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About Upper Schools

Culver Upper Schools is a six-week leadership development program for youth ages 14 to 17. The Upper Schools' military organizational structure is designed to instill followership, then leadership, over the course of three summers.

Some Summers are Spent. Culver Summers are made.

Rooted in our values and virtues, the Summer Schools & Camps is full of all kinds of Culver moments. It's character in action, citizenship at play, and leadership lived together, side by side. The time shared here, and its impact, are profound and life-changing.

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Boys and girls have their choice of activities and classes within the Naval School, the School of Horsemanship, and the Aviation School, which include sailing, equitation, or flight instruction. For organizational and residential purposes, boys are enrolled in one of these schools for the whole summer and live in their respective barracks, and girls are organized into Decks and live in separate barracks, although all instruction is the same. All campers follow a schedule that provides a healthy mix of classes, activities, athletic pursuits, and free time.

Aviation School

Spend your summer in the skies. Take flight and join Culver's historic aviation instruction program.

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Horsemanship School

For riders of all skill levels. Our summer program offers a progressive curriculum designed to develop character and leadership while learning to control and manage the horse.

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Naval School

The Culver Summer Naval School was established in 1902 and, still today, the United States Navy recognizes Culver as an "Honor Naval School". In addition to the Culver diploma, graduates of the Naval School also receive completion certificates from the Department of the Navy.

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Girls School

While the boys are required to choose a specific area of concentration, the girls have no such requirement. Girls are encouraged to sign up for the same sailing, horsemanship or aviation classes, but they can also choose to build a more flexible class schedule.

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General Schedule

Living Arrangements

Campers live in dormitories located on the main campus near Lake Maxinkuckee. There are a total 9 boys units and 7 girls units, each with about 40 campers per unit. 

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Upper Schools Electives

Whatever your interest, the Upper School class selection of over 75 different classes is sure to provide new experiences for every camper.  

Summer Staff

Become a part of the Culver Summer Schools & Camps family! Explore our summer employment opportunities and join us on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee.

Parent Portal

For parents of enrolled campers. Access all the information and resources you'll need for your child's summer at Culver Summer Schools & Camps!