Western to offer summer youth programs for grades K-12

Get your sunglasses and flip flops ready, it’s time for summer youth programs.

This summer, Western Washington University is proud to offer a variety of youth program offerings for students in grades K-12.

For the past 35 years, Western’s youth programs have encouraged kids to explore a favorite topic and consider opportunities in higher education. Participants experience hands-on learning and gain exposure to a college campus under the instruction of Western’s top-quality educators.

Popular programs for elementary school students include Western Kids Camp and Grandparents U. At Western Kids Camp, students will explore Western’s campus through both enrichment and recreational activities. Grandparents U offers learning in a different format – students attend a two day course with their grandparents to learn about a subject they’re interested in.

An additional course both elementary and middle school students will enjoy is Odyssey of Science and Arts. Through the program, participants will spend a week exploring both science and art in specialized courses. Available class topics range from robotics to ukulele playing.

Middle school age students will find they enjoy offerings such as the WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp or Western Inspires Leadership Development (WILD). Through the sailing camp, students will become skilled in either sailing or racing through a week-long course on Lake Whatcom. At WILD, students will explore both personal and practical growth through a series of leadership oriented activities.

High schoolers are also in for engaging and exciting opportunities. Some offerings include WILD and College Quest, a program where students can earn college credit and spend a week at Western’s main campus. College Quest course options include topics such as public speaking and film.

Scholarships for middle school and high school students from Whatcom County are available through the Assistance League of Bellingham. Visit the web for more information at http://assistanceleaguebellingham.org/scholarship/

Youth Programs welcomes a tax deductible donation to the Youth Programs Scholarship fund to provide the opportunity to enroll for students who can’t participate otherwise. Please donate to provide students with financial need more opportunities at https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1710/campaign/index-noshare.aspx?sid=1710&gid=2&pgid=467&cid=1175&dids=130&bledit=1.

Summer youth programs are also available in Anacortes and Poulsbo. Anacortes program are held at the Shannon Point Marine Center, while Poulsbo programs are at the SEA Discovery Center.

For more information on Western Washington University Youth Programs, visit wwu.edu/ee/youth/, e-mail youth@wwu.edu or call (360)650-3308.

WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Extended Education at (360)650-3308 or ExtendedEd@wwu.edu.