Youth Programs at Western

Global Connections Bellingham

Discover the fun of being on a college campus as you participate in engaging week-long summer enrichment programs designed to:

  • Combine academic and physical skill development
  • Create an environment for successful learning
  • Showcase and use real college facilities
  • Explore academic topics through hands-on enrichment
  • Develop leadership skills through recreational activities
  • Form new friendships with local and international students

Grades Grades 4-6
Date Mon. – Fri. for one week at a time from
July 25 – August 12, 2016
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Time 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location Western Washington University
Cost $170-180 per week  
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What participants are saying

“I learned a lot and it was fun meeting kids from another country.” – Global Connections student

“I liked how the teachers didn’t just show you stuff, they let you do it.” – Global Connections student

“My child was very impressed by how big, exciting and interesting college could be.” – Global Connections parent


Science Exploration

Week 1: July 27 – 31
Theme: Myth Busters

Week 2: August 3 - 7
Theme: Designing & Engineering
New from Old

Week 3: August 10 - 14
Theme: Simple Machines

For full details on each of our themes, please refer to our 2015 course themes matrix.

Start the morning with enrichment activities that encourage exploration and discovery utilizing university facilities and equipment. Morning enrichment will focus on science and provide an opportunity for local and international Korean youth to build connections. Lunch in Western’s all-you-can-eat cafeteria (except Wednesday) and a field trip on Wednesdays are included at no additional cost. JLS Academy sponsors students from Korea and underwrites some program costs.

The afternoon will be filled with recreation activities in the award-winning Wade King Student Recreation Center (WKSRC) and on Western’s athletic fields, including swimming, rock climbing, archery, crafts and much more. The blend of academics and recreation provides an engaging and fun learning environment unique to a college campus.

Students are divided into classrooms to ensure an adult-to-student ratio of 1:10.

What to bring:

  • Two snacks and refillable water bottle; bring a lunch on Wednesdays
  • Sack lunch for Wednesday field trips
  • Attire for swimming and sporting activities (swimsuit, towel, tennis shoes)
  • Sunscreen and any other sports gear
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Parents must sign their children in and out each day; free 20-minute parking permits for easy drop-off and pick-up are provided.

Daily A.M. Schedule

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Check-in at classroom

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Entry activities, team building games

9:30 – 11:40 a.m.

Lessons based on theme

11:40 – 11:50 a.m.

Closing and clean-up

11:50 – 12:00 p.m.

Pack-up/wash hands

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch in cafeteria

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Walk to WKSRC


Daily P.M. Schedule

1:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Activity rotations (vary each day)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Pool time

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Check-out at WKSRC


WWU cafeteria lunch except on Wednesdays; bring your own lunch on Wednesdays

Field Trips

Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (subject to change)

  • July 29 - Woodland Park Zoo
  • August 5 - Pacific Science Center
  • August 12 - Birch Bay Water Slides
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$180 per week
$170 per week if registering for all three weeks

Costs include staffing, instructional/recreational equipment, materials and supplies, cafeteria meals and Wednesday field trips.

Camp costs are per child, per week.  All costs must be paid in full before your child is enrolled in camp sessions. Program costs are underwritten by JLS Academy. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

A full refund is granted if a program session is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure, vacations, special events, short-term illness or expulsion for disciplinary reasons. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to 12 working days prior to the first day of the scheduled session; a $50 weekly per session handling charge will be deducted. Refunds will not be granted for requests postmarked less than 12 days before your session begins.

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