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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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Summer camp - adventure and fun await kids!

Adventure Camp – Johnson City Parks and Rec

My son actually did the Teen Adventure Camp two summers and he loved it. Here are the details on the different options.

Eye Spy Nature
Location: Meredith Pavilion, 203 Carroll Creek Rd., Winged Deer Park
Date: June 7-11
Time: 9am-4:00pm
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $80.00
Description: See it, smell it, touch it, hear it! We will use our senses to
explore nature. We will examine how we-are-all-connected to the natural
world. Our daily speakers will cover topics such as ecosystems, insect
netting, the incredible water cycle, tree identification, birding, and more.
Plan on a trip to Legion Street pool on Tuesday and Rock Creek cement
pond on Thursday for getting wet and critter collecting.
Instructor: Connie Deegan with Summer Staff

Wilderness Survival

Location: Meredith Pavilion, 203 Carroll Creek Rd., Winged Deer Park
Date: June 14-18
Time: 9am-4pm
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $80.00

Description: Attitude is everything when it comes to survival. We will learn
skills such as fire starting techniques, camouflage, shelter building, smart
food choices, water preparation, reading a map, and more. As we hike, we
will study interesting plants and animals that we find on the trails as they
relate to survival. We’ll dip into Legion Street pool on Tuesday and do
some sleuthing in Honeycomb Creek at The Laurels on Thursday.
Instructor: Connie Deegan and Summer Staff

Reptile and Amphibian Encounters
Location: Meredith Pavilion, 203 Carroll Creek Rd., Winged Deer Park
Date: June 21-25
Time: 9am-4:00pm
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $80.00

Description: From snakes to salamanders to turtles, toads, and more, learn about the remarkable adaptations reptiles and amphibians have to survive on land and in water. We hope to find some of the coolest critters
on the planet as we explore our parks and meet some resident animals. We will enjoy a cool down at Legion Street pool on Tuesday and do some salamander sleuthing on Buffalo Mountain on Thursday.
Instructor: Connie Deegan with Summer Staff

Pollination Nation
Location: Meredith Pavilion, 203 Carroll Creek Rd., Winged Deer Park
Date: June 28-July 2
Time: 9am-4pm
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $80.00
Our future is very connected to our wonderful and varied pollinators! With many guest speakers, enjoy learning about our bees, beetles, butterflies, wasps, moths, birds, bats, and more. We will learn about the importance of
native plants and how they benefit everything from tiny insects to people. A trip to visit an excellent pollinator habitat at Jacob’s Nature Park followed by Legion Street Pool on Tuesday. A dip in Rock Creek on Thursday!
Instructor: Connie Deegan with Summer Staff

July 5-9 No Camp

Rock On Geology
Location: Meredith Pavilion, 203 Carroll Creek Rd., Winged Deer Park
Date: July 12-16
Time: 9am-4pm
Ages: 7 to 12

Cost: $80.00, plus an additional minor fee to visit the Appalachian Caverns Description: As far as we are concerned, rocks rock! We will learn why rocks and minerals are uniquely important parts of our everyday lives, past
and present. Our local geographic area will be discussed with staff and guest speakers as we learn about sinkholes, karst, gems, rock types, groundwater flow, and some cave critters. We will spend time with the
ETSU Geoscience Department, followed by a chill down at Legion Street pool on Tuesday and tour the Appalachian Caverns on Thursday.
Instructor: Connie Deegan with Summer Staff

Teen Adventure Quest
Location: Meredith Pavilion, 203 Carroll Creek Rd., Winged Deer Park
Date: July 19-23
Time: 9am-4pm
Ages: 13 to 15
Cost: $80.00
Description: For an unforgettable summer experience that will challenge,
provide a sense of belonging and an opportunity to make incredible
connections, join us as we hike, (and we hike)!, swim, explore…Get
immersed in the outdoors as the week builds towards our grand finale of
river rafting on the Nolichucky! This is a very action-packed week that will
allow you to test your limits and get a better understanding of our
Tennessee nature. We will have a field trip each day!
Instructor: Connie Deegan, John Griggs, and Summer Staff

Summer camp offers opportunities for new friendships and lots of fun.

Doe River Gorge Summer Camp

Adventure Quest Summer Camps! Located in Hampton, Tennessee and offering camp opportunities to a variety of age ranges, Doe River Gorge is a Christian Camp located on  2 1/2 miles of property in the scenic Doe River Gorge! Our family adores this group and we believe yours will too. Think faith-building, relationship forming, and fun! So much fun! The camp offers everything from a climbing tower, paintball, a water obstacle course, a train, and so much more! Get all the details from Doe River Gorge Camps and Day Trips right here!

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.

Summer camp fun and games

Hand’s On! Regional Museum Summer Camp

2021 Summer Camp!

Located in Gray, TN
Children ages 6 to 12 will enjoy a week of art activities and science experiments.

Drop off 9:00-9:15
Pick up 4:30-4:45
Monday, June 21st – Friday June 25th (registration and full payment due by Monday, June 8th for the early-bird discount)
Monday, July 12th – Friday, July 16th (Early-bird discount deadline is June 28th)
Monday, July 26th – Friday, July 30th (Early-bird discount deadline is July 12th)
Members: $225*
Non-members: $250*
*Registrations made after the designated early-bird deadlines above will result in an additional $25 fee.
Registration is REQUIRED. We DO NOT accept walk-ups. Space is very limited due to social distancing requirements.

Please read all the details and fine print below before you register as we have new safety measures in place.

Download your registration packet.

For more details visit Hands-On here! Also, please email for more information.

Summer camps offer campers opportunities to create new friendships.

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!

Camp offers attendees a week full of fun and learning! Each week is filled with faith, outdoor, nature-oriented activities and adventures. Sessions are limited to 30 campers per week, so hurry and secure your spot today!

Transportation is the guardian’s responsibility. We look forward to seeing you at summer day camp. Located in Kingsport, TN.

View the pamphlet for details and pricing here!

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. For information on how to register your child for camp this summer, click here.

summer camp campfires and stories.

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! Located in Unicoi TN.

Pathfinders Youth Camp

Located in Kingsport, Pathfinders offers day camp and overnight camp opportunities.

Every day at Pathfinders, kids have the opportunity to experience God’s love in chapel services, nature, and caring adult relationships.  They have the opportunity to grow personally through high-energy games, leadership/team building activities, and interaction with other students who are growing and developing.  They have the opportunity to learn new skills as they are trained in marksmanship, survival skills, arts, dance, and more.

And the whole time they are with us they will be free from gaming, technology, stress and social pressure.  At Pathfinders your children will make memories and friendships that will change them forever in a safe, caring Christ-centered environment.

-Pathfinders Youth Camp

Pricing and details can be found at

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.

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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