From aviation and engineering to creative writing and mock trial, the UGA Summer Academy at UGA, offered by the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, are clearly meeting a need in the community.

Since the program was started in 2010, the number of one- and two-week programs has doubled and the number of tweens and teens enrolling in the programs has tripled.

One reason is that the Summer Academy at UGA programs are geared to an older group than traditional camps in the area, said Jen Schumann, summer academy programming coordinator for the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

“In addition, I think our small class sizes really give students direct one-on-one contact with specialists in the area they are interested in,” Schumann said. “I think the turning point in our growth was adding the overnight option and online waiting lists. Once we started taking waiting list names, we were able to see where the demand was and create additional sessions of those camps in order to accommodate more students.”

2010 – 210 students, 15 camps

2011 – 284 students, 23 camps

2012 – 357 student, 22 camps

2013 – 394 students, 22 camps

2014 – 562 total students, 34 camps

2015 – 637 total students, 32 camps