Big Red Summer Academic Camps

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Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the UNL campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with UNL faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are open to all youth grades 10th-12th including recent high school graduates. All housing and food is provided for participants throughout the duration of the camp. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each camp offered has a specific number of openings, please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Sessions for a list of camps offered this year, descriptions, participant limits, costs, and scholarship opportunities. Camps are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and UNL faculty members in various academic areas across campus.

2019 Camp Sessions

  • Discover Animation
  • Discover Teaching
  • Discover Engineering
  • Discover Filmmaking
  • Discover Outdoor Nebraska
  • Discover Veterinary Science 
  • Discover Weather & Climate Science 
  • Discover Unicameral Youth Legislature

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Tuition Deadlines:

  • Early Bird: April 15
  • Regular: May 1 
  • Late: After May 1

The registration deadline for Big Red Summer Academic Camps is May 15. Early Bird Tuition rates are available before April 15. Regular Tuition rates are available from April 16 to May 15. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first served basis. If a camp is not full late registration will be accepted at the Late Tuition rate. Please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Sessions for specific camp rates and maximum enrollment. Youth may register Online or by mailing in their completed registration form. 

Register Online

All housing and food will be provided for all participants throughout the duration of the camp. You will receive a letter of verification with details about what to bring to camp and a schedule of events after registration.


No refunds will be issued after May 15. All refunds issued prior to May 15 will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


There are scholarships available to assist with camp tuition fees. Limited scholarships are available to attend any Big Red Summer Academic Camp and will cover a portion of the camp tuition fees.

To apply for a scholarship to be used at any camp, complete the form below and submit it, postmarked by April 1. Winners will be notified by April 15 and will receive a refund when they arrive at camp this summer. Scholarships are for camp registration fees only and do not cover the cost of transportation or other expenses. 

Application Form

Next fall, what will you say you did over the summer?

I directed my own film.
i learned how to feed the world
i sponsored a legislative bill
i discovered a new career