for Youth Ages 6-14 

Summer Youth Flyer 2018 WEB1

Come to Southern Oregon University this summer for an unforgettable, hands-on, educational experience. We offer 50 exciting classes and day camps. Join the mailing list for our Pre-College Youth Programs Summer Brochure by calling (541) 552-6452.

Read details and register for classes by clicking on the red titles. Registration closes when capacity has been filled. No new registrations will be accepted after the Thursday prior to the start date for each camp.

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Ages 6-8

ARTS/CULINARY

Crafty Kids Make It!
Are you a young crafter who loves experimenting with materials? This camp will provide inspiration to keep you busy all summer long! Packed with hands-on craft projects to spark your imagination, this camp gives you the opportunity to make your own paper, design your own kaleidoscope, make a “no-sew” pillow or blanket, work with clay, and much more.
Instructor: Amber Hulla Pasillas
Ages 6-8, July 16-20, 9am to Noon
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159      

The Taster’s Kitchen
Taste your way to great recipes in this low-heat/no-heat cooking course. Enjoy “taste-tests” to compare varieties of fruits, vegetables, non-dairy milks, and more. Make your own “perfect bite” by combining the ingredients you choose to make your own smoothies, bars, toasts, dips, rolls, and dressings. Take home your custom recipes at the end of the week to continue your cooking journey! Just bring your sense of fun and adventure, and a willingness to try new things.
Please Note: This course is not recommended for participants with severe food allergies or very restrictive diets.
Instructor: Amber Hulla Pasillas
Ages 6-8, July 30- August 3 9am to Noon OR August 13- 17 9am to Noon
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159 (+$10 materials fee)

RECREATION/SPORTS/FITNESS

Let’s Play! Indoor and Outdoor Games
Flex your brain and your muscles with these fun strategy and team games. Engage in sprout ball, tennis, obstacle courses, freeze tag, yard soccer, disc golf, and more. Discover the basics of the best sports on the planet!
Instructor: Dana Yearsley
Ages: 6-8, July 9-13 9am to Noon
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159

DANCE/MUSIC/THEATRE

Dance Power
Dancing can be so much fun you almost forget it’s good for you. This fitness dance class explores hip-hop and Zumba-inspired moves that will keep you warmed up and feeling great. You’ll learn energetic choreography set to fun and uplifting music, designed to keep you moving!
Instructor: Carly Anderson
Ages 6-8, August 6 -10 9am to Noon
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159

SCIENCE/STRATEGY GAMES/ENGINEERING

Secrets and Surprises in Science
Science surprises abound in this week when you’ll learn how to make ice cream without a refrigerator, design and build bridges, and build a tower out of paper cups and cookie sheets that is strong enough to support your weight. You’ll also learn the science of spy skills, identifying fingerprints and footprints to solve a mystery and catch the “criminals.” Every day will bring new challenges and adventures in this week of science fun!
Instructor: Amber Hulla Pasillas
Ages: 6-8 July 23-27 9am to Noon
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $159

 

Ages 9-11

ARTS/CULINARY

Kids in the Kitchen: Culinary Arts Institute
Join the ranks of junior chefs exploding onto the culinary scene and work with a professional chef to create fabulous dishes every day. You’ll get lots of hands-on experience learning how to measure, mix, stir, and bake. Meet the farmers on a visit to the Ashland Farmer’s Market. Every day will be a new culinary adventure and on “Black box Friday” you’ll work in teams in a friendly competition to turn the ingredients you are given into an amazing dish!

Please note: Students will be preparing and eating lunch as part of this class. This course is not recommended for participants with severe food allergies or very restrictive diets.
Instructor: Marilyn Moore
Ages: 9-11, July 9- 13 9am to 2pm
Location: Bellview Grange (*Please note: this is an off-campus location)
Fee: $279 (+$20 materials fee)

COMPUTERS/VIDEO/FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY

E-maginative Coding
Ignite your interest in the creative possibilities of computer programming with MIT’s Scratch program. You’ll create interactive stories, games, and animations. Perfect for beginners, this class teaches valuable coding skills and programming logic that will launch young coders into a world of possibilities.
Instructor: Eping Hung
Ages 9-11, July 16 – 20 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $129

Epic Tech Institute
Do you have a passion for gaming, computers, electronics, and new technology? Have you ever wanted to learn how to manipulate photos? Make animations? Tell an epic digital tale? Build a website? The Epic Tech Institute provides you with the opportunity to do all of the above and much, much more! Discover your digital potential using the latest and greatest computer technologies, state-of-the-art equipment, and an experienced tech educator. This course provides you with the creative freedom you need to create multiple projects. You’ll develop knowledge and skills that will last you a lifetime.
Instructor: Steve Roby
Ages: 9-11, July 23 - 27 9am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $279

DANCE/MUSIC/THEATRE

Dance Power
Dancing can be so much fun you almost forget it’s good for you. This fitness dance class explores hip-hop and Zumba-inspired moves that will keep you warmed up and feeling great. You’ll learn energetic choreography set to fun and uplifting music, designed to keep you moving!
Instructor: Carly Anderson
Ages: 9-11, July 9-13 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159

From Page to the Stage: Scene Writing
Have you ever wanted to write a play, or a script for a movie? Take a journey through dramatic writing as you develop dialogue-driven scenes, and see your characters come to life when they are performed by classmates. This camp gives you the tools to launch your creative energy and bring your words to life on stage!
Instructor: Craig Lamm
Ages: 9-11, July 16-20 1pm to 3pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $129

Theatre on the Spot! Costume Design and Improv 

Costume Design: The first hour of this two-part class will be designing your own costume for the stage! Characters can be defined with something as simple as a hat, a mask, a crown, animal ears, or even a bowtie. You choose what to make to take with you to your Improv class, to bring your characters to life! Instructor: Diana Rasmussen

Improv Acting: If you can dream it, you can be it! You’ll make up new worlds, meet new characters, and create a scene “on the spot,” using only a suggestion from the audience to begin with. Like fingerprints, no two improvised stories or scenes are exactly alike, so every performance is spontaneous and fun. You and your team will use your imaginations to soar across the stage! Instructor: Craig Lamm

Ages: 9-11, July 23-27 11am to 3pm

Location: SOU campus 

Fee: $189

Big Top Circus Arts
Get ready to shine as you learn the skills you’ll need to become a great circus performer! Warm up with theatrical games and team building-exercises, and then explore the art of playing with gravity. Learn to use stilts, rola bolas, spools, a balancing beam, unicycles, and diabolos to become an acrobat. You’ll have a “barrel of fun” trying your hand at poi spinning and ribbon dancing while showcasing your achievements in the circus world.
Instructor: Suzanne Mielke
Ages: 9-11, July 30 – August 3 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $159 (+$10 equipment fee)

Modern Moves: Intro to Contemporary Dance
Take center stage and embrace a free, expressive, dance style! Learn how to move intuitively with music in contemporary dance styles including jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical elements. Explore how dance can be a powerful medium for communication and a fun release, while building your body and mind.
Instructor: Sara Watson
Ages: 9-11, July 30- Aug 3 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $129

SCIENCE/STRATEGY GAMES/ENGINEERING

Off the Beaten Path: Outdoor Skills
Sharpen your outdoor skills in the pursuit of adventure! Practice pitching tents, make your own high-energy trail mixes, get an overview of outdoor gear and backpacking, learn basic wilderness first aid, and spend a few afternoons on a rock-climbing wall. Build your nature-awareness with some short outings close to campus, and get savvy about natural surroundings through observation and activities. Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances and spending time outdoors. Students must provide and wear their own climbing-appropriate footwear.
Instructor: Angie Gornik
Ages: 9-11, July 9-13 11am to 3pm
                   OR July 16-20 11am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $189 (+ $35 equipment fee)

Engineering Crazy Contraptions
Engineers get to let loose and learn how to build exciting and surprising Rube Goldberg machines, which create a chain reaction through a series of simple sequences. You’ll learn how simple and complex machines function, and get hands-on practice designing and constructing your own creative “contraptions.” Put your new crazy engineering skills to work and see if you can build a chain-reaction machine that fills the entire room!
Instructor: Ash Friend
Ages: 9-11, July 9-13 9am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $279

Take Flight! All about Birds
Enjoy a fascinating encounter with our winged friends! Join other young birders to venture outside and hone your observation skills. Learn to identify birds in their natural habitats, how to tell different birds apart, and what makes each species unique. You’ll use technology like E-Bird and iNaturalist to track your bird knowledge, and examine birds up close with specimens and lab activities. On the last day, put all that knowledge to the test as you compete in the “Bird Bonanza Olympics.” Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances and spending time outdoors.
Instructor: Katie Boehnlein
Ages: 9-11, July 9-13 11am to 2pm
                   OR August 13-17 9am to Noon
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159

STEM Girls: LEGO Robotics
Girl power will drive these robots! Join this LEGO NXT robots class designed to engage girls in engineering and programming. Your team will learn robotic concepts and coding, and design and build a bot, and you’ll compete in daily challenges to test your bot’s developing skills. Ignite the STEM curiosity spark or fan the existing flames of scientific interest!
Instructor: Carly Anderson
Ages: 9-11, July 16-20 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $159

Sleuths and Suspects Mystery Camp
There’s a mystery afoot, and we need you to solve it! You and your team will learn how to use your powers of observation, critical thinking skills, and smart teamwork to solve mysteries. Investigate the “crime scenes,” and use the clues to narrow down your list of suspects. Conduct interviews with those suspects while piecing together the events leading up to the crime. Put on your detective cap as you work solve each “whodunit”!
Instructor: Steve Roby
Ages: 9 - 11, July 16 - 20 9am to 3pm 
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $279

Robot Rumble EV3!
Take the competitive excitement of Robot Rumble to the next level with the new EV3 LEGO Mindstorms robots! Like the NXT class, this is an exciting beginner’s robotics class. You’ll work in teams to build, program, and compete with your robot in different exciting activities. Every day you’ll work on your robot, write a new program and use a different sensor to participate in the trebuchet tussle, sprint & lap racing, tug of war, sumo wrestling, or battle bots. Join the exciting fun with the next level of LEGO robots!
Instructor: Chris Duval
Ages: 9-11, July 23- 27 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $129

Nature Detectives
Nature lovers, put your detective hats on and get ready to investigate the great outdoors! Unravel the mysteries of plant and animal habitats through scavenger hunts. Collect clues and examine the evidence. Engage with your fellow detectives in games and activities that help you practice your new skills. You’ll learn how to read a map and be your own navigate through outdoor excursions that will inspire you to explore and connect with the world around us. Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances and spending time outdoors.
Instructor: Katie Boehnlein
Ages: 9-11, July 23-27 9am to 3 pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $279  

Tinker Bots 
Have a blast creating your own robots! You’ll learn how to build a rumble bot, scribble bot, and an origami bot, using parts from household objects to make bots that are as unique as you. Test your new skills in challenges, learn how to make a hydraulic “robot arm,” and design an arena for exciting bot battles.
Instructor: Ash Friend
Ages: 9-11, July 23-27 9am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $279 (+$10 materials fee)

Ultimate Chess Strategies and Tactics
Chess is like martial arts for the mind! Through playing with a variety of partners, tackling chess puzzles, learning new tactics, and experimenting with timed chess, you’ll increase your agility and expertise with this fun and challenging game. Learn to be a stealthy, nimble “strategy ninja,” anticipating your opponent's next move and redirecting the flow of the game.
Instructor: Ed Hirsch
Ages: 9 -11, July 30 – Aug 3 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $129

Build It! LEGO “Simple Machines”
Take your Lego-building to the next level! Use your creative engineering skills as you discover, explore and tinker in this Maker workshop! Your team will design simple machines with gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys. See how far these basic tools can take you, as your team builds machines and put them to the test with exciting design challenges.
Instructor: Amber Hulla Pasillas
Ages: 9-11, August 6 - 10 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $129

Zap It! Conductive Clay Game Design
This is not your ordinary play dough! Conductive play dough opens up a whole new world where you’ll discover the magic of designing and constructing electric circuitry games. These “hands-on, minds-on” games take play to a whole new level, using engineering, technology, and game strategies. Go where your curiosity and creativity take you!
Instructor: Ash Friend
Ages: 9-11, August 6- 10 9am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $279 (+$10 materials fee)

Deal Me In!
How many games can you play, using just an ordinary deck of cards? You’ll find out in this expo of collaborative and strategic games. Learn versatile and fascinating games, and master the classics, as well as new inventive games. You’ll even get to “try your hand” at designing your own games! You’ll be the life of every party with your new dazzling card game skills.
Instructor: Chris Gillig
Ages: 9-11, August 6-10 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $159

LITERATURE/CULTURE/CREATIVE WRITING

It’s a Big World! Adventure Writing
Turn your outdoor adventures into a book no one will be able to put down. Learn basic book-making techniques, and then fill your new travel journal with your own observations and experiences in nature. Real-life travel adventure stories are born from face-to-face encounters with the awesome world around us. With an environmental expert as your guide, you’ll delve into encounters with the natural world, and find your own incredible story. Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances and spending time outdoors.
Instructor: Katie Boehnlein
Ages: 9-11, July 30- August 3 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159

A Journey Through Time
Have you ever wanted to race chariots in Ancient Rome? Feast with the Knights of the Round Table? Sail the high seas with the pirate Blackbeard? This camp is a whirlwind exploration of myths, legends, and lost civilizations. Build your own model catapult, plan pirate battles, create your own Egyptian hieroglyphs, reenact famous historical events, and let your imagination run wild through the magic and mystery of history.
Instructor: Steve Roby
Ages: 9-11, July 9-13 9am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $279

RECREATION/SPORTS 

Take Aim for Archery!
Take aim and hit your target! Using youth-sized long bows and foam-tipped arrows (designed for maximum safety), you’ll practice archery basics. Archery provides a fun, fast-paced opportunity to learn discipline, focus, and the ability to adjust to conditions through challenges and games, using a variety of targets. Students of the July 9-13 class can combine this class with the “Rock the Wall” climbing class immediately following, and save on both classes!

Instructor: Lloyd Canty
Ages: 9-11, July 9-13 9am to 10am
                  OR August 13-17 9am to 10am
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $119 (+$20 equipment fee) Please Note: Participants of the July 9-13 class can add the July 9-13 “Rock the Wall!” class and save $50 per student on the combined fees for these back-to-back classes using the code: "SBTOAR" at the time of check out.

Rock the Wall!
Climb to new heights on the rock wall in the new SOU Recreation Center! Beginners will learn all the tricks of experienced climbers –knot-tying basics, gear use, movement skills, and of course, climbing techniques. Our knowledgeable instructors will help you scramble your way to the top in this exhilarating outdoor sport. No experience required. Note: Equipment rental is included in the class fee. Students must provde and wear their own climbing appropriate footwear. Students of this class with the July 9-13 “Take Aim for Archery” class immediately proceeding, and save on both classes!

Instructor: Abbie Morrissey
Ages: 9-11, July 9-13 10am to Noon
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $ 129 (+$35 equipment fee) Please Note: Participants of the July 9-13 class can add the July 9-13 “Take Aim for Archery!” class and save $50 per student on the combined fees for these back-to-back classes using the code: "SBTOAR" at the time of check out.

Multi-Sport Extravaganza
Join the ultimate experience of fun on the field and the court. Play games like: street hockey, tennis, lacrosse, capture-the-flag, basketball, kick ball, soccer, disc golf, and more! Learn game strategies, and the importance of being a great team member. By the end of camp, you’ll have whole roster of exciting new games you can share with your friends.
Instructor: Dana Yearsley
Ages: 9-11, July 23-27 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159 (+ $10 equipment fee)

Ages 10 and Up

ARTS/CULINARY

Now Heat This: Culinary Arts Institute
Bring your passion and curiosity to the kitchen in this hands-on cooking class. From kitchen safety and sanitation tips, to a culinary trip around the world, you’ll learn how to create dishes from faraway lands that are sure to amaze your family and friends. India and Spain are just two of the culinary ports you’ll visit. A trip to the Ashland Farmer’s Market will give you insight on how the ingredients you use are grown as you mix, mash, measure and bake your way to culinary fame!

Please note: students will be preparing and eating lunch as part of this class.This course is not recommended for participants with severe food allergies or very restrictive diets.
Instructor: Marilyn Moore
Ages: 10-13, July 16- 20 9am to 2pm
                     OR August 6-10 9am to 2pm
Location: Bellview Grange (*Please note this is an off-campus location)
Fee: $279 (+ $20 materials fee)

Off the Eaten Path: Culinary Arts Institute
The keys to the kitchen are yours in this hands-on culinary adventure. Unlock the flavors of the world and use them in your own new creations. A professional chef will help you perfect your knife techniques, and show you how to use of a variety of kitchen tools and equipment to develop your own unique cooking style. You’ll also take a trip to the Ashland Farmer’s Market to meet the farmers and find out how their food is grown.

Please note: students will be preparing and eating lunch as part of this class.This course is not recommended for participants with severe food allergies or very restrictive diets.
Instructor: Marilyn Moore
Ages: 12-14, July 30 - August 3 9am to 2pm
Location: Bellview Grange (*Please note this is an off-campus location)
Fee: $279 (+ $20 materials fee)

Drawing on Reality
Drawing a realistic image can be intimidating, until you learn how to break it down. A professional artist will teach you about using line, shape, perspective, proportion, and shading to explore the art of realism. You’ll how to develop your powers of observation, giving you the skills you need to make your own realistic drawings.
Instructor: Sarah F Burns
Ages: 12-14, July 16- 20 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $159

Paint Your World
Aspiring teen artists will receive practical art instruction in acrylic painting mediums and methods that will take their work to a whole new level. Working with a professional artist, students will explore new materials and techniques, develop creative problem solving strategies, and celebrate concept development. This class will empower young artists to thrive with the solid painting skills that will boost their creative expression.
Instructor: Allen Smith
Ages: 12-14, July 23-27 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $159

Drawing the Figure
Sharpen your drawing skills and learn to see shape in a whole new way. Drawing the human form is a skill that will open up new possibilities in your artwork. You’ll learn to think about proportions, block in shapes, and understand how the parts of the human body work together to create one form. Guided by a professional artist, you’ll practice these techniques while drawing from live clothed models.
Instructor: Sarah F Burns
Ages: 12-14, August 6 – 10 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159

Smart Art: Full STEAM Ahead!
Imagine Van Gogh’s famous painting Starry Night really swirling and twinkling! In this STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) camp, you’ll use the work of well-known artists as inspiration, and combine your artistic and scientific sides to add a whole new dimension to your original artwork.
Instructor: Ash Friend
Ages: 10-13 August 13-17 9am to Noon
Location: S,OU campus
Fee:$159 (+$10 materials fee)

LITERATURE/CULTURE/CREATIVE WRITING

Write On! Creative Writing Workshop
Discover the power of your pen! In this exciting, interactive workshop, you’ll explore the elements of fictional writing including scene, character, and dialogue. You’ll develop the habits every writer needs in order to grow, and read samples of writing styles in short story, poetry, and lyrics. Using inspiration from the world around you, along with creative prompts, discussions, and brainstorming, you’ll discover your promise as a future author.
Instructor: Martha Street
Ages: 10-13, July 9-13 9am to 11am 
Ages: 12- 14, July 23-27 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $159

Adventure Journal: Capturing Your Experience
Learn how to record the sights and sensations of your adventures in a truly compelling way. You’ll hone your five senses with a “tactile adventure day”—a blind-folded exploration of the natural world— and by creating a personal map to record what you see, smell, hear, and feel along the way. Begin a creative visual journal that you can use to capture your outdoor explorations well beyond this class. Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances and spending time outdoors.
Instructor: Katie Boehnlein
Ages: 12- 14, July 16-20 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee:$159

COMPUTERS/VIDEO/FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY

Take One! Video Production
Brainstorm ideas, build your story boards, shoot on location, and edit your video projects using WeVideo technology. Use a vast palette of creative tools like eye-catching text graphics, screen casting, green screen, dynamic voice-overs, and music, while working as part of a production team! Discover how to optimize your project for sharing on video sites such as YouTube, and “screen” your project for your peers at the end of the week.

Instructor: Chris Gillig
Ages: 10-13, July 23-27 9am to 3pm
Ages: 12-14, July 30-August 3 9am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $279 (+$10 equipment fee)

Seize the Light! Exploring Digital Photography
Discover how to take amazing photographs that express your own personal vision. In this class for beginning photographers, you will learn how to use light, pattern, color, and composition to capture the photos of your dreams. Class time will include shooting on location around SOU campus, plus time in the computer lab working with photo editing software. PLEASE NOTE: All students must bring their own digital camera, fully charged battery, and cords for uploading images.
Instructor: Mary Wilkins Kelly
Ages: 12-14, July 9-13 11am to 2pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $159

Minecraft Madness
Join the madness as you learn how Minecraft works “behind the scenes” with in-depth coverage of how the game functions from a programming perspective! You’ll apply your new-found knowledge through the use of a “Turtle” that lets you explore the Minecraft world in new and exciting ways! You’ll experience challenges throughout the week and join a creative building competition that will put your Minecraft skills to the test.
Instructor: Ryan Resnick
Ages: 10-13, July 9-13 9am to 11am OR July 23 – 27 9am to 11 am
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $129

Epic Tech Institute
Do you have a passion for gaming, computers, electronics, and new technology? Have you ever wanted to learn how to manipulate photos? Make animations? Tell an epic digital tale? Build a website? The Epic Tech Institute provides you with the opportunity to do all of the above and much, much more! Discover your digital potential using the latest and greatest computer technologies, state-of-the-art equipment, and an experienced tech educator. This course provides you with the creative freedom you need to create multiple projects. You’ll develop knowledge and skills that will last you a lifetime.
Instructor: Steve Roby
Ages: 10-13, August 6-10 9am to 3pm
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $279

DANCE/MUSIC/THEATRE

Modern Moves: Intro to Contemporary Dance
Take center stage and embrace a free, expressive, dance style! Learn how to move intuitively with music in contemporary dance styles including jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical elements. Explore how dance can be a powerful medium for communication and a fun release, while building your body and mind.
Instructor: Sara Watson
Ages: 12-14, July 30- Aug 3 11am to 1pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee:$129

Speak, Sing, and Move! with Camelot Theatre
Under the direction of Dr. Gwen Overland, participants will engage in vocal and physical warm ups and theatre games in preparation for a short performance on the last day of the camp. The performance will consist of two group numbers from Broadway shows that will allow students to showcase the acting, singing, and dancing skills. This camp is designed to introduce young performers to professional musical theatre performance. Please note: students will need to provide and wear dance-appropriate shoes for particpation in this class. Some experience helpful, but not required.
Directors: Camelot Theatre in Talent, Oregon
Ages: 10-14, August 13- 17 9am to Noon
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $199

RECREATION/SPORTS

Rock the Wall!
Climb to new heights on the rock wall in the new SOU Recreation Center! Beginners will learn all the tricks of experienced climbers – knot-tying basics, gear use, movement skills, and of course, climbing techniques. Our knowledgeable instructors will help you scramble your way to the top in this exhilarating outdoor sport. No experience required, students must provide and wear climibing-appropriate footwear.
Instructor: Abbie Morrissey
Ages: 10-13, July 16 - 20 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $129 (+$35 equipment fee)

Foundations in Fencing
En garde! Join the exciting sport of fencing, where your nimble footwork and quick thinking will pay off when you face your opponent. You’ll learn the learning the respect, ethics, and camaraderie involved in this classic sport. Note: All equipment will be supplied, and participants will be safe inside their masks and jackets.
Instructor: Dylan Shelton
Ages: 10-14, July 23- 27 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $129

Ready All, Row!
Feel the joy of gliding across the open water at Emigrant Lake when you join this rowing team. First, you’ll learn the basics on indoor rowing machines at the Ashland Rowing Club’s Boathouse, including terms, water and boat safety, and proper equipment handling. Then put your new skills to use on the water, as you and your team form a unit to swiftly move across the lake. Note: Campers are required to pass a swim/float test prior to joining the class. Life jackets will be provided for each student.
Instructors: Rick Brown and Ashland Rowing Club Staff
Ages: 10-13, July 16-20 9:30 am to Noon  OR   July 30 – Aug 3 9:30 am to Noon

Location: Emigrant Lake (*Please note this is an off-campus location) 
Fee: $159 (+$40 equipment fee)

SCIENCE/STRATEGY GAMES/ENGINEERING

Robot Rumble NXT!
What can your LEGO robot do? Push your skills to the limits, as your team builds and programs your own robot to complete with others in a new feat every day. You might play tug-of-war or miniature golf one day, or challenge others to a catapult shoot-out or a battle of the bots on another. Fun for beginners and veterans of robot Olympics alike!
Instructor: Chris Duval
Ages: 10-13, July 9-13 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus
Fee: $129

Robot Rumble EV3!
Take the competitive excitement of Robot Rumble to the next level with the new EV3 LEGO Mindstorms robots! Like the NXT class, this is an exciting beginner’s robotics class. You’ll work in teams to build, program, and compete with your robot in different exciting activities. Every day you’ll work on your robot, write a new program and use a different sensor to participate in the trebuchet tussle, sprint & lap racing, tug of war, sumo wrestling, or battle bots. Join the exciting fun with the next level of LEGO robots!
Instructor: Chris Duval
Ages: 10-13, July 30 – Aug 3 9am to 11am
Location: SOU campus 
Fee: $129

Ultimate Build and Code Camp
This two-part camp features both Minecraft and Lego Robotics in the ultimate “mash-up” for young designers and programmers! First, explore the Minecraft universe from a programming perspective while creating blocks, items, and creature of your own design. Then, push your skills to the limits as your team builds and programs your own LEGO robot to complete in a new challenge each day.
Instructors: Chris Duval and Ryan Resnik
Ages: 10-13, July 16 -20 9am to 1pm
Location: SOU campus
Fee:$189

Other SOU Summer Programs

These programs are offered through other SOU departments. Please contact them directly for information.

SOU Sports Programs 2018

The following sports camps are offered through the Athletics Department at SOU. For information, visit: souraiders.com

SOU Boys and Girls Basketball Camps

SOU Boys and Girls Soccer Camp

SOU Girls Volleyball Camp
July 15-18, grades 7-12
Contact Josh Rohlfing 541-552-6728 for more information

Youth Programs Class Locations

SOU Ashland Campus:

Art Building and Meese Auditorium: Center for the Visual Arts, off Indiana Street beside the Schneider Museum of Art, SOU campus

Campbell Center/OLLI Building: 655 Frances Lane, SOU campus


Central Hall: In the center of SOU campus, below Science Building

Computing Services Center: between Taylor and Central Halls, PCWest and PCEast Computer Labs inside this building, SOU campus

Education/Psychology Building: Off Moutain Ave, between Mountain ave and University Way, SOU Campus

Hannon Library: off Indiana Street

Marion Ady: Center for the Visual Arts, off Indiana Street beside the Schneider Museum of Art, SOU campus

Music Building: Off Mountain Ave, facing University Way, SOU Campus

Recreation Center: Off Webster street between Walker Ave and Wightman St, North Campus Village, SOU Campus

Sciences Building: Off Elkader Street, SOU Campus

Off- Campus Ashland Sites:

Ashland Rowing Club, Emigrant Lake, 5505 Hwy 66

Bellview Grange 1050 Tolman Creek Road (in front of Bellview Elementary School)