2022 Guide to Chattanooga Area Summer Camps

A Complete Guide to Summer Camps

(above) Camp Vesper Point


Baylor Summers

171 Baylor School Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37405




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 5-16

Programs: Both day and overnight programs place emphasis on skill development, mentoring, fun, friendship, and lifelong memories. 

Cost: Varies by program

Baylor’s beautiful campus on the Tennessee River features hiking trails and state-of-the art facilities, making it the perfect setting for action-packed, skill-building, fun-filled, sports, arts, enrichment, and outdoor adventure. Baylor Summers offers a huge array of programs to choose from, including day and overnight options for kids and teens all summer long. Baylor Summers also offers convenient early drop-off and late pick-up for busy parents. 



Belvoir Christian Academy Summer Camp

800 Belvoir Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37412




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Pre-K3-rising 8th graders (Childcare for infants-Pre-K4 is year-round)

Programs: Outdoor activities, sports, swimming, crafts, and field trips to local attractions

Cost: Call for pricing/hours

BCA’s summer camp provides a variety of engaging activities such as gymnastics, sports training, and biblical studies, as well as water play days, movie and pajama days, and other special theme days. Creative hands-on activities include cooking, STEM, and arts/crafts activities. Children also have free play on the campus playground and can also enjoy the climbing wall in the school’s gymnasium. Campers in 2nd through 8th grades may go on weekly field trips to attractions such as Coolidge Park, the Chattanooga Zoo, bowling, and more. Pre-K has in-house activities that include visits from the Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Zoo, and gymnastics, as well as visits from a petting zoo and a local chef and artist. 



Berean Academy Day Camp

441 Berean Ln.

Hixson, TN 37343




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 3-12

Programs: STEM activities, weekly themes, games and competitions, field trips both on- and off-site, swimming, crafts, scavenger hunts, movies, themed parties

Cost: Registration fee $40; call for pricing.

Berean Academy Day Camp offers weekly field trips for grades 1-5 to a variety of locations, such as the Creative Discovery Museum, IMAX Theater, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, and Bricks 4 Kidz. Campers in 1st through 5th grades are taken to the pool every week, while campers ages 3-5 have a weekly water day. The camp offers a daily craft time for all ages, free play time, and weekly activities such as theater-style movie screenings, games, and parties.



little girls eating lunch at Boyd Buchanan School Summer camp

Boyd Buchanan School Summer Programs

4650 Buccaneer Trl.

Chattanooga, TN 37411




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 3 years-12th grade

Programs: Athletic, academic, artistic, and adventure camps in half- and full-day formats, with custom schedules available for 2 or 3 days per week camps

Cost: $110-$250, depending on session; early-bird pricing available through May 1 

Boyd Buchanan Summer Programs emphasize participation, cooperation, learning, and fun in a safe, loving Christian community. Campers may attend full- or half-day camps, take advantage of before- and after-care, and design a custom schedule for selected camps. Choose from athletic, academic, creative arts, or adventure camps that engage campers physically, cognitively, and spiritually.



Brainerd Baptist School Summer Camp

300 Brookfield Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37411




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Summer Care: 2 years-rising 1st graders; Summer Camp: rising 2nd graders-exiting 5th graders

Programs: Summer Care children remain on campus and have special activities come to them. They also participate in water play, arts and crafts, games, outdoor play, books, and technology. Summer Camp children participate in weekly field trips, swimming, cooking, book club, technology, games, arts and crafts, and more.

Cost: See website for pricing

Every summer, Brainerd Baptist School offers a high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable program in a loving Christian environment. 



Bright Days at The Bright School

1950 McDade Ln.

Chattanooga, TN 37405




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 4-8 (or rising 3rd grade)

Programs: A combination of enrichment activities with fun summertime experiences each day for eight weeks (first week of June through last week of July). Campers are grouped by age.

Cost: Weekly rate for full day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $225; weekly rate for half day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $175; early care 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., no charge; late care 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., $35 per week

Every day is going to be a BRIGHT day at Bright Days summer program for early learners! In rising junior pre-K and pre-K, a day for your camper will include circle time, developmental centers, stories, music, crafts, and outdoor play. In rising K-3, a day includes group games, team builders, themed projects in the color lab, free play, quiet time to read or draw, guided nature exploration, and time on the playground. Each week includes an on-site field trip and water day.



Camp Grace at Grace Academy

Mailing address: 7815 Shallowford Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37421

Current location: Redemption Point Church

423.892.8222, ext. 3



Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 5-12

Programs: Daily field trips, swimming, art, science, STEM, cooking, computers, sports, games, and hands-on activities are provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Registration fee $50/camper; $150/week (price all-inclusive) 

Camp Grace is a day camp designed for students to enjoy active fun, develop strong biblically based character, develop a love for the outdoors, and expand academic learning in a safe environment for a summer they will never forget! Campers may attend all or some of the 10 weeks scheduled between June 6 and August 5. 



Camp Invention 




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Rising K-6th graders

Programs: High-energy, hands-on STEM activities promoting creativity, confidence, and problem solving

Cost: $245 and up

Inspire your kid’s creativity and confidence with all-new Camp Invention® program, Explore! Children in grades K-6 will team up with friends for fun, hands-on STEM adventures. From adopting a robotic fish to exploring space to building robotic artists and marble arcades, each activity is designed to give your explorer an unforgettable summer experience. 



Camp Ivy 

8520 Dayton Pk.

Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379




All Genders

Ages: Rising PK-12th graders 

Programs: Forest Play School, Environmental Steward Camp, Camp Sasquatch, Nature Art Camp, and more

Cost: $200/week, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (extended care and transportation options available)

Ivy Academy Environmental Charter School extends its nature-based programming to the public through weeklong summer camps centered around learning in the outdoors. Programs run early June through mid-July and are open to rising pre-K-12th grade students. Sessions include Environmental Steward Camp, Outdoor Leadership Cohort, Survival Skills Camps, Nature Art Camp, and Forest Play School. Applications open online on March 21.



Camp Joe Joe’s at The Clay Pot

1311 Hanover St.

Chattanooga, TN 37405




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 4-12

Programs: Games, water day, photoshoots, gift making for family and friends, and more

Cost: $125/child for a three half-day session

Camp Joe Joe’s is a fun, imaginative camp that creates an atmosphere for all campers to shine. From tie-dyeing to dancing, snacks to flowers, Camp Joe Joe’s strives to bring out the creativity in all kids. The Clay Pot owner, Joe Jumper, and his crew, The Potters, help kids be original and have a blast with other campers.



kids in a tent at camp juliette low

Camp Juliette Low

321 Camp Juliette Low Rd.

Cloudland, GA 30731


Winter: P.O. Box 5113

Marietta, GA 30061




Boys | Girls: Girls

Ages: 8-17

Programs: Archery, canoeing, sailing, horseback riding, challenge course, climbing wall, swimming, diving, outdoor living skills, crafts, campouts, campfires, cookouts, pottery, hiking, and kayaking

Cost: Mini-camp $870; one week $1,000; two weeks $1,980

Camp Juliette Low is a residential summer camp where girls can be themselves, make lifelong friends, learn new skills, and explore the outdoors. CJL campers live in platform tents and enjoy fun, instructional programs that foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Located on Lookout Mountain, CJL was founded in 1922 by Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Today, CJL operates independently from the Girl Scouts and is open to all girls.



Camp Signal 

109 N. Germantown Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411




Typically developing children and children with disabilities. 

Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 3-11

Programs: Age-appropriate activities in art, movement, music, crafts, sports, water play, games, singing, dancing, cooking, drama, science, and technology

Cost: $250/week; scholarships available

Camp Signal offers a quality camp experience while specializing in social and emotional development through fun projects and activities. Chatter Camp offers focused services for children who are non-verbal or have other communication challenges. Vision Academy will be open to students ages 14-18 and 19-22 with vision loss. See website for enrollment information and online application.



Camp Vesper Point

3216 Lee Pk.

Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Rising 3rd graders-rising 10th graders

Programs: Swimming, water skiing, crafts, blobbing, kayaking/paddleboarding, frisbee, volleyball, fishing, baseball, basketball, bouldering, and group games

Cost: $575/week

Located on Chickamauga Lake, Camp Vesper Point (CVP) has provided over 65 years of Christian camping for children and families. At CVP, Jesus Christ is presented to kids through fun outdoor activities and adventures, sports, worship, and a loving relationship with Christ-centered counselors. The camp is owned and operated by First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.



Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Dr.

Cloudland, GA 30731




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 6-14

Programs: Horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, archery, climbing wall, high/low ropes, giant swing, dance, crafts, and more

Cost: $1,075 for one week; $1,650 for two weeks

Camp Woodmont is a traditional overnight camp on Lookout Mountain just 30 minutes south of Chattanooga in Northwest Georgia. Founded on strong Christian morals and principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and lasting memories. The camp program is very well-suited to first-time campers. All traditional camp activities start at an introductory level, and the camp layout is conveniently spaced out. Camp Woodmont is accredited by the ACA.



Chattanooga Christian School Summer Camps

3354 Charger Dr.

Chattanooga, TN 37409




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Pre-K3-12th grade

Programs: Chargers Day Camp; musical theatre camps; art, dance, sports, cooking, and robotics camps

Cost: $150-$450

Chargers Day Camp at Chattanooga Christian School incorporates art, games, water slides, sports activities, theme days, and more. Full and half-day specialty camps, along with before/after-care, are available. Lunch is available in all day camp options. CCS offers something for everyone. Sample camps for young children include Fairy Princess, American Girl, LEGO Adventures, Kids in the Kitchen, and Intro to Sports. 



Chattanooga State Summer Camps

4501 Amnicola Hwy.

Chattanooga, TN 37406




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 8-14

Programs: Robotics, coding, and musical theatre

Cost: Call for pricing

Chattanooga State offers a variety of summer camps for boys and girls ages 8-14. Camps include Robotics, Programming, Coding, and the popular Musical Theatre camp. Each camp runs Monday-Friday, meeting either in the mornings or afternoons. Prices vary on each camp. Registration is open now.



Chattanooga Theatre Centre Summer Academy

400 River St.

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.267.8538, ext. 313



Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 6-17

Programs: Acting, movement, dance, comedy, and more

Cost: $140-$700; one- to two-week sessions

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Summer Academy includes half, extended, and full-day classes that explore acting, movement, dance, comedy, and more. The academy runs from June 6-August 5.



Chattanooga Zoo Camp

301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37404




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: K-8th grade

Programs: Animal encounters, age-appropriate crafts, learning about various species, and age-appropriate games

Cost: Camp pricing varies by age group

Chattanooga Zoo campers will “go wild” as they get the chance to interact and learn about the magnificent animals of the Chattanooga Zoo and the keepers that work with them.



Cohutta Springs Youth Camp

P.O. Box 12000

Calhoun, GA 30703




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 7-18

Programs: Archery, basketball, BMX biking, canoeing, cable park, climbing tower, crafts, drama, gymnastics, horseback riding, mountain biking, music, paintball, photography, rocketry, sports, super science, swimming, videography, wakeboarding, water slide, zipline 

Cost: $455-$570/week

Accredited by the American Camp Association, based on Christian values, and located against the Chattahoochee National Forest, Cohutta Springs is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, make lifelong friends, learn skills, and experience incredible plays that entertain and inspire positive living. Trained and caring collegiate staff makes the experience unforgettable.



Creative Discovery Museum Friends Discovery Camp

321 Chestnut St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Rising 1st-5th graders

Cost: $150/camp

Friends Discovery Camp is an inclusive camp for children with autism and their typically developing peers. Campers are paired with each other and have a Big Buddy from UTC to help guide their experiences. 



Creative Discovery Museum Summer Camps

321 Chestnut St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 4 years-rising 5th graders

Cost: See website for rates

Summer is all about play, exploration, and camp! Creative Discovery Museum combines all three with immersive, learning-rich activities that bring science and art alive for all children. CDM’s enthusiastic, experienced staff provides a fun-filled, safe environment for children to embrace the camp experience. Camps are designed for children ages 4 and up. Registration is online.



First Cumberland Dayplayers Summer Camp

1505 N. Moore Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: K-8th grade

Programs: Outdoor games, on-site swimming, daily chapel, summer musical, and crafts

Cost: Full- and part-time rates available, with add-ons available for an additional cost; see website for complete listing

Dayplayers is an affordable Christian environment for school-aged children to spend the summer. With small group time, daily chapel, and weekly character traits, campers have the opportunity for spiritual development throughout the summer. Daily swimming and outdoor games are offered.



boys at Fort Bluff camp and retreat center

Fort Bluff Camp and Retreat Center

370 Fort Bluff Camp Rd.

Dayton, TN 37321




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 7-18

Programs: Summer camps, church retreats, corporate retreats, banquets, birthday parties

Cost: Junior Camp $245-$285; Teen Camp $275-$315

Fort Bluff is a nondenominational camp and retreat center that operates year-round. Many housing options are available from dorm style to private cabins and can accommodate up to 900 guests. During the signature overnight Junior and Teen camps, campers will be challenged with biblical teaching, daily worship services, making friends, playing games, swimming, and, of course, eating great food! Signature camps are open to individuals or church groups of any size. There is a lake for kayaking and swimming, a pool, 240-foot-long water slide, athletic fields, a full-size indoor gymnasium, and more. There is also availability to host groups that want to design their own camps. 



The Goddard School Summer Camp

17 W. Bell Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37405




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 6 weeks-8 years

Programs: In My World (open to infants 6 weeks-18 months and toddlers 18 months-36 months); The World Out There (open to PreK and school-aged children ages 3-8)

Cost: $240-$340/week

Children have big ideas about how the world around them works. This summer, through this exclusive program, families are invited to discover what their children’s big ideas are. The first four weeks focus on the children themselves in I Am Changing, which is built around children’s new accomplishments and confidence. The following four weeks focus on observing and interacting with the world around them in The World is Changing. During the final weeks, children experience their own power in I Can Change the World. Within each of these sections, the learning experiences focus on four core actions: inspire, investigate, invent, and imagine. 



GPS Summer Camp

205 Island Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37405




Boys | Girls: Both (but more for girls) 

Ages: 3*-17 (*must be potty-trained)

Programs: Day camps, sports clinics and camps, academic/enrichment camps, STEM camps, and arts/music camps

Cost: $200 and up

At GPS Summer Camp, kids can spend their summer learning, playing, laughing, and meeting new friends. They can hone skills in a favorite (or new) sport or discover a love for acting, designing, dancing, music, or even photography. Whether they spend a week or two or the entire summer with GPS, children will be well loved and attended to by the GPS counselors who are ready to provide an unforgettable experience. 



little girl climbing at high point downtown's summer rock camp

High Point Downtown’s Summer Rock Camp

219 Broad St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 5-14

Programs: Half-day camps (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) weekly from May 31-July 30

Cost: First child $214 for members, $234 for non-members; $204 per additional child for members, $222 for non-members

High Point summer camps teach kids ages 5-14 about rock climbing and team building. The staff is dedicated to teaching the basics of climbing, including equipment usage, climbing techniques, and the importance of trust and communication. These camps will encourage kids to find new ways of approaching climbing through age-appropriate group instruction. Everyone will finish climbing camp with a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.



kids at Hunter Museum of American Art Summer Art Camp

Photo Courtesy of Hunter Museum of American Art

Hunter Museum of American Art Summer Art Camps

10 Bluff View Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37403




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Rising 1st-rising 6th graders with teen volunteer opportunities 

Programs: Weeklong day camps throughout June and July

Cost: $250/child; $200/child for members at passport level and above; multiple child family discounts available

Each weeklong camp features a low counselor-camper ratio and a chance for kids to sample a wide range of hands-on art experiences, experimenting with a variety of materials and artistic styles. In addition, campers will have access to the Hunter collection, enjoy outdoor activities along the riverfront, and celebrate their own creativity at the end of each week with a family showcase of their creations. Volunteer opportunities are also available for teens as assistant camp counselors.



kids riding a train at Junior and Teen Rail Camp

Junior and Teen Rail Camp at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

4119 Cromwell Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37421




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 7-17

Programs: Steam locomotive cab rides, train rides, field trips, railroad history

Cost:  $425 for full day; $1,140 for overnight

These camps, which run from May 30 through July 2, teach all aspects of railroading, including railroad terms, signals, how steam and diesel engines work, and the history of trains. Campers will also participate in hands-on activities.



little girl drawing at Lee University summer camp

Lee University Summer Camps

1120 N. Ocoee St.

Cleveland, TN 37311




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: K-12th graders

Programs: Art, Athletics, Computer, ESL, Music, Theatre, Summer Honors, and many more

Cost: Varies by camp

Whether your child wants to design computer games, hone their theatre skills, explore art-making techniques, or learn a new sport, Lee University has a summer camp that is sure to pique their interest. Hosted by Lee personnel, these camps take place throughout the summer, with some offering an overnight stay in the dorms. Registration deadlines vary; find specific information for each camp on the Lee University website. COVID-19 protocols, for the health and safety of the campers and the campus community, will be in place in accordance with prevailing guidance at the time of the camp.



McCallie Summer Camps

500 Dodds Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37404




Boys | Girls: Both, varies by camp

Ages: 5-16

Programs: Day Camp, First Camp, Baseball, Basketball, Coding, Cross-Country, Film Production, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Maker, Minecraft, Science, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Speed and Agility, Tennis, Virtual Reality, Wrestling

Cost: Varies by camp

McCallie’s summer programs include a variety of camps emphasizing participation, cooperation, teamwork, and having fun. The camps’ goals are to provide a quality summer recreational experience in a safe and wholesome environment for all children through outstanding people, facilities, and programs.



Notre Dame High School “Camp Like a Champion”

2701 Vermont Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37404




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: K-rising 8th graders

Programs: Sports and fine arts camps; ACT and SAT also available for high school students

Cost: $150

Notre Dame offers half-day (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) summer camp programs for baseball, basketball, cheer, dance, drama, soccer, and volleyball.



Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Summer Camp

505 S. Moore Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37412




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: K-8th graders 

Programs: Sports, academics, and art camps

Cost: Half-day $80; full-day $160

Campers can choose from the following programs: art, for kindergarten through 8th grade; math, for 1st through 4th and 5th through 8th grades; STEM, for 1st through 4th and 5th through 8th grades; or sports, for kindergarten through 8th grade. Camps run June 6-10 and June 13-17. Half-days are available 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., full-day available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Privateer Sail Camp

4713 Privateer Rd.

Hixson, TN 37343




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 8-17

Programs: Sailing, knot tying, boating rules and safety; campers will also have the opportunity to swim, paddle, hike, and more.

Cost: $350/week; scholarships available

Privateer offers weekly camps during June and July where the skills of sailing are taught. The emphasis is fun and safety. Campers will learn to speak the language of sailing and how to rig their own boat, leave the dock and return, and use the wind to sail in any direction. Learning to sail their own boat and safely return to shore gives children increased self-esteem and confidence in their abilities. Many campers return year after year. The camp is hosted by the Privateer Sailing Education Foundation.



Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Escape to Nature Summer Camp

400 Garden Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37419




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 5 (rising 1st graders) -14

Programs: Animal encounters, wilderness exploration, plant-based fun, forest games

Cost: $200-$400 for members; $250-$450 for non-members

There’s never been a better time to leave the house and escape to nature. Reflection Riding Summer Camp provides an immersive, educational, and most of all fun experience that challenges campers’ minds and abilities. Children will explore, play, create, and learn on a 300-acre campus while developing a connection to and an understanding of the great outdoors. Hours run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Riverview Camp for Girls

P.O. Box 299

757 County Rd. 614

Mentone, AL 35984




Boys | Girls: Girls

Ages: 6-16

Programs: Riding (both English and Western), swimming (heated pool), tennis, ropes course, climbing tower, canoeing, golf, archery, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, sports, nature exploration, chorus and drama, basketball, volleyball, soccer, arts and crafts, Riverview Refinement, knitting, Leadership Training for Teens, and more

Cost: Short-term session $2,375; long-term session $4,390

On top of Lookout Mountain and on the banks of Little River, Camp Riverview is only 45 minutes south of Chattanooga. A favorite all-around summer camp for girls, Riverview’s Christian emphasis and exciting programs are appreciated by both parents and campers.



SAS Summer

290 Quintard Rd.

Sewanee, TN 37375




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 6-adults

Programs: Day and residential camps for children and adults in arts, culinary, dance, farming, music, outdoor adventure, sports, technology, woodworking, and more; conference rentals 

Cost: Varies by program; see website for more information

SAS Summer offers children and teens day and overnight sports, arts, music, and adventure camps. Shakerag Workshops welcomes adults for one-week, residential arts programs. The campus also welcomes other camps and conferences.



Silverdale Baptist Academy Summer Camps 

7236 Bonny Oaks Dr.

Chattanooga, TN 37421




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Pre-K-12th grade

Programs: Mountain biking, audio production, gardening, theatre, archery, hip-hop, robotics, art, sports, and more

Cost: Varies by camp

Silverdale Summer Camps offer morning and afternoon camps for girls and boys that keep students engaged in the arts, outdoors, athletics, and more all summer long.



Skyuka Hall “Bridging the Academic Gap”

5600 Brainerd Rd., Ste. A-24

Chattanooga, TN 37411




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 1st-rising 12th graders

Programs: Academic support

Cost: $1,600

Skyuka Hall offers a four-week summer academic achievement program for students who need support and lack confidence in reading, writing, and math. Students receive research-based skills and strategies necessary to improve and succeed in the classroom, as well as encouragement and motivation. Camp runs Monday-Thursday from May 31-June 23.



southern adventist university summer camps

Southern Adventist University Academic Summer Camps

4881 Taylor Cir.

Collegedale, TN 37315




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Rising 9th-12th graders

Programs: Business, Computing, Culinary Arts, Film, Journalism, Media Production, Outdoor leadership, Photography, Pre-Med, and Public Relations 

Cost: $150-$250/student depending
on housing needs

Each summer, Southern hosts several academic summer camps on campus that offer high school students an immersive learning experience. Campers can explore or sharpen potential career interests before starting college. Each three-day camp includes hands-on learning with professors as well as a spiritual component, modeling how Adventist education offers both academic rigor and development for the whole person. Overnight accommodations are available in the residence halls. Online registration opens March 1; camps take place June 13-15.



kids in the garden at St. Nicholas summer camp

St. Nicholas Summer Camp

7525 Min Tom Dr.

Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.894.6485 or 423.899.1999



Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 3-12 (Day and Enrichment Camp)

Programs: Swimming and swim lessons; Art and Music activities; Gardening Program (where children learn the basics of growing summer veggies, herbs, and flowers); Sports; Nature Trail exploration, playground time, and more

Cost: See website; sibling discount available

Summer at St. Nicholas Camp is an incredibly fun time for kids that challenges and nurtures imagination, encourages self-directed initiative, and develops leadership skills. Involvement in age-appropriate group activities and diverse athletic and educational experiences are the foundation of the program.  



St. Peter’s Camp Twister

848 Ashland Ter.

Chattanooga, TN 37415




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 3-12

Programs: Camp Twister

Cost: Varies by program

Designed to provide a fun and exciting environment, Camp Twister is a day camp that provides children the opportunity to participate in different weekly themes full of engaging activities and creative projects. Camp hours are 8 a.m to 3 p.m.; extended care 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (at additional cost).



UCA Summer Camp

2200 Peerless Rd. NW

Cleveland, TN 37311




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: K2-8th grade

Programs: Daily Bible lesson, arts and crafts, music, computers, play time

Cost: $50 to register; $150/week (includes breakfast and lunch)

Camps run 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and provide relaxed fun for students to enjoy fun times with arts and crafts, Bible lessons, play, Kona Ice, and a water party weekly. 



UTC Youth University Summer Academies

Challenger STEM Learning Center

755 Mocs Alumni Dr.

Chattanooga, TN 37403



Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: Rising 1st-6th grade

Programs: Spark Academies for rising 1st-2nd graders; Explore Academies for rising 3rd-5th graders

Cost: $285

Peas in a Pod Cooking Camp (June 6-10, 2022) in collaboration with UTC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, campers will blend the sensory experiences of cooking with science, arts, engineering, and math. The second camp (weeks of June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22) My Bright Ideas!, provides engaging experiences such as building moon phase models, capturing shadows, and experimenting with the full spectrum of color. Scholarship opportunities are available. 



Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls

606 Valley View Ranch Rd.

Cloudland, GA 30731




Boys | Girls: Girls

Ages: 8-17

Programs: Equestrian

Cost: $2,200-$3,800

Valley View Equestrian Camp has been a horse lover’s paradise since 1954. For 50 girls, during one to eight weeks, the 600-acre camp offers English and Western riding, barrels, vaulting, and trails. CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Girls spend up to six hours a day riding and caring for their own camp horse.



YMCA Bold/Gold

615 Derby Street

Chattanooga, TN 37404




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 13 – 18

Programs: Bold – Boys outdoor leadership development; Gold – Girls outdoor leadership development. Campers participate in experiences like backpacking, camping, and trail exploration.

Cost: $550 members, $650 for non-members

Teens grow and develop multi-cultural leadership skills through challenging outdoor activities. Our multi-day backpacking, canoeing, climbing, and mountain biking courses will give campers the leadership skills they need to thrive in high school, college and beyond! Desire to have fun and challenge yourself in spirit, mind, and body required!



girls at YMCA camp ocoee

YMCA Camp Ocoee

111 YMCA Dr.

Ocoee, TN 37361




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 7-16

Programs: Traditional resident camp featuring canoeing, archery, mountain biking, high ropes course, climbing tower, horseback riding, water skiing, swimming, and more

Cost: $680; financial assistance available

Summer fun, lifetime memories, eternal values. Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7-16 are available with a 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio and strong Christian environment. Activities include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, archery, mountain biking, campouts, and more. 



YMCA Open Air Academy

615 Derby Street

Chattanooga, TN 37404




Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 12 – 17

Programs: Outdoor recreational opportunities, interactive outdoor or environmental initiatives, and leadership development through service learning projects.

Cost: $240/week for members; $290/week for non-members

Open Air Academy seeks to positively impact teen’s lives through fun and creative outdoor experiences.

During the summer, campers participate in weekly outdoor skills development and personal growth initiatives with an overnight camping component Thursday and Friday (some weeks), which builds upon the skills learned and implements a service learning project onsite.

During the school year, each public school break will have a one-week program with a unique theme that explores activities appropriate for the season.

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