2019 Summer Camps & Regional Programs

Below are categories of different types of services and resources in our region. Each category lists the names of the providers. To get more details about any of the providers, click on the category titles. If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt.2 or email info@chattanoogaautismcenter.org

Educational Programs


REACH Summer Learning Program

Cost: $795
June 11, 12,  13,;June 18, 19, 20,; June 25, 26, 27 ;July 9, 10, 11; July 16, 17, 18; July 23, 24, 25 

*Will not meet the week of July 4th*
Description: The program accepts children age 5 – 15 who have an IEP or 504 Plan as well as typical developing children who would benefit from a structured and intensive learning environment.. It will be located at Chattanooga Christian School. 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.
Webpage: http://www.chattanoogaautismcenter.org/reach-summer-learning

Note: The Family Support Program may be able to provide a grant to qualified students. For more information click this link. http://www.orangegrovecenter.org/www/docs/184

Speech and Hearing Center - IEP Consultation Program

Does your child’s IEP include Speech Therapy?  The Speech and Hearing Center provides summer therapy services that align with your child’s IEP to help prepare your child for the upcoming school year and combat summer regression.

New Location:  6016 Shallowford Road Suite 1500 Chattanooga TN 37421

Phone: 423-622-6900

Website: speechhearing.com

Ages: varies

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Day Camps


Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 kidz camps are a fun, high energy experience offering lots of unique building bricks for kids to create their own models, games, challenges, and more all with LEGO bricks and monitors. 

Dates: TBD

Times: TBD

Phone: 423-567-5439

Email: kmacbride@bricks4kidz.com

Website: www.bricks4kidz.com/chattanooga

Ages: 4-11

Link for session dates: https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=location&location=339

Camp Signal!


Signal Centers offers a unique 6-week camp for children and youth, 3 - 22 years old, of all abilities. Camp Signal offers a quality camp experience, while specializing in social and emotional development through fun projects and activities. The Camp Signal team plans meaningful experiences for campers in the areas of art, movement, music, crafts, drama, technology, sports, singing, cooking, water play, science, and games. 




Camp Signal

Ages 3-11

Session 1: June 6-10

Session 2: June 13-7

Session 3: June 20-24

Session 4: July 8-12

Session 5: July15-19

Session 6: July 12-26

Must attend one open house meeting on March 12, April 11, or May 9 from 3:30-5:30.

Chatter Camp

Ages 5-15

Dates: June 3-7

Vision Academy

Ages 14-22

Session 1: June 17-21

Session 2: July 15-19

For More Information Contact:

Traci Sloan 423-698-8528 x 401



Monica Stone, Camp Director, 423.698.8528 x 201


Camp ZooAbility

Cost: $75 

Week 1: (6-12 yrs) June 17-21

Week 2: (3-21 yrs) June 24-28

Week 3: (22 and up) July 8-12

Register: Opens March 1st!  Call Elaine Adams 423-643-6607 or adams_e@chattanooga.gov
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

Summer is all about play, exploration, and camps!Creative Discovery Museum combines all three with multiple opportunities for kids ages four through 14! Our science-based camps are filled with activities that bring science alive for children! Our enthusiastic, experienced staff provides a fun-filled, safe environment for children to embrace the summer camp experience.


RIVERBEND: May 27-May 31 

Designed especially for Middle School aged campers, this camp gives exclusive daytime behind the scenes access to Riverbend stages. Included are special times to interact with the people who make the lighting, sound, stage management and other exciting aspects of the festival happen. Time performing on stage and the possibility of time with an artist will make for a week of exciting fun.

This camp is for 11-14 year olds – 25 campers max. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 3:30) (Cost: $205 mem/$240 non)

Dinosaurs!: June 3-7 

All of the fun of CDM’s INCLUSIVE Friends Discovery Cam PLUS dinosaurs! We’ll explore Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit in our traveling gallery and spend time in the museum’s own Excavation Station. Campers will have fun delving into many different types of dinosaurs through science and art experiences. AND we will have all of the usual fun experiences of any Friends’ Discovery Camp including fabulous field trips and fun Big Buddies from UTC. This camp is for 5-7 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 1:30) (Cost: $120; includes a membership)

Science Adventures: June 10-14

Join us as we explore all things science in this Friends’ Discovery Camp, designed to be inclusive for friends with special needs and their typically developing peers. Campers will become scientists as they investigate the science all around them with the help of their fun and fabulous UTC Big Buddies. This Friends’ Discovery Camp will include many fabulous field trips and museum experiences. This camp is for 8-12 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 1:30) (Cost: $120; includes a membership)

Dinosaurs!: June 17-21 Preschool

With Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit in our museum for the summer all about dinosaurs and our own Excavation Station, this week of fun is designed especially for the dinosaur expert in your family. These fun days will be an exploration of different types of dinosaurs including the food they ate and places they lived. Campers will love investigating the life of dinosaurs by making dino art and science projects. This camp is for 4 & 5 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 12:00) (Cost: $85 mem/$105 non)

Heart of the Home Cooking: June 24-28

Calling all middle school aged cooks and those who want to be! During this amazing week, campers will rock all things culinary as they cook and eat their lunch and snacks. Recipes will represent foods from different cultures and skills taught will range from running a clean kitchen to the effect and safe use of a knife. Campers will make a cookbook of the recipes used so that families can taste the foods at home and share in the campers’ creative genius. This camp is for 11-14 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 3:30) (Cost: $205 mem/$240 non)

Be a Superhero of Science!: June 24-28

Campers will become SUPER scientists as they explore the science that is around them every day. Preschoolers will love getting their hands busy in all kinds of science lab experiments as they play around with earth science, life science, physical science and chemistry using everyday materials and scientific tools. Seeing our own CDM scientists during CDM Science Theater shows will be a highlight of this week. This camp is for 4 & 5 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 12:00) (Cost: $85 mem/$105 non)

Heart of the Home Cooking: July 8-12

If your child loves to make and eat culinary treats, this is the camp to choose!  Campers will cook lunch and eat all snacks and lunches during the week as they learn kitchen skills like how to handle a knife and ow to clean up! Foods prepared will reflect a variety of cultures and campers will bring home a cookbook featuring the recipes. Families can taste the foods at home and share in the campers’ creative genius. This camp is for 8-11 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 3:30) (Cost: $205 mem/$240 non)

Camp Do-It-All: July 15-19

If you can’t decide which CDM camp week your child will enjoy most because he/she has SO many interests, this is the camp for your child. Each day of this interesting and unique camp will explore different ideas and topics. Campers will tinker as they make and create using the museum’s Make It space, explore animals and their habitats using the CDM critters, make and eat in the CDM Culinary Corner, do science with the Science Theater shows and workshops, and participate in acts of service during this well rounded camp experience.  This camp is for 5-11 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 3:30) (Cost: $170 mem/$205 non)

Be a Superhero of Science: July 22-26

All children are curious about the world around them and this camp offers the opportunity to explore that curiosity and develop new interests in how the world works. Campers will investigate all types of science. The highlight of this camp will be daily labs that connect children with the science found in everyday materials. Your school-aged child will love exploring their world and how it works during this week. This camp is for 5-11 year olds. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 3:30) (Cost: $170 mem/$205 non)  


"Tech"-Style: July 29-August 2

Incredible design opportunities will be the focus each day in this unique camp. During this week of making, campers will experiment with embellishing their clothing and other textiles with light, plastic, burning and paint as they create different textures using technology.  A special art show will be held at the end of this camp so that families can enjoy the amazing designs created by their campers. This camp is for 8-12 year olds. drop-off 8:30; pick-up 3:30) (Cost: $205 mem/$240)

Friends’ Discovery Camp at Scenic City Equestrian: July 29- August 2

This NEW collaboration with Scenic City Equestrian will allow our Friends’ Discovery Camp to serve children aged 12-14 for the first time. These campers will enjoy the fun-filled flavor of the Friends’ Discovery Camps held at CDM including a fun relationship with their UTC Big Buddies with the added excitement of being on site at the Scenic City Equestrian facility in Ringgold.  Located about 8 miles from downtown Chattanooga, this camp includes daily riding instruction, equestrian care and all of the other benefits of  the museum’s inclusive camps. (drop-off 8:30; pick-up 1:30) (Cost: $120; includes a membership)

Register: More information coming soon! Camp registration opens for members Monday, Feb. 25 and for non-members Monday, March 4!

Website: http://cdmfun.org/programs-and-camps