SAME Camps


SAME Camps


SAME Camps Update, July 30, 2020


The SAME Virtual STEM Camp at the USNA is off to a great week. Campers have been been meeting with USNA faculty all week to hear about different STEM concepts and receive their daily activity instructions. During the week, they have also been meeting with a corps of SAME mentors providing activity and career guidance. Thanks to the SAME posts, mentor volunteers, and USNA STEM Center and USNA Office of Admissions faculty and staff who have worked diligently to provide an excellent virtual STEM experience.







SAME Camps Update, July 13, 2020


SAME Announces First Virtual STEM Camp

In Collaboration with the US Naval Academy

Made Possible by a Network of Sponsoring Posts

In May, SAME and the Camps COI had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the 2020 camps season in response to the COVID19 virus. There were simply too many variables to consider to keep the campers, staff, mentors, and other volunteers safe and healthy to stay open. Fortunately, SAME and the Camps COI quickly regrouped to identify an alternative.

For the past two months, SAME has had the pleasure of working with the STEM Center at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) to design and conduct the first Virtual STEM Camp. The SAME Virtual STEM Camp at USNA is not meant as a substitute for the Engineering & Construction camps originally planned. But we are thankful to still be able to provide campers a chance to explore STEM themes and activities this summer.

The virtual program will run from July 27-31, 2020. During this experience, campers will participate in live classroom sessions with USNA faculty, officer-led seminars on science disciplines, and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian museums, closing with a judged STEM competition. Breakout groups will help connect campers to a corps of SAME mentors throughout the week.

Due to other camp or work commitments, not all the E&C campers are able to attend the virtual STEM camp, but over 160 campers will be joining the US Naval Academy the last week of July.

This virtual camp experience is being offered FREE of charge to all the campers that were part of our Engineering & Construction camp selection process thanks to the generous support of the following SAME Posts:

Albuquerque      Cincinnati Kentuckiana Omaha Sacramento
Anchorage  DelMarVa Kittyhawk Orange County       San Antonio
Arkansas  Denver Lake Michigan Oxnard San Diego
Atlanta Emerald Coast Mobile Panama City San Francicso
Baltimore Ft. Leonard Wood     Narragansett Bay Philadelphia Scott Field
Big Sky Great Basin Nashville Pikes Peak Seattle
Cape Fear Hampton Roads New York Capital District      Pittsburgh St. Louis
Central VA Huntington Norther Virginia Robins AFB Tampa Bay
Chicago Huntsville New York City Rock Island Vicksburg 
        Washington, DC 

This year, Posts are sponsoring the camp, versus specific campers. However, we are matching all the campers to a “sponsoring” Post so they can still conduct any local engagement with their campers as in previous summers. Even though sponsorship funds are not being used as one-to-one camper sponsorships, Posts should still feel attached to your campers. They are still able to attend because of their aggregated support.

THANK YOU to all the sponsoring Posts!!

If you have questions, please contact Eddie Gonzalez, Camps Program Manager.


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.

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.

Download the 2020 Camps flyer


2020 Engineering & Construction Camp applications are now closed
Applications for the 2021 Camp Season should be available in December, 2020. If you would like to be notified when they open, email Eddie Gonzalez, Camps Program Manager.

Engineering and Construction Camps

Engineering and Construction Camps
Are you on an engineering track in high school? Do you want to work as part of a real engineering or construction project team this summer? The Engineering and Construction Camps provide students an opportunity to broaden their engineering knowledge and apply problem solving techniques while competing among their teams.

US Army Engineering and Construction Camp
US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg, MS
2020 Dates: June 14-20, 2020
Cost: $100

View camp information.

US Navy STEM Engineering and Construction Camp
Naval Construction Battalion Center
Port Hueneme, CA
Corresponding Posts: Oxnard-Ventura, Orange County
2020 Dates: June 21-27, 2020
Cost: $600

View camp information.

US Air Force Academy Engineering and Construction Camp
US Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
Corresponding Post: Pikes Peak
2020 Dates: June 24-30, 2020
Cost: $600

View camp information.

US Air Force Engineering and Construction Camp
Scott Air Force Base
Scott AFB, IL
Corresponding Post: Scott Field
2020 Dates: July 19-25, 2020
Cost: $600

View camp information.

US Marine Corps Engineering and Construction Camp
Camp Lejeune
Jacksonville, NC
Corresponding Post: Coastal Carolina
2020 Dates: June 21-27, 2020
Cost: $600

View camp information.

Exploring Engineering Camps

Exploring Engineering Camps
Are you on an engineering/STEM track in high school and/or looking to pursue an engineering career in college. Explore the various engineering career opportunities that exist in the real world by attending an Exploring Engineering Camp and see what engineers graduates really do. Find a career path that will excite you for life.

Exploring Engineering Academy
(Apply directly through BSA Atlanta Area Council)

Georgia Tech University
Atlanta, Georgia
Corresponding Post: Atlanta
2020 Dates: May 31 - June 5, 2020
Cost: $1100

View Camp Information and Register here.
View the flyer here.
Sign up to be a mentor or chaperone here.
Camp POC: Richard Morales (Atlanta Post) and ‚ÄčFaye Hammonds (Boys Scouts of America)

Savannah Engineering Academy
(Apply directly through Savannah Engineering Academy)

Armstrong State University - Armstrong Campus
Savannah, GA
Corresponding Post: Savannah
2020 Dates: TBD (early June)
Cost: TBD

View Camp Information.
View the sample 2019 agenda.
Camp POC: Cristy Lawrence, City of Savannah

Academy Introduction Mission
(Apply directly through US Coast Guard Academy)

US Coast Guard Academy
New London, CT
Corresponding Post: Narragansett Bay Post
2020 Dates: Session I: July 5-10; Session II: July 12-17; Session III: July 19-24
Cost: $525

View Camp Information and Register.
Camp POC: LT Jay Shirey, Narragansett Bay Post and U.S. Coast Guard


STEM Camps/STEM Days

STEM Camps and STEM Days are conducted by Posts across the country. In some cases, participation is limited to a certain geographic area or target audiences. Relevant details are listed below.

John Jay Science & Engineering Academy (SEA) STEM Festival (FEST)
John Jay Science & Engineering Academy

San Antonio, TX
Corresponding Post: San Antonio
2020 Dates: TBD
Cost: Free for students and family members to attend

Registration open only to the San Antonio area participants.

Camp POC: Kelly O'Kane II

Society of Design Administration (SDA) San Antonio Chapter Design Treasures Event
San Antonio Independent School District: Loma Park Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Corresponding Post: San Antonio
2019 Dates: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Cost: Free for 4th and 5th grade students in participating local elementary school; Post provides $500 - $1,000 sponsorship to help with cost of event

Registration open only to students in the participating elementary school.

Camp POC: Loretta Rodriquez.

Exploring STEM Camp
University of Guam, Guam
Corresponding Post: Guam
2020 Dates: June 2020 TBD
Cost: TBD
Camp Director: ENS Christopher Bishop, CEC, US Navy

New Jersey National Guard STEAM Day and STEAM CAMP
Held as part of the New Jersey National Guard’s Youth Camp.

STEAM Day is a one day introduction to technology as part of a five day summer camp for middle school aged students.  

STEAM Camp is a multi-day residential camp designed for high school kids with a deeper immersion in uses of science and technology in the military.  

Participation is limited to NJ Guard families and other families in uniformed services in Sea Girt, NJ.
Corresponding Post: New Jersey
2020 Dates:
Cost: TBD
STEAM Director: Marshall Robert

Engineering Explorer Program
Denver Metro Area
Corresponding Post: Denver Metro Post
2020 Dates: 7 consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 14th and ending February 25, 2020.
Cost: $20.00

Registration open only to the Denver area participants.
Camp POC: George Rasmussen

See Camp flier.
See Camp information sheet.
See the Camp handbook.

BSA Engineering Merit Badge Day
US Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
Corresponding Post: Pikes Peak Post
2020 Dates: TBD (likely a Saturday in the Fall around October 1)
Cost: $12-18

Registration is open nationwide to participants to any participant that can attend the event.
Point of Contact: Todd Cartwright, Pikes Post President

Young Women’s STEM Day
US Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak Post
Colorado Springs, CO
Corresponding Post: Pikes Peak
2020 Dates: Spring 2020
Cost: TBD
Point of Contact: Todd Cartwright, Pikes Post President

SAME/MacDill STEM Camp for Military Kids
MacDill Air Force Base and Tampa Post
Tampa, FL
Corresponding Post: Tampa
2020 Dates: TBD
Cost: TBD
Point of Contact: Donna Cline (Tampa Post)


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