Summer Camp

Exploring Harry Potter 



Western Illinois University’s (WIU) summer Harry Potter program is specifically designed to stimulate and challenge students who read and enjoy the Harry Potter series. Under the guidance of members of WIU’s English and chemistry departments and local artists, students can expand their enjoyment of the Harry Potter series while at the same time gaining valuable skills in literature, writing, science and art. 

Location  The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held on  campus and meet Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday, from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday, beginning at 8:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 3:30 p.m.
Dates   July 19-23, 2020
Included in the program
  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Art
Participation Criteria

22 of 24 spots are available

Program is open to students who will have completed grades fifth through seventh by the start of the program who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 24 students, so please register early.


Enrollment is limited to 24 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $300 commuter and $450 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad and Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program.


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Cost Commuter Cost: $300
Residential Cost: $450
Register before April 3, 2020 and receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarship

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.

Further Information: To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

Deadline Two weeks prior to the start of camp. 

Barbara Lawhorn

  • Barbara Lawhorn
  • Assistant Professor English
  • Western Illinois University

Rebekah Buchanan

  • Rebekah Buchanan  
  • Associate Professor English
  • Western Illinois University

Brian Bellot

  • Brian Bellot,
  • Assistant Professor Chemistry
  • Western Illinois University





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Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911