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2017 Summer Camps: Dream Beyond Basic 

At Stephens College, we’re proud of our long tradition of offering quality summer programming provided by the same dedicated faculty and offering access to the same quality facilities that our college-level students enjoy every day. Here campers can pursue their dreams, or just try something new. 

Many of our camps fill up. Please register early. Register now.

Questions? Email [email protected]


Pick your palette. Pick your passion. Pursue your dream. 

Summer Riding: First-Time Rider

June 5-9 session - SOLD OUT 

June 12-16 - Limited spots still available 

Come learn the basics of riding, horse care and safety at the beautiful Stephens College Equestrian Center, one of Columbia’s notable historic properties. Space is limited to ensure personalized instruction from professional Stephens faculty with assistance from current students in the Equestrian program.

Co-Ed. Grades 2-9 (ages 8-14). 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $400

A mandatory orientation session will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. at the Stephens College Equestrian Center. This is required for participation.

Register now.


CoMo Girls Rock!

June 5-9 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F with performance at 2 p.m. on June 10

CoMo Girls Rock! is dedicated to empowering self-identified girls, and gender non-conforming and/or trans youth, through creative expression, musical exploration and social awareness. The many volunteers who run this camp provide mentorship and facilitate a space for campers to be themselves. Throughout the week, campers 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.

An independent camp sponsored in part by Stephens College.

Grades 7-12 (ages 12-17)

Cost: $229

Register now.


Fashion Maker 

June 12-16 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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 it into a wearable piece of art and design. We’ll have a mini design mannequin challenge and a runway show.

Girls only. Grades 6-9 (ages 11-14)

Cost: $245

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Summer Riding: Hunter/Jumper

June 26-30 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

This camp is designed for the more experienced hunter/jumper rider and students enrolled in a current hunter/jumper lesson program. Here you will have the opportunity for riding and learning ground work techniques for the H/J horses. Riders will be included in all aspects of working the horse on the flat and over fences. Riders will be involved in learning various aspects of the hunter/jumper industry from course design to saddle fitting.

Co-Ed. Grades 2-12 (ages 8-17)

Cost: $500

Contact [email protected] if you have questions about eligibility for this advanced camp. A mandatory orientation session will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Stephens College Equestrian Center. 

Register now.


Equestrian Overnight Experience: Saddleseat

June 19-25

Stephens’ equestrian tradition continues with a camp designed for the more experienced rider. Here you’ll have the opportunity for riding or driving twice a day. All sessions will be taught by talented, award-winning faculty, assisted by champion-level assistants. Enjoy field trips exposing you to the equestrian world and careers. Stay and learn right here on our historic campus for a complete equestrian program experience. All housing and meals provided.

Girls only. Grades 8-12 (ages 8-19)

Check in begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 19; pick up is from 12-1 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. (This camp requires riding experience and authorization of the camp director. Contact [email protected] if you have questions about eligibility for this advanced camp.) 

Cost: $1,250

Register now.


Camp Citizen Jane Film Camp 

July 10-14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

It’s your turn to let tell your story, your way, with our girls-only film camp. Explore the industry basics of filmmaking: screenwriting, directing, cinematography, lighting, sound and editing while discussing how girls and women are portrayed in life and media. You’ll get to work on a PSA, short fiction film and documentary, too. Camp Citizen Jane empowers young women to tell their story, their way. It’s all part of our mission to have more women represented in film and the film industry. It’s also an amazing way to get creative, learn to collaborate and build leadership skills. (And you’ll have access to Stephens’ film equipment, students and faculty.) You may even prepare your film for a film festival.

Students will be grouped by age and skill level and work together in teams.

Girls only. Grades 5-12 (ages 10-17)

Cost: $295

Register now.


More Camps and Info

Other Camp Options: TRYPS and Stars Athletics 

We also have great camps for those interested in the performing arts as well as Stars sports.  

Explore TRYPS performing arts camps at trypskids.com.

Explore athletics camps at stephensstars.com.


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Last summer, we taught young women the tools of digital filmmaking, and helped them to understand the fashion industry. We watched them pursue their dreams on the stage, on the court and in the riding arena. We hope our participants were encouraged to create, innovate, challenge themselves and move their ideas forward. In other words, we hope they learned to dream up. 

See photos from our 2016 camps.


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