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 Nebraska 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 our university 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 9th/10th-12th including recent high school graduates. The registration deadline for Big Red Camps is May 28. Early Bird Tuition rates end April 5. Regular Tuition rates end May 7. Late Tuition rates end May 28. No registrations will be accepted after May 28. All housing and food are 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. A wait list option will be available in case COVID restrictions are lifted. Please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Sessions for a list of camps offered this year, descriptions, participant limits, costs, and scholarship opportunities. Camps are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and our university faculty members in various academic areas across campus.
All scholarships must be awarded prior to registration! Any scholarships awarded after the registration process will not be applied to current registrations.
Scholarships are for camp registration fees only and do not cover the cost of transportation or other expenses.
We want to make Big Red Camp an opportunity for all youth. We are able to offer a limited number of General Scholarships. Please note that additional scholarships may be available for specific camps and may have separate application processes. Please see the camp session descriptions for more information.
General Scholarships can be used to attend any Big Red Camp session. A limited number of these scholarships are available. General Scholarships cover a portion of the camp tuition fees. To apply, complete and submit the General Scholarship application form. Scholarship applications will be reviewed on a continual basis during the early bird registration. Recipients will be notified within a week after submitting an application or by April 6th at the latest.
The registration deadline is May 28. Early Bird Tuition rates are available by April 5. Regular Tuition rates are available from April 6 to May 7. Late Tuition rates are available from May 8 to May 28. No registrations will be accepted after May 28.
- Early Bird Tuition: by April 5
- Regular Tuition: April 6 through May 7
- Late Tuition: May 8 through May 28
Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see Big Red Camp Sessions for specific camp rates and maximum enrollment.
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 28. All refunds issued prior to May 28 will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
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