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.

Eagle River/Chugiak

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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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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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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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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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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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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