Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

Stephens College Summer Camps 

Pick your palette. Pick your passion. Pursue your dream ... in 2019

Stephens College has a long tradition of offering quality summer programming provided by the same dedicated faculty and access to the same facilities that our college-level students enjoy every day. Here campers can pursue their dreams, or just try something new in a positive, empowering environment.


2019 Camps

Summer Riding (June 3-7; June 10-14) - Closed. See you next year!

A community tradition since 1940! Every year, Stephens Summer Riding provides the opportunity to come learn the basics of riding, horse care and safety at the beautiful Equestrian Center, one of Columbia’s notable historic properties. Space is limited, which allows for personalized instruction from professional Stephens faculty with assistance from current students in the equestrian program at Stephens. Two sessions are available. Note that all participants must attend a mandatory orientation on Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. (Also note, that all participants must have or purchase proper riding equipment, including long pants, hard sole shoes, and an approved ASTM/SEI safety helmet.  More information on where to purchase the equipment will be shared after purchasing your Summer Camp ticket.)

For generations, the Summer Riding program has provided children and young adults the opportunity to explore a love of riding in a safe and fun environment. Join in the tradition!

Co-Ed | Grades 2-6
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $400



Fashion Immersion (July 8-12)

Learn how to ignite your inner fashion soul and create and make wearable Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects. You’ll learn how to hunt for design inspiration and trends; create a fashion process journal; do simple sketches; and then, turn those into a wearable piece of art and design. We’ll do a mini-design mannequin challenge and a runway show, too. Access to college equipment and labs, fashion students and professional faculty mentors set this camp apart. Immerse yourself in the creative experience! Runway show for family and friends on the last day of camp. 

Girls Only | Grades 6-9
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $225



Fashion Design Challenge (July 15-19)

Looking for a fashion challenge?  This summer camp will help propel you to design and create your own garments and accessories to be one-of-a-kind fashion. Working with fashion faculty, learn basic pattern alterations, how to upcycle garments and fabrics, drape on a dress form, and explore historic clothing for today’s fashion trends. This class is geared to those with some sewing experience who want to move to the next level of being your own designer.

The fashion program at Stephens College is internationally recognized as providing a powerful learning experience for graduates.  Talented faculty work with camp students to infuse a love of both fashion design and inspire confidence and creativity.   

Girls Only | Grades 6-9
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $225




YAAL Rock! (July 22-26)

YAAL Rock! (formerly known as CoMO Girls Rock!) is dedicated to empowering girls, women,  gender expansive, and/or trans youth through creative expression, musical exploration, and social agency. The many volunteers that run this camp provide mentorship and facilitate a space for campers to be themselves. Throughout the week, campers (aged 12-17 years) will learn an instrument (no experience necessary!), start a band, and write an original song. There will also be DIY crafts, live concerts, meaningful workshops, the occasional dance party and more! The camp culminates on Saturday with a live rock show at The Blue Note featuring performances of campers’ original songs.

Girls and Gender Expansive | Grades 6-12
9 a.m.-5 p.m.



Camp Stories & Photo


Photo Feature: Summer Riding 2019

Photo Album (We'll be adding photos all summer long, so be sure to check back!)



View our 2018 camp photo gallery

Students gain experience in programming, gaming (Columbia Daily Tribune) 

Photo Feature: Gaming and Programming Camp (Stephens News)

Photo Feature: Fashion Immersion (Stephens News)

Photo Feature: Citizen Jane Film Camp (Stephens News)



Camp Citizen Jane empowers young girls to tell their story (Stephens News)

Equestrian overnight camp gives young riders immersive saddle seat experience (Stephens News) 

CoMo Girls Rock! camp teaches empowerment through creative expression, social awareness (Stephens News) 

Fashion Makers Camp teaches girls about fashion design, history and production (Columbia Missourian)

Camp Citizen Jane inspires young girls in filmmaking (KOMU with video) 

Girls learn film direction at Citizen Jane camp (KRCG) 

Passion, creativity channeled into annual CoMo Girls Rock Camp (Columbia Missourian) with video 

CoMo Girls Rock! photo gallery (Columbia Tribune)

See photos from our 2016 camps.


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