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There's lots to do during summer, 2021. Here are some of your choices for staying active and having fun this summer season.

Great Basin Naturalists Youth Exploration Camps

8 summer camp sessions from June 14 through August 6, 2021. Camps are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This summer, experience a portal to the wilder world - explore the Sierras, investigate the Great Basin, and get moving outside with hands-on, adventurous, outdoor exploration camps. Your child will experience, first hand, the beautiful Nevada environment just like the scientists do. Camps are for kids ages 8 to 12 and are held at Galena Creek Visitor Center. The cost is $237 per week, scholarshops available. You can sign up online after creating an account.

Youth Backcountry Camps from Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Dates for ages 14 - 17 are July 21 - 24, 2021. For ages 12 - 14, it's June 19 - 22, June 28 - July 1, and August 12 - 15, 2021. This is real camping summer camp for kids. Staff leads kids into the wilderness to share the joy and rewarding challenge of backpacking and wilderness survival through four day backpacking adventures. Participants come away with a sense of responsibility for the outdoors and develop confidence as they overcome a variety of challenges. To register online, visit the website and click on the dates of interest. At this time, however, all dates are full - you can join the waitlist. For questions, contact

Summer Art, Digital Art and Clay Camps for Kids at Nevada Museum of Art

Camps are in June, July and August, 2021. These are half-day art camps at the Nevada Museum of Art's E.L. Cord Museum School. Kids ages 7 to 12 will enjoy experimenting with clay, ceramics, digital and other art mediums and meet new friends during these half-day camps. Visit the website for camp details and online registration. The information phone number is (775) 329-3333.

Camp Discovery at The Discovery Museum

June 14 through August 13, 2021. The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum) offers a series of summer camps for kids from Kindergarten through 7th grade. There are numerous themes and sessions for various age groups - grades K, 1 to 2, 3 to 4, and 5 to 7. You can view the schedule and sign up online for Camp Discovery sessions. Get additional information from the "Camp Discovery FAQ". The Discovery is at 490 S. Center Street in Reno. The info phone is (775) 786-1000.

Summer Creativity Camps from Arts for All Nevada

Summer camps are in weekly sessions during June and July, 2021. Week-long art camps from Arts for All Nevada are offered at the Lake Mansion. Camps are in the mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and for kids 6 to 10 years. Refer to the "Classes, Camps and Events Calendar" for details, dates, and sign up information. Arts for All Nevada main location is the Lake Mansion, 250 Court Street in Reno. Call (775) 826-6100 for more information.

Summer Outburst from Sparks Parks & Recreation

Sessions are from June 14 to August 5, 2021. Summer Outburst is available to kids entering 1st through 6th grade and features fun-themed weeks with age appropriate activities, including arts and crafts, water play and active games. These activities are included in the registration fee. You can register online from the website or in person at the Recreation Office, 98 Richards Way in Sparks. Call (775) 353-2376 for more information.

Vacation Station Summer Camps from the City of Reno

Weekly sessions from June 10 through August 6, 2021. Reno's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers camps for kids with activities geared to kids ages 6 to 12.5 years. Be sure to check out the City of Reno camp information website to see what's going on. Get details about times, dates, fees and special COVID-19 information from the Camps for Kids website. Weekly registration only – there will be no daily rates. All participants must be pre-registered with a payment plan on file. Face coverings required for all participants. Call (775) 334-4280 for more information.

UNR College of Engineering Summer Camps

4 virtual camps from June 28 through July 30, 2021. The College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno is offering a Virtual Engineering Everywhere, Level 1 camp for 12 to 14 year olds and a Virtual Engineering Exploration, Level 2 camp for 15 to 18 year olds. These camps are introductions to engineering and include many of their engineering majors. They utilize Zoom, FlipGrid, pre-recorded videos, and live interactive sessions for participants. Camp will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the website for links to sign up for each of four sessions. The cost is $200.

Great Basin Outdoor School Summer Adventure Day Camp

Five weekly sessions from June 14 through July 23, 2021. Each day is a different outdoor, scientific theme and will include daily guest speakers from the community, crafts, experiments, and lots of time in the outdoors. Camp this summer will focus on geology, water, local ecology, climate change & sustainability, community service, and more. Takes place at the River School Farm in Reno, 7777 White Fir St. Cost is $225 for one child for one full week, with sibling discounts available. For kids aged 6 to 12. Visit the website to sign up or call (775) 324-0936 for more information.

Student Stewards Summer Science Camp

Weekly camps run from June 7 through August 6, 2021, with a different theme each week. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is sponsoring summer camps held outdoors at Idlewild Park in Reno. Camps are for kids 8 to 12 years old. Camps are STEAM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and will incorporate all of these things at camp, including outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts, and more. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours available. Online registration is available. (775) 410-1702.

KidScape Productions Summer Camps

Full play camp will run from July 12 - 16, 2021. KidScape camps focus on acting, theater and improv comedy. The full play camps are for kids ages 6 to 17 and summer improv camp is for ages 7 to 17. It will be June 21 - 25, 2021. All conclude with a performance to showcase what was learned. Visit the website for information about times, places and online registration. Call (775) 313-3900 for more information.

Musical Theater Summer Camp

June 21 - 25, 2021. For students ages 9 to 14. In this interactive musical theater camp, campers will have a blast performing the best of Broadway while practicing choreography, learning singing techniques, and developing a character. Each day's activities will include creative acting games, fun dance combinations, and belting out some tunes. First child is $225, with discounts available for multiple children from the same family. Online registration available. Presented by Sierra School of Performing Arts, 1380 Greg Street in Sparks. (775) 852-7740.

Brüka Theatre's 11th Annual YOUTH Performing Arts Summer Workshop

July 19 - 22 and 28 - 31, 2021. This camp open to 14 participants ages 12 to 18. Join us for a truly experimental and inspiring dramatic experience in which young artists are nurtured in a positive and creative theatre environment, This year's theme is "Midsummer Musings." Participants will create an original walking tour called "Midsummer Musings," adapting the work of Shakespeare to create a guided "pop up" tour at three main stays in the arts district. You can register fee-free by calling (775) 323-3221. Online registration is available from Eventbright.

Camp Wasiu on the Road with Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

June 11 through August 6, 2021. Camp Wasiu residential camp won't be happening. However, GSSN is offering a series of weekly virtual and in-person camp sessions and different locations throughout their council area. Online registration is available. Visit the website for details about activities each week and to register online. (775) 322-0642.

Camp Mesa Rim

June 14 - August 6, 2021. Each weekly camp session runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camps introduce young climbers (ages 7 to 13) to top roping, bouldering, yoga and other activities that build confidence. Under the guidance of experienced camp coaches, campers spend the day climbing and doing yoga. They'll learn how to tie knots, safety techniques, and how to belay other climbers. They'll also play fun, mentally challenging games and do arts and crafts. You can sign up online. Camps are at Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center, 970 Harvard Way in Reno. (775) 507-4255.

Camp Invention

June 14 - 18, July 13 - 17, June 21 - 25, 2021. At-home and in-person options available. Children (K - 6th grade) are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp Invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Sessions are at Hunsberger and Caughlin Ranch Elementary Schools in Reno, and Bethlehem Lutheran School in Carson City. Visit the website for more information and online registration.

The Discovery Museum, Reno, Nevada
Summer camps at The Discovery in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Acro Enso Summer Camps

Weekly sessions from June 14 through July 30, 2021. For kids ages 7+. Learn a variety of circus arts including, juggling, acrobatics, Cyr wheel, balance board, hula hoop, clowning, and much more. Your children will enjoy a truly unique experience that inspires personal expression, creativity, and fun healthy play. You can sign-up online. Acro Enso is at 601 E. 4th Street in Reno. (775) 357-9573.

Summer Camp at Brookfield School

Weekly sessions from June 21 through August 27, 2021. For preschool children (ages 8 weeks to 5 year) and those entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. Kids will experience all the fun summer camp experiences you would expect, like water play, field games, arts and crafts, bike and scooter riding and lots more. Brookfield School is at 6800 S. McCarran Blvd. in Reno. Visit the website to learn more and for online registration. (775) 825-0257.

Reno Aces Baseball Camp at Greater Nevada Field

Monday to Wednesday, August 2 - 4, 2021. The Reno Aces are welcoming the first 100 sign-ups to their three-day camp at Greater Nevada Field on Aug. 2-4, 2021, in partnership with Northern Nevada Baseball Club. Along with three days of instruction from two former MLB players, participants ranging in age from nine to 13 will receive a three-day clinic, a ticket to an Aces game and the opportunity to play at Greater Nevada Field with the ability to utilize a Major League-quality training facility. The Aces Baseball Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day with lunch included. The cost is $200. (775) 334-4700.

Summer Camps at Lake Tahoe and Other Nearby Areas

Lake Tahoe Music Camp

June 26 - 29 and June 29 - July 3, 2021. Lake Tahoe Music Camp is a sleep away camp committed to providing a memorable and exceptional musical education experience for music students (completing 6th – 12th grades). Lake Tahoe Music Camp will be held in two reduced capacity sessions to ensure the safety of all campers and staff. A day-only camper option will also be available. Situated on its own private beach, Lake Tahoe Music Camp offers jazz and classical music workshops, clinics, performances, one-on-one mentoring and instruction with award-winning University faculty, guest conductors and professional chamber and jazz musicians. In their free-time every afternoon, students can play basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, swim in the lake, canoe, kayak and participate in organized recreational activities. Visit the website for more details. Online registration is available. Due to limited space, registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. (775) 784-4278.

Summer Camps from Tahoe Expedition Academy

June, July, August, 2021. Tahoe Expedition Academy offers adventure and academic summer day camps and overnight backpacking for kids in Truckee and on Lake Tahoe's north shore. Held in week-long sessions, the summer camps focus on a variety of topics, all with an outdoor focus. They are available for kids ages 5 to 14 and divided by age groups. Online registration is available. Call (530) 414-9316 for more information.

Sugar Bowl Kids Summer Camps

Sugar Bowl Summer Camps for 2021 are sold out. You can join the waitlist if you like.

Camp Skylandia in Tahoe City

This series of camps offers something for kids ages 3.5 to 8th grade. Camps include Bambi-Buck-A-Roos, Kinder Campers, Skylandia Campers, and Counselors-in-Training. Visit the website for additional information and online registration. Sponsored by Tahoe City PUD on the shore of Lake Tahoe. (530) 583-3440.

Sierra Nevada Journeys Summer Camps

June 13 through July 30, 2021. Campers will be involved in educational and fun, adventurous activities like outdoor science learning, teamwork, and leadership. Each week offers a different camp theme, from basic summer camp activities to extreme adventures. There are camp sessions for ages 8 to 13 and 14 to 17. Camps are held at Grizzly Creek Ranch, 45 minutes north of Reno in Portola, CA. Get all the details from the "Summer Camp Handbook." For more information, call (530) 832-1085.

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