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DJUSD is pleased to offer another summer full of enrichment experiences for our students. Following a challenging couple of years, we recognize the importance of in-person opportunities to express creativity, critical thinking, music, arts, movement and play for learning and wellness. We have a series of summer events and activities for our students (Kindergarten through grade 12), which will be led by Davis City partners, service providers and some DJUSD teachers.

Below are different offerings that are currently available. Participation in these offerings is free to DJUSD students and will follow current health and safety guidance.

Registration for any of the offerings below will be done through one sign-up link. If a summer program is full, your student will be placed on a waiting list. 

Sign-up for Summer Enrichment Today!

Band Camp - Grades 9 - 12

Do you play in band and are entering grades 9 - 12? If so, come and join us for a band camp that will be fun and prepare you for a return to band for the coming school year. This camp is a wonderful way to have fun making music while getting your chops back and ready for the school year! We are able to provide the large instruments (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Tenor & Baritone Sax, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, and percussion instruments). On the final day of the camp, we will have a short concert to celebrate our musical adventure together.

Everyone who plays Flute (Including Piccolo), Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet (including Bass Clarinet), Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, and Baritone), Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone (including Bass Trombone), Euphonium, Tuba, or Percussion is welcome to join.

Program Dates: August 15 - 18 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Emerson Junior High (Indoor Commons)

Bike Maintenance Camp - Grades 7 - 12

A three day hands-on course geared for 7th to 12th graders to increase their knowledge and ability to diagnose and service their own bicycles. Course will cover all aspects of bicycle design, function, maintenance, and repairs, from changing a flat and lubing a chain to replacing cables and adjusting bearing sets. All levels of rider and mechanical experience are welcome. Tools and some supplies will be provided. Bring your bicycle, helmet, water, and a snack.

Program Dates: June 27 - 30 or July 5 - 7 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Harper Junior High (MPR)

Davis Arts Center Camp - Grades 3 - 5

A five day art camp that includes art projects, outdoor time, art play led by teaching artists and camp counselors.

Program Dates: August 1 - 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Elementary Strings - Grades 5 - 6

Summer Strings is eight days of music, friends and fun. We will learn new music and give a mini concert on the last day. This program is intended for incoming fifth and sixth grade students at the intermediate and advanced level. At least 1 year of playing experience required.

Program Dates: August 2 - 5 and August 8 - 11 from either 8:30 - 9:50 a.m. OR 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Korematsu Elementary (MPR and Music Room). The concert will be on August 11 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

La Hora de los Cuentos Spanish Story Telling Camp - Grades K - 6

All the Spanish speaking students from kindergarten to 6th grade are invited to participate in this adventure! For half an hour we will read stories, find the 5 differences, ask riddles and travel with the imagination and with the help of videos to different Latin American countries to learn about their traditions, dances, music, arts and crafts and food. We will also make drawings and create paper bag puppets and other arts and crafts with paper and color pencils.
The materials will be provided by DJUSD. Pickup place, date and time to be determined.

Program Dates: June 20 - August 16, Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Mariachi Puente Orchestra - Grades 6 - 9

Students will learn to perform mariachi music repertoire. Open to incoming 6 - 9 graders who have had prior experience in the school music programs and can play mariachi instruments. Rehearsals will be overlapping sessions of 45 to 60 minutes. Students will be separated into groups based on experience and ability.

Program Dates: June 22 - July 29, Wednesdays from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Emerson Junior High (Indoor Commons)

Robotics Camp with Citrus Circuits - Grades 4 - 8

RoboCamps are one-week camps for students in grades 4 - 8. The camps combine hands-on robotics with team-building, STEM education, and traditional summer camp activities.

Program Sessions: June 13 - 17 or June 20 - 24 (this session offered in-person or virtual), June 27 - July 1 or July 5 - 8 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Birch Lane Elementary (MPR)

Sustainable Campus Beautification Projects - conception to completion - Grades 7 - 9


Join students who have completed a Japanese Garden, a Boulder Garden, a Succulent Garden, and other sustainable projects. No previous gardening experience needed. Reduce atmospheric CO2 by planting and caring for trees. You can learn to use your body’s leverage and master common tools. You can envision beauty and transform Harper into an aesthetic and ecological gem. Daily, every participant chooses an enjoyable physical or mental task to help transform weedy patches into lush gardens or outdoor classrooms. Learn and apply biological principles, design processes, sketching techniques, calculations for water usage and expense budgets, and complete any other needed step to complete campus improvement projects. Former students have chosen to plant over 100 trees, prune trees and shrubs, start seeds, root cuttings, mound raised beds, undertake masonry projects, build redwood benches. Update, and improve artistic murals, and much more!

All materials and tools supplied. Bring water, work shoes, and work clothes.

Program Dates: June 20 - 23 (1:00 - 4:00 pm.), June 27 - 30 (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.), August 1 - 5 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) or August 8 - 11 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) at Harper Junior High (room G-48)

In Partnership with DJUSD - UC Davis Mind and Machine Summer Camp - Grades 7-8

Calling rising 7th and 8th graders interested in robotics, neuroscience, and programming! At the UC Davis Mind and Machine Summer Camp, we will dive into the world of computer science, neuroscience, and the ways in which they connect to form the future of technology! NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE WITH PROGRAMMING OR ROBOTICS IS REQUIRED. At our FREE 3-day camp, you can expect to play with robots, learn some programming, see how the brain controls the body with electricity, meet real UC Davis researchers, and make friends! This camp is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a grant awarded to several UC Davis Engineering labs working on the M3X (Mind, Machine, and Motor Nexus) project. At the end of the camp, everyone will receive a certificate of completion and be named an NSF Mind and Machine Robotics Ambassador! If you are interested in signing up, please visit https://tinyurl.com/m3xcampregistration or reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions about the program.

Program Dates: August 8-10 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Emerson Junior High

Bike City Theatre Company - Grades 4 - 6

All children in grades 4 -6 are invited to explore the creative world of drama in this fun week camp with Bike City Theatre Company. We will use vocal, physical, and improvisational exercises to create original works. Come with us as we discover acting, playwriting, and improvisation as tools to spark our imaginations and bring to life the magic of theatre!

Program Dates: June 21 - 23 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Montgomery Elementary (MPR)

Davis Arts Center Art Kits - Painting - Grades 3 - 12

Designed to keep campers creatively engaged with fun, easy-to-do projects, this kit includes:

  • An art kit with art supplies (Shipping is available).
  • Activity checklist for parents and artists.
  • Written project instructions.
  • Online how-to videos from Davis Arts Center teachers and other arts organizations.
  • Designed for ages 8 years and up but suitable for children starting at age 5 with parental help, and yes, teens and adults will find projects to do as well! 

DHS Baroque Ensemble Boot Camp - Grades 10 - 12

Open to current 2022-23 DHS Baroque Ensemble students. We will be focusing on Baroque instrument technique, style, and ensemble skills.

Program Dates: August 8 - 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Emerson Junior High (Indoor Commons/Music Room)

Ethnic Studies YOLO Academy - Grades 9 - 12

The Ethnic Studies YOLO Academy invites Native, BIPOC, Asian, and White ally youth to grow their individual and collective power and develop community leadership skills through community building activities and art activism. Our goals are to: (1) have a fun shared experience, (2) build confidence and community, and (3) provide insights and tools for communication, collaboration, and teamwork learning Ethnic Studies concepts like identity, community history, systems of power, resistance movements, and civic engagement. Each day will include a light breakfast, community building, discussion activities, and creative exploration. Together, we will build our collective power to build a world rooted in racial and social justice.

Program Dates: August 1 - 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Mariachi Camp - Grades 9 - 12

This camp is an opportunity for all students in grades 9 - 12 who are interested in Mariachi to join us for a time of musical enrichment. Never played in Mariachi but do play one of the listed instruments (see below)? Come and join us for a great time of music making! We are able to provide some instruments for use during the camp (Violin, Viola, Trumpet, Guitar, Vihuela, & Guitarrón). At the end of the camp, we will have a short concert to celebrate our musical adventure together.

Everyone who plays the following instruments is welcome to join: Violin, Viola, Flute, Trumpet, Guitar, Vihuela or Guitarrón

Program Dates: August 15 - 18 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Emerson Junior HIgh (Indoor Commons)

Quest Academy - Grades 5 - 9quest logo

Our summer program is a highly engaging experience that uses gaming concepts familiar to students, while developing their ability to think critically and solve problems. Students will work in teams over the summer to survive a simulated post-apocalyptic world where all adults have mysteriously vanished. Following the simulation, students will take what new skills they have  earned to solve real problems that exist in their community around them.

Program Dates: August 1 - 5 and 8 - 12 from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. or 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Holmes Junior High

Summer Drama Enrichment - Grades 7 - 12

Two weeks of summer drama enrichment, featuring one week of theater games and activities and a second week to prepare for a performance to a live audience. No drama experience is necessary! The final performance will be in the style of a revue to include a mixture of ten-minute plays, musical numbers, monologues or other performance pieces chosen by the student participants.

Program Dates: July 11 - 22 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and July 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Harper Junior High

Technology and Wood Shop Camp - Grades 7 - 8

Every once and a while we need to take a break from all of this technology and make some sawdust and wood shop projects. In this camp students get to choose and make simple shop projects such as wood boxes, picture frames, catapults, boomerangs, phone stands etc. Join Mr. Shimek in the shop to learn how to use simple tools to make stellar projects in this hand tool focused camp.

Program Dates: June 27 - 30 or July 11 - 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Harper Junior High (room A-2)

Wood Shop Camp - Grades 9 - 12

Every once and a while we need to take a break from all of this technology and make some sawdust and wood shop projects. In this camp students get to choose and make simple shop projects such as wood boxes, picture frames, catapults, boomerangs, phone stands etc. Join Mr. Shimek in the shop to learn how to use simple tools to make stellar projects in this hand tool focused camp.

Program Dates: July 18 - 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.