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Registration for 2014 camps opens January 6!
Spend part of your summer at The Second City where you can exercise your creative energies in our improvisation and comedy writing camps. Our summer programs attract students from all over the country and abroad. Learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy Chicago in the summer.
Summer camps are two weeks long with classes on Monday through Friday each week. At the end of the camp, students present a show for their family and friends on one of the Second City stages. Students are also treated to a special performance by The Second City National Touring Company and an end-of-camp pizza party.
Summer 2014 Schedule:
Camp 1 - June 9-20
Camp 2 - June 23-July 3 (no July 4)
Camp 3 - July 7-18
Camp 4 - July 21-August 1
Camp 5 - August 4-15
Camp 6 - August 18-22 (one week)
Registration closes by 5pm on the Friday before a camp starts. After-camp workshops can still be booked until the first day of camp if space is available, but online registration may be closed.
Tuition for the 2014 camps is $760. Please note all tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Students are grouped by age, and there are generally multiple sections of each age group. Student pairing requests cannot be taken. When registering a student, the parent/guardian must create a profile for themselves first and then add the student as a family member before completing the registration.
The Second City Training Center has a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. The application deadline for summer 2013 was April 1, 2013; late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of a decision by May 11--no phone calls or emails please.
Have questions? Please check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). The answers to most questions can be found on the FAQ, but if you need more information contact Youth Program Manager Jeff Gandy at email@example.com.
Coming from out of town? The Second City Training Center does not provide housing for camp students. See our "Where to Stay" list for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area.
Improv & Sketch Comedy
Mornings (10am-12:30pm): Explore the fundamentals of improvisation as taught and performed at The Second City. Develop skills like creative thinking, self-confidence, listening, brainstorming, team building, empathy and communication, while having loads of fun and laughs.
Afternoons (1-3:30pm): Learn the basics of sketch comedy scenes - the building block of any Second City show. Study classic Second City scenes, use improvisation to develop scenes and create original sketches.
Extended days available with post-camp workshops! Students registering for the extended day must be participating in Improv & Sketch.
Camp students must attend both full weeks in order to participate.
Want to stay after camp and learn some new skills? Post-camp workshops meet 9 times during each camp session: Monday through the second Thursday of the two-week camp period, 3:45pm-5pm. Post-camp workshops are $150.
EARLY REGISTRATION BONUS! Enroll in camp by January 31, 2014 and get $50 off the post-camp workshop!
Clowning Around (ages 11-12): Have some fun and earn your red nose! Students will learn the basics of clowning including physical comedy, solo improvisation, and mime. A three-ring great time for all!
Digital Shorts (ages 13-14): Enjoy watching videos on FunnyorDie and YouTube? Then join us in this workshop that will teach creative process used to create your own video shorts.
Stand-up (ages 15-18): Come develop your personal style as a stand-up comedian as we focus on developing material, stage presence and delivery.
Post-camp workshops are only open to students enrolled in the Summer Camps.