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Community Outreach and Education:
Summer Chemistry Camps

Explore Chemistry Camps this Summer at Calvin College!

slime experimentCalvin Chem Camp features demonstrations and many hands-on experiments designed to teach introductory chemical concepts in a way that is fun and entertaining. Chem Camps tackle some sophisticated topics - things like acids and bases, fat analysis of foods and reactivity of metals - in a fun and intellectually challenging way.

The morning and afternoon camp sessions have different activities and are designed for students who are entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall. Great excitement can be expected!! Check out the Grand Rapids Press coverage from the girls-only camp.

Experiments and Topics

  • Physical properties of matter: states of matter, density, fun with gases, CO2cannons
  • Polymers: experiments with slime, superballs and silly putty
  • Mixtures: properties of solutions, foam and gels
  • Chemical reactions: acid/base reactions, reduction/oxidation reactions
  • Separations: chromatography and extraction

girls in lab


Larry Louters, Calvin College Professor of Chemistry

Fee and Registration

A $140 fee covers instruction pslime experimentlus materials and a camp t-shirt. You can register with our on-line registration program and pay with a credit card or check, or download a printable registration form and pay by check. Enrollment in each session will be limited to 24, and reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Limited partial need-based scholarships are available. If you feel you qualify, please request an application form by calling the Chemistry Department office at 526-8801.

Contact Information

Judi Jongekrijg
(616) 526-8801
Fax: (616) 526-6501

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Calvin College
1726 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4403

Service Learning

Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


Chemistry Camp Registrations Begin February 1, 2013

Registrations for Summer 2013 Chemistry Camps begin on February 1, 2013. You will be able to register online through the Camp Website and pay with a credit card or check. If you are unable to register on-line you are able to or download a printable form and pay by check.

Registration Fee: $140

2013 Summer Chemistry Camp Schedule

Session A: July 8-12
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Session B: July 8-12
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session C: July 15-19
(Girls Only Camp)
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Session D: July 15-19
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration prior to
July 1, the camp fee minus 10 percent will be refunded. After July 1, no refunds will be given. The college may cancel or postpone any session because of insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. If a session is cancelled or postponed, the college will refund 100 percent of registration fees.