There’s no better time to run off with the circus than this summer!

Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University is celebrating its 19th year of summer camp programming with circus arts instruction for children and adults. These unique camp programs are sponsored by the College of Applied Science and Technology at Illinois State and are facilitated by the directors and performers of the Gamma Phi Circus. Gamma Phi Circus is the oldest collegiate circus in the nation, promoting access to education and performance of circus arts in the community since 1929.

One-week basic camps take place the weeks of June 17, June 24 and July 8. Camps are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Horton Field House South Gym on the campus of Illinois State University. Basic camps provide a full day of vigorous physical and mental activity in an energetic team-oriented atmosphere. Camp combines physical skills, teamwork, creative self-expression and performance experience in a fun and supportive environment.

The two-week advanced camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 15 to 26, in Horton Field House South Gym. The advanced camp is geared toward those campers who have mastered basic circus arts and are looking to expand their training and performance skills to the next level. Both the basic and advanced camps will culminate with full circus performances by camp participants.

Evening classes in basic trapeze instruction for adults will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1, 2 and 3. Participants age 12 and up can sign up for one class or all three.

What: Gamma Phi Circus summer camps
Where: Horton Field House South Gym
More information: Visit for complete camp information and fees, or contact Megan McCann at Conference Services at (309) 438-2160 for registration assistance and questions. All other inquiries can be directed to Deb Wylie, Gamma Phi Circus program director, at (309) 438.2937 or