Camps

Offering engaging, high-quality summer learning camps for elementary and middle school students

Registration for our Summer 2023 camps opens Saturday, March 4 at 8 AM!

Camp Schedule

We offer week-long half-day and full-day camps over five weeks every summer. Half-day camps take place from 9 AM-12 PM or 1-4 PM Monday through Friday. Full-day camps are from 9 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday.

Registration for our 2023 camps will open on Saturday, March 4 at 8 am at BrightLights.org.

Camp Locations

Bright Lights main program site for Summer 2023 is Roper Elementary School, located at 2323 S. Coddington Ave in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is where 75% of our camps will be held.

Our International Week camps will be held at Lux Middle School, 7800 High Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Our remaining camps are held at community sites. Directions are available for all Bright Lights camp sites and field trip locations. For additional camp information, please visit our FAQ and Policies pages.

Camp Cost

The program fee for each half-day camp is $135. Additional fees may apply.

The program fee for each full-day camp is $280 and includes supervised lunch care. (Students bring a sack lunch.) Additional fees may apply.

Need-based scholarships are available.

Testimonials

“I was so impressed with the program! The teachers and content were excellent, and they had so much FUN while learning. My children attended thanks to the scholarship program (the only way we could have attended) and, it being our first year, I was a bit uneasy that my kids would be singled out because of this. But there was no distinction between them and anyone else, and they learned so much in a healthy environment. It was one of the best uses of their time this summer.”
-- Scholarship Recipient
“We were impressed by the quality of instruction and activities provided. Our child was doing high school/college-level work and allowed to explore and discover."
-- Parent
"This is our family's second year attending Bright Lights and I continue to be impressed. Thank you for making learning so much fun and a camp my kids are excited to attend."
-- Parent
"We came from out of state for my daughter to attend two camps this week. I had attended as a kid and now that she’s old enough to participate it looked like a great way for her to learn, grow and have fun!"
-- Parent and Former Bright Lights Student
"My kids LOVE Bright Lights! It gives them something fun and challenging to do during the summer. We will do camps until the girls age out, and then they will probably volunteer to help!"
-- Parent
"Thank you all for simply being you, providing a space for kids to be kids, try something new, be encouraged, grow their confidence and take lifelong things with them when they leave the building. We will most certainly be back."
-- Parent

Additional Camp Information

Before Care and Lunch Care Options

As a service to our families, Bright Lights also offers Before Care and Lunch Care.

Before Care takes place from 7:30 – 9 AM Monday through Friday for registered students for $20 per week. During this time, students participate in supervised and organized activities until their camp begins. For Summer 2023, this program is only available to be added on to camps taking place at Roper Elementary School during Program Weeks 1, 4 and 5 (June 5-9, June 26-30, and July 10-14).

Lunch Care takes place from 12 – 1 PM Monday through Friday for registered students for $15 per week. Students bring their own sack lunch and Bright Lights’ staff provides supervision. For Summer 2023, this program is only available to be added on to camps taking place at Roper Elementary School during Program Weeks 1, 4 and 5 (June 5-9, June 26-30, and July 10-14).

Children of Military Deployed Parents

Bright Lights honors the children who have fathers or mothers currently deployed outside the U.S. Each dependent child will receive a half-price discount on one Bright Lights camp. For more information, please contact Bright Lights at 402-420-1115 ext. 46 prior to registering online.

Registration

Registration for Summer 2023 camps begins on March 4, 2023 at 8 AM at BrightLights.org.

Our camps are popular but registering as soon as you can after registration opens typically helps students get into the camp(s) of their choice.

Registrations are only taken online and registration closes one week before the start date of the camp. No on-site registrations will be accepted.

Who Can Register for Camps?

Bright Lights camps are offered for students who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade. Enroll by the student’s current grade as of March 2023.

To Register

Once registration opens, visit BrightLights.org and click on the registration button. Just like any other online shopping, select all the camps you want for all the students you are registering for and put them into your cart.

Once you have all of the camps you want in your cart you will proceed through the registration process, assigning each camp to a particular student. If you have not previously signed up for a Bright Lights camp, you will create an account at this time with Active Network as part of the registration process. Please remember your login information so you can access your account in the future (including registering again next year!).

If a camp is full at the time of registering, you can choose to be placed on a wait list for a specific camp. If there is an opening, you will be contacted by the Bright Lights office.

NOTE: Custodial parents with court-ordered custody issues that may affect your student during Bright Lights classes should contact Renee Ford at the Bright Lights office, 402-420-1115 ext 41, prior to the program week.

Registration Tips

Scholarships

Through the generous donations of committed community organizations and individuals, Bright Lights is able to offer need-based scholarships to students again this year.

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