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2014 Alaska Summer Camp Guide

StaffThe Christian Science Monitor
Anchorage Daily News / ADN.com

Camping opportunities in Alaska this summer are listed below:

ALASKA CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Contact: Thomas Burek, 274-5439; trailside@akcenter.org

Trailside Discovery

Naturalist staff lead small groups outdoors teaching the basics of wetlands, geology, mammals, and outdoor skills using hands-on activities, movement, music and storytelling, drama. Classes include, Jurassic Journey, Underwater Wonders, Wilderness Survival and Outdoor Odyssey.

Age or grade level: Ages 6-7
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 27-Aug. 15
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Road
Cost: $190-$228 per week

Wilderness Camp

After one day of checking gear, reviewing equipment practicing wilderness safety, campers leave on Tuesday for four days of camping.Trips Include: Russian Lake Bike, Moose River Meander Canoe,Kesugi Ridge Backpack, Midship Misfits, Canoe Voyager.
Age or grade level: Ages 12-14
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 2-Aug. 15
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive
Cost: $285 per week

Wilderness Trips

After two days of checking gear, reviewing equipment practicing skill campers leave on Wednesday for three days of camping. Trips include: Swanson Lake Canoe, Hatcher Pass Backpack, Bike Pack Odyssey, Sailing, Kayak Scout and many more.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-9 and 10-11
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 2-Aug. 15
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Road
Cost: $245-$275 per week

Trailside Discovery

These fast paced high adventure programs are well suited for older campers. We head out on many field trips. Classes Include, Peak Baggers, River Wranglers, Reach High & Sail Away. Two staff per 12-13 campers.
Age or grade level: Ages 10-13
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 27-Aug. 15
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Road

Trailside Discovery

Learning and outdoor fun are combined as campers deepen their awareness of the outdoors and broaden their science knowledge of the wilderness. Classes include, Earth,Fire & Ice, Ocean Commotion,Survival Challenge. Two staff per 12-13 campers.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-9
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 27-Aug. 15
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive
Cost: $190-$228 per week

Trailside Discovery

Naturalist staff lead small groups outdoors teaching the basic science of wetlands, geology, mammals, outdoor skills, using hands on activities. Classes include Jurassic Journey,Underwater Wonders, Outdoor Odyssey & Wilderness Survival. Two staff per 14-16 children.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-7
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 27-Aug. 15
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Road
Cost: $190-$228 per week

Trailside Discovery

Patient, enthusiastic staff engage children with hands-on experiential education activities, using movement, science, nature games,music and storytelling. Programs include Wolves, Bears, Bullwinkle, Buzzy Bugs Bonanza & Salmon Snoopers. Two staff per 10-12 children.
Age or grade level: Ages 4-5
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 27-Aug. 15
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive
Cost: $190-$228

Knik Bay Wilderness Leadership Expedition

This two-week trip is for highly motivated individuals seeking to develop youth leadership skills who have previous kayaking and backpacking experience. The trip will focus on building leadership skills and group development.
Age or grade level: Ages 16-18
When: June 30-July 11
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive
Cost: $795 for two weeks

Teacher Naturalist In Training

This naturalist leadership course is for campers who are ready to share their passion, experience and skills. We will develop leadership skills to prepare for future jobs. TNT graduates may be asked back to volunteer.
Age or grade level: Ages 13 -16
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 2-Aug. 1
Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive
Cost: $235 per week

Trailside Discovery: Eagle River Nature Center

Naturalist Instructors lead small groups teaching about the Eagle River watershed, earth science, and outdoor survival skills. Classes include, Wild Wet Water Adventure, Rocks, Ice, Volcanoes & Quakes, Survival Challenge, & Birds, Bugs & Bears.
Age or grade level: Ages 5-12
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 27-June 20
Where: Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road
Cost: $190-$235 per week

Trailside Discovery: Palmer

Program emphasis interactive hands-on outdoor adventure. Campers explore wetlands, forests, and tread gently in the great outdoors. Programs include, Survival challenge,River Wranglers, Rocks, Ice, Volcanoes & Quakes, Outdoor Odyssey, Mountain Bike Mania & Peak Baggers.
Age or grade level: Ages 4-16
When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 27-Aug. 15
Where: Spring Creek Farm in Palmer, 6402 Lossing Road
Cost: $156-$195 per week

HOMER WILDERNESS LEADERS

Wild, Sustainable Summer

We’ll integrate farming, cooking, art, science, wilderness skills, and leadership into our weekly sessions based at a Homer homestead featured on Discovery Channel’s “Alaska the Last Frontier.” Every week you’ll get a box of vegetables.
Age or grade level: Ages 10-14
Dates: Noon-4 p.m. Mondays, May 26-Aug 18
Where: HoWL Headquarters (we’ll drive to the homestead from there), 1554 Homer Spit Road.
Cost to attend: $45 per day or $495 for all 12 sessions
Contact: Contact Annie at 399-4695; register at howlalaska.org/programs/wild-sustainable-summer/

SEEK (Science and Engineering Kamp) ALASKA

Sponsor: Science and Engineering Experience Kamp Trust
Have fun with Science and Engineering. SEEK Alaska is a five-day resident camp held at UAA. Students perform scientific research and explore engineering design using hands-on experiments, mathematical prediction, problem solving, brainstorming and other active-learning methods. They learn that technical topics are not too tough or mysterious. Classroom and outdoor experiences include individual effort, team collaboration, writing, speaking, research and light-hearted competition. Lodging, meals, and instructional materials are included — plus use of a notebook computer. This fully chaperoned camp is limited to 14 students. A fantastic academic camp with great reviews. See our web site for more information and scholarship availability.
Age or grade level: Entering grades 7-10
Dates: July 7-11 or July 14-18
Where: University of Alaska Anchorage, North Hall, 3555 Sharon Gagnon Lane
Cost to attend: $600 for overnight students, $475 for day students
Contact: Dr. Alice Chen, 830-3595; seekalaska@aol.com; www.seekalaska.org

ALASKA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Junior Master Gardener Day Camp

The Alaska Botanical Garden’s Junior Master Gardener Day Camp is a weekly program allowing youth to learn about and connect with the outdoors and gardening. This program runs for eight weeks and teaches kids about gardening, soil, seeds, insects and more. Camp attendees come to ABG one day per week (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) in the morning (9 am – 12 pm) or afternoon (1 – 4 pm) each week June 2nd-July 23.
Age or grade level: Ages 7-12
Dates: Choose 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., June 2-July 23
Where: Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road
Cost to attend: $130
Contact: Kelly Ingram, 770-3692; education@alaskabg.org; visit eventbrite to register and pay

ALASKA FINE ARTS ACADEMY

Lego Robotics Camp

The world of Lego Robotics is explored during this week long camp. Does your child love their team at school? Do you wish your child would join the team at school? Come check this out.
Age or grade level: Ages 7-14
When: Ages 7-10, 9 a.m.-noon; ages 11-14, 1-4 p.m. 11-14 yrs old, Aug. 4-8
Where: Alaska Fine Arts Academy, Eagle River
Cost: $200 per session
Contact: Register at akfinearts.org; email frontdesk@akfinearts.org

ALASKA CHINESE ASSOCIATION

Chinese Culture Camp

Culture camp for children interested in learning more about Chinese language and culture. Teachers visiting from Taiwan will instruct students in Chinese language, dance, arts and crafts, sports, and cultural traditions. This year’s camp will span five days including a pot luck and performances by the children Friday evening.
Age or grade level: Grades K-6
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1
Where: Asian Alaskan Cultural Center, Northwood Elementary School, 4807 Northwood Drive
Cost: ACA members, $225; non-members, $255
Contact: school@alaskachinese.org; Tina Meiser 243-8886, meiser@acsalaska.net

UAA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Where: University of Alaska Anchorage Campus
Cost: $100 per session
Contact: Dr. Scott Hamel, sehamel@uaa.alaska.edu;

Java Programming
In this week-long academy, students will learn how to write Java programs and be introduced to the field of Computer Science. Topics including object-oriented programming, Java syntax, and the Eclipse development environment will be covered.
Age or grade level: Grades 10-12 and Grades 6-9
Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., June 16-20; June 23-27

Gears and Sprockets
In this week-long academy, students will learn to design and build mechanical drive trains for vehicles. Topics will include friction, torque, motors, gears, sprockets, and belts. Attendees will construct vehicles optimized for speed, acceleration, and climbing to compete on an obstacle-filled racetrack.
Age or grade level: Grades 9-12
Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 4-8
Where: University of Alaska Anchorage Campus

Summer Engineering Academy-Robotics
In this week-long academy, students will learn to design, build, and program a robot to complete a task. Topics will include motors, actuators, sensors and programming. Attendees will assemble a robot that will compete in both user-piloted and autonomous challenges such as an obstacle course.
Age or grade level: Grades 6-9; grades 10-12
Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., June 23-27; July 14-18

3D Modeling
In this week-long academy, students will learn to geomodel buildings in 3D from facility blueprints and digital images. Attendees will use image processing tools and mapping software. 3D building models created throughout the week will be published and shared online.
Age or grade level: Grade 6-9
Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., June 16-20

Energy
In this week-long academy, students will learn how energy is produced and consumed, with a focus on renewable sources. Attendees will create a mini power grid using a small photovoltaic array, wind turbine, battery bank, and various electrical loads, which will be tested for effectiveness and efficiency.
Age or grade level: Grades 6-9; grades 10-12
Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., July 7-11; July 28-Aug 1
Hours: 8am-3p.m.

Structure Destruction
In this week-long academy, students will learn how bridges, buildings, and towers work. Attendees will design, analyze with computer software, and construct a Basswood bridge, which will be subjected to destructive testing to determine the strength, stiffness, and material efficiency.
Age or grade level: Grade 10-12
Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., July 21-25

Structure Destruction
In this week-long academy, students will learn how bridges, buildings, and towers work. Attendees will design, analyze with computer software, and construct a Basswood bridge, which will be subjected to destructive testing to determine the strength, stiffness, and material efficiency.
Age or grade level: Grades 6-9
Dates: June 9-13

YAK ACADEMY
Sponsor: Graciela Echeverria-Hanley
Yak Academy is a foreign language program that offers Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language mini camps. The program that integrates fun play-based immersion, world class native speaking instructors and a unique environment of learning to create a powerful and effective world language experience. Our focus is on speaking and listening, with an emphasis on practical communication as opposed to vocabulary memorization. Every activity we do has a specific language goal while the children feel that they are just playing.
Age or grade level: Ages 5-10 this summer
When: Ages 5-7, 9-11 a.m.; ages 8-10, noon-2 p.m., June 2-Aug. 4
Where: Sand Lake Baptist Church, 7434 Jewel Lake Road
Cost to attend: $150 per week. Enroll for five weeks or more and get 10 percent off
Contact: Graciela Echeverria-Hanley, 317-9292; anchorage@yakacademy.com;

iCAMP
Sponsor: Gladys Wood PTO
This is the seventh year this camp is being offered at Gladys Wood. We will be using iMac Desktops to create digital videos, commercials and music using a variety of software available both online and on the iMac. Campers will learn how to create digital videos, digital images, original music and short videos and even create/explore Minecraft. Sessions 1 and 3 will have an emphasis on Minecraft.
Age or grade level: Ages 9-15 Dates: 9 a.m.-noon, May 27-30; 1-4 p.m. May 27-30; 9 a.m.-noon June 2-6; and 1-4 p.m. June 2-6
Where: Gladys Wood Elementary School, 7001 Cranberry Street
Cost to attend: Four-day sessions, $100; five-day sessions, $120
Contact: Visit http://www.mrbeardsley.com or call Tyler,  280-8227; or email beardsley_tyler@mac.com

ALASKA ZOO
Ages: 6-12
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road
Cost: $70 with zoo pass or $85
Contact: DeAnna Thoma, 341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Feisty Felines
Let us introduce you to the felines of the zoo while exploring their similarities and differences. Go behind-the-scenes to meet these species as you never have before.
Dates: June 30

Back From the Brink
There are many reasons that plant and animal species may go extinct. Come lean all about how we can bring threatened species back from the brink by meeting our threatened species up-close.

Owl-trageous
Come to the zoo to learn all about these feathered critters. You’ll see our owls up-close and discover the many amazing things that make these predators owl-trageous.
Dates: Aug. 14

Crazy Camel Caravan
We all know camels are funny looking creatures, but who knew all their humps and bumps were actually awesome adaptations. Come learn about our camels, and all the things that make them the ultimate survivor.
Dates: Aug. 19

Bottom of the World Dwellers
We all know that penguins don’t live in the Arctic, but let’s take a day off from the Arctic and explore the land down under. Discover the similarities and differences between Arctic and Antarctic critters.
Dates: Aug. 15

Zoo Scene Investigators
Have you ever wondered what our animals are up to when no one is looking? Then become a Zoo Scene Investigator, and follow the clues to find out the truth of what goes on when the lights go off.
Dates: June 26 and Aug. 13

Calls of the Wild
Whoooo makes what sound in nature? Learn about the many different voices you may hear around the zoo and discover ways you can identify who’s who in your own backyard just by using your ears.
Dates: Aug. 12

Alaska Zoo’s Got Talent
Meet the talented animals of the Alaska Zoo. Explore the Zoo and find out if you can beat a Canadian lynx in a jumping contest or do impressions like a raven.
Dates: Aug. 11

Incredible Ice Bears
Alaska is home to all three bear species that are great at surviving in harsh, icy conditions. Come learn all about how these ice bears are such great survivalists.
Dates: Aug. 8

Wild About Wolves
Sponsor: Alaska Zoo
Our wolves our wild, but are you wild about them? If so, come to the zoo to learn about them, see them up-close, and help zookeepers give them some of their favorite tasty treats.
Dates: Aug. 7

Jammin’ Salmon
Alaska is known for its abundance of fish. Come discover all about the salmon life cycle and meet some zoo animals that wouldn’t mind a fishy Alaskan snack.
Dates: June 27

Zoo Chew
Discover what’s on the menu for wildlife, both in nature and at the zoo. Take an in-depth look at how zoo animal meals are prepared, and pitch in to help zookeepers prepare animal diets.
Dates: Aug. 6

Animal Opposites: Arctic vs. Jungle
It’s opposite day at the Alaska Zoo. Come meet our chilly pals who thrive in sub-Arctic and Arctic climates, and then learn about some of their warm weather counterparts.
Dates: Aug. 5

Rappin’ With Raptors
Come meet our birds of prey and explore the wild world of raptors. Learn about hunting techniques and participate in raptor rapping.
Dates: Aug. 4

Pet Perks: Zoo Style
Whether you own your own pets or hope to in the future, this camp is dedicated to helping campers discover safe and healthy ways to care for their pets.
Dates: Aug. 1

Loveable Leopards
Do you just adore snow leopards? Come to the zoo to learn all about these fluffy cats and all the ways that you can show them just how much you care about them.
Dates: July 31

Canine Companions
Are you crazy for canines? Let us introduce you to the canines of the zoo while exploring their similarities and differences. Go behind-the-scenes to meet these species as you never have before.
Dates: July 3

Pack Antics
What if your family was a pack of wild animals? Come learn the family dynamics of zoo animals and explore what your role would be if you lived with a pack of wolves.
Dates: June 23

Bear Aware
Explore the world of bears. Learn bear safety and how to let bears know you are in their habitat. Meet the zoo’s bears and have fun while learning to be BEAR AWARE.
Dates: June 20

Sensory Safari
Use your senses to learn how animals use all of their senses. You’ll experience the zoo like never before by discovering all of the different smells, sounds, and sights you never noticed before.
Dates: June 24

E.R. Zoo M.D.
Zoo veterinarians have a tough job and many animals to care for. If you have an interest in being a veterinarian come learn how we care for our animals when they are under the weather.
Dates: July 2

You Otter Know
Meet our playful river otter and learn what you otter know about weasels. The day will be filled with crafts and games. You’ll go home as an otter expert.
Dates: June 25

Wet and Wild
Come meet the Zoo’s water loving friends such as our curious seals and our playful otter, and learn about the many creatures that reside in a wet and wild habitat.
Dates: July 25

Recycle University
Learn why recycling is important with a day full of hands-on activities and recycling crafts. You’ll learn how everything is connected and why recycling is so important to the animals that live at the zoo.
Dates: June 18

Zoo Photo Safari
Learn tips on how to take great photos of animals with zoo animals as the models. Go on a photo safari on zoo grounds and see how you did at the end of the day.
Dates: July 30

Are You Smarter than a Raven?
Come match wits against the tricksters of the bird world, and find out who would win in a challenge of the minds. You are sure to be surprised at the amazing intelligence of these animals.
Dates: July 29

Surviving the Arctic
Come learn how to survive in the Arctic during emergency situations. Campers will be blown away learning and comparing the unbelievable ways in which animals, including themselves, can survive the Arctic winters.
Dates: July 28

Harbor Seal Plunge
Do you love swimming and diving into water? So do our seals. Come learn what makes these marine mammals such good swimmers and why they enjoy the water so much.
Dates: July 24

Fancy Feathers
Come discover the many advantages of having feathers and ways you can identify birds by examining their plumage. Then get up close and personal by meeting some of the many birds at the zoo.
Dates: July 23

Beary Interesting
Come learn all about the bears found in Alaska, and what makes them so very interesting. You’ll get to see the zoo’s bears up close and give them fun and yummy enrichment.
Dates: July 22

Oh, Deer
Moose, caribou and deer. Oh, my. Learn about the unique adaptations of the deer family and why being a deer would be oh so cool.
Dates: July 21

Quit Buggin’ Me
Explore all things that make us squirm and learn about the importance of mosquitoes, spiders and worms in our natural world.
Dates: July 18

Animal Fact or Fiction
Can Camels really store water in their humps? Do cats always land on their feet? Find out the answers to these questions and more while exploring the zoo and examining the facts about animals.
Dates: July 17

Creatures of the Night
Meet our nocturnal animals who prowl the earth when the sun goes down and learn what it takes to be a true creature of the night.
Dates: July 15

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Help debunk common wolf misconceptions. Are wolves really ferocious animals or are they really just big chickens? Come meet the zoo’s very own wolf pack and find out for yourself.
Dates: July 16

Chicken Camp
Learn about the coolest birds around. Meet the chickens that reside at the Zoo, and find out what it would take to be the ultimate Arctic chicken farmer.
Dates: July 14

Herd Heroics
Nature’s heroes do whatever it takes to protect their family. Learn all about how animals living in herds care for each other and make each other’s lives more safe.
Dates: July 8

Wonderful World of Water
Come discover all the ins and outs of water sources. You’ll learn all about animals that call the water their home and you’ll get your hands dirty learning how to keep water clean.
Dates: July 4

Zookeeping 101
Learn animal care by working alongside zookeepers to care for and provide a clean home for zoo animals. Help us make and hand out enrichment to zoo residents.
Dates: July 7

The Big Picture
Help construct the big picture by learning about how everything is connected. Meet creatures big and small and learn how our actions can make a drastic impact on their worlds.
Dates: July 11

Reptile Rendezvous
Chill with our cold-blooded residents. Meet the reptiles of the zoo and learn amazing reptile facts and discover how the zoo cares for them.
Dates: July 10

Art in the Outdoors
Connect with Mother Nature in outdoor-inspired art projects. Explore zoo grounds, gather materials, and create fun and eco-friendly art.
Dates: July 9

Birding 101
Come learn all about the magical world of birds, and discover how you can identify the birds that call Anchorage their home.
Dates: July 1

Alaska Zoo is Dino-Mite
Blast back in time to a land of giant lizards. Learn about the many prehistoric animals that roamed this land and then jump forward to meet some present day dinosaurs that reside at the zoo.
Dates: June 16

Tiger Tales
Discover the world of tigers. Hear stories and myths about tigers from all over the world, then meet our tigers to learn if there is any truth in those tiger tales.
Dates: June 13

Whoooos and Hawks
Explore the amazing world of raptors with the owls and hawks of the zoo. Learn how we train, handle, and care for these wild feathered friends through close encounters with our raptors and handlers.
Dates: June 10

Animal Opposites: Arctic vs. Desert
It is opposite day at the Alaska Zoo. Come meet our chilly pals who thrive in subarctic and Arctic climates, and then learn about some of their warm weather counterparts.
Dates: June 9

World Ocean’s Day
Come celebrate our planet’s oceans and critters found within. Learn about the world that resides under the sea and discover ways you can make a splash in protecting their underwater environment.
Dates: June 6

Everybody Poops
Who doesn’t love the smell of dung in the morning? Come find out about the many intricacies of scat and discover how you can tell whose bathroom is whose just by examining what’s left behind.
Dates: June 5

Moose on the Loose
Alaskans know moose, but do you know how to be safe around 'Moose on the Loose’? Meet zoo moose and learn how we can be good neighbors to these backyard residents who share our city.
Dates: June 4

Turtle Hurdles
Spend a day learning how turtles survive and what challenges they face in the wild. Campers get to meet the zoo’s resident turtles and the Imaginarium will be stopping by with their turtles as well.
Dates: June 4

Tall Tales and Short Stories
This Camp is all about creating stories with Alaskan animals as the main characters. Campers get to hear great stories, meet some of the animals in them, and create their own animal tale.
Dates: June 2

Foxin’ Around
Come see our playful foxes and learn about them through games, hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes encounters. Give our foxes enrichment and learn all about them from the people that take care of them every day.
Dates: May 27

Pawsitively Crafty
Campers get to enrich their crafting minds with new exciting animal crafts at the Alaska Zoo. Come make some cool crafts focusing on some animal favorites and get to meet them as well.
Dates: May 29

Home Sweet Habitat
Find out why polar bears want an icy address while Dall’s sheep prefer a steep rocky abode. Discover ways we keep animals happy in their habitats and ways to keep your home a cheerful place.
Dates: May 30

Growing A Better World
Get your hands dirty planting, composting and growing produce for animals in gardens at the zoo. Show us your green thumb and learn how growing food for the animals locally helps save habitat for wildlife.
Dates: May 26

Polar Bear Preservation
Come to the zoo to learn all about Polar bears and what you can do to ensure their conservation. You will meet the zoo’s Polar bears up-close and discover what the zoo does to help wild and captive bears.
Dates: May 23

Zoo Photo Safari
Meet a wildlife photographer and learn tips on how to take great photos of animals with zoo animals as the models. Go on a zoo photo safari and then see how you did.
Dates: May 28

LAURA MODEL & TALENT AGENCY
Sponsor: Laura Dagon
Teen Modeling Course. Be a model or look like one. Classes in runway modeling, photo movements, make up for print, runway and TV; how to audition skills; acting for the camera. Photos and fashion show for graduation; listing with the agency; scholarships for the arts.
Age or grade level: Ages 11-13 and 14-17
When: June 9-20; July 14-25; Aug. 4-15
Where: 300 E. Dimond Blvd., Suite 201
Cost: $150 per week
Contact: 344-8088; lauram@gci.net; www.lauramodeling.com

CAMP INVENTION: MORPHED
Sponsor: Holly Bjerke
At Morphed, children spend their time building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct a pinball machine. A fantastic hands-on, minds-on experience.
Age or grade level: Entering grades 1-6
Dates: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 2-6, 2014
Where: Sand Lake Elementary School, 7500 Jewel Lake Road
Cost to attend: $235
Contact: Holly Bjerke, holly.bjerke@gmail.com; www.campinvention.org; 800-968-4332

ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Denali Montessori School, 952 Cordova St.
Cost: $235 museum members; $255 non-members, unless otherwise noted
Contact: 929-9280; camps@anchoragemuseum.org

Ocean Trash to Treasure
With artist Lori Jenkins, rev up your recycling and learn about ocean trash. Turn recovered buoys into planters. Make noise with a marine debris marching band. Track trash migration; invent new uses for old materials.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-10
When: June 2-6 or June 9-13

Eco Aware
Visit the Anchorage Museum’s Gyre exhibition to learn how trash is affecting our ocean and then study marine debris research and removal. Visit Anchorage beaches and invent new uses for ocean trash.
Age or grade level: Ages 12-15
Dates: June 16-20 or June 23-27
Cost to attend: $275 member, $295 non-member

Brick Land
Use LEGO® toys to build bridges and tall towers. Test your engineering skills, learn building basics and express your inner artist.campers create artwork that will be displayed in the Anchorage Museum’s fall LEGO® exhibition Brick by Brick.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-8
Dates: July 7-11 or July 21-25

Lotions, Potions and Scientific Notions
This camp is full of mixing, measuring and fizzy, foamy experiments. Make slime, bubble juice and other mysterious concoctions. Observe and describe unusual substances just like a chemist in a lab.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-7
Dates: June 16-20 or June 23-27

Art Smarts
Discover your inner artist. Learn to create paint from everyday household ingredients and design wearable art. Visit the Anchorage Museum’s Gyre exhibition for artistic inspiration, and then with the help of a guest artist build a sculpture from ocean trash.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-7
Dates: June 2-6 or June 9-13

Dive, Swoop 'n’ Soar
From teeth to beaks, talons to claws, learn about animals’ amazing adaptations. Pet alligators, hunt for insects and discover the secrets of owls in this wildly popular camp. Design a crazy critter using mixed-media materials and explore animal habitats at the Imaginarium Discovery Center.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-7
Dates: July 14-18 or July 21-25

Camp Itty Bitty Bots
In this beginning robotics camp, learn the basic principles of computer programming using LEGO® WeDo software and bricks. Create mini-bots and simple machines to complete various challenges.
Age or grade level: Ages 7-8
Dates: July 14-18 or July 21-24

Appy Campers
Learn how to design and develop apps for your mobile device. This camp will take you through all programming basics so you can design and program your own web-based app. No programming experience necessary.
Age or grade level: Ages 12-15
Dates: July 14-18 or July 21-25

Stop. Animation Time
You call the shots during this beginner’s animation camp. Create characters using construction paper or clay and design miniature sets. Learn camera techniques used in stop motion animation and write, produce and edit a short film.
Age or grade level: Ages 12-15
Dates: July 7-11

Robot Revolution
Conquer challenges with increasing difficulty using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® education software and robotic parts. Discover how to build and program robots to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. This camp is for students of all experience levels.
Age or grade level: Ages 12-15
Dates: June 9-13

Comic Art
Unleash your imagination during this camp for comic book enthusiasts. Learn how to design, illustrate and write a comic book from artist Lucas Elliot. From superheroes and anime to horror and romance, channel your creative superpowers.
Age or grade level: Ages 12-15
Dates: June 2-6

Robot Quest
Learn to use Lego Mindstorms education software and robotic parts. Build and program working robots to face challenges and complete tasks. Complete trials that test programming skills, such as retrieving objects or making hairpin turns.
Age or grade level: Ages 9-11
Dates: June 2-6 or June 16-20 or June 23-27 or July 7-11

Who Dunnit?
DNA extraction. Fingerprinting. Decoding secret messages. Investigate and hypothesize using detective skills. Visit the Alaska Law Enforcement Museum to learn about history of Alaska State Troopers, and use scientific clues to solve a mystery at the Museum.
Age or grade level: Ages 9-11
Dates: June 2-6 or June 9-13
 
Monsters and Mermaids
Create your own duct tape creature and write and illustrate a monstrous tale. Learn storytelling techniques and share stories and marshmallows around a campfire. Visit the Thomas Planetarium to hear Ancient myths behind the formation of constellations.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-10
Dates: July 7-11
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Around the World in Five Days
Learn about food, clothing and stories from different cultures. Explore mythology from around the globe and create a mythical creature of your own. Visit the Anchorage Museum’s Thomas Planetarium to hear cultural stories told through stargazing.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-10
Dates: June 16-20 or June 23-27

Alaska Survival
Sponsor: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Learn how five different Alaska Native cultures survived in the wilderness, and still do so today. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Anchorage Museum’s Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.
Age or grade level: Ages 9-11
Dates: July 14-18 or July 21-25
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

Outdoor Photography
Learn how to use camera settings and compositional elements to create captivating images. “Draw” with light using long exposures. Visit the Anchorage Museum’s Arctic Desert photography exhibition and then explore various locations along the Turnagain Arm.
Age or grade level: Ages 12-15
Dates: June 9-13
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

Picture Perfect
Learn about digital and traditional photography methods and how to edit digital photos. Visit the Anchorage Museum’s Arctic Desert photography exhibition and then practice outdoor photography skills on hikes at Glen Alps and Potter Marsh.
Age or grade level: Ages 9-11
Dates: July 7-11
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

Rock On.
Explore Anchorage’s history in this earth-quaking camp. Shake it up at the Alaska Experience Theater, scale new heights at the Alaska Rock Gym, and explore the Anchorage Museum’s earthquake exhibition Riskland.
Age or grade level: Ages 9-11
Dates: June 16-20 or June 23-27
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

Waterworks
Dive into the study of oceans and the creatures that call them home. Learn about Alaska’s marine life through field research at Potter Marsh, the Imaginarium Discovery Center and H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-8
Dates: June 16-20 or June 23-27
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

Shake, Rattle & Roll
Explore Anchorage’s history in this earth-quaking camp. Shake it up at the Alaska Experience Theater, scale new heights at the Alaska Rock Gym, and explore the Anchorage Museum’s earthquake exhibition Riskland.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-8
Dates: July 14-18 or July 21-25
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

Livin’ Large
Use investigative skills to blossom into a junior naturalist while exploring the great BIG outdoors. Visit the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature, Alaska Zoo and the Eagle River Nature Center.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-8
Dates: June 2-6 or June 9-13
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

Up, Up and Away
From hot air balloons and kites to airplanes and clouds, this camp investigates air and its amazing properties.
Age or grade level: Ages 6-8
Dates: July 7-11
Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

UAA CONTINUING EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The Continuing Education Kid’s College offers individual classes and camps for students. Topics include computer technology, culinary arts, fitness, science, math, music, art, and languages. Visit us downtown or call for your copy of the Kid’s College schedule. You can also register for classes online at www.uaa.alaska.edu/continuinged.
Age or grade level: Ages 10-15
Dates: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 16-July 31, 2014
Where: Continuing Education Department, 707 A Street, Suite 205 and Eagle River Campus, 10928 Eagle River Road
Cost to attend: Varies; open enrollment
Contact: 786-6790 or continuinged@uaa.alaska.edu

BABYLON LANGUAGE INSTITUTE
At the Babylon Language Institute campers will improve language fluency and cultural awareness through immersion in another language and culture through fun activities, games, crafts, and projects. Six different languages and cultures are offered: German, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese. Camp is divided into four different themes, a different theme for each week. June 2-6: Legends, Sagas, and Fairy Tales; June 9-13, Great Outdoors; June 16-20, Amazing Race; June 23-27, World Cup. No foreign language experience required.
Age or grade level: Entering K-6
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 2-27
Where: Rilke Schule, 2511 Sentry Dr.
Cost: $195 per week
Contact: www.babylonlanguage.com; babylonlanguage@gmail.com; Tyler Schlagenhauf , 244-0067

CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER OF ALASKA
June camps include Micronauts for grades K-3; Payload Specialists for grades 4-7 and Shuttle Pilots for grades 8-12. July camps are Mad Scientists for grades K-3; CSI, Moon Base for grades 4-7 and Flinonomics for grades 8-12.
Age or grade level: Grades K-12
When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (4 p.m. on Fridays), June 16-20 & July 13 and 14-18
Where: 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai
Cost: $275-$500
Contact: Summer Lazenby, summer.lazenby@akchallenger.org; www.akchallenger.org; 283-2000

CAMP INTERNET EXTREME
Camp Sponsor: Kasuun PTA
Camp Internet Extreme is celebrating its 20th year of technology teaching excellence in Anchorage. Create digital music, build a digital world, animated characters, star in a digital movie, design a spaceship, learn to code and much more. Camp Internet also features our own standalone version of Minecraft for campers to enjoy on the safety of our own network (mods included).
Age or grade level: Grades 2-10
When: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., June 2-6 and June 9-13, morning and afternoon sessions offered
Where: Kasuun Elementary Computer Lab, 4000 E.68th Ave.
Cost: $175 per session
Contact: Doug Weimann, 349-9441; kasuun@yahoo.com

ALASKA DINNER FACTORY
Kids will learn kitchen hygiene, food safety practices, measurements, temperature control, thermometer calibration, easy prep, and meal planning. Each day the students will make a three-serving entree and sides to take home and cook for dinner that night. Three weeks to choose from. Visit our website for a complete menu of what will be made each day. Lunch is included. Call 677-6633 to sign up. Limited class sizes.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-12
When: 9 a.m.-noon, June 23-27, July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8
Where: Alaska Dinner Factory, 5905 Lake Otis Unit E
Cost: $275
Contact: 677-6633; info@AlaskaDinnerFactory.com; AlaskaDinnerFactory.com/Kids_Camps.htm

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER
Age or grade level: Middle and high school, unless otherwise noted
Where: Sylvan Learning Center of Anchorage, 2217 E. Tudor Road, Suite 1A
When: Weeks of June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Cost: $350
Contact: Winston Hazlegrove or Daneka Sorrow, 561-2229; anchorage@sylvanalaska.com

Sylvan Writing Camp
Our week long Writing Camp will help your child learn strategic and creative writing techniques to boost confidence not only in language arts, but in all subject areas. Teachers coach your child through an array of engaging writing activities. Your child will walk away with a published journal to showcase his or her work. Your child will gain skills and techniques to compose and edit various types of materials and practice in real-world writing applications.

Sylvan Study Skills
This one-week Study Skills Camp will give your child the skills, confidence and personal attention needed for success, both in and out of the classroom. Your student will learn how to set goals for the upcoming year, manage time, organize schoolwork, tackle all learning situations and more.

Sylvan Advanced Reading
Building advanced reading skills is about much more than taking on harder classes and completing homework. These skills open a door into the world beyond high school, from success in college to a better career. Using a personal approach, our teachers make difficult texts accessible and meaningful for your student. Our tutors teach advanced reading strategies in a way that makes sense to your student, so he or she can tackle complex assignments with greater ease and make connections between concepts.
Age or grade level: 8th grade-adult

DAY CAMPS/CHILDCARE PROGRAMS
 
SUMMER FUN CLUB
Sponsor: Rabbit Creek Community Association
Come and join us for a summer of friends, field trips and fun. On Mondays guest speakers join us on a variety of topics: magic, animals, dinosaurs, science, etc. Tue-Th children go on one or more group field trips. Fridays are all program field trip days where we go to such places as the Alaska Conservation Center, Thunderbird Falls, Native Heritage Center, Swimming and area parks. When not on field trips, children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, such as science, cooking, arts, crafts, gym games, outdoor play, indoor play & biking. Snacks provided daily.
Age or grade level: Ages 5-12
When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 2-Aug. 6
Where: Rabbit Creek Elementary, 13650 Lake Otis Parkway
Cost: $195/week first child, $155 for additional sibs; $145/week part time. $75 non-refundable registration fee per child
Contact: 742-5722; email rccasfc@yahoo.com

SUMMER FARM CAMP
Sponsor: The Learning Farm, Deborah Baines
Ride horses and learn about basic care, types of riding and different ways horses are used. Feed the chicks and pigs, gather eggs, walk the sheep and goats. Milk the goats and make cheese. Pet the ponies and learn to drive our draft horse, Mac. Roast marshmallows and sing around a camp fire. Learn about organic gardening and ways to live green. Do a daily craft including wool projects from our own sheep’s wool. Preregistration required. Maximum of 10 per day. Two hour morning and afternoon preschool sessions to start in June.
Age or grade level: Ages 5-12
When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. May 27-Aug. 20
Where: The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander Street
Cost: $60 half day or $100 full day; discount for booking two or more days
Contact: www.TheLearningFarm.net; email thelearningfarmak@gmail.com; 229-0359

SUMMER FUN CAMP
Sponsor: The Alaska Club
Camps emphasize creative activities and healthy, active fun to keep children engaged and moving all summer long. Campers will explore a variety of crafts, fun games and weekly themed healthy activities such as swimming, tennis, soccer and baseball with the Anchorage Bucs and Pilots. The Alaska Zoo and Bird TLC with provide onsite weekly learning opportunities with various animals. Activities are focused on fun, not competition and are designed for all fitness levels. On-line registration now open; space is limited. Camps are licensed by the Municipality of Anchorage and Day care assistance is accepted.
Age or grade level: Ages 5-12
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 27-Aug. 15; before- and after-care available
Where: East Camp, 5201 E. Tudor Road; South Camp, 11051 O’Malley Center Drive
Cost: $165 per week for members (child must be on membership), $185 per week for nonmembers. Before- and after-care, $30 each child per week.
Contact: Michaela Teater, 264-2754; mteater@thealaskaclub.com; thealaskaclub.com

NORTHERN SUSITNA INSTITUTE
Wild Wonders
Sponsor: Classroom With A View
Wild Wonders is a Science, Art, and Leadership Camp. This camp provides participants with challenging team-building activities, active group games, hands-on science, and art activities connected with exploring the natural world. Lots of fun and a healthy snack is provided during the camp. Students may sign up for either or both of these sessions. Each session will have different activities and focus. Camp limited to 15 children with 2-3 professional adult staff. Enrollment deadline: June 10, 2014
Age or grade level: Ages 7-11
When: Noon-4 p.m., Session 1, June 16-20; Session 2, July 7-11
Where: 13778 E. Third St., Talkeetna
Cost: $175 for each five-day session. Full scholarships and sliding fee scale are available.
Contact: Tia Shoemaker, classroomwithaview@outlook.com, 733-7111; northernsusitnainstitute.org

BEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Camp Bear Valley
Camp Bear Valley offers weekly swimming and gymnastic lessons, and for 4th grade and up: rock climbing, golf lessons and other exciting activities. The children will also bike,hike,cook,journal write,read and do art with Debbie Houseman. Large group field trips to places like the Reindeer Farm, Crow Creek Mine, Whitter and local parks. We maintain a staff ratio of 1:5. Staff are trained in CPR/First-aid,bike safety and bear/moose safety.
Age or grade level: Ages 5-13 (5-year-olds must have attended kindergarten)
When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28-Aug. 1
Where: Ocean View Elementary, 11911 Johns Road
Cost: $220 per week plus a $25 registration fee per child
Contact: Jenny Seppi or Debbie Houseman, 345-0437; akbvca.com; sacc_director@bearvalleycommunityassoc.org

YMCA CAMPS
When: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., June 2-Aug. 15
Where: Northern Lights ABC Elementary School
Cost: $200 per week
Contact: ymcaalaska.org; email kids@ymcaalaska.org; 563-3211

Summer Day Camp
Anchorage Community YMCA
This full day camp offers a variety of fun and educational activities that are age-appropriate. These activities include arts and crafts, STEM activities, nature crafts, hiking, geocaching, archery, swim lessons, and much more. Each age groups goes on a weekly field trip in and around the Anchorage area and our campers learn to use the Public Transit System and ride the People Mover. We strive to promote our four core values of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility.
Age or grade level: Entering grades 1-6

Leaders in Training
This full day program is designed to promote leadership in young teens. Our program teaches teens to be independent and responsible, helps them to build self-confidence, leadership skills, learn to work with and help younger children all while having a great time.Our LIT campers will have the opportunity to choose which activity they want to do on a daily basis. LIT campers will participate in a variety of activities that including Community involvement, youth mentoring, hiking, archery, swimming, and much more.
Age or grade level: Entering grades 7 & 8

KENAI WATERSHED FORUM   
Summer Day Camp
Sponsor: Kenai Watershed Forum
Kenai Watershed Forum is happy to offer fur, fins, feathers, flowers, and fun at Soldotna Creek Park. What better way for your child to spend a summer day than by exploring the banks of Soldotna Creek and searching for aquatic insects, flipping over logs in search of decomposition in action, or playing in a forest pretending to be a predator on the hunt? Each week-long session includes games, crafts, lessons, songs, and most importantly lots and lots of fun. Participants benefit from spending time outside with new friends exploring rivers and forests on the Kenai Peninsula.
Age or grade level: AgeS 6-12
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-8
Where: Soldotna Creek Park, 44129 Sterling Highway, Soldotna
Cost: $150
Contact: Rhonda McCormick; rhonda@kenaiwatershed.org; 260-5449

MATANUSKA MEMORIES
Sponsor: Mat Su/Copper River 4-H District
Four-day and one night (optional) camp featuring fun hands-on outdoor activities, crafts, games, snacks and more at the historic Matanuska Experiment Farm. Additional afternoon events: Wild Wednesdays, to be offered 1-4 p.m., May 14, 28, June 11, 25, July16, 30, Aug. 6. $15 each.
Age or grade level: Grades 3-6
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 16-19, 2014
Where: UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm
Cost: $75
Contact: 745-3360, dahecimovich@alaska.edu

HOMER WILDERNESS LEADERS   
Contact: Register at www.howlalaska.org/programs/fire-and-ice; 399-4695 or howl@howlalaska.org
Where: Kachemak Bay State Park. Meet at HoWL Headquarters, 1554 Homer Spit Road.

Fire and Ice
This camp is a combination of day trips and a two-day camp-out. You will learn basic wilderness skills and will finish the course having lit a one-match fire and swam to icebergs. (If you dare.)
Age or grade level: Ages 10-13
When: 11 a.m.- p.m. Monday-Wednesday; all day Thursday-Friday, July 7-11
Cost: $375

Wilderness Adventure Day Trips
Five days a week, embark on a wilderness adventure near Homer. Stand-up paddleboarding, campfire gourmet, beach arts 'n crafts, hiking and wild food harvesting are just some of the skills you will learn.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-14
When: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Friday, May 22-Aug 18: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Cost: $45-$55 (scholarships available)

KALAIDOSCAPE PLAY STUDIO
Contact: www.kplaystudio.com, 929-2399, kplaystudioak@gmail.com
Hours: 1-3 p.m.
Where: 3801 Old Seward Highway, Suite 9; inside the University Center

Royal Kingdom
Explore the magical properties of science in this four day workshop. Whether with wand making, potions and scientific explanations, eight wizards will experience the magic of Kaleidoscape Play Studio. Students will receive royal capes, crowns and treasure to re-create magic at home.
Age or grade level: Ages 7-11
When: June 10-13
Cost: $99

KPlay Summer Camp
June is National Camping month and Kaleidoscape Play Studio brings you this four day workshop of arts & crafts, s’mores and more. Students create tons of camping activities to do over and over, plus camping recipes to make at home. Plus, it’s the first week of the return of our #campkplay exhbit which features education from the Kids Don’t Float program.
Age or grade level: Ages 7-11
When: June 17-20
Cost: $99

Wizards Science
Explore the magical properties of science in this four day workshop. Whether with wand making, potions and scientific explanations, EIGHT wizards will experience the magic of Kaleidoscape Play Studio. Students will receive wizard robes, wands and textbooks to re-create magic at home.
Age or grade level: Ages 7-11
When: June 5-8
Cost: $99

Writers Workshop
Sponsor: Kaleidoscape Play Studio
Students will go through the steps of writing a story, illustrating and publishing their own hardcover book in just four days. Story starters, games and more to prevent writers block. Each student will receive their own 8x8 full color, high quality hardcover book in about two weeks after the class.
Age or grade level: Ages 8-12
When: July 8-11
Cost: $125

ANCHORAGE WALDORF SCHOOL
Where: 3250 Baxter Road
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., before- and after-care available
Cost: $250 per week
Age or grade level: Grades 1-8
Contact: www.waldorfak.org, 333-9062 or Leigh.Patton@waldorfak.org

Herbal Remedies
What are some benefits to Mother Earth? What can WE utilize that can help one another? This week we will examine the basic elements found in our world, come play and see amazing things we can create from the earth. Participants will concoct homemade lip balm, tea, and soap to name a few.
When: July 14-18

Art in Nature
Sponsor: Anchorage Waldorf School
Come get your hands dirty and create. With an incorporation of things found in nature, campers will craft, felt, paint, and play with clay this week. An extension of the wonderful world of Waldorf handwork with added flare. Additionally, campers will paint on canvas, work with a visiting ceramist, and If numbers prevail a woodworking project can be added to the mix(4th and up).
When: Aug. 4-8

Build and Bake
Give your child the space to make a productive mess. We’ll be constructing a cob oven from the ground up. This will be an amazing asset to our campus, let alone the joy of being able to see and use our creation in action. We get to be chefs and builders in the same week. From setting stones, to constructing breads and pizzas, send him or her to camp this week to watch their creations take root.
When: July 28-Aug. 1

Travel the World in 5 Days
We will be exploring five beautiful regions of the world this week. Experience a mosaic of vibrant cultures through story, craft, and food. We’ll be visiting North America by following the steps of the Native Peoples and across the seas to Buddhist monks in Nepal. Go on Safari in Africa, spend a day down under in Australia and soak in the riches of the Black Sea of Turkey; all without the jetlag. Come Jump aboard this adventure taking a peek to the world outside of Anchorage, live how it is to live in these places for a day.
When: July 21-25

CAMP SHOLOM
Sponsor: Joy Greisen JEC
Camp Sholom is the perfect place for your child this summer. Situated on a campus that boasts nearly 6 acres of land to explore, Camp Sholom is conveniently located right next to Susitna Elementary School at Muldoon and Northern Lights. Our different themes and field trips each week will keep your child excited throughout the summer. Swimming, crafts, music, science, friends, fun, dance, theater, nature explorers and much more. The final week will be a Kindy/1st grade boot camp to help get the 5 & 6 year olds ready to begin school. Reserve your child’s spot TODAY.
Age or grade level: Ages 5-15
When: May 23-Aug. 26
When: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., early care available
Where: 7525 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Cost: $175/week
Contact: www.JECalaska.com/camp, 337-1672, marcy.cbs@gmail.com

TANAINA CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Tanaina’s experienced teachers lead a group of school-age children into summer exploration of the natural world around us. Children will be learning basics of ecology, gardening, natural history, Alaska animals and much more through everyday field trips to various parks, lakes, botanical gardens, museums and other exciting locations. All daily activities will incorporate art/craft activities, reading interactive games to support children’s learning and discoveries. Year-round program is available and currently enrolling now.
Age or grade level: Ages 5 (and completed Kindergarten) through 10
When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., May 27-Aug. 19
Where: Tanaina Child Development Center on UAA Campus, downstairs in the Student Union Building, 2921 Spirit Drive, No. 142
Cost: $235/week (5 full days); discount for full month
Contact: Contact Stefanie O’Brien, 786-1340 or tanainacdc@gmail.com

PRIMROSE GARDEN PRESCHOOL
Waldorf-Inspired Japanese Program
Depending on camp dates, children will experience the elements of water and fire such as building a watercourse, making boats, watercolor painting, baking breads and a fire story. Or discover what the Earth and Air bring to us. Modeling clay, making wind catchers, drying fruits, yoga, an air story and Japanese songs/games will be experienced. In the half-day programs, children might experience the element of water, such as building a watercourse, making boats, watercolor painting, and a water story. Children can also discover what the earth brings to us. Nature collage, modeling clay, transplanting seedlings and an earth-related story All camps: Japanese songs and games and both Japanese and English are used for instructions.
Age or grade level: Ages 4-8
When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 16-19 and June 23-26; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15
Where: Primrose Garden Pre-school, 3800 W. 80th Ave.
Cost: $255 full day, $125 half day
Contact: Rie, 351-6160, primrose_garden@yahoo.com; http://primrose-garden.com

BRICKS 4 KIDZ
Bricks 4 Kidz® camps are offered throughout the year. Camp themes and activities are specifically designed for children ages 6-13. Your children will have barrels of fun as they use LEGO® bricks to explore the world of engineering and architecture through friendly and team-based activities. Children will build and design motorized models, construct and play with their own inspired creations and participate in fun games and challenges. All materials are supplied. Different themes each week.
Age or grade level: Ages 6 and older
When: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., starting the week of June 2.
Where: Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Center, 705 S/ Knik Goose Bay Road, Suite L, Wasilla
Cost: Starting at $165 per child
Contact: Visit our website for camp locations, times, and dates:
https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=location&location=117; cdoney@bricks4kidz.com

BAYSHORE EARLY LEARNING CENTER

Bayshore Young Explorers
Join our nationally accredited early learning center this summer. Children reconnect with nature and discover what an amazing world is right out the door. Exploring nature is a complete sensory experience. Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of children’s imaginations and their senses of wonder and curiosity—important motivators for lifelong learning. Field trips may include Potter Marsh, Imaginarium, and Eagle River Nature Center. Activities include planting a garden, taking walks, and learning about Bayshore’s pond and wildlife. Each week the children swim on-site in our beautiful pool. Call today.
Age or grade level: Ages 3-6
When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. June 1-Aug. 31
Where: Bayshore Early Learning Center, 3131 Amber Bay Loop
Cost: $865
Contact: Colleen Gee, 522-4907; www.bayshorekids.com; colleen@bayshorekids.com

ANCHORAGE PARKS & REC
Contact: Margaret Timmerman, 343-4217; timmermanma@muni.org
Cost: $95 per week; $76 week of July 4

Russian Jack Explorers Camp
Enjoy hiking, games and activities in one of Anchorage’s oldest parks. Your child will discover flowers, plants, bugs and animals that live in this urban oasis. Come and enjoy the fresh air at Russian Jack Springs Park. Weekly themes include; Walk on the Wild Side, Beastly Behavior, Bike Week, Aviation Career Education Academy, Water Week East, Arts in the Park and The Sportin’ Life.
When: Drop off, 12:30-1 p.m.; pickup, 4-4:30 p.m.; camp, 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 23-Aug. 8; no camp July 4
Where: Russian Jack Park, Selkregg Chalet

Kincaid Adventure Camp
Spend the summer discovering the joys of Kincaid Park.  Campers will learn about animal tracking, hiking, kite and rocket building, map making, orienteering, outdoor cooking, photography, canoeing, beach combing and more.  Weekly themes include Pathfinding, Up, Up and Away, Wilderness Skills, Water Week, Earthworks, Water Week 2, Discovery Week, Up, Up and Away 2, Wilderness Skills 2 and Celebrate Summer.
When: Drop off, 12:30-1 p.m.; pickup, 4-4:30 p.m.; camp, 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 2-Aug. 8; no camp July 4
Where: Kincaid Park Outdoor Center

GIRL SCOUT CAMPS
Contact: Amanda Block, 248-2250; ablock@girlscoutsalaska.org; www.girlscoutsalaska.org/programs/camps

Camp Singing Hills: Program Aide Workshop
Girls will spend the day working on their leadership skills in a fun, interactive environment. This workshop is a prerequisite for girls wanting to sign up for a PA session at Singing Hills this summer.
Age or grade level: Currently in grades 6-8
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7
Where: Camp Singing Hills, Mirror Lake Exit, Chugiak
Cost: $15

Day Camp at Camp Togowoods
Day Camp at Togowoods is a great way to start the summer. Campers enjoy all the activities  Togowoods has including canoeing, arts and crafts, nature hikes, our 35-foot climbing tower (girls grade 4+) and more.
Age or grade level: Entering grades K-12
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-6
Where: Camp Togowoods, Knik Goose Bay Road, Wasilla
Cost: $125/week, $35 for the bus; scholarships available

Camp Singing Hills: Discover Nature
Girls will explore the ecosystems of camp, hike trails, do environmental education activities and spend time getting to know their Alaska backyard environment.
Age or grade level: Entering grades K-6
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23-27, July 21-25
Where: Camp Singing Hills, Mirror Lake Exit, Chugiak; bus transportation available from Anchorage
Cost: $225/week, $35/week for bus; scholarships available
   
Camp Singing Hills: Take Action
Girls will design their own service projects and take action to make the world a better place. With the help of staff,campers put their ideas into action and change the world.
Age or grade level: Entering grades K-6
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16-20, July 14-18
Where: Camp Singing Hills, Mirror Lake Exit, Chugiak; bus transportation available from Anchorage
Cost: $225/week, $35/week for bus; scholarships available

Camp Singing Hills: Program Aide
Camp develops courageous and confident leaders. Our older girls participate in leadership discovery activities. Girls develop their leadership skills with hands-on experience working with younger girls at camp under the direction of camp staff.
Age or grade level: Entering grades 7-12
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-Aug. 1
Where: Camp Singing Hills, Mirror Lake Exit, Chugiak; bus transportation available from Anchorage
Cost: Free, $35/week for bus

Camp Singing Hills: Discover Girl Scout Camp
This program gives girls a classic experience. Campers will try everything camp has to offer: canoeing, crafts, a cookout, and hikes. Some activities will be new, encouraging campers to stretch, and some familiar, reinforcing girls’ confidence.
Age or grade level: Entering grades K-6
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9-13, July 7-11, July 28-Aug. 1
Where: Camp Singing Hills, Mirror Lake Exit, Chugiak; bus transportation available from Anchorage
Cost: $225/week, $35 bus/week, scholarships available

Girl Scout Day Camp in Soldotna
Enjoy fun, hands-on activities, make craft projects, explore the natural environment, play games and do a community service project all while gaining leadership skills and making new friends.
Age or grade level: Entering grades K-12
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4-8
Where: Skyview High School, Soldotna
Cost: $100/week, scholarships available

Girl Scout Day Camp in Homer
Enjoy fun, hands-on activities, make craft projects, explore the natural environment, play games and do a community service project all while gaining leadership skills and making new friends.
Age or grade level: Entering grades K-12
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4-8
Where: Bishop’s Beach Pavilion, Homer
Cost: $100/week, scholarships available


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