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Youth Academy

Learn how to maximize your potential by taking advantage of the many youth offerings at College of DuPage. It's never too early to develop an appreciation of lifelong learning.

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Young students in kitchen

Youth Academy students exploring culinary arts in our Culinary Center.

Students posing in front of a bus

Explorers Day Camp field trip.

Students soldering

Youth Academy students soldering as part of our manufacturing camp.

Students using a microscope

Youth Academy students expanding their scientific skills while learning how to use a microscope.

Youth students practicing archery

Summer Camp fun, Youth Academy students trying they hand at archery.

Youth and High School Programs

Click on the program titles below to find more information about our offerings for students in Kindergarten through High School.

Youth Enrichment: Academic and enrichment classes are offered throughout the year for students in elementary and middle school. Explore exciting STEM topics or gain additional practice in school subjects.

Junior High Achievers: Students entering grades 7 and 8 are invited to explore high school curriculum among a group of peers in classes modeled after high school standards.

High School Programs: Elective and academic options throughout the year include test preparation, tutoring and our new summer refresher series.

Talent Search: Summer courses for academically gifted students scoring in the ninetieth percentile.

Summer Camps: Explorer Camps provide all-day fun for students entering kindergarten to grade six. Students entering grades seven to ten can participate in the Counselor Training program or Teen X-Treme Camps.

Private Music Lessons

Tutoring: Professional tutoring is available in a variety of topics including English, Math, Science and Standardized ACT and SAT Test Prep.

Free Activity Videos

Merit Badges

Earn your Boy Scouts of America merit badges at College of DuPage. Camps are led by a certified merit badge counselor and different topics will be offered throughout the year. 

To be contacted when sessions are created, email the Youth Coordinator at and include the student's name, age and a phone number at which you can be reached.

Spring 2024

BSA Welding and Metalwork Merit Badges
Complete all the requirements to earn your Welding and Metalwork Merit Badges. Learn about welding and metalwork hazards, safety precautions, processes and terms, various cutting methods and career
opportunities in the industry. A certified merit badge counselor will lead participants as they demonstrate metalworking and welding skills, creating a project to take home. Participants should bring a sack lunch.

  • Requirements:
    • In grades 7 through 10
    • Approval from your unit leader
    • Read the welding and metalwork merit badge pamphlets prior to camp
    • Participants must wear closed-toed shoes, full-length denim pants, a long-sleeve cotton shirt and have long hair tied back

Friday, Jan. 5, 2024
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Campus Glen Ellyn
YEEXC-0002-200, $99

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Campus Glen Ellyn
YEEXC-0002-201, $99

Register online or call (630) 942-2208.

In-Person Required Forms

All students registered in Youth Enrichment, Talent Search or Summer Camp in-person programs must have a completed Student Code of Conduct and Medical Release Form on file on the first day of their camp or class. Parents and guardians may bring completed copies of these required forms on the first day or complete them during sign-in. The high school programs have a separate set of required forms, find more information at

Online Opportunities and Forms

All online courses require access to a reliable internet connection, a personal computer, webcam, and microphone. Registered students are required to submit online waivers for program.

Please be advised: registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses. All students must have a completed copy of the Youth Academy Online Waiver on file at least 2 business days prior to the start of class. Completed forms should be emailed to

Cancellations and Refunds 

In the event of a class cancellation or student drop, College of DuPage Continuing Education will issue a refund to the name associated with the enrolled course. In order for a parent to receive the refund in their name, they will need to complete the following Parent Refund Form for Youth Academy Participants. This form needs to be completed no later than one week after the payment has been made for the course.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Front Desk Hours
  • Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Office hours may vary due to holidays and staff coverage.