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CAMPS 2014

1 - 5 years old

Learn To Swim & WaterBaby
Dates of Program:
  • Spring Sessions
  • Session 1: Apr 21 – May 8 (LTS/WB)
  • Session 2: May 12-29 (LTS/WB)
  • Summer Sessions
  • Session 1: June 9-26 (LTS/WB)
  • Session 2: June 30-July 17 (LTS/WB)
  • Session 3: July 21 – Aug 7 (LTS/WB)
  • Fall Sessions
  • Session 1: Aug 18-Sep 4 (LTS/WB)
  • Session 2: Sep 8-25 (LTS/WB)
  • Session 3: Sep 29-Oct 16 (LTS/WB)
Age/Grade: Ages 3yrs +

Learn To Swim (3yrs+)

Get in and learn to swim without floatation devices! Classes are grouped by both skill level and age. Levels include those with little or no experience including fear of water, those with the ability to kick and paddle short distances with their face in the water, and others needing to learn breath control and freestyle side breathing. Learn to Swim lessons are taught in small group classes not to exceed the student teacher ratio of 4:1.

WaterBaby (3 Months - 3 Years)

You and your baby together, happily and safely enjoying the water with games and songs while developing confidence and swimming skills. Gently introduce babies to submerging underwater, continuing to work on breath control, and teaching navigation of short distances. WaterBaby lessons are taught in small groups; classes not to exceed the student teacher ratio of 6:1.

Contact:
Website: www.utpa.edu/aquatics

5 - 12 years old

Summer Youth Camp
Dates of Program:
  • Session 1: June 2 – June 13
  • Session 2: June 16 – June 27
  • Session 3: June 30 – July 11
  • Session 4: July 14 – July 25
Age / Grade: 6 – 11 years old
Explore the fun side of fitness in basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, “Kidfit”, climbing, team sports and recreational games at the UTPA Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex. Our camp seeks to expose its participants to a variety of recreational activities and promote health and fitness to our young Broncs. Activities are designed to influence a lifetime of recreational sports and leave participants with a sense of physical, social and emotional accomplishments throughout the camp.
Contact:
  • ART CABRERA - Director, Summer Youth Camp
  • CRISTINA RODRIGUEZ - Assistant Director, Summer Youth Camp
  • (956) 665-7808
  • recsports@utpa.edu
Website: www.utpa.edu/rec_youthcamp
University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) Summer Camp
Dates of Program: Students will be given the option of attending one week from the following weeks
  • Week 1: June 16-20, 2014
  • Week 2: June 23-27, 2014
  • Week 3: June 30 – July 3, 2014
  • Week 4: July 7-11, 2014
  • Week 5: July 14-18, 2014
  • ** Competitions will be held during the week of July 21-25, 2014 (exact date/time to be determined)
Age/Grade: Grades 3-12; however, OPEN enrollment available for Grades 3-8

The University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) will be hosting a Summer Camp to increase awareness of careers in transportation engineering for students in 3rd through 12th grade. The camp promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, with a focus on railway safety. Students will be able to attend this camp free of charge.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive, hands-on activities for one-week in which the various modes of transportation engineering, with a focus on railway safety, will be highlighted. The students will be exposed to current research projects, in progress, as a means of stimulating their interest in engineering and as a potential career path. Certified RET teachers and university faculty will serve as instructors. Current UTPA engineering students will also be available to mentor students by sharing their experiences and knowledge in the field. Students will have the option to sign up for one of the five (week-long) camps that will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Please refer to page 3 for the scheduled dates of each camp.

The camp will be held on the campus of The University of Texas-Pan American, located at 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg, TX. Please keep in mind that each camp session is one week long and that are no transportation services provided; therefore, the campers will need to be dropped off in front of the Student Services Visitor’s Center by their parents/guardians every day 30 minutes before the activities start at 1:00 p.m.

Contact:
Website: railwaysafety.utpa.edu

12 - 14 years old

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)
Dates of Program: July 6 – July 18, 2014
Age / Grade: 11-14 years old, Middle School (6th – 8th)
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is organized to provide activities, experiments, projects and field experiences for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade in the fall of 2014. This camp promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
  • Participants take part in activities and experiments that promote STEM
  • Engage in college readiness material
  • Experience college life at UTPA
  • Attend Field Excursions
  • Two week co-ed residential camp at UTPA
Contact:
  • Barbara J Garza, 956-665-7562
  • Patty Gracia, 956-665-7597
Website: www.utpa.edu/p16
MDP Girls Adventuring in Math, Engineering, and Science (GAMES)
Dates of Program: June 22 – June 27, 2014
Age / Grade: 12-14 years old, Middle School (7th – 8th)
The Mother Daughter Program (MDP) Summer Component is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics based summer camp. This camp is a one week residential program for students who have successfully completed the MDP school year in good standing.
  • One week all female residential camp
  • Participants engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math content/activities
  • Must be successful participants of the Mother Daughter Program
  • Experience College life at UTPA
Contact:
  • Barbara J Garza, 956-665-7562
  • Patty Gracia, 956-665-7597
Website: www.utpa.edu/p16
P.A.C.T. (Pan American Creative Theatre)
Dates of Program: July 7 to August 1, 2014
Age / Grade: Ages 7 to 14
PACT is a 4 week drama camp that teaches children the following, among other theatre concepts:
  • Improvisation Skills
  • Language and Communication
  • Social Awareness/Confidence
  • Vocal Skills
  • Emotional Expression
  • Makeup/Costume/Lighting Techniques
  • Imagination Skills
  • Problem Solving Through Creativity
  • Concentration/Memorization
  • Movement Skillls
  • Theatre Knowledge and Etiquette
  • Acting in an Ensemble
Contact:
  • Dr. Brian Warren
  • (956) 665-7474
Website: UTPA Theatre for Young Audiences
STPA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Camp< /dt>
Dates of Program: August 3 – August 8, 2014
Age / Grade: 13-14, Middle School (8th)
This weeklong residential camp promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics is organized to provide activities, experiments and projects for rising 8th-grade STISD students. The camp will focus on increasing students’ STEM skills while introducing them to college life.
  • Participants take part in activities and experiments that promote STEM
  • Engage in college readiness material
  • Experience college life at UTPA
  • Attend Field Excursions
  • One week residential camp at UTPA
  • Must be rising 8th graders at the South Texas ISD STPA campus
Contact:
  • Barbara J Garza, 956-665-7562
  • Patty Gracia, 956-665-7597
www.utpa.edu/p16
Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program(TexPREP)
Dates of Program: June 9, 2014 to July 25, 2014
Age / Grade: 7th – 11th, 12th – 18th
TexPREP is an academic enrichment program for middle school and high school students. Students are eligible if they have the interest and potential for careers in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and/or engineering. Students with disabilities are welcome. If the students are accepted, they will spend seven summer weeks on the UTPA campus and will come back for special events in the Fall and Spring. They will interact with students their age and with professionals in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering who will share their experiences and knowledge about possible future careers. TexPREP is a four year program. Entering students must be currently in 7th or 8th grade. Students must pass with a 70 or below to advance to the next year.
Contact:
Website: utpa.edu/texprep
NOTE: Registration has already closed for the 2014 TexPREP Summer Camp. Registration period is in January through February each year.
University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) Summer Camp
Dates of Program: Students will be given the option of attending one week from the following weeks
  • Week 1: June 16-20, 2014
  • Week 2: June 23-27, 2014
  • Week 3: June 30 – July 3, 2014
  • Week 4: July 7-11, 2014
  • Week 5: July 14-18, 2014
  • ** Competitions will be held during the week of July 21-25, 2014 (exact date/time to be determined)
Age/Grade: Grades 3-12; however, OPEN enrollment available for Grades 3-8

The University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) will be hosting a Summer Camp to increase awareness of careers in transportation engineering for students in 3rd through 12th grade. The camp promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, with a focus on railway safety. Students will be able to attend this camp free of charge.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive, hands-on activities for one-week in which the various modes of transportation engineering, with a focus on railway safety, will be highlighted. The students will be exposed to current research projects, in progress, as a means of stimulating their interest in engineering and as a potential career path. Certified RET teachers and university faculty will serve as instructors. Current UTPA engineering students will also be available to mentor students by sharing their experiences and knowledge in the field. Students will have the option to sign up for one of the five (week-long) camps that will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Please refer to page 3 for the scheduled dates of each camp.

The camp will be held on the campus of The University of Texas-Pan American, located at 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg, TX. Please keep in mind that each camp session is one week long and that are no transportation services provided; therefore, the campers will need to be dropped off in front of the Student Services Visitor’s Center by their parents/guardians every day 30 minutes before the activities start at 1:00 p.m.

Contact:
Website: railwaysafety.utpa.edu
UTPA STEP Camps-IDEA Summer Learning Opportunities
Dates of Program:
  • 1st Week: June 10-13, 2014
  • 2nd Week: June 17-20, 2014
  • 3rd Week: June 24-27, 2014
  • 4th Week: June 30-July 3, 2014
Age / Grade: Middle School: 7th & 8th Grade
STEM Camps for Middle School Students.
Contact:
  • Milly Hernandez
  • (956) 665-7090

14 - 18 years old

Migrant University Summer Experience (MUSE)
Dates of Program: June 8 – July 19, 2014
Age / Grade: 16-18 years old, High School (11-12)
The MUSE program is for participants to obtain additional high school credit(s) needed to graduate from high school. Participants will attend academic instruction and college readiness class. The program offers an extraordinary college experience for migrant students.
  • Participants obtain additional high school credit(s) needed to graduate high school.
  • Attend academic instruction
  • Engage in college readiness material
  • Experience college life at UTPA
  • Must be migrants students to participate
Contact:
  • Barbara J Garza, 956-665-7562
  • Patty Gracia, 956-665-7597
Website: www.utpa.edu/p16
Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program(TexPREP)
Dates of Program: June 9, 2014 to July 25, 2014
Age / Grade: 7th – 11th, 12th – 18th
TexPREP is an academic enrichment program for middle school and high school students. Students are eligible if they have the interest and potential for careers in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and/or engineering. Students with disabilities are welcome. If the students are accepted, they will spend seven summer weeks on the UTPA campus and will come back for special events in the Fall and Spring. They will interact with students their age and with professionals in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering who will share their experiences and knowledge about possible future careers. TexPREP is a four year program. Entering students must be currently in 7th or 8th grade. Students must pass with a 70 or below to advance to the next year.
Contact:
Website: utpa.edu/texprep
NOTE: Registration has already closed for the 2014 TexPREP Summer Camp. Registration period is in January through February each year.
The Concurrent Enrollment Summer Housing Program
Dates of Program: June 2, 2014- July 7, 2014
Age/Grade: 11-12th graders
The Concurrent Enrollment Summer Housing Scholarship at The University of Texas-Pan American is designed especially for eligible CE students who may have difficulty traveling to the UTPA campus to attend classes, the program offers a room and board scholarship that gives participants the opportunity to reside in a residence hall while earning college credit, learning valuable college success skills, meeting new people and experiencing university life first hand! For more information, contact the CE Office at 665-7575 or at ce@utpa.edu.
Contact:
  • Jorge L. Teniente
  • (956) 665-2956
Website: Concurrent Enrollment
Transportation Engineering Summer Enrichment Program (TESEP)
Dates of Program: July 14 - July 18, 2014
Age/Grade: Students in 9th through 12th grade (Age 14-18)

Due to an overwhelming demand to cater to high school students, the University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) will be hosting a Transportation Engineering Summer Enrichment Program (TESEP) to increase awareness of careers in transportation engineering for students in 9th through 12th grade. This Program promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, with a focus on railway safety. This Program is made possible by grant activities within the University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) which is funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, from UTC Program grant: DTRT13-G-UTC59.

The Program is one week long, Monday through Friday, and starts daily at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. This Program will only be offered during the week of July 14th to July 18th. The fee to join this Program is $225.00 USD per student which includes the price of the daily lunch and some snacks during the day.

Contact:
Website: railwaysafety.utpa.edu
Upward Bound Bridge
Dates of Program: July 7 – August 15, 2014
Age / Grade: Recent High School Graduates
UB graduates, if eligible, will enroll during the Summer II Session at UTPA to facilitate the transition from high school to college. Students receive dorm opportunities, meal plan, book stipend, financial literacy, counseling/referrals, and leadership workshops
Contact:
  • Petra Lopez-Vaquera
  • (956) 665-2596
Website: www.utpa.edu/ub
Upward Bound Classic
Dates of Program: June 9 – July 18, 2014
Age/Grade: High School (Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th Graders)
UB Students participate in academic classes to prepare them for their Fall High School classes. Students visit colleges in Texas, participate in community service activities and other activities that expose them to the world around them with the goal of helping them succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
Contact:
  • Petra Lopez-Vaquera
  • (956) 665-2596
Website: www.utpa.edu/ub
Upward Bound Math and Science Center
Dates of Program: Year round – This year’s summer component is from June 9 - July 18, 2014
Age / Grade: 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade
Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Center is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the US Department of Education Department. The goals of the program are to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math, science, and engineering and encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields. The program is designed to strengthen the academic skills of participating students and effectively prepare them for post secondary education success.
The Upward Bound Math and Science Center has been in existence at the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) since September 1, 2003. Participants must meet income guidelines or be considered potential first generation college students. The project serves 60-63 10th - 12th grade students from Donna High School, Weslaco High Schools and Weslaco East High School.
The UBMS Center offers the following services.
  • Summer programs of intensive math and science training
  • Year-round counseling and advisement
  • Exposure to university faculty who do research in math and science
  • Participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of a faculty member or graduate student serving as the participant's mentor
  • College Preparation, Summer Academic Enhancement Classes, and College Educational Field Trips
  • 5-8 Saturday Campus Workshop Days and 5 afterschool based sessions
Contact:
  • Juan Carlos Garcia
  • (956) 665-8705
Website: www.utpa.edu/ubms

Basketball

2014 Larry Tidwell & UTPA Women’s Basketball Summer Hoop Camps

The University of Texas-Pan American women's basketball team are holding a team and an individual shooting camp in June and an offensive/defensive skills camp in August at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

Broncs head coach Larry Tidwell and his staff will run each camp.

Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8 – Team Camp

  • Girls J.V. and Varsity Teams
  • $30 per player
  • Eight players per team
  • Five-game guarantee

Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19 – Individual Shooting & Offensive/Defensive Skills

  • Grades 3-12
  • 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • $100 ($50 deposit)
  • Lunch included

Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3 – Individual Shooting & Offensive/Defensive Skills

  • Grades 7-12
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • $75 ($50 deposit)
  • Lunch included

For more information, interested participants can contact Tidwell at 956-665-2974 or by email at tidwelld@utpa.edu or Broncs assistant coach Hannah Burleson at 956-665-2336 or by email at burlesonhj@utpa.edu.

Soccer

Soccer Camp

The University of Texas-Pan American women's soccer team will host two summer camps, a Future Legends Soccer Academy for girls ages 8-to-14 June 23-26, and an Elite Showcase for high school girls soccer players July 23-26.

  • The Future Legends Soccer Academy is a day camp, running from 8 a.m.-to-12 p.m. each day. The cost is $100.
  • The Elite Showcase is a sleep away camp with on-campus housing provided. Registration begins at 1 p.m. on July 23 while check out must be completed by noon on July 26. The cost is $300 by June 15 and $325 after June 15.

For more information and group discounts, contact camp director Lindsay Vera at veralr@utpa.edu.

Volleyball

Volleyball Camp

The University of Texas-Pan American Volleyball are holding a team competition camp, three positional day camps, and a two-day all skills camp at the UTPA Fieldhouse in July.

Space is limited, as, just like in the past, the camper-to-coach ratio will be kept at or near 10:1 to ensure that participants have access to individual attention.

July 11-13 – Team Competition Camp

The competition team camp provides teams the opportunity to train together and compete in drills, scrimmages and tournament play before their school seasons begin. UTPA volleyball staff and student-athletes will be available for instruction and coaching during scrimmages.

The camp is open to junior varsity and varsity teams, with a minimum of eight players per team. It starts at 5 p.m. on July 11 and ends at 1 p.m. on July 13. The cost is per camper.

July 12 – Coaches Clinic, 10 a.m.-to-3 p.m.

The coaches clinic provides the chance to hear from the UTPA volleyball coaching staff on how to advance your teams to the next level. This is a great opportunity for coaches to share techniques, drills and ideas amongst each other. There will be a flexible general outline of topics. All questions are welcome.

Positional Day Camps

July 14 – Libero Camp

This camp will address the defensive, serve receive, and serving techniques as well as game-situation concepts specific to the role of libero. This is also an opportunity for any player looking for more repetition in the area of ball control.

July 15 – Setter Camp

This camp will offer high volume setting repetitions and technical training while also introducing concepts such as strategic decision making and play sets.

July 16 – Hitter Camp

This camp is designed to present the fundamentals of attacking and blocking. High volume repetitions of arm-swing and approach techniques will be provided as well as attention to passing and defense within game situations.

All positional day camps are open to girls and boys ages 10 through 18. Participants will be grouped by age and skill level. The positional day camps are each. Each camp runs from 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. with a lunch break from 12-to-1 p.m. Lunch is not included, but campers with a packed lunch will be supervised during the break. Each camper will receive a free t-shirt. Checks can be made payable to UTPA Volleyball Camp. Check-in at the UTPA Fieldhouse runs 8:30-to-9 a.m.

July 18-19 – Two-Day All Skills Camp

This is an intensive camp designed for advanced players, ages 14-to-18. Players will not only be trained in all individual skills, but also in team skills and concepts. Offensive, defensive, and serve receive patterns will be addressed; ending with 6-on-6 tournament play during the final session.

The cost of the two-day all skills camp is for anyone wishing to stay overnight and for anyone who will only be on campus for the sessions. Two lunches and one dinner are included for all campers, while those spending the night will also receive breakfast on Saturday. All campers will receive a t-shirt. Checks can be made payable to UTPA Volleyball Camp.

For more information or to register, fill out the form below and contact UTPA Volleyball assistant coach Lauren Mathewson via email at mathewsonlm@utpa.edu or over the phone at (956) 665-5090.