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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: Other Locations

ANCHORAGE YOUTH HIKING & EXPEDITION CLUB

Location: Alaska Backcountry Trips/State Parks

Grades/Age: Ages 12-18 - Cost: TBA - contact us with group requests

Description: Into the Woods Alaska is offering hiking, camping and expedition programs for youth ages 12-18. Daily hiking trips will offer workshops for youth to gain new backcountry skill sets, while camping/expedition trips will guide youth toward self-sufficiency and a set of wilderness safety skills that will last a lifetime. For camping, we will provide each kid with their own bivvy sack, making it easy to social distance and have privacy, while keeping the bugs out. We will plan the logistics, food and supplies needed for our trips, but these trips will be all about getting kids to do things for themselves. Youth participants will level up their Alaska outdoor skills, dive into environmental science and build friendships, teamwork and self-sufficiency. 100% outdoors, 100% authentically Alaskan, place-based outdoor and environmental education through experiential, hands-on learning. Details TBA - contact us if you are interested in getting a group going, and stay posted - we will announce trip opportunities on our website soon!

Dates and Times: TBA - contact us with group requests | TBA - contact us with group requests

Contact: Kristina and Dan, 907-406-5651; contact@intothewoodsalaska.com; www.intothewoodsalaska.com

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THE ALASKA CLUB CAMPS

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

Grades/Age: Ages 5-12 - Cost: Standard hours: $184/week for members; $204/week for nonmembers; $50/day for members; $55/day for nonmembers; Includes Extended Hours: $244/week for members; $264/ week for nonmembers; $62/day for members; $67/day for nonmembers

Description: At camp we explore, play and grow. The Alaska Club Camps aim to keep our campers active and having fun all year long! Full week and single day options available. Every day features a variety of hands-on, age-appropriate activities where everyone has the opportunity to experience sports, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and daily swimming. Your kids will have fun, get their energy out and build memorable friendships. Why choose The Alaska Club Summer Camp: - Experienced counselors - High Safety Standards - Daily Swimming - Flexible Hours - Award Winning* *Awarded Best of Alaska Camp four years running

Dates and Times: May 24-Aug. 13 | Standard hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Extended hours: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FUN!

Location: Online via Zoom

Grades/Age: Child group, Ages 7-11; Teen group, Ages 12-16 - Cost: $160/month, eight classes

Description: Come learn American Sign Language this summer! Classes are offered online on Zoom. Students will learn the alphabet, numbers, sentences, vocabulary and Deaf culture. The students will be engaged while learning through ASL games. There will be two summer block sessions to choose from; two classes each week for one month. All classes are taught by a local school district certified teacher. Please check the website, leewaters.org, for a current schedule of classes or text Lee at 907-727-7271.

Dates and Times: Varies | Varies

Contact: 907-727-7271; leewaters.org

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LEARNING FUN TUTORING

Location: Zoom online learning format

Grades/Age: Grades K-12 - Cost: $20/hour; discount for three or more sessions/week

Description: Come learn how to be a better reader and writer this summer! Certified local school district teacher with 30 years experience will tutor your child via Zoom weekly in Language Arts. Hourly rate is $20. A discount is given for three or more sessions each week. Visit leewaters.org to learn more.

Dates and Times: Varies | Varies

Contact: Lee Waters, 907-727-7271; leewaters.org

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WAXED MUSINGS ART CLASSES

Location: Locations will vary depending on the weather. If sunny, we will be at a specified outdoor location. Otherwise, the classes will take place at my home studio in Anchorage.

Grades/Age: Child class, Ages 7-11; Teen class, Ages 12-16 - Cost: $50/two-hour class; supplies included

Description: Fun art classes to cover a variety of mediums - acrylic, tempura and/or watercolor painting and mosaic glass, stone and/or rock art. These classes are taught in groups in-person; masks required. It can be a scheduled class or a birthday party format. All classes are taught by a local school district certified teacher and artist. Class size limited to six. The schedule of art classes will be listed leewaters.org.

Dates and Times: Varies | Varies

Contact: Lee Waters, 907-727-7271; leewaters.org

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JA-AT-HOME SUMMER SERIES: “PREPARE TO BE HIRED”

Location: At-home; Optional weekly workshops offered

Grades/Age: Grades 9-12 - Cost: $20 plus shipping; all three JA-At-Home Summer Kits for $50, one each mailed in June, July and Aug.

Description: What do I want to be when I grow up? What kind of education do I need? Bring JA home this summer with this must-have resource for teens entering the workforce. Invest in your student by purchasing a program that will prepare them for life after graduation. Each box is age-appropriate, aligns with Alaska State Learning standards, and contains five lessons to help prepare your student for the workforce including a personalized career assessment, free resume building workshop, responsible social media and more! *Must have internet access to complete. Register at http://alaska.ja.org.

Dates and Times: Self-paced; Optional workshops offered Wednesdays June 2, July 7, and Aug. 4 | Self-paced; Optional workshops offered Wednesdays at 12 p.m.

Contact: Bethany Fernandez, 907-344-0101 ext. 2; bfernandez@ja-alaska.org; http://alaska.ja.org

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JA-AT-HOME SUMMER SERIES: “BIZ KIDS KIT”

Location: At-home; Weekly virtual Q&A sessions

Grades/Age: Grades K-12 - Cost: $20 plus shipping; All three JA-At-Home Summer Kits for $50, one each mailed in June, July and Aug.

Description: Does your child have an idea for a business and want to turn it into a reality? Purchase a JA “Biz Kids Kit” which contains five hands-on, age-appropriate lessons to help students develop a business/innovation plan, delivered right to your home. Students will be invited to pitch their ideas to “Sharks” to win $250 seed money for their business. Register at http://alaska.ja.org.

Dates and Times: Self-paced; Weekly presentations Thursdays, June 3, July 8, and Aug. 5; Shark Tank Contest TBA | Self-paced; Optional weekly presentations Thursdays at 12 p.m.

Contact: Bethany Fernandez, 907-344-0101 ext. 2; bfernandez@ja-alaska.org; http://alaska.ja.org

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JA-AT-HOME SUMMER SERIES: “MONEY MASTER KIT”

Location: At-home; Weekly virtual lessons

Grades/Age: Grades K-12 - Cost: $20 plus shipping; All three JA-At-Home Summer Kits for $50, one each mailed in June, July and Aug.

Description: Did you know: One out of three teens believes that $3,000 is enough money to retire on? By purchasing a “JA-At-Home” Kit, your child will receive a box delivered to your home that contains lessons designed for their grade level that teaches basic financial management. Lessons are designed to be completed at home, independently. JA will have a weekly guest speaker that students can ask questions about managing their money. Register at http://alaska.ja.org.

Dates and Times: Self-paced; Weekly presentations Fridays, June 4, July 9, and Aug. 6 | Self-paced; Weekly presentations Fridays at 12 p.m.

Contact: Bethany Fernandez, 907-344-0101 ext. 2; bfernandez@ja-alaska.org; http://alaska.ja.org

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LIFE IS ART: SONGWRITING & HIKING

Location: Varying trailheads each day depending on weather; Default location is Solstice Vocal Arts, 4105 Turnagain Boulevard. Ste Q, Anchorage

Grades/Age: Ages 12-25 - Cost: $300

Description: Get ready for a different kind of summer camp combining the beauty of nature with your creative talents! Students will spend the beginning of each day in a songwriting workshop with world-renowned Alaskan artist and songwriter, Kate Bass. We will then hit the trails to find inspiration and discover the natural rhythms and harmonies in nature and put our new songwriting skills to work. Suitable for singers, artists, instrumentalists and anyone interested in songwriting, music making and getting out for some fresh air!

Dates and Times: June 7-11 | 1-6 p.m.

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UAA SUMMER ENGINEERING ACADEMIES

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage; Virtual

Grades/Age: Grades 3-12 - Cost: Price varies; fee waivers available

Description: The UAA Summer Engineering Academies are a series of week-long, hands-on instructional sessions for students entering grades 3 through 12 in Anchorage and Mat-Su. 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. Topics include structural engineering, robotics, coding, aerodynamics, 3D printing and design, videography, alternative energy and corrosion chemistry.

Dates and Times: June 7-Aug. 6 | In-person, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Virtual, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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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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AK TECH CAMP

Location: Prince William Sound College (UAA), Valdez

Grades/Age: Ages 16 and above - Cost: Free; this is a grant funded program for eligible participants.

Description: AK Tech Camp is an information technology camp for high school students. Students stay in college housing for one week and all meals are included. Mornings consist of time in the classroom, and afternoons are filled with outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking around beautiful Valdez. Write us for more info at aktechlearners@alaska.edu!

Dates and Times: July 6-14 and 16-24

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LYNN CANAL ADVENTURES

Location: Juneau

Grades/Age: High school, as of September 2021 - Cost: Sliding fee based on ability to pay; no one turned away, no questions asked!

Description: Alaska’s premier high school running camp! Over the last decade, we’ve hosted runners of all abilities from across the state - and Lower 48 - for a week of community and courage built on adventuring through Juneau’s world-class trail system. From State champions to “my mom signed me,” there’s a place for you! More info at www.lynncanaladventures.org.

Date/Time: June 26-July 2; July 5-11

Contact: Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, 907-723-1772, tkl1289@gmail.com, www.lynncanaladventures.org

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