CSI Summer Camp FAQ

  • What is a CSI Summer Camp for teens?
    The AAFS CSI Summer Camp is a program designed to be a CSI (crime scene investigation) experience involving a crime scene discovery, investigation, laboratory work, and culminates in a mock court where students will defend their findings.


  • How old or in what grade must a student be to attend a CSI Summer Camp?
    The CSI Summer Camps are designed for students in high school.  Students must be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in the coming school year.


  • Are all CSI Summer Camps the same?
    Yes and no. The CSI Summer Camps all follow the basic design noted above, however, each camp is unique based on the program offered by the hosting university.  For example, if the forensic science program is based in the natural sciences such as chemistry, the camp will follow that curriculum.  However, should the program offer a degree with a concentration in genetic engineering, molecular biology, anthropology, etc., the course work will follow that type of curriculum.


  • Most programs of this type range in price from $2,100 to $4,000 for a week of study. Why is your program so very reasonable?
    The AAFS CSI Summer Camps are supported by a variety of sources such as the Forensic Sciences Foundation and others. The primary difference is that AAFS is a non-profit and does not seek to make a profit on camps while most universities are tasked with making a profit for the university. Again, we seek financial support from a variety of sources so that we can keep the student costs to a minimum.


  • How many years has the summer camp been offered?
    The first AAFS CSI Summer Camp was hosted in 2010. In some years, AAFS has hosted as many as three camps. The CSI Summer Camps for teens evolved from the Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSECs) for middle- and high school teachers which AAFS has hosted annually since 2002.


  • What percentage of attendees are out of state students?
    The out of state student percentage differs with each camp. Some past camps restricted attendance to in-state students only. The Camps that are open to all high-school students host an average of 50% out of state attendees. In fact, we had the pleasure of hosting student from Alaska, Canada and as far away as Asia.


  • What is the percentage of male vs. female?
    The camps are generally 60% female. The female students and male students reside on different floors of the dorm or, when possible, in separate dorms. There are camp counselors assigned to small groups who also reside in the dorms with the students.


  • Do the students stay in the dorms?
    The Camps offer two categories of registration.  The “no housing/day camp” option is for local students and students who may travel to the camp and stay off-campus with a parent.  The slightly higher rate “with housing/overnight camp” option is for students who wish to stay on-campus in the university’s student housing.  We make every effort to keep the buildings gender specific.  If all students are housed in the same building, the floors are designated gender specific.


  • How are the students supervised?
    The students are grouped and assigned camp counselors based on the university’s requirements.  The counselors are with the students throughout the day, during scheduled activities, and stay with their groups in the dorms at night.


  • What is the class size?
    The class size varies and is determined by the university.  On average, Camps range from 25 to 50 students. However, each university is allowed to place their own caps on the number of students accepted.


  • Do you have any more details on the program presenters?
    The faculty is comprised of the forensic science instructors of the program and forensic science practitioners from local laboratories and legal professionals. Often, students of the graduate program participate as faculty and camp counselors.