SAME STEM Camps

Mission

SAME has been supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) events for over 30 years and conducting camps for almost 20 years. Our camps are world-class and feature a very impressive record of producing thousands of engineers and STEM leaders. They provide a rigorous experience for students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond. Each camp has a unique curriculum that generally features hands-on activities conducted in a competitive environment that promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving.

 

2022 Engineering & Construction Camp applications are now closed. Check back in December 2022 for next year!

Acceptances will be sent out on April 22, 2022

STEM Camps Eligibility

About SAME Camps

About SAME CAMPS. Each summer, SAME Camps provide aspiring engineering students from across the country an opportunity for hands-on learning in collaboration with military engineers and SAME members.

The week-long camps, held in conjunction with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps are designed for high school students who excel in math, science and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or a related field in college. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed services. Many former campers have gone on to STEM careers in both the military and civilian capacity and come back to the camp as mentors.

If you are interested, your first step is to determine if you are eligible and then go through the application process for the camp you select.

Am I Eligible?

To qualify for consideration, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 15 years old and have completed their freshman year of high school at the time he/she departs for camp.
  • For the US Army Camp, you must have completed your sophomore year in high school.
  • Be enrolled in school at the time of the camp.
  • Be on a high school track that will provide a basis for attending an accredited engineering college or university (i.e., taking appropriate math and science courses).
  • Have an intent to pursue a degree in architecture, engineering or a related field.
  • Have demonstrated leadership characteristics through participation in extra-curricular activities, sports, and/or community activities.
  • Be physically fit and healthy.
  • Be of high moral character.
  • Students cannot attend more than one SAME Camp in the same year.

There are more details on the Camp Application.

Additional Information for the U.S. Air Force Academy Camp:

  • If the student is completing their junior year of high school, they must provide proof of an expressed interest in applying to a Service Academy or ROTC Program (this does not include JROTC).
  • Proof of being a qualified applicant.

Questions?

Contact Jeannine Finton, Camps Program Manager.

STEM Camper Alumni

STEM Camper Alumni

Congratulations on becoming an alumnus of a SAME camp. We hope you continue to strengthen and grow the relationships you developed while at camp. Here are more resources you can access as camp alumni.

SAME College Scholarship Application

SAME offers former campers from any of the camps an opportunity to compete for a $5,000 scholarship (four-year, continuing scholarship with annual stipends of $1,250).

In addition to having attended a SAME camp, qualified applicants must be high-school seniors preparing to enter college and who will major in engineering, architecture, or other STEM field. The scholarship is not intended for those who have already been accepted to a service academy.

Download the application instructions and submission form

SAME Membership

Student members represent the next generation of innovative STEM thinkers ready to take on society’s challenges. Recognizing the need to cultivate this valuable asset, SAME offers FREE membership to all full-time students enrolled in high school, 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities (through the undergraduate level), trade schools, and military academies.

Go to the student member section for information on member benefits and how to join.

What is SAME?

A professional organization that supports your technical knowledge and career development. SAME offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities to help you stay current on issues facing the nation.

The benefits to joining SAME include:

  • Scholarships ––SAME provides over $1M in scholarship money annually from the national society and our local Posts.
  • Opportunities to serve as a camp mentor.
  • Contacts at College chapters to learn more about the college experience.
  • Participation in a Virtual Student Chapter, an online community of STEM interested students.
  • Free attendance to SAME national conferences and training events.
  • Networking with other SAME members.
  • Access to cutting-edge professional development opportunities.
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities at the local, regional and national levels to grow your skills.

Join SAME today to start building your professional network! In addition, you can also follow SAME on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to begin engaging with the organization.

Student Chapters

Student Chapters promote the goals and objectives of SAME and encourage the advancement of careers in STEM by connecting college students with private, public, and military professionals.

Student Chapters are listed in the Post directory. Scroll through the list to find a chapter near you.

Can't find a SAME Student Chapter? Take lead and start one! Find relevant information under the College Outreach Committee on how to start a Student Chapter in your local school or university. Students interested in starting a Student Chapter should contact the nearest SAME Post and ask for a mentor to assist them.

The Military Engineer

Want to keep up on what’s happening in the world of engineering, then read The Military Engineer, the official journal of SAME. Originally published as Professional Memoirs, since 1909, TME has been the leading voice championing the contributions, the achievements, and the legacy of military engineers and those aligned with ensuring the national security of the United States.

View the Special Inserts on the SAME camps

Sept/Oct Issue, 2016 | Sept/Oct issue, 2017

 

Mentor & Staff

Mentors, Assistant Mentors, Squad Leaders & Staff Application Instructions

Be a Camp Mentor or Camp Staff

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) annual STEM Engineering & Construction Camps offer Young Members, Non-commissioned Officers, teachers, strategic partner staff, and individuals with a STEM background a valuable opportunity to support tomorrow’s leaders and STEM professionals.

The success of the SAME camp program depends on the experience and talents contributed by the staff, cadets, college students, and other volunteers that come from our many SAME Posts and partner organizations. They fill critical mentor and staff roles.

As part of the 2022 camp season, SAME is recruiting candidates for the following positions:

  • Mentors – 8-20 per camp
  • Assistant Mentors/Squad Leaders - 4 to 10 per camp
  • Support Loggies – 3 to 10 per camp
  • Staff – 3 to 10 per camp

Want to know what being a camp mentor is like?

Kate Staebell, US Army Corps of Engineers, a 2013 camper, shares her reflections as a 2019 mentor for the SAME Army E&C camp.
(sponsored by the Rock Island Post),

Know someone that would make a good mentor or staff?

Have them submit an application

Instructions are detailed below.

The 2022 E&C camps

Mentors should plan on arriving a day or two before the camp starts for orientation.

US Army Engineering & Construction Camp US Marine Corps Engineering and Construction Camp US Navy STEM Engineering and Construction Camp US Air Force Academy Engineering & Construction Camp US Air Force Engineering & Construction Camp
Vicksburg, MS
June 12-18, 2022
Camp director: Henry A Dulaney
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC
June 19-25, 2022
Camp director: Joe Angell
Port Hueneme, CA
June 19-25, 2022
Camp director: Allison J Cantu
Colorado Springs, CO
Date: June 23-29, 2022
Camp director: Scott Prosuch
Senior mentor: Monica Kent
Scott Air Force Base, IL
Date: July 24-30, 2022
Camp director: Nicole R Gunyon

In-Person Camps
Mentors, Assistant Mentors, & Squad Leaders

Mentors, Assistant Mentors (AM), and Squad Leaders spend the week (though some camps can accommodate shorter-term commitments) at a camp working with outstanding high school students from around the world. These individuals are assigned to groups of students to help guide, train, educate, coach, lead, and mentor the campers through each day’s activities. Mentors and AMs will work with the staff and students from first call in the morning until lights out and be with the campers 24 hours per day for the week of the camp. Additionally, mentors and AMs are asked to stay in contact with their campers after the camp is over, continue in the mentoring process, and assist in guiding the student in their future academic and professional choices.

Support Loggies

Loggies spend the week working to provide the logistical materials and supplies for all camp activities. They serve as back up support for the mentors, Assistant Mentors, and Squad Leaders. Shorter term commitments may be possible.

Criteria for Mentors:

  • Ideally a SAME member, or member of another professional organization, sustaining member or strategic partner staff, or a teacher with a STEM background
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to successfully pass background check
  • Record of active participation in SAME or another organization.
  • Obtain an endorsement from the organization sponsoring you, such as the Post President, Post STEM Coordinator, or a Fellow of your SAME Post or another leader in your organization.
  • Have experience in mentoring/coaching young students
  • Preference is given to mentors that can spend the entire week at camp. However, the priority is to have mentors that are FULLY engaged (mentors and assistant mentors are encouraged to minimize distractions from mobile devices, emails, phone calls, etc.), so shorter-term commitments may be possible
  • Experienced and working in the STEM field, including teachers – we encourage a very broad and diverse set of STEM backgrounds to provide better exposure for the campers
  • Be physically fit – you will be on your feet much of the day

Criteria for Assistant Mentors, Squad Leaders, and Support Loggies:

  • Have experience in mentoring/coaching young people
  • Available for the duration of the camp
  • Be physically fit – you will be on your feet most all day
  • Must be able to successfully pass background check

In addition, to apply for a position at the Air Force Academy camp, you must be:

  • College/Academy student in a STEM major
  • Enrolled in a ROTC program (preferred but not required)

Staff Positions

Some camps need individuals to support the camp in a staff or leadership role. If considering volunteering, you should contact the specific camp to assess what the needs are. Positions include:

  • Event Leaders — Lead an event by providing basic instruction, guidance and feedback on the unit'’ execution of the event.
  • Logistics, transportation, curriculum assistant, first aid

Criteria for Staff Positions

  • Ideally a SAME member, or member of another professional organization, sustaining member or strategic partner staff, or a teacher with a STEM background
  • Record of active participation in SAME or another organization
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to successfully pass background check
  • Obtain an endorsement from the organization sponsoring you, such as the Post President or a Fellow of your SAME Post or another leader in your organization
  • Have experience in volunteering or working in a camp environment.
  • Some staff positions may require a full week-long commitment. The priority is to have staff that are FULLY engaged (staff are encouraged to minimize distractions from mobile devices, emails, phone calls, etc.). Shorter-term assignments may be arranged. Some event positions are for a specific period
  • Experienced and working in the STEM field, including teachers – we encourage a very broad and diverse set of STEM backgrounds to provide better exposure for the campers
  • Be physically fit – you will be on your feet much of the day. Those engaged as logistics support should be able to occasionally lift 50 lbs.

Application Process (Deadline to submit: TBD)

  • Submit an application using the link below
  • Completed applications will be forwarded to the individual camp directors who will make the final selections
  • Camp directors will contact the selected applicants to coordinate travel instructions and go over roles and responsibilities

Submit your Mentor/Staff Application

Got questions about serving as a mentor/staff

contact the specific camp director, or email the STEM Coordinator Jeannine Finton.

Please note: Mentors/Assistant Mentors/Squad Leaders/Loggies are encouraged to ask their Post, organization, or firm to fully support or mitigate their transportation cost. SAME will help connect you with a local Post for travel assistance. Airport pick-up, meals and lodging will be provided.

 

Camps Hosting

Host a Camp

For posts looking to host a camp, SAME has resources available to you.

Contact

Cindy Miller, Chair, SAME Camps Community of Interest

Jack Seibert, SAME National Asset on Camp Development, 404 660-9063

Video

Watch STEM Camp — How to start The Exploring Engineering Academy camp.

Partnering with BSA

Want to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to develop a camp or engineering merit badge event? SAME has a national agreement with the BSA’s Learning for Life Program. Please contact Jack Seibert to connect to the Boy Scouts.

Watch the BSA promotional video: "Exploring Engineering Academy".

STEM Activities

If you need assistance with activities as part of your camp curriculum, take a look at the Boy Scouts of America STEM related merit badge requirements.

View the list of STEM related merit badges.

 

US Army

US Army
Engineering and Construction Camp
US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg, MS
Date: June 12 - 18, 2022
Fee: $100 
Grades: Rising Junior or Senior as of Fall 2022

View the camp flyer to learn more

US Navy


Engineering and Construction Camp
Naval Construction Battalion Center
Port Hueneme, CA
June 19-June 25, 2022
Fee: $600.00
Grades: Rising Sophomore, Junior, Senior as of fall 2022

View the camp flyer to learn more

US Air Force


Engineering and Construction Camp
Scott Air Force Base
Scott AFB, IL
Date: July 25 - 30, 2022
Fee: $600.00
Grades: Rising Sophomore, Junior, Senior as of fall 2022

View the camp flyer to learn more

US Air Force Academy


Engineering and Construction Camp
U.S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
Date: June 23 - 29, 2022
Fee: $600.00
Grades: Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior as of fall 2022

View the camp flyer to learn more

US Marine Corps


Engineering and Construction Camp
Camp Lejeune
Jacksonville, NC
Dates: June 19-25, 2022
Fee: $600.00
Grades: Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior as of Fall 2022

View the camp flyer to learn more

More about Our Mission

Campers are supervised by mentors made up of professional engineers, engineering students, military personnel, educators, and other STEM professionals. These mentors are committed to inspiring campers to pursue STEM in college. Mentors are also resources for the campers, providing long-term connections for our alumni.

Specific locations vary year to year. Additional information about the locations and registration information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Covid information: At this time SAME believes that all camps will operate in person during 2022. Specific guidance regarding vaccination and masking requirement will be available after March 2022.

Financial aid: Many SAME Posts provide full or partial sponsorship for camp fees.

Interested in promoting SAME Engineering & Construction Camps to schools in your area? Download this one-page flyer for an overview.

Exploring Engineering Camps

SAME also partners with the following camps to recruit participants. Please follow their links to apply to these specific programs:

  • SAME-Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Exploring Engineering STEM Academy.  Participants will be exposed to different engineering disciplines and hear from STEM professionals from local engineering societies like SAME, ASCE, IEEE, STE, GEF, etc. We forwarded all the campers the registration link. Fee is $1100. BSA administers this camp
  • US Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission. Registration is handled by the US Coast Guard Academy directly.

Partner Camps

Logistics and registration for these camps are managed by our partners

SAME Atlanta Post and Boy Scouts of America, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Please refer to each specific link for more information.

SAME Mission

“Build leaders and lead collaboration among government and industry to develop multidisciplined solutions to national security infrastructure challenges.”


SAME Atlanta Post/BSA

Exploring Engineering STEM Academy

When: June 6 - 10, 2022
Where: Georgia Tech
Grades: Rising 9th - 12th grade
Fee: $1200

 

USNA SUMMER STEM Programs

Summer STEM :: Admissions :: USNA

Thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program. Applications open now, closing March 31, 2022.

Learn more about the Summer STEM Programs and apply

 

US Coast Guard Academy

Academy Introduction Mission

US Coast Guard Academy
New London, CT
Dates: Session I: 3-8 July: Session II: 10-15 July, Session III: 17-22 July
Cost: $750
Grade: Rising Senior as of Fall 2022

SAME works with the Coast Guard to offer sponsorships to 10 students who have previously attended an SAME Camp. Mention SAME in the application.

 

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USNA SUMMER STEM Programs

 

Thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program. Applications open now, closing March 31, 2022.

Learn more about the summer camp and apply

 

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