Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

Welcome to Stephens College Summer Camps 

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

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.

2018 Camps

Summer Riding (June 4-8 or June 11-15)

A community tradition since 1940. Come learn the basics of riding, horse care and safety at our 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. Note that all participants must attend a mandatory orientation on Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m.

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 2-9

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $400



Stars Dance Clinic (June 21-23)

The Stephens Stars national championship-experienced competitive dance team is excited to bring an affordable dance camp experience to Mid-Missouri. This high-energy clinic will offer technique classes and routines in Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Lyrical and Pom for both beginner/intermediate and advanced dancers. Great for individuals looking to take their skills to the next level and meet new friends who share a love of dance, and for teams who want the fun and bonding of attending an affordable camp together. A friendly competition will close the clinic for family and friends.

Co-Ed | Grades 6-12

9 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 21 and 22
11 a.m.-2 p.m. for June 23 showcase

Cost: $125/per person or $110 group rate for 6+



Camp Citizen Jane Filmmaking Camp (July 9-13)

Camp Citizen Jane is your access to the world of filmmaking.  Explore the industry basics of filmmaking, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, lighting, sound and editing.  You’ll have hands-on access to college program film equipment as Stephens digital filmmaking students guide you through the filmmaking process from start to finish. Camp ends with a screening of your films along with a filmmaker Q&A. Camp Citizen Jane is an amazing way to get creative, learn to collaborate and build leadership skills. Tell YOUR story, YOUR way. From the college behind the Citizen Jane Film Festival. Film screening for friends and family on the last day.

Girls Only | Grades 4-8

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $295



Camp Citizen Jane: Advanced Filmmaking (July 9-13)

This camp takes filmmaking to the next level! Advanced Filmmaking is designed for students who are already familiar with the basics of filmmaking and want to amp up their filmmaking skills, including advanced cinematography and filmmaking techniques, camera controls, white balance, shutter speed and exposure, advanced scriptwriting and storyboarding techniques, and advanced audio recording and editing. Campers will walk away with a polished and professional film. 

Girls Only | Grades 9-12

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $295



Fashion Immersion (July 16-20)

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. And best of all, you’ll actually get to SEW your designs. (No experience required.) Immerse yourself in the creative experience! Runway show for family and friends on the last day of camp. 

Co-Ed | Grades 6-9

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $225



Gaming & Programming Camp (July 16-20)

From the ground-breaking college that brought you the first varsity collegiate esports team at a women’s college comes this gaming and programming camp just for girls. With a one-two punch of gaming and programming, our Gaming & Programming (GAP) Camp is designed to help you get (more) comfortable with technology by learning basic programming skills and playing esports as a part of a team. 

Half of each day will focus on learning JavaScript by creating a video game playable on any browser, including your smartphone. The remainder of the day will be spent learning and playing the Overwatch esports game. These sessions will include details on characters, maps and strategies and focus on communication and teamwork necessary to be successful in any esports game (and life!) All skill levels welcome; all students will be grouped by age and ability and will receive lots of individual attention.

Esports is a growing industry and technical skills are always in demand. But most of all, it’s fun!

Girls Only | Grades 6-11

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $225



CoMo Girls Rock! (July 23-17)

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.

Girls Only | Grades 6-12

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $229



TRYPS Theatre Camps (Weekly camps in July & August)

TRYPS Institute offers five weeklong theatre day camps for children who are entering grades K-7 in Fall 2018. New themes are featured each week. Theatre camps provide a multi-disciplinary sampling of the performing arts: acting, musical theatre, theatre games and improvisation, dance, craft-making and scenery creation. Students are divided by age group and rotate through each core discipline each day. Original skits are written for each group to rehearse and perform. The week concludes with an Open House sharing for families and friends. Students are mentored and instructed by a combination of musical theatre and acting students, professional teaching artists, and local professionals with extensive training.

Co-Ed  |Grades K-7

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $200

Registration & Enrollment:



Camp Stories 

Read about some of our 2017 Summer Camp experiences:

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 Tribune)

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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