Roundup: Summer camp opportunities for kids

Authored By seanphippster

Summer is just around the corner, and by June you’ll be ready to get the kids out of the house. 

Whether your kid is into technology, theater, cooking, the outdoors or music, there’s a camp that will fit your budget and schedule.

Many of the below camps have limited slots available, so register as soon as possible. 

We’ve rounded up a list of all the camps we could find, but we’re not comprehensive. If we’re missing one, let us know in the comments below. 

Sweet and Savory Classroom: Cooking camp for kids and teens
Children will receive a week of hands-on cooking experience during the exclusive cooking camp for kids and teens at The Sweet and Savory Classroom. Children will experience a different culinary adventure each day, including learning how to follow a recipe and making a food presentation. Kids will be challenged, build confidence and learn food safety throughout the week. Both cooking and baking camps will be offered. Classes take place in June and July. Click here for more information. 

The Bethlehem Center: Summer enrichment
Parents looking to help sharpen their kid’s skills in reading and literacy should check out The Bethlehem Center’s Read to Lead Summer Academy. Activities include math, chess, photography, digital storytelling, swimming, music, sports and field trips. The camp is offered for six weeks for rising first- through eighth-graders from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning June 13. Click here for more information.

Choo-Choo Music Camp
Musician Heather Leigh Holt, along with Gig City Productions, will offer Choo-Choo Music Camp for kids 8-11. Campers will have the opportunity to improve performance skills, build self-confidence, learn team building lessons, interact with other musicians and have fun. Two sessions are available: July 11-15 and July 18-22. Click here for more information.

Townsend Atelier: Summer art camp
Budding artists ages 7-12 are encouraged to attend a summer art camp from Townsend Atelier. During the weeklong intensive, young artists will explore one of the oldest and favorite subjects of artists throughout history: the self-portrait. Jas Milam and Kristin Kendall will teach the class. Registration is limited. The camp runs July 11-15. Click here for more information.

Tennessee Aquarium summer camps
A limited number of slots remain for a series of Tennessee Aquarium summer camp sessions. Summer day camps still have spots available for school-age children through 10 years old. The aquarium’s summer camp is consistently rated as excellent on parent surveys. Slots remain for tadpoles (ages 5-6) and polliwogs (ages 7-8). Sessions run from June through August. Click here for more information.

TechTown tech camps
TechTown is offering a bunch of summer camps in June and July. Topics include making a music video, “Minecraft,” web design, 3-D design, robotics, videography, coding and more. Each camp is Monday through Friday and includes lunch and a snack each day. TechTown is a technology and entrepreneurial learning center offering year-round after-school programs and camps. Click here for more information.

Chattanooga Zoo Camp
The Chattanooga Zoo offers Zoo Camp, a series of weeklong camps where campers can learn age-appropriate games and crafts, get personal with the keepers and experience up-close animal encounters. Separate camp packages are available for pre-K (ages 3-4) and K-eighth participants. Click here for more information.

Creative Discovery Museum camps
The Creative Discovery Museum offers a variety of themed full-day and half-day camps for children of all ages. Activities include time in the museum, a midweek field trip, snacks and group projects. The museum also offers science-based camps for older kids. Availability is limited, and camps fill up fast. Click here for more information.

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Summer means time spent outdoors, and a camp experience at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center will give you plenty of that. The camps offer children a chance to interact with the outdoors while they learn lifelong skills under the careful eye of the camp counselors. Three levels are available for campers: Wolf Pack (ages 6-8), Junior Naturalist (ages 9-10) and Adventure (ages 11-13). Click here for more information. 

Chattanooga State STEM camps
Chattanooga State Community College is offering plenty of camps this year for almost every interest your child might have-everything from 3-D animation, advanced Lego robotics, art, digital photography, musical theater and more. Click here for more information and a list of all available camps.

Audubon Acres: Water summer camp
Several spots remain available for Audubon Acres’ popular wild water summer camp. The camp allows children to spend an entire week in the creek at Chattanooga’s oldest wildlife sanctuary. Campers will learn about water quality, wildlife and the ecosystems found in their own backyard. Sessions run throughout July. Click here for more information.

YMCA day camps
YMCA offers youth a variety of imaginative activities that nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies. The summer camps are designed for children of all ages and are located throughout Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Many sessions are available throughout the summer, as well as assistance via scholarships and financial aid. Click here for more information.