By JOLT staff
As things are slowly returning to normal, summer provides a perfect opportunity for kids to interact and enjoy different activities after a year of online classes. From outdoor sports to learning to empower yourself, here is JOLT’s guide to finding the perfect summer camp for kids.
Some camps are already full; these are not listed here. The following programs were available as of June 21, 2020:
There are still a few places left for the City of Olympia Olympe Camp Summer 2021. For this year the camp has three sites, Garfield, Mckenny and Lincoln Olywahoo. The event starts from June 28 to August 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The camp is open to young people and adolescents. They offer several activities that young people can participate in, such as sports, games, arts and music. The camp also offers field trips, summer readings and even a weekly theme! From mad scientists to Culture Quest, to Safari explorers, time travelers and more. These unique themes give campers the opportunity to show off their creative side.
What’s even more interesting is that they also offer Olympus Mini for children from 4 to 5 years old. The camp offers different activities such as storytelling, music, arts, games and even trips to local stages such as the Farmer’s Market and the East Bay Stream. Much like Camp Olywahoo, toddlers can explore different themes such as natural treasures, Berry Fun Days and more. The Olywahoo Mini runs July 6-9.
SKIPP Summer Camp
the Summer program for children in the park (SKIPP) is a free, supervised camp in Garfield and Madison. The camp offers several arts, crafts and games activities for children aged 6 to 12. Due to strict coronavirus guidelines, event planners are encouraging parents to register in advance.
Paddle sports camp
Open to children aged 11 to 14 on Paddle sports camp teaches participants how to kayak and even use the paddleboard. In addition, the organizers are also planning to organize nature trips in the Nisqually Delta or the Cushman Lake area. The camp would provide the participants with the necessary equipment for their activities.
Variety Camp: Pre-Teen Edition
Live an outdoor summer adventure with the Variety Camp. The event offers various fun activities such as hiking, cycling, sea kayaking, canoeing, swimming, climbing and supervised by expert instructors. The event begins June 28 and ends July 2. It runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Since the camp is off site, the pickup location is at Garfield Elementary School.
Variety Camp also offers similar activities for children aged 6 to 8.
Especially for teens
the camp offers various activities such as swimming, bowling and rock climbing. The event takes place Monday to Friday from June 28 to August 27. Camp is also off-site, and organizers are urging students to report to the Garfield MP Hall by 7:30 a.m.
Sport for Life Camps
Want to learn a new sport but too afraid to try? the Sport for Life Camp offers students an ideal opportunity to learn the sport in a non-competitive environment. Open to children aged 6 to 12, the camp offers several sports activities such as football, basketball, dodge ball, baseball, tennis, flag football and volleyball.
The event begins June 28 through August 27 at the Madison Cafeteria, although tennis lessons are held at Lincoln Gym.
T-Bird 2021 Junior Football Camp
Tumwater T-Birds opens its 32nd soccer camp, which begins July 12-13 at Tumwater High School. The event starts from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parents can complete and send their application by mail.
Bricks 4 Kidz Sports Fanatics Camp
Apart from outdoor activities, Play ball! LEGO® is hosting a Bricks 4 Kidz Sports Fanatic Camp. The event offers campers a chance to recreate their robotic athletes such as gymnasts, soccer plaques, cheerleaders or hockey players. During the event, older children can also learn about coding and video games.
Olympia Family Theater Camp
There are still slots available for the Olympia Family Theater Camp. Each session lasts three hours and is divided into different groups. For the morning group, the camp is open to children aged 7 to 10. For the afternoon, the camp will welcome children from 10 to 14 years old.
For its first week, the camp will feature silly stories and poetry aloud, July 5-9. For the second week, the camp will focus on arts and crafts design from July 12-16. Over the next few weeks, students will learn to perform on stage and focus on character development.
Camps 4 Girls
Empowerment4Girls will host two camps aimed at fostering fraternity and awareness among young girls. First and foremost, empowerment camps will educate and help girls cultivate self-confidence and uniqueness while at the same time developing essential life skills.
In addition, they will also run a Conscious Minds Conscious Body camp that will focus on intentional sex education that would raise awareness among young girls, especially about their anatomy, body changes, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Parents can also bond with their children to complete one of the Nature detective missions. To join, participants can simply download the GooseChase app to explore Thurston County’s 21 parks. From overgrown forests, beaver ponds and even marine beaches, participants receive a Nature Sleuth sticker and have the chance to win prizes every time they complete a mission.
Meet the beach
Hosted by the Puget Sound Estuary, the Meet the beach The event allows kids to visit various beaches in Thurston County, from Burfoot and Woodard Bay to Priest Point and Tolmie State Park, wading through mud and seeing sea creatures along the way. The event runs from June 12 to August 22.