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RENAISSANCE CAMPS ARE CANCELLED for Summer 2020 due to the COVID-19. Please watch for information about virtual programs we hope to offer.

Welcome to the Renaissance Child programs page!  We offer a variety of programs directed towards your child's specific and diverse interests.  Programs are available year-round with different content, age groups, and educational levels. Click the links on the left to see program information and registration links. Any and all questions are welcome.


  • To provide exciting, innovative, hands-on activities in the fields of science, mathematics and computer science.
  • To encourage creative expression by providing a variety of art activities, as well as an opportunity for the children to write their own stories and poems. 
  • To create an awareness of the importance of maintaining  a healthy lifestyle by engaging the children in various physical activities.

History Behind the Camp:

The Renaissance Child Camps are based on the premise that children of the Twenty First Century should be well rounded. They need, therefore to be exposed to a variety of academic, creative, and physical activities. Though the specific activities have changed from year-to-year (and camp-to-camp) these core activities have remained the same.

The idea for the camps was developed and implemented by Darla Dye, Director of the Office of Professional Development, and Patricia Williams, Coordinator of Enrichment Programs. They realized that there was a need for a quality full-day summer program for elementary-aged children; with all of the resources at East Tennessee State University, this need could be met.

The first Renaissance Child Camps were held in the summer of 2002, and the program has grown in popularity since that time. The camps run in five-day sessions, from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon. The home base is on the main campus of East Tennessee State University. Since the camps utilize the science and computer labs, Charles Sherrod Library, classrooms at Rogers Stout Hall, and the Center for Physical Activity, a string of Renaissance Camp children, and their counselors walking across campus has become a familiar sight at ETSU!

The Renaissance Camp staff is made up of adults with expertise in our emphasis areas. Those who have worked in the camps include ETSU professors and instructors, certified teachers, college students, graduate students, and members of the community with specific interest areas. Our camp population is multi-cultural and has ranged in age from 5-12.The campers' learning styles and abilities have differed, but the staff works with all children to meet their individual needs.

ETSU Renaissance Camp Refund/Cancellation/Transfer Policy

Camp cancellation must  be received at least 10 business days prior to the first camp session, you will receive a refund of camp fee(s) minus a $25 or three percent processing fee (whichever is greater) for credit card charges and administrative costs for each registration canceled.

Requests for camp cancellations must be made in writing by emailing 

No refunds will be given after the first class meeting.

We are happy to transfer your child from one camp to another, or you  may send a substitute in their place; however, because decisions to go  with or cancel camps are made in advance, no transfers can be made within 10 business days prior to the beginning of the camp from which the transfer is requested. 

If we cancel a camp for any reason, you will receive a full refund. 

ETSU Office of Professional Development reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or combine camps and substitute qualified instructors when necessary.

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