2024 Summer Camps Guide

After record-breaking snowfalls, the sun is starting to come out, days are getting longer and warmer - summer is just around the corner, and soon it will be time for summer camp! The ADN 2024 Summer Camps Guide includes listings for over 100 camps for all ages.

All Summer Camps

ROOTED IN PLAY! - ROOTS RESOURCES

Location: Anchorage and Mat-Su

Grades/Age: Ages 3-18 | Cost: Dependent on date ranges and age, but may be covered by insurance.

Description: At ROOTS, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their abilities. That’s why we’ve created a unique program that combines the latest techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and child development to support special needs children in developing essential social, adaptive and life skills. Through our social skills gatherings, children are immersed in a nurturing environment where they can practice and learn critical skills such as communication, empathy and problem-solving. The therapeutic camp may be covered by your insurance if child has certain diagnoses including Asperger’s or autism. If your child would like to join using cash pay or as a peer, please inquire via email or our website.

Date/Time: Varies on age and location - Inquire for more info!

Contact: Amy@RootsABA.com

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ROUNDABOUT BOOKS SUMMER CAMPS

Location: 1101 East 76th Ave #A, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Various | Cost: Variable

Description: Summer Camps at Roundabout Books Alaska

  • Maker U with BT Higgins: May 28-30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., More info and sign up at makeru.org
  • Mini Lego Masters with Jess Jourdan: June 18-20, June 25-27, July 9-11, July 23-25, and Aug. 6-8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., More info and sign up at createwithjess.ak@gmail.com
  • Art Hour with Jess Jourdan: June 18-20, June 25-27, July 9-11, July 23-25, and Aug. 6-8, 12:30-2 p.m., More info and sign up at: createwithjess.ak@gmail.com
  • Summer Study Skills Crash Course with Carol Dunfee: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., June 11,18 and 25, and July 9 and 16 (Subject to change), More info and sign up at: https://dunfeeschoolofmusic.mymusicstaff.com/Summer-Study-Skills-Crash-Course
  • Chess Club with Lindsay Taylor: Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., June 4, July 2, and Aug. 6, More info and sign up at 907-978-9136

Date/Time: Variable

Contact: https://www.roundaboutbooksalaska.com/summer-2024

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ONWARD & UPWARD

Location: Mat-Su Valley

Grades/Age: Ages 12-18 | Cost: Varies

Description: Onward & Upward is an evidence-based nonprofit located in the Mat-Su Valley, specializing in adventure outdoor education that promotes health and wellness! We have a number of different summer programs happening, from eight-day backpacking courses to four-day rock climbing courses and much more! Visit our website for more details: www.onwardandupward.org.

Date/Time: Year-round | Varies

Contact: info@onwardandupward.org

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ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Location: Near the Alaska State Fair Grounds, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 4-12 | Cost: $115/day; $192/two days; $258/three days; $380/five days

Description: Get back into nature! Come enjoy Alaska’s learning farm this summer! Check out our new non-Newtonian lake and learn about viscosity, mud flats, quicksand and more! Have a try walking through this curious fluid! Tons of farm and nature-related science every day! Cuddle with all the cute babies: piglets, kids, lambs, ducks, cows, foals and more. Learn to ride a horse, shear a sheep and make wool projects. Milk goats and cows and make lotion. Go on an archeology dig, bottle-feed lambs and other farm babies, explore the farm and play farm games.

Date/Time: May-August | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Contact: Amanda Taylor, 907-230-6775

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BLAINE’S ART CAMPS

Location: Blaine’s Art Supply, 1025 Photo Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 5-18; all abilities welcome | Cost: Camps, $290; Workshops, $170

Description: Calling all young artists! Discover your creative potential at Blaine’s Art Supply this summer. Our camps and workshops offer a range of art mediums including acrylic painting, watercolor painting, soft pastels, oil pastels and drawing.

Choose from one-day workshops or dive into our four-day camps. Our all-inclusive art camps and workshops provide everything you need to complete the projects. At the end of the session, students are not only able to take home their finished artworks, but also the supplies used during the workshop to continue their artistic journey beyond the classroom.

Let your child’s imagination soar and create masterpieces at Blaine’s Art Supply. Secure your spot today before they’re all gone! Contact us now to enroll your child!

Date/Time: May 23-July 25 | Camps: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Workshops: 12- 4 p.m.

Contact: To sign up and see all available camps and workshops visit Blainesart.com. Call Renee Morhain, 907-242-7234, with any questions.

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THE ALASKA CLUB SUMMER FUN CAMP

Location: The Alaska Club East and South, Anchorage, Eagle River and Fairbanks South

Grades/Age: Ages 5-12 | Cost: Single day: Standard hours, $65/members and $75/nonmembers; Extended hours, $80/members and $90/nonmembers; and Weekly: Standard hours, $250/members and $275/nonmembers; Extended hours, $310/members and $335/nonmembers

Description: The Alaska Club Summer Fun Camp is for children ages 5-12. Age-appropriate activities include daily sports, arts and crafts, outdoor play, swimming and more! Daycare assistance available at East and Fairbanks.

Date/Time: May 25-Aug. 9; No camp July 4 and 5 | Standard Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Extended Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Contact: https://thealaskaclub.campbrainregistration.com/

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FOX HOLLOW GOLF COURSE JUNIOR GOLF

Location: Fox Hollow Golf Course and Sports-Dome, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 6-15 | Cost: $195/week

Description: Join us for all levels of junior golf!

Date/Time: May 27-Aug. 10 | Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: Zach Perry, 907-345-4600

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ALASKA ROCK GYM CLIMBING CAMPS FOR KIDS

Location: Alaska Rock Gym, 665 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 5-13 | Cost: $120/weekly three-day camp

Description: Climbing and activity camps for kids run weekly through the summer months. Appropriate for kids 5 to 13 years. Through learning to climb, kids increase personal fitness, gain confidence and have lots of fun. Repeat campers work on a more advanced skill progression and technical problems. Low instructor-to-student ratio and a fast paced tempo keep kids active and engaged for the entire two hours.

Camps run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., or 1-3 p.m.; start times vary by age group. Please see more complete information and the full summer schedule on our website; www.alaskarockgym.com.

No camp the week of July 4.

Date/Time: May 28-Aug. 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; or 1-3 p.m.

Contact: Info@alaskarockgym.com

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THE DOME SUMMER CAMP

Location: 6501 Changepoint Drive, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 6-12 | Cost: $109/day; $319/week; $3,099/entire summer

Description: This summer, join us at The Dome for an amazing summer camp run by our incredible staff! Open to children ages 6 to 12, our day camp provides a summer filled with games, creative activities and sports! Every day at The Dome’s summer camp features a wide range of group activities, focused on everything from athletic movement to creative exploration. Kids will have a terrific experience each day with opportunities to grow emotionally, mentally and physically. Some popular activities ready for this summer are bingo, remote control cars and laser tag! Learn more and sign up on our website at thedome.us. We hope to see you this summer!

Date/Time: May 28-Aug. 9 | 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contact: David Registe, Director of Programs, david@thedome.us

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2024 SUMMER THEATER CONSERVATORY AND CAMPS

Location: Two locations: UAA Fine Arts Building, 3700 Alumni Drive, and Turnagain Arts Building, 4105 E Turnagain Boulevard, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 4-18 | Cost: $250-1,200

Description: Join Alaska Theatre of Youth for an epic summer of singing, acting and dancing on a world class stage with costumes, lights, set and more! With something for all ages, theatre and imagination are on the menu this summer. Grow in your performance skills while making new friends and playing on stage!

Date/Time: May 28-Aug. 9 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Before and After Care, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Contact: 907-338-4901; aty@alaskatheatreofyouth.org; www.alaskatheatreofyouth.org/summer-conservatory

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SUMMER ART CAMP

Location: Wild Starr Creations, 616 E Street, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 6-13 | Cost: $275; Register for three weeks, save $75

Description: Fine arts camps offering a safe and nurturing environment for young artists to delve into various creative outlets. Our carefully designed art program offers an exciting three-day camp where youth will engage in two days of experimenting with different medias and one day committed to acrylic painting. Pre-registration required; all supplies and snacks included in the cost of the camp registration.

Date/Time: May 29-31, June 3-4, June 10-12, June 17-19, June 24-26, July 8-10, July 15-17, July 22-24, July 29-31, Aug. 5-7 | 1-4 p.m.

Contact: Linda Burke, 907-677-9453; eventswildstarrcreations@gmail.com; www.wildstarrcreations.com/artcamps

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BIRCHWOOD CAMP

Location: Birchwood Camp is a year-round camp and retreat center in Chugiak, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet just 30 minutes north of Anchorage.

Grades/Age: Grades 1-12 | Cost: $450-$1200; Payment plans and scholarships available

Description: Birchwood Camp’s mission is to build community on common ground. We strive to offer hospitality to all, and we open our doors to groups both religious and secular. Guests are invited to retreat to a place of tranquility, a place apart from the everyday world to experience renewal and inspiration.

Date/Time: June and July | Monday-Friday

Contact: birchwoodcamp.org

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TURNAGAIN CERAMICS CLAY CAMP

Location: Turnagain Ceramics Studio, 1343 G Street, Suite 100, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 9-16 | Cost: $319

Description: Students are immersed in the world of clay one week at a time at Turnagain Ceramic’s well equipped, welcoming and safe ceramics studio space. Guided by experienced instructors, summer camp students learn both hand building and wheel throwing techniques while producing one-of-a-kind pieces of art, such as sculptures and figurines, planters, mugs and bowls. The camp is designed for students to attend for one week or several weeks, depending on interests and availability. Each week is a self-contained session, and students can build skills week over week by taking on more advanced projects and learning new techniques. Kids often take to clay quickly and naturally.

Date/Time: June-August | Morning and afternoon sessions

Contact: hello@turnagainceramics.com

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JUNIOR LEARN TO ROW

Location: Service High Pool; Sand Lake, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 12-18; Grades 6-12 | Cost: $175

Description: Participants will learn the basics of rowing with certified coaches on Sand Lake. Camp begins with a mandatory pool session on June 1 to cover safety and introduce technique.

Date/Time: June 1, Service High Pool; June 3-7, Sand Lake | June 1, 9-11 a.m.; June 3-7, 3-5 p.m.

Contact: juniors@anchoragerowing.com for questions; https://www.anchoragerowing.com/junior-rowers.php to sign up

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RECTENNIS ADULT 101

Location: Delaney Park, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 18 and older | Cost: $101

Description: This program is perfect for adults who are new to tennis or re-entering the game. Over the course, you’ll develop rally skills using a proven progression that maximizes hitting time using slower and lighter balls and smaller court sizes that lead to confident play on a full size court. The goal is for everyone to develop confidence and learn basic skills to serve, rally, score and understand doubles positioning and play all in a fun, friendly, active and encouraging environment.

Date/Time: Tuesday/Thursday, June 2-20; Tuesday/Thursday, July 9-25 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Contact: Kati Renfro, 907-215-1800; krenfro@pnw.usta.com; www.rectennis.com

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LEFTY VAN BRUNT MEMORIAL YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP

Location: Mulcahy Stadium, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 8-14 | Cost: Free, thanks to our generous sponsors

Description: Join our Anchorage Glacier Pilots’ coaches and players as they give instruction in baseball skills and sportsmanship. Registration forms will be available on the Pilots’ website: glacierpilots.com; at the Pilots’ office at 435 W. 10th Avenue, Suite A; by calling 907-274-3627; or by e-mail at glacierpilotsyouthcamps@gmail.com. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration closes May 28, 2024.

Date/Time: June 3-6 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: Koene or Kristen, 907-274-3627; glacierpilotsyouthcamps@gmail.com

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SERVICE HIGH SCHOOL’S 2024 SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP

Location: Service High School Gym, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 3-9 | Cost: $150/player

Description: For incoming 3rd-9th graders - beginners are welcome! We will have two sessions daily depending on your grade level - please note the different times. This will allow coaches to focus on individual skills and talents.

Date/Time: June 3-6 | Grades 3-6, 9-11:30 a.m.; Grades 7-9, 1-3:30 p.m.

Contact: lcvb.servicehigh@gmail.com with questions; www.servicevolleyball.com for registration and more information

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SPARKLEBERRY FAIRY GARDEN

Location: Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 3-6 | Cost: $275

Description: Your petite dancer will not want to miss the Sparkleberry Fairy Garden annual party! Dancers will join fairy friends, fancy flamingos and a colorful rainbow of dancing fruits and flowers for a fairy sparkling good time in ballet! This magical camp is full of pixie dust, dancing, games, glittery crafts and so much more!

Date/Time: June 3-6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-569-3267; Info@anchorageballet.org; www.anchorageballet.org/summer

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JA BIZ KIDS CAMP

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades K-8 | Cost: $250/camper/session; Sibling discounts apply

Description: Students in grades K-8 are welcome to join Junior Achievement this summer for a fun-filled, activity-based camp this summer. Lunch will be provided daily and students will move between physical sports, leadership development, presentations from local entrepreneurs and build a business plan to pitch shark-tank style in a competition to win seed money for their business. Limited spaces available.

Date/Time: Session 1: June 3-6; Session 2: June 10-13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: Rebecca Hilton, rhilton@ja-alaska.org; sign up at https://akbizkidcamp.com/

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ALASKA CHILDREN’S CHOIR MUSICAL THEATER CAMP

Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 10355 E Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Palmer

Grades/Age: Recommended Ages 8-17 | Cost: $225/student; Discounts available for each additional sibling

Description: Come enjoy a week-long introduction into musical theatre! Students will meet daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. They will prepare a short production throughout the week, learning skills including singing, acting and creating stage props for the set. The week will culminate in a single performance of their musical theatre production on Friday evening. The recommended ages are 8-17. The cost is $225 per student, and parents will also be responsible for providing a simple costume for their child, or material so the student can make their own costume. Discounts are available for multiple children in a family. The musical will be determined based on enrollment numbers.

Date/Time: June 3-7 | Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; evening performance June 7

Contact: Jessie Wetherell, 907-982-5467 (text preferred); alaskachildrenschoir@yahoo.com

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ART CAMP 2024 AT THE NAVE SPENARD

Location: The Nave Spenard: 3502 Spenard Road, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-11 | Cost: $350

Description: The Nave’s popular summer Art Camp returns! Campers ages 7 to 11 will enjoy five full days of hands-on art classes, creative movement activities and supervised recreational time. All art supplies are included!

This year’s primary instructors include Graham Dane (Art), Candace Blas (Art) and Christian Cadavos (Creative movement/Dance). Campers will also get to enjoy daily afternoon breakout workshop sessions on a diverse array of creative and/or cultural mediums of expression taught by local professional artists!

For more information and/or registration details, please visit www.thenavespenard.com/artcamp2024.

Date/Time: June 3-7 | Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Contact: info@thenavespenard.com; or start the registration process at https://www.thenavespenard.com/artcamp2024

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CSI FORENSIC SCIENCE OVERNIGHT STEM ACADEMY

Location: Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai

Grades/Age: Entering Grades 4-7 | Cost: Overnight, $650 w/all meals included; Day Camp, $475 w/lunch included

Description: CSI Forensic Sciences Academy is a week-long camp at Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, for your investigative 4-7th grader. Campers will unravel mysteries and collect evidence as they conduct several investigations through hands-on STEM projects. Field experts and professionals from different careers will teach techniques to solve cases like fingerprinting, dissection, conducting interviews, DNA and securing a crime scene. Overnight and Day Camp options available.

Date/Time: June 3-7 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: 855-477-7926; www.akchallenger.org/camps

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PAINTED SCULPTURE

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 9-12 | Cost: $350

Description: This program introduces students to think about sculpture and painting concurrently, not as separate entities as they’re often taught, of how one can inform and enrich the other. There’ll be an art historical/contemporary art component, introducing students to core concepts and a broad range of works that might be of use of help.

Date/Time: June 3-7 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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UAA DANCE CAMP

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: Take classes in ballet, social dance, musical theatre and more. Learn dance techniques and choreography. Includes a small showcase at the end of the week to perform for parents.

Date/Time: June 3-7 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Location: Sunset Hills Baptist Church, 12130 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Age 4 through entering grade 7 | Cost: Free

Description: We’re planning for a week of adventure at Breaker Rock Beach where kids will learn that God’s truth never changes! We’ll learn through Bible study, games, crafts, music, recreation, missions and a snack. All those 4 years old by June 3, 2024, through those going into 7th grade are invited to join for any or all days. Register when you come or see the church website.

Date/Time: June 3-7 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Contact: 907-345-2500; www.sunsethills.org; P.O. Box 110205, Anchorage AK 99511

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CAMP KELLOGG

Location: Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 5-17 | Cost: $150; $230; $305

Description: We have four weeks of adventure, science, performance arts, farm and nature camps planned with various options for all ages. Enroll in one week or for all four. We’re eager to welcome you to our outdoor program of exploration, discovery and play!

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, June 3-28 | Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Contact: solaughlin@alaskapacific.edu

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EAGLE RIVER SOCCER ASSOCIATION

Location: Russell Oberg Soccer Park, 21021 Oberg Road, Chugiak

Grades/Age: Birth years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, for both girls and boys | Cost: $75/week/player

Description: Our soccer camp is for players wanting to improve their soccer skills, footwork and understanding of the game. This soccer camp is administered by United States Soccer Federation licensed and certified local coaches.

Date/Time: Week One, June 3-6; Week Two, June 10-13; Week Three, June 17-20; Week Four, June 24-27; Week Five, July 8-11; Week Six, July 15-18; Week Seven, July 22-25 | Daily, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-406-8180

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RCCA SUMMER FUN CLUB

Location: Rabbit Creek Elementary, 13650 Lake Otis Parkway, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 5-12 | Cost: $300/week first child; $270/week additional child

Description: Come and join us for a fun-filled summer! Children go on field trips to local areas of interest, such as: the Alaska Zoo, the Imaginarium, Loussac Library and local parks and businesses. All children go on at least two off-campus trips per week - one walking trip and one bus trip. Children have bike day once a week, ages 5-9 practice skills on campus while those ages 10-12 bike off campus. When not “field tripping” or biking, children participate in a myriad of activities such as: cooking, science, arts and crafts, gym/outdoor games, nature walks and time to just be a kid. Our staff is experienced, energetic and creative. They receive over 30 hours of training. We look forward to a fantastic summer with your child :)

Operated by Rabbit Creek Community Association (RCCA)

Date/Time: June 3-July 25 | Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contact: 907-742-5722; rabbitcreekchildcare@gmail.com; rabbitcreekchildcare.com

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KIDS RUNNING

Location: Lyn Ary Park, Ray E. Storck Homestead Park, Loretta French, Abbott Loop Community Park, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 6-12 | Cost: $150/season

Description: Take the first steps on a lifetime of fitness! Kids Running is focused on staying active and making running fun with game-based physical activity and an introduction to basic running drills. This eight-week program provides a safe and fun environment for kids over the summer.

Date/Time: June 3-Aug. 1; no session the week of July 1-4 | 10-11:15 a.m.; 6-7:15 p.m.

Contact: cyndi@skinnyraven.com; https://skinnyraven.com/run-groups/kids-running/

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THE ANCHORAGE WALDORF SCHOOL SUMMER OF WONDER

Location: The Anchorage Waldorf School, 3250 Baxter Road, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 3.5-12 | Cost: Half-day, $310; full-day, $360; register before March 15 to receive 10% off; 10% discount for additional siblings

Description: Come experience eight weeks of wonder at our amazing summer camp lead by experienced and trained Waldorf educators. We have early childhood camps, both half-day and full-day options for children ages 3.5-6. For the older campers, we have a big kid camp for ages 7-12. From learning how to tend to plants in “Gardening” week to the art of wildcrafting in “Wildcraft” camp, come have a wonderfully fun summer at the Anchorage Waldorf School!

Date/Time: June 3-Aug. 2; no camp the week of July 4 | Half-day, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; full-day, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: Renee Parks, ed@waldorfak.org; register online at waldorfak.org

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RECTENNIS SUMMER CAMPS

Location: West Anchorage High School, South Anchorage High School, Delaney Park, Anchorage; Chugiak High School, Chugiak; and Colony High School, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 5-17 | Cost: $150; Scholarships available!

Description: Our three-hour a day, weeklong camps are available June through August and are for juniors of all skill levels, ages 5-17! Participants will refine their tennis skills and also engage in enjoyable activities, fostering a lifelong love for the sport. Our well-rounded program combines expert instruction, 8:1 player/instructor ratios and a balanced mix of competition, camaraderie and fun! Scholarships available! All equipment is provided!

Date/Time: Weekly, Monday-Friday, June 3-Aug. 2 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Contact: Kati Renfro, 907-215-1800; Krenfro@pnw.usta.com

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UAA SUMMER ENGINEERING ACADEMIES

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage and Mat-Su College

Grades/Age: Entering grades 3-12 | Cost: $225/week-long session; Free for low-income families

Description: The UAA Summer Engineering Academies are a series of week-long, hands-on educational day camps in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley for students entering grades 3 through 12. Each academy is designed to encourage interest in and provide exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The academies also seek to support historically underserved and underrepresented students, because we believe STEM is for everyone. The academies are made possible by generous support from ConocoPhillips Alaska, with additional support from the MTA Foundation and Siemens.

Date/Time: June 3-Aug. 2 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Contact: www.uaa.alaska.edu/sea

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OCEAN EXPLORERS DAY CAMP

Location: Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward

Grades/Age: Ages 8-12 | Cost: $75/session or $400/week; Member discounts are available.

Description: Dive into Alaska’s marine ecosystems, discover marine animals and build a connection to nature. Learn how you can make a difference by becoming a SeaLife Conservation Agent. Daily, kids will engage in hands-on games and activities, explore the amazing views and wildlife within Resurrection Bay, have a snack and tour the Alaska SeaLife Center. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the wonders of Alaska in a socially interactive environment. Each day has a theme: animal metamorphosis, tide pool animals, whales, octopuses, otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and other seabirds.

Date/Time: June 3-Aug. 3 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Contact: 907-224-6306; summercamp@alaskasealife.org

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MARTIAL ARTS INTENSIVE DAY CAMP

Location: 113 West Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite I, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 5-12 | Cost: Members, $169/week; Non-members, $209/week; One time registration fee, $25; Discount available for full month purchase

Description: ABJJ’s Martial Arts Summer Camps are a fun and exciting way to introduce your children to a broad spectrum of martial arts. Not only will your child be exposed to and learn techniques in Brazilian jiujitsu, wrestling, muay Thai and boxing, but they will also learn histories and origins of all of them. We also make sure that we sprinkle in laser tag, Nerf gun games and movie time. Our camps are from 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and can be purchased in one-week increments throughout June, July and August. Discount available for full month purchases.

Date/Time: Weekly, June 3-Aug. 5 | 1-5 p.m.

Contact: Call or Text 907-748-9080; management@anchoragebjj.com

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ALASKA AVIATION MUSEUM KIDS CAMP

Location: 4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 9-13 | Cost: $400/week

Description: A week-long summer camp designed to dive into the aviation industry and allow students to get hands-on experience with aircraft and STEM activities.

Date/Time: June 3-7; June 24-28; Aug. 5-9 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Contact: education@alaskaairmuseum.org

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CAMP FIREWEED

Location: Alaska Pacific University Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 5-15 | Cost: $415/week

Description: Venture outside! Get ready to embark on an exciting week or more of summer fun right here in Anchorage on the vibrant campus of Alaska Pacific University at Camp Fire Alaska’s day camp! Camp Fireweed embraces the natural beauty of the surroundings, offering campers daily opportunities to roam the enchanting forest, take a shot at target sports or set sail in a canoe from the waterfront. In addition to a huge catalog of activities, games, optional field trips and our popular daily swim program, we structure each session to build excitement towards a grand finale.

Date/Time: Weeklong sessions, June 3-Aug. 9 | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Contact: Camp Fire Alaska, 907-279-3551; campfireak.org; 161 Klevin Street, #100, Anchorage, AK 99508

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HOPE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SUMMER CAMP

Location: Lesko Discovery Center, 650 W International Airport Road, Anchorage

Grades/Age: People with or without disabilities up to age 20 | Cost: $100/week when receiving approved Medicaid services with Hope; $200/week when not receiving Medicaid services; Financial assistance is available

Description: The summer camp is a program hosted by Hope Community Resources’ Community Engagement team. Campers will head out in the Anchorage community for 10 themed weeks of fun and engaging activities, including art, music, sports, wildlife, cultural traditions, outdoor adventures and more! This camp focuses on social, motor and listening skills, and on creating a fun, educational and inclusive experience.

Date/Time: June 3-Aug. 9 | Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: 907-433-1700, discoverycenter@hopealaska.org

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INTO THE WOODS ALASKA

Location: Kincaid Park, Jodhpur Trailhead, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades K-4; Ages 5-9 | Cost: Starts at $450/week

Description: Join our authentically Alaskan outdoor adventure summer camps for age cohorts 5-6 and 7-9, where environmental science meets foundational wilderness skills essential for any young Alaskan explorer. Our dedicated guides focus on fostering friendship in a fun and safe environment in these small group settings. This summer, discover three distinct weekly themes for ages 5-9: AK Dino Camp, AK Bugs and Birds, and AK Paddlers and Water Safety Camp. Space is limited, so book today!

Date/Time: June 3-Aug. 12 | Drop-off, 9 a.m.; Pick-up, 5-5:30 p.m.; Early drop-off available starting at 8 a.m.

Contact: 907-406-5651; hello@intothewoodsalaska.com; www.intothewoodsalaska.com; 1343 G St., Suite 104, Anchorage, AK 99501

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AK YOUTH HIKING AND WILDERNESS FIRST AID SUMMER CAMP

Location: Kincaid Park, Jodhpur Trailhead, Anchorage, van transport to local trailheads.

Grades/Age: Ages 10-13 | Cost: $465/week

Description: Join our Hiking + WFA (Wilderness First Aid) youth course to gain essential wilderness skills and fun on the trails with peers. A perfect course for Alaska kids to build confidence, experience and knowledge for their future Alaska outdoor adventures. This program is offered in two distinct cohorts: our “explorers” cohort will enjoy mountain running and attempts at peak-bagging on more challenging terrain, while our “adventurers” cohort will enjoy a more relaxed hiking experience on easier terrain, enjoying nature along the way. Our dedicated instructor-guides focus on fostering friendship and leadership in this uniquely Alaskan youth summer camp - Space is limited, so book today!

Date/Time: Session 1: June 3-7; Session 2: June 17-21; Session 3: Aug. 12-14 | Drop-off, 9-9:30am; Pick-up, 5-5:30pm; Early drop off available from 8-9 a.m., $15/day

Contact: 907-406-5651; hello@intothewoodsalaska.com; intothewoodsalaska.com

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KIA GREAT ALASKA HOCKEY SHOWCASE

Location: Kelly Connect Rink (O’Malley Sports Center) 11111 O’Malley Centre Drive, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Age 14 to college; Comp level female hockey players | Cost: $400. Includes: hockey jersey, 16 hours of ice, dryland, handouts, seminars, prizes, gifts, camp t-shirt, barbecue social event with coaches food supplied, and Coach Hike.

Description: 12th Annual KIA Great Alaska Showcase and Development Camp for female hockey players age 14 to college. Meet, learn from and skate with world-leading and NCAA Division I coaches. Close personal care and instruction to prepare for next level, while having unique opportunities to be recruited for college and National team play. Space is limited. Go To www.Zopro.org to register, or email Zoe Hickel at hickel.zoe@gmail.com.

Date/Time: June 4-7 | Tuesday, 2-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Contact: Zoe Hickel, 907-350-8140; hickel.zoe@gmail.com; to register, www.zopro.org

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SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP

Location: Tentatively Roger’s Park, Denali and Alpenglow, Anchorage and Eagle River

Grades/Age: Ages 6-12 | Cost: $375/week; accepts Child Care Assistance; scholarships available

Description: Discover fun! Camp Fire’s most flexible and accessible licensed program runs all day at three elementary schools: one in South Anchorage, one in Downtown Anchorage and one in Eagle River. Your child can join us for a week or the whole summer! Each day features a variety of hands-on activities including sports, arts and crafts, cooking, science and community involvement. Field trips, theme weeks, surprise guests and more are all included. If you want your child to get outside, learn new skills, make new friends, play hard and have quiet time, then this is the camp for you.

Date/Time: Weeklong sessions, June 4-July 26 | 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Contact: Camp Fire Alaska, 907-279-3551; campfireak.org; 161 Klevin Street, #100, Anchorage, AK 99508

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RIDGE RUNNERS ADVENTURE CAMP AT THE SUNDERLAND RANCH

Location: 8801 North Wolverine Road, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 8-18 | Cost: $575

Description: Ridge Runners Adventure Camps

Ages 8+

Must weigh 80lbs to participate in the zipline course

Sample Schedule: Small groups of 5-7 youth, divided by age, to one leader will be participating in daily activities. The order of these will be different for each group.

Day 1: Horseback Adventure - Start your day bringing your horse in from pasture. Groom, saddle and pack your day bags for a long ride from our ranch through the Red Mountain foothills. Stop for lunch before you return to tack down and turn out your horse.

Day 2: Craftsmanship - Spend the day at the original Red Barn working on different ranch projects for our smaller farm animals. We will also be completing a project that takes me back to my youth as I still treasure it today!

Day 3: Zipline and Pond Play - Take flight on our tandem 10 tower zipline course. Spend the rest of the day paddling the pond and exploring the salmon creek area.

Day 4: Ridge Riders Geocaching - Dig back to your roots and use your decoding and map reading skills to find the hidden treasures. Lunch at the Ridge Rider base camp with games and activities.

Be prepared with appropriate gear and lunch, snacks and water bottles.

If your child is not yet 80lbs, they will only zip the first part of the course. An alternative activity may be supplied in place of ziplining. No adjustments will be made to price.

We are committed to having a fun experience that is full of challenge and learning. Our goal is to inspire confidence while problem solving and learning our role with nature. Stewardship and care of land is an important value in our program. Each day is designed with adventure and friendship in mind.

Visit www.akzipline.com to learn more about AZAP. We are super excited to partner and bring this next level of adventure to your kids!

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, June 4-7; June 11-14; June 18-21; June 25-28; July 2-5; July 9-12; July 16-19; July 23-26; July 30-Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: Katie Sunderland, 907-982-7268; Info@sunderlandranch.com

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MAYHEM BASKETBALL CAMPS

Location: Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage

Description: Elite Camp: Advanced players entering Grade 7-12, June 6

Team Camp: Middle School-High School, three different divisions, June 7-9

Individual Camp: Girls ages 8-17, all skill levels. Come have fun and work with UAA coaches and players, June 17-19

Contact: Registration will open up on www.midnightsunbasketballcamps.com on April 1.

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ACRYLIC PAINT WORKSHOPS

Location: Wild Starr Creations, 616 E Street, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 10-16 | Cost: $60

Description: Step into the world of acrylic painting with this introductory course that covers the essential techniques and principles of art. You’ll explore the versatile medium of acrylics and learn how to create stunning artworks. Our instructor uses an individualized approach to teaching, which stresses demonstrating and practicing the techniques needed to achieve your desired result. Pre-registration is required to attend, supplies and snacks are included in the cost of the registration.

Date/Time: June 6, June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 8 | 1-4 p.m.

Contact: Linda Burke, 907-677-9453; eventswildstarrcreations@gmail.com; www.wildstarrcreations.com/youthpaint

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CHUGACH FRONT RANGE 3-DAY BACKPACKING TRIP

Location: Chugach State Park

Grades/Age: Ages 10-13 | Cost: $1,168

Description: Embark on an unforgettable youth backpacking journey in the breathtaking Chugach State Park Front Range wilderness! Our adventure is designed to immerse young explorers in the wonders of this stunning landscape, brimming with hidden valleys carved out by glaciers, majestic ridgelines and alpine lakes waiting to be discovered. This experience is a comprehensive blend of education and adventure, where youth will have the opportunity to work on both general backpacking and wilderness skills in addition to developing their wilderness first aid toolkit. This trip is offered for youth cohorts 10-13 and 14-17 in three sessions over the summer.

Date/Time: June 6-8; July 12-14; Aug. 9-11 | Overnight: three days, two nights

Contact: 907-406-5651; hello@intothewoodsalaska.com; www.intothewoodsalaska.com

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VICTORY BIBLE CAMP

Location: Glacier View

Grades/Age: Ages 7-17 | Cost: $129-$429; $685

Description: Summer Camp at Victory is Life Changing!

Do you love to ride horses, whitewater raft, canoe, swim, paddleboard, ride the banana boat or just sit at a campfire with friends? If you do, Victory Bible Camp is where you want to be!

With three satellite camps on over 400 acres - Alpine, Ranch and Venture Camp - we offer choices of activities and styles of camping that your child will be sure to enjoy, with several dates to choose from.

This year, we are bringing Wilderness Camp back, with two 11-day trips for teens! It’s our desire to see your camper make new friends, learn new skills and grow closer to God.

Date/Time: June 9-July 26 | Sundays, 4 p.m.-Fridays, 11 a.m.

Contact: 907-745-4203; www.vbcalaska.org

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RAINBOW UNICORN DANCE CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 4-6 | Cost: $295

Description: Dance among the magical and mystical world of unicorns and rainbows! Each day includes unicorn fairy tales, dance, rainbow crafts, games and more! Your child will delight in discovering movement and music in this magical camp and delight you with a performance at weeks end!

Date/Time: June 10-13 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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ACRO CAMP - WEEK 1

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-12 | Cost: $445/week

Description: Come out and develop your acrobatic, gymnastic, flexibility and creative dance skills! Each day includes classes in strength and conditioning, tumbling and tricks, as well as classes in jazz and lyrical dance. Time will be spent one-on-one to practice specialty skills unique to each dancer’s abilities before integrating our progress into an Acro-Jazz dance combination. Add in some arts and crafts, costume design and plenty of inspiration, and you have a full day in the life of a circus dancer! This program also includes two sessions of climbing at the Rock Gym! The week concludes with a performance exhibition showcasing our students’ accomplishments. Participants may sign up for one or both weeks.

Date/Time: June 10-14 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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ALASKA CHILDREN’S CHOIR MUSICAL THEATER CAMP

Location: Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova Street, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Recommended Ages 8-17 | Cost: $225/student; Discounts available for each additional sibling

Description: Come enjoy a week-long introduction into musical theatre! Students will meet daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. They will prepare a short production throughout the week, learning skills including singing, acting and creating stage props for the set. The week will culminate in a single performance of their musical theatre production on Friday evening. The recommended ages are 8-17. The cost is $225 per student, and parents will also be responsible for providing a simple costume for their child, or material so the student can make their own costume. Discounts are available for multiple children in a family. The musical will be determined based on enrollment numbers.

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; evening performance June 14

Contact: Jessie Wetherell, 907-982-5467 (text preferred); alaskachildrenschoir@yahoo.com

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BEHAVIOR EXPLORER CAMP

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: Learn about the brain and mind, explore careers in psychology and meet - and train - a real live lab rat!

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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BREAKER ROCK BEACH VBS

Location: First Baptist Church, 1100 W 10th Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Age 4 to grade 12 | Cost: Free

Description: Kids will be challenged as they discover that God’s truth never changes and everyone needs Jesus, and learn to speak the truth in love. Adventure awaits each day as kids explore tide pools, spot orcas, fly kites and watch the mighty waves crash up against the immovable Breaker Rock! Bible study, music, snacks, crafts and recreation for an exciting week. Youth activities will meet in the evening.

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Elementary, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Middle and high school 6-8:30 p.m.

Contact: Kathleen Godsoe, 907-830-2439; Heidi Navarro, 907-279-8481

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CAMP FIRELIGHT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AND J.O.Y. CAMP

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 616 W 10th Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Age 4 through Grade 6 | Cost: VBS: $15 if registered by May 1; $20 after May 1; J.O.Y. Camp: $20 if registered by May 1; $25 after May 1

Description: Join us for our “Camp Firelight: A Summer Camp Adventure With God.”

Through art, storytelling, recreation, music and science, children will be encouraged to put their trust in God, in every situation, including times when they might be afraid.

For working parents, an afternoon J.O.Y. Camp is offered to meet your need for an all-day camp. To register go to our website: firstpresanchorage.org.

Date/Time: June 10-14 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12-4 p.m.

Contact: Danna Larson, Director of Faith Formation and Mission, dllsitka@gmail.com

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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY THROUGH UNITED NATIONS CAMP

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: Come and learn with us about different cultures and the United Nations through fun, engaging and interactive activities!

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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CREATIVE WRITING

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 9-12 | Cost: $350

Description: Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice good writing techniques and to write a completed short story by the end of the camp. We will have classes, writing time and peer review during the camp, and at the end all stories will be published in a little literary journal or anthology that can be taken home!

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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GAMES, PUZZLES AND MATH!

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: Do you like solving puzzles, looking for patterns or tinkering with problems? If so, then join us on a mathematical exploration using puzzles and games. We’ll focus on hands-on exploratory and group activities!

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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THE GREAT JUNGLE JOURNEY

Location: Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N Street, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Age 4 through Grade 5 | Cost: Free!

Description: Join us in a world of wonder that will delight our senses while captivating our hearts and minds at the Great Jungle Journey: An Epic Cruise from Genesis to Revelation. We will cruise through jungle rivers, making stops at seven ports of call along the way - each starting with a C. These represent seven key biblical events - the 7 Cs of History.

Date/Time: June 10-14 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: Anchorage Lutheran Church, 907)-272-5323; office@anchoragelutheran.org; www.anchoragelutheran.org

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PAPERMAKING FROM SCRAP! FROM THE STUDIO TO THE RECYCLE CENTER, AND BACK AGAIN!

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: Campers will use recycled materials like newspaper, magazines, lint and cardboard, along with foraged plant parts like fallen tree bark, berries, food scraps, flowers and grass to hand make sheets of paper. Enjoy outdoor walks to collect materials for papermaking, a papermaking demo, a lesson on the history of papermaking and industrial processes, a field trip to our local recycling facility and finally binding the pages into small booklets for the kids to take home with them!

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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PERCUSSION IN THE VALLEY SUMMER PERCUSSION CAMP 2024

Location: Percussion in the Valley Studio, Palmer

Grades/Age: Session I, ages 5-9; Session II, ages 9-18 | Cost: Session I, $100; Session II, $300

Description: Percussion in the Valley Summer Percussion Camp is an opportunity for percussionists, and those interested in percussion, between ages 5-18 to improve their technique, learn a wide variety of new instruments and gain instruction from professionals around the state. This week-long intensive study will help inspire and challenge students in their percussion education while having fun and making new friends and connections. The camp is appropriate for all ability levels.

Date/Time: June 10-14 | Session I, 9-10:45 a.m.; Session II, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Contact: Meggie Aube, 907-631-8079; percvalley@gmail.com

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AK YOUTH OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING CAMP

Location: Kincaid Park, Jodhpur Trailhead, Anchorage, with field visits to climbing areas

Grades/Age: Ages 10-13 | Cost: $568/weekly session

Description: Come learn the ropes of outdoor climbing with us! Our Intro to Rock Climbing Camp is all about developing the technical skills required for outdoor climbing and mountaineering. In this foundational youth “gym-to-crag” program, our certified instructor-guides will teach all about rope systems, anchors, knots, safety and risk considerations specific to Alaska but with a skill set that can be applied anywhere. This is a foundational course that is just the beginning of a lifelong commitment to learning, practice and decision-making skills. Space is limited, so book today!

Date/Time: Session 1: June 10-14; Session 2: July 15-19 | Drop off, 9 a.m.; Pick up, 4:30-6 p.m.; Early drop-off available starting at 7:30 a.m.

Contact: 907-406-5651; hello@intothewoodsalaska.com; www.intothewoodsalaska.com

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PORTLAND TIMBERS & THORNS CAMP AND THE STERLING COLLEGE ID CAMP

Location: Javier Dela Vega Soccer Fields, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-13; Ages 14-18 | Cost: $180-$260 depending on the camp

Description: Timbers & Thorns Camp is June 10-14, and the Sterling College ID Camp is July 16-19.

These camps are open to all Club soccer players in Alaska, not just for AK Timbers & Thorns.

Visit www.anchorageyouthsoccer.org for camp details and online registration.

Date/Time: Timbers & Thorns Camp, June 10-14; The Sterling College ID Camp, July 16-19 | Check website for details of times per age group

Contact: 907-561-4625; www.anchorageyouthsoccer.org

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CAMP K ON KENAI LAKE

Location: Cooper Landing

Grades/Age: Ages 6-17 | Cost: $625-$3,200 depending on camp session desired; tiered pricing and scholarships available

Description: Get away! Alaska’s longest-running, all-gendered overnight camp is nestled along the shores of Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing, a two-hour bus ride from Anchorage. Just a stone’s throw from main camp, and your own cabin is on a half-mile long beach with access to hiking trails, boating activities, large fields for outdoor games and an art building. This 160-acre campus within the Chugach National Forest is “wild Alaska” with everyday opportunities to be off the grid, experience wildlife and take in the epic beauty right outside your cabin door. Transportation from Anchorage included.

Date/Time: Weeklong sessions, June 10-July 26 | Monday morning-Friday afternoon

Contact: Camp Fire Alaska, 907-279-3551; campfireak.org; 161 Klevin Street, #100, Anchorage, AK 99508

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HILLTOP MOUNTIAN BIKE SUMMER CAMP AND GRAVITY CAMP

Location: Hilltop Ski Area and Bike Park, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 8-14

Description: Get excited for your best summer ever with Hilltop’s Mountain Shredders bike summer camp. Our week-long day camps, from June 10-Aug 2, offer mountain bike specific instruction mixed with summer camp activities including outdoor learning, stewardship, nature hikes, field games and arts and crafts. Drop your campers off in the morning ready to bike, explore, learn and play. Pick them up in the evening tired but excited for the next day’s camp.

A typical camp week includes:

  • Drop off
  • Bike check, safety check and warm up games
  • Pump track
  • Riding skills
  • Free choice - pump track, arts and crafts, games etc.
  • Lunch time
  • Maintenance tips
  • Nature hike
  • Single track riding
  • Field and bike games
  • Wednesday-Friday, 1-3:30 p.m., is lift access mountain bike coaching in the Hilltop Bike Park

Gravity Camp Upgrade: Get your riders geared up for the ultimate mountain bike action sports experience with Hilltop’s Gravity Camp upgrade. Gravity Camp is downhill bike park specific lessons designed to elevate skills and confidence in the bike park for beginners and intermediate riders. Led by experienced instructors with special guest drop-ins, campers learn more advanced riding and racing techniques, navigating different sized drops and jumps with air bag jumping access. Each week will end with a fun downhill timed race where riders compete against themselves for cool prizes. During Gravity Camp the lifts will begin running at 10:30 am. for campers. Session one, July 8-12; Session two, July 15-19.

Date/Time: June 10-Aug. 2 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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REINDEER FARM DAY CAMP AGES 5-7

Location: Williams Reindeer Farm, 5561 S Bodenburg Loop, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 5-7 | Cost: $95, Camper brings own lunch from home; $105, Camper is provided lunch

Description: One day of farm-filled fun! Come down to the reindeer farm! Kids will pet and interact with animals, learn, make crafts and play in this super fun one-of-a-kind camp! Camp includes: animal interactions, nature hikes, outdoor games, crafts and a science-based curriculum. Make memories with the reindeer farm! Register your camper today!

Date/Time: June 11 | Drop off, 9 a.m.; Pick up, 3 p.m.

Contact: 907-745-4000; ReindeerFarmCamps@gmail.com; Register online at https://www.reindeerfarm.com/2023-reindeer-farm-summer-camp/

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SPYDER SUMMER SOCCER

Location: Trailside Elementary and Service High Schools, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 3-14 | Cost: $70/U4; $90/U6-U14

Description: For more than 34 years, SPYDER (Sports Programs for Youth Development, Education and Recreation) Soccer has provided summer fun and skill development for kids ages 3-14. This 100% volunteer organization is a neighborhood program geared toward movement, fun and being outdoors; we emphasize family involvement. Teams are coed, Monday and Wednesday nights. Weekends are free. Choose the age group that works best for you. May request friends. Cost includes jersey, party, medals, etc. Register online at www.spydersoccer.com; registration ends May 23, and space is limited!

Date/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 12-July 17 | U4, 5:30 p.m.; U6-U14, 6-8 p.m.

Contact: Cristy, crusher@gci.net; www.spydersoccer.com; https://raceroster.com/events/2024/60125/2024-spyder-soccer-season

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SOLID ROCK BIBLE CAMP

Location: 36251 Solid Rock Road, Soldotna; Bus service from Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 1-12 | Cost: Varies by program

Description: Since 1958, Solid Rock Bible Camp has provided the youth of Alaska with outdoor experiences to encourage a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Located on the central Kenai Peninsula on nearly 200 acres surrounding Miracle Lake, Solid Rock creates an environment that removes the distractions and expectations of everyday life and allows kids to explore decisions, friendships and faith in an environment that encourages connection and learning. Through camp activities and traditions, kids have the opportunity to test their limits, overcome challenges and build healthy relationships with peers and positive role models.

Lakeside: a dynamic, fast paced environment that fosters individual and team skills through all the best summer camp activities.

Wagon Train: live in an old west town and build horseback riding and outdoor skills with small group activities. Certified horsemanship instructors provide several hours of horse lessons daily.

Wilderness: adventure with experienced guides, hiking and canoeing the trails, lakes and rivers of the Kenai backcountry.

Sports: a unique combination of quality instruction from experienced coaches plus summer camp friends and fun; basketball, volleyball and wakeboard/waterski.

Programs are led by experienced staff with wilderness, horsemanship and waterfront safety certifications.

Date/Time: June 12-Aug. 3

Contact: 907-262-4741; office@solidrockbiblecamp.com; www.solidrockbiblecamp.com

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REINDEER FARM DAY CAMP AGES 8-11

Location: Williams Reindeer Farm, 5561 S Bodenburg Loop, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 8-11 | Cost: $95, Camper brings lunch from home; $105, Camper is provided lunch

Description: One day of farm-filled fun! Come down to the reindeer farm! Kids will pet and interact with animals, learn, make crafts and play in this super fun one-of-a-kind camp! Camp includes: animal interactions, nature hikes, outdoor games, crafts and a science-based curriculum. Make memories with the reindeer farm! Register your camper today!

Date/Time: June 13 | Drop off, 9 a.m.; Pick up, 3 p.m.

Contact: 907-745-4000, ReindeerFarmCamps@gmail.com; Register online at https://www.reindeerfarm.com/2023-reindeer-farm-summer-camp/

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MERMAID SPARKLES DANCE CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 4-6 | Cost: $295

Description: A wet and wild week awaits your child at Mermaid Camp! Ocean, fish and water themes will be used to explore movement and music concepts. Each day your child will “swim through” a creative movement dance class, a nutritious snack, craft time and choreography. The week will end with a little performance, mermaid inspired!

Date/Time: June 17-20 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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ACRO CAMP - WEEK 2

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-12 | Cost: $445/week

Description: Come out and develop your acrobatic, gymnastic, flexibility and creative dance skills! Each day includes classes in strength and conditioning, tumbling and tricks, as well as classes in jazz and lyrical dance. Time will be spent one-on-one to practice specialty skills unique to each dancer’s abilities before integrating our progress into an Acro-Jazz dance combination. Add in some arts and crafts, costume design, and plenty of inspiration and you have a full day in the life of a circus dancer! This program also includes two sessions of climbing at the Rock Gym! The week concludes with a performance exhibition showcasing our students’ accomplishments. Participants may sign up for one or both weeks.

Date/Time: June 17-21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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BONE DETECTIVES: FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: Content Disclaimer: This camp will be discussing topics that may be sensitive to some. Campers will be introduced to forensic anthropology and will be provided the opportunity to collect human skeletal remains (plastic) and personal items from a field setting, as well as laboratory analysis of these items.

Date/Time: June 17-21 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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BOOKBINDING AND PRINTMAKING

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: An introduction to printmaking and bookbinding, culminating in the creation of a hand-bound journal/sketchbook!

Date/Time: June 17-21 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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BREAKTHROUGH VOCAL CAMP

Location: 4105 East Turnagain Boulevard #212, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 8-14 | Cost: $450

Description: Join us for Breakthrough Vocal Camp, where your child’s passion for singing meets a week of pure fun and learning! From June 17-21, 2024*, our day camp from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., is packed with personalized vocal coaching, group performances and unforgettable experiences. Each camper selects a familiar song within their vocal range before camp begins, ensuring a tailored learning experience. Throughout the week, our dedicated instructors work one-on-one with campers to polish their solo performances, while also creating a spectacular group number. Every camper shines with their own solo during our end-of-week showcase for family and friends! Plus, enjoy daily walks to the nearby park, a thrilling water balloon fight (weather permitting) and a celebratory pizza party! Ages 8 to 14 are welcome to register now at www.breakthroughvocalcamp.com. For inquiries, contact Camp Director Megan Killoran at mmkilloran@gmail.com. Don’t miss out on this summer’s unforgettable musical adventure! *Note: if this week of camp sells out, we will add another week of camp from June 10-14, 2024.

Date/Time: June 17-21 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: mmkilloran@gmail.com

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GUITAR CAMP

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-8 | Cost: $350

Description: Introduction to important elements of guitar technique, chord reading, fingerpicking and playing together! Improve your technique, musicianship and ensemble playing.

Date/Time: June 17-21 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN FIGURE THROUGH DRAWING AND CLOTHING ADORNMENT

Location: UAA Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 9-12 | Cost: $350

Description: This summer camp will be a split day of figure drawing and clothing making. With an intensive focus on learning the shape and form of the human body, students will practice depicting the figure and then sew and shape cloth to adorn the figure. Lessons will include: proportions of the body, gesture drawing, contour, foreshortening, perspective and shading. There will be lessons in different embroidery stitches, basic alterations and applique techniques.

Date/Time: June 17-21 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: uaa_cascamps@alaska.edu

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FUTURE VETERINARIAN CAMP AT THE REINDEER FARM

Location: Williams Reindeer Farm, 5561 S Bodenburg Loop, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 13-17 | Cost: $650/camper

Description: Explore the world of veterinary science at our “Future Vet Camp,” where aspiring young minds dive into hands-on experiences, solving animal medical case studies, assisting in veterinary procedures and engaging in large animal handling under the guidance of professionals. Five days of learning and fun!

Date/Time: June 17-24 | Daily, Drop off 9 a.m.; Pick up 3 p.m.

Contact: 907-745-4000; ReindeerFarmCamps@gmail.com; Register online at https://www.reindeerfarm.com/2023-reindeer-farm-summer-camp/

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PLACE.MENT ART CAMP

Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 11-13 | Cost: $500; scholarships can be provided

Description: Place.ment is a youth art education program. We open interdisciplinary collaboration among young artists about people’s relationship with place.

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, June 17-28; no camp June 19 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: michaeldickerson@placementcreative.com; www.placementcreative.com

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FOREST FAIRIES & GNOMES DANCE CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 4-6 | Cost: $295

Description: Enter the enchanted forest of fairies, gnomes and forest creatures. Your little fairy or gnome will delight in discovering movement and music in this magical camp. Dance your way through each day with dance class, art projects, games and snacks. The week ends with a magical performance.

Date/Time: June 24-27 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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MAGICAL MERMAIDS AND SHIMMERING SWANS

Location: Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 3-6 | Cost: $275

Description: Tiny ballerinas will dance and leap across the lily pad lagoon as mer-magical mermaids and shimmering swans in this sparkling summer camp! Dancers will focus on ballet basics and creative movement, as well as fun and fancy, imaginative activities and fin-tastic feathery crafts!

Date/Time: June 24-27 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-569-3267; Info@anchorageballet.org; www.anchorageballet.org/summer

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ALASKA CHILDREN’S PRESCHOOL MUSIC CAMP

Location: 1847 West Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Preschool, ages 3-5 | Cost: $155

Description: Come join Ms. Karen, Ms. Kay and Ms. Mimi in a musical exploration! You will sing, play and dance the day away.

Date/Time: June 24-28 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: alaskaorffchapter@gmail.com; www.alaskaorffchapter.org/alaska

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REINDEER FARM SUMMER CAMP AGES 8-10

Location: Williams Reindeer Farm, 5561 S Bodenburg Loop, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 8-10 | Cost: $475, Camper brings own lunch from home; $525, Camper is provided lunch

Description: Five days of camp. Come down to the reindeer farm! Kids will pet and interact with animals, learn, make crafts and play in this super fun one-of-a-kind camp!

Camp includes: animal interactions, nature hikes, horseback riding, outdoor games, crafts and a science-based curriculum.

Make memories with the reindeer farm! Register your camper today!

Date/Time: June 24-28 | Daily, Drop off 9 a.m.; Pick up 3 p.m.

Contact: 907-745-4000; ReindeerFarmCamps@gmail.com; Register online at https://www.reindeerfarm.com/2023-reindeer-farm-summer-camp/

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AK YOUTH PADDLING (SUP) AND AK WATER SAFETY SUMMER CAMP

Location: Kincaid Park, Jodhpur Trailhead, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 10-13 | Cost: $525/week

Description: Dive into the world of all things water science and paddling safety, Alaska-style, while making friends and acquiring essential Alaska outdoor safety skills. Our Youth Paddling Week is one of three distinct summer camp themes offered to ages 10-13. Most Alaskans spend at least some time recreating, subsisting and/or working on, near or in the water. This camp is designed specifically for our young Alaskans in mind, to give them solid foundations and awareness of Alaska water risks and safety skills. Led by our passionate outdoor educators, our small group camps provide a cozy environment for making new friends and enjoying outdoor adventures together. Space is limited, so book today!

Date/Time: Session 1: June 24-28; Session 2: July 8-12 | Monday-Friday; Drop-off, 9-9:30 a.m.; Pick-up, 5-5:30 p.m.; Early drop off available from 8-9 a.m., $15/day

Contact: 907-405-5651; hello@intothewoodsalaska.com; www.intothewoodsalaska.com

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THE DANCE MACHINE!

Location: The Gym at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O’Malley Road, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Group I, Ages 6-9; Group II, Ages 10-12; Group III, Ages 12-18 | Cost: Group I, $225; Group II or III, $275; $15 discount if paid in full by June 1

Description: This six-week class, featuring choreography by several artists including - Carly Flake, Jessie Embley, Jack Klauschie and Izzy Williams - gives dancers the opportunity to work on jazz and musical theatre dance styles featured in The Music Machine shows, Aug 1-3, at ACPA’s Discovery Theatre. Come join us for our 43rd annual Musical Summer of Fun! No audition needed, but registration is required by May 27.

Date/Time: June 24-Aug. 3 | Monday and Wed only: Group I, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; Group II, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Group III, 2-4 p.m.

Contact: Janet Carr-Campbell, Director, 907-227-0509; themusicmachine@live.com; themusicmachineanchorage.com

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THE MUSIC MACHINE!

Location: The Gym at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O’Malley Road, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Group I, Ages 6-9; Group II, Ages 10-12; Group III, Ages 12-18 | Cost: Group I, $300; Group II or III, $350; $15 discount if paid by June 1

Description: This six-week workshop in American musical theatre, directed by Janet Carr-Campbell and Jack Klauschie, culminates with shows August 1-3 at ACPA’s Discovery Theatre. Kids ages 6-18 develop teamwork and a sense of pride through song and dance. Come join us for our 43rd annual Musical Summer of Fun! No audition needed, but registration is required by May 27.

Date/Time: June 24-Aug. 3 | Group I, Monday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Group II, Monday-Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.; Group III, Monday and Wednesday. 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Contact: Janet Carr-Campbell, Director, 907-227-0509; themusicmachine@live.com; themusicmachineanchorage.com

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THE MINI MUSIC MACHINE!

Location: The Gym at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O’Malley Road, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 3-6 | Cost: $125

Description: Fun and creative classes for kids, ages 3-6 in creative music and movement, directed by Carly Flake and Jamie Sundberg. Performance on July 18 during class time for family and friends. This year’s theme is Goin’ BUGGY. Come join us for our 43rd annual Musical Summer of Fun! No audition needed, but registration is required by May 27. Mini Music Machine kids love having their own time in the spotlight!

Date/Time: June 25-July 18 | Tuesday, June 25 and July 2, Tuesday and Thursday, July 9-18: Ages 3-4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Ages 5 -6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Contact: Janet Carr-Campbell, Director, 907-227-0509; themusicmachine@live.com; themusicmachineanchorage.com

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TECHNICAL THEATRE ACADEMY

Location: UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 13-18 | Cost: $590

Description: Only arts camp voted Best Summer Camp by ADN readers! Join this one-of-a-kind program for backstage theater experiences and training for mature students. TBA’s Academy Technicians will have the opportunity to train and work alongside theater professionals from around the country in every area of technical theater. This elite team will also be given the responsibility of running lights, sound and technical aspects for Advanced Academy and Actors Academy productions under the guidance of a professional stage manager.

With over 90 years of combined experience in youth arts education, TBA’s staff are the leaders in performing arts education in Anchorage. TBA Theatre is committed to providing a fun and safe environment where young artists learn creative expression alongside professional actors, designers and technicians.

“Their dedication to positive educational and growing experiences first, which inevitably leads to stellar artistic excellence and achievement. The warm community that has grown around this theater, that supports the arts and truly believes in the effect art has on people as a whole.” - Michael Yichao, L.A.-based writer and actor

Date/Time: June 25-July 27 | Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: 907-677-7529; summeracademy@tbatheatre.org; www.tbatheatre.org/summer

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ADVANCED ACTORS ACADEMY

Location: UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 13-18 | Cost: $590

Description: Only arts camp voted Best Summer Camp by ADN readers! For the experienced and serious actor, Advanced Academy students will train in an intensive performance program that allows them to find their artistic voices and develop their creative talents to their fullest potential. Each student will be cast in a show with fully staged performances. Students who train in the Advanced program develop skills in collaboration, creation and public speaking, and show increased confidence in many areas of life.

With over 90 years of combined experience in youth arts education, TBA’s staff are the leaders in performing arts education in Anchorage. TBA Theatre is committed to providing a fun and safe environment where young artists learn creative expression alongside professional actors, designers and technicians.

“Their dedication to positive educational and growing experiences first, which inevitably leads to stellar artistic excellence and achievement. The unerring belief that children can handle and accomplish far more than many people give them credit for, and the artistic freedom and trust TBA gives to teachers and staff to create work that fully engages and challenges everyone involved, youth and adults. The warm community that has grown around this theater, that supports the arts and truly believes in the effect art has on people as a whole.” - Michael Yichao, L.A.-based writer and actor

Date/Time: June 25-July 20 | Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: 907-677-7529; summeracademy@tbatheatre.org; www.tbatheatre.org/summer

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ACTORS ACADEMY

Location: UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 8-16 | Cost: $590

Description: Only arts camp voted Best Summer Camp by ADN readers - Grow your child’s confidence and let their inner star shine bright with TBA Theatre! This is a comprehensive program designed to help young people develop theater skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Each Academy member will receive training in specialized areas of the performing arts including acting, stage combat, voice and dance. Academy actors will each be cast in a show with fully-staged performances.

With over 90 years of combined experience in youth arts education, TBA’s staff are the leaders in performing arts education in Anchorage. TBA Theatre is committed to providing a fun and safe environment where young artists learn creative expression alongside professional actors, designers and technicians.

“We are excited to participate in the academy ... and happy to have met your enthusiastic community. This was my boys’ first experience with theater and it was exciting to see [him] get infused with the excitement of the moment. They felt safe trying something new and scary, what a great group you’ve cultivated!” - Emily Stapley, Academy Parent

Extend your time by adding on Early Arrival and/or Play Production for a longer day and a broader artistic experience!

Date/Time: July 1-27 | Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: 907-677-7529; summeracademy@tbatheatre.org; www.tbatheatre.org/summer

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BALLET STORY CAMP: THE NUTCRACKER

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 4-6 | Cost: $295

Description: An enchanted week awaits your child! Based on the classical ballet of the Nutcracker, this is a great opportunity for your tiny dancer to learn the story of this traditional ballet and its music, while also exploring the concepts of movement. Each day there will be a creative movement class, a nutritious snack, craft time and choreography. The week will end with a little performance of The Nutcracker.

Date/Time: July 8-11 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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DANCE VIP MULTI STYLE CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-12 | Cost: $395

Description: A little bit of everything, designed for the beginner! Enjoy learning the basics of modern, jazz and ballet in a relaxed and noncompetitive class that encourages freedom of movement! Students will also participate in daily arts and crafts and be provided with a healthy snack. A great way to try something new and make new friends. The week concludes with a performance exhibition showcasing our students’ accomplishments.

Date/Time: July 8-12 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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THE GREAT JUNGLE JOURNEY VBS!

Location: Baxter Road Bible Church, 3600 Baxter Road, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Age 4 to entering grade 6

Description: All Aboard!

At The Great Jungle Journey, kids will board our jungle cruise and explore the biblical answers to hard questions as they set off on an epic adventure. Did God really create everything? Why do bad things happen? Was Noah’s ark real? Why do I need to be saved? Can I trust the Bible? Kids will discover how the answers to these questions shape our world, and they will learn to reconnect the Bible to their everyday life.

Each day begins at the Jungle Jam and then we’re off to rotations: Bible lessons, music, recreation, crafts and more!

Date/Time: July 8-12 | 6-8:30 p.m.

Contact: Bethany Fernandez, 907-337-5222; Bethany.BRBC@gmail.com

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ALASKA CHILDREN’S MUSIC CAMP

Location: 1847 West Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades K-6 | Cost: $155

Description: Come join Ms. Karen, Ms. Kay and Ms. Mimi in a musical exploration! You will sing, play and dance the day away.

Date/Time: July 10-14 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: alaskaorffchapter@gmail.com; www.alaskaorffchapter.org/alaska

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DANCING DRAGONS & PRINCESSES CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 4-6 | Cost: $295

Description: Fly away with an adventure-filled week at Dancing Dragons & Princesses Camp! Attack each magic filled day with dance class, art projects, games and snacks. This high energy camp will have your little one training their inner beasts and taming all sorts of magic! The week ends with a magical performance!

Date/Time: July 15-18 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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TWIRLTOPIA PRINCESS ACADEMY

Location: Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 3-6 | Cost: $275

Description: This is not your average princess camp - cool jewels rule at the Twirltopia Princess Academy! Your princess - or prince charming - will love this royal ballet adventure dancing through the magical kingdom of Twirltopia and learning important lessons from their animal friends who will help them reach their crowning moment at the Palace Princess Crown Ball!

Date/Time: July 15-18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-569-3267; Info@anchorageballet.org; www.anchorageballet.org/summer

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ROCKSTAR ROYALTY DANCE CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-12 | Cost: $395

Description: Join ADT for a fun filled week at Rockstar Royalty Dance Camp! Enjoy learning the basics of modern, jazz and musical theatre in fresh, fun classes that encourage personal expression! Students will also participate in daily arts and crafts and be provided with a healthy snack.

Be a star! A great way to try something new and make new friends. The week concludes with a performance exhibition showcasing our students’ accomplishments.

Date/Time: July 15-19 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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BAHA’I SUMMER CAMP

Location: Camp Gorsuch, 22700 Camp Gorsuch Road, Chugiak; Drop-off/Pick-up location, Anchorage Baha’i Center, 1207 E 74th Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 11-19 | Cost: $200; need-based scholarships available

Description: A camp in nature for 30 youth who will gain skills and strengthen relationships that will assist them in contributing to the well-being of themselves and their home communities.

Time is balanced between:

  • Healthy Recreation and Friendship-Building, e.g. swimming, hiking, team-building games, nature walking
  • Creative Endeavors, e.g. painting, storytelling, drama, singing
  • Spiritual Practices, meditation, personal prayer and reflection
  • Skill-Building, e.g., meditation, yoga, outdoor recreation skills, personal financial management
  • Facilitated Study of materials based on moral and spiritual concepts common to most faith traditions, and talk about how to navigate a complex world, resist negative forces in our lives and promote social progress.

If it is your first time attending one of our camps, we ask that you please attend one or two youth group gatherings ahead of the camp to initiate great relationships with other campers.

Date/Time: July 16-21 | Tuesday, 11 a.m.-Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

Contact: Carolyn Das, 352-256-3346; AlaskaBahaiCamps@gmail.com; https://akbahai.org/2024-summer-camp

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DINO DANCE CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 4-6 | Cost: $295

Description: Stomp your dino feet to the rhythm! This high energy camp will have your child dancing their way through prehistoric times! Each day your child will enjoy a creative movement dance class, a nutritious snack, craft time and choreography. The week will end with a performance of epic dinosaur proportions!

Date/Time: July 22- 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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TIKTOK HIP HOP CAMP

Location: Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E 33rd Avenue, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-12 | Cost: $445

Description: Channel your inner TikTok dance celeb in this unique summer camp that goes beyond your average dance class. Students will learn the most popular dances from TikTok while also learning hip hop, jazz and tumbling technique, participate in daily arts and crafts and be provided with a healthy snack. This program also includes two sessions of climbing at the Rock Gym! By the end of the week, they will take their favorite TikTok moves and shape them into a full-on dance performance, that will surely go viral.

Date/Time: July 22-26 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: 907-277-9591; info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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ALASKA STRINGS CAMP

Location: Camp Maranatha, Big Lake area

Grades/Age: Elementary/Session 1: leaving grades 4-6; Intermediate/Session 2: leaving grades 7-9; Campers need at least one year of school orchestra or private lessons. | Cost: Elementary, $420; Intermediate, $525

Description: Come join the fun at Alaska String Camps! There will be large group orchestra rehearsals, small group lessons, varied musical classes and a wide variety of recreational activities such as games, skits, campfires, swimming, boating and more!

Campers stay overnight in rustic, chaperoned cabins. Meals focus on nutritious food that young people enjoy. At the end of camp, campers perform a wonderful concert for families, sharing what they have learned.

Date: Elementary: July 27-29; Intermediate: July 30-Aug. 2

Contact: 907-696-CAMP (2267); info@alaskastringcamps.org; www.alaskastringcamps.org

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ACMF: 12TH ANNUAL CHAMBER MUSIC INTENSIVE!

Location: UAA Fine Arts Building, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Age 12 and older | Cost: Local students, $800; need-based scholarships are available

Description: Hosted by the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, the ACMF Chamber Intensive is a weeklong summer program for beginner to advanced string and piano players. Young musicians study chamber music with ACMF’s international guest artists and faculty - developing their artistry, teamwork and leadership skills, all while creating music with one another! Activities include daily rehearsals, coachings, individual lessons, master classes and concerts. Students are also invited to attend ACMF faculty performances, where they can experience and observe their instructors up close!

Date/Time: July 27-Aug. 3 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: acmfconcerts@gmail.com

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POM POM UNICORN’S MAGICAL CARNIVAL

Location: Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 3-6 | Cost: $275

Description: Your petite dancer will love dancing through the pink sky to Pom Pom Unicorn’s Magical Carnival! Tiny dancers will climb the sparkly rainbow and soar through the cotton candy clouds as magical unicorns in this sweet ballet dance camp! This magical camp is full of all things unicorn, dancing, carnival games and even glittery crafts! It’s sure to be a magical time!

Date/Time: July 29-Aug. 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact: 907-569-3267; Info@anchorageballet.org; www.anchorageballet.org/summer

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RISING STAR INTENSIVE

Location: UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 7-12 | Cost: $325

Description: Only arts camp voted Best Summer Camp by ADN readers! Help your child grow in confidence and learn about acting in this fun and exciting program! This beginner’s course will take these rising stars on a journey through all aspects of acting, including voice, movement, improv, theater games, auditioning and other special skills. Includes one performance showcase at the end of the intensive.

With over 90 years of combined experience in youth arts education, TBA’s staff are the leaders in performing arts education in Anchorage. TBA Theatre is committed to providing a fun and safe environment where young artists learn creative expression alongside professional actors, designers and technicians.

“We are excited to participate ... and happy to have met your enthusiastic community. This was my boys’ first experience with theater and it was exciting to see [him] get infused with the excitement of the moment. They felt safe trying something new and scary, what a great group you’ve cultivated!” - Emily Stapley, Summer Parent

“You all are a GREAT group of professional and welcoming people ... Thank you for a very positive experience!” - Linne Weinberger, Summer Parent

Extend your time by adding on Early Arrival and/or Play Production for a longer day and a broader artistic experience!

Date/Time: July 30-Aug. 10 | Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: 907-677-7529; summeracademy@tbatheatre.org; www.tbatheatre.org/summer

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SHINING STAR INTENSIVE: THE ACTOR’S WORKSHOP

Location: UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 13-18 | Cost: $325

Description: Only arts camp voted Best Summer Camp by ADN readers! A place for middle and high school students to explore and polish their creative talents through acting, voice, movement and improv. These areas will be the focus as staff guides students through the development and advancement of invaluable theatrical skills that will help them throughout their life. Program ends with an evening showcase of the student’s work.

With over 90 years of combined experience in youth arts education, TBA’s staff are the leaders in performing arts education in Anchorage. TBA Theatre is committed to providing a fun and safe environment where young artists learn creative expression alongside professional actors, designers and technicians.

“Thanks to TBA’s great educational programming and staff who take time to be mentors as well as instructors, I got the best marks on all my business presentations in college, had great practice opportunities at keeping cool under tight deadlines and I’m a creative problem solver. Plus, it’s fun!” - Emily Meinel, former summer student.

Date/Time: July 30-Aug. 10 | Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: 907-677-7529; summeracademy@tbatheatre.org;www.tbatheatre.org/summer

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SHINING STAR INTENSIVE: MUSIC THEATRE

Location: UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 13-18 | Cost: $325

Description: Only arts camp voted Best Summer Camp by ADN readers! A place for middle and high school students to explore and polish their creative talents through the lens of music theatre. Vocal performance, acting the song and learning choreography will be the focus as staff guides students through the development and advancement of invaluable theatrical skills. Program ends with an evening showcase of the student’s work.

With over 90 years of combined experience in youth arts education, TBA’s staff are the leaders in performing arts education in Anchorage. TBA Theatre is committed to providing a fun and safe environment where young artists learn creative expression alongside professional actors, designers and technicians.

“Thanks to TBA’s great educational programming and staff who take time to be mentors as well as instructors, I got the best marks on all my business presentations in college, had great practice opportunities at keeping cool under tight deadlines and I’m a creative problem solver. Plus, it’s fun!” - Emily Meinel, former summer student.

Date/Time: July 30-Aug. 10 | Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact: 907-677-7529; summeracademy@tbatheatre.org; www.tbatheatre.org/summer

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AJW 2024 CREATIVE MUSIC CAMP

Location: UAA Fine Arts Building, 3700 Alumni Drive, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 7-12 | Cost: $500; Limited tuition scholarships available - call John Damberg for more info

Description: Join Alaska Master Jazz Artists John Damberg, Nick Petumenos, Mark Manners and Jacques Annandale and special guest artist Jeff Sizer - Seattle-based jazz trombonist, pianist, composer and educator - for an unforgettable fun musical experience stretching your creative music skills through the exploration of jazz improvisation in small 5-8 piece combos. Grade 7 through 12 instrumental and vocal music students explore the exciting world of music improvisation over hot swing, blues, funk and Latin grooves. Beginning to advanced level ensembles are offered. Students receive 25 hours of instruction in small combo settings of 5-7 members, building their song repertoire, improvisation, music theory, performance, communication and teaming skills. The camp concludes with two exciting concerts featuring the AJW Faculty Jazz Ensemble on Friday and the Student Jazz Combos on Saturday night. Registration deadline is July 12, 2024. New students need to schedule a level placement audition with John Damberg. Please call 907-332-3234 for more scholarship information and to set up your placement audition. Registration forms may be downloaded at www.akjazzworkshop.org.

Date/Time: Aug. 5 | Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Concerts on Friday and Saturday, 7-9 p.m.

Contact: John Damberg, 907-332-3234; info@akjazzworkshop.org; www.akjazzworkshop.org

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SEAWOLF DEBATE CAMP

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage Campus, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Grades 6-10 | Cost: $350

Description: Want your student to think more clearly? Write more effectively? Speak more persuasively? Enroll them in UAA’s Seawolf Debate Camp for a week-long intensive that uses debating to hone analytic and advocacy skills for students entering grades 6-10, no experience necessary. The camp will feature exercises, mentoring and practice sessions led by our internationally-acclaimed staff and debaters and will build toward a full debate tournament at the end of the week. Sign up to improve public speaking and critical thinking skills while having a whole lot of fun! Visit the URL in “Contact” below to register!

Date/Time: Aug. 5-9 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: tinyurl.com/seawolfdebatecamp

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ACOUSTIC ALASKA GUITAR CAMP

Location: Wasilla

Grades/Age: Ages 16-adult | Cost: $789

Description: Let the Moose be your Muse! Co-sponsored by 90.3 KNBA FM, the 22nd Annual Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp is a special event offering music enthusiasts of all ability levels the opportunity to spend a week in Wasilla, studying acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, songwriting, voice, music theory and more under the tutelage of world-class recording artists. This year’s artists-turned-instructors include: Scottish singer-songwriter Jill Jackson, former McCartney Wings guitarist Laurence Juber, singer-songwriter Jackson Emmer, three-time national flatpicking champion Steve Kaufman, award-winning blues artist Jon Shain, fiddler Megan Gregory and more. Limited work-study opportunities and scholarships may be available.

Date/Time: Aug. 25-31 | Overnight

Contact: Joe Becker, Camp Director, 907-331-4864; Camp@AcousticAlaska.com; www.AcousticAlaska.com

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