Summer Camps for Kids in the Tri-Cities
A Great Selection of Summer Camps for Every Kind of Learner
The Tri-Cities offers so many options for summer camps that it can get hard to choose. I created this list for T so he could make his choice. I am sharing it with you and your little people so that everyone has a chance to have their best summer yet!
The Nature Center at Steele Creek Park Summer Camps
All camps operate from 8:30 am until noon Monday – Friday and space is limited. The registration fee is $60.00 ($50.00 if paid before May 25th), which includes a t-shirt and all materials for the camp. Partial camp scholarships are available upon need-based request. Register and pay online at bristoltn.recdesk.com. For more information please contact the Nature Center at 423-989-5616 or you can email email@example.com.
Paleontology Camp – Rocks, fossils, dinosaurs, and the processes that preserve them will be the focus of this camp. Children will be introduced to Earth history through a variety of programs, hikes, and fieldwork. Participants will also get to take part in an actual fossil dig!
Ages 7-9 June 4th – 8th
Aquatic Ecology Camp – Streams, creeks, wetlands and the lake at Steele Creek Park offer unique habitats to explore and unique creatures that thrive there. This camp explores all of the freshwater habitats the park contains!
Ages 10-12 June 11th – 15th
Nature Photography Camp – This camp offers kids the skills and opportunities to capture astounding images from Steele Creek Park. Each day will be a new technique and new opportunities for great shots! No camera? No problem – we have cameras to loan to all participants during this camp!
Ages 10 – 12 June 18th – 22nd
Web of Life Camp – This camp allows children to experience the diversity of nature through immersion and fun. The camp focuses on the different habitats of Steele Creek Park and the plants and animals found in each. Campers will travel to distant reaches of the park and make new discoveries all along the way!
Ages 7 – 9 June 25th – 29th
Insects and Creepy Crawlies Camp – From the beautiful to the weird, to just plain gross, this camp will explore the invertebrate world in Steele Creek Park! Stream sampling, butterfly watching, forest walks, and log rolling are just a few of the activities campers will participate in. We will also learn what important jobs these creatures do in Nature while also learning proper field guide and binocular techniques!
Ages 7 – 9 AND 10 – 12 July 16th – 20th
ETSU – Renaissance Child Summer Camps:
Welcome to the Renaissance Child programs page! We offer a variety of programs directed towards your child’s specific and diverse interests. Programs are available year-round with different content, age groups, and educational levels. Click the links on the left to see program information and registration links. Any and all questions are welcome.
- To provide exciting, innovative, hands-on activities in the fields of science, mathematics and computer science.
- To encourage creative expression by providing a variety of art activities, as well as an opportunity for the children to write their own stories and poems.
- To create an awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by engaging the children in various physical activities.
For details on Camps for Grades 1 through 7 click here.
For details on Teen Camps click here.
Hand’s On! Regional Museum Summer Camp
Only at Paleo Camp can you dig for fossils, get a behind the scenes tour of the fossil site, and make a plaster cast of a fossil. Additional activities include science experiments, science-based art projects, t-shirt tie-dying, and so much more! Children ages 5 to 12 can explore and discover in our week-long summer camps sure to make life-long memories.
*** Please note: Paleo Camp will be held at the Gray Fossil Site, 1212 Suncrest Dr., Gray, TN ***
Dates & Times:
• Drop off 8:00-8:15, pick-up 11:45-12:00/noon
• Monday, July 9th – Friday, July 13th
• Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th
• Monday, July 23rd – Friday, July 27th
• $120 for members
• $150 for non-members
Each week of camp will include a t-shirt for tie-dying, all activity and experiment supplies, exploration time in the museum, and a drink at mid-morning snack time.
Please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Bay’s Mountain Summer Day Camp
We are regular’s at Bay’s Mountain! We enjoy the Planetarium and all of the presentations all year-long. Summer Camp is bound to be a blast!
ay Camp offers attendees a week full of fun and learning! Each week is filled with outdoor, nature-oriented activities and
adventures. Sessions are limited to 30 campers per week, so hurry and secure your spot today!
Day camp hours are Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Campers should bring a bag lunch with drink daily. Parents or
grandparents should plan to stay on the first morning for a short orientation of the week’s activities and expectations.
Transportation is the guardian’s responsibility. We look forward to seeing you at summer day camp!!!
Register your child for Bays Mountain Park’s Summer Day Camp! Tuition for camp is only $60.00 per child; a current Family
Membership is required to register your child or grandchild. Family Memberships cost only $35.00 and allow you and your family to
get free park entry for one vehicle and up to six free passes per program (planetarium show, barge ride and nature program), every time
you visit the Park for one full year!!! If you’re not already a Park member, this means you get both your child/grandchild’s day camp
registration AND Family Membership for only $95.00! ($60.00 for each additional child). If you’re already a Park member, only the
cost of tuition is required per attendee.
Our CBM camp is Camp Ta-Pa-Win-Go located in Watauga, Tennessee. Since 1948 our experienced staff has worked hard to show each and every camper an experience that will last a lifetime! Because of this, we have generations of campers that return each summer to experience a wonderful week full of activities, friends, and sound Bible teaching. To see photos and videos of last summer’s fun, click here. For information on how to register your child for camp this summer, click here.
Camp ACC – Appalachian Christian Camp
Camp ACC provides the perfect environment to escape the overwhelming lives our young people find themselves in. Located in a beautiful wooded setting at the base of the Unaka Mountains, students and adults alike are able to leave their world behind to experience God’s love in a fun and exciting way.
All of our sessions have a strong focus on small groups. This allows students to spend time making lasting friendships and develop their own relationship with their Heavenly Father.
Our facilities have been described as the best camp facilities people have seen. Summer lodging includes two 64-bed air-conditioned dormitories, a 32-bed air-conditioned lodge, and a 20-bed air-conditioned lodge. We have a multi-purpose facility that houses our dining hall and gymnasium, plus a large meeting area. We also have great recreation facilities that include: ropes course with zip lines, indoor rock-climbing wall, ball field, sand volleyball court, large swimming pool, nature trails and more.
The fun never stops at Camp ACC! The countless activities offered are designed specifically for the ages of those attending. It is easy to say that students of all ages have the time of their lives while here!
King Scholar Summer Academy
This week-long summer camp offers your kids (grades three through sixth) study in Science, Math, Creative Writing and more.
“The King Scholar Summer Academy is a program designed to bring students to their highest level of achievement in science, languages, and the arts in a fun learning environment,” stated Dr. Sandra Sanders, KSSA program director. “The curriculum, taught by King University education graduates and area educators, creatively develops each student’s sense of scholarly inquiry and independent thinking. Every student receives individual attention while studying history, art, science, and more.”
The program is offered for students of high interest and ability who have completed grades three through six. Students will meet from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24 on the King University campus. The cost for the week-long program is $200, which includes lunch in the Dining Hall, daily snacks, a summer academy t-shirt, a group picture, and use of the recreation facilities.
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the time of registration, with the balance due by Friday, June 10. There is a $10 late fee for registrations received after June 10.
Interested families should print out the brochure, which is available at http://kingscholar.king.edu, and return the completed form plus deposit to the Office of the President at King University by Friday, June 10. Space is limited, so register early.
Checks may be made to the King Scholar Summer Academy and mailed to King University, c/o the Office of the President, 1350 King University Road, Bristol, Tenn. 37620. Registration forms and payments may also be delivered to the President’s Office, located in the King Building on campus.
For more information, please contact the Office of the President at 423.652.4784 or e-mail Blakleah Hensley at email@example.com.
Tipton-Haynes Summers Past History Program
During the months of June and/or July, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site provides a camp for children from ages 6 to 14. Children will learn local history while they enjoy the summer day. For three sessions or three weeks, the camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Three separate sessions offer children the chance to learn different periods of history. Session I highlights the history of the Northeast Tennessee Indians. Session II focuses on Early Settlement and Colonel John Tipton. Whereas, Session III concentrates on the Civil War and Landon Carter Haynes. The ever-popular “Carter’s Raid” will take place each week. In addition, a historical drama performed by the kids will be presented to parents and relatives on the last day of each week.
The cost for each session is $100 for non-members and $90 for members. There is a reduced fee for two or more children from the same family. Parents may drop off children at 8:00 a.m. at no extra charge. Extended hours at $3.00 per hour per child are available until 5:00 p.m. Each session will be limited to 20 participants. Please contact us at 423-926-3631 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Summers Past History Program application
Teenagers from ages 14 to 18 are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer and serve as a camp counselor. Become a Junior Board Member and help the site throughout the year with its annual events. For more information on how to become a Junior Board Member, please head to our volunteer section and fill out the application.
Some of these camps may be full and if not, they are bound to be filling up quick so talk to your camper and get one scheduled today! If you are hesitant to let your little one go maybe this article from the Washington Post will inspire you about the importance of these opportunities.
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