Renaissance Child Home
Variety of programs directed towards a child's specific and diverse interests.
Welcome to the Renaissance Child programs page!
We offer a variety of programs directed towards your child's specific and diverse interests. Programs are available year-round with different content, age groups, and educational levels. Click the links on the left to see program information and registration links. Any and all questions are welcome.
- To provide exciting, innovative, hands-on activities in the fields of science, mathematics and computer science.
- To encourage creative expression by providing a variety of art activities, as well as an opportunity for the children to write their own stories and poems.
- To create an awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by engaging
the children in various physical activities.
History Behind the Camp:
The Renaissance Child Camps are based on the premise that children of the Twenty First Century should be well rounded. They need, therefore to be exposed to a variety of academic, creative, and physical activities. Though the specific activities have changed from year-to-year (and camp-to-camp) these core activities have remained the same.
The idea for the camps was developed and implemented by Darla Dye, Director of the Office of Professional Development, and Patricia Williams, Coordinator of Enrichment Programs. They realized that there was a need for a quality full-day summer program for elementary-aged children; with all of the resources at East Tennessee State University, this need could be met.
The first Renaissance Child Camps were held in the summer of 2002, and the program has grown in popularity since that time. The camps run in five-day sessions, from 8:00 in the morning to 4:45 in the afternoon. The home base is on the main campus of East Tennessee State University. Since the camps utilize the science and computer labs, Charles Sherrod Library, classrooms at Rogers Stout Hall, and the Center for Physical Activity, a string of Renaissance Camp children, and their counselors walking across campus has become a familiar sight at ETSU!
The Renaissance Camp staff is made up of adults with expertise in our emphasis areas. Those who have worked in the camps include ETSU professors and instructors, certified teachers, college students, graduate students, and members of the community with specific interest areas. Our camp population is multi-cultural and has ranged in age from 5-12.The campers' learning styles and abilities have differed, but the staff works with all children to meet their individual needs.
ETSU Renaissance Camp Refund/Cancellation/Transfer Policy
Camp cancellation must be received at least 10 business days prior to the first camp session, you will receive a refund of camp fee(s) minus a $25 or three percent processing fee (whichever is greater) for credit card charges and administrative costs for each registration canceled.
Requests for camp cancellations must be made in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
No refunds will be given after the first class meeting.
We are happy to transfer your child from one camp to another, or you may send a substitute in their place; however, because decisions to go with or cancel camps are made in advance, no transfers can be made within 10 business days prior to the beginning of the camp from which the transfer is requested.
If we cancel a camp for any reason, you will receive a full refund.
ETSU Office of Professional Development reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or combine camps and substitute qualified instructors when necessary.
Renaissance Child Super Saturday Enrichment
ETSU's Office of Professional Development is pleased to offer the Renaissance Child Super Saturday Enrichment. Children ages 6-12 are invited to three Saturdays where hands-on science activities will be presented from 10:00 - 3:00.
On March 20, 2021, the first Super Saturday will include an introduction to Energy. There will be activities throughout the day centered around learning about different energy sources and how they can be utilized.
On April 24th, children will learn about chemistry by doing hands-on activities, using safe ingredients. The highlights will be chemistry with water. Miss Pat and Miss Kaylyn will lead the emerging mad scientists.
On May 15th, the activities will center around rocketry. Children will have the opportunity to launch their own hydro-rocket, as well as learn the process to produce "rocket fuel". They will have the opportunity to fly drones and learn about wind energy.
ETSU follows CDC guidelines, which includes limited enrollment and social distancing. Many activities will take place outdoors. Each child needs to bring their own lunch and to wear a mask.
The registration fee is $185 when registering for all three Super Saturdays or $75 each. Please call 800-222-3878 to register or click here!