22+ summer camps for the kiddos in Chattanooga

We know spring just began, but it will be summertime before you know it — which means no school for the kids. Want them to enjoy some interactive, educational, and all around fun activities this season? Here are some local summer camps to check out.

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Get out and explore the wonders of summer at these local camps.

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What time is it? Almost summertime, which means the kiddos will get out of school and need some fun things to do out in the Scenic City. That’s why we’ve got a guide to local summer camps for all ages.

Taking a walk on the wild side

Junior Explorer Camp, Audubon Acres | Ages 5-11 | $175-$225

  • Spend the summer in the woods learning outdoor skills, meeting local wildlife, and splashing in the creek.
  • Monday-Friday, June 17-July 19

Chattanooga Zoo Camp, Chattanooga Zoo | 1st-8th graders | $208-$400

  • Choose your own camp adventure with animal exploration, scientific discovery, games, and special weekly field trips.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-Aug. 2
  • Bonus: Ages 14-18 can sign up as counselors + aftercare options are available for your kiddos to stay until the zoo closes.

Aqua Camp, Tennessee Aquarium | Ages 4-16 | $108-$375

  • From Pre-K camps to teen camps, the kids can spend their afternoons learning more about the creatures that inhabit our waterways.
  • Days + times vary, June 10-July 26
  • Bonus: Apply for a camp scholarship by Saturday, April 13.

Nature Explorers + Junior Naturalists, Reflection Riding | Ages 5-13 | $200-$250

  • Campgoers will explore nature and learn outdoor skills in fun and interactive ways.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-Aug. 2
  • Note: There will be a $50 price increase after Monday, April 15.

Wilderwood Camp, locations vary | Ages 3-16 | $75-$375

  • Engage in interactive activities and connect with other kiddos in the community all summer long with different weeks like “Adventure Week” + “Lego Week.”
  • Monday-Friday, May 27-Aug. 23
Three kids pointing around at dinosaur fossils with a big T-Rex skeleton behind them.

Indoor and outdoor adventures await.

Photo provided by Creative Discovery Museum

Creative Discovery Museum | PreK-8th graders | $200-$365

  • Voted as the “best summer camp” in Chattanooga by SummerCamps.com, kiddos will learn collaborative skills while they embark on experiments and educational adventures.
  • Monday-Friday, June 17-July 27

Summer Kids Camp + Summer Teen Camp, locations vary | Ages 6-16 | $30-$70

  • Join the City of Chattanooga this summer for fun activities at its community centers.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-July 26
  • Note: There won’t be camp on Wednesday, June 19 or the week of July 1-5.
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Kiddos can learn the ropes of rock climbing at High Point’s summer camps.

Photo by High Point Climbing & Fitness via Chattanooga Tourism Co.

For the sporty kids

YMCA Summer Day Camp, locations vary | Ages 5-12 | $160-$215

  • Meet new friends while spending the days swimming, playing indoor + outdoor games, and trying out new crafts.
  • Monday-Friday, May 28-Aug. 2
  • Bonus: Morning snacks + lunches are provided.

Mocs Adventure Camp, UTC | K-8th graders | $260-$300 per week

  • Campgoers will get daily swim time at the UTC Waterpark, go on a weekly field trip (think: to the jump park, roller skating, etc.), and play fun games all summer long.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-Aug. 2
  • Bonus: Applications are open for camp scholarships.

Rock Climbing Camps, High Point Climbing and Fitness | Ages 5-14 | $249-$419

  • Test your strength and mobility skills by learning the basics of rock climbing and taking your knowledge to the rock wall.
  • Monday-Friday, May 28-Aug. 2
  • Bonus: Rates go down for additional siblings.

Signal Crest UMC | 1st-9th graders | $50

  • Sign your kiddos up for sports camps, music + theater camps, and community outreach programs.
  • Monday-Thursday, June 17-July 25

Rowing Camps, Chattanooga Junior Rowing | Ages 12-18 | $100-$350

  • Get in the water to learn the basics of rowing at this beginner-friendly camp or those that have experience can partake in the Development Program to hone in their skills.
  • Monday-Friday, July 8-Aug. 16
Girls in a ballet class practicing with fans.

Spend the summer appreciating the fine arts.

Photo provided by Chattanooga Ballet

Let’s get creative

Dancer’s camp + intensives, Chattanooga Ballet | Ages 5-13+ | $195-$795

  • Boys and girls will get the chance to learn the dances behind classic productions like “Swan Lake” or take a special training course to practice technique.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-28

Clay camps, Scenic City Clay Arts | Ages 4-12+ | $115-$250

  • Get your hands a little dirty by signing up for various clay-making camps to hone in on a new skill.
  • Days + times vary
  • Note: Some classes are filling up quickly, so register while you can.

Summer Art Camp, Hunter Museum of American Art | 1st-6th graders | $240-$300 per week

  • Get a hands-on approach to artistic methods, take weekly walks around town like the aquarium + create memories on more than just a canvas.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-Aug. 2
  • Bonus: Art supplies and snacks are provided.

Summer Academy, Chattanooga Theatre Centre | 1st-12th graders | $140-$575

  • Join this local theater company for a summer of storytelling and dancing to learn what it’s like to be on stage — from acting to directing.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-Aug. 2

Choir Camp, Chattanooga Girls Choir | 2nd-8th graders | $200

  • Register for a week of immersive music-making to learn a Broadway showstopper.
  • Monday-Friday, July 15-18
  • Bonus: Lunch is provided each day.

Cooking + baking camps, The Sweet and Savory Classroom | Ages 8-17 | $272-$284

  • Take summer fun to the kitchen this year as kiddos will learn to cook and bake different dishes.
  • Tuesday-Friday, May 28-Aug. 2
A group of teen girls holding up another girl on a college campus

Who says learning can’t be all fun and games?

Photo provided by Lee University

Educational and connection building

ChattState camps, ChattState campus| Ages 8-17 | $225-$250

  • From robotics and theater tech + design to musical theater — spend the summer learning or expanding on educational skills.
  • Monday-Friday, June 10-July 26 (except Wednesday, June 19)

Summer Reach, Hamilton County Schools | K-8th graders | Free

  • Enroll in this free four-week program that will connect students to fun and learning like math + reading skills.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-June 28 (except Wednesday, June 19)
  • Bonus: Lunch and transportation will be provided.

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, Locations vary | PreK-12th graders | $50-$225

  • This one’s for the girls with intentional learning and fun activities to promote self-discovery and connection.
  • Monday-Friday, June 3-July 26
  • Note: The June session of middle/high school camp is full, but folks can still apply for the waitlist or July session.

Rising Railroad Professionals, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum | Ages 15-17 | $1,400

  • Send your teens to this overnight camp (yes, they will be staying in the restored train cars) to learn all things railroad maintenance like welding, history, and more to gain real-life skills.
  • Wednesday-Monday, July 10-15

MACC Summer Camp, Mountain Arts Community Center | K-12th graders | Prices vary

  • From educational tutoring sessions and technology camps to pottery and sports-related camps, MACC will be offering it all this summer.
  • Dates and times vary

Summer Camp at Lee, Lee University | PreK-12th graders | $0-$980

  • Every kid can find a place just for them at this campus located in nearby Cleveland — we’re talking sports, arts, educational programming, and more.
  • Dates and times vary (some camps include overnight options)
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