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Summer Camps

GET READY…GET SET and spend your summer at ODU!

Old Dominion University offers summer camp programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic and extracurricular endeavors serving children in grades K-12. All of our camps provide children with the chance to unwind, explore and experiment, learn and grow, discover new ideas, and work cooperatively with others all while experiencing life on the Old Dominion University Campus.

We dedicate ourselves to providing you with the most outstanding summer experience - "summers that last a lifetime." All our programs have their own unique goals and atmosphere. Please review our information here online. We hope you will join us for a summer of fun, learning and adventure!

ODU offers many exciting camp series, choose from:


Jean Mcclellan-Holt
Assistant Director of Sports Clubs
Recreation & Wellness
1207 Student Recreation Ctr
Norfolk, VA 23529


Big Blue Summer Camp Information

NEW!!! CLICK HERE to register online now!!!

Big Blue Summer Camp Application

Big Blue Summer Camps

The Big Blue Summer Camp is a 9-week day camp for boys and girls ages 6-12 and is an American Camp Association accredited camp. Here at Big Blue Summer Camp we focus on helping campers develop friendship skills, independence, teamwork, family citizenship, competence, interest in exploration, responsibility, affinity for nature and confidence in problem solving. Every week campers will participate in the following activities: swimming, rock-wall, arts & crafts, and general fun & games. Some weeks will include a field trip to some local attractions.

Mission: Through quality programs, ODU Camp Big Blue develops youth, strengthens and supports families, and creates health and wellness for all.

ODU Camp Big Blue Activities Include: Special Events, Indoor/Outdoor Games, Free Swim, Arts and Crafts, Sports (Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Badminton, Volleyball, Etc.), Rock Climbing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Field Trips, Weekly Themes

ODU Camp Big Blue Hours of Operation and Location: ODU Camp Big Blue runs Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm for extended day and 9:00am-4:00pm for normal day. Camp will be CLOSED July 4th in celebration of Independence Day!

Camp is located in the Student Recreation Center: 4700 Powhatan Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23529. If coming from 49th Street and Powhatan Avenue - turn left onto 48th street and we are located on the right - please us door in the handicapped parking lot to enter the Center.

ODU Camp Big Blue Staff: ODU Camp Big Blue prides itself on providing children with highly motivated and enthusiastic staff who will mentor your child. Candidates must meet strict qualifications that meet and often exceed licensing guidelines. All staff must pass a Virginia Department of Social Services Criminal Background Check participate in several training such as child abuse prevention, CPR/First Aid Training, OSHA blood borne pathogens and other staff licensing training. Staff also adheres to state licensing ratios to ensure that appropriate supervision is maintained throughout the duration of the program.

ODU Camp Big Blue Campers must remember to bring each day: Bathing suit, towel, suncreen, lunch and a drink, morning and afternoon snacks, water bottle, closed-toed shoes and a BIG BLUE SMILE and an attidtude ready to have fun. Please contact Jean Holt, ODU BIG BLUE Camp Director at jholt@odu.edu for more inforamtion.

June 16-20 and July 7-11

Outdoor Adventure Camp

The Outdoor Adventure Camp is designed to introduce and challenge campers with a variety of adventures and opportunities. With outdoor education and exploration in mind, campers can expect to climb the rock wall, paddle a canoe, try geocaching, or go on an overnight trip with the ODU outdoor adventure staff! (NOTE: The overnight camping trip is for campers ages 9-12 only).

June 30-July 4 (no camp on July 4th)

Wacky Camp

This is a week to get crazy and let yourself shine through wearing the wackiest outfits you can think of! Each day will focus on a different "wacky" theme such as "crazy hair and hat day" or "inside-out and backwards day". Games, activities and crafts will be as wacky as ever! This week is sure to be a crazy amount of fun!

July 21-25

Sports Camp

While participating in a variety of sport and physical activities, campers will enjoy learning about nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Noncompetitive activities include field and team games, yoga, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor lifelong pursuits. The sports camp curriculum is based on the principles of SPARK®, a revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. Many local and national schools systems have implemented the principles of SPARK in the Physical Education curriculum. This camp will include an optional trip to a Norfolk Tides game.

August 4-8

Hampton Roads Adventure Camp

There is so much to do in Hampton Roads! This camp will be a "Stay-cation" in which campers will explore the many wonders of Hampton Roads. This camp will include field trips to a number of local establishments to see how they work. Examples include, but are not limited to: behind-the-scene tours of the Norfolk Airport, a local grocery store, and a local donut shop.

June 23-27

Hometown Hero Camp

If you had a superpower, what would it be? Get ready for an adventure of heroic proportions while learning what it takes to be a Hometown Hero! Campers will get strong and mighty in the gym, create their own unique superhero name and persona, and design their own superhero emblem on a cape they can take home. In addition, campers will meet Hometown Heroes from the local police and fire departments, and will visit the Virginia Beach Police K-9 Training Center.

July 14-18

Pirate Camp

Your young swashbuckler will be learning the way of the sea and the land by doing interactive activities such as using a compass and map and having fun on the high seas (swimming in the ODU SRC pool). The swashbucklers will also be learning pirate songs and creating pirate treasures! Campers will create pirates names, crew t-shirts and flags for the unique experience your camper will never forget! On the final day we will be setting the swashbucklers out on a real treasure hunt around the ODU campus to practice their skills in navigation and puzzle solving!

July 28- August 1

Air & Space Camp

Expand your mind and explore the world above. Each day we will soar to the world above for a fun filled day of adventure and exploration. We will play many games, try new activities, and learn a lot about the Universe along the way! This week will include a field trip to the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton.

August 11-15

Animal Adventure Camp

This is a great week for campers who love animals. In addition to learning about domestic and wild animals, campers will learn about the Rainforest and spend a day at the Norfolk Zoo and /or the Virginia Aquarium.


Patti Ball
Program Manager
ODU Business Gateway
4111 Monarch Way, Suite 106


Engineering Camps

Descriptions of each camp and the camp's dates appear below. Online registration is available for the engineering camps by clicking the registration link to the right of the camp.

Nano Enginering Camp

"Mommy, Daddy, how does that work?" Build your child's understanding of the everyday world around him/her. This one-day camp introduces students to basic engineering principles through fun, hands-on activities.

Nano Enginering camp is offered to students who are 7-10 years of age.

Camp Dates

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Friday, August 1st, 2014

This camp is a one day introduction to Engineering concepts in a fun hand on environment for our younger campers. The tuition is $99. per student.


6th, 7th and 8th grade "future engineers" will have a blast learning what engineering is all about. This exciting, week-long experience will build teamwork skills and electrify interest in engineering as a possible career. Hands-on activities engage students in mechanical, electrical, marine and civil engineering concepts, experiments and demonstrations.

Engineers Rule! Camp is offered to students who are 11-13 years of age.

Camp Dates

The week of July 14-18, 2014
The week of August 4-8, 2014

This camp is a one week long experience for middle school students. Each day we focus on a different discipline in Engineering. The tuition is $350.00 per student.


Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center
1030 University Blvd.
Suffolk, VA 23435

For more information on each camp and to register, click here.


Old Dominion University and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center offer camps ranging from Robotics to Game Development to 3D Modeling in an effort to enhance learning and a life-lasting interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Each of our popular Summer Camp opportunities, facilitated by university faculty members and researchers, is geared towards fostering engineering and design talents, providing hands-on demonstrations, leading innovative projects, all within an environment that promotes teamwork.

Camp Dates

3D Modeling Camp: July 8 - 12
Introductory Game Development: July 22 - 26
Intermediate Game Development: August 12 - 16
Introductory Robotics Camp: June 24 - 28
Advanced Robotics Camp: August 12 - 16