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  • Students in the program practice calligraphy

    Students in the program practice calligraphy. Grades 5 to 11 learned about China and how to speak the language in the STARTALK program.

  • students performing WIlly Wonka

    Charlie and Grampa Joe talk about the golden ticket in the STARS production of "Willy Wonka." (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Ser

  • Students on stage performing Willy Wonka

    The Rising Summer Theatre-Arts Retreat for Students (STARS) Musical Theatre Camp and the UNH Youth Professional STARS Company combined to present the musical "Willy Wonka." (Photo by 

  • SYMS students

    Students as young as 9 and as old as 18 participate in SYMS. (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • SYMS student playing her instrument

    Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) offers students the chance to concentrate on a major instrument or voice part and choose electives to broaden their experience.

  • Lacrosse players

    Hundreds of campers improved their skills in nearly 20 different athletic programs. Learn more. (Photo by 

  • Students and their Project SMART mentors in the field

    High school students and their Project SMART mentors successfully flew twin weather balloons that carried miniaturized scientific payloads designed to measure cosmic rays and environmental pa

  • a student presenting his research poster

    Project SMART is a summer institute that challenges, educates, and motivates talented high school students in science and mathematics while acquainting them with the environment and resources

  • students writing outside

    The UNH Writers Academy is a place for middle and high school students to spend a week in the summer writing freely and sharing their experiences with other students.

  • Prof. James Krasner

    UNH offered an online course, Harry Potter as Storyteller, for kids in grades 4 to 8 this summer taught by James Krasner.

  • A young camper drawing

    A young art camper draws on the floor of the Museum of Art. (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • high school students testing scripts for gPTP, as part of a summer internship

    High school seniors Kaleb and Trevor work on testing scripts for generalized Precision Time Protocol (gPTP) during the UNH InterOperability Lab's High School Summer Internship.

  • Upward Bound students

    Upward Bound students Alex and Weimin and tutor mentor Travis unveil a banner displaying the theme of the program, "Shape your character, Shape your destiny: Be Upward Bound."

  • Culinary Campers in the kitchen

    Kids Culinary Camp is the theme of the Thompson School's Adventure Youth Summer Day Camp.

  • Tech campers

    Tech campers are connected to research vessels using UNH Ocean Engineering's Telepresence Laboratory.


    The UNH Manchester Educational Excellence for English Language Learners (EXCELL) is an intensive course that helps students who are speakers of other languages improve their academic English

  • KEEPERS campers at play

    Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science (KEEPERS) provides half-day hands–on, minds-on challenges set up for campers.

  • Engineeristas!

    Engineeristas! Girls and Engineering – Future engineers explore environmental, oceanographic and marine, and mechanical and materials engineering as well as computer science.

  • Camp Wildcat campers on bridge

    Camp Wildcat is a seven-week summer day camp program offered through UNH Campus Recreation for grades 1 to 7.

  • 4-H Kids and Staff

    4-H staff take pride in creating a special place where kids can discover their individual strengths.

  • 4-H Barry Conservation Camp

    4-H Barry Conservation Camp is a great program for kids who love the outdoors, enjoy hands-on learning in environmental and conservation programs, and can benefit from participating in a smal


UNH has completed its summer youth programs for 2014. Thank you to the students and families that participated, and to the UNH faculty/staff and all program staff who provided such wonderful learning opportunities for youth. We hope the experience was educational and memorable.

Remember to click on the "Join our Email List" link above to receive periodic e-newsletters throughout the academic year.

Please take the time to complete our Summer Youth Programs Survey that has been sent via email. Information gathered from the 2013 survey was valuable and resulted in many general and specific programmatic changes. Thank you for taking the time to complete the 2014 survey so we can continue to assess and improve our youth programs. You can also provide input directly to Cathy Leach, Summer Youth Programs, at:

We are already looking forward to Summer, 2015!


In the News

Congratulations to Lynn, a senior at Belchertown (MA) HS! Lynn was awarded a $20,000 a year (for 4 years) scholarship to the UNH music program from SYMS (Summer Youth Music School).

Lynn earned the scholarship through an audition process at SYMS, plays the saxophone and alto sax, played in the top concert band and jazz band and soloed at the Honors Recital at SYMS.

She received the news at the final evening event of SYMS Senior Session, the Honors Student Recital on August 1.