Summer Youth Activity Program

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The aim of the Rice University Summer Youth Activity Program is to introduce children (aged 8 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.


The Rice University Summer Youth Activity Program staff is excited to announce that we will be back in action for Summer 2021 pending final approval from Campus! Now don't go too crazy yet - there is still much we don't know about this ever unfolding pandemic. Our numbers might be smaller, and our days may look different, but we're feeling increasingly optimistic about holding a high quality, in-person camp this summer! You can find all the latest updates - including session dates and registration details - right here, so be sure and check this site often!

2021 Session Dates

Waitlists available for all sold out sessions.
Session One: June 14 - June 18
Session Two: June 21 - June 25
Session Three: July 5 - July 9
Session Four: July 12 - July 16
Session Five: July 19 - July 23
Session Six: July 26 - July 30
Session Seven: August 2 - August 6
Session Eight: August 9 - August 13

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2021 Registration Dates and Prices

Rice Faculty/Staff
Pricing: $325/Week
Registration Date/Time: Tuesday, March 23 at 12:00 p.m. until Wednesday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Rice Alumni and Returning Families
Pricing: $325/Week
Registration Date/Time: Friday, March 26 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pricing: $340/Week
Registration Date/Time: Monday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m. until all sessions are full

Early Care Program
Pricing: $35/Week

Late Care Program
Pricing: $75/Week

* A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required (per session) at the time of registration
* All payments will be due in full on May 7, 2021

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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 2021 Parent's Guide, Click Here
(includes general expectations, drop-off and pick-up information, what to bring, etc.)

Parent Info Session - Full Recording

Click the following link to watch the info session: SYAP Summer 2021 - Parent Info Session

Mask Mandate

Masks are mandatory indoors for all unvaccinated individuals as well as all SYAP staff except during lunch.


Participants in the Summer Youth Activity Program are required to bring a lunch daily. To keep our campers physically distanced during lunch, we are asking all campers to bring a beach towel to sit on during lunch.

*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.