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Welcome to the Anchorage Daily News 2021 Summer Camp Guide! School will be out soon and it’s the perfect time to plan for summer activities. The listings included here were collected during early spring - a very different season than the spring prior, yet still with many unknowns - and camp details may have changed. We recommend checking with each camp your child may be interested in for updates.

Summer Camps 2021

2021 Summer Camps: Mat-Su

TRAILSIDE DISCOVERY CAMP

Location: Anchorage: Kincaid Bunker, Ruth Arcand Park, Lidia Selkregg Chalet; Eagle River: Beach Lake Chalet; Palmer: Mat-Su Lakes State Recreation Area

Grades/Age: Ages 4-16 - Cost: Start at $320/week; one time non-refundable registration fee, $60

Description: Trailside Discovery Camp is an award-winning camp program in Alaska that provides a broad range of outdoor environmental education experiences for students ages 4 to 16 from all economic, social and cultural backgrounds. We provide summer camps at a variety of locations in Anchorage and Palmer. We also offer special winter and spring programs during school breaks.

Dates and Times: May 24-Aug. 13 | 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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RECTENNIS SUMMER CAMPS

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

Grades/Age: Ages 5 and older - Cost: $42-$105/week; Next Level Tennis starts at $15/day

Description: RecTennis’ mission: To provide each participant the opportunity to develop tennis and life skills at their own rate in a fun, safe, supportive and encouraging environment. We offer weekly camps 1.5 hours to 4 hours daily in length. The 4-hour camp includes a variety of activities. We provide all equipment. Scholarships available. Register at www.RecTennis.com.

Dates and Times: June-Aug. | Varies

Contact: Dana Griffin, dgriffin@pnw.usta.com; www.RecTennis.com

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SUNDERLAND RANCH HORSE ADVENTURE CAMP

Location: Sunderland Ranch, 10856 North Wolverine Road, Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 7-15; Different ages each week - Cost: $550/week per child

Description: Our trail riding-based horse camp teaches a variety of horsemanship skills, arena play and trail rides to gain skill and confidence on horse back. Youth also learn greenhouse science, hydroponics, garden harvesting and using Alaska produce in the kitchen. On Fridays we will take a wagon ride to our pond and focus on Alaska outdoors skills, archery and wilderness skills, while enjoying paddle boats, campfires and nature hikes. Weeks may vary slightly depending on age range and skill. Sunderland Ranch is a 360-acre private ranch raising cattle, elk and hay. We are passionate about passing practical skills and enthusiasm of agriculture and our love of horses on to our youth!

Dates and Times: June-Aug. | Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

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GIRL SCOUTS OF ALASKA CAMPS

Location: Anchorage; Chugiak; Wasilla; Virtual

Grades/Age: Grades K-12 in the fall - Cost: Starting at $280

Description: Welcome to the wonderful world of Girl Scout camp! Our camps are open to all girls, regardless of whether they are current Girl Scout members. This year, we are offering in-person day camps in Wasilla, Anchorage and Chugiak, and “virtual” Camp-in-a-Box programs with activities that can be done from home, anywhere! This year’s virtual camps are open to girls all over the U.S. See the camp catalog for more details. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scout camp programs are designed to help girls discover the world around them, connect with other campers and take action in their own lives and communities. That’s what leadership is all about!

Dates and Times: June 7-Aug. 13

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CAMP KELLOGG

Location: Palmer

Grades/Age: Ages 5-17 - Cost: $125-$310

Description: Adventure, performing arts, food and nature come together in this unique outdoor summer camp at Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus in Palmer. We’re offering camps for kids ages 5-13 and Leader in Training for youth ages 14-17. We’re excited to welcome your kids for a dynamic camp experience.

Dates and Times: June 7-25; July 12-23 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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ALASKA CHILDREN’S CHOIR MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP (PALMER)

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

Grades/Age: Ages 7-16 recommended - Cost: $175/person; sibling discounts available

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 7-16. The cost is $175 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.

Dates and Times: June 7-11 (tentative) | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily; performance Friday at 7 p.m.

Contact: Jessie Wetherell, 907-982-5467; alaskachildrenschoir@yahoo.com

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ACOUSTIC ALASKA GUITAR CAMP

Location: Wasilla

Grades/Age: Ages 16 and older; adults welcome - Cost: $759 all-inclusive

Description: Enjoy a week lakeside under the Northern Lights with world-class recording artists turned camp instructors at the 19th Annual Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp. This year’s instructors include 2019 Acoustic Guitarist of the Year Christie Lenee; three-time National Flatpicking Champion Steve Kaufman; and songwriter extraordinaire Griffin House. Classes in guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, banjo, songwriting, voice, theory, rhythm and more. Tuition, meals, campsite, concert tickets and airport transportation included. Heated cabins also available. Let the Moose be your Muse. Visit AcousticAlaska.com for details. Co-Sponsored by KNBA 90.3 FM

Dates and Times: Aug. 29-Sept. 4 |

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

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