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
Dates: 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

 

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. 

 

Sessions: 

 

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

Traci_Sloan@SignalCenters.org  

 

Monica Stone, Camp Director, 423.698.8528 x 201

Monica_Stone@SignalCenters.org 

Camp ZooAbility

Cost: $75 
Dates:

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.

Camps: 

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

Chattanooga State Summer Programs

Chattanooga State Summer Camps are back again with an amazing line up for your kids, including new camps like CSI, Culinary, Harry Potter, Robotics 1, 2, & 3, and Musical Theatre. And back by popular demand is our Lego Robotics camp!  We have Junior Builders Lego Camps for younger children this year starting at age 4!

  • Camps are located on our main campus, as well as the Dayton and Kimball sites.

  • Most camps are Monday-Friday, except for the Junior Builders camp which are Tuesday-Thursday. Times vary by each camp.

  • Registration fees range from  $100 - $159 per person.

If you want to be added to our mailing list, call 423-697-3100 or email continuinged@chattanoogastate.edu


For more information https://www.chattanoogastate.edu/continuing-education/summer-camps

Chattanooga Zoo Summer Camp
JUNE 3RD - AUGUST 2ND All Zoo Camps will contain a variety of educational activities as well as games, crafts, animal meet and greets, keeper chats, and more. We will have one pool day  and one field trip per week – where we will visit an educational partner organization to further our educational theme! A detailed schedule will be provided to you and your camper after registration. 
 
June 3rd – 7th Animal Athletes: Can you leap like a cougar or climb like a spider monkey? Come learn about our animal athletes living at the Zoo! 

 

June 10th – 14th Conservation Cadets Operation: Conservation! Join us as we learn about unique animals, habitats, and ecosystems that are in danger! See how YOU can help save the earth!

 

June 17th – 21st Poo, Goo, and Eww: Prepare to get down and dirty! Discover the messy side of the animal kingdom as we learn about the slimy, smelly, and sticky creatures of the animal kingdom!

 

June 24th – 28th Junior Zookeeper: Step into the boots of a Zookeeper and learn what it takes to keep the zoo animal residents happy, safe, and healthy!

 

July 8th – 12th World Explorers: Get your passport ready because we’re off to explore the world! From the tundra to the prairie – get ready to learn all about the different animals that inhabit the earth.

 

July 15th – 19th Conservation Cadets Operation: Conservation! Join us as we learn about unique animals, habitats, and ecosystems that are in danger! See how YOU can help save the earth!

 

July 22nd – 26th Junior Zookeeper: Step into the boots of a Zookeeper and learn what it takes to keep the zoo animal residents happy, safe, and healthy!

 

July 29th – August 2nd Nocturnal Naturalist: Are you ready to explore the hidden nighttime world, where many animals come alive? Learn about all different types of nocturnal creatures during this week of camp!

 

Registration Opens March 5th!

Location: 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404

Phone: 423-697-1322

Email: education@chattzoo.org

Website: http://www.chattzoo.org/education/camps

CHIPS Learning Studio S.T.E.A.M. Camps

CHIPS Camps
CHIPS Learning Enrichment Camps are innovative, interactive and great edu-tainment FUN!  We offer skill-building activities and projects including Tech Ed, STEAM, Robotics and Coding.  For over 20 years CHIPS has been a favorite of children in schools, camps, learning centers, churches and  more.

Cost: TBD

Dates: TBD 

Where: 101 Jordan Drive Chattanooga, TN

Website: http://tekeliakelly.wixsite.com/chipslearning/chips-camps--clubhouse

Number: (423)421-5646

Camp Ability

*Camp Ability is a day camp located in Murfreesboro, TN*

Description: Camp Ability of Special Kids is a Christian, summer day camp for children and youth with special needs ages 6-25.

This seven-week day camp is held during the months of June and July each year with the focus on Jesus Christ and serving each camper. Camp is designed to allow children with special needs to participate in an interactive, social, and just plain fun environment.

Camp Ability is held at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN, and is broken into two sessions- one in June and one in July. Campers are able to attend one or both sessions depending on a family's preference. To make activities fun for everyone, campers are divided into groups of about 8-12 campers based on age groups.

Camp Ability Dates 2019
Session 1: Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 28
Closed: Monday, July 1 - Friday, July 5
Session 2: Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26

 

Camp Location
North Boulevard Church of Christ
1112 N Rutherford Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Camp Hours
Daily: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (Monday-Friday)
Early Care (optional): 7:30-8:30 am
Extended Care (optional): 3:00-5:00 pm (not available on Wednesdays)
Camp closes at 3:00 pm every Wednesday.

 

Camp Rates
$125/ weekly camp fee
$15/ weekly early care fee
$30/ weekly extended care fee
Scholarships are available. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please bring a copy of your income to one of the registration dates.

 

Contact Information:
Alexis Ramsey
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 615.496.4638
Email: aramsey@specialkidstn.com

Website: http://www.specialkidstn.com/camp-info

Easter Seals Tennessee

Easter Seals Tennessee offers Youth Summer camps. 

Youth Day Camp

Cost: $345; Bus Fee: $50; 1 on 1 Counselor- Additional $200

Dates: 

Session 1                May 27 - 31 (Only open to participants of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee)
 Session 2                June 3 - 7 
 Session 3                June 10 - 14  
 Session 4                June 17 - 21    
 Session 5                June 24 - 28  
 Session 6                July 1 - 5   
 Session 7                July 8 - 12   
 Session 8                July 15 - 19      
 Session 9                July 22 - 26  

Youth Resident Camp

Cost: $800

Sunday 4:00 pm- Friday 2:00 pm

Session 3                 June 9-14   (Autism)
Session 6                 June 30-July 5      (Physical Disabilites, Developmental Disabilites, TBI)

Website: http://www.easterseals.com/tennessee/our-programs/camping-recreation/youth-camps.html

Girls Preparatory School Summer Camps

GPS Summer Camps provide an enriching environment where a girl can be a girl. For more information on types of camps visit their website https://www.gps.edu/page/camps-clinics--more/summer-camp/day-camps.

Location: 205 Island Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37405

Phone: 423-634-3457

Email: campsclinics@gps.edu 

Ages: Pre-K to 10th grade

Lakeshore United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center

Description: These camps all provide a variety of activities and experiences. look at their website for more information about prices, activities, and themes of the camps.

Website: https://lakeshorecamp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2019-Summer-Camp-Dates-and-fees-.pdf

 

https://lakeshorecamp.org/summer-camp/our-camps/

Tennessee Camps for Children with Special Needs

Donald M. Gally Camp

The Donald M. Gally Summer Camp is a day camp for children with special needs ranging from 5-14 years of age. Campers enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, and outdoor recreational games directed by staff therapists, special education teachers, a camp nurse, and adaptive recreation specialists. The Donald M. Gally Summer Camp takes place at the Kiwanis Club Fresh Air Camp on Prosser Road in Knoxville from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The cost is free, and registration is available online beginning May 1, 2019. For more information about the Donald M. Gally Summer Camp, call 865-690-8961.

  • Week 1 (Ages 5-9): July 15 - 19, 2019

  • Week 2 (Ages 10-14): July 22 - 26, 2019

Registration link for the 2019 camp season will be available May 1, 2019!

Camp Eagle's Nest

Patients from the Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic make Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend, Tennessee their home for one week. Camp Eagle's Nest offers campers plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors by riding horses, canoeing, rock climbing, tubing and much more. A talent show and karaoke provide spirited entertainment for the campers after the sun goes down. Campers also get a chance to interact with their camp counselors, who are nurses and other clinical staff from Children's Hospital. Camp Eagle's Nest is free for patients, thanks to financial and in-kind contributions to the camp and funding from Children's Hospital. For more information about Camp Eagle's Nest, call 865-541-8476. 

  • Camp Dates: July 29 - Aug 2, 2018

For more information http://www.etch.com

Tennessee Aquarium Summer Camp

The Tennessee Aquarium offers Summer Camps for ages 4-17.

Aquatots: All About the Animals

Age: 2-4 with a responsible caregiver

9 am-12 pm

Monday-Wednesday

Sessions: June 3-7, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 22-26

Cost: $85/Member child + adult; $110/Non-member adult + child

Aquatots: Nature's Little Artists

Age: 4-5

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday
Sessions: June 10-14, June 24-28, July 15-19, July 29-August 2

Cost: $190/Member; $250/Non-member

Green Tree Frogs: Lending Wildlife a Helping Hand

Ages 9-10
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Sessions: June 17-21, July 15-19
$210/Member; $280/Non-member

Bullfrogs: Backyard Wilderness

Ages 9-10
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday with an optional overnight
Sessions June 10-14, June 24-28, July 15-19, July 29-August 2
$260/Member; $345/Non-member

Bullfrogs: Creature Feature

Ages 9-10

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday with an optional overnight

Sessions: June 3-7, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 22-26

$260/Member; $345/Non-member

Eco Exploreers: Chickamagua Camp

Ages 11 - 12
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday with an overnight
Sessions June 3-7, June 17-21, July 22-26
$285/Member; $380/Non-member

Quest: Conasauga Camp

Ages 12-14
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday with an overnight
Sessions: June 24-28, July 15-19, July 29-August 2
$350/Member; $420/Non-member

**Some camps have overnight days

For more information, click this link. www.tnaqua.org/events-programs/summer-camp/ or call 423-785-4176

UTC STEAM Center

The weeklong camps are designed to fit the abilities of kids from kindergarten to eighth grade and offer learning opportunities that are fun, hands-on and informative. (Don’t tell the kids they’re going to learn something, though. Just say they’re going to have a blast.)

Camps:

Jump Start Summer: Rising kindergarten. July 22-26

Classroom-ready skills will be highlighted through activities structured around books, crafts, and games.

Water, Water Everywhere: Rising 1st and 2nd. June 10-14 & July 15-19

In this camp, we use water to learn more about buoyancy, weather, living things and art. Included are a simulated space mission and a trip to the Aquatic Recreation Center pool.

The Sound in Music: Rising 3rd and 4th. June 10-14 & July 15-19

Mornings will be spent investigating what sound is and how it is experienced while the afternoons we will apply sounds to create different forms of music as well as have a quick snack. Included are a simulated space mission and a trip to the Aquatic Recreation Center pool.

Where in the World?: Rising 5th & 6th. June 17-21 & July 8-12

Do you know the way to San Jose? At the end of a week with geography, measurement and geology, your child certainly will. Students also will use technology to help tell a story. Included are a simulated space mission and a trip to the Aquatic Recreation Center pool.

Innovative Summer: Rising 7th & 8th. June 17-21 & July 8-12

Your rising seventh or eighth grader will experience a week packed with hands-on and interesting activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Students also will learn ways to use several types of technology. Included are a simulated space mission and a trip to the Aquatic Recreation Center pool.

Most camps run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and cost $275 per week. The new Jump Start! kindergarten preparation academy runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and costs $200. Lunch for 1st-8th grades is $10 per day.

Website: https://blog.utc.edu/news/2019/02/steam-center-offers-camps-from-kindergarten-to-8th-grade/

UTC’s Youth University and Junior Camps

Taught by experienced teachers, who have experience working with elementary age children, Youth University provides an experiential education through project-based learning. Youth University places a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and each week, students will explore a different theme and participate in engaging and enriching activities.  Students will have fun while learning!  In addition, students will enjoy recreational activities and Red Cross Certified swimming lessons at the UTC Aquatic and Recreation Center

Multiple grades running concurrently within the same week (convenient for siblings of different ages!)
All camps run all day - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
One price for any camp ($275.00 per week)
New registration system

 

JUMP START

Grades Kindergarten 

July 22-26
 
SPARK 
Grades (rising) K-1 
June 10-14
July 15-19
 
EXPLORE 
Grades 2-3
June 1-14
July 9-13
 
DISCOVER 
Grades 5-6
June 17-21
July 8-12
 
INNOVATE 
Grades 7-8
June 17-21
July 8-12

For more information click the link https://www.utc.edu/challenger-stem-learning-center/summercamps.php

Victory Junction

Cost: free if accepted 

Dates: April 27 or 28
Description: If you have always wanted to experience Victory Junction, now is
the time to see what camp is all about! This program is available for
children with Autism ages 6-16. There is no cost to attend. Activities
will be at your own pace and lunch and snacks will be provided.
• Adam’s Race Shop
• Archery
• Boating & Fishing
• Bowling

• Gymnasium
• Horseback Riding
• Open Superdome
• Woodshop/Arts & Crafts

Visit https://victoryjunction.org/ for more information about the camp and the camp schedule.

 

Registration: Feel free to fill out registration online or contact Casey Roche to complete it over the phone.

Casey Roche

Camper Recruiter

Victory Junction

Office: 336.495.2038

YMCA Day Camp

For a well-rounded camp experience with lots of variety, nothing tops YMCA Day Camp! From field trips and daily swimming to arts and crafts and outdoor education, Y Summer Camp is the place to be when school is out!
YMCA Day Camp offers inclusion opportunities for campers with special needs who function well in group environments. Contact the camp director to determine if we can safely accommodate your special needs camper. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact your local YMCA branch to complete a scholarship application.

Dates: 

May 28- Aug. 2 (ages 5-18*) 

 

Drop off begins at 7 a.m. and pickup until 6 p.m. 

  • 1st through rising 5th graders for YMCA Day Camps

    • ​BOLD/GOLD - wilderness experiential education program for teens 

    • Open Air Academy - Day camp nature-based summer experiences for teens ages 11-14 and 15-18. 

    • Cost: $110/week for Y members; $150/week for non-members

 

Check registration form for more details or visit https://www.ymcachattanooga.org/camp/summer-day-camp

Pure Genius Camps

These summer camps are designed to give kids an action-packed week of scientific exploration.

Bricktacular Science

Date: May 28-31

Time: 9 AM- 4 PM

Age: 5-12

Cost: $240

Our American Girl

Date: June 10- June 14

Time: 9 AM- 4 PM

Age: 5-12

Cost: $250

Magic Tree House

Date: June 24- June 28

Time: 9 AM- 4 PM

Age: 5-12

Cost: $250

Wizarding World of Science

Date: July 15-19

Time: 9 AM- 4PM

Cost: $250

Wizz! Pop! Bang! Mad Science Camp

Date: July 16- 20

time: 1 PM - 4 PM

Age: 6 & up

Cost: $140

Spy Camp

Date: July 29-August 2

Time: 9 Am- 4 PM

Age: 7-12

Cost: $250

For more information, visit www.puregenius.guru or Call 423-385-5040

Tennessee Valley Railroad Rail Camp

This camp includes all aspects of railroading: railroad terms, signals, how steam and diesel engines work, and how the history of trains can be covered. Campers will also see blacksmithing demonstration, fields trips, and guest speakers. Camper will receive a TVRM Rail Camp t-shirt. This camp is all inclusive and typically 40-50% of campers are special needs. 

Location: 4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Session 1 - Junior Full Day: May 28 - June 1, 2019 (For ages 7-9) $375

Session 2 - Junior Full Day: June 3-8, 2019 (For ages 10-12) $375

Session 3 - Teen Full Day: June 10-15, 2019 (For ages 13-17) $375

Session 4 - Teen Overnight: June 17-22, 2019 (For ages 13-17) SOLD OUT!

Session 5 - Teen Overnight: June 24-29, 2019 (For ages 13-17) SOLD OUT!

New for 2019! Session 6- Teen Overnight: July 8-13, 2019 (For ages 13-17) $1,100

email  hlinke@tvrail.com

Website: http://www.tvrail.com/events-exhibits/rides/railroad-summer-camp

Art Creations Summer Camp

Kids explore and experience various mediums in art and learn new skills at Art Creations Summer Art Camps. The weeklong, camps offer lessons in painting, drawing, crafts, and more and cater to all skill levels. Call and ask about an early bird discount. 

Phone: 423-531-7606

Email: artcreationsclasses@gmail.com

Website: www.art-creations.com 

Ages: 6 to 9 and 9 to 12 years old

Time: To be announced

June 10-June 14: Camp includes a broad overview of art history with each day dedicated to painting activities

June 17 - June 21: Exploring Art Around the World

June 24 - June 28: Color Explosion Camp!

July 8 - July 12: Collage your Heart Out!

July 15 - July 19: Exploring Art Around the World

July 22 - July 26: Camp includes a broad overview of art history with each day dedicated to painting activities

 

Each week-long camp is Monday Through Friday, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM with a 30 minute break time for lunch.

Where: 7351 Commons Blvd. at our Hamilton Place Mall location

Price: $210.00 per camper, supplies included

Tech Town Summer Camps

TechTown offers unique camp programs with hands-on learning designed to inspire creativity, drive curiosity and lay the foundation for a career in technology. Pick your learning emphases in art and design, software development, engineering, videography, robotics and more. Kids have their own learning facility, where they are free to explore a variety of pathways.

Location: 1100 Market Street. Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone: 423-308-7732

Website: www.gotechtown.org

Ages 7-17

Skyuka Hall Summer Camp

Build success into your student's summer curriculum! Skyuka Hall's summer program provides a unique opportunity for students that need remediation and/or acceleration in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Each class will give an entry assessment, maintain on-going data collection and each student will receive an end of the camp report to make parents aware of their child's level of proficiency. Teachers will create a plan for each student based on their weaknesses and strengths. The students will then receive intensive, specific instruction unique to that child.

 

Dates: June 3 – 27, Monday – Thursday

 

Time: 8:30 – 12:00

 

Teacher to Student Ratio: 1 – 6

You may choose 2 or more weeks on the registration form.  

Questions? Call (423) 877-9711 or visit https://skyukahall.org/camp

 

Overnight Camps

Camp Dream

Camp Dream is a unique overnight weeklong camp located in Atlanta designed for children and adults with special needs of all severity levels. 

Summer Camp Dates:

July 21-24 

July 25-28

Ages:4 and up

Cost: $500

Registration opens on February 1st at www.campdreamga.org/summer-camp.  For questions please contact at: 678-367-0040 or info@campdreamga.org.

http://www.campdreamga.org/summer-camp/

Camp Ocoee

Ranger Camp

Cost: ranger session: $615       YMCA members get a 10% discount off camp fees.
 This discount does not apply to special activities.
• Early Bird Discount: Register by January 31, 2018 and save $40 per session

Dates: 

June 10-16
June 17-23
June 24-30
July 8-14
July 15-21
July 22-28
July 29- Aug. 4

Horse Camp

Dates: June 24-30 

Cost: $685

Time: CHECK-IN TIME for all sessions is 1:00-2:30 PM EST on Sunday CHECK-OUT TIME for all sessions is 9:30-10:30 AM EST on Saturday

Each day at Camp Ocoee is carefully planned to allow each camper to develop skills through instructional activity times and also foster a strong sense of community through several camp activity periods where they interact with other cabins. 

For more information, email info@campocoee.com or call 423-338-5588 or visit https://www.ymcacampocoee.org/summer-camp

 

Link to registration form: https://www.ymcacampocoee.org/online-registration

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute

Description: Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute is a college transition program for rising high school juniors, seniors, and young adults with intellectual disability up to the age of 25. This is a week-long residential program that will provide exposure to post-secondary education. Students will be given the opportunity to experience a college campus and to develop a broader understanding of the Next Steps at Vanderbilt post-secondary education program.

Cost: $1,250 (Limited, need-based scholarships available)
Dates: June 16-21, 2019 Ages: 17-25
Register: https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/nextsteps/programoverview/nssi.php
For more information: John Cayton, john.b.cayton@vanderbilt.edu or 615-875-8090

Sparrowwood at Camp Glisson

Description:

Sparrowwood is a chance for campers with different developmental needs to be accepted for who they are and celebrated for all they have to offer. Focusing on abilities rather than disabilities fosters the shared sense of radical acceptance that helps define the Glisson experience. Campers are not only included in the greater camp community by being part of Village living groups and visiting Outpost, they lead the way at can’t-miss events like Sparrowwood chapel, dance, and talent show – causing all involved to see we are more alike than we are different.

Cost: Around $700-800 depending on camp session

 

For more dates and info visit glisson.org/sparrowwood or contact us at info@glisson.org or 706-864-6181

Tailsman Program

Description: Talisman Programs provide exceptional summer camp opportunities for young people ages 6-22 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and other learning differences. Since 1980 their ACA-accredited programs have been offering unique alternatives to ordinary summer camps. Talisman provides a structured, nurturing environment within an exciting adventure program in which their campers can have a successful summer while increasing social skills, a sense of personal responsibility and a more positive self-image.

 

Website: https://talismancamps.com/  or call 828-697-6313 to see if spaces remain and to select the best program for your child.

Enrollment is limited

Phone: 828-697-6313

SESSION 1
Length: 13 days

Opening Day: June 15th

Closing Day: June 27th

Price: $3185

Base Camp Programs: Foundations, Sight, Insight, Young Adult Teen Adventure Programs: Hook & Tackle, Quest

SESSION 2

Length: 17 days

Opening Day: June 30th

Closing Day: July 16th

Price: $4165

Base Camp Programs: Foundations, Sight, Insight, Young Adults Teen Adventure Programs: Caves & Climbing ($4335), Tri-Adventures

 

SESSION 3

Length: 17 days

Opening Day: July 19th

Closing Day: August 4th

Price: $4165

Base Camp Programs: Foundations, Sight, Insight, Young Adults Teen Adventure Programs: Quest, Tri-Adventures

SESSION 4
Length: 6 days

Opening Day: August 7th

Closing Day: August 12th

Price: $1450

Programs available: Discovery, Foundations, Sight, Insight

Joni and Friends Family Retreat

Description: At both U.S. and International Family Retreats, persons with disability and their families receive encouragement and care in the comfort of a safe and accessible family camp environment. Enjoy fully-accessible and age-appropriate fun activities, be nourished by hearty home-style meals, and glean from meaningful conversations from a network of families who understand the challenges of life with disability.

​For more information call Joni and Friends- (818) 707-5664 or Elizabeth Walton- Contact for Fort Bluff Camp (865)-540-3860, email long@joniandfriends.org, or visit their website http://www.joniandfriends.org/

Location: Fort Bluff Camp, Dayton, TN

Dates and Prices are on website

Register: https://www.joniandfriends.org/events/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe_eventcategory=47

Camp Discovery

Description:  Camp Discovery serves people with disabilities ages 7 – 90 who want to experience the wonders of summer camp.  Campers will participate in such activities as: arts and crafts, hiking, music, games, contests, sports, campfires, dancing, movies, cabin activities, and swimming. All activities will be planned to accommodate changes in weather conditions.Cost: $495

Dates: 

Week 1 : June 2nd – June 7th.

Week 2 : June 10th.- June 15th.

Week 3 : June 24th. – June 29th.

Week 4: July 1 – July 6th.

Week 5 : July 8th. – July 13th. (This week is kids week, ages 7 -21 only)

Week 6 : July 15. – July 20th.

Week 7 : July 22nd – July 27th.

Week 8 : July 29th. – Aug. 2nd. (If needed) No reservations will be taken for week # 8, till other 7 weeks are full

Website: http://www.jayceecamp.org/index.php

 

The camp sessions will be on a “First Come, First Served Basis.” 

For more information call; Chester Lowe, Vice-President at 615-504-1727 or vicepresident@jayceecamp.org for reservation inquires.

Baylor School Summer Camps

Description: What are Baylor Summers? Three months of action-packed, skill-building, fun-filled, sports, tech, arts, enrichment and outdoor adventure experiences. We take full advantage of our beautiful campus by offering several incredible overnight camps and a huge array of day camps for kids of all ages. Make the most of summer by making it a Baylor summer!

Website: http://www.baylorschool.org/summer/index.aspx

Cost & dates found in the links below: 

Sports Campshttps://www.baylorschool.org/summer/sports-camps

Enrichment Camps: https://www.baylorschool.org/summer/enrichment-camps

Day Camps: https://www.baylorschool.org/summer/day-camp

Overnight Camps: https://www.baylorschool.org/summer/overnight-camps

FIND OUT MORE! Give us a call: 423-757-2616

McCallie School Summer Camp

Description: McCallie offers a wide variety of summer camps and programs. The Boarding Camps, for boys only, include McCallie Sports Camp, Lacrosse Camp, Soccer Camp, Tennis Camp, Father-Son Weekend, Leadership Camp. There is also a wide variety of day camps, for an extensive list view the link for the Summer Camp Master Schedule or visit their website.

Cost:

Day camps: $375 per session

Boarding camps: vary by camp
Dates:

Day Camp: 

Session 1: June 3 – 7
Session 2: June 10 – 14
Session 3: June 17 – 21
Session 4: June 24 – 28
Session 5: July 8 – 12
Session 6: July 15 – 19
Session 7: July 22 – 26

Boarding Camp: vary by camp


To look at different camps click this link, http://mccalliesummercamps.com/
For more information call (423) 493-5886 or email camps@mccallie.org

 

Equestrian Camps

Mending Arrow Ranch

The goal at Mending Arrow Ranch is to provide a safe haven for our students. Each child has to deal with their own set of unique challenges. We want to give these children a way to experience healing and personal growth through the interactions with our horses.

All sessions are private – One on One with instructor. This way every lesson is adapted to each child’s individual’s needs.

Information: TBD

For more information about Mending Arrow Ranch visit their website: http://mendingarrowranch.org/

Phone Number; (423)-305-5586

Or email Kayla Davis at Kayla@mendingarrowranch.org

Scenic City Equestrian

Summer Camps - $350

Six weeks of choices! Max number of riders is 12 per week.  Additional activities provided to round the camper experience. 

Camps run from 9AM-4PM. 

If extended care needed, for an extra fee, hours available are 8-9 AM and 4-5 PM

 

Sessions:

06/03/2019 - 06/07/2019 Beginner Camp 1

06/10/2019 - 06/14/2019 Intermediate Camp 1

06/24/2019 - 06/28/2019 Intermediate Camp 2

07/08/2019 - 07/12/2019 Beginner Camp 2

07/15/2019 - 07/19/2019 Vaulting Camp

07/29/2019-08/02/2019 Therapeutic Riding Camp with Creative Discovery Museum

Reserve a spot today!

Event Camp - $375

06/17/2019 - 06/21/2019 for Intermediate/Advanced riders with their own horse, stalling available upon request

Reserve a spot today!

Spirit Horse-Eagles Rest Ranch Riding Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Description: SpiritHorse Day Camp at Eagles Rest Ranch holds an integrated camp for all ages and all abilities. Campers enjoy a fun filled, learning and supportive atmosphere! Campers enjoy Horseback riding with one staff member per 1-2 campers, team skills building activities, arts and crafts, and water sports. We have an Independence Strides saddle for our non-ambulatory riders. Camp includes horseback riding, team building social interactive activities, yard games, crafts, & water fun! Ages three and up.​

Location: Eagles Rest Ridge, Flintstone, Georgia. Camp is for ages 6 and up.

 

To register contact Ginger Brown 423-421-3205, or email ginger@eaglesrestranch.com

Website:  www.freedomranchga.com/summer-camp

Dates:

May 27-31

June 3-7

June 10-14

June 17-21

Cost: $250 per week

Limited participant slots on a first come basis

Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center

Description: Provides equine assisted therapies to individuals of all ages with physical, mental and emotional disabilities in a structured riding environment. Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center offers the Reinbow Riders Program for individuals with disabilities, the Taking the Lead Equine Assisted Learning Program for At-Risk Youth, and the Horses 4 Heroes Veterans Program. The center provides court ordered community service opportunities for juveniles and is primarily ran by volunteer support. Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center is the only PATH International Center in the Chattanooga/Cleveland area and is home to the Area 4 Special Olympics

Dates:

May 27-30
July 8-11 
July 22-25 
For more information call (423)339-2517 or visit their website: https://www.tristatetherapeuticriding.org/

 

Sports Camps

Green's Karate

Cost: TBD
Dates: TBD
For more information call (423) 432-5280 or email greenskarate@gmail.com

FREE Kids Summer Bowling

Description: Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the “Kids bowl free” program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time.

Cost: FREE
Dates: N/A
For more information call (423) 710-3530

More Information at https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5942

Scholarship Funds

 
Family Support Program

The Family Support Program provides funds for families who have kids with disabilities. These state funds can often be used to pay for summer camp fees. Click here to download the application and find out if you are eligible for funding. Or, call 423-664-5120.

 

Resources

Activity Tree

Description: The largest online resource for U.S. parents to find information on ONLY kid’s classes, camps, sports leagues, party places and fun spots. Our mission is to make it easy and affordable to get our nation’s children active in both body and mind. We offer parents an extensive, user-friendly marketplace to find activity information. Search by zip code, city or activity. We have deals! Several of our activity provider partners offer discounts on their programs. We fund and administer an activity scholarship program. ActivityTree makes it easier than ever before to get kids active!

Website: www.activitytree.com

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Camp Directory

Description: The Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital camp directory provides information on summer programs for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Most of the camps and programs listed are in the Middle Tennessee region. National camps serving children with chronic conditions are included for some specific conditions. 

Website: www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org

American Camp Association Southeastern Camp Directory

Description: Online search for camps accredited by the American Camp Association.

Website: http://find.acacamps.org/

AFFIRM Respite Programs

Description: Provides respite for families who have children with emotional/behavioral problems. To meet criteria, the family must reside in Hamilton County. Additionally, the child needs to have a documented mental health diagnosis or be demonstrating behavioral/emotional problems. If the child does not have a diagnosis, we administer the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and determine if they meet criteria for the program, based on their score. We can provide the respite service in the home or in the community, depending on the needs of the family and the functioning level of the child. A goal of our program is to try to help the family line up long-term respite resources, since our services last only 8-12 weeks for 2-4 hours per week.

Website: http://lifelinefamilies.org/project-affirm-caregivers-planned-respite-program/

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