Educational Programs

REACH Summer Learning Program

Cost: of the 6 week program is $695.
Dates: June 14-16, June 21-23, June 28-30, July 12-14, July 19-21, July 26-28
Description: This program is for rising 1st – 5th graders (12 and under) who are currently enrolled in a special education classroom (i.e. DCC or CDC) in Hamilton County or surrounding areas. It will be located at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson. All completed applications must be turned into the Chattanooga Autism Center. A committee will review all applications and notify you of acceptance by March 31st or earlier if classrooms fill up quickly. We are asking families to not submit any money until you have been notified of acceptance.

Note: The Family Support Program may be able to provide a grant to qualified students. For more information click this link.

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Day Camps

2016 Summer Camps & Regional Programs

Camp Signal!

Signal Centers Children’s Program offers a unique 6-week summer camp for children 3 – 22 years old, specializing in quality care as well as social and emotional development through fun projects and activities for infants, tumblers, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary, middle and high school students.

The children enjoy visits from the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Zoo, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, The Chattanooga Public Library, Percussionist Bob Stagner of Shaking Ray Levi Society, the Hart Gallery, and the Chattanooga Fire Department. Participants also excel in age-appropriate activities in art, movement, music, crafts, sports, woodworking, repurposing, water play, games, singing, dancing, cooking, drama, science, and technology.

Sessions: June 13 – 17, June 25 – 29, June 27 – July 1, July 11 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 – 29
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (with options for Before/After Care for an additional weekly fee)
Cost: $200.00 per week, per school age camper. $185.00 per week, per preschool camper.
Early Bird Registration: 10% discount with deadline of April 6, 2015. Register for more than one week and receive a 20% discount.
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Camp ZooAbility

Cost: Call to check for costs 
Times: 9:00am-2:00pm
Dates: June 20-24 (ages 6-12), July 11-15 (ages 13-21), July 18-22 (ages 22 and up)
Register: Opens March 1st!  Call Elaine Adams 423-697-1345 or
Description: Camp ZooAbility is a week-long Day Camp for individuals who have cognitive and/or physical disabilities put on by Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Services. Siblings are welcome to attend. Daily activities include, but are not limited to: Swimming, Arts & Crafts, Music, Animal Enrichment, and much more!

Creative Discovery Museum, Friends Discover

Friends Discovery Camp 2016 brings back the best activities from Friends Discovery Camp in the past and adds new activities focused on SCIENCE.  We’ll investigate chemistry, biology and physical science as we have fun doing all sorts of STEM related activities. The younger children will center their focus around CDM’s blockbuster summer exhibit, Sid the Science Kid, while the older ones will explore WOW science including blowing things up, making chemical changes come to life and creating Mentos explosion shows. Both camps will be full of the traditional activities that have made Friends Discovery camp popular for a generation of children.  As always the week will culminate with a finale for the special folks in our campers’ lives.This exceptional camp, supported by UTC and Chattanooga Parks and Rec, offers children with and without autism the opportunity to make new and lasting friendships while having fun in a safe but exciting environment.   Now in its 17th year, Friends Discovery Camp includes a low counselor to child ratio that allows us to support all children safely as they engage in “over the top” activities that include museum play, outside play, field trips, water play, and other activities that challenge children and build lasting relationships. All counselors will have successfully completed a 3 hour credit course at UTC designed specifically to train counselors (Big Buddies) for this camp.


Younger ages 5 – 7: June 6 – 10

Older ages 8 – 11: June 13 – 17

Time: 8:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. daily

Cost: $100 per week includes Free 1 year membership to CDM (valued at $110)

Register: on line or call 423-648-6040

Chattanooga State summer programs

Easter Seals Tennessee

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Girls Camp:

Campers rising 6th-8th grade- females only.
Dates: June 6-10, Time: 9:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $325 per camper (afternoon snack and t shirt provided)

Tennessee Camps for Children with Special Needs

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Tennessee Aquarium Summer Camp