Students participating in the annual Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts.
This summer, Black Hills State University will host a variety of summer academic camps designed to educate and inspire middle and high school students. Participants will have the opportunity to explore new interests and further their education and skills while experiencing campus life.

The camps cover a variety of interests and subject areas from accounting and science to art and photography.

The 2013 Summer Camp schedule includes:

  • Power of Place: Black Hills Experience (American Indian Studies Camp) – May 17 with Jace DeCory and Urla Marcus

Open to middle school students from Red Shirt School located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The camp will last one full day and will be a mobile, on-site learning experience (power of place.) Most of the instruction will be done at two sacred Northern Plains sites: Mato Tipila (Bear Lodge/Devils Tower) and Mato Paha/Noahvose (Bear Butte.)


  • The Romance and Reality of Deadwood (History Camp) – May 30-31 with Dr. David Wolff and Kelly Kirk

Open to middle school and high school students. Parents are also welcome.

Do you want to know the real Deadwood? Have you ever wondered how this mining camp became so famous? Deadwood has had a long and fascinating history – one that you can discover through this day camp. Participants will explore sites throughout the Black Hills and learn about the people and events that made Deadwood famous, the challenges of historic preservation and different ways to get involved with Black Hills history. The camp will include:

  • A hike to Mount Roosevelt.
  • A visit to Mount Moriah cemetery.
  • A walking tour of Deadwood.
  • A visit to other Black Hills mining towns.
  • A view of gold mine operations of past and present.
  • A visit to the Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center.


  • Summer Photography Adventure (Photography Camp) – June 3-4 with Jerry Rawlings and Steve Babbitt

Open to high school students who have completed 10th grade or recent graduates.

Do you enjoy taking photographs but want to take your images to the next level? Would you like to move beyond taking basic snapshots and begin creating photographs that make a lasting impression? Students enrolled in this camp will go beyond basic camera handling, and the basics of Photoshop instruction. Students will have the opportunity to photograph side by side seasoned professionals Steve Babbitt and Jerry Rawlings. Discover your inner creativity with two days of intensive and fun photograph instruction.


  • Science Scholars Summer Institute (Science Camp) – June 3-28 with Dr. Charles Lamb

Open to high school students who have completed 10th grade.

The Science Scholars Institute provides high school students an opportunity to learn science in the research laboratories of BHSU science faculty. The students will participate in research projects along with undergraduate and graduate students under the mentorship of faculty in the area of their interest. They will learn the underlying rationale for their project, develop cutting-edge scientific techniques on state-of-the-art equipment, and present and discuss their results at weekly seminars.


  • 3D Drafting – Designing a Home (Engineering Technology Camp) – June 7 with Monty Robinson

Open to high school students who have completed their sophomore year.

Do you enjoy drawing and designing houses? Would you like to learn how to create house models in 3D. In this camp, participants will develop ideas into house design and turn the ideas into a 3D model using an easy-to-use architectural software package. Participants will learn about space organization and energy efficient building materials as well as explore how floor plan design ties into the exterior environment.


  • Taking Care of Business Accounting Style (Accounting Camp) – June 10 with Lizabeth Diers

Open to high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Enjoy a fun-filled day exploring accounting at BHSU. Activities include:

  • Build a business – interactive accounting game.
  • Explore the campus with an accounting scavenger hunt.
  • Disc Golf – learn from an international disc golf title holder.
  • Explore the accounting career opportunities with faculty and alumni.


  • ZAP! POW! BLAM! (Art Camp) – June 17–19 with J. Desy Schoenewies

Open to high school students who have completed grades 9-11.

High School artists are invited to the first annual BHSU Art Academy where they will spend three intensely creative days exploring the various styles of comics and animations form many countries around the world. Participants will learn how comics influence art and society while creating art from their original ideas. During the three-day camp, participants will draw, sculpt, print, design, and paint using the exciting world of sequential art as inspiration.  


  • Summer Exploration Institute (Creativity and Critical Thinking Education Camp) - July 8-12 with Mary Jones

Open to children ages 7-16

The Summer Exploration Institute is designed to encourage creative and critical thinking skills in the familiar context of living in the Black Hills. The historical and contemporary links establish the importance of growth and expansion in reference to people, places and animals. Through discussion, hands-on activities and field trips, participants will view the Black Hills through a new perspective.


  • So you want to be a music major … (Music Camp) – Aug. 24 with Dr. Jonathan Nero, Dr. Symeon Waseen, Dr. Nancy Roberts, Christopher Hahn and Dr. Randy Royer

Open to students who have completed ninth grade through college.

Spend a fun-filled ay with BHSU music faculty to discover what it takes to start a career in music. Attendees will learn and review important topics critical to success in entering college as a music major. Topics will include music fundamentals, computer notation and audio editing, and applied lessons specific to major instrument or voice. Prepare for a future in music today.

 For more information or to sign up for any of the academic summer camps go to www.bhsu.edu/summercamps or contact Sheila Aaker at 605-642-6702 or Sheila.Aaker@BHSU.edu