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Summer Academy is an affordable, convenient, high-quality, full-time academic/adventure day camp for students in grades 2-9. This program is facilitated by the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies, in the College of Education at Boise State University. Since its first year in 1985, the Summer Academy has provided fun-filled and challenging opportunities for local youth.


Elementary Academy

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Students participate in a theme based program, enriching their academic skills with a focus on language arts, science, and foreign language. Students in grades 2-6 may sign up for the Elementary Academy. Current first graders can register for the Elementary Academy.

  • Computer instruction
  • Arts and crafts
  • Swimming lessons (provided by the Boise State Department of Kinesiology as part of their regular Summer Youth Program)
  • Field trips
  • Weekly visits to the Boise Public Library

Middle-Level Adventure Program

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The students in this program are on the move each day from the moment they arrive until the end of the day! Students must be able to ride several miles each day on their bicycle in order to participate in this program. Students in grades 7-9 may sign up for the Middle-Level Adventure Program. Current 6th graders may register for the Middle-Level Adventure Program but current 9th graders cannot.

  • Biking: students use their own bicycle every day for transportation to each of their activity locations. A bicycle helmet, lock, and extra bicycle tube are required for participation in the Middle-Level Adventure Program.
  • Volunteer projects
  • Environmental awareness
  • Swimming
  • Geo-caching
  • The Ropes Course
  • PAL Raft Along
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating