Summer Youth Activity Program

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The aim of the Rice University Summer Youth Activity Program is to introduce children (aged 6 to 11) to a variety of sport and recreational activities in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Our staff of instructors and counselors consists of students from Rice and other area universities, as well as professionals trained in education and recreation. It is our goal to provide each participant with age appropriate instruction and an exciting and memorable experience. Participants will spend their summer having fun, meeting new friends and being physically active. A summer with SYAP will leave your child with a sense of physical, social, and emotional accomplishment and memories that will last a lifetime.

We're in the planning process and hopeful that we will be having SYAP this summer. Please check back for updates.

2021 Session Dates

Session One: TBA
Session Two: TBA
Session Three: TBA
Session Four: TBA

2021 Registration Dates and Prices


* A non-refundable deposit is required (per session) at the time of registration

Facility Location

All sessions will be held on the Rice University campus at the Recreation Center. The Recreation Center is located inside gate entrance #20 (Kent Street) off Rice Blvd. (The Recreation Center is the first large building on the right). Need a campus map? An online version is available (Click here).

Parent's Guide

To view our 2020 Parent's Guide, Click Here
(includes general expectations, drop-off and pick-up information, what to bring, etc.)

Lunch Program

The Summer Youth Activity Program partners with Rice Housing and Dining to provide families with a convenient and nutritious lunch program. Each day, SYAP campers who are enrolled in the lunch program receive a buffet style hot lunch, and can select from a variety of options. To view a sample menu, Click Here

*Please note: The Summer Youth Activity Program is not “nut free”. We do not prevent families from sending children to campus with lunches/snacks that might have nuts in them, and sell products in Concessions that may contain nuts. However, we will provide reasonable accommodations to protect the well-being of a child who has nut-related allergies. If your child has a nut allergy, please contact us to discuss the degree of severity prior to enrolling him/her in our program.

If Your Child/ren Takes Prescription Medication

Parents/legal guardians will be asked to complete a Medical Dosage form outlining instructions for dispensation. Please bring the Medical Dosage form and the medication in the original container with the prescription label to registration on the first day of the session. To download the Medical Dosage form, Click Here

Please Note

Any attempt to place your child in an age group that does not match his or her age will result in an added charge of $40 to your account, and will result in the cancellation of your registration.