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Coronavirus update: Camps may or may not be operating. Check directly with your camp(s) of interest to determine whether or not it's a go for summer 2020.

Great Basin Naturalists Summer Exploration Camp

The regular weekly summer camp has been canceled. In its place is "Camp-In-A-Box," a new program that brings the fun of camp to your home. Each box includes 25 educational, STEAM lessons and 10 crafts. All materials to complete the activities are included in the box. Campers will receive an interactive camp journal, a Great Basin Naturalists t-shirt, a daily suggested schedule, supplemental staff videos to support campers during their lessons, and a parent guide which will help you navigate your child's camp week. Each box is $125. This program also replaces the teen summer opportunities at Galena Creek. Boxes are available for both youth and teens. You can register online to receive your boxes in the mail. For more information, call (775) 849-4948.

Youth Backcountry Camps from Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Dates for ages 14 - 17 are July 27 - 30, 2020. For ages 12 - 14, it's August 11 - 14, 2020. 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. For questions, contact

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

Camps are in June, July and August, 2020. These are half-day art camps at the Nevada Museum of Art's E.L. Cord Museum School. Kids ages 7 and up (varies by camp) 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 8 through August 7, 2020. 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 Outburst from Sparks Parks & Recreation

Sessions are from June to August, 2020. Summer Outburst is available to kids entering 1st through 4th grade and features fun-themed weeks with age appropriate activities, including arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, bowling, active games, Wild Island water slides and golf, skating, special guests and more. 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.

SO2 Camp - This camp is for kids entering 5th and 6th grades. Sessions are at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th Street. This camp has the same type of age-appropriate activities as Summer Outburst. More information about all Sparks youth programs is available from the "Sparks Recreation Activity Guide."

Camps for Kids from the City of Reno

Weekly sessions from June 8 through August 7, 2020. 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. Call (775) 334-4280 for more information.

KIDS University at UNR

Pending dates are July 6 - 31, 2020. Kids University hosts a wide-range of youth camps during the summer and school breaks throughout the year. Choose from themed, weeklong camps designed to incorporate the academic STEAM components — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — with a healthy dose of fun. Camps are for kids grades 2 through 8. Camps are taught by certified teachers, graduate students and experts in their fields. Online registration features a full list of camps, dates, times and fees. For more information, call (775) 784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928.

2020 Wolf Pack Sports Camps

July, 2020. Spring sports camps have been canceled. Choose from 11 camps in a variety of sports. Boys and girls of all ages and abilities are invited to join Wolf Pack coaches and players for full-day, half-day and overnight camps including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball and cheer. Each camp has its own information page on the Wolf Pack Camps website.

UNR College of Engineering Summer Camps

4 virtual camps from July 6 - 31, 2020. In-person engineering camps have been canceled. Instead, they are offering virtual camp experiences throughout the month of July free of charge. Visit the website for specific dates and details about each camp. The age for this virtual camp will be 12 to 14. Online registration pending.

Great Basin Outdoor School Summer Break Day Camp

Three weekly sessions, June 15 - 19, June 22 - 26 and June 29 - July 3, 2020. Camps feature fun hands-on science, wildlife ecology, hiking, recycled art, and more. Takes place at the River School Farm in Reno, 7777 White Fir St. Cost is $205 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 8 through August 7, 2020, with a different theme each week. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is sponsoring summer camps based at Idlewild Park in Reno. Camps are for kids 8 to 12 years old. Camps are STEAM based (stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and will incorporate all of these things at camp, including outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts, all emphasizing fun. 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

June 22 - 26 (tentative), June 29 - July 3, July 6 - 10, July 20 - 24, 2020. KidScape camps focus on acting, theater and improv comedy. The full play camps are for kids ages 6 to 17 and the long form improv camp is for ages 7 to 17. 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.

Stranger Things Theater Camp

July 20 - 24, 2020. For students ages 9 to 15. Spend a week improving your acting skills with a unique creative twist. Explore fun and unusual ways of getting to "The Upside Down" of theater. In addition to learning a traditional acting approach, we will incorporate improvisation, mask work, role and gender reversals, and other important techniques. At the end of the week, in lieu of inviting an audience, we will record the show so friends and family can see it. First child is $225, with discounts available for multiple children from the same family. Online registration available. Presented by Sierra School of Performing Arts in Sparks. (77) 852-7740.

Camp Lotsafun

Week of July 6, 2020. Camp Lotsafun is operated by Amplify Life, a non-profit organization in Reno "dedicated to providing recreational, therapeutic, and educational programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities." There are events and programs for combinations of children, teens, and adults. Summer camps are held at Eagle Lake in northern California. For more information, call (775) 827-3866.

Camp Wasiu II with Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

All camps canceled for 2020. Camp Wasiu II is a traditional residential camp located in Sierra City, CA in the Tahoe National Forest, serving girls entering 1st grade up through high school. Girls have the opportunity to participate in canoeing, standup paddleboard, arts & crafts, hiking, campfire, outdoor cooking, disc golf, swimming and other fun camp activities. You don't have to be a Girl Scout to come to this camp, you just have to be a girl. Online registration is available. Get the full story from the "Summer Camp 2019" guide. (775) 322-0642.

Camp Mesa Rim

June 8 - August 7, 2020. 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 15 - 19, July 13 - 17, July 20 - 24, 2020. Includes both virtual (at-home) and in-person camps. 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, Edward W. Van Gorder Elementary School in Sparks 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

Summer Camp at Brookfield School

Weekly sessions from June 15 through August 21, 2020, plus a special week session August 24 - 28, 2020. For preschool children (ages 1 to 4) and those entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. Kids will experience quality science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) instruction on campus and distance learning. Topics include Under the Sea, All Across America, Rainforest and Jungles, Mischief and Magic and more. Brookfield School is at 6800 S. McCarran Blvd. in Reno. You can register online. (775) 825-0257.

Summer Camps at Lake Tahoe and Other Nearby Areas

Lake Tahoe Music Camp

Canceled. June 28 - July 4, 2020. The 64th annual Lake Tahoe Music Camp invites 7th through 12th grade student musicians to participate in a week of music-making, workshops, performances, and fun like basketball, volleyball, swimming, kayaking and more. The overnight camp is held at the Nevada State 4-H Camp in Stateline, Nevada, on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Sessions are conducted by award-winning UNR faculty and regional educators, guest conductors, professional chamber and jazz musicians, and more. Camp brochures and registration information are available online, at UNR School of the Arts/3048, KNPB Building, 1670 N. Virginia Street, or by calling (775) 784-4278. Due to limited space, registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer Camps from Tahoe Expedition Academy

June 17 - August 16, 2020. Tahoe Expedition Academy offers adventure and academic summer day camps 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 4 to 15 and divided by age groups. Online registration is available. Call (530) 414-9316 or (530) 414-9437.

Sugar Bowl Kids Summer Camps

July 13 - 17, July 20 - July 24 and July 27 - 31, 2020. Camp Sugar Bowl summer camps are an opportunity for school-aged children to engage in experiential learning, master outdoor sporting skills and gain a deeper understanding of the natural environment. Camps are tailored to specific age groups ranging in age from 4 to 15. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, nature art, storytelling and yoga. You can register online or call (530) 426-9000 for information.

Camp Skylandia in Tahoe City

June, 2020 sessions for Camp Skylandia are cancelled. Visit the website for updates. This series of camps offers something for kids ages 3.5 to 16. Camps include Banbi-Buck-A-Roos, Kinder Campers, Skylandia Campers, counselor training and after camp. Sponsored by Tahoe City PUD on the shore of Lake Tahoe. (530) 583-3440.

Sierra Nevada Journeys Summer Camps

Canceled. 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 "Sierra Nevada Journeys Summer Camp Handbook." For more information, call the Reno office at (775) 355-1688.

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