Day Camps

Summer Camps Guide 2019

click to enlarge Explore the great outdoors during SOLE's Teen Trek Experience.
Explore the great outdoors during SOLE's Teen Trek Experience.

Spokane Valley Parks CIT Program
Teens learn skills for responsibly working with children in a day-camp setting, learning leadership and communication techniques and more. Ages 14-16. Training sessions are May 14, May 21, May 28 and June 4; must attend all sessions, counselor shadowing also required. The Spokane Valley Parks & Rec summer day camps run June 17-Aug. 23, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center. *Application required by April 30. $95. 720-5408

SGS Adventure Camp
Activities planned include hiking a 3-mile loop, rock climbing in the gym and on outdoor rocks, building forts, learning to use GPS and kayaking in a pond by the Little Spokane River. Grades 3-5. June 10-14 from 9 am-12:30 pm. At St. George's School. $150. 464-8815

Wilderness Kidz Camp
Kids learn about the natural environment and important survival skills, like how to start a fire using a reflective surface, test navigation skills with a treasure hunt, and use makerspace machines to cast animal tracks to improve observation skills. Ages 9-12. June 10-14 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. 208-929-4029

Wilderness Survival Day Camp
Campers experience nature and learn skills including wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, obtaining clean water and more. Ages 6-13. June 10-14 (Sandpoint); June 17-21 (Spokane, Coeur d'Alene) and July 1-5 (Sandpoint, Spokane). All sessions meet from 9 am-3 pm daily. $235-$285.

Celebrate Summer
Kids make flower crowns, solstice tea and learn songs and dances. They'll also practice yoga daily and create a celebratory meal together on the summer solstice. Ages 3-8. June 17-21 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140.

Cub Scout Day Camp
Spend a day in nature, experiencing outdoor adventure with the ease of staying at home at night. Activities include archery, BB guns, crafts, games and more. Ages K-5. The Inland Northwest Council hosts day camps at various locations, with weekly sessions offered June 17-July 26. $50/session.

SOLE Nature Detectives
An outdoor science day camp letting young kids explore various mini-ecosystems in a fun atmosphere. Ages 4-6. Sessions offered June 17-19, July 15-17 and Aug. 12-14; meets 9 am-3 pm. In Sandpoint. $82-$96.

SOLE Nature Explorers
Campers collect clues as they explore the natural world outdoors and learn about the environment around them during each themed day of camp. Ages 7-10. Sessions offered June 17-21, July 15-19 and Aug. 12-14; meets 9 am-3 pm. In Sandpoint. $137-$147.

Kroc Adventure Camp
Weekly sessions of this Christian-focused day camp for tweens includes activities such as rock climbing, swimming, field trips and overnight camping at area parks and more. Ages 11-14. Sessions offered June 17-Aug. 16, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. At the Kroc Center. $140-$190/session. 208-763-0621

Kroc Pee Wee Camp
A half-day Christian-focused camp with weekly themes, offering swimming (including lessons), games, arts and crafts and more. Ages 4-5. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 16, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. At the Kroc Center. $96-$120/week. 208-763-0621

Teen Outdoor Adventure Day Camps
Weekly team-building activities include hiking, kayaking, rafting, disc golf, stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing and more. Ages 12-15. Weekly themed sessions offered June 17-21, July 8-12, July 22-26 and Aug. 12-16; meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. At Riverside State Park, Bowl & Pitcher. $229-$299/week.

Youth Outdoor Adventure Camps
Weekly adventures include stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, disc golf and more. Ages 8-11. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 16; meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. At Riverside State Park, Bowl & Pitcher. $229-$299/week.

Adventure Heights
This annual day camp includes field trips to area activities including swimming, hiking, movies and more. Kids also get daily hang-out time with games, crafts and special activities. Includes breakfast and afternoon snack (BYO lunch). Ages 8-13. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. At the new Airway Heights Recreation Center. $$100/week; $25/day.

Camp Dart-Lo
"The wooded day camp on the Little Spokane River offers archery, leadership, outdoor activities, swimming in outdoor pools and more. Bus transportation from four Spokane locations included. For kids in preschool through grade 9. Eight week-long sessions are offered June 17-Aug 23; Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-4:15 pm (extended hours available). Mini-session July 1-3 ($135). Discounts available when registering for multiple sessions. $135-$225/week. 747-6191"

Girl Scouts Summer Day Camps
The 10-week day camp program offers themed weeks that incorporate STEM into activities in the teaching kitchen, crafts, science projects, outdoor activities, art, field trips to the pool and more. Lunch and snacks included. Grades K-12. Weekly sessions June 17-Aug. 23; Mon-Fri from 9 am-4 pm (extended am/pm hours for $10/day). Leadership sessions for grades 9-12 are June 17-21 (Extreme Water Sports), June 24-28 (High Adventure), July 1-3 (Counselor Assistant training). At the Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash. $90-$125/week.

Kroc Discovery Camp
Kids swim, rock climb, play games, do arts and crafts, watch movies and go on field trips during each themed weekly session of this Christian-focused camp. Ages 6-10. Weekly sessions June 17-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Single-day ($36-$45) and extended care until 5:30 pm (+$8-$10/day; +$32-$40/week). At the Kroc Center. $140-$175/week.

Kroc Mini Camps
Weekly, two-hour-a-day mini camps let kids explore their interests and build new skills in areas such as theater, art, music, robotics, dance and more. Ages 4-16. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 23, with camp options for various age groups; meets Mon-Fri from 10 am-noon or 1-3 pm, depending on session. At the Kroc Center. $48-$70.

Skyhawks Day Camp
A fun, safe and positive environment for kids to be introduced to a new sport each week, along with arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and other activities. Ages 5-12. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 23. At Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake. $155/week.

Spokane Valley Summer Day Camp
Weekly, themed day camps offer outdoor activities and field trips, swimming, games, crafts and more. Ages 6-11. June 17-Aug. 23 meets Mon-Fri from 7:15 am-5:45 pm. At CenterPlace Regional Event Center. $120-$130/week. 720-5408

Green Gable Explorers Summer Camp
The local children's learning center offers weekly themed camps with indoor and outdoor activities like arts and crafts, cooking, field trips, spirit days, special guests and more. Grades K-3. Sessions June 17-Aug. 28, meets Mon-Fri from 7 am-5:30 pm. $160-$210/week.

YMCA Summer Day Camps
Weekly activities include arts and crafts, swimming, active games and field trips. Grades K-8. June 17-Aug. 23/28 meeting Mon-Fri from 6:30 am-6 pm. At all four Spokane-area YMCA locations, along with St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and Emerson Park. $133-$257/week. 777-9622

Boys & Girls Club Summer Power Day Camp
The Northtown (June 17-Aug. 23; 544 E. Providence) and Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Club (July 8-Aug. 30; 13120 N. Pittsburg) locations are open for full-day programming and activities for youth and teens. Lunch and afternoon snack included. Teen programs for grades 8-12 include Leaders in Training and Teen Camp. Campers must be members ($20 plus parent orientation). Grades 1-12. Extended hours (7-9 am) for additional fee. $25-$50/week.

Camp Alotta Fun
The Spokane Northeast Youth Center's summer day camp for preschoolers is a hands-on enrichment program encouraging recreation and fun, with field trips, park excursions and more. USDA-approved breakfast, lunch and snack included. Ages 3-5. Weekly sessions June 17-Aug. 30; open 6 am-6 pm. $178/week or $664/month.

Camp Fun in the Sun
The Spokane Northeast Youth Center offers opportunities for academic enrichment, athletics, the arts and recreation. Campers enjoy recreational activities, crafts, park adventures, field trips and more. USDA breakfast, lunch and snack included. Ages 5-12. Sessions June 17-Aug. 30; open 6 am-6 pm. $168/week or $616/month.

Nature Ninjas Day Camp
A day camp teaching outdoor skills including natural camouflage, stealth, sensory awareness, wild animal tracking and more through games and activities. Ages 6-13. June 24-28 (Spokane, Sandpoint) and Aug. 5-9 (Spokane). All sessions meet from 9 am- pm daily. $285. 208-265-3685

Advanced Youth Wilderness Survival Camp
Participants work on their own and in teams to problem solve and master the basics of shelter, fire, tool use and knife safety, traps, rope and knots, plant uses, animal tracking, primitive skills, navigation and more. Ages 9-14. June 24-28 from 9 am-4 pm. At Camp Sekani Park. $309.

Treasure Hunt
Children participate in a different treasure hunt each day in the park, at the school and other locations, making treasure maps and hand-painted chests. Ages 3-8. June 24-28 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140.

Camp Read-a-Rama
Each week, this half-day camp has a new theme based on a children's book for activities, crafts, music, games and more. Morning snack and lunch provided. Registration is required. Ages 6-11. June 24-Aug. 15 (no camp July 1-4), meets Mon-Thu from 9 am-12:30 pm. At North Spokane Library. Free.

Camp Barks & Rec
Kids spend the week at the Spokane Humane Society learning about the cats and dogs who live there. They'll also meet working dogs from the Spokane Police Department, wildlife biologists, do fun animal-inspired crafts and hear about the work of shelter veterinarians. Ages 7-9. Sessions June 24-28, July 8-12 and Aug. 12-16, meets from 9:30 am-1 pm. $50/session.

Schweitzer Adventure Camp
Campers climb the rock wall, take chairlift rides, experience the trampoline jumper, hike, play games, swim and more. Includes transportation from the bottom of the mountain. Ages 6-10. Weekly sessions June 24-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 8 am-4 pm. $165-$175/week.

Off to the Races: Derby
Campers get to design a racing vehicle, work with makerspace tools to build it and see it perform on race day, July 13, at the CdA Maker Faire. Ages 10-14. July 1-3 from 9:30 am-1 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $50.

Off to the Races: Regatta
Using only cardboard and duct tape, campers are led through the design and prototyping process to build a boat that sails on race day, July 13. Ages 10-14. July 1-3 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $50.

Fairytale Theater
A week focusing on the art of fairy tales through storytelling, song and dance. Ages 3-8. July 8-12 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140.

Little Superheroes
Make capes, masks, puppets and become a superhero for the week. Ages 3-5. July 8-12 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69.

Nature Adventurers Day Camp
A day camp teaching outdoor awareness and stewardship through nature immersion, games, crafts, storytelling, songs and exploration. Ages 6-13. July 8-12 from 9 am-3 pm. Sessions offered in Spokane and Sandpoint. $235-$285.

Spokane Valley Teen Camp
A new summer experience for teens, offering hiking, swimming, field trips and more. Grades 6-9. July 8-Aug. 8; Mon-Thu from 8 am-5 pm. At Terrace View Park. $120-$130/week ("Rails to Trails," July 8-11, is $144-$153).

Camp Dart-Lo Youth Leadership Camp
Program Aides in Learning (PALS) is a program for older campers to build leadership skills through outdoor play, service learning and team building. Jr. PALS (grades 6-8) is July 8-19; Sr. PALS (grades 7-9) is July 22-Aug 9, meets from 8:30 am-4:15 pm. Kids grades 6-12 can also attend camp for free by serving as a Camper Buddy, assisting special needs campers. Application process/prerequisites needed. $225/$335.

Camp Sweyolakan: Outbacker Day Camp
A traditional rustic day camp for boys and girls on Lake Coeur d'Alene accessible only by boat. Campers enjoy swimming, boating, archery, outdoor activities, ropes courses, arts and crafts and more. Three sessions: July 8-12, July 15-19, Aug 5-9; meets daily from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Transportation from four CdA locations included. $225/session. 747-6191

Harry Potter Camp
A week of activities and games inspired by the popular book series, including house sorting, scavenger hunts and playing Quidditch. Grades 1-5. July 15-19 from 1-4 pm. At St. George's School. $200.

SOLE Leader of the Day
An outdoor leadership day camp that takes participants out onto the water or trails for adventure-based service learning activities that support the community and local environment, and help kids develop a sense of belonging. Ages 10-12. July 15-19 from 9 am-4 pm. $215-$240.

Taste of India
Explore the rich culture of India through music, movement, folktales, food and art. Kids will grind spices to make curry and learn traditional Indian songs along with some snappy Bollywood dance moves. Ages 3-8. July 15-19 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140.

Things that Go!
Kids make and test paper tube cars, cork boats, gyrocopters and more. Ages 3-5. July 15-19 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69.

Watershed Discovery Camp
Campers enjoy a week of hands-on activities including water quality monitoring, shoreline clean-up, invasive species prevention and a wetland ecology field trip. Afternoons are spent enjoying Lake Pend Oreille with kayaking, water-themed crafts and more. Ages 8-12. July 15-19 from 9 am-4 pm. $200 (scholarships available).

Fairies and Elves
Explore the natural world by making fairy houses and elven crowns. Through stories, songs, games and adventure, kids learn about the mysterious, mischievous fae. Ages 3-8. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140.

Ladybugs & Slugs
Kids learn all about insects through stories, nature walks, art projects and seed planting for a bug-friendly garden. Ages 3-5. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69.

Minion Mayhem & More
Make costumes, puppets and maybe even learn how to talk like a Minion. Ages 3-5. July 29-Aug. 2 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69.

Nature Week
Spend the week outside exploring and appreciating nature. Kids will notice local insects, animals and plants and contemplate their connections, also making art from natural materials. Ages 3-8. Aug. 5-9 frm 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140. 747-1040

Ready, Set, Go!
Practice writing and reading strategies with favorite children's literature. This session works to build kids' literacy stamina for the new school year and practice basic Spanish vocabulary. Session is recommended for new SGS students. Grades K-2. Aug. 5-9 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George's School. $300.

Best of Summer, Preschool Style
An art-filled week offering some of the most popular art projects and activities from Spokane Parks' 2019 summer day camps for preschool-aged children. Ages 3-5. Aug. 12-16 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69.

Dinos, Reptiles, Birds, Oh My!
Campers learn about prehistoric dinosaurs, reptiles, birds and other life forms through fun art projects. Ages 3-5. Aug. 12-16 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69.

As I See It Art Camp
A week exploring different art media, including painting, mono-prints, clay and more. Ages 3-8. Aug. 19-23 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140.

Metaline Falls Bigfoot Festival @ Metaline Falls

Sat., June 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., June 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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