Summer Camps

Summer is winding down

If no camps are available in the drop down menu, it is because their dates have passed and no further opportunities are available this year.  But do come back in 2017 for another fantastic slate of camps for the summer!

Experience Summer With Us!

raftingAre you looking for fun, safe and AWESOME options for summer? Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has camps and programs for every interest and age level!

Browse the camp listings below and when you find one you like click the link for more details and to register online.  If you want to plan specific weeks of the summer, check out our Week by Week listing of all camps this summer.

What to do when camps are full

Many camps fill early.  Please consider placing your name on the wait list.  We do have many customers change plans throughout the summer and we WILL call you when your space in line comes up.

Have questions?

Call us at 360.753.8380 and we will be happy to assist you.


youth campYouth Camps

Traditional, site based camps that provide fantastic staff supervising great kids. Your child is gauranteed to have a blast in a safe and welcoming environment with these camps.

The best summer day camp around! Camp Olywahoo! offers sports, games, arts & crafts, music and other activities in a well-structured and fun environment. Weekly themes set the stage for games, summer projects, field trips and summer reading. Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30).

The best summer day camp around! Camp Olywahoo! offers sports, games, arts & crafts, music and other activities in a well-structured and fun environment. Weekly themes set the stage for games, summer projects, field trips and summer reading. Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30). 

 

  • August 22-26
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    Learn basic skills in a non-competitive environment from our excellent team of coaches. In addition to skills, drills and games, we will have exciting components on self-esteem, positive attitudes and sportsmanship. Locations vary.  Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30).

    Learn basic skills in a non-competitive environment from our excellent team of coaches. In addition to skills, drills and games, we will have exciting components on self-esteem, positive attitudes and sportsmanship. Participants will learn the basics of soccer, t-ball and basketball.

    Is your child in need of some fun? Look no further! Sharing, turn-taking and positive communication are developed around weekly themes through stories, music, art, games, snacks and play time! 9:30-Noon each day unless a PM week is noted (1pm-4pm). 


    teen campTeen Camps

    Looking for a cool place to hang during the dog days of summer? Chill staff will help you cruise through your time off with some cool trips and projects.

    This camp is nonstop action! Activities include swimming, bowling, rock climbing and much, much more!Camp will depart from and return to our base camp at Jefferson Middle School. Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30). 

  • August 22-26
  • This program is great for graduates of Day Camp and teens looking for leadership opportunities! Leaders in Training learn leadership skills, age-appropriate games, activities and projects while working with younger campers. Participants will learn teamwork, how to be a good role model, and other essential skills with help from our experienced day camp staff and special guests. activities.  Successful completion of this training qualifies participants to volunteer in our summer camp program for up to two weeks.

    If you are a former LIT that wants to fine tune their leadership skills, this camp allows for development while working with our Camp Olywahoo Lincoln Day Camp.  This course is mandatory for returning LIT's under 14, and open for all returners under age 17.



    outdoor campOutdoor Camps

    We offer a variety of weekly outdoor camp programs. Safety conscious staff lead these camps for those that who want to be active and experience the world around them.

    Learn to kayak at Budd Inlet.We provide all of the equipment you will need to get started. This camp includes an environmental stewardship element. Some weeks include field trips to Nisqually delta or American Lake! This camp will teach you all of the basics to get you on your way! Camp hours are 9-4 each day.  No extended care available for this camp.

  • August 22-26
  • Join us on this ever popular camp! We will visit a new beach each day exploring tide pools, flying kites, playing in the surf and building sandcastles. Bring your own kite, shovel and bucket! Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30). 

         

    This course is for beginner to advanced sailors and provides experience in a larger boat.

    This course is for beginner to advanced sailors and provides experience in a larger boat.

    This camp is designed for beginning sailors. Participants will learn boat set up, navigation, trip preparation and much more. Join other young sailors and see what fun sailing can be, all while trying out a variety of sailboats!

  • Multiple weeks throughout the summer!
  • If you have done some sailing in the past, sailed on larger boats or just want to learn more about sailing, then this camp is for you! Junior Jibers gain a solid foundation through United States Sailing Certified Instructors who will lead you in a range of activities from destination sailing, racing and sailing a variety of boats.

  • Multiple weeks throughout the summer!
  • Intermediate/Advanced students who have had at least one class of Sailing School at OYC will review the basics, learn to sail their boat on all points of sail, and practice proper tacking and jibing. All students explore the bay and surrounding areas while making new friends and learning new skills. Participants must know how to swim and will be asked to complete a 25-foot swim test without a PFD.

    Sailors will sail a 2-person Vanguard which is a popular youth sailboat across the world.  Perfect class for a teen that is a first time sailor.

    Sailors continue to improve their sailing ability.  Sailors should register for Teen Dinghy 2 if they have taken Teen Dinghy 1 or multiple sailing courses.

    This course is intended to be an unintimidating introduction to racing sailboats. Students will learn boat-handling techniques, starting, rules, tactics, and more, with a fun regatta on the last day of the class.  Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one class of Sailing School at OYC, and/or be comfortable demonstrating basic sailing maneuvers, i.e. steering, tacking/jibing, and docking.

    Learn the basics or improve techniques and skills in our Rock Climbing Camps. You will learn what knots to tie and when, belaying, proper use of harness and gear, as well as all safety concepts. Then we head to the Warehouse Rock Gym and Lake Cushman for hands on experience. Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30).

         

    This awesome mountain bike camp highlights safe trail riding techniques, trail etiquette and basic maintenance. Explore Capitol Forest trails and other local areas.

    Have an outdoor adventure this summer! Activities may include hiking, sea kayaking, canoeing, swimming, rock climbing and more! Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30).

         

    Have an outdoor adventure this summer! Activities may include hiking, sea kayaking, canoeing, swimming, rock climbing and more! Camp hours are 9-4 each day. Early drop-off/late pickup is available (7:30 - 5:30).

     

  • August 22-26
  • August 29-September 2
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    overnight campOvernight Camps

    Is it time to escape the nightly routine at home? Want to go explore places longer than a day trip allows? We've got some awesome options for you!

    Campfires, sing-alongs, hiking, swimming, challenge course and more.  An overnight camp for boys and girls entering 5th, 6th and 7th grade (Fall 2016).

         

    Make your summer memorable! Join Lacey, Tumwater and Olympia Parks and Recreation Departments for an experience you will not forget. Held at Camp Cascades on the picturesque Elbow Lake, this week long adventure is packed full of thrilling outdoor activities including: swimming, hiking, canoeing, team games, competitions, sports, campfire stories, crafts, skits, songs, and more.

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    Participants will spend the first two days of camp preparing and planning for a 2-night overnight kayak trip in local waters (South Sound).  Campers will learn about trip planning, packing a kayak, navigation and much more.

    Get ready to view Mt. St. Helens from a new angle. Join us on this outstanding annual camp out! During this 3-day trip, you will explore the Ape cave, swim in Yale reservoir and have a blast camping at Cougar camp.

         

    We will spend our days mountain biking, kayaking and rock climbing.  The last two days are an overnight raft trip on the White Salmon River in the Mt. Adams area


    Multimedia CampMultimedia Camps

    We've partnered with Thurston Community Television (TCTV) to offer camps focused on technology in media communication. All camps are half days, morning or afternoon.

    Discover the diverse world of animation. Experiment in stop-motion, pixilation and other forms. With stop-motion animation you don’t need to draw! You animate objects, puppets, and paper. Experiment with stop-motion animation, sound production, editing, and storytelling techniques before producing your animated story.

    Go on a unique digital-adventure each day. Day 1 includes underwater and interplanetary explorations. Day 2 is all about audio, editing and story. On day 3 you’ll create a documentary film. Then day 4 make your own talk show, and on day 5 create a fictional news show. With costumes and digital sets, adventurers create unique worlds of their own.

    This is a NEW class that will teach you apps for green-screen, color correction and capturing high-tech video.  Have fun making wild sound effects, creating crazy images, and using camera angles to enhance your iPad storytelling. Bring your imagination and challenge yourself.  iPads provided.

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    Have fun exploring the dynamic and unpredictable nature of studio-talk show production.  Gain experience working in a high-tech TV Studio complete with green-screen and robotic-cameras.  Be a host, personality and/or technician.  Produce a factual talk show with local celebrities and a fictional talk show featuring characters you make up.

    Discover the diverse world of animation. Experiment in stop-motion, pixilation and other forms. With stop-motion animation you don’t need to draw! You animate objects, puppets, and paper. Experiment with stop-motion animation, sound production, editing, and storytelling techniques before producing your animated story.

    Learn to make news in the field and studio - from in front of and/or behind the camera. Explore the fast-paced and diverse art of live news as an anchor, weather reporter, art critic, or sports commentator. If you prefer backstage - be a floor director, sound mixer, or camera operator. Create your own breaking news show live at the end of the week.

    Gain experience working as talent or a technician in a high-tech TV Studio and in the "field". 


    Art CampArt Camps

    Have a budding artist on your hands? These specialty classes and camps will help your child gain a new appreciation for the arts and hone the skills they already have.

    Art for Kids School (AFKS) is back again! AFKS is a well-established multimedia fine art program held in 11 school districts in Washington. This multimedia camp promotes self-esteem and creative exploration with various materials. Students will use the following: charcoal, pen & ink, acrylics, and soft & oil pastels.

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    Art for Kids School (AFKS) is back again! AFKS is a well-established multimedia fine art program held in 11 school districts in Washington. This multimedia camp promotes self-esteem and creative exploration with various materials. Students will use the following: charcoal, pen & ink, acrylics, and soft & oil pastels.

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    Explore medieval art and its influence in today's time! Your projects will include creation of a contemporary coat of arms, illuminated page, gargoyle sculpture, simple woven tapestry, and faux stain glass design. You will also learn about contemporary artists who combine text, symbols and images in altered books and create an altered book of your own!  All supplies incuded in class fee.

    Through the use of paint, pastels, watercolors and other materials, we will explore nature from Aardvarks to Zebras and beyond. You will be guided through step-by-step drawing and painting techniques that include subject development using basic shapes, shading, blending, and the development of an environment/background.  All supplies included in class fee.

    Have you been wondering if you could come up with your own super characters or silly family? Join this class to draw, doodle, and have oodles of creative fun! Learn how to develop your ideas into a story line which then is translated into character studies for your comic strip. Get the ideas out of your head and into reality through basic drawing, sequencing, writing, production and character development techniques.  Students should bring a drawing pad, pencils and erasers.

         

    Learn techniques for the relief print making process using the flexibility and ease of linoleum. A relief is achieved by carving into the surface using special tools to leave raised images. These images are then inked and printed without a press to create a dynamic and textured print that can have many layers and colors. Students have the option of creating a multi-block image or themed cards to exchange with students to complete a whole edition. All materials and supplies included in class fee.

    Students will explore 25+ techniques for achieving textures and special effects in their watercolors. Some techniques include:  colored pencils in the wash, ink line, markers, salt, wax paper, crayon, and other materials with the washes, both while wet and when dry. After making a reference sampler the students will complete paintings combining 5 or 6 different techniques. All supplies provided.

    This class is designed to take you from "Start to Finish" in the FUNdamentals" of accomplishing an acrylic artistic endeavor! "How To's" include planning, thumbnails, composing and executing a painting with subject matter of still life, portrait, landscape, seascapes and cloudscapes.  All supplies included in class fee.

    Are you a fan of anime and manga? In Japan, people of all ages read manga "whimsical pictures." If you're interested in learning to draw in black and white manga style - then this is the class for you! Illustrate your action-adventure, comedy, or fantasy writing in a single episode - to be continued in the next issue or collection of stories. Basic drawing skills and more that you need to know to develop your characters and storyline.  Please bring a sketchbook and pencils to class.

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    Based on an ocean theme, you will explore art materials and create fun projects such a papier mache fish, beach treasure wreath, ocean creature sock puppet, collage beach scene, mono print "swimmy" type story and much more! All supplies included in class fee.

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    Join us for this daily camp where you will create a series of collages using a variety of materials - this is recycled art at its best! Come prepared to learn the basics of collage, materials and techniques in a supportive environment. Emphasizing fun - collage is a spontaneous art! Enjoy finding and sorting objects, bits and pieces in the most unlikely places and putting a puzzle together. All supplies included in class fee.

    Comprehensive drawing skills are taught in conjunction with student selected subject interest. You will have the opportunity to design long term projects while also being taught the skills needed to express yourself visually. Drawing exercises include: upside down drawing; contour and gesture drawing; the value scale and blending techniques; and using a basic unit and sighting. You will use a variety of media: graphite/pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and a variety of paper in accord with the media to illustrate the subject matter of your choice. All supplies included in class fee.

    Calling all artists, doodlers and pen-wielding daydreamers! Using design principles and elements, you will create fun patterns and textures. Finished drawings can be plain black and white or you can add a little color to some or all of your designs. All supplies included in class fee.

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    lego sceneBricks 4 Kidz Camps

    Does your child love to build? Our Bricks 4 Kidz campers will use LEGO® bricks to build their favorite characters, make working robots, or even film their own LEGO® movie!

    How would you like to turn your next LEGO® creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? Junior Robotics camp offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming! Using drag-and-drop icon-based software provides an introduction into the world of computer-programming and robotics that will equip children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace.

    Steve is jumping for joy as he introduces the newest members of his Minecraft® world. Whether or not your child has attended our first camp, reward them with the creativity and excitement this new camp has to offer. Campers will be challenged to bring their virtual designs to life by building new mob figures, mosaics and custom models, incorporating LEGO® Bricks.

    Ever wonder what your pets do while you are at school? Join Max, an adorable dog and Snowball the rabbit on this fun and furry adventure. Then, dive to the depths of the ocean with Dory to help her search for her family. Build other favorite aquatic movie sea life as well. In addition to imagining what pets do when left alone, build various critters, including motorized buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies and more. Show off your take-home handbook displaying all the brick critters you built at this exciting camp

    Get ready for a building quest that will take you on exciting missions around the globe! Encounter worst case scenario survival brick challenges in the snowy Norwegian forest aboard Sven’s sleigh. Venture to Queen Elsa’s secluded brick ice castle. Explore far away kingdoms as your favorite brick knight for resources needed to construct a base camp to complete your quest. Build a lava launcher to defeat the evil jester. Do you have what it takes to go on an extreme explorer quest?

    Experience the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics. Students will be captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by using a computer to program their commands and download them into the intelligent brick. Celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics by building a flipping gymnast, testing your skills against a robot soccer goalie, or a creating a computer controlled cheering spectator. Our endless list of builds is sure to provide the complete fundamental components of robotics at best!

    Lights, cameras, LEGO® action! Use LEGO® bricks to tell YOUR story, complete with music, special effects and all your favorite LEGO® mini- figure characters! In this unique and creative camp, students will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie using Stop Motion Animation. Working as a team, students will use LEGO® components to build the set and props, shoot their movie using a camera, and add special effects, titles, credits and more using movie-making software. When the movie is complete, campers will impress friends and family with a screening party on the last day of camp. Don’t miss your chance to be a movie producer!


    Kid playing at Lions ParkFREE Summer Lunch Program & SKIPP

    Everybody 18 and under can get a free lunch all summer long at Garfield Elementary School and Madison Elementary School. After lunch kids ages 6-12 can attend SKIPP and enjoy free supervised activites.

    Learn more on our SKIPP & Summer Lunch Program page.