Blue Ridge Community College Summer Academy; young student working with a science model

Experience Education Elevated this summer through Blue Ridge Community College’s Summer Academy!

Our Summer Academy camps offer fun, affordable, high-quality learning opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students. Students will gain valuable hands-on skills and problem-solving experiences across a variety of engaging topics.

Registration: March 1 – May 31, 2024

Registration information below.

Space is limited. Register early at the links below starting March 1, 2024.

For more information:

*Scholarships Available


Design. Fabricate. Weld.

A one-day introduction to the world of welding.

Open to rising 9th through 12th graders

Students will receive an introduction to the world of welding, emphasizing gas metal arc welding (MIG) and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). This one-day camp includes learning a new skill while having fun at the same time. Students will see how to safely turn molten metal into unique creations, including a project they can take home. Now, let’s get to melting some metal!

Automotive Refinishing Technology (ART)

Three half days of camp introducing the art of Automotive Refinishing.

Open to rising 7th through 9th graders

Do you like cars? Would you want to learn how to properly paint (ART) a car? Students will explore the many phases and processes in refinishing a car. This hands-on camp will allow students to build out and finish a camp-provided pinewood derby car. This camp will culminate in a ceremony with the students racing their cars, sharing a pizza dinner and presentation of certificates.

Camp CARE (Creating A Radiating Experience)

A one-day introduction to the world of healthcare.

Open to rising 7th through 9th graders

Campers will explore the various healthcare opportunities at their fingertips. This camp will be fun-filled with lots of hands-on activities with mannequins and one-on-one interaction with medical equipment. If you LOVE to take care of people this is the camp for YOU!


Cool. Automotive. Repair.

A one-day introduction to the world of automobiles.

Open to rising 7th through 9th graders

Students will explore automotive maintenance basics through a review of car design, roadside safety, and basic car care. This one-day C.A.R. camp is full of hands-on lab activities, including changing oil, checking tire pressure and identifying parts. Participants will wrap up the day with a Pit-Crew Challenge.

Grow & Gather

Plant. Tend. Harvest.

A one-day introduction to the world of farming and vegetable production.

Open to rising 4th through 6th graders

Students will be introduced to various aspects of farming including starting seeds, planting crops in the garden, identifying insects and learning which are beneficial, tending crops, creating compost, equipment usage and harvesting. This one-day camp will be a great opportunity for students to have some fun while learning how to produce their own food and take home seeds to grow themselves!

Hair Art and Design

A one-day camp introducing students to the creative world of beauty.

Open to rising 9th through 12th graders and 2024 graduates

Join Blue Ridge’s Cosmetology Department for a day of fun, design and creation. Campers will explore the world of hair design with hands-on mannequin work and one-on-one interaction. Discover the many exciting techniques and skills used in the cosmetology industry.

Metal Makers Academy

Dream it. Machine it.

A one-day introduction to the world of advanced manufacturing.

Open to rising 9th through 12th graders

Students will receive an introduction to computer-aided drafting and machining, emphasizing manufacturing processes in our state-of-the-art machining facility. This one-day camp combines learning new skills with having fun. Students will even get to take home one of their own metal creations! Now, let’s get machining!

Shark Tank

Explore. Create. Present.

A three-day camp introducing students to the world of entrepreneurship.

Open to rising 9th through 12th graders

Students will explore what it takes to start a successful business in a fast-paced and fun atmosphere. Students will learn idea formation, decision making, business modeling, marketing, planning and presentation skills. Come meet and hear real-life success stories from local entrepreneurs. Participants will receive awards based on presentations to a panel of Sharks!

Young Builders Camp

Inspiring young minds. Crafting young dreams.

A one-day introduction to the world of carpentry.

Open to rising 7th through 9th graders

Embark on a day of hands-on discovery with our one-day carpentry experience designed for young students! Guided by skilled instructors, participants will immerse themselves in the world of woodworking, learning essential carpentry skills and safety protocols. From measuring and cutting to assembling their own small project, students will gain a practical understanding of craftsmanship. This immersive experience not only sparks creativity but also fosters teamwork and confidence, as young builders bring their visions to life in a safe environment. Unleash the power of imagination, as these young builders leave with not just a tangible creation but also a newfound appreciation for the art of carpentry.

Young Engineers Experience (YEE)

Solve. Explore. Experience.

A two-day STEM camp introducing students to the world of engineering.

Open to rising 7th through 9th graders

Camp leaders will introduce students to the exciting industry of engineering! The YEE camp is filled with fun, hands-on activities designed to promote problem solving and teamwork. Campers will engage in projects and demonstrations that will introduce robotics, electrical circuits, electronic soldering, hydraulics, roller coaster physics and balsa wood bridge building.

Students are responsible for their lunches, drinks, and snacks throughout the day. Please bring a refillable water bottle with a lid each day.


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