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Extended Learning Opportunities/Camps

Not all of these events are KPS-sponsored. Please be advised that events may have sessions, speakers, or content that some parents feel is unsuitable for their children.  KPS recommends that all applicants and their parents review the event closely before students apply for attendance/consideration or parents send their children to the event.

Kearney Police Department Youth Citizens Academy


The Kearney Police Department is proud to present a free, INTERACTIVE, and HANDS-ON course designed to provide teens with a chance to learn about the day-to-day duties of a Kearney Police Officer. The purpose of the academy is to increase understanding of law enforcement by our community youth and to educate them in the everyday activities that a Kearney Police Officer has to perform.


This will be a 5-week academy, classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm starting May 30th, 2024 and ending the evening of June 27th, 2024. Presentations will include basic police duties, road patrol techniques, crime scene investigations, Emergency Service Unit/K-9 call outs and drug and alcohol investigations. Each academy class will be presented by the Kearney Police Department School Resource Officers.


Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2024 and go through April 30, 2024. The Academy is available to high school and middle school teens ages 14-18.    Applications may be picked up at the Kearney Law Enforcement Center, Kearney High School, Kearney Catholic, or on the City of Kearney website. Applications can be returned to the Kearney Police Department, 2025 A Ave, or emailed to Officer Nate [email protected]


Please contact Officer Nate Dennis with the Kearney Police Department with any questions.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (308)293-1885


UNK is offering two very exciting events for high school students that will take place on UNK's campus later this year.

APEs Camp Registration will open early March.    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to Jamila Bajelan.  [email protected]  | (308) 865-8001. 

The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is now accepting applications for a summer learning opportunity for high school students. The Raikes School is hosting its eighth year of “Innovate: The Raikes School Way,” led by Executive Director of the Raikes School, Dr. Steve Cooper. The summer camp was highlighted by Forbes in 2019:"STEM-Focused Summer Programs for Ambitious High School Students."

During the two-week, overnight camp students will: 

  • Learn basic programming skills and innovation concepts through a project-oriented curriculum 
  • Receive instruction from Raikes School faculty members and experience what classes can be like in the Raikes School 
  • Visit campus research labs and local employer partners 
  • Interact with Raikes School students and staff, all of whom play a key role in the competitive selection process to our program each year 


Key Details:

  • Innovate: The Raikes School Way is a great opportunity for high school students, with priority given to students in the high school graduating class of 2025.
  • No programming experience is necessary! (In fact, no experience is preferred)
  • Students in the graduating class of 2026 will be accepted on a space-available basis
  • The camp will be held at the Kauffman Academic Residential Center, home of the Raikes School, in the heart of Nebraska's City Campus from July 14-27, 2024.
  • Cost to attend is $2,050and covers all housing, meals, instruction, and activities associated with the camp.
  • Full and partial scholarships are available - students can apply for scholarships through the Summer Camp application.

Priority Application Deadline: May 6, 2024. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after May 6 as space is available

Please consider sharing this invitation with interested students, as well as teachers or community partners who may encourage students to apply.

Interested students can find more details and complete the application at

If you have any questions about the camp, please email Theresa Luensmann at [email protected].

Youth Energy Leadership Camp  (See linked flyer)

Date TBA, but typically is the second week of July for 5 consecutive days.

Camp Comeca near Cozad

  • Grades: Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
  • Cost: Free
  • Application deadline: TBA

Organized by the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, this camp gives an overview of the public power and electrical distribution industries. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are interested in a STEM-based career field should attend this week-long camp. Students will tour Gerald Gentleman Power Station and Kingsley Hydroelectric Power Plant, among typical camp activities like sport tournaments. The camp is traditionally held at the Nebraska 4-H Camp in Halsey. This event has been relocated to Camp Comeca near Cozad due to the devastating 2022 fire that destroyed the 4-H Camp. Dawson PPD will sponsor up to three students.



Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Youth who are sophomores or juniors in high school and have an

interest in learning about and developing their leadership potential are invited to apply for the Great Plains RYLA (Rotary

Youth Leadership Awards) program. Local Rotary Clubs will review applications, conduct interviews, and make final selections to send participants to Great Plains RYLA camp July 15-28, 2024 at Maranatha, Brady NE.

Rotary International is the oldest service organization with 1.2 million members worldwide. District 5630 has 34 active clubs in Central and Western Nebraska. RYLA is just one of the popular youth programs sponsored by Rotary along with Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotaract, and Interact.

Great Plains RYLA is a co-ed leadership camp designed to develop leadership skills through problem-solving, communication,and team building while learning about the value of service, the importance of community, and the role of Rotary locally and internationally. Participants will also develop self-confidence and a network of friends. RYLA students participate in team-building trust activities, participate in hands-on leadership development activities, hear from first-class speakers from throughout the state, and engage in fun activities. 


Great Plains RYLA is available to all eligible youth regardless of their current leadership ability or grades in school.

Funding for the awards is provided by local Rotary Clubs which fund each student’s attendance at RYLA camp. Rotarians also serve as counselors for the annual camp.

To apply visit, Applications must be completed on or before March 31.

For questions or additional information, you can contact any local Rotary Club by visiting or contact the Great Plains RYLA Co-Chair, Kiersten Lange, at [email protected]