Academic Summer Camps

Academic Summer Camps

Make new friends and learn new skills while having fun!

Each summer, hundreds of young people from the Capital Region gather at Siena College to enjoy a variety of camp experiences, make new friends, and learn new skills while having fun. Many of our camps are directed by full-time Siena faculty members who wish to share their expertise and love for teaching with our campers. Registering for camp is easy! Use our new online registration process or fill out a paper application and send it to us by mail. We hope that you find the perfect camp for you and we look forward to welcoming you to the Siena campus this summer!

Questions?  Call (518) 782-6654 for more information.

Adventures in Art

Adventures in Art: Artists Through the Ages

Dates: July 7-11  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  |  Tuition: $325  |  For: 4-6th Grade

Campers will look at art and artists through the ages and create original art with watercolor, 3D collage, colored pencil, and much, much more. Afternoons will be spent in creative art adventures focused on art in action. Art projects will be interspersed with physical activity, team-based projects, games, and more. An off-campus art adventure is included. The week culminates with a salon-style art exhibit for parents and family members on Friday afternoon.

Each week-long program includes all materials and supplies, lunch daily, instruction by a practicing artist and certified art educator, and collaborative and physical projects led by trained and supervised college camp counselors.

Adventures in Art: Art All Around

Dates: July 14-18  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  |  Tuition: $325  |   For: 4-6th Grade

Campers will explore the art and design that surround us all. By experimenting with stained glass, photography, and found sculpture, students will create their own original works of art. Afternoons will be spent in creative art adventures focused on art in action. Art projects will be interspersed with physical activity, team-based projects, games, and more. An off-campus art adventure is included. The week culminates with a salon-style art exhibit for parents and family members on Friday afternoon.

Each week-long program includes all materials and supplies, lunch daily, instruction by a practicing artist and certified art educator, and collaborative and physical projects led by trained and supervised college camp counselors.

Electronic Music

eMusic: Making Video Game Music

Dates: July 21-25  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |   For: Ages 10+

Learn how to record, sample, put on effects, and manipulate all kinds of sounds to make unique music. Using programs like Garage Band and Audacity, campers will have the opportunity to be creative with sound. This camp is suitable for beginners to intermediate since all campers will have their own computer to work at their own pace. Each day will consist of listening to different kinds of electronica and working on individual and collaborative projects. Although no musical experience is required, the willingness to try new things and a respect for other campers is a must.

Learn to Program

Learn to Program

Dates: July 28-August 1  |   Time: 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |  For: Ages 10-13

With so much of our world turning to technology, wouldn’t it be great if you could learn to design and program your own animations or games? In this camp, you will learn the basics of a scripting language so you can create your own animated characters. You will have fun while learning important mathematical and computational ideas. Learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and share your work on the web.

Math Camp

Math Camp

Dates: August 4-8  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |   For: 9-11th Grade

Campers will be introduced to advanced mathematical subjects through discovery methods and collaborative learning, with a goal toward improving problem solving skills and instilling a passion for mathematics through puzzles and mathematically oriented games. A typical day includes two lectures (in topics such as Geometry, Combinatorics, and Number Theory), a problem-solving session, and a games-and-puzzles session.

Minecraft™

Introduction to Minecraft: Minecraft Projects

Dates: July 7-11  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |  For: Ages 9+ 

(No Minecraft experience required)

Learn basic Minecraft building, navigation, crafting, circuitry, and survival skills. With millions of players worldwide, Minecraft is one of the most popular video games ever! Whether you are new to the game, or have acquired some basic skills on your own, this is your chance to build and develop new skills! Learn how to accelerate your Minecraft skills and put your crafting skills to the test with individual and team-based 3D design challenges.

How to Make Mods

Dates: July 14-18  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |  For: 12+

(Minecraft experience required)

Learn how to add content to Minecraft to modify or alter gameplay, change the creative feel, or give the player more options in how they interact with Minecraft worlds. Some experience with Minecraft is required. Experience with Java programming is not required, but some familiarity using Java is recommended.

Playing with Mods I

Dates: July 7-11  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |   For: Ages 10+ 

(Minecraft experience required)

Participants will learn about a number of add-ons to Minecraft that expand player options with new inventories, abilities, and ways to play and explore the Minecraft world. Potential mods may include non-participating characters (NPCs) in Minecraft, ComputerCraft, WorldEdit, BuildCraft, QCraft, MystCraft, and ChemCraft.

Playing with Mods II

Dates: July 14-18  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |   For: Ages 10+ 

(Minecraft experience required)

Participants will learn how to create and use non-participating characters (NPCs) in Minecraft. You’ll also learn about ComputerCraft, WorldEdit, BuildCraft, QCraft, Mystcraft, and ChemCraft. Selected mods will be different for each of the Playing with Mods Camps.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi: DIY Computer and Tech Gadgets

Dates: July 28-August 1  |  Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Tuition: $300  |  For: Ages 12+

(Basic familiarity with computers and some exposure to programming required)

Learn the Linux operating system, Python programming language, how to use the GPIO inputs and outputs, how to create your own Minecraft mods in Python, and more with this inexpensive Linux computer.