A Complete Guide to Summer Camps for 2019
a complete guide to summer camps
Situated on the crest of Lookout Mountain, Alpine’s massive rocks, rushing waterfalls, and deep woods provide the perfect setting for a summer away at camp. Over the course of a term, the usual schedule of activities is interspersed with events like the 4th of July celebration, Mountain Day celebration, and a trip day. Each night concludes with an activity that could range from a cabin campout to a night of slaughter ball in the gym.
Running from June 10 to July 26 with the exception of the week of July 4, Art Creations’ summer camps are great for creative, art-loving, and imaginative children. Each weekly camp has a different theme and is taught by talented local art teachers.
Baylor Summers has a new menu of offerings for parents to choose from in summer 2019. Day camps will focus on everything from general day camps to athletic skill development, outdoor skills, and academic enrichment. Residential camps will feature many of the same offerings as the day camps, in addition to an exciting lineup that includes a boarding school sampler, leadership experience, national park exploration, STEM/research, business and entrepreneurship, public speaking, reading/authorship experience, robotics, digital design, mountain biking, college test prep, and coding and engineering. Many offerings are designed with day and residential components so that both local and out-of-town families can take advantage of these enrichment opportunities. Baylor Summers provides early drop-off and late pick-up at no additional cost to families.
BCA’s summer camp provides a variety of engaging activities such as gymnastics, ballet, sports, and biblical studies, as well as water play days, movie and pajama days, and other special theme days. Creative hands-on projects include cooking, STEM, and crafts. Pre-K has in-house activities that include visits from the Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, and Chattanooga Zoo, while older campers attend weekly field trips to local attractions. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with part-time options available.
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, the 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.
Boyd Buchanan Summer Programs emphasize participation, cooperation, learning, and fun in a safe, loving Christian environment. Campers may attend half-day or full-day camps with before/after-care and lunch options available. Athletic programs focus on teaching fundamentals and developing athletic skill. Academic programs offer learning activities designed to engage campers’ creativity and intellectual spark. Theatre and fine arts programs conclude each session with a performance. New this year, full-day, weekly preschool camps are available.
Every summer, Brainerd Baptist School offers a high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable program in a loving Christian environment.
Every day is going to be a BRIGHT day at Bright Days summer program for early learners! The program includes morning and closing ceremonies, on-site field trips, camp songs, nature exploration, outside play, water days, art projects, visits to the school library, and more. Children get to know their counselors and fellow campers as they experience the quality of a Bright education in the summer. A healthy lunch is included.
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 nine weeks scheduled between June 3 and August 2.
Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program – Supercharged™, where children transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will code robots and use collaboration and creative problem solving during hands-on STEM activities.
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 Nikki Russell, an education specialist, help kids be original and have a blast with other campers.
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.
Signal Centers Children’s Program is a unique six-week summer camp for children and youth of all abilities. Camp Signal offers a quality camp experience while specializing in social and emotional development through fun projects and activities. Camp weeks are June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 22-26. Additionally, Signal Centers Vision Academy will be open to students with vision loss; dates are June 17-21 for ages 14-18 and June 19-22 for ages 19-22.
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.
Chargers Day Camp at Chattanooga Christian School incorporates art, games, water slides, sports activities, theme days, and more. Full and half-day camps, along with before/after-care, are available. Sample camps for young children include Fairy Princess, American Girl, LEGO Adventures, Kids in the Kitchen, and Intro to Sports. New camps include Cake Wars, French, Bridge to Terabithia, Dive into Books, and Journalism – there is even a new Day Camp for middle school students.
Chattanooga State offers a wide variety of summer camps for children ages 8-16. This year, Robotics and Coding, Culinary camp, and the popular Musical Theatre camp will be offered. Chattanooga State’s summer camps run mornings from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. or afternoons from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Campers can stay for a half day or the entire day to participate in two camps in the same week!
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Summer Academy includes programs that explore acting, comedy, performance, dance, stories to stage, musical theatre, and other aspects of stage work. The academy runs from June 3 through August 2.
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.
Accredited by the American Camping 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 make the experience unforgettable.
Friends Discovery Camp is a 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. New this year, a third Friends Discovery Camp will be offered for 12 to 14-year-olds! Registration opens for members on February 25 and for non-members on March 4.
Creative Discovery Museum camps are based on a theme. For more information about each theme, visit cdmfun.org/camp. During the museum’s summer camps, each camper will have time to play in the museum, make their own snacks, create memories with new friends, and receive a t-shirt. Registration opens for members on February 25 and for non-members on March 4.
Dayplayers provides everything a child needs to maintain a healthy body and build a strong spirit during the summer months. Dayplayers is committed to providing a summer experience that is safe, affordable, and Christ-centered. Camp times are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 28 through August 2.
At GPS Summer Camp, your girl can spend her entire summer learning, playing, laughing, and meeting new friends. Or, she can enroll for a week or two. With more than 40 camps, it is easy to build her summer online with full- and half-day options. Best of all, GPS students serve as counselors, providing big-sister moments all summer long.
The summer day camp program at Hickory Valley Christian School focuses on themes intended to enhance summer learning. It offers a loving Christian environment where children can enjoy their summer vacation and explore creative ways to learn about the world around them.
High Point Downtown’s Summer Rock Camp’s dedicated staff teach climbing basics: equipment usage, techniques, and the importance of trust and communication through age-appropriate group instruction. Camps include daily healthy snacks, drinks, and a camp shirt. On Wednesday, kids ages 5-9 visit the Creative Discovery Museum, and kids ages 10-14 visit the Tennessee Aquarium.
The Hunter Museum invites children of all ages to create, play, and explore during summer camp! Weekly summer art camps are offered June 3 through June 21 and July 8 through August 2. The museum will host a different age group each week with a variety of art experiences that boost children’s creativity while teaching new skills.
Every Camp Ivy session will be educationally geared toward the intended age group and will cover themes such as basic hiking and trail etiquette, observing nature, identifying local flora and fauna, mapping climate data, water conservation, ecology, the earth’s resources, and energy conservation. Visits from local experts and park rangers, as well as a field study at Big Soddy Gulf, are also on the schedule.
These camps, which run from May 28 through July 13, 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 blacksmithing and field trips.
All skill levels are welcome at the 28th annual Summer Tennis Clinic, held on the campus of Lee University. Four hundred campers are accepted each year and will learn from director Kay McDaniel, a former world’s top 35 professional player in singles and top 20 in doubles. With six appearances in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Kay has competed against Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and other top players. Prizes and awards, a camp t-shirt, photos, and lots of encouragement are given throughout the weeklong experience.
McCallie’s summer programs include a variety of camps with emphasis on 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 offers half-day and full-day programs that focus on athletic skills development and fine arts instruction. Programs include art, baseball, basketball, dance, football, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling. An all-sports camp is also offered for those who want a variety of activities.
The Summer Adventure Club will have students exploring art, including kinetic moving art, claymation, puppeteering, and more. They will engage in sports activities such as dribbling, throwing, and catching, as well as popular games like tunnel tag. These activities will strengthen hand and eye coordination, footwork, and the skills needed to play all types of sports.
PYS offers weekly camps during June and July where the skills of sailing are taught. The emphasis of the camp 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 returning 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.
Your child will learn about the natural world through outdoor play and hands-on activities. Campers will choose between a plant, animal, or adventure focus for their week of nature-based fun. Every camper will have the opportunity to canoe, hike, and explore. Other possible activities include animal encounters, mountain biking, and a wild cave tour.
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 offers children and teens a variety of weeklong day and overnight sports, arts, and adventure camps. Shakerag Workshops welcome adults for one-week residential arts programs. This summer, SAS will also host Little Bellas Mountain Biking Camp and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival’s String Academy for younger musicians.
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. Please check the website for program dates.
SBA Summer Camps offer morning and afternoon camps for girls and boys that keep students engaged in the arts, athletics, and academics throughout the summer.
St. Nicholas Summer Camp challenges and nurtures imagination, encourages self-directed initiative, and develops leadership skills in children. Involvement in age-appropriate group activities and diverse athletic and educational experiences are the foundation of the program. The St. Nicholas Summer Camp Program is a comprehensive school-age program licensed with the Hamilton County Department of Education. The camp runs Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., from May 28 through July 26.
TechTown offers unique camp programs with hands-on learning designed to inspire creativity, drive curiosity, and lay the foundation for a career in technology and arts. Kids can pick a learning emphasis in art and design, software development, engineering, videography, and more.
The Challenger STEM Learning Center and the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts conduct weekly summer programs that provide STEM and STEAM hands-on and project-based activities involving simulation space missions, coding, Lego robotics, engineering, and arts design lab. Academies run from June 10 through July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the university campus with community field trips planned.
Valley View Equestrian Camp has been a horse lover’s paradise since 1954. For 50 girls, during one to nine weeks, the 600-acre camp offers English riding, Western riding, barrels, vaulting, and trails. CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Girls spend four to six hours daily with their own camp horse.
Located on Chickamauga Lake, Vesper Point has provided over 55 years of Christian camping for children and families. At VP, 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.
Located in the Cherokee National Forest on Lake Ocoee, Camp Ocoee is a weeklong camp offering life-changing experiences. The Christian values learned and the confidence gained by participants becomes a way of life.