If there's one season youngsters get excited about, it is summer, but parents often wonder how to keep them entertained. Fortunately, some of the best summer camps in Alaska are proximal to major cities and offer a variety of environments and activities to keep them occupied.
Alaska Botanical Garden Summer Camp
Youth ages 5–13 can enjoy countless unique experiences at the Alaska Botanical Garden Summer Camp during June and July. The gardens will be in full bloom, creating ample opportunities for exploration and education. The camps are available in half- and full-day options, and themes will change every weekly session. Children will have first-hand experiences learning about gardening, botany, cooking and nature-based art. They will explore concepts of stewardship, life skills and environmental awareness based upon their age and grade.
The Alaska Club Fun Camps
- Anchorage East Address: Alaska Club, 5201 E. Tudor Rd.
- Anchorage South Address: Alaska Club, 10931 O'Malley Centre Dr.
- Eagle River Address: Alaska Club, 12001 Business Blvd.
- Fairbanks Address: Alaska Club, 747 Old Richardson Hwy.
By far one of the largest summer respites for youth are the Alaska Club Fun Camps, which has four locations across the state and multiple types of camp activities for kids 5–11 years of age. The talented and trained staff knows how to keep kids moving with games, sports, swimming contests, exploration outings and even chances to lead age-appropriate activities. Youngsters are encouraged with weekly themes to try new ideas through guest instructors and field trips, and counselors are sure to include a few messy times to keep them engaged and inspired.
Camp Fire Alaska
Camp Fire Alaska has day camps and even a co-ed summer camp, but their most popular by far is Camp Si-La-Meo in Anchorage. Those who love to venture in the great outdoors will find the natural settings around the Alaska Pacific University campus to be ideal for young explorers. Join this unique camp for a week or longer from June to August, and watch kids' imaginations and skills grow through forest hikes, target sports, canoeing, swimming and much more.
Trailside Discovery Camp
- Anchorage Address: 1600 Lidia Selkregg Rd. Anchorage, AK
- Palmer Address: Spring Creek Farm, 6402 N Lossing Rd. Palmer, AK
Give kids an unforgettable summer experience at an award-winning camp known as Trailside Discovery Camp. With a location in Anchorage and one in Palmer, AK, this is not a typical summer camp by any means. Through high adventure experiences, outdoor education and skilled counselors, there are numerous opportunities for character building and leadership skills at Trailside Discovery Camp. There are scholarships available, and special programs during winter and spring breaks are offered as well.
Youngsters need not sit inside or nag parents all day with pleas of boredom with so many remarkable Alaska summer camps aiming to enrich young minds and keep them physically fit.