Summer Camp Spotlight: John Brown University Summer Academy sleepaway camps

Editors’ note: JBU Summer Academy is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

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Name of Camp:

JBU Summer Academy

Age group:

John Brown University is offering a Summer Academy series for high school students. Students will explore specific fields of study in depth. JBU is also a fun place, so naturally you will experience the fun side of living on campus for a week and experiencing some of the things that make Northwest Arkansas an incredible place to live and study.

Camps offered:

Piano Academy - June 18- 24 This one-week intensive program is a great way to see what music study is like at the university level. Each student will receive daily lessons, the chance to perform in masterclasses, and opportunities to attend performances by faculty and peers. Classes topics include theory, jazz improvisation, developing musical taste, and building technique. For high school students: 9-12th grade as of Fall 2017.  **If you register before March 15, 2017, there is a $50 discount.

Engineering Academy - July 16-22 The theme this summer will be Robotics. Students will learn about electrical circuits, programming, computer aided design, 3D printing, motors, batteries, and more. The week will include hands-on project design, building, and testing. For current 9-11th graders* (10-12th grade as of Fall 2017) *Preference will be given to upperclassmen.

Great Ideas Academy - July 23-29 This year’s theme is “From Plato’s Republic to the American Founding.” Students will receive a one-hour college credit for an Honors Colloquium after completing the readings, academic sessions, and fulfilling the required assignments. The Great Ideas Academy will be instructed by Dr. Jay Bruce. Discussions and activities will be lead by current JBU Honors Students. For current Sophomores or Juniors who meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Have either a 20 ACT or a 950 SAT

What are the additional perks of attending Summer Academy?

  • College experience
  • Opportunity to stay in a residence hall
  • Meet new friends
  • Meet JBU professors
  • Awesome activities in the evenings


Where will students stay during Summer Academy?

Students will be paired with other students in a Residence Hall.  Check out the JBU residence halls here.

For more information, contact Lauren Huffman, Assistant Director of Academic Partnerships, at or 479.524.7423 Click here to read more about JBU summer camps for high school students online.


Summer Camp Spotlight: Prism Education Center

Editors’ note: Prism Education Center is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

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Camp Name:

Prism Education Center

Age Group:

Kindergarten through fifth grade and 5th-9th grade

About Prism’s school-age summer program

Prism Education Center is a nice blend of both choice-driven learning opportunities and more structured time in the classroom. The learning activities culminate in a family event held at the end of the summer. Throughout the summer program, students may receive academic tutoring in order to prevent student regression over the summer. These are all-day camps as needed.

In 2017, Prism will host two separate programs that differ in content and structure based on the grades served in each program.

About Prism’s private school option

Prism is now enrolling K-12 private school students. They also have early childhood and after-school options. For more information about Prism’s values-based education programs for the 2017-18 school year, located in Fayetteville, visit the website HERE.

Find out more about Prism in this video:

Prism Education Center from Prism Education Center on Vimeo.

Where are Prism classes held?

All school-age summer programs will be held at Prism’s new campus on Joyce Boulevard in Fayetteville.

About the kindergarten – 5th grade Summer Camp program:

Students will engage in project-based enrichment projects to deepen their understanding and awareness of other nations and cultures. Through field trips, group projects, experiential learning opportunities and guest speakers, students will learn about different culture. The structure of Prism’s summer program ensures that even though it feels like a fun summer day camp, students will still be engaged in learning activities and will grow and develop academically.

Prism, Discover the NationsAbout the 5th – 9th grade Summer Camp program:

The 5th through 9th grade program offers students an opportunity to think critically about global challenges that impact individuals all over the world today and generate their own solutions to these issues. Each week students will be presented with a global challenge and will explore that issue through project-based learning, field trips, and engagements with guest speakers both locally and from around the world. Students will collaborate in small groups with other students to generate meaningful and innovative solutions to these challenges and present them each Friday.

Prism, the great debateClick here for more info about Prism Education Center’s summer programming and camps!

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Summer Camp Spotlight: Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design

Editors’ note: Design Camp is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

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Camp name:

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Camps, University of Arkansas. Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentations and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School. The camps are in four areas of the state and students will be able to select basic or advanced options.

Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while they walk with you through the design process. Click here to see a sample schedule, showing what the Fayetteville camp could look like.

Here’s a fun video with an overview of what Design Camp is like:

Age group:

The Fayetteville, Hot Springs and Little Rock camps are open to students going into ninth through 12th grades in fall 2017. The Wilson camp is for students going into third through 12th grades in fall 2017.

Each session will meet on location daily, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Supplies and lunches will be provided.

Early Bird Registration:

Cost for the Fayetteville, Little Rock, Hot Springs and Wilson day camps is $300 for early bird registration by April 14, or $350 for regular registration by May 26.

Registration deadline:

Be sure to register for these camps by by May 26th.

Who would be a good candidate for Design Camp?

Alison quoteAlison Turner, AIA, LEED AP at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design is the director of all of design camps and she also teaches at most of them. Alison said students who are interested in art, architecture and/or design as a potential career path would really benefit from enrolling in these design camps.

What will campers get to do and learn about?

There are three professional programs in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design: Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. At camp, there will be a focus on teaching students what those professions are and how the design process works.

Alison says, “We typically have a hands-on design project where the students learn different skills within the project, such as observation, sketching, brainstorming, site studies, programming, model construction and representational drawing. We also spend time getting out in the community to see built projects and talk to local designers.”

Design Camp options:

Design Camp on Campus
June 12-16  — University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (with overnight option*)
(entering grades 9-12)

  • Design Camp 1
  • Advanced Design Camp

* Room and board for the residential camp in Fayetteville is an additional $300.

Design Camp in the Garden
June 19-23 — Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs
(entering grades 9-12)

Design Camp at The Delta School
June 19-23 — The Delta School, Wilson
(entering grades 3-12)

Design Camp in the City
June 26-30 — Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock
(entering grades 9-12)

**Needs-based full and partial scholarships are available.

Click here for more info about the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Camps. Be sure to register by 5/26!

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Summer Camp Spotlight: Mt. Sequoyah camps for ages 5-12!

Editors’ note: Camp Sequoyah is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

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Camp name:

Camp Sequoyah, on beautiful Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville

Can campers attend every week?

Yes! Campers can experience a new, fun experience every week, throughout the summer. “We hope they find their new passion at camp and that your child can spend all summer at Mount Sequoyah.”

Full day, half-day and overnight camp options are available. Each week is a different theme.

Age Group:

Camps are for kids ages 5 – 12 (Camp Sequoyah will accept 4-year-olds who will be entering kindergarten in the fall).

Camp Options:

Camp Sequoyah: Sports

June 12 – 16, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Camp Sequoyah: Tennis

June 19 – 23, 2017; Monday – Friday 9:00 am to noon

July 24 – 28, 2017; Monday – Friday 9:00 am to noon

Mt Sequoyah Create Camp 2017Camp Sequoyah: Create 

June 26 – 30, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Camp Sequoyah: Missions

July 5 – 8, 2017; Overnight Camp

July 12 – 15, 2017: Overnight Camp

*Campers must attend with a group and their own group leaders. 

Camp Sequoyah: Tech

July 17 – 21, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Camp Sequoyah: World Tour

August 7 – 11, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Click here for more info on Mt. Sequoyah camps!

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Summer Camp Spotlight: Modern Mission Outdoor Laser Tag/Indoor Battlefield

Editors’ note: Modern Mission is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

modern mission summer spotlight bannerSummer Camp name:

Modern Mission Outdoor Laser Tag/Indoor Battlefield

Age Group:

Ages 7-12

Coupon Code:

Save $25 off your summer camp price by using code mama25

modern-mission-logoWeeks camp will be in session + hours:

Week one will be June 5th-9th; week two will be June 19th-23rd; and the final week will be July 10th-14th. Choose one or all three. Each week of camps will run M-F 8 a.m. to noon.

About the camps:

Modern Mission campers will learn how to shoot a bow, outdoor survival tips (including starting a fire in wet weather, identifying edible insects, etc.) and the value of teamwork.

Modern Mission will also have special guest speakers at camp throughout the week, including Sheriff Tim Helder and local K9 unit under Officer Chris Krodell. There will be plenty of time for Archery Games, Bubble Soccer, and play on the Indoor/ Outdoor Battlefields.

When you make a reservation for your child, they will be registered for the entire week. For ages 7-12.

Click here to see read more about Modern Mission camps!

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