Summer Camps

  • Act One Theater School
    Since 1986, Act One Theatre School has offered Pittsburgh area students the finest foundations in theatre education, providing a comprehensive student-oriented program which develops skills, fosters creativity, and provides successful experiences for all involved.
  • Almost Authors Summer Workshop
    A summer creative-writing workshop for students entering 3rd through 12th grades, Almost Authors is a week-long session designed to help students hone their writing skills in a variety of genres.
  • Bayer Sustainability Camp
    This 2-week residential camp offered via RiverQuest is for students ages 14 to 16. Students will participate in environmental exploration and fun and learn about water, energy, and environmental sustainability.
  • Camp Deer Creek
    For students finishing 6th through 8th grade, Camp Deer Creek is a day camp that offers traditional camp activities such as swimming, horseback riding, archery, music, drama, nature hikes, and arts and crafts. A "residence week" is also available.
  • Camp Judson
    Camp Judson offers a variety of summer camps for junior high and senior high students throughout the summer months. Activities at the main camps include bible study, faith-based activities, canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, archery, capture the flag, and more. Special camps are devoted to archaeology, visual and performing arts, outdoor skill-building and exploration, horseback riding, and leadership.
  • CMU: Andrew's LEAP
    Offered by the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Andrew's LEAP is a 7-week program for high school students to help them discover computer science possibilities. Participants learn from scientists, go on field trips, and work on their own engaging projects.
  • CMU: Pre-College Programs
    These six-week-long programs hosted by Carnegie Mellon University offer students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and prepare for study at the college level. Programs are offered in architecture, art and design, drama, music, and gaming (via the National High School Game Academy). The programs are open to high school students from the ages of 16 to 18 who have completed their sophomore years.
  • CMU School of Music Summer Pre-College
    Designed for rising high school juniors and seniors, our six-week residential program will give you the opportunity to see what college is like.
  • CMU Tartan Athletic Camps & Clinics
    Carnegie Mellon University's Athletic Department offers day and overnight camps in basketball, swimming, soccer and fitness.
  • Carnegie Museum of Art Summer Day Camps
    For students ages 11 to 13, the Carnegie Museum of Art offers day camps that offer the opportunity to work on creativity and artistic skills. Sessions include drawing, painting, interior design, sculpting, mixed media, architecture, theater, and fashion.
  • Carnegie Museum of Art Summer Workshops
    The Carnegie Museum of Art offers a variety of summer workshops for teens who want to build their portfolios or just learn new skills. Options include painting, ceramics, drawing, and architecture. The workshops are for students age 14 and up.
  • Carnegie Science Center Click!
    Designed for middle school girls, Click! is an urban science adventure and spy school. Using awesome technology, students solve science mysteries on the North Shore. Two week-long sessions are available.
  • Chatham University Music and Arts Day Camp
    The Music and Arts Day Camp provides fine arts experiences to campers through 9th grade. In addition, campers also engage in traditional camp activities such as swimming, sports, nature exploration, arts, and many more! Our youngest campers experience all aspects of our course offerings following a structured schedule with their counselor while Division 4 & 5 (campers in 5th -9th grade) are provided with the freedom to create their own camp schedule by choosing from a list of activities.
  • CitiParks: Survival Camp
    Hosted by the Frick Environmental Center, this weeklong day camp teaches basic wilderness survival skills to students who have completed sixth and seventh grades. Instructors guide teams of campers to build skills such as shelter and fire-building, orienteering and map reading, and first aid. The camp includes one overnight activity.
  • City Music Center of Duquesne University's School of Music
    The Mary Pappart School of Music offers summer workshops for students of all ages and abilities.
  • Creek Camp
    Hosted by Creek Connections at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, Creek Camp is a residential environmental science camp for rising 10th and 11th graders that holds two week-long sessions in July. While living in college dorms, campers explore the outdoors, observe wildlife, and study freshwater ecology.
  • Chess Camp
    Run by chess master Jerry Meyers, the Squirrel Hill and Fox Chapel weeklong chess camps are an opportunity for teens to learn about chess and build their skills in a fun and informative setting. Camps are divided by skill level, and teens are offered a chance to compete against others and learn new techniques.
  • Ellis School Summer Programs
    The Ellis School offers a weeklong music program and "Games Through the Ages" for teenagers.
  • Fallingwater Architecture Camp
    This weeklong high school residencey program provides an opportunity for students to examine and explore a host of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, including his notion of an organic architecture, while living and studying in the midst of this historic building.
  • Grier Summer Camps
    Located on the campus of Grier Boarding School in the Allegheny mountains, Grier Summer Camps offer girls ages 7 to 17 the opportunity to participate in horseback riding, visual arts, performing arts, or a combination of these activities. Camp options range from 2 to 5 weeks in length, depending on the program; all camps are residential.
  • I Want to Be an Ambassador Camp
    Open to rising 8th through 12th graders, this week-long program helps students build the skills to represent themselves well and work together to solve critical issues. They will learn more about the world and develop problem-solving skills through dynamic discussions, activities, and field trips.
  • ID Tech Camps
    Like gaming, programming, or filmmaking? Take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at week-long, day and overnight programs held at CMU.
  • Labratz Science Club Summer Camp
    For students entering grades 5 through 8, this summer camp offers several week-long sessions, with half-day or full-day options. There is also the choice of a biology-based program or a physics-based program. Students will explore the aspects of each scientific field and contribute to fun projects.
  • MCG Youth's Summer Studios Intensive
    Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Taneesha Temple, 412-322-1773, ext. 302
    This five-week-long studio experience is open to Pittsburgh teens from ages 13 to 18. During the month of July, students can experiment and build skills in their choice of ceramics, photography, digital arts, or design arts. Rising high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates even have the opportunity to earn college credit through a dual enrollment partnership with the Community College of Allegheny College.
  • National Aviary Teen Volunteer Program
    Teen volunteers must be 14 to 17 years old. Applications are accepted in March and April for the summer teen volunteer season.
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Art Camps
    The PCA School offers a variety of art classes and workshops for teens 14-17 in fine arts, media arts, photography and filmmaking.
  • Pittsburgh Pro High School Baseball Camp
    For teens ages 12 to 18, this week-long baseball camp helps players train daily. Participants take part in baseball drills, receive instruction and assessment from coaches, and play games.
  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Summer Camp
    This weeklong summer camp focuses on the regenerative properties of human tissue and allows students to explore scientific technologies, experimental strategies, and ethical considerations of an increasingly relevant biomedical topic through a variety of team activities and simulations. Two sessions of the camp are offered, one for high school students and one for middle school students.
  • Pittsburgh Zoo: Zoo U.
    Zoo U. students take an in-depth look at current research and theories in the fields of zoology, biology, ecology, and more. Classes are designed to be hands-on and challenging for students in grades 9 to 12.
  • Point Park University Summer Camps
    The department of Performing Arts Community Classes at Point Park University offers NON-CREDIT classes in theatre, dance and music for youth and teenagers.
  • Quick Skills Soccer Camp
    Dates range from early June to late August. Locations vary.
  • Real Life Music Camp
    Offered by the non-profit Creative Life Support, Real Life Music Camp is a program for teens ages 14 to 18 who want to pursue careers in the music industry. Students will attend workshops and seminars, perform, and record.
  • Real Life Skate Camp
    Offered by the non-profit Creative Life Support, Real Life Skate Camp is a week-long program for teens interested in skateboarding, in-line skating, and freestyle biking. Students will attend pro demos, practice, and compete in amateur events.
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Music Camp
    For one week, musicians ages 6-18 can make music in a stimulating environment. Includes chorus, strings, handbells, art, band, jazz dance, piano, drama, introduction to organ, composition, and teen ensemble.
  • Sewickley Academy Summer Camps
    Day camps at Sewickley Academy are offered for students in grades 6-9 and 10-12, and they include academics, the arts, and sports. Options include essay writing, math, English, Latin, SAT prep, drawing and painting, pottery, lacrosse, and soccer, among others.
  • Teen Writers Workshop
    This intensive, one-day workshop open to students in 8th through 12th grades will help teens hone their writing skills and turn their observations into polished pieces. Students will learn how to take their thoughts and opinions and turn them into the written word.
  • Toonseum: How to Toon Summer Camp: Capes, Cowls, and Cartoons
    Pittsburgh's cartoon museum offers a new three-day summer camp to help teen artists turn their super-ideas into superheroes.
  • Watson Institute: Camp STAT
    The Summer Therapeutic Activities for Teens (STAT) program is for teens with Asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism. The program helps these teens to develop social competencies through therapeutic and recreational forms. Two summer sessions of four weeks each are offered to eligible participants from 13 to 21 years of age.
  • University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy
    Formerly the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Health Care, this is a four week program held in June and July for 110 students (sophomores or juniors) who are interested in learning more about health care and health care careers.
  • USA Professional Karate Summer Program
    Offering karate and kickboxing classes for teens, USA Professional Karate has a special 6-week summer program of classes. Kickboxing can be taken for self-defense or aerobic fitness.
  • Young Writers Institute
    The Young Writers Institute is open to students entering grades 4 through 12. Students can develop the craft of writing in a variety of genres while being mentored by University of Pittsburgh writing instructors. Events also include visiting writers, field trips, and publication of polished pieces.