Children playing together at Western Kids Camp

Western Kids Camp

Please Note: Registration for this event closes seven days prior to the program start date.

Circular badge like logo reading "We won, Best of the Northwest 2018, presented by Bellingham Alive"Discover the fun of being on a college campus as you participate in week-long summer enrichment programs designed to:

  • Combine academic and physical skill development
  • Create an environment for successful learning
  • Develop team building skills
  • Showcase and use real college facilities
  • Explore academic topics through hands-on enrichment
  • Develop leadership skills through recreational activities
  • Form new friendships
  • Encourage the fun of learning

Youth program participants and staff must abide by all University regulations and program rules.

At a Glance

Kids Camp: entering grades 1-6

Global Connections: entering grades 4-6

Kids Camp: June 24 – July 19, 2019
(no session July 4)

Global Connections: July 22 – August 9, 2019

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Western Washington University
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195 - 255


Kids' Camp Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4: Literacy Development

The first four weeks are open to youth entering grades 1-6.  Morning enrichment will focus on literacy as students explore nature and the arts.

Literacy Development Themes:

Week 1: Dinosaurs VS Dragons VS Reptiles (June 24 – June 28)
What is the difference between a dinosaur, dragon, and reptile? This week, we will explore the myths, rich history and science associated with these creatures.

Week 2: Amazing Empires – Nations that Shaped History (July 1 – July 5)*
The Egyptians built pyramids and the basis of modern math. The Chinese built the Great Wall and created one of the first written languages. Join us as we explore the innovations that changes the world and the nations associated with them.

Week 3: Shape, Size, and Color – Explorations in Art (July 8 – July 12)
Shapes, sizes, and colors can change the way we feel and are the building blocks of visual art. Join us as we discover what we can do with shapes, sizes, and color.

Week 4: Treasure Hunts (July 15 – July 19)
Everyone has treasures. Queens, kings, pirates, and explorers. We all want to protect our treasures, so sometimes we hide them. Join us as we search for treasures with maps, legends, history and our imagination.

* No class on Tuesday, July 4. Cost is pro-rated for shorter week

What to bring for Kids' Camp:

  • Sack lunch, two snacks and a refillable water bottle daily
  • Attire for swimming and sporting activities (swimsuit, towel, tennis shoes)
  • Sunscreen and any other sports gear
  • Something to read (optional)

Global Connections Weeks 5, 6 and 7: Science Exploration

The second three weeks are open to youth entering grades 4-6. Morning enrichment will focus on science and provide an opportunity for local and international Korean youth to build connections. Lunch in Western's all-you-can-eat cafeteria (except Wednesday) and a field trip on Wednesdays are included at no additional cost.

Science Exploration Themes:

Week 5: The Size of Things – Exploring Ways to Measure (July 22 – July 26)
How many ways are there to measure something? Tape measure. Odometer. Thermometer. Lasers?? Sound?? Explore with us the size of different things and ways to measure them.

Week 6: Everyday Chemistry (July 29 – August 2)
Chemistry is all around us. We can find chemistry in our kitchens, cars, laundry and so many other places. Come find out how much chemistry you use every day.

Week 7: The Final Frontier – Space Travel (August 5 – August 9)
The world is set at the dawn of a second space age. Discover what it takes to travel to the stars and the hurdles that will need to be solves to succeed at traveling to and living among space.

What to bring for Global Connections Camp:

  • Two snacks and refillable water bottle
  • Sack lunch for Wednesday field trips
  • Attire for swimming and sporting activities (swimsuit, towel, tennis shoes)
  • Sunscreen and any other sports gear

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Parents must sign their children in and out each day; parking instructions are provided in the confirmation email.

Daily A.M. Schedule

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Entry activities, team building games

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.

Interactive read aloud based on theme

9:50 – 11:40 a.m.

Lessons based on theme

11:40 – 11:50 a.m.

Closing and clean-up

11:50 – noon

Pack-up/wash hands

noon – 1:00 p.m.

Supervised lunch time*

*Bring a sack lunch for weeks 1-4 (Kids Camp)
*Cafeteria lunch weeks 5-7 (Global Connections)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Activity rotations (vary each day)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Pool time

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

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Field Trips

Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Grades 1-5) will not go on any field trips during camp.
Weeks 5, 6 and 7 (Grades 4-6) will go on field trips. Students will need to bring a sack lunch for trips.

Wednesdays from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • July 24, July 31, August 7

Field trip locations are TBD and are subject to change.

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Location Details

Western Washington University
516 High St, Bellingham

For detailed parking instructions (if applicable), please refer to the confirmation letter.

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On-campus parking is pay-to-park during all business hours 7:30am-4:30pm. For your convenience, we have created a drive-thru drop off in the 17G parking lot for check-in. At 4:45pm check-out, please park in the paved open C lots to pick up your students. Whenever possible, we recommend that you consider arranging a carpool, or taking a WTA city bus.

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Cost Details

Camp costs are per child, per week. All costs must be paid in full before your child is enrolled in camp sessions. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Grades 1-5) with a focus on literacy development


Regular Registration

WWU Faculty, Staff and Alumni Rate

Weeks 1, 3, & 4



Week 2



Costs are based on Wade King Student Recreation Center membership and include staffing, instructional/recreational equipment, materials, and supplies.

Weeks 5, 6, and 7 (Grades 4-6) with a focus on science exploration

Weeks 5, 6, & 7


*Register for 3 or more weeks of Kids Camp and/or Global Connections and receive $10 off per week!

You must register for at least three courses at once (in the same cart) to be eligible for the discount. Discounts will not be granted retroactively.

All courses are subject to enrollment.

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Cancellation Policy

A full refund is granted if a program or session is cancelled. No reduction fee is given for late arrival, early departure, missed days due to vacation, illness or special events, or expulsion for disciplinary reasons. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to seven days prior to the program start date in order to receive a refund; a $50 per session handling fee will be charged for cancelations. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests received later than the seven days prior to the start date of the session.

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“The mix of learning and physical activity is excellent. She loves the themes and the creativity of the staff in teaching.” – Western Kids Camp parent

“Thank you! My child is still talking about what she learned there. We will see you next year!” – Western Kids Camp parent

“My child enjoyed making new friends and the amount of physical activity that she got.” – Western Kids Camp parent

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