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Summer Camps for Kids in the Tri-Cities

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!

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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 For more information please contact the Nature Center at 423-989-5616 or you can email

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

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Teen Theatre Camp – Kingsport Theatre Guild presents the 2018 KTG Teen Camp.

Kingsport Theatre Guild presents the 2018 KTG Teen Camp taking place June 25-29, 2018. This one-week camp for middle- and high-school students offers a unique experience, during which they will learn all of the crucial skills required to produce their own visual works of art.

Students will receive instruction in classes such as: Auditions/Monologues, Lighting, Stage Combat, Improv, Makeup, Sound, Stage Management, Directing, Costume, Scene Work, Set Design and will end the week with a presentation by the campers on Friday, June 29, at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre, beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Camp mentors and workshop presenters will be members of the Kingsport Theatre Guild, as well as theatre professionals from the Tri-Cities area.
Camp will start Monday, June 25, 2018, and run through Friday, June 29, 2018. with an early drop off of 7:30 and a late pickup of 5:30. Campers will attend Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and need to pack a bagged lunch each day.
Cost for the camp is $100 and registration is limited to 45 total students. The first siblings will receive a discounted rate of $75 for the week, second and subsequent siblings will receive a rate of $50 for the week.
Campers can register online at, in person at KTG’s office (Renaissance Center, 1200 East Center Street, Suite 211, Kingsport) or via email at
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Student Film Camp – KTG Film Camp

KTG Film Camp is presented through a partnership with Big Small Town Studios located in Erwin, TN. This camp is opened to students in grades 7th-12th.

Pre-Camp (July 5-6, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – $150 (Early Bird before May 25 – $100)
Pre-Production Training, Story Development, Script Writing, Directing, Producing

Film Camp (July 9-13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – $250 (Early Bird before May 25 – $200)
Production, Editing, Distributing, Release (if only attending this week, students cannot write, direct or produce)

An acting call will be put out on Friday, July 6. Actors will audition on Monday, July 9, and will need to be available July 9-13 during the day. (There is no charge for actors to participate. There is no pay for actors, but they will be fed, receive acting for the camera training and IMDb credit)

Both camps – $300 (Early Bird before May 25 – $225)

Registration requires a 50% non-refundable deposit which will count toward total cost of the camp.

We will have an early drop-off of 7:30 a.m. and a late pick-up of 5:30.

There will be a film release at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 13, which will be free and open to the public. Students will be available for a Q&A session after the film.

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Camp NPAC Kids 2018!

Week 1: Disney’s Aristocats Kids!
July 9 – 13

Completed K – 4th Grade

Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. Disney’s Aristocats Kids is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Week 2: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
July 16 – 20

Completed 5th Grade and up

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Click here to download a registration form.
$250 per student. The tuition for additional siblings is $225.

A short audition on the first day of each camp session places students in roles.

For more information please contact:
Jill Reeves, Marketing Director
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Phone: 423-638-1328

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2018 Pick Along Camp at The Birthplace of Country Music

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Pick Along Summer Camps are back! Not only will your child learn about Bristol’s important role in country music history and its lasting influence on the music of today, they’ll actually learn to play an instrument!

Children ages 8 to 14 will get expert instruction on the same style of instruments that were used in the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. They will not only learn how to play music, they will learn fundamental skills in various music styles. Campers get to explore the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, learn about the music of Bristol and our region, receive instruction in singing and dancing, and will be introduced to other concepts and disciplines that make up the rich tapestry of country music.

No previous musical experience is required for Pick Along Summer Camps, only interest in music and a desire to learn and have fun! This camp is designed for beginners and anyone interested in our musical heritage. Whether you know just a little or absolutely nothing, this is the place for you!

Class size is limited so register now to reserve space.

Our professionally trained museum staff ensures a fun, safe, and enriching environment for music instruction as well as museum play, theme-related activities and experiments, and healthy snacks and friendship building opportunities for everyone.

*Discounts available for families with multiple campers. Please contact the museum store at (423) 573-1927 or via email at for more information.

Instrument rental will be available for those who do not own an instrument and would like to practice at home during camps.

For more information contact

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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.

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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.

Download your registration packet.

Please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 808 or email for more information or to register.

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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.
Apply Here!

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Camp Tapawingo

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.

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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!

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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, 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

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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 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.

Click here to learn more.

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Please note:

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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5 thoughts on “Summer Camps for Kids in the Tri-Cities

  1. In case you’re looking for a camp to send your child while in Europe, I would suggest the Space Camp in Turkey. I believe their summer camp programs last around 6-7 days (I don’t think it’s every week though). As parents, you might as well tour around Turkey for the week 🙂

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