MTSU Camps, Summer Experiences appeal to almost all ages and interests

Investigate a crime scene. Pilot an airplane. Learn a language. Study the Civil War. Start a rock band. Play at the Rec. Get coached up in your sport. Build on skills for a future in architecture, construction, and engineering.

From the arts to yoga and everything in between, Middle Tennessee State University’s summer camps and experiences offer something for just about everyone—from elementary age through senior citizens.

High schoolers and incoming college students can work on their academic skills or try out a future career interest. Adults have opportunities to engage in lifelong learning. Young athletes can work on their sports skills with college coaches in top-notch facilities.
Popular options for teens run from forensic science (CSI: MTSU) to a one-week crash course for budding journalists (Innovation J-Camp). Others will discover what it’s like to design and build as they learn about architecture, construction and engineering in the MTSU ACE Summer Camp.

As in years past, hundreds in the community will benefit from MTSU Summer Experiences this year.

For a full list of offerings, bookmark and check out periodically for updates with 2017 camps and details, including registration.

Camps feature the Introduction to Aviation and the Professional Pilot Advanced options and a STEM Camp (science, technology, engineering, and math) in June and July that offers many activities such as coding.

Summer Experiences include learning new languages; the June 21-23 Alumni Summer College; the College of Liberal Arts’ Lifelong Learning Program (with topics on Vietnam, jazz in the ’60s, and Eastern philosophy); and the Governor’s School for the Arts for rising 11th- and 12th-graders from across Tennessee.

Those with musical talent can sign up for the Stamps-Baxter School of Music for Southern Gospel enthusiasts July 10-22, Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp July 24-29, and the weeklong Guitar Workshop Plus July 30-Aug. 4.

Incoming MTSU freshmen can adjust to life on campus and get a head start in biology, mathematics, and more at the two-week Scholars Academy in early August. The university also holds its CUSTOMS summer orientation sessions to help new students get acclimated.

Soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, and cheerleader camps are among the options for the sports-minded.

Some samples of MTSU’s Camps and Summer Experiences:

This four-day program for rising ninth-graders through college freshmen is one of the hottest camps around, sponsored by MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research (FIRE).  Nationally recognized forensic scientist Hugh Berryman leads the CSI campers in collecting and processing evidence—including DNA, fingerprints, hair and fibers, simulated blood splatter, and shoe prints—as well as conducting interviews and formulating theories. Students explore unique career opportunities, learn to see details and use critical thinking, work in a team environment, and find real-world ways to use higher-level math and science. Learn more at

Blue Raiders football coach Rick Stockstill and basketball coaches Kermit Davis and Rick Insell join their assistants and other coaches in helping young athletes elevate their game during summer camps. Youngsters also get to compete in MTSU’s college facilities for these sports and several others.

Innovation J-Camp
Teen journalists gain insight into videography, audio gathering and editing, photography, writing stories, and internet posting. They also learn about programs and career opportunities in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment. Central Magnet School student Rebecca King, 17, of Murfreesboro, jumpstarted a still photography portfolio and impressed college recruiters through last year’s J-Camp. “This is a good way to experience journalism, filmmaking, and photography and see where I really fit in,” she said.

Campus Recreation Center
MTSU Campus Rec’s Youth Summer Camp provides children ages 7 to 13 a place to play and working parents an alternative to summer child care on a weekly basis during May 29-July 28. A weekly summer swim program for ages 10-16 and a one-week Junior Adventure Camp are also offered. Check out the full calendar at or call 615-898-2104.

ACE Summer Camp
Industry members in the ACE Mentor Program offer this camp for free for high school students from across the South. Teens learn about architecture, construction and engineering (ACE) and are encouraged to pursue careers in these disciplines, including through the MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management. Reginald Stuart, 15, a Siegel High School sophomore who participated last summer, enjoyed “seeing how buildings work and their design. There’s been a whole lot of teamwork.”

Alumni Summer College
This three-day program for adult attendees returns for its 10th year, inviting alumni and university friends to campus to reconnect with MTSU, learn about interesting subjects, and have fun. The 2017 “Greatest Hits” theme brings back a “Remix” of past classics—ranging from exploring history to the life of a song, and from the world of sports to stories from the Civil War.” Visit or contact Alumni Relations at 615-898-2922.