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What to Pack

Weather and Climate

Here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the weather can change at a moment’s notice. Summers in Houghton are generally warm-to-hot once July gets rolling (70-85 degrees Fahrenheit). At the same time, June can still be very spring-like: chilly in the mornings and evenings with more-frequent rain (50-70 degrees Fahrenheit).

Students at Michigan Tech will tell you to bring one of everything. Have short sleeves and shorts for recreation, a sweater for those chilly mornings, and a rain jacket or umbrella for the rainy days. More than likely, you’ll get to experience the beauty of summer in the Keweenaw!

Checklist & How to Pack

Wondering what to bring for a week (or more!) at SYP? It's pretty easy; bring what you need to survive for the week, but don't overpack.

The following is a general list of what you can expect to bring. In addition, some classes require additional or special equipment. You can check here to see if your program requires anything additional.

A packing list will also be sent out with your welcome packet.

Recommended items to bring

  • Everyday clothing and underwear for a week
  • Light jacket
  • Heavy sweatshirt
  • Rain jacket or umbrella
  • Clothes that can get dirty (jeans, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Closed-toe shoes (mandatory for lab classes)
  • Comfortable/casual shoes
  • Long pants, long sleeved shirts (mandatory for lab classes)
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, etc.)
  • Slippers or flip flops
  • Prescription medications
  • Personal fan (box fan or smaller)
  • Spending money (recommended $7-10 per day)

Encouraged Items

  • Cell phone and/or camera with associated chargers
  • Swimsuit/beach towel
  • Pens/pencils and a notebook
  • Laptop*

*There are also public computers available in the campus library.

Optional Items

  • Laundry supplies
  • Alarm clock
  • Recreational/outdoors equipment
  • Books, cards, and board games

*There are public computers available in the campus library. Students do not have access to campus wi-fi, but are welcome to bring laptops for games, word processing, etc.

Do NOT bring

  • Illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia
  • Mini-fridges or other large electronics
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Weapons (including pocket knives)*

*Pocket knives are permitted for the backpacking programs only. The knife must be checked in to the front desk upon arrival. It will be returned to you when you depart on your trip.

Apparel Expectations

Summer Youth Programs promotes an environment where all students can express themselves comfortably and have a great summer. We also take great care to ensure that participants are properly dressed for the specific activities of their exploration. Many classes require students to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes to class due to experiments, machinery tours, or other situations requiring safety precautions. Additionally, shoes and shirts are required at all times in the dining hall.

We expect that students are generally neat, clean, and appropriately dressed. No undergarments should be showing at any time. While we do not have a detailed or highly proscriptive dress code, the following clothing items are not permitted at SYP:

  • Clothing with profanity or an “R” rating—including illegal acts, substances, and violent and sexual content
  • Excessively ripped or torn garments
  • Torso-baring tops (including crop tops and cut-off gym t-shirts)
  • Short-shorts or mini-skirts
  • See-through clothing

Because so many activities and courses have safety requirements, students’ clothing may be deemed inappropriate at the discretion of SYP staff.



Summer Youth Programs 1
June 17 - 23, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 2
June 24 - 30, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 3
July 8 - 14, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 4
July 15 - 21, 2018

Engineering Scholars
July 22 - July 28, 2018

Women in Computer Science
July 22 - July 28, 2018

Women in Engineering
July 29 - August 4, 2018


More 2018 dates will be announced soon!




2018 Forms & Docs





Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs
217 Administration Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295
(906) 487-2219


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