. All STEM Explorations are taught by IPFW faculty and community experts who offer youth hands-on projects that expand STEM knowledge and skills while having fun. For details on 2017's programs, contact the ETCS Outreach Office at at 260-481-6905.

  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) Summer Explorations: More information.
  • For information on other year-round ETCS Outreach Programs, including Sci-TEC Academy, Engineers Week Bridge Building Contest, FIRST Lego League, Indiana Regional Future City Competition and NE Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair click here.

20170623-CAA-Choir-JW-014Summer Choir Camp

June 18-22, 2018, 1pm to 4pm: Join in the fun and learn more about the art of singing. Under the direction of Susan LaCroix of Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, singers will be introduced to basic music theory through musical games, instruction, and, of course, singing. The week culminates in a short program for parents and family members. This camp is for students entering 1st-6th grade in fall 2018. Call 260-481-6059 or click here for more information.

IPFW Honors Program LogoSummer Honors Camp

July 30 - August 4, 2017: Experience college at IPFW at this one-week camp. Stay on campus, earn college credits, and enjoy evening activities. Designed for high school students entering senior year. Invitation-only for high academic achievers. For more information click here or contact Michele Shawver, Honors Program Assistant Director, at 260-481-6115 or email shawverm@ipfw.edu.

CAA Summer String CampSummer String Camp

June 18-22, 2018, 9a to 2p: Run by Fort Wayne Philharmonic musician Marcy Trentacosti, this camp features string orchestra, chamber ensembles and group classes for violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar. Students must have a minimum of two years of string instruction to take part in this camp. Learn new music in a week of string orchestra, group classes and chamber music playing. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or click here.

Woodwind Camp Final Recital DSC09122Woodwind Summer Music Week

June 4-8, 2018, 9a to 3p: Woodwind Summer Music Week is a day camp for beginning to advanced woodwind students age 12 to 18. Offering instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon, this program includes chamber music and introductory music theory classes. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or click here. 


Parental Supervision Statement

IPFW is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While the IPFW is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the IPFW University Police at 481-6827.

Purdue University Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

IPFW abides by the operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here:

Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

Programs for Minors Registration Form