Have a great time as you learn something new: you’ll do that here.

We are excited to host a variety of camps, conferences, workshops, and programs that will enrich the personal development of individuals throughout the summer. Summer at Southeast offers a wide variety of academic and special interest opportunities to area youth ranging in age from pre-school to college through one-day, multi-day, and overnight summer programs and camps. Each program or camp is designed to highlight a particular field of study or skill and to encourage everyone to explore their potential. 

Camp Redhawk

Camp Redhawk is a summer leadership camp designed for new students preparing to enter their first semester at Southeast Missouri State University. This 4-day, 3-night experience offers you an introduction to campus life and traditions, immerses you in school spirit, and gives you the opportunity to meet other new Redhawks.

Redhawk Athletic Camps

Train and learn with Redhawk coaches and athletes in your sport on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Scouts STEM Camp

Explore science, technology, engineering, and math through a fun and educational STEM camp at Southeast Missouri State University.

Summer Music Academy Classes

Are you ready for some summer musical excitement? Join a class and let's have some fun! Make music, make friends, and have fun while doing it during our summer classes. It’s not about hitting the right note or being the best-it’s about enjoying the experience, having fun, and picking up some new skills and friends along the way. Classes are taught in our state of the art Piano Lab (Room RCS 404) on at the River Campus. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at rreed@semo.edu or 573-651-2367

Summer Music Camp

Do you have a high school or middle school band student interested in fun and education with experienced music educators and performers? Check out our summer music camp.

National Cheerleaders Association 

Southeast Missouri State University is proud to host both National Cheerleader Association camps on our campus this summer. Registration and camp information can be found by visiting the national website.


Date Event
July 12-14, 2024 NCA Cheer
July 16-19, 2024 NCA Performance
July 16-19, 2024 NCA Traditional

SEMO Esports Day Camp

SEMO Esports is now offering exciting opportunities for students and parents to show their competitive spirit and passion for gaming! The summer camps are open to junior high and high school-aged students from 12-17 years old only. Our Esports training arena has 12 gaming computers, two Nintendo Switches, two Xbox Series X, and a Playstation 5.

These one-day camps will offer opportunities for those who want to better themselves as a competitor, or simply just want to have a fun day at the SEMO campus in the Esports arena playing games! We will have staff knowledgeable in the game titles League of Legends, Overwatch 2, SSBU, Apex Legends, and Valorant.

Camp registration is $60 for the day and is limited to 20 campers to ensure all campers will have something to play games on and receive coaching time if desired. All campers will receive a SEMO Esports camp T-shirt and SEMO lanyard. Lunch will be provided at the University cafeteria to provide a unique experience for your camper. After lunch, we will run a tournament-style bracket in SSBU if enough campers are interested. Parents are encouraged to come watch their camper from the arena if they'd like during the competition stage.

If your camper would like to play online games please remember to make sure they have their account information and everything they need to log in. We will have many games downloaded, but online gaming will require your own child's account and the purchase of game titles if necessary. Campers are welcome to bring their peripherals, controllers, or copies of their video games. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Esports Coordinator Ricky Reed at Rreed@semo.edu or 573-651-2367.

8:30 a.m. – Check-in at Arena in Towers Central Complex and Free Play
9 -11:30 a.m. – Coaching/Vod Review and Free Play
12 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – SSBU Tournament Start/Coaching/Free Play
4:30 p.m. – Camper Pick Up and Check Out

  • Session 1: Friday, June 21
  • Session 2: Friday, July 26


Redhawk Kids Camp  

Redhawks Kids Camp (RKC) is designed for children entering grades 1-6 in the Fall of 2024. Campers must have completed kindergarten and may not have started grade 6. 

Redhawks Kids Camp is a very active day camp, full of fun games, activities, water games, swimming, walking field trips, and crafts. Our camp counselors are Southeast Missouri State University students, who have the energy to match the campers. 

In order to keep to a low camper-to-counselor ratio we have a maximum capacity. Spots are open until filled. 

Register for one or all weeks. Registration must be received and purchased by Wednesday prior to the week of camp. We do not allow walk-up registration the week of camp. The cost for the Redhawk Kids Camp for faculty and staff is $140 for a full week and $110 for a 4-day week. The cost for community members is $220 for a full week and $175 for a 4-day week.

Late pick-up fees are $25 for faculty and staff and $35 for community members. If you have any questions please contact Eric Williams at etwilliams@semo.edu or 573-651-7379.

Monday - Friday 2024
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Session 1: May 28- May 31*
  • Session 2: Jun 3- 7
  • Session 3: Jun 10-14
  • Session 4: Jun 17-21
  • Session 5: Jun 24- 28
  • Session 6: July 1-3 and 5*
  • Session 7: July 8-12
  • Session 8: July 15-19
  • Session 9: July 22- 26
  • Session 10: July 29- August 2
  • Session 11: August 5- 9

*Four-day week


Introduction to Game Development

3-Hour FREE Mini-Camp 2023

Learn about game development and design with hands‐on activities in computer programming and video game design. No prior experience is necessary. This camp will introduce you to GameMaker Lite 8.1 (free download) and the basics of video game development. 

Sign up for one of these 8 sessions free three-hour sessions (must sign up to attend). Priority for incoming high school juniors and seniors.

  • August 1
    • Face to Face from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in DH001 (lower level)
    • Zoom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 3
    • Face to Face from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in DH001 (lower level)
    • Zoom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Summer Camps at Southeast
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