Five Summer Camps for Kids Living in Idaho

Summer vacation is vastly approaching. Your kids might be starting to dream about sleeping in late and being free to do whatever they want. While this sounds exciting now, generally, within the first few days of vacation, parents often start hearing “I’m bored,” or “There’s nothing to do.”

If this is the case, you might want to consider enrolling them in a summer camp. Summer camps can last anywhere from one week to several weeks and be a day-camp or sleep-away camp. Doing a Google search on the internet will bring up a list of available camps in your area. If you live in the Treasure Valley of Idaho, you’re in luck because there are several summer camp programs to choose from ranging from educational camps to sport and fitness camps. Below you will find five popular summer camps in Idaho that are sure to enrich your child’s summer.

Natural Resources Camp

This sleep-away camp is located in Ketchum, Idaho and is open to all kids 12-14 years old. Camp runs from June 27, 2011, to July 2, 2011. If you enroll your child before May 21st, the cost is $205. If you register after this date, the cost is $225.

Some of the things children learn about at camp are, but not limited to, wildlife living in the area and their habitats, how water and soil is collected, treated and distributed for various uses and about forests and rangelands that are important to our survival. Kids will partake in fun activities such as hiking adventures, fishing, nature games and archery. To learn more about this summer camp, visit http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/nrc/

Camp Invention

This is a week long summer day-camp open to children entering first through sixth grade. Your child will arrive daily at 9:00AM and be released at 3:30PM. These camps are located in Boise, Nampa, Coeur d’Alene, Eagle, Idaho Falls, McCall, Pocatello and Sandpoint. Prices for the week long camp vary by location.

This day camp will enrich your child’s creative side. They will be engaging in activities such as studying planets and designing shelters that would withstand the elements, investigate how small appliances work, fitness games and even a magic trick or two. To learn more about this camp, visit http://www.invent.org/camp/default.aspx

Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS)

BUGS is a seven week long summer camp running from June 15, 2011, to August 5, 2011, and is located in Boise, Idaho. Camp is held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00AM to 1:30PM. It’s open to all kids 10-15 years old. Fees for the seven week program are $250.

This camp teaches kids about the environment, food growth, food safety, proper nutrition and how to grow their own organic garden. To learn more about this camp, visit http://www.boiseurbangardenschool.org/

The Cabin Idaho Writing Camp

This summer camp is located in Boise, Idaho and is open to children in 3rd -12th grade. They offer one and two week programs with your choice of a morning or afternoon schedule. Depending upon which writing camp you choose and your child’s grade, fees will range from $125 to $190.

This writing camp will teach your child how to tap into their creative writing side and get them closer to becoming a published author. Your child will learn to write by experiencing places such as parks, art museums or the Boise River. To learn more about this camp, visit http://www.thecabinidaho.org/

The Little Gym

The Little Gym is located in Boise and Meridian. Camps are open for children three to eight years old. Camp sessions are offered for one day, a few days or over several full weeks and can be tailored to fit your schedule. Programs run for three hours and are filled with fun physical activities such as obstacle courses, group games and art and craft projects. They offer one free introductory class before signing up for a program. To learn more about their program, visit www.tlgboiseid.com or www.tlgeaglemeridianid.com

No matter which summer camp you choose, your child is sure to have an experience of a lifetime.