Future Leader Summer Camp at UGA

Do you want to combine your passion of helping young children while also building your leadership abilities for now and the future? Join us in the department of Human Development & Family Science for a week of hands-on activities to strengthen your leadership skills, along with a service project in the classrooms at the McPhaul Center/Child Development Lab.

Get ready to learn creative activities in nutrition, fine & gross motor skills, STEM explorations, and sensory that foster brain development with children. Students will design projects to define leadership and ways to volunteer and serve their communities, including youth-serving organizations and Non-profit organizations.

This youth leadership experience will include a trip to the Ramsey Center to discover team building strengths on the ropes/challenge course. A visit to Sandy Creek Nature Center will provide students the ability to assist young children on trail hikes while completing their Volunteer training program. Sessions of Yoga & interpersonal explorations will help youth use mindfulness approaches to understanding their own emotions and relationships.

Participants will earn a Certificate in Leadership & Service in Child Development and Basic First Aid.

Ages: 13-15

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, July 9, 2018 to Friday, July 13, 2018
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $370

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $840

This course is designed for all students with no prerequisite requirements.


Julie Patterson serves as an Academic Advisor in the Student Success and Advising Center in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She shares the responsibility of advising Human Development and Family Science majors, and she advises all students in the Child Life Emphasis. In addition to advising, Julie is an adjunct part-time instructor in HDFS. Julie is a proud FACS alum. She received a B.S.F.C.S. in Child and Family Development: PreK-2nd Grade Emphasis, earning her teacher certification, as well as a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy Education: Children’s Literature Emphasis, both from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining FACS as a staff member in 2010, Julie taught kindergarten at Statham Elementary for 7 years. This is Julie’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you two weeks before camp begins.