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Summer Camps

The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg offers a variety of summer academic and athletic camps for middle school, and high school students.

USC Upstate will host summer camps on campus beginning in June. The University has hosted a number of athletics camps, academic camps, science camps, junior writers camps and youth drama camps, just to name a few. As a host campus, USC Upstate offers both day and overnight options.

If you are interested in hosting your summer camp on the USC Upstate campus, please contact Special Events at (864) 503-5985 or email special events for more information.

Academic Outreach Camp

USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing/Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Academic Outreach Camp

  • Date: June 19-23 and 26-30, 2017 (campers must attend both camps)
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 E. St. John St., Spartanburg, SC / USC Upstate - Main Campus / BMW
  • Participant ages: Limited to rising seniors in Spartanburg, Cherokee, Greenville, Union and Laurens counties
  • Cost: There is no cost to attend; however, the selection process is competitive.  

Description: Have you ever wondered how mathematics and science are actually used to improve the processes to build things like BMW vehicles? Did you know these improvement tools and processes are also used by other industries and organizations such as healthcare, finance and the U.S. Armed Forces? The Academic Outreach Camp will introduce students to exciting and real world applications of mathematics and statistics. In addition, their team work and leadership skills will be honed and improved. Students will gain hands-on experience in learning and applying Lean and Six Sigma tools to computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies, and teaching games. Students also will have the opportunity to meet with manufacturing professionals using these tools and skills as part of their careers. Students will also participate in an in-depth tour of BMW and USC Upstate’s Healthcare Simulation Center. They’ll even get a chance to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle. 

For more information, contact Tim Ellis at (864) 503-5894 or tellis@uscupstate.eduor Donette Stewart at (864) 503-5280 or

Spartanburg Junior Writing Project 2017

“Eat, Sleep, Write… Repeat!”

  • Date: TBA 
  • Location: USC Upstate campus
  • Participant ages: Boys and girls in rising grades 3-12
  • Cost: $150

Description: A writing-enrichment summer program and an outgrowth of the nationally-recognized Spartanburg Writing Project for teachers. This is an opportunity to work with professional writers, poets, and storytellers. A writer’s workshop approach to encourage stretching and sharpening writing skills and creativity. A field-trip experience with the extra treat of planned on-site writing. A guarantee to become a published author in the summer anthology.

For more information, call 864-503-5653 or visit