Best. Summer. Ever.

By Freya Cartwright

Need to fill some gaps in your kids’ summer schedule? Whether you’re looking for a totally unique experience, or want to stick to a tried-and-true camp classic, these summer camps offered at MTSU are packed with fun, adventures, and invaluable learning opportunities.

Innovation J-Camp
If your high schooler is interested in adding professional marketing skills to the resumé while learning new ways to express themselves, check out Innovation J-Camp! A partnership with the College of Media and Entertainment, this unique day camp teaches high school students the art of storytelling through journalism, photography, writing, and social media. Participants will get hands-on experience with audio and visual equipment, and will learn how to tailor stories for different audiences and different multimedia platforms. To register or learn more, go to
Age: Grades 9–12 Dates: July 9–13  Cost: $150, including lunches and all materials

Introduction to Aviation Camp
One of MTSU’s most famous programs, the Aerospace Department offers this aviation day camp for motivated teens who want to take to the skies. Participants will receive flight instruction in both a flight simulator and a glass cockpit aircraft and will take lessons in aircraft maintenance, aerodynamics, flight planning, and air traffic control from university faculty and certified flight instructors. The camp’s leaders also offer valuable career advice and information about the aviation industry to budding pilots. To register or learn more, check out the MTSU Aerospace website at
Age: Grades 8–12 Dates: June 11–15, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Cost: $430

Rec Center Youth Summer Camp
If you need a consistent and fun place to take your kids throughout summer break, check out the Youth Summer Camps provided by the MTSU Rec Center. These five-day day camps are offered almost every week of the entire summer, and will keep your kids engaged all day long. Activities include team-building exercises, free play, and introductions to a variety of sports. The camps also emphasize lessons about good sportsmanship, friendship, and leading healthy lifestyles. To find more about specific dates and discounts, click Camps on the Rec Center website at
Age: 7–12 Dates: Weeklong camps from May 29 to July 27, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Cost: $175 per week; discount for enrolling for entire summer
Southern Girls Rock Camp
This unique camp for girls and gender-nonconforming youth offers campers the opportunity to develop their self-expression, musical skills, and songwriting techniques while fostering new friendships in a positive and accepting environment. The camp includes musical lessons, team-building exercises, and activities that focus on reinforcing the self-confidence and creativity of the campers. At the end of camp, participants have the opportunity to form their own band and perform their new musical creations at the end-of-week showcase. To find out more, check out
Age: 10–17 Dates: July 23–28 Cost: $320, scholarships available

Junior Raiders Soccer Camp
Directed by Aston Rhoden, the MTSU women’s soccer coach, this evening program offers elementary school kids an introduction to the basic techniques of soccer. Kids get to use the MTSU soccer facilities to develop their technical abilities while building teamwork skills and new friendships, and parents are welcome to watch their kids show off their new skills in short games. This short camp is the ideal experience for the budding soccer player. Additional soccer camp options at MTSU include Day Camp (for older kids ages 10–16), Girls Camp, and Girls Team Camp. To register or to get information on additional soccer camps, go to
Age: 5–10 Dates: June 11–15, 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Cost: $110

Youth Football Camp
This day camp gives future Blue Raiders a chance to develop their football skills with the college pros. Campers will receive individualized instruction from MTSU Coach Rick Stockstill and his staff to learn about the fundamentals of offensive and defensive tactics, plus will get the chance to show off their skills in the Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition. The camp includes plenty of drills to boost players’ agility and concludes with the Raider Ball Tournament, where campers put their new skills to the test in a friendly game. Price includes lunch every day, a T-shirt and Gatorade bottle, and a picture with Coach Stockstill. To find out more, check out
Age: Grades 1–8 Dates: May 29–June, 8 a.m.–5 p.m Cost: $200, with $25 discount for siblings