Big Red Camps are residential career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. By participating in a camp, youth get the opportunity to live on and explore the Nebraska campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! This is not a commuter camp. 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. All housing and food are provided for participants throughout 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 waitlist option will be available. Please see Big Red Camp Sessions for a list of camps offered this year, descriptions, participant limits, costs, and scholarship opportunities.
Big Red Camps are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and University faculty members in various academic areas across campus.
2024 Dates & Deadlines
Deadlines are 11:59 p.m. CT on each of the following days:
- Registration Opens - Thursday, February 2
- Scholarship Deadline - must be awarded prior to registration
- Early Bird Tuition Rate Deadline - Friday, April 5
- Regulation Tuition Rate Deadline - Friday, May 3
- Late Tuition Rate and Final Registration Deadline - Monday, May 20
- Information and Health Form Submission Deadline - Friday, May 24
- Big Red Camps - Sunday, June 9 through Friday, June 14
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 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 below. Scholarship applications will be reviewed on a continual basis.
No registrations will be accepted after the Late Tuition Deadline.
No refunds will be issued after the Late Tuition Deadline. All refunds issued prior to the Late Tuition Deadline will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
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.
REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 1
- Discover Agriculture
- Discover Animation
- Discover Career in Agriculture, Extension - 4-H, and Family & Consumer Sciences
- Discover Clothing Design, Sustainability, & the Future of Textiles
- Discover Cryptography - AGAM
- Discover Digital Media
- Discover Engineering
- Discover Esports
- Discover Physics of Earth
- Discover Speech, Hearing & Special Education
- Discover STEM
- Discover Unicameral Youth Legislature
- Discover Veterinary Science
- Discover Weather & Climate Science