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Summer Academy

Since 1985, Boise State’s Summer Academy has offered fun and challenging all-day academic/adventure day camps for students entering grades 2-9. Programs are developed and facilitated by the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies in the College of Education at Boise State University.

Summer 2019 Program

  • Boise State University, Main Campus
  • 8:30AM – 5:00PM (supervised drop-off 7:30AM/pick-up 5:30PM)
  • Monday – Friday, June 10 – July 26 (except 1st week of July)
  • Affordable tuition, with 1- to 6-week registration options
  • Discounts for returners, siblings, and Boise State guardians
  • Low income / financial hardship scholarships (by application)

Weekly Themes

June 10-14,  Astronomers
June 17-21,  Storytellers
June 24-28, Olympians
July 8-12, Makers
July 15-19, Zoologists
July 22-26, Leaders


  • Online registration for Moving and Thinking & Bicycle Adventure programs is closed. Space was limited, and we reached capacity on May 12, 2019.
  • Regular Tuition Rates (includes $50 registration fee).
    • 1 week = $225 ($45 per day)
    • 2 weeks = $400 ($40 per day)
    • 3 weeks = $600 ($40 per day)
    • 4 weeks = $700 ($35 per day)
    • 5 weeks = $875 ($35 per day)
    • 6 weeks = $1050 ($35 per day)
  • Discounts may be combined, not to exceed 20% off (total)
    • Returners – 10% off per child
    • Siblings – 10% off per child
    • Boise State students/staff – 10% off per child
  • Daily tuition is $60 (plus a one-time $50 registration fee), and may be restricted by capacity.
  • Low income / financial hardship? Please apply for a need-based scholarship by April 15.


Girl shows her artwork

Moving & Thinking Program

For Children Entering Grades 2-6

Engage in a fun, active learning curriculum, led by certified classroom teachers and college students. Features games and activities in math, physical education, arts, coding, and science.

Scholarships for this program are supported by a grant from the STEM Action Center.

This program is closed to new registrations. If you already registered, payment is due by June 7, 2019. Make a Payment.


  • Patterns & Sequences
  • Number Systems
  • Probability
  • Prime Numbers
  • Mathematical Games
  • Math Modeling

Physical Education

  • Invented Games
  • Neighborhood Games
  • Net Games
  • Flying Disc Games
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Sports


  • Visual programming
  • Gamified coding
  • Code puzzles
  • Animation
  • 3-D printing
  • Scripting

Arts & Service

  • River clean-up
  • School improvements
  • STEM outreach
  • College readiness
  • Ceramics
  • Painting

Two students on bicyclesBicycle Adventure Program

For Children Entering Grades 7-9

Embark on daily bicycle explorations of the outdoors, local recreation and educational opportunities, and community service. Features life skills such as teamwork, friendship, goals, and character.

This program is closed to new registrations. If you already registered, payment is due by June 7, 2019. Make a Payment.

  • Biking: students use their own bicycle every day for transportation to each of their activity locations.
  • Volunteer projects
  • Environmental awareness

  • Safety Training
  • Swimming
  • Geocaching
  • Ropes Course

  • PAL Raft Along
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating

STEM on the Move (June 17-28 only)

For Children Entering Grades 7-8 in Canyon County, ID

Participate in activities designed by classroom teachers and Boise State professors. Features lessons in STEM, computing, physical education, and art.

This program is closed to new registrations.  

This program provided FREE to children entering Grades 7 and 8 from Canyon County, ID. Sponsored by  a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department. Capacity is 25 students per week.


Free Transportation

Daily bus pick-up and drop-off locations in Nampa (West Middle School, 7:55 AM / 5:45 PM) and Caldwell (Heritage Community Charter School, 7:30 AM / 6:15 PM).

Coding / STEM

  • Visual programming
  • Gamified coding
  • Code puzzles
  • Creative computational thinking
  • Animation
  • Microbial ecology in local ecosystems
  • Astrobiology
  • Computational thinking
  • Engineering design challenges

Physical Education

  • Rules of the road
  • Cooperative play
  • Cause and effect
  • Team-building challenges


  • Air quality monitoring
  • Urban planning
  • Renewable fuels
  • Automated public transportation

Arts & Service

  • visual storytelling
  • scale models
  • urban designs
  • videography
  • 3D printing


Michelle Pancoast


We believe young people benefit most from productive, creative play, especially in the summer. By solving puzzles, inventing and participating in games, and integrating engaging academics with physical activity, the Summer Academy helps young people build the experience, confidence, and interests needed to stay active and successful in school and beyond.

In Remembrance of our Founder

Scott Willison (1959-2016) started the Summer Academy in partnership with the Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies in 1985. His energy, creativity, and love for kids were instrumental in designing a fun summer program where kids could build meaningful relationships and have fun learning while in the great outdoors. Scott was all heart and will always be missed.