Archive for: March 2014

Lifelong Memories In The Making

By Allison Hodges, Director of Camp  Webb

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Summer camp activities give kids the opportunity to play, develop skills and make friends.

Check out any summer camp website, and you’ll see numerous bright, smiling faces enjoying an array of fun, summertime activities – clear evidence of the great times kids can have at summer camp. What might not be so obvious, and perhaps more important, are the valuable life skills the summer camp experiences provide for all campers – skills that can benefit them for life! Read more →

“America’s Secret City”

Discover Oak Ridge this spring with your kids

Story and Photo by the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Untitled-1Are you always on the lookout for fun and interesting places nearby to take your children during Spring Break or even for a “staycation?” Oak Ridge is a convenient and educational city that offers kid friendly attractions and historical sites, all within a 20-minute drive of Knoxville. In today’s economy, staying close to home has become a staple for many families, but there are inexpensive and free activities your family can participate in while learning about the Secret City at the same time. Read more →

The Difference Between Sedation And Anesthesia

by Audrey Madigan

Mar2014-ETCHSome children can become anxious when they come to the hospital for treatment or medical procedures. As a result, they may not be able to sit still or relax enough to receive care or complete the necessary procedure. To help your child feel more comfortable, the doctor may suggest sedation. Read more →

Keeping Kids Active

               By Barry Van Over, President of Premier Martial Arts International

Anyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active.

As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity. Reasons include increasing demands of school, a feeling among some kids that they aren’t good at sports, a lack of active role models, and busy working families. Read more →

Growth Opportunities For Parents Of Overnight Campers

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.


Mar2014-KSmithOvernight camp represents an important developmental milestone for children. It is a chance for them to learn that they can function independently.  They get to sleep in an unfamiliar place, eat different foods, adapt to a new routine, meet people, make activity choices, and keep track of a bulging duffle bag of gear—all without help from a parent. Camp provides a variety of personal growth opportunities for children but also for the parents who stay behind. In this article, I will describe three opportunities for personal growth that arise for parents of campers. Read more →

The 2014 Knoxville Parent Summer Camps Directory

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Adamah Adventures

co-ed, sleepover, adventure

Multiple sessions, Jun-Aug. Georgia, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, Oregon. Adam Griff, 404-297-4914, info@adamahadventures.org, adamahadventures.org. Adamah Adventures is an outdoor adventure summer camp and travel program for Jewish kids and teens – develop self-confidence, independence, and a sense of adventure while rafting, camping, rock climbing and more!

Adventure Quest at Doe River Gorge

From the time your child is eight until they graduate from college, Doe River Gorge offers sequential summer programs where they can have fun, explore new interests, develop life skills, form quality relationships, and build strong Christian character–all in an atmosphere of majestic beauty, unsurpassed facilities and caring staff. Co-Ed, Sleepover, Christian, Outdoor Adventure.

Doe River Gorge in Hampton, TN. 423-725-4010, doerivergorge.com, drginfo@doerivergorge.com.

Junior Adventure Quest – 6-day adventure for students entering grades 3-7: Jun 8-13, Jun 15-20, Jul 20-25, Jul 27-Aug. 1

Manes ‘n’ Tails – 6-day equestrian emphasis for girls entering grades 5-7: Jun 8-13, Jun 15-20, Jul 20-25, Jul 27-Aug. 1

Bull’s Eye – 6-day program of archery, riflery, and paintball for boys entering grades 5-7: Jun 8-13, Jun 15-20, Jul 20-25, Jul 27-Aug. 1

Adventure Quest – A 6-day experience for students entering grades 7-10: Jun 1-6, Jun 22-27, Jun 29-Jul 4, Jul 6-11, Jul 13-18, Aug 3-8

Adventure Quest – A 6-day experience for students entering grades 11-12: Jun 1-6, Jun 29-Jul 4, Aug 3-8

Expedition – A 6-day wilderness adventure through the Cherokee National Forest for boys entering grades 8-12: Jun 8-13, Jul 6-11, Jul 13-18

Wakeboarding – A 6-day water sports program on nearby Lake Watauga for boys entering grades 8-10: Jun 22-27, Jul 13-18

Equestrian – A 6-day program for girls entering grades 7-12: Jun 1-6, Jun 22-27, Jul 6-11, Jul 13-18

Riflery – A 6-day marksmanship program for boys entering grades 7-10: Jun 22-27, Jul 6-11, Jul 13-18

Outdoor Sportsman – A 13-day program for boys entering grades 7-10 including: rifles, archery, paintball and fly fishing: Jun 1-13, Jun 15-27

17THREE – 13-day leadership program for students entering grades 9-10 that blends adventure activities with leadership principles: Jun 1-13, Jun 22-Jul4, Jul 13-25

SALT – 20-day leadership program for students entering grades 10-11 that actively models the first principle of leadership: service: Jun 1-20, Jun 22 – Jul11, Jul 13 – Aug 1

LEAD – 27-day leadership program for students entering grades 11-12: Jun 1-27, Jul 6 – Aug 1

American Museum of Science and Energy Science Explorer Camp

Jun 9 – 13, Jun 16 – 20: Rising 5th (must be 10 years old by Jun 1), 6th and 7th Graders. amse.org 865-576-3229.

AQHA Camp It Up

Day and overnight. Horseback riding, instruction. Lafollette, Tennessee. 865-684-6489.

Archery Camps

Participants will learn the safety rules, basics of archery art, and will play lots of archery games. Camps are held in archery range in Gander Mtn. Each camp is limited to 10 kids. Organized by Elzbieta Tworek, USA Archery Coach, level IV. Boys and girls age 10-15, novice or with some skills. Jun 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, Jul 07-11. Equipment provided. 865-719-7543. TheOlympicArrow.com.

Arnstein Jewish Community Center

Camp K’Tonton, Bon Voyage-an adventure on the Seven Seas – Ages 2 years to 5 years. Phone: 865-963-8001. 6800 Deane Hill Drive. Knoxville, TN 37919. jewishknoxville.org

Blue Point Stables Riding Camp

co-ed, day camp or overnights. March 10 through Aug 4 – 2, 3 & 5 day camps 2727 Town Creek Road West., Lenoir City, TN, 37771. Brandy McDonnell or David Stooksbury, 865-376-9312, bluepointstables@gmail.com, bluepointstables.com. A camp that is full of fun, multiple activities and horse riding, hosted on an actual working horse farm!

Boy Scouts of America – Great Smoky Mountain Council

Camp Buck Toms – Camp Buck Toms provides one of the finest summer camp programs around for Scouting and Venturing. Jun 29 – Jul 5, Jul 6-12. 373 Camp Buck Toms Rd. Rockwood, TN 37854. (865) 588-6514

Camp Pellissippi – Camp Pellissippi is a rustic and primitive camp with cabins and tent camping year round for the Scouting program. The camp features a campfire area, parade field, stage area, shooting sports, and much more. Norris Lake, in Andersonville TN. (865) 588-6514

STEMology – We will be having FUN with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Boys and Girls ages 9-14. Jun 17th – 20th, 1pm- 5pm. Location: The Muse Knoxville. Cost $60.00. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Barnett at 865-243-8057.

Bricks4Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz Knoxville is a mobile business and is offering standalone camps at a variety of locations, as well as partnering with other camps. Summer camp locations are: FTHCR — Farragut Town Hall Community Room, 11408 Municipal Center Dr, Farragut, TN 37934 and AJCC — Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919. 865.250.8560. choward@bricks4kidz.com. bricks4kidz.com/tennessee-knoxville-knoxcounty

May 27-30

FTHCR – Mining & Crafting – afternoons

Jun 2-6

FTHCR – Comic Creator – afternoons

AJCC – Angry Birdies/Bad Piglets

Jun 9-13

FTHCR – Angry Birdies / Bad Piglets – afternoons

Jun 16-20

FTHCR – Advanced Robotics 1 – afternoons

AJCC – Remote Control Mania

Jun 23-27

FTHCR – Movie Making 101 – afternoons

Jun 30-Jul 3

FTHCR – Jr Robotics – afternoons

AJCC – Mining & Crafting

Jul 7-11

FTHCR – Advanced Robotics 2 – afternoons

Jul 14-18

TBA – Wednesday, Jul 16 – Robotics Masters Class with Danny Benedetteli

TBA – Thursday, Jul 17 – Robotics Masters Class with Danny Benedetteli

Jul 21-25 and Jul 28-Aug 1

TBA

Aug 4-8

AJCC – Movie Making 101 – mornings

AJCC – Comic Creator – afternoon

Bridgemont Ministries

3620 Katy Hollar Road, Sevierville, TN 37862. 865-453-8841

Camp Arrowwood

5 night residential camp open to campers between the ages of 8-14. Programs include: Expedition Arrowwood, Horseback, Adventure Recreation, Archery/Riflery, Energy Craze, Arrowwood Designs: Jun 29 – Jul 4, Jul 6-11, Jul 13-18, Jul 20-25, Jul 27 – Aug 1. 3601 Lyon Springs Rd, Sevierville, TN 37862. Phone: 865-429-9105. camparrowwood.org/

Camp Ba Yo Ca

Outdoor, sporting, and artistic activities taught by our qualified, full-time staff and counselors. 2320 Happy Hollow Road, Sevierville, TN 37862. 865-453-6274 or at camp@campbayoca.com.

Camp Cedar Cliff

Nestled in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, our facilities offer children the experience of a lifetime, youth pastors an opportunity to focus on their ministry, and give groups an environment designed to foster lifelong relationships. 5 Porters Cove Rd.. Asheville, TN 28805. 828-450-3331. campcedarcliff.org.

Day Camp (K-6th)

Session 1 – Space Traveler: Jun 16-20

Session 2 – A Bug’s Life: Jun 23-27

Session 3 – Party in the USA!: Jun 30-Jul 4

Session 4 – Mystery Mountain: Jul 7-11

Session 5 – Summer Safari: Jul14-18

Session 6 – Christmas in Jul!: Jul 21-25

Session 7 – Lego Land: Jul 28-Aug. 1

Trail Blazers

Grades 2-4. Jun 14-Jul 1. $370.00 per session

Pioneers

Grades 4-6. Jun 14-Aug. 1. $720.00 per week

Explorers

Grades 7-10. Jun 14-Aug 1. $720.00 per week.

Mountaineers

Grades 6-10. Jun 14-27, Jul 5-18, and Jul 19-Aug. 1. $1,380.00 per two-week session.

Camp at Clyde M York 4-H Center.

Boys, girls, & overnight. Archery, Art, Basketball, Environmental/Marine Biology, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball. 62 4-H Center Drive, Crossville, TN 38572. Phone : 931-788-2288. Fax: 931-788-6003

Camp Invention

Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in exciting hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. A few featured activities include building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct an epic insect-themed pinball machine. Each lesson explores connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early and alumni registration discounts are available! Spaces are limited – register today! Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 for more information.

Knoxville, Oakridge, Maryville and Clinton area locations:

Blue Grass Elementary School: Jun 2 – 6

A.L. Lotts Elementary School: Jun 2 – 6

Clinton Elementary School: Jun 2 – 6

Farragut Intermediate School: Jun 9 – 13

Sequoyah Elementary School: Jun 9 – 13

Willow Brook Elementary School: Jun 16 – 20

Maryville Christian School: Jun 16 – 20

Hardin Valley Elementary School: Jun 16 – 20

Woodland Elementary School: Jun 23 – 27

Robertsville Middle School: Jun 23 – 27

Camp John Knox

Archery, arts & crafts, frisbee golf, nature center, and more! 591 West Rockwood Ferry Road. Ten Mile, TN 37880

865-376-2236. admin@kohnknoxcenter.org. jonknoxcenter.org

Camp Nakanawa

Two Week Session: Jun 15-28 – cost: $1,850.00. Four Week Session: Jun 30-Jul 27 – cost: $3,100.00. 1084 Camp Nakanawa Road. Crossville, TN 38571. 931-277-3711. campnak@frontiernet.net. campnakanawa.com

Camp Quest of the Smoky Mountains

Jul 27 – Aug 2.: 1056 Lovell Rd. Knoxville, Tennessee 37932. (865) 966-6478. cqsmokymountains@gmail.com. rationalists.org/cq/index.php

Camp Riva-Lake

Girls only. Tims Ford Lake in Winchester, Tennesee. info@camprivalake.com. camprivalake.com.

Mini-Session: Jun 28 – Jul 5 (open to 7 – 9 year old campers)

Session 1: Jun 28 – Jul 12

Session 2: Jul 12 – Jul 26

Full Session: Jun 28 – Jul 26

Camp Webb

Adventure Camp

Jun 9-13, Jun 16-20, Jul 7-11, Jul 14-18. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boys and girls, entering kindergarten through 7th grade. Camp Webb’s

Adventure Camp offers a safe and structured program in which campers make friends, learn life skills, experience teamwork,and

just have some good, old-fashioned fun. Cost: $240 per week

All About Girls Camp

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls entering grades 2-5. Back by popular demand and celebrating the joys of being girls who love dolls! Cost: $210

Art from Outer Space

Jun 2-6 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-8. Use your imagination and be prepared to bring outer space to life! Cost: $215

Books , Baking & Bunches of Fun

Session I: Jun 9-13. Session II: Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-3. Books by well-known authors are used to launch activities such as baking, making books and other creative hands-on projects designed to stimulate reading and language skills. $215

Camp Wanna Play-A-Lot!

Jun 2-6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering kindergarten-1st grade. The dynamic duo of Coach Miller and Coach Montgomery is back again this year doing what they do best! What camper wouldn’t want to play games all day long with the leadership of these incredible teachers? Cost: $210

Camp Wonderoo

Jun 9-13, Jun 16-20, Jul 7-11, Jul 14-18. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A camp for Four Year Olds (Campers must be 4 years old by the beginning of their camp week. They should not be entering kindergarten. All children must be fully toilet-trained.) Camp Wonderoo offers a whole slew of things for you to do! Pack your bags, put on your cape, and off we go for an adventure-filled week of wonder and whooping it up, Camp Webb style! Cost: $220 (lunch and snack included)

Ceramics Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-8. This camp concentrates on a unique series of ceramic tiles and vessels that incorporate almost any object from which you can make a plastic mold. Cost: $215

Chess Camp

Session I: Jul 7-11 (Fundamentals Camp). Session II: Jul 28-Aug 1 (Intermediate/Advanced Camp). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-11. Campers work on piece mechanics, opening strategies, tactics, and general principles. Cost: $205

Clay Creations

Jul 14-18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-7. You’ll learn techniques for creating, firing and coloring clay sculpture, and end up with some very cool items to bring home and keep forever. Cost: $210

Clay-N-Play

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-4. We’ll play with clay and we’ll make all kinds of “funderful” things to bring home–all fired and finished, and even colored to show off to your folks. Cost: $210

Culinary Creations Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 6-8. Prepare a different menu each day, including appetizers, homemade pizza and pasta, international foods, and even desserts! Cost: $230

Coolest Summer Hang-Out EVER!

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys entering grades 2-5. If you want to design a bottle rocket ship and launch it into the air, go exploring in the woods, play some really fun sports and games. Cost $225

Cupcakes and Crafts

Jul 28-Aug 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Entering grades 2-4. The ultimate one-two combo! Stir up your creative juices for a week of crafting and cupcake creations. Cost $210

Dog Days of Summer

Jul 28-Aug 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-2. Be prepared to have fun and learn something you didn’t know about our canine friends. Cost $200

“Double Play” Science & Games Camp

Session I: Jul 14-18, Session II: Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Entering grades 1-4. This camp will develop your mind and body–half science and half games. Cost $215

Champ’s Camp for Boys

Jul 14-18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys entering grades 5-6. Cost $215

Drama Camp

Session I: Jun 2-6. Session II: Jun 9-13. Session III: Jul 7-11. Session IV: Jul 14-18. Session V: Jul 21-25. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-7. Learn how acting and movement, mixed with a little creativity, can be transformed into performance skills. Cost $210

Fairy Camp

Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering kindergarten-1st grade. Fairies will twirl their way through a whole host of pixie-perfect

activities. Cost: $210

Geocaching and Orienteering

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-7. Orienteering is a sport that requires navigational skills, using a map and compass to go from point to point on unfamiliar terrain, and Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. Cost: $225

Get Your Game On!

Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-3. Cost $210

Glee Club Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-7. Campers will learn song and dance routines, from Broadway musicals and pop tunes. Then, they get to perform them for friends and family in a live presentation. Cost: $210

Have a Blast: Rocketry Camp

Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6 Campers learn the fundamentals of designing, building and safety of fuel rockets. They will assemble a solid rocket motor that will be used to fly his/her rocket up to altitudes of 1,200 feet. Cost: $225

Junior Scientist

Session I: Jun 16-20. Session II: Jul 28-Aug 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-4. Through exciting experiments, campers will learn simple chemistry by creating erupting volcanoes, ocean waves, fireworks in a jar, and invisible ink. $215

Hip -Hop Fly Girls

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls entering grades 2-5. Learn Hip-Hop dance moves, including stomp dances, row dancing, jump and thump, and pop-and-lock skills. Cost $210

It’s a Small World

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-2. Camp Webb will be our portal to warp speed, international travel; journeying across the world in five days. We’ll visit South Africa, China, India, Spain, and Italy. Cost: $210

LEGO® Robotics

Session I: Jun 2-6 – for girls only. Session II: Jun 9-13 – co-ed, Session III: Jun 16-20 – co-ed, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-6. With cooperative learning, campers rotate through the responsibilities of building robotic toys and programming them using computers. Cost: $235

Making Mosaics

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-7. Make your mosaic mark on the map! Boys and girls of all ages will enjoy learning the art of making mosaics. Cost: $215

Movie Magic!

Jul 28-Aug 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-7. Campers will learn behind-the-scenes special effects tricks and make-up, green screen techniques, slight-of-hand camerawork, and much, much more. Cost: $215

Little Divas Musical Theater Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-5

A different theme each day like “Party Girl” or “Flower Power” is used to showcase musical theater, dance, songs, and crafts. Current music, as well as Broadway show tunes, is featured for a day that rarely slows down. Cost: $210

Little Loco Language Learners

Jul 21-25: Julio 21 – 25, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Entering Kindergarten: Steigende Kindergartenkinder. Singing, dancing,

storytelling, cooking, art, and indoor and outdoor educational play…all in a different language! The exciting teachers will make

all the difference in this camp – it will not be “your average language camp.” Cha cha cha! Cost: $205

Messy Science

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-5. Cost $205

Nature Discovery

Jun 2-6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-3. Cost $210

Pirate Camp

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-2. We’ll talk like pirates, play pirate games, amass our booty as we hunt for hidden treasure and loot, learn about infamous pirates of the high seas, drink grog and eat hard tack, create pirate art, sing pirate songs, dance pirate jigs, and have a pirate party at the end of the week. Cost: $215

Pure Imagination Art

Jun 2-6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 2-3. We’ll draw, paint and collage whatever crazy images you can dream. Spend a week in charge of your own artistic destiny to define yourself as an artist! Cost: $215

Science Detective Camp

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 2-4. Learn how to use a microscope to investigate animal bone fur, fossils, tracks, and scat. Study DNA to find out how real detectives solve crimes. Cost: $210

Seussical Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering kindergarten-1st grade. From Mulberry Street to Whoville, come explore the world of Dr. Seuss! Cost: $205

Princess Camp

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 1-2. Become a princess for a week! Throw off your pumpkin garb and feel like royalty as you indulge in activities, games and crafts fit for a princess. Cost: $215

Printmaking Camp

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-8. Learn a variety of printmaking techniques, including monoprint, linoleum cuts, woodcuts, and lithography. Cost $210

Sew Simple I

Session I: Jun 2-6, Session II: Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6.

Sew Simple II

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6. Prerequisite: Sew Simple I

STEM Camp

Session I: Jul 7-11, Session II: Jul 14-18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6. Science, technology, engineering, and math! Campers will build hovercrafts, bridges and wind turbines. They’ll conduct chemistry experiments and analyze their results with lab probes, and will explore the cosmos with math. We’ll finish our week making liquid nitrogen ice cream. Cost: $220

Summer Boredom Buster!

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 2-4. Come bust up your boredom at this camp full of indoor and outdoor games and crafts that might get a little messy! Cost: $205

Superhero Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6. Create your own superhero and villain personas, discover your “kryptonite,” compete in ultimate hero vs. villain showdowns, and become an expert on Marvel and DC comics. Cost: $215

Summer Art with Mr. Cantrell

Session I: Jul 21-25 Ages: Entering grades 1-3 Session II: Jul 28-Aug 1 Ages: Entering grades 3-5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get your creative juices flowing! Known for singing while creating or painting to fun tunes, Mr. Cantrell, a Camp Webb classic, will guide campers in the creation, Cost $210

Summer Olympics

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $215

SuperGirl Dance Camp

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering kindergarten-2nd grade. Our dances will be inspired by a mix of contemporary, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop! Bring your dance ideas to contribute to a performance at the end of the week. Cost: $205

Sweet Treats Camp

Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6 Chocoholics, party people and candy lovers unite! Each day we’ll make delicious concoctions for you to munch and add to your baking repertoire. Cost: $215

The Race That’s Amazing Camp

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 6-8. Be prepared to journey to different cultures and be tested with puzzles, timed activities, and tasks using both mental and physical strength. Cost: $205

The Voice: Singing Camp

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-5. Singers work in a fun, upbeat and supportive atmosphere while exploring and singing the music of Hollywood’s stage and screen legends, as well as today’s pop stars. Cost: $200

Webb’s Test Kitchen

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6, Campers will test variations of different recipes each day! They’ll also receive a cookbook containing all the recipes we test throughout the week. This camp is a great combination of using everyday math and science skills in your kitchen. Cost: $210

Woodworking Camp

Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-8. Roll up your sleeves and mesh your creativity with some basic woodworking skills to construct awesomely insane birdhouses, your own pinewood derby cars and more. Cost: $215

Writing Camp

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-8 Mr. Lauer will help you create fascinating characters and concoct exciting adventures. Nutty activities

will help stimulate the creative process. Cost $205

Ultimate Kids Concoctions Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 2-5 Create wacky, wild and creative things to

play with and observe. Cost: $215

Wildlife Explorers

Jul 14-18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-5. Campers will discover much about our native plant and animal life through observation and exploration. Cost: $205

Webb Sports Camps

All -Girls Sports Camp

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls entering grades 4-7. Give your daughter a solid start with fundamental instruction in volleyball, softball and basketball. Cost: $205

Boys Beginner Lacrosse Camp

Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 3-6. The day will be packed with drills, scrimmages and fun games. By the end of the week, you will be a better lacrosse player in every aspect of the game – from shooting to faceoffs. Cost: $190; does not

include equipment.

Boys Intermediate Lacrosse Camp

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 5-8. Prerequisite: Participation in the Camp

Webb beginner lacrosse camp or participation in a lacrosse program. Cost: $195; does not include equipment

Boys Junior Soccer Camp

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys entering grades 1-5. Through a series of fun and interactive games and drills, campers will learn the fundamentals of soccer. Cost $205

Clash of the Titans

Jun 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 2-6. Campers will participate in Poison Ball tournaments inside and then head outdoors to play favorites such as Capture the Flag and flag football. Cost $205

Football /Basketball Camp

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-8. School dean of students and varsity boys basketball coach. We’ll concentrate on individual skill improvement and each camper’s ability to play within a team structure and become a well-rounded athlete. Cost: $215

Girls Soccer Camp: Soccerpalooza!

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls entering kindergarten-5th grade. Campers will be taught technical as well as tactical skills necessary in the game of soccer. Cost: $200

Grand Slam Dunk – Baseball/Basketball CAMP

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys entering grades 3-8. We hope that you will join us for a week of player development and fun! Cost: $215

Cheer, Stunt and Tumble

Session I: Jun 9-13, Session II: Jul 14-18, Entering kindergarten-3rd grade, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers will be trained in the fundamentals as they learn motions, cheers, chants, and stunts. Cost: $205

Elliott Stroupe Basketball School

Jun 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6. Cost $215

Gymnastics Galore

Session I: Jun 23-27 Ages: Entering grades 2-5, Session II: Jul 7-11 Ages: Entering kindergarten-3rd grade. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get ready for a week of the balance beam, rolls, handstands, and more! Cost: $205

Meske Football Camp

Jun 2-6, 9am-2pm, grades 1-5. Cost $205

Spartan Baseball Camp

Jul 14-18, Entering grades 3-6. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers will have the opportunity to spend quality time on throwing, catching, hitting, pitching, base running, and sliding fundamentals, as well as participate in technique sessions. Cost: $205

Tennis Camp

Session I: Jun 2-6 Session II: Jun 9-13 Session III: Jun 16-20 Session IV: Jun 23-27* Session V: Jul 7-11 Session VI: Jul 14-18

Session VII: Jul 21-25 Session VIII: Jul 28-Aug 1, Entering grades 1-9 (*Entering 8th and 9th graders may not attend the week of Jun 24-28) Campers focus on individual skill instruction, point development, and match play. Cost: $210

Webb Basketball Camp

Jul 14-18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys entering grades 7-8. Camp enrollment is limited to achieve a 1:8 coach-to-player ratio. Players learn individual drills that will enhance performance. Campers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend; however, participants should have a serious desire to become better basketball players. Cost: $205

Webb Spartan Basketball Camp

Jun 2-6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys and girls entering grades 3-8. Basic skills and fundamentals will be taught, including shooting technique, ball handling, passing and catching, footwork, and defense. Offensive skills for post and guard positions are emphasized as well. Cost: $205

Volleyball Camp

Jul 21-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 4-6 Campers are trained on the fundamentals of volleyball, including spiking, serving and passing. Cost: $200

Spartan Spirit Cheer and Dance

Jul 7-11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls entering grades 3-6. The camp day will be filled with cheers, stunts, dances, tumbling, technical class, hip-hop, jazz, pom, sign making, and teamwork. Cost: $205

Wild World of Sports

Jun 9-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entering grades 2-6. Cost $205

Webb Mini Camps

KidzJamz

Jul 21-25, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering kindergarten-1st grade. Bring your groove ‘cuz it’s about to get funky! Cost: $100

Loco Logic Camp

Jul 21-25, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 4-6. It‘s a perfect way to spend a few summer afternoons if you struggle with math or if you love it and want to learn more. Cost $110

Minecraft Camp

Jun 23-27, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Come join friends in a weeklong Minecraft adventure. All equipment included, but we suggest opening a Minecraft account before the start of the camp. Cost: $150

Girls Sport Camp

Jul 14-18, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Girls entering grades 3-6. This is a great way to receive instruction in volleyball, softball and basketball. Please bring your own softball glove. Cost: $110

High School Preparation Basketball Camp

Jul 21-25, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Boys entering grades 7-9. If you’re looking for the “complete” basketball experience, this is the camp for you. Cost: $125

Cheerleading

Jun 16-20, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 3-5. This camp includes motion technique, jumps, tumbling, and stunting. Cost $110

Explosive Offensive Skill Development

Jun 16-20, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Boys entering grades 3-8, This camp will focus on complete skill development that will truly make a difference and improve your game. Cost: $125

Nothin’ But Net: Coach Collier’s Shooting Camp

Jun 9-13, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Girls entering grades 5-8. This promises to be an invaluable camp for anyone looking to get the extra edge taking great shots and being a smart offensive player. Cost: $125

Offensive Line Camp

Jun 23-27, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 3-6. Coach Julian brings 24 years of high school offensive line experience. Kevin will design the camp to focus on fundamentals, techniques for power offensive line play, spread offensive play, and pass blocking techniques. Cost: $125

Postcard Paradise!

Jun 16-20, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 2-6. This is a chance for creative campers to explore the fascinating new trend of creating your own postcards, receiving them in your mailbox, and sending them to family and friends. We will even have some local guest speakers! Cost: $110

Quarterback and Receivers Camp

Jun 9-13, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 3-6. Coach Julian will focus on fundamentals, techniques, concepts, and reading and reacting to defenses. Cost $125

Ready, Set, Create

Session I: Jun 9-13, Session II: Jul 7-11, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 1-4. Learn more about what you can do with your artistic skills in this artful escapade! Cost: $110

Summer Reading Catch-Up

Jul 7-11, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 1-2. Let’s make reading even more fun with some comprehension spin-offs, art, and even some expressive writing! Cost: $110

Summer Reading

Jul 14-18, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 3-5. Each challenging day will encourage problem solving, skill building and critical thinking. Cost: $110

Take-a-Part-n-Art

Jun 9-13, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering kindergarten. Afternoons are full of discovery and creativity. Cost: $110

Walk Like An Egyptian

Jul 7-11, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entering grades 4-6. Join us and learn about life in this fascinating ancient civilization through hands-on activities, legends and games. Cost: $125

Camp Wesley Woods

Have fun! Make friends! Grow in faith! Camp Wesley Woods is a residential camp that focuses on small group camping, encouraging family values, group building, and developing relationships with God. Featuring 7 weeks of camp for rising Kindergarteners through 12th graders. Day camp, half-week & full-week programs available. We offer basecamp, high adventure, special needs, & arts camps. All grades listed are for fall of . 329 Wesley Woods Road, Townsend, TN 37882. Phone: (865) 448-2246. Phone: (865) 448-6556. Fax: (865) 448-3904. campwesleywoods.com.

Day Camp

A great introduction to camp! Each week has a different theme. $205. Boys & Girls – Grades 1-3: Jun 2 – 6, Jun 9 – 13, Jun 16 – 20, Jun 23 – 27, Jul 7 – 11, Jul 14 – 18, Jul 21 – 25

Discovery

When you’re ready to spend the night at Camp, join us for Discovery Half-Week! $205. Boys & Girls – Grades 2-3: Jun 1 – 3, Jun 4 – 6, Jun 8 – 10, Jun 11 – 13, Jun 15 – 17, Jun 18 – 20, Jul 6 – 8, Jul 9 – 11, Jul 13 – 15, Jul 16 – 18, Jul 20 – 22, Jul 23 – 25

Basecamp – Basecamp is our traditional overnight program that offers the perfect mix of fun, opportunities to make new friends, & the inspiration to grow in faith.

Basecamp Encounter (Half-Week) – Boys & Girls – Grades 4-5. $205. Jun 1 – 3, Jun 4 – 6, Jun 22 – 24, Jun 25 – 27, Jul 6 – 8, Jul 9 – 11, Jul 13 – 15, Jul 16 – 18

Basecamp Explorer (Full-Week) – Boys & Girls – Grades 4-5. $375. Jun 1 – 6, Jun 8 – 13, Jun 15 – 20, Jun 22 – 27, Jul 6 – 11, Jul 13 – 18, Jul 20 – 25

Basecamp Challenge (Full-Week) – Boys & Girls – Grades 6-7. $375. Jun 1 – 6, Jun 8 – 13, Jun 15 – 20, Jun 22 – 27, Jul 6 – 11, Jul 13 – 18, Jul 20 – 25

Basecamp MAX (Full-Week) – Boys & Girls – Grades 8-12. $375. Jun 1 – 6, Jun 8 – 13, Jun 15 – 20, Jul 6 – 11, Jul 13 – 18, Jul 20 – 25

Outpost I – Outpost I is the perfect intro to all the adventure activities camp has to offer. Boys & Girls – Grades 6-7. $410. Jun 1 – 6, Jun 8 – 13, Jun 15 – 20, Jun 22 – 27, Jul 13 – 18, Jul 20 – 25

Outpost II – Outpost II takes adventure to the next level: more fun, more challenge, more adventure. Boys & Girls – Grades 8-12. $450. Jun 1 – 6, Jun 15 – 20, Jun 22 – 27. Jul 13 – 18. Jul 20 – 25

Outpost Rocks – This camp is a great way to challenge yourself & build self-confidence with fun activities like rock climbing & caving. Boys & Girls – Grades 8-12. $450. Jun 8 – 13

Outpost Camper vs. Wild – The ultimate hands-on outdoor experience: learn all the basics for spending the night in the wild, identifying edible plants & building a shelter. Boys & Girls – Grades 8-12. $450. Jul 6 – 11

Outpost Kayaking – Whether it’s your first time in a kayak or your hundredth, you’ll learn basic safety, paddling, rolls and tricks; & then test your skills on the water. Boys & Girls – Grades 8-12. $450. Jul 13 – 18

MADD – Music, Art, Drama & Dance – Spend an amazing week at camp with others who share your passion for music, art, drama, & dance. Boys & Girls – Grades 6-7: $400, Jun 8 – 13. Boys & Girls – Grades 8-12: $400, Jul 13 – 18

Celebration Special Needs Camp – Celebration is for campers with mild or moderate developmental disabilities. Campers must be ambulatory & self-sufficient in caring for their physical needs such as feeding, toileting, & bathing. Includes many of our traditional camp activities plus a trip to Cades Cove. Boys & Girls – Ages 10-22. $400. Jun 22 – 27

Leadership Development Camp – In this interactive program, learn what leadership is, the skills required to lead, & how to put those skills into practice. Boys & Girls – Grades 11-12. $375. Jun 15 – 20

Camp Widjiwagan

Camp Widjiwagan is an action-packed summer experience where confidence is created through skill development and new friendships are the result of teamwork. Nashville, TN, Camp Widjiwagan, Debbie Logsdon, Registrar, 615-360-2267, dlogsdon@ymcamidtn.org, campwidji.org.

Residential Camp (boys and girls ages 7-15) – Jun 1 – 7, Jun 8 – 14, Jun 15 – 21, Jun 22 – 28, Jun 29 – Jul 5, Jul 6 – 12, Jul 13 – 19, Jul 20 – 26, Jul 27 – Aug 2.

Day Camp (boys and girls ages 5-14) – May 26 – 31, Jun 2 – 6, Jun 9 – 13, Jun 16 – 20, Jun 23 – 27, Jun 30 – Jul 4, Jul 7 – 11, Jul 14 – 18, Jul 21 – 25, Jul 28 – Aug 1

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge Imagination Station Camps

Offering a wide variety of summer camp activities from Jun 9 –Aug 8. Ages 3-5 and Rising 1st-7th Graders. childrensmuseumofoakridge.org. 865-482-1074.

Christian Academy of Knoxville

CAK offers a variety of summer athletic camps. Call 865-690-4721 ext. *142 or visit cakwarriors.com/camps for registration information, pricing and additional details.

City of Knoxville Junior Tennis Camps

sessions for 6-13 years-old and Rising 8th grade-high school. Tyson Park and West Hills Park. Call 865-522-3303 for more information.

City of Knoxville Summer Playground Program

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Ages 6-12. Open to Knoxville residents, at each of its 14 recreation centers located in all sections of Knoxville. For more information, call 865-215-1414. ci.knoxville.tn.us/recreation/

City of Oak Ridge Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camp

Oak Ridge Civic Center and Scarboro Community Center. Camp begins in Jun and continues for 8 consecutive weeks. 6 (or completion of kindergarten) -12 years old. orrecparks.org. 865-425-3450.

Dig It! Fun with Fossils and Archaeokids: Exploring Ancient Art & Archaeology

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, UT campus, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville; mcclungmuseum.utk.edu. Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, woodield@utk.edu.

Archaeokids: Exploring Ancient Art and Archaeology, Jun 23-Jun 27, 9 a.m. to Noon each day. Rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Dig It! Fun with Fossils, Jul 14-Jul 18, 1-4 p.m. each day. Rising 4th, 5th , and 6th graders

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Camp Cure through East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

This is a day camp for children ages 5 to 12 who have diabetes. The cost is $20. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jul 7 – 11. Karns Community Youth Center in Knox County. Cathy Van Ostrand at cvanostrand@etch.com or 865-541-8281. etch.com/services_specialties/additional_services.aspx. This camp provides children with a fun and safe learning experience for living and coping with diabetes.

Donald M. Gally Summer Camp through East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

This is a day camp for children ages 5 to 14 who have special needs. The camp is free, but donations are accepted. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Jul 7 – 11 (ages 5-9); 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jul 14 – 18 (ages 10-14). Kiwanis Club Fresh Air Camp in Knoxville. Deidra Seiber at dcphillips@etch.com or 865-690-8961. etch.com/services_specialties/additional_services.aspx. Campers enjoy activities, such as arts and crafts, swimming and games, directed by staff therapists, special education teachers and adaptive recreation specialists.

Camp Eagle’s Nest through East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

This is a weeklong camp for patients ages 6 to 17 from the Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The camp is free for patients. Jul 27 – 31. Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend. Rick Callaway at RCallaway@etch.com or 865-541-8476. etch.com/services_specialties/additional_services.aspx. Campers get to enjoy the outdoors by riding horses, canoeing, rock climbing and tubing, and they can interact with their camp counselors who are nurses and other clinical staff from Children’s Hospital.

East Tennessee Rowing Organization

Learn To Row Summer Youth Camp. First Session: Jun 17-22 from 8-11 a.m. Second Session: Jul 22-27 from 8-11 a.m. igetrowing.com/summer-camp.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

Come with us on an awesome outdoor adventure. Tremont offers an in-depth learning experience for boys and girls that fosters an understanding of these beautiful mountains, and encourages a lifelong appreciation and stewardship of the environment. Our camps offer high quality environmental education programs that focus on Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the issues it faces. Financial aid is available. 9275 Tremont Road, Townsend TN, 37882. 865-448-6709. gsmit.org/SummerYouth.html.

Discovery Camp (Ages 9-12): Jun 9-14, Jun 23-28, Jul 14-19

Teen High Adventure (Ages 13-17): Jul 14-24

Backcountry Ecological Expedition (Ages 13-17): Jun 23-28, Jul 1-6

Trout Unlimited Camp (Ages 12-15): Jun 16-21

Wilderness Adventure Trek (Ages 13-17): Jun 9-14, Jun 23-28

Field Ecology Adventure (Ages 13-17): Jul 14-24

Girls in Science (Ages 12-15): Jun 9-14, Jul 28 – Aug 2

Maryville College Great Smokies Experience: Jul 18-27

Ijams Nature Center Camps

Sessions for ages varying from 4 to 18-years-old. Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Call 865-577-4717 or visit ijams.org for more information.

KidsU at the University of Tennessee

To register visit UTKidsU.com, or call 865-974-0150 for more information.

Vertebrate Zoology (Grades 4-7, rising)

Join us for a fascinating look at the world of zoology: the scientific study of animals. In this camp you’ll explore the biology and diversity of vertebrates as well as the incredible variation in feeding, locomotion, appearance, and habitats of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 9AM-Noon

Introduction to Programming with Scratch (Grades 5-8, rising)

In this camp you’ll have excellent help and guidance in getting to the fun part of computer programming. Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 1-4PM. Mon.-Fri., 7/7/-7/11/, 9AM-Noon

APP Attack! Make Your First Game APP (Grades 2-4, rising)

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your very own game app! You’ll explore the world of phone-based and tablet applications using a specialized game development tool. Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 9AM-Noon

APP Attack! Make Your First Game APP (Grades 5-9, rising) Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 1-4PM

Got Talent? Beginning Acting and Theatre Games (Grades 4-6, rising)

This camp is filled with a series of high energy, interactive theatre games. Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 9AM-Noon

Cool Crafts (Grades 4-9, rising)

Spend the week being a studio artist by creating fun and functional objects! Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 1-4PM

Art from Around the World (Grades 4-6, rising)

Join us and learn about artwork and cultures from all seven continents! Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 9AM-Noon.

Cool & Creative Art (Grades 4-9, rising)

Let your imagination grow in this exciting course as we explore four creative and unique types of art! Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 9AM-Noon

Don’t Bully Me! (Grades 3-6, rising)

Discover important strategies for dealing with bullying and harassment!Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 9AM-Noon

Don’t Bully Me! (Grades 7-9, rising)

Discover important strategies for dealing with bullying and harassment!. Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 1-4PM

Bones, Crimes, Careers: Forensic Anthropology (Grades 9-12, rising)

This camp explores how scientists and investigators determine non-human from human remains, what bones can tell us archaeologically, and how this information is used to solve crimes. Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 1-4PM

Virtual Biology: Using Computers to Discover New Medicines (Grades 9-12, rising)

Have you ever considered a career in computational biology? In this hands-on camp you’ll learn the basics of biophysics through protein structure by building physical and virtual protein models. Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 9AM-Noon

Junior Leadership Institute (LEADS) (Grades 7-9, rising)

UT Non-Credit Programs is introducing a new Junior Leadership Institute Program called LEADS for youth the summer of . Mon.-Fri., 6/2/-6/6/, 8:30AM-5:30PM

Rockets! (Grades 4-7, rising)

In this exciting camp you’ll study rocket flight, principles of flight, rocket design, and the history of rockets. Wed.-Fri., 6/4/-6/6/, 1-4PM

So You Want to Be An Engineer? Part I (Grades 8-12, rising)

Work alongside local engineering professionals as you complete hands-on challenges in science and engineering. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Advanced Programming with Scratch (Grades 5-9, rising)

After learning the basics of Scratch programming, it’s surprisingly easy to program a simple game. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1-4PM. Mon.-Fri., 7/7/-7/11/, 1-4PM

Make Your First Video Game! (Grades 2-4, rising)

Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the crucial keys to designing a 2-D game! Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Make Your First Video Game! (Grades 5-9, rising)

Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the crucial keys to designing a 2-D game! Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1-4PM

NXT Robotics Sumo Wrestling Style (Grades 5-8, rising)

Enter the Sumo Wrestling world with an in-depth look at their enriched history and design your own Mindstorm NXT robot to challenge a competitor and force them outside the ring. In this intense new course you’ll learn how to use all the NXT sensors like touch and light in the designing of your own SUMO Bot. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Got Talent? Beginning Acting and Theatre Games (Grades 7-8, rising)

This camp is filled with a series of high energy, comedic and interactive theatre games. We’ll work on script development, creative dance, vocal exercises, and improvisational games. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Creating UpCycled Jewelry and Accessories (Grades 4-9, rising)

Spend the week being a studio artist by creating fun and functional objects that you can wear! Jun 17-21, 2013. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1-4PM

Playing with Poetry (Grades 7-9, rising)

Do you love to read and write poetry? Join us in this fun and informative camp where you’ll get to read works by many great authors and create your own poetry in a safe, positive environment with others who share your passion for literature. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Connecting through American Sign Language (Grades 7-10, rising)

Learn about the exciting world of deaf culture and American Sign Language! Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Fun with Fiction (Grades 7-9, rising)

In this exciting, adventurous camp you’ll put your hopes, secrets, and fears into writing and learn valuable writing techniques that’ll help you for the rest of your life. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1-4PM.

Music Theory & Ear Training (Grades 5-8, rising)

This camp is designed for those who play an instrument of any kind and want to improve their music reading skills as well as their understanding of how music works. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Music Theory & Ear Training (Grades 9-12, rising)

This camp is designed for those who play an instrument of any kind and want to improve their music reading skills as well as their understanding of how music works. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1:30-4:30PM.

Collapse: The Fall of Complex Civilizations (Grades 9-12, rising)

Explore critical and scholarly evaluations of the factors that contribute to the fall of civilizations. Mon.-Fri., 7/21/-7/25/, 1-4PM

*College Prep (Grades 10-College Freshman, rising)

Learn skills necessary to thrive in college. Mon.-Fri., 7/14/-7/18/, 1-4PM

*Fun with Forensics: Adventures in Chemistry (Grades 6-8, rising)

Become an investigator by exploring scientific and chemical principles and techniques used to detect criminal acts. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1:30-5PM

*Deaf Language & Culture II (Grades 7-10, rising)

Prerequisite: Connecting through American Sign Language.

You’ll be introduced to the culture of the deaf and the grammar of ASL including its number systems, classifier system, ASL syntax, temporal aspect, role shifting and storysigning. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1-4PM

*Learning to be a Chef: Introduction to Culinary Arts (Grades 7-12, rising)

Learn about life as a real chef, wear the white coat, toss a homemade pizza, and prepare and consume one great gourmet meal daily. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

Draw, Paint, Print! (Grades 4-7, rising)

Learn the disciplines of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 9AM-Noon

Draw, Paint, Print! (Grades 8-12, rising)

Learn the disciplines of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 2-5PM

Cool Crafts (Grades 4-9, rising)

Create fun, functional and creative items. Projects include: carving stamps, making books, creating paper mache creatures or containers, decorating or repurposing found objects and folk art painting. Mon.-Fri., 6/16/-6/20/, 1-4PM

Universe Exploration (Grades 4-6, rising)

Look through the Hubble Space Telescope, go to Mars, and get some close-up looks at the evidence for water along with the MER rovers and catch Cassini on its way to Saturn. Wed.-Fri., 6/11/-6/13/, 1-4PM

Snakes Alive! Hands-On Herpetology (Grades 4-7, rising)

You’ll study reptiles and amphibians, including where they live, unique characteristics and behavior. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

UT Photography Camp (Grades 4-7, rising)

What sort of photographer do you aspire to be? In this camp you’ll discover the fundamentals of photography and learn techniques for taking better portraits, still lifes, and landscape and nature photos. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

UT Photography Camp (Grades 8-12, rising). Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 2-5PM

Crazy Confections! Birthday/Specialty/Wedding Cakes (Grades 7-12, rising)

In this camp, you’ll explore the skills needed for creating beautiful, fun cakes! Learn how to bake, layer, decorate, and finish a cake for any event. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 8AM-Noon

Modern Etiquette and Manners (Grades 3-6, rising)

This fun, interactive class provides an environment for kids to learn and practice basic etiquette for use at home, school, and in public situations. Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 1-4PM

Veterinary Medicine: Behind The Scenes (Grades 9-12, rising)

In a camp conducted by a licensed veterinary technician, with presentations by faculty and staff, you’ll learn about small and large animal practice, avian, exotic and wildlife medicine. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 9AM-Noon

Animal Behavior

Animals do many amazing things: they forage, communicate, play, and learn. Mon.-Fri., 6/16/-6/20/, 9AM-Noon

Bugs! (Grades 4-7, rising)

Learn about the ecology and biology of insects and spend some time collecting and preserving them. Mon.-Fri., 7/7/-7/11/, 1-4PM

*Bones, Crimes, Careers: Forensic Anthropology (Grades 9-12, rising)

Learn how scientists and investigators determine non-human from human remains, what bones can tell us archaeologically, and how this information is used to solve crimes. J Mon.-Fri., 6/9/-6/13/, 9AM-Noon

The Unseen World: Microbes & the Environment (Grades 9-12, rising)

Become an environmental microbiologist for a week. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 9AM-Noon

Tech Fun for Girls (Grades 6-9, rising)

Girls often feel discouraged from pursuing their interests in technology and are, therefore, drastically under-represented in the world of computer science and engineering. Mon.-Fri., 6/16/-6/20/, 1-4PM

Creating UpCycled Jewelry and Accessories (Grades 4-9, rising)

Create fun objects that you can wear. Projects include: earrings, pendants, hairpins, crocheting and hand embroidery. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 1-4PM

Code Breakers (Grades 2-4, rising)

Calling all future coders, programmers, and designers! Come and learn the basics of coding languages like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. Mon.-Fri., 6/16/-6/20/, 9AM-Noon

Code Breakers (Grades 5-9, rising). Mon.-Fri., 6/16/-6/20/, 1-4PM

Art from Around the World (Grades 4-6, rising)

Join us and learn about artwork and cultures from all seven continents! Mon.-Fri., 6/16/-6/20/, 9AM-Noon. Mon.-Fri

7/7/-7/11/, 9AM-Noon

The Mysterious World of Fungi (Grades 4-7, rising)

During our visit to the mysterious and wonderful world of fungi we’ll look at the smelly, cool, and bizarre characteristics that

many fungi possess. Mon.-Fri., 6/16/-6/20/, 9AM-Noon

Exploring Microbiology through Food (Grades 6-8, rising)

Explore food-borne illnesses by conducting hands-on experiments to learn more about the bacteria that cause them. Mon.-Fri

6/16/-6/20/, 9AM-Noon

Innocent or Guilty…How Do You Plead? (Grades 6-9, rising)

Throughout this camp you’ll learn basic courtroom procedures and rules of evidence as well as how to prepare a case for trial as

both the prosecutor and defense attorney. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 8:30-11:30AM

Programming and Animation Using Python (Grades 8-12, rising)

In this exciting camp we’ll play around with programming by writing code to tell stories using stick figures and then learn a

simple way to animate them. Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 1-4PM

APP Adventures! The Next Level (Grades 2-4, rising)

Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 9AM-Noon

APP Adventures! The Next Level (Grades 5-9, rising) Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 1-4PM

Animal Art (Grades 4-6, rising)

Join us as we explore the animal world through art! Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 9AM-Noon and Mon.-Fri

7/14/-7/18/, 9AM-Noon

A Look Back: Colonial History (Grades 5-10, rising)

Join us and discover how people lived in the late 1700s! Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 1-4PM

Camp Creativity – Nashville (Grades 4-7, rising)

Join Destination Imagination and the University of Tennessee for a ground-breaking summer experience sure to unleash your

creativity! Mon.-Fri., 6/23/-6/27/, 9AM-3:30PM

Video Game Animation (Grades 2-4, rising)

Take your game design to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Mon.

Fri., 7/7/-7/11/, 9AM-Noon

Video Game Animation (Grades 5-9, rising) Mon.-Fri., 7/7/-7/11/, 1-4PM

Trust Me, I Engineer: Design Challenge (Grades 4-8, rising)

Do you think you have what it takes to be an engineer? If so, you are hereby challenged to design and build projects using your

own creativity and imagination. Mon.-Fri., 7/7/-7/11/, 9AM-Noon

Great Greeks & Ruling Romans (Grades 9-12, rising)

In this camp you’ll learn about the history and development of Western civilization through the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

Mon.-Fri., 7/7/-7/11/, 9AM-Noon

Programming and Animation Using Python (Grades 8-12, rising)

In this exciting camp we’ll play around with programming by writing code to tell stories using stick figures and then learn a simple way to animate them. Mon.-Fri., 7/14/-7/18/, 9AM-Noon

Minecraft Designers (Grades 2-4, rising)

If you love playing Minecraft but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings, then this class is for you! Mon.-Fri., 7/14/-7/18/, 9AM-Noon

Minecraft Designers (Grades 5-9, rising) Mon.-Fri., 7/14/-7/18/, 1-4PM

Creative Challenge (Grades 6-9, rising)

Throughout this camp we’ll explore the surprising artistic and creative possibilities of materials such as paper, string, and plastic. Mon.-Fri., 7/14/-7/18/, 1-4PM

Zumba Kids (Grades 4-6, rising)

In this class you’ll learn basic dance steps for salsa, samba, cumbia, mambo, reggaeton, and merengue. Mon.-Fri., 7/14/-7/18/, 9AM-Noon

Cool & Creative Painting (Grades 4-9, rising)

Let your imagination grow in this exciting camp as we explore four creative and distinctive types of painting! Mon.-Fri., 7/14/-7/18/, 1-4PM

Make Your First 3-D Video Game! (Grades 2-4, rising)

By popular demand, we are now offering a 3-D game design class! Mon.-Fri., 7/21/-7/25/, 9AM-Noon

Make Your First 3-D Video Game! (Grades 5-9, rising) Mon.-Fri., 7/21/-7/25/, 1-4PM

7 Habits of Successful Students (Grades 8-12, rising)

Would you like to learn how to be truly successful as a young person and have that carry over to adulthood in every area of your life? Based upon the bestselling book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, our one-week camp will guide you in applying these tested principles to your own life. Mon.-Fri., 7/21/-7/25/, 1-4PM

ACT Prep Course

Students choose one four-hour period to take the pretest, spend four days in intensive review, take the post test and end the course with an individual appointment to discuss a study plan to prepare for the ACT. Please call our office (865-974-0150) to register.

PreTest Dates: Mon., 7/7/, 8:30AM, Tue., 7/8/, 8:30AM, Wed., 7/9/, 8:30AM, Thu., 7/10/, 8:30AM; Course Dates: Mon.-Fri., 7/21/-7/25/, 8:30AM-12:30PM

Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy

This summer, there are so many reasons to be excited about the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Summer Art Academy! Classes will expand your child’s creativity and his or her knowledge of art. The KMA offers classes that ignite your child’s imagination through painting, sculpture, drawing, and more. These classes will not only increase your child’s knowledge of art, but will help in the development of his or her artistic techniques, fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and confidence. Classes and scholarships are on a first-come, first-served basis. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Dr. 865-523-6349. knoxart.org

Jun 2-6

Fairy Tale Forest

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Gnomes, goblins, fairies and giants will populate our projects this week.

Rock’ n ’Roll Art

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. A little musical inspiration, lots of multi-media art & oh so much rockin’ fun.

Painting Techniques

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Whether your child is a practiced painter or picking up a brush for the first time, this session is a great opportunity to develop new skills with paint.

Portraits & Landscapes

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Young artists will use these questions as starting points as they move toward finding their own style in painting and drawing.

Jun 2-13

Watercolor for Beginners

Ages 13 and up. $170 Members/ $200 Non-members. Spend time experimenting with basic color mixing, blending, and texture effects.

Jun 9-13

Animal Kingdom

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Whether your child loves kittens or crocodiles, eagles or elephants, we’ll have creative projects to engage every animal lover this week.

Animal Sculpture

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Go Wild! Design and create your very own large animal sculpture. Learn sculpture basics- building a base, sculpting with paper mache and other materials. Then paint, decorate and embellish fantastic details on your fun new friend.

Fashion to ‘Hand-dye

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. This is not your average tie-dyeing class. Students will learn traditional techniques such as Batik (wax-resist hand-dye) and the Japanese method of Shibori, as well as classic tie-dye. Participants will design their own patterns and experiment with colors, leaving with a hand-dyed t-shirt and tote!

Found Object Sculpture

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Challenge your creativity in three dimensions and explore the history of reclaimed materials in art. Using everyday media and found objects, students will create their own collages and assemblages, while making sustainability and creative reuse a part of their artistic process.

Jun 16-20

Mini Masters

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Discovery and imagination are encouraged as your mini master finds inspiration from the world’s greatest artists. In class they’ll use all kinds of materials to make their own masterpieces!

Sketchy Stories

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Explore sketches and illustrations from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, then create far-out characters and learn to tell stories with art. Create rhymes, design fonts, and illustrate Seuss-like pictures of your own!

Wire Sculpture

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Students will develop skill in utilizing line in a three-dimensional context, experimenting with outline, contour line, and gesture line.

Exploring Abstract Art: Painting & Drawing

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. In this workshop, we’ll use a variety of media to practice intuitive, right brain oriented exercises—free of logic, labels, and judgment.

Jun 16-27

Graphic Novel

Ages 13 and up. $170 Members/ $200 Non-members. Graphic novel is a swiftly growing art form that has been popularized by works such as Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant.

Jun 23-27

Rainforest Explorers

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. The Amazon Rain Forest is a tropical paradise formed during the Eocene era, located in nine different nations; the rain forest is home to millions of insect’s species, plants, the Giant Leaf Frog, the Scarlet Macaw & more…

Giant Puppet Parade

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. In this session, students will create their very own larger than life characters in the style of the traditional Mardi Gras parade puppets.

Exploration Egypt

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Uncover the wonders of ancient Egypt.

Art Journaling

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Art journaling is a method of creative personal expression that combines elements of both writing and visual art.

Jul 7-11

Where the Wild Things Are

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members “And now, Let the Wild Rumpus Start!” A wonderful world of imagination unfolds with Drawing, Painting, Clay & Creative Movement- all inspired by this timeless classic.

Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Campfires

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Explore the great plains of the American West where pioneers encountered herds of bison, native people living on the land, and amazing beauty in the natural landscape! Students will learn about the Gold Rush, the building of the railway, and the lives of cowboys and cowgirls on the western ranches.

Building and Inventing in 3D

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Learn about sculpture in the galleries, explore clay techniques, collect found materials for additive sculptures and work in wire to create your own inventions.

Beginning Watercolor and Gouache

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Explore the interactions of different water-based media.

Jul 7-18

Up Cycled Fashion

Ages 13 and up. $170 Members/ $200 Non-members. Old clothes become unique, wearable art during this session.

Jul 14-18

Free Spirits

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Myths and stories spark students’ imaginations to create with a variety of media including paint, fabric, paper, and clay.

Capturing Color

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Explore how artists use color and experiment with your own colorful creations.

Beginning Quilting

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Quilting is both fun and creative! We will learn the basics of color and fabric choice, quilt piecing, simple block design and putting together a quilt.

Super Size It!

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Design and construct sculptures, mixed-media pieces, and paintings on a HUGE scale! (Objects must fit through the door.)

Jul 21-25

Playing with Pattern

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Learn how artists use pattern to make artworks with rhythm and energy.

Around the World in Five Days

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. See art from India, Europe, America, and the Ancient World and hear stories of the powerful figures pictured in the artwork.

Art Adventures

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Students will draw inspiration from around the world—Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas—then interpret and create designs and images of their own.

What Just Happened?

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. A work of art can capture a single moment in time.

Jul 21-Aug 1

Clay Modeling

Ages 13 and up. $170 Members/ $200 Non-members. Work at your own pace to begin your mastery of the ceramics medium.

Oil Painting

Ages 13 and up

$170 Members/ $200 Non-members. Students will create vibrant paintings while gaining knowledge and understanding of fundamental oil painting techniques.

Jul 28- Aug 1

Clay Play

Ages 3-4. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Clay is a wonderfully creative material!

Toy Making

Ages 5-6. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Discover toys from around the world, from ancient Egyptian model boats, Roman coins, miniature paintings, and musical instruments.

Printmaking

Ages 7-9. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. Try your hand at woodblock, monotype, and screen-printing on various papers, fabrics, and more!

Mosaics

Ages 10-12. 9-12 noon. $85 Members/$100 Non-members. In this class explore the art of creating images with an assemblage of small tile pieces of colored glass and other various materials.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Summer String Camp

String Camp provides a venue for new orchestra players to become oriented with ensemble playing and gives players with experience a week of great music making and fun during the summer off-season.. Jun 16-20. Camp Location: Bearden High School. For more info: 865.291.3310. knoxvillesymphony.com/youth-orchestra/summer-string-camp/

La Petite Academy Summer Camps

Knoxville, TN 37931. 1-877-861-5078. lapetite.com.

The Little Gym of Knoxville and The Little Gym of Farragut

Knoxville (Bearden) Location: 7240 Kingston Pike, Unit 212, Knoxville, TN 37919. (865) 583-1166. tlgknoxvilletn.com

Farragut Location: Brooklawn Village Shopping Center, 215 Brooklawn Street. Farragut, TN 37934. (865) 966-4FUN. tlgfarraguttn.com

Super Kids’ Quest Camp (ages 3-8) (9am-12pm)

The Search for Rainbow Castle

Jun 2nd-6th

Cheer & Dance Fun

Jun 9th-13th

The Treasures of Magical Mountain

Jun 16th-20th

Green Beard’s Pirate Ship

Jun 23rd-27th

The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party

Jun 30th-Jul 3rd

The Missing Mermaid

Jul 7th-11th

The Neat Ninja League

Jul 14th-18th

The Race to Outer Space

Jul 21st-25th

The Super Grown-ups

Jul 28th-Aug 1st

Hawaiian Hide and Seek

Aug 4th-8th

The Secret Clue to the Zoo

Aug 11th-15th

Skill Thrill Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) (1:30-4:30)

Caribbean Cartwheels & Hawaiian Handstands

Jun 12

Back Handsprings Bonanza

Jun 19

Back Tuck Beach

Jun 26

Vaulting Volcanoes

Jul 10

Front Handspring Festival

Jul 17

Amazing Aerials

Jul 24

Kip Kip Hooray

Jul 31

Mathnasium of West Knoxville

Mathnasium is a math learning center where students come to “catch up, keep up, or get ahead” in math. After we use a precise assessment to compile a curriculum specifically designed for your student, we teach: Face-to-face, individualized teaching – no computers or calculators. Our goal is to help the student develop the “number sense” that turns math into a powerful tool for logical thought and problem-solving. 9700 Kingston Pike, Suite 8 Franklin Square, Knoxville, TN 37922. call (865) 769-6944 or email westknoxville@mathnasium.com. mathnasium.com/westknoxville

Master Series: Multiplication (Rising 3rd and up) – Fridays 9:00 – 12:00 starting Jun 6 (Jun 6, 13, 20, 27) or

Fridays 2:00 – 5:00 starting Jul 11 (Jul 11, 18, 25, Aug 1). Members: $100 • Non-members: $150

Master Series: Fraction Concepts (Rising 4th and up) – Fridays 2:00 – 5:00 starting Jun 6 (Jun 6, 13, 20, 27) or

Fridays 9:00 – 12:00 starting Jul 11 (Jul 11, 18, 25, Aug 1). Members: $100 • Non-members: $150

The Muse Knoxville

The Muse Knoxville, 516 North Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN, 37914. (865)594-1494, camps@theMuseknoxville.com

Pre-School Discovery Camp

Jun 3-6, Jun 24-27, Jul 8-11, Jul 29-Aug. 1 (Tue-Fri), 9am to 12pm. Ages 3 to 5 (potty trained). Each day becomes a new adventure for your inquisitive little explorer with daily themes that include the five senses, states of matter, the water cycle, and botany. ($120/$110 members).

Cool Chemistry!

Jun 10-12, 9 am to 12 pm; Jul 29-31, 1pm to 4 pm (Tue-Thurs). Ages 6 to 8. Have fun with common household chemicals and learn how to WOW your friends and family by making slime, ice cream, erupting volcanoes, and more. ($100/$90 members).

Chemistry Investigation

Jun 17-19 (Tue-Thurs), 9am to 12pm. Ages 9-12. Have a blast learning about explosions, explore how electricity is used to make chemical changes, and how chemistry is used every day in a variety of fields. ($100/$90 members).

Intro to 3D Printing

Jun 17-19 (Tue-Thurs), 9am to 12pm. Ages 9 to 14. Campers will learn how to create models using 3D design software, discover how a 3D printer operates, and take home objects that they have designed while examining how 3D printing is being used every day. ($100/$90 members)

littleBits Workshop

Jun 3-5, Jun 24-26, Jul 8-10, Jul 22-24 (Tue-Thurs ) 1pm to 4pm. Ages 8 to 12. Become a real-life engineer and explore simple engineering and design concepts using tiny circuit-boards that snap together with magnets; campers will complete a variety of design challenges individually and in teams. ($100/$90 members)

Make It Move!

Jun 24-27, Jul 22-25 (Tue-Fri) 9am to 12pm. Ages 6 to 8. Design and build any object or vehicle that can travel on land, air, or sea by using pneumatics (balloon power) and rubber-band power, campers will explore, design, test, and refine a vehicle of their own and in teams on a larger scale. ($120/$110 members)

Crazy Contraptions

Jun 10-13, Jul 8-11 (Tue-Fri) 9am to 12pm, Ages 9 to12. Take STEM to a fun new level by investigating the science behind mechanical devices and building your own contraptions such as crossbows, marshmallow shooters, suspension bridges and more! ($120/$110 members)

Camp Mini Fig with Beyond a Brick

Jun 3-5 (Tue-Thurs) 9am to 12pm. Ages 6 to 8. This LEGO® based camp invites campers to bring their favorite mini figurine and learn to build a zip line, catapult and swing. ($100/$90 members)

We Do the County Fair Robotics with Beyond a Brick

Jun 3-6 (Tue-Fru) 9am to 12pm. Ages 9 to 14. Using creative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math problem solving challenges you will build rides from the county fair like a Ferris wheel and carousel with LEGO® Robotics. ($200/$180 members)

Pneumatics: Can You Handle the Pressure? with Beyond a Brick

Jun 6 (Fri) 1pm to 4pm. Ages 9 to 14. Explore, investigate and solve problems using LEGO® and condensed air pressure and use your engineering skills to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic principals to build the scissor lift without BLOWING IT! ($50/$40 members)

WeDo Roaring Robotics (Wild Animals) with Beyond a Brick

Jul 15-18 (Tue-Fri) 9am to 12pm. Ages 8 to 11. Join us on a Wild Animal adventure as we create a Kingdom of robotic animals, learn their habitats and environments, and use your creativity to build animals using LEGO® We Do. ($150/$140 members)

NXT Robotics SUMO Wrestling Style with Beyond a Brick

Jul 22-25 (Tue-Fri) 9am to 12pm. Ages 9 to 14. Enter the Sumo Wrestling world with an in-depth look at their enriched history, and then design and program your own LEGO® Mindstorm NXT robot to challenge the competitor and force them outside the ring. ($200/$190 members)

Days and Knights with Beyond a Brick

Jul 29-31 (Tue-Thurs) 9am to 12pm. Ages 6 to 8. Campers are invited to step into the Middle-Ages to seek knighthood by defeating the LEGO® dragon, successfully navigating crazy castle floors, and building a catapult to hurl rocks over the castle walls. ($100, $90 members)

Structures Class: Build ‘em Big, Watch ‘em Fall with Beyond a Brick

Aug 1 (Fri) 9am to 12pm. Ages 8 to 15. Come design like an engineer and try and keep your LEGO® building intact with all sorts of shakes and quakes. ($50/$40 members)

National Fitness Center

National Fitness Center Signature, WEST KNOXVILLE

8511 Walbrook Drive, Knoxville , TN, 37923, 865-470-3600. NFC1.com. Contact: Camie Entrekin (camieentrekin@nfc1.com)

National Fitness Center Signature offers a variety of sports camps each week, all of which will include free swim time in the Family Fun Pool.

Jun 2- Jun 6: TEAM Building & Rock Climbing

Jun 9- Jun 13: Swim Camp

Jun 16- Jun 20: Karate

Jun 23- Jun 27: All Star Sports

Jul 7- Jul 11: Basketball

Jul 14- Jul 18: Fitness Fun

Jul 21- Jul 25: Cheer & Tumble

Jul 28- Aug 1: Dance Camp

Ages: 5-12 (must be 5 and/or enrolled in Kindergarten). Cost: $125 each week for Kids in Motion members, $135 each week for National Fitness Center members, $150 each week for non-members, $40 each child or $100 family registration fee; extended before or after care $5 per day; extended before and after care $8 per day or $35 per week. Times: Each camp 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:30 p.m., extended care 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

National Fitness Center, KNOXVILLE

3030 Tazewell Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37918, 865-687-6066. NFC1.com. Contact: Charlotte Oliver (charlotteoliver@nfc1.com)

National Fitness Center’s Tazwell Pike location offers a variety of sports camps each week, all of which will include free swim time.

Jun 2- Jun 6: Swim Camp

Jun 9- Jun 13: Karate

Jun 16- Jun 20: Holiday Camp

Jun 23- Jun 27: All Star Sports

Jul 7- Jul 11: Survivor

Jul 14- Jul 18: Art-A-Palooza

Jul 21- Jul 25: Kids In Motion

Jul 28- Aug 1: Around the World

Ages: 5-12 (must be 5 and/or enrolled in Kindergarten). Cost: $100 each week for Kids in Motion members, $110 each week for National Fitness Center members, $125 each week for non-members, $40 each child or $100 family registration fee; extended before or after care $5 per day; extended before and after care $8 per day or $35 per week. Times: Each camp 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:30 p.m., extended care 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

National Fitness Center – OAK RIDGE

750 Briarcliff Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, 865-483-6868. NFC1.com. Contact: Kristin Wise (kristinwise@nfc1.com)

National Fitness Center’s Oak Ridge location offers a variety of sports camps each week, all of which will include free swim time.

Jun 2- Jun 6: Swim Camp

Jun 9- Jun 13: Olympic Stars

Jun 16- Jun 20: Outdoor Adventures

Jun 23- Jun 27: Karate

Jul 7- Jul 11: Splish Splash

Jul 14- Jul 18: Dance Camp

Jul 21- Jul 25: Strange Science

Jul 28- Aug 1: All Star Sports

Ages: 5-12 (must be 5 and/or enrolled in Kindergarten). Cost: $100 each week for Kids in Motion members, $110 each week for National Fitness Center members, $125 each week for non-members, $40 each child or $100 family registration fee; extended before or after care $5 per day; extended before and after care $8 per day or $35 per week. Times: Each camp 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:30 p.m., extended care 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Court South – ALCOA HIGHWAY (KNOXVILLE)

2934 Alcoa Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920 , 865-579-3600. NFC1.com. Contact: Casey Stansberry Kashif (caseystansberry@nfc1.com)

Court South on Alcoa Hwy. offers a variety of sports camps each week, all of which will include free swim time.

Jun 23- Jun 27: Swim Camp

Ages: 5-12 (must be 5 and/or enrolled in Kindergarten). Cost: $100 each week for Kids in Motion members, $110 each week for National Fitness Center or Court South members, $125 each week for non-members, $40 each child or $100 family registration fee; extended before or after care $5 per day; extended before and after care $8 per day or $35 per week. Times: Each camp 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:30 p.m., extended care 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

National Fitness Center, MORRISTOWN

1950 W AJ Hwy, Morristown, TN, 37814, 423-317-3337. NFC1.com. Contact: Crystal Schurkamp (crystalschurkamp@nfc1.com)

National Fitness Center in Morristown offers a variety of sports camps each week, all of which will include free swim time.

May 26- May 30: Swim Camp

Jun 2- Jun 6: Karate

Jun 9- Jun 13: Splish Splash

Jun 16- Jun 20: Speed, Agility, & Quickness

Jun 23- Jun 27: All Star Sports

Jun 30- Jul 3: *Swim Camp- Partial Week

Jul 7- Jul 11: Kids Cahoots

Jul 14- Jul 18: Creative Campers

Jul 21- Jul 25: Strange Science

Jul 28- Aug 1: Splish Splash

Ages: 5-12 (must be 5 and/or enrolled in Kindergarten). Cost: $100 each week for Kids in Motion members, $110 each week for National Fitness Center members, $125 each week for non-members, $40 each child or $100 family registration fee; extended before or after care $5 per day; extended before and after care $8 per day or $35 per week. Times: Each camp 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:30 p.m., extended care 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

National Fitness Center, MARYVILLE

1644 West Broadway, Maryville , TN, 37801, 865-268-0012. NFC1.com. Contact: Casey Stansberry Kashif (caseystansberry@nfc1.com )

National Fitness Center’s Maryville location offers a variety of sports camps each week, all of which will include free swim time.

Jun 2- Jun 6: Summer Beach Party

Jun 9- Jun 13: Swim Camp

Jun 16- Jun 20: All Star Sports

Jun 23- Jun 27: Karate

Jul 7- Jul 11: Mystery Week

Jul 14- Jul 18: Boys Rock and Girls Rule

Jul 21- Jul 25: Game Show Mania

Jul 28- Aug 1: Super Fit

Ages: 5-12 (must be 5 and/or enrolled in Kindergarten). Cost: $100 each week for Kids in Motion members, $110 each week for National Fitness Center members, $125 each week for non-members, $40 each child or $100 family registration fee; extended before or after care $5 per day; extended before and after care $8 per day or $35 per week. Times: Each camp 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:30 p.m., extended care 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

National Horse Camp

Where students come from around the U.S. to learn all there is to know about horses (they receive their own for camp), Pre-Vet Science, and the Bible! Residential Camp. TN Dude & Guest Ranch, 1050 Ray Hixson Rd. Dunlap, TN 37327, Contact: Summer; 423-554-HORSE (4677) or summer@TNHorseVacation.com for dates and details. HorseCamp.org.

Oak Ridge Art Center

For more information: 865-482-1441. oakridgeartcenter@comcast.net.

Premier Athletics

Circus Gymnastics & Tumbling Camp

Come learn to flip like the clowns, balance like the elephants and do tricks like the acrobats!! Jun 2-4 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 6 and up –Boys & Girls. $75 per personEach camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day.

80’s Hip Hop Dance Camp

It’s time to turn up the tunes, tease that hair and learn dances to perform to your favorite 80’s rock anthems!. Jun 9-11 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 6 and up – Boys & Girls. $75 per person. Each camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day.

Little Explorers Character Gymnastics Camp

Come play dress up and get your learn on as your favorite movie or TV character!! Jun 16-18 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 3-5 (Must be potty trained) – Boys & Girls $75 per person. Each camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day..

Superhero Gymnastics Camp

Learn to scale the buildings like Spiderman, fly through the air like Superman and build strength to be as strong as the Hulk!! Jun 23-25 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 6 and up – Boys & Girls $75 per person. Each camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day.

Hip Hop Camp

Breakdance, tut, pop, lock and drop! Get your Hip Hop on!!! Jul 7-9 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 6 and up – Boys & Girls $75 per person. Each camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day.

Little Explorers Rio Gymnastics Camp

Learn to fly and flip like a bird through the jungle and shake your tail feathers with this Rio inspired gymnastics camp!! Jul 14-16 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 3-5 (Must be potty trained) – Boys and Girls $75 per person. Each camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day.

Youth Individual Cheer Camp – Sidelines & Sports

This is much more than your normal cheer camp!! You will learn cheers, sidelines, jumps and general sports knowledge! You have to know who has the ball to know what cheer to call! It truly is all about the sidelines AND the sports! Jul 21-23 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 4 and up – Groups will be formed by age groups – Boys and Girls. $75 per person. Each camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day.

Dancenastics Princess Camp

Put on that tiara, drape yourself in sparkles and rhinestones and come dance like a princess!!! Jul 28-30 – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – Noon each day. Ages 3-12 – Groups will be formed by age groups – Girls Only $75 per person. Each camp includes a T-shirt, snack and themed craft each day.

Rolling Hills Farm Equestrian Center

We offer co-ed, weekday Camps a exciting fun filled week with many activities. Horse Camp Week: June 9th to June 13th from 10am to 5 pm. Day Camps: June 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 from 10 to 3pm. Great group of people with many years of Training and Riding experience. We are a 4-H affiliated facility with reasonably priced rates. Come learn at a fun, experienced facility with nice show quality horses. Contact Debra Horn or Lee Horn (865) 250-0403 or (865) 850-1167 at rollinghillsfarm01@yahoo.com or rollinghillsfarmequestriancenter01@gmail.com

Sacred Heart Cathedral School

711 Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919. 865.588.0415. sacredheartsports.org

B & E Football Camp

Individual football skills camp. All positions, Offense, & Defense instruction. 9am-noon Jun 9-11. Ages: 8-14 years. Cost: $70, incl. T-Shirt

B & E All-Sports Camp

Develop skills in a wide range of sports. Work on individual and teamwork skills. 9am-noon Jun 16-18. Ages: 8-14 years. Cost: $70, incl. T-Shirt.

Creative Dramatics

Rising 1st-4th grader – $110 – Jun 9-13 – 9am-12pm. Students learn how to band together as an ensemble, using voice, body and imagination to express characters and tell stories.

The Actor’s Workshop

Grades 5-8 – $175– Jul 7-11 – 9am-4pm. This class will provide middle school students a week of intensive actor training. The fundamentals of stage acting are taught through a fast-paced process of theatre games and exercises that engage and stretch the voice, body and mind of the actors.

Cheer Camp

Cheers, chants, dances, jumps, techniques, stunts and gymnastics taught by cheer coach and squad members. Jun 16-18, 9am-noon. Ages: Girls 5-10 years. Cost: $65, including t-shirt.

Dance Camp

Learn dances including hip hop, line dances, and pom routines. Taught by cheer coach and squad members. Jun 9-11, 9am-noon. Ages: Girls 5-12 years. Cost: $65 including t-shirt.

Camp Bookworm

Books, activities, crafts, and fun taught by SHCS Librarians. Complete your summer reading requirements! Monday, Jun 23rd– Friday, Jun 27th from 9am – Noon. Ages: Rising 1-3 Grades. Cost: $125, includes reading tote bag, daily snack, and paperback book.

Cooking Camp

Come have fun with friends in an upbeat, interactive cooking camp. You will get to learn basic cooking skills, kitchen safety and manners, healthy eating options, and fun party foods. Each camper will receive a personalized apron, cookbook, and taste lots of foods. Jul 8th-10th from 9am-12pm. Who: Boys/Girls Grades K-3. Cost: $105.

Jason Devries’ Junior and Lady Eagle Basketball Camps

Individual skills basketball camp featuring individual and group instruction in offensive and defensive skills. 9am-noon (Junior Eagle), 1-4 pm (Lady Eagle), Jul 8-10. Ages: Co-ed 7-9 years (Junior Eagle), Girls 10-13 years (Lady Eagles). Cost: $70, including t-shirt.

Music Camp

Both guitar and voice will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Jul 11, Morning (9-12) or afternoon (12-3). Ages: 9-13. Cost: $120 per session for a full week with snack and music included.

Sacred Heart Young Folks Summer Camp program

Outdoor activities, arts and crafts, free-play, field trips including Dollywood, swimming, roller-skating, bowling, Putt-Putt, movies, Knoxville Zoo, etc. 711 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Phone: 865.584.8882. Fax: 865.558.4139

St. Andrews – Sewanee School (SAS) Summer

290 Quintard Road, Sewanee, TN 37375. 931-598-5651. sassummer@sasweb.org. sasweb.org/summer/index.aspx

Tate’s Day Camp

Located on N. Cedar Bluff Road in West Knoxville. All camps run from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.). Contact: Chris Strevel, (865) 690-9208, info@tatescamp.com, tatescamp.com, facebook.com/TatesCamp, Twitter: @TatesCamp

Pirates and Princesses

(for ages 3-13). Dates and Times: May 27-30, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) Location(s): Located on N. Cedar Bluff Road in West Knoxville. One sentence camp description: Prepare to set sail across the Tatesibbean where “X” marks the spot and pirate treasure is within our reach.

Bug Fest

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jun 2-6, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) Location(s): Located on N. Cedar Bluff Road in West Knoxville. One sentence camp description: Join us for a week of creepy crawling fun as we pay tribute to our tiny, multi-legged, friends affectionately known as BUGS!

Secret Agent

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jun 9-13, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) Location(s): Located on N. Cedar Bluff Road in West Knoxville. One sentence camp description: We’re calling all secret agents to sound the alarm and report for duty as we unravel the “whodunnit” scenario of the summer.

Blast From The Past

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jun 16-20, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) One sentence camp description: Fire up the quantum generator, type in the coordinates and hold on tight as we teleport through a continuum of famous decades.

Child vs. Wild

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jun 23-27, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) Location(s): Located on N. Cedar Bluff Road in West Knoxville. One sentence camp description: Tribal alliances are formed and spirit fills the air as teams participate in friendly competitions, both physical and mental, to gain points and see who will be crowned the Tate’s victors.

Slime & Grime

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jun 30-Jul 3, (closed on Jul 4) 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) One sentence camp description: Come and join our make-believe, yet legendary, Dr. Herbert Higginbottom IV and Professor Theodore Themopolis, for a journey into the world of Slime & Grime.

Hollywood Hoopla

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jul 7-11, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) One sentence camp description: Participate in a celebrity dress up day; have the opportunity to participate in the talent show; or join a fan club and cast your vote for the next Tate’s Star as we travel from Knoxville to Hollywood without ever leaving our 52-acre city of the stars.

Carnival

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jul 14-18, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) One sentence camp description: Fire up the cotton candy machine and crank up the music because it’s time for Carnival which includes face tattoos, a dunking booth and special games.

Ancient Egypt

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jul 21-25, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) One sentence camp description: It’s a race against the clock as we cruise down the Nile on our way to join the Pharaoh’s Treasure Hunt and search for hieroglyphic tiles and artifacts that may lead to solving some ancient secrets.

Wild Water

(for ages 3-13) Dates and Times: Jul 28-Aug 1, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) One sentence camp description: Continuing our longstanding tradition of wet and wild fun, we will close out the summer with water excitement that will leave you soaked all the way from your head to your wrinkled toes.

iCamp

(for rising 4th-5th graders) Dates and Times: Jun 2-6, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (iCamp is 8:30-2:00 with additional camp activities until 4:00) Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.)

One sentence camp description: Campers will bring their own iPads and learn how to harness the power of “i” to be creative, productive, educational, and fun.

iCamp Academy

(for rising 6th-8th graders) Dates and Times: Jun 9-13, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (iCamp Acadmey is 8:30-2:00 with additional camp activities until 4:00) Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and picked up as late as 6:00 PM.) One sentence camp description: iCamp Acadmy is for middle school students that desire to push themselves using apps like Evernote, Garage Band, and iMovie to create presentations and improve organizational and time management skills.

Counselor-In-Training Program

(for rising 9th-10th graders) Dates and Times: Session 1 Jun 2-20, Session 2 Jun 23-Jul 11, Session 3 Jul 14-Aug 1 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. One sentence camp description: This leadership training program incorporates real life work experience into a fun and energetic camp environment by combining hands-on opportunities, team building, and problem solving into life skills that participants will use forever.

UTC Challenger Learning Center

Cosmic Space Quest

Space/STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). 855 E. 5th St. Chattanooga, TN 37403. 423-425-4126. UTC.edu/ChallengerCenter.

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

Since 1954, the purpose of Valley View Ranch has been to help each rancher have the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having her own horse, all a’top beautiful Lookout Mountain. Cloudland, GA. Nancy Jones. 706-862-2231. info@valleyviewranch.com valleyviewranch.com.

Special Mini Session “A” (1 week) – Jun 1 (Sun.) – Jun 6 (Fri.). $1500*

First Session (2 weeks) – Jun 8 (Sun.) – Jun 20 (Fri.). $2950*

Second Session (2 weeks) – Jun 22 (Sun.) – Jul 4 (Fri.). $2950*

Third Session (2 weeks) – Jul 6 (Sun.) – Jul 18 (Fri.). $2950*

Special Mini Session “B” (1 week) – Jul 20 (Sun.) – Jul 25 (Fri.). $1500*

Fourth Session (2 weeks) – Jul 20 (Sun.) – Aug. 1 (Fri.). $2,950*

* Prices subject to change

West Side YMCA Summer Day Camp

400 North Winston Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. (865) 690-9622. ymcaknoxville.org.

The WordPlayers’ Summer Acting Instruction Programs

865-539-2490, wordplayers@comcast.net, wordplayers.org

The Zone Sports Complex

The Zone Sports Complex Summer Program offers recreational sports training in soccer, tumbling, basketball, dance, and core with entertaining games, weekly themes, full day/half day and pool field trips and so much more! May 27, 2013-Aug 8, 2013. 865-330-9663. thezoneknox.com. thezonesportscomplex@gmail.com.

YMCA Camp Ocoee

YMCA Camp Ocoee excels in providing a quality traditional, overnight camping experience for boys and girls age 7-17. Since 1923, the spirit of YMCA Camp Ocoee has been more than just a summer camp experience. The Christian values learned, and the confidence gained by the campers becomes a way of life. In our long history, we have balanced tradition with the interests of today’s campers by offering fun, exciting and safe activities. Camp Ocoee offers one week sessions beginning Jun 1st and ending Jul 26th. We’re located just 1 1⁄2 hours from Knoxville at 111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee, TN 37361. 423-338-5588. info@campocoee.com. campocoee.com.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS

Bachman Academy

Horse Camp at Bachman Academy & BASEcamp at Bachman Academy. 414 Brymer Creek Road. McDonald, TN 37353. 866-397-2267 (CAMP), 423-479-4523. horsecamp@bachmanacademy.org. BASEcamp@bachmanacaemy.org

MDA Summer Camp

Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6408 Papermill Drive, Suite 230, Knoxville, TN 37919

865-588-1632. ccrawford@mdausa.org. mda.org/publications/mda-summer-camp

Rivers Way Outdoor Adventure Camp

Tom Hanlon. 889 Stoney Hollow Road. Bluff City, TN 37618. 423-538-0405. riversway.org

Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children

Overnight diabetic camp. Jul 13 – 26. 2622 Lee Pk., Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379. 423-843-5006. TNCDC.org

Tennessee Jaycee’s Camp Discovery

Located on the Flynn’s Creek area of Cordell Hull Lake in Jackson County, Tennessee. Contact 615-556-3887 for more information.

The Educational Benefits Of Summer Camp

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.

 

“It is a real art to construct educational activities that are enjoyable; many summer camps have perfected this combination.”

Summer camp brings kids together for learning and fun. Photo courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

Summer camp brings kids together for learning and fun. Photo courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

Both of our sons have participated in several summer camps the past few years. Somewhat belatedly, I asked them the other day if they liked any of the camps. Fortunately, both said yes. “What did you like about them?” I asked. They both agreed on three qualities: they enjoyed learning new things; they liked meeting other people who shared their interests; and the camps were fun.

The first summer camps originated in Europe in the late 19th century. These “holiday” camps brought children together to enjoy nature and fellowship while they made tree houses, sang songs, flew kites, and played adventure games. Some current summer camps continue this experience of learning about nature and outdoor activities. However, the variety of educational offerings in summer camps has mushroomed in the past few decades. For instance, my sons participated in Camp Webb where they learned more about science, how to do digital photography, the basics of creative writing, and using Legos to build robots. Other places offer immersion programs in a foreign language that allow students to live in a different country for a month. Tennessee offers a variety of Governor’s Schools for high school students. Although these month long residential programs are called “schools”, they are really more like specialized summer camps. Students can learn in more depth an amazing variety of skills: computational physics, guitar, filmmaking, and international studies, to name a few. There are hundreds of other possibilities for summer learning, as evidenced by current listings in this issue of Knoxville Parent. The educational aspect of these summer camps is appealing not only to students but also to their parents.

Students can also meet other students that share a common interest. This fellowship and collaboration on a common theme for a week or a month can help produce enduring friendships. My oldest son found a friend in Science Camp two years ago; they have continued their collaboration as they independently learn more about chemistry. My youngest son has participated in several basketball camps. He has made friends that he continues to see in various interscholastic basketball leagues.

Finally, summer camps can be fun. We should not overlook this engaging aspect of an experience that promotes learning and friendship.  Since summer camps are voluntary, their approach has to be interesting and entertaining; otherwise, parents would not recommend these camps to other parents.  It is a real art to construct educational activities that are enjoyable; many summer camps have perfected this combination.

Writing this article makes me long for summer camps for adults.  I wish my wife and I could take a week off from work, take the kids to their favorite summer camp, and then fly off to Italy for a gourmet cooking camp or to Hawaii to learn how to surf board. That would be my idea of lifelong learning! However, I am glad my children have a multitude of opportunities in the summer to learn, make friends, and have fun.

 

Michael K. Smith, Ph.D., is owner of TESTPREP EXPERTS (www.testprepexperts.com ) which prepares students for standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT. He is also a consultant to Discovery Education Assessment. He can reached at mike@testprepexperts.com.

Aquatic And Summer Pool Safety Tips

by  Alicia Williams, National Fitness Center Aquatics Director

NationalFitness1If you have children, you already know that swimming is the most popular summertime activity. As a parent, you can follow some easy steps to put your mind at ease and keep your kids safe around the pool allowing you to enjoy these activities as well. The American Red Cross recommends talking to your children and setting rules before visiting a pool. It’s important to make sure that children have a healthy respect for bodies of water, so that they are cautious about approaching them on their own.

 

“Being safe around water is largely a matter of planning ahead.”

 

Children 36 months or younger should always be supervised around water. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that 64% of reported pool accidents in the US occur with children between the ages of 1-3 years old. Parents should establish and enforce water safety rules with their children. Here are 10 easy Aquatic & Summer Pool Safety Tips from National Fitness Center and Court South to help you have a happy and safe summer swim season!

Aquatic & Summer Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Buddy System: Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Safety First: Swim in designated areas with certified lifeguards or responsible adults on duty.
  • Swimming Lessons: Ensure that everyone in your family knows how to swim well. Enroll your children in age appropriate swim lessons.
  • Start Safe: Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear personal flotation devices, but they should not rely on these devices.
  • Be Watchful: Maintain constant supervision, avoid distractions (phones, tablets, books) when supervising children around water.
  • Follow the Rules: Establish rules for your family (rules may be different based on ability) and enforce them without fail.
  • Protect Your Skin: Wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15, and limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Keep it Covered: If you have a home pool, install and use barriers around your pool. Safety covers and pool alarms can provide additional protection.
  • Be Prepared: Have the appropriate safety equipment, first aid kit, reaching or throwing equipment and life jackets.
  • Save a Life: Become CPR/AED, water safety and first aid certified. Check your local NFC for certification class information.

Being safe around water is largely a matter of planning ahead. It’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in or around water. If an accident or emergency situation happens, the best thing you can to is to remain calm and to have a plan. If a child is missing, check water area first. Seconds count, and knowing how to react to a situation can mean the difference between preventing a death or disability. As a parent, one of the most important things you can do is to become CPR certified. At National Fitness Center, the basis of our aquatics programs begins with teaching water safety. All aquatics staff are lifeguard and CPR/AED certified by a nationally accredited organization.

National Fitness Center offers summer programs for kids that are sure to make it the best summer ever! Our new Signature location offers 3 pools AND an indoor fun pool with slides, so aquatic fun can be enjoyed all year round. Swimming lessons are offered for all levels and ages at all locations with aquatic facilities. National Fitness Center also hosts the NFC Sharks swim team! This program is designed for more competitive swimmers or swimmers who still need additional instruction or refined competitive stroke technique work. This program is fun, but challenging for all swimmers.  In all programs, kids will learn safety practices that will keep them safe around the water.
For more information about pool and water safety and how to be a responsible parent, be sure to visit the Red Cross website at redcross.org.

 

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Alicia Williams is the National Fitness Center Aquatics Director. Alicia is a water safety specialist, lifeguard trainer, and CPR/AED certified instructor. She has 12 years experience of competitive swimming including a TN state high school swimming championship.

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The Halves And The Half Nots

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville

 

Mar2014-OHernWhat in the world makes fractions so darned difficult for our students?  Sure, fractions can be intimidating, but I really don’t think they have to be.  Like so many other math issues, I think it’s about how the student is brought into the subject.

At some point in third or fourth grade his teacher is going to say, “Next week we will start on fractions!”  Cue the music: Dum-dum-duuuuuuuum!  His heart is struck with terror, because every one of his older friends and/or siblings has told him to dread fractions.  FRACTIONS!  Even the word is never spoken outside of math class! Read more →