Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the UNL campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with UNL faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.
Big Red Summer Academic Camps are open to all youth grades 10th-12th including recent high school graduates. All housing and food is provided for participants throughout the duration of the camp. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each camp offered has a specific number of openings, please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Offerings for a list of camps offered this year, descriptions, participant limits, costs, and scholarship opportunities. Camps are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and UNL faculty members in various academic areas across campus.
The registration deadline for Big Red Summer Academic Camps is May 1. Early Bird Tuition rates are available before April 15. Regular Tuition rates are available from April 16 to May 1. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first served basis. If a camp is not full late registration will be accepted at the Late Tuition rate. Please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Offerings for specific camp rates and maximum enrollment. Youth may register Online or by mailing in their completed registration form.
- Register Online
- Download Printable Registration Form - Mail your completed registration form and full payment to: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, State 4-H Office, 114 AGH, PO Box 830700, Lincoln, NE 68583-0700. Registration forms submitted without the full fee will not be processed.
All housing and food will be provided for all participants throughout the duration of the camp. You will receive a letter of verification with details about what to bring to camp and a schedule of events after registration.
No refunds will be issued after May 1. All refunds issued prior to May 1 will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
There are two types of scholarships available to assist with camp tuition fees. Limited scholarships are available to attend any Big Red Summer Academic Camp and will cover a portion of the camp tuition fees. Additional significant scholarships are available for only specific camps.
Limited scholarships are available to attend any Big Red Summer Academic Camps. To apply for a scholarship to be used at any camp, complete the form below and submit it along with your completed registration materials and a check for the full registration fee, postmarked by April 1. Winners will be notified by April 19 and will receive a refund when they arrive at camp this summer. Scholarships are for camp registration fees only and do not cover the cost of transportation or other expenses. Please direct questions to Lindsay Shearer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-472-2846.
While limited general scholarships are available to attend all Big Red Summer Academic Camps, significant scholarships are available only for the following camps.
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