Summer Camps Offer Kids the Chance to Learn, Play, Discover

Summer break is just around the corner, but learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is out. UT offers many fun and interesting summer camps that keep kids active and learning. Here’s a look at some of those camps:

4-H Camps

For more information about 4-H camps, contact your County Extension Office or visit Tennessee 4-H.

Electric Camp

Dates: July 7–10

Grades: 6–7

Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Cost: $245

This fee includes the cost of meals, lodging, fields trips, T-shirt, insurance, and program. Transportation fees are covered by members of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

 

Target Smart Camp

Dates: June 29–July 2

Grades: 5–9

Location: WP Ridley 4-H Center Columbia, Tennessee

Cost: $250

 

Other Camps

4-H also offers Junior 4-H Camps for grades 4–6. The five-day residential camps, held at various sites around the state, include swimming, golfing, music, group sports, and hiking.

4-H Adventure Camps, for grades 6–8, are for held at various sites around the state and offer activities like mock archaeological digs, fishing, tubing, nature hikes, canoeing, swimming, and survivor challenges.

Architecture and Design

Design Matters Camp

Dates: July 12–17

Grades: High school students through age 17

Location: Art and Architecture Building

Cost: $985

A summer camp for high school students, Design Matters, offers motivated high school students an introduction to the design of the built environment and the considerations that shape it. This week-long immersion allows participants to experience life as a design student on a university campus through its setting, curriculum, and instruction. Previous architecture or design experience is not necessary. Visit the College of Architecture and Design for more information.

McClung Museum Camps

Archaeokids: Exploring Ancient Art and Archaelogy

Dates: June 22–26

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 4–6

Location: McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

Cost: $110 per child; $99 per child for museum members

Campers will discover the art and culture of ancient peoples through archaeology and other activities, including making pottery and mummy masks, handling artifacts, using ancient tools, and exploring foodways. All materials and snack are included.

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, woodield@utk.edu

 

Dig It! Fun with Fossils

Dates: July 13–17

Times: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 4–6

Location: McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

Cost: $110 per child; $99 per child for museum members

Dinosaurs, mosasaurs, mastodons, and other extinct animals are presented through real fossils, hands-on activities, excavation, and food. All materials and snack are included.

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, woodield@utk.edu

Clarence Brown Theatre Summer Acting Workshop

Session 1: July 6–17

Session 2: July 20–31

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 9–college freshmen

Location: Clarence Brown Theatre

Cost: $525

Participants will have classes in acting technique, voice and movement, improvisation and musical theater. No prior experience is necessary, and each session will culminate in a public showcase of the students’ work. Twenty participants will be accepted in each session on a first come, first served basis. Visit the Clarence Brown Theatre website for more information.

Adventures in STEM Girls Camp

Dates: July 6–10

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Friday

Grades: 7–8

Location: Min H. Kao Building

Cost: $125

Students will be immersed in a week full of hands-on activities, lab visits, and team projects in UT labs and classrooms that expose the exciting challenges of being a scientist or researcher. Overall, the week will be geared toward students who are interested in expanding their knowledge of engineering, math, and biology. For more information or to register, visit the camp’s website.

Kids U Camps

For more information on these and other Kids U Camps, visit the Kids U website or call 865-974-0150.

 

Junior Leadership Institute

Dates: June 1–5

Time: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Grades: 7–9

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $325

This new program encourages kids to get an early start in becoming an active leader through history, community, education, innovation, and the arts.

 

Animals

Vertebrate Zoology

Dates: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 4–7

Location: Hesler Biology Building, Room 603

Cost: $139

 

Snakes Alive! Hands-on Herpetology

Dates: June 15–19

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 4–7

Location: Hesler Biology Building, Room 603

Cost: $139

 

Veterinary Medicine: Behind the Scenes

Dates: June 22–26

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 9–12

Location: Hesler Biology Building, Room 603

Cost: $139

 

Animal Behavior

Dates: July 27–31

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 7–9

Location: Hesler Biology Building, Room 603

Cost: $129

 

Careers

So You Want to Be an Engineer?

Dates: June 15–19

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 8–12

Location: Earth and Planetary Sciences Building, Room 302

Cost: $129

 

Innocent or Guilty … How Do You Plead?

Dates: June 22–26

Time: 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Grades: 6–9

Location: College of Law, Room 237

Cost: $119

 

Food Truck Mania

Dates: July 6–10

Time: 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Grades: 8–12

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $329

 

Learning to Be a Real Chef: Introduction to Culinary Arts

Dates: July 20–24

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 8–12

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $299

 

Computers

APP Attack! Make Your First Game APP

Session 1: June 1–5

Session 2: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon (Grades 3–5), 1:00–4:00 p.m. (Grades 6–9)

Grades: 3–9

Location: Conference Center Computer Lab

Cost: $159

 

Make Your First Video Game!

Dates: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon (Grades 6–9), 1:00–4:00 p.m. (Grades 3–5)

Grades: 3–9

Location: Conference Center Computer Lab

Cost: $159

 

LEGO YOUniverse: Make Your Own Adventure

Dates: June 15–19

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 3–5

Location: Conference Center Computer Lab

Cost: $159

 

Minecraft Modders

Session 1: June 15–19

Session 2: July 27–31

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon (Grades 6–9), 1:00–4:00 p.m. (Grades 3–5)

Grades: 3–9

Location: Conference Center Computer Lab

Cost: $159

 

Code Breakers

Dates: June 15–19

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 6–9

Location: Conference Center Computer Lab

Cost: $159

 

For more computer camps, visit the Kids U website.

 

Creativity

UpCycled Art

Dates: June 1–5

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 7–9

Location: Art and Architecture Building, Room 127

Cost: $139

 

PANIC ATTACK! Public Speaking and Acting for the Faint of Heart

Dates: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 7–8

Location: Jessie Harris Building, Room 413

Cost: $129

 

Bend It, Twist It, Sculpt It!

Date: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon

Grades: 6–8

Location: Art and Architecture Building, Room 127

Cost: $129

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

Dates: June 15–19

Time: 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Grades: 8–12

Location: Art and Architecture Building, Room 105

Cost: $139

 

For more creativity camps, visit the Kids U website.

 

Discovery

Modern Etiquette and Manners

Dates: June 1–5

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 3–6

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $129

 

A Look Back: Colonial History

Dates: June 15–19

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 5–10

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $129

 

Collapse: The Fall of Complex Civilizations

Dates: June 22–26

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 9–12

Location: Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 69

Cost: $139

 

College Prep

Dates: July 6–10

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 10–college freshmen

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $119

 

7 Habits of Successful Students

Dates: July 20–24

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 8–12

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $119

 

Exploration in Psychology

Dates: July 27–31

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 9–12

Location: Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 220

Cost: $119

 

Language

Connecting through American Sign Language

Dates: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 7–10

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $119

 

Deaf Language and Culture

Dates: June 15–19

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 7–10

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $119

 

Nature

Bugs!

Dates: June 8–12

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 4–7

Location: Hesler Biology Building, Room 603

Cost: $119

 

Junior Naturalist Camp

Dates: July 13–17

Time: 800 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Grades: 6–8

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $325

 

Photography

UT Photography Camp

Dates: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon (Grades 4–7), 2:00–5:00 p.m. (Grades 8–12)

Grades: 4–12

Location: Art and Architecture Building, Room 105

Cost: $139

Science

Bones, Crimes, Careers: Forensic Anthropology

Session 1: June 1–5

Session 2: June 8–12

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 9–12

Location: East Stadium Hall, Room 130

Cost: $119

 

The Unseen World: Microbes and the Environment

Dates: June 1–5

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 9–12

Location: Hesler Biology Building, Room 507

Cost: $119

 

Fun with Forensics: Adventures in Chemistry

Dates: June 8–12

Time: 1:30–5:00 p.m.

Grades: 6–8

Location: Dabney/Buehler Hall, Room 300

Cost: $119

 

Rockets!

Dates: June 10–12

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 4–7

Location: Physics Building, Room 108

Cost: $119

 

Universe Exploration

Dates: June 17–19

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Grades: 4–6

Location: Physics Building, Room 108

Cost: $119

 

Exploring Microbiology through Food

Dates: July 20–24

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 6–8

Location: Food Science Building, Room 115

Cost: $119

 

Test

ACT Prep Course- Pre-Test Date

Session 1: June 22

Session 2: June 23

Session 3: June 24

Session 4: June 25

Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Grades: 9–12

Location: Conference Center

Cost: Free

 

ACT Prep Course

Dates: July 13–17

Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Grades: 9–12

Location: Conference Center

Cost: $259

Early Learning Center Camps

The Early Learning Center is a laboratory school affiliated with the Department of Child and Family Studies within UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

June 1–5: Kids around Knoxville

June 8–12: Nature Explorer

June 15–19: Animal Kingdom

June 22–27: Pirates

June 29–July 2: Our Independence

July 6–10: Amazing Race

July 13–17: Lego Camp

July 20–24: Superhero Camp

July 27–31: H2O

August 3–7: Sports/Games Camp

 

Time: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Grades: 1–4

Location: UT Early Learning Center, 1206 White Avenue

Cost: $215

For more information or to register, visit the Early Learning Center.

Contact: 865-974-0843 or elc@utk.edu

Boys’ Athletics

UT offers a variety of sports summer camps for boys. More details about the camps can be found at the Tennessee Sport Camps website.

 

Baseball

Youth Baseball Camp

Session 1: June 15–18

Session 2: June 22–25

Session 3: July 13–16

Time: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Ages: 6–13

Cost: $275

 

Father/Son Baseball Camp

Date: June 20

Time: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Ages: 6–13

Cost: $150

 

High School Camp

Dates: July 10–11

Grades: 9–12

Cost: $150 for 1, $225 for 2, $275 for all 3 camps

 

Pitching and Catching

Date: July 10

Time: 5:00–8:00 p.m.

 

Infield and Outfield Defense

Date: July 11

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon

 

Hitting Camp

Date: July 11

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

 

Basketball

Fundamental Skills Camp

Session 1: June 1–4

Session 2: June 22–25

Session 3: August 3–6

Time: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Grades K–1), 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Grades 2–8)

Cost: $135 (Grades K–1), $295 (Grades 2–8)

 

Father/Son Camp

Date: June 14

Time: 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Cost: $150 per father/son team, $50 per additional son

 

Football

Youth Day Camp

Dates: June 15–16

Time: 8:00 a.m.–noon

Grades: 2–8

Cost: $100, $125 after May 1

 

Specialist Camp (Kickers, Snappers, Punters)

Date: June 5

Grades: 9–12

Cost: $80, $90 after May 1

 

1-Day Arsenal/Skills Camp

Date: June 6

Grades: 9–12

Cost: $80, $90 after May 1

 

High School Day Camps

Session 1: June 11

Session 2: June 12

Session 3: June 13

Session 4: June 18

Session 5: July 17

Grades: 9–12

Cost: $30, $40 after May 1

Girls’ Athletics

UT offers a variety of sports summer camps for girls. More details about the camps can be found at the Tennessee Sport Camps website.

 

Basketball

Overnight Camp

Dates: June 7–9

Check-in: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Ages: 10–rising seniors

Cost: $450

 

Day Camp

Dates: June 10–12

Times: Morning session: 8:00 a.m.–noon

Afternoon session: 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Ages: 6–12

Cost: $175

 

Golf

Players Camp

Dates: June 16–19

Ages: 12–18

Requirements: Must play middle school or high school golf or compete regularly

Check-in: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $625

 

RedZone Scoring Camp

Dates: July 11–12

Ages: 12–18

Requirements: Must play middle school or high school golf or compete regularly

Check-in: 7:30 a.m.

Cost: $300.

 

Rowing

Small Boat Summer Camp

Dates: June 25–28

Grades: 9–12

Requirements: Must have at least one year of rowing experience

Check-in: 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $500 for commuter, $600 for resident

 

Softball

Pitcher/Catcher Camp

Session 1: June 9–10

Session 2: July 13–14

Time: 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Ages: 8–18

Cost: $220

 

Junior Vols Camp

Dates: June 11–12

Time: 8:00 a.m.–noon

Ages: 8 years old–rising 6th graders

Cost: $130

 

Advanced Skills Camp

Dates: June 15–17

Time: Noon–6:00 p.m. June 15, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. June 16 and 17

Grades: 7–12

Cost: $270

 

Slap and Speed Camp

Dates: June 17–18

Time: 3:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. June 17, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. June 18

Ages: 10–18

Cost: $220

 

Soccer

Day Camp

Session 1: June 8–12

Session 2: July 13–17

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon half day, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. full day

Ages: 5–12

Cost: $170 half day, $290 full day

 

Volleyball

Defensive Camp: July 10

Serving Camp: July 10

Setter Camp: July 11

Hitter Camp: July 11

Overnight Individual Camp: July 6–8

Team Competition Camp: July 18–20

Team Training Camp: July 22–25

Grades: 5–12

Coed Athletics

For more information, visit the Tennessee Sport Camps website.

 

Diving Clinics

Session 1: June 7–12

Session 2: June 14–19

Session 3: June 21–26

Cost: $600 resident, $475 commuter

 

Soccer

Residential Camp: June 17–20

Goalkeeper Academy: June 17–20

Ages: 9–16

Check in: Noon–1:30 p.m.

Cost: $525 resident, $425 commuter

 

Swimming

For beginning swimmers, the Student Aquatic Center offers basic swim lessons. To register, visit the RecSports website.

Session1: May 12–22

Session 2: June 2–12

Session 3: June 16–26

Session 4: July 7–17

Session 5: July 21–31

Cost: $70 for a 50-minute lesson, $50 for a 30-minute lesson

 

For swimmers wishing to advance their skills, Tennessee Swimming offers several camps. Visit their camp website for more information on pricing and how to register.

Gold Camp: ages 8–12

Elite Camp: ages 10+

Premiere Camp: ages 10+

Session 1: June 2–6

Session 2: June 6–10

Session 3: June 21–25

 

Masters Camp: June 11–14

Cost: $415

 

Racing Skills Camp: July 20–23

Cost: $85/day, $280 for all

CONTACT:

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)