Summer Camps

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

 

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.

Camp Olywahoo: Garfield - Ages 6-11

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).

Camp Olywahoo: Lincoln - Ages 6-11

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). 

Sports for Life - Ages 6-11

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).

Sports for Life Mini Camp - Ages 4-6

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.

Kids Mini Camp - Ages 3-5

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). 

Afternoon Mini Camp


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.

Especially for Teens Camp - Ages 12-17

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). 

Leaders in Training - Ages 12-16

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.

Leaders in Training 2 - Ages 13-16

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.

Olympia Police Youth Academy - Ages 11-14

This camp is designed to give youth an introduction to law enforcement topics, skills and careers. Attendees will participate in a variety of classroom and hands-on activities related to policing.


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.

Kayak Camp - Ages 11-14

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.

Sand n' Sun - Ages 6-9

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).   

  • June 26-30 - Monday-Friday
  • July 17-21 - Monday-Friday
  • Sailing Camps

    J24 Youth Adventure Class- Ages 8-12"

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

    A.M. (8:30-Noon)

    P.M.

    J24 Teen Adventure Class- Ages 13-18; 1pm-4:30pm

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

    Jr. Sailing Opti 1 - Ages 8-12

    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!

    A.M. (8:30-Noon)

    P.M (1:00-4:30)

    Jr. Sailing Opti 2 - Ages 8-12

    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.

    Jr. Sailing Opti 3 - Ages 8-12

    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.

    Teen Dinghy 1 - Ages 13-18

    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.

    A.M. (8:30-Noon)

    P.M. (1:00-4:30)

    Girls Only

    Teen Dinghy 2 - Ages 13-18

    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.

    Girls Only

    Teen Dinghy 3 - Ages 13-18

    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.

    Rock Climbing Camp - Ages 12-16

    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)       

    Tread Head - Ages 12-17

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

    Variety Camp - Ages 6-8

    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).      

    Variety Camp - Ages 9-12

    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).


    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!

    Aqua Terra - Ages 13-17

    We will spend our days mountain biking in Capital Forest, kayaking on the Nisqually Delta, rock climbing at Lake Cushman and finally a Thursday overnight and raft trip near Mt. Adams.   

    Camp Cascadia - Ages 12-17

    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.

    Overnight Kayak Camp Adventure- Ages 12-16

    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.

    Volcanic Adventure - Ages 11-14

    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.

    Girls

    Boys


    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.

    Lets Talk: TV Studio Production - Ages 8-11

    Explore the fun and, sometimes unpredictable, nature of television talk shows. You can be the camera operator, run the audio board, or write the script. If you like the spotlight, be the host and interview a local personality. Students work in a state-of-the-art TV studio with professional cameras, lighting, and even a green screen, to make a local talk show.

    iPad Animation - Ages 8-11

    Use iPads to create your own animation using claymation, common objects, and paper cut-outs. You will experiment with sound production, editing and storytelling and use various techniques to tell an animated story. iPads with necessary software are provided.

    Movie Making - Ages 12-16

    Students will work through the process of making a short narrative movie from picking the script to casting the characters, then shooting and editing the final product. You?ll learn how to use cameras, audio, lighting, and special effects. By the end of the week, the team will have produced an original short movie.

    iPad Media Making - Ages 8-11

    iPads are powerful media production tools. You'll learn how to record and edit video, explore the magic of green screen, and create an original sound track. Have fun making wild sound effects, creating crazy images, and using creative techniques to enhance your iPad storytelling. Bring your imagination and challenge yourself. iPads with necessary software are provided.

    What's the Story? - Ages 12-17

    Field Production for News & Feature Stories. There?s a story to be told everywhere you look. Students in this class will learn how to use portable video equipment to shoot and edit news and feature stories. Students will work in teams to write and record news stories after researching a local event or issue. A field trip will take the class to conduct personal interviews with senior community members. The stories will be then used in a completed magazine-style program.

    Animation Overdrive - Ages 12-16

    Discover the diverse world of animation. Students will be introduced to several different animation styles. Experiment in stop-motion, 2-D and other forms. You can animate common objects, puppets and paper cut-outs. Explore sound production, editing, and story telling before producing an animated short.

    Let's Make a TV Show!

    In just one short week, students in this class will learn to make a magazine format television show using portable field equipment and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art television studio. Be in front of the camera as a reporter or host, or work behind the scenes running camera, audio or directing. Teams will write and produce short video segments that will be compiled into a completed magazine style program by week's end.


    Coding Class Coding With Kids Camps

     Coding camps are a great opportunity for children to expand their computational thinking skills while learning coding and developing programs and games.

    Game Development - Beginner

    In the Beginner Game Development camp, our tech-savvy instructors will introduce students to the core coding concepts at the heart of computer science. They will guide small groups of campers in creating an interactive story and/or a game of their own using the block-based, online programming language Scratch.

    Game Development - Intermediate Advanced

    This camp is for coders who are ready to take their game development skills up to the next level. Instructors serve as guides and coaches to small groups of campers as they build a more complex games of their own. These games will feature advanced concepts such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), game physics, or multiplayer functionality. After the camp has ended, campers will be able to share projects with family and friends and continue programming at home with their Coding with Kids Scratch account.    

    Little Coders

    Our Little Coders camp is an opportunity for young children to develop their computational thinking skills, build their first programs, and have fun with new friends! The curriculum is designed specifically for early readers and takes into account cognitive abilities as well as attention span typical for ages 5-7. Students are introduced to basic coding concepts in a variety of ways, from playing coding board games like Robot Turtles to programming their first games or interactive stories.

    Coding with Kids Python

    Is your emerging coder ready to learn a professional programming language? Python is a very versatile language that is widely used by software developers, as well as scientists or data analysts. Campers will be introduced to Python, gain valuable experience with key concepts like data structures and algorithms, and build several projects. The projects may include terminal-based games, data analysis, or web scraping.


     

    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 Multi Media Art Camp - Ages 5-8

    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.

    Art for Kids School Multi Media Art Camp - Ages 9-12

    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.

    Art in the Middle Ages and Today - Ages 8-12

    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.

    Art Discovery Sampler - Ages 8-12

    In this engaging class students will draw favorite animals, characters, still life, vehicles and more while learning fundamental art elements: line, shape, texture, color, value and space. Our fun projects are geared towards developing drawing and painting skills within each theme, while also encouraging individual creativity and expression. While many of the projects are guided, each student works with his or her own vision and produces a unique, finished piece. All supplies included in class fee.

    Draw Your Own Comic Book - Ages 8-12

    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.

    Kids Painting - Ages 8-12

    This is a great opportunity for students to learn to paint with acrylics. Students will have the opportunity to focus on a different subject to paint each day. The daily themes will include: landscape, animals, flowers, seascapes, and still lives. Lessons will cover the essential elements of good composition, accurate values, exciting color harmonies and expressive textures. All supplies included in class fee.

    Explorations in Watercolor Textures and Techniques - Ages 12-16

    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.

    FUNdamentals of Acrylics - Ages 12-16

    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.

    Manga - Ages 12-16

    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.

    Nautical Adventures in Art - Ages 8-12

    Hop aboard, artistic matey, and sail with us though the salty waters of the Puget Sound. Let's explore the ocean and all the beautiful and mysterious things in it. From sea urchins to starfish, sharks, seals, divers, mermaids and treasures will be found among the fanciful themes we will discover while creating fun projects such a beach treasure wreath, ocean creature sock puppet, collage beach scene, and much more! All supplies included in class fee.

    Recycled Art - Ages 12-16

    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.

    Sketchbook Drawing - Ages 12-16

    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.

    Pen, Brush & Ink Drawing - Ages 12-16

    Ink drawings are strikingly beautiful. In this class you?ll learn to use dip pens, brush pens, inking brushes, felt tip pens and calligraphy pens to create striking high-contrast images. You?ll learn how to do feathering, hatching, cross-hatching, and more. All materials and supplies included in class fee.

    Fantasy Fun - Ages 8-12

    Using their own imagined legends or being inspired from an enchanting fairy tale, students will build artistic skills using a variety of media, from drawings to paintings and sculpture to create a realm where woodland animals talk and mythical creatures roam amongst fairies, chimeras and dragons. All supplies included in class fee.

    Nature Lover's Art - Ages 8-12

    The forests, mountains and animals that we see around us will act as inspiration for our art projects. Whether you like butterflies, bats, or bugs, we will create paintings, sculptures and drawings related to the natural world. In some projects we will use natural items to create a work of art. The beauty that is all around us will find it's way into our art projects. All supplies included in class fee.


    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!

    Junior Robotics - Ages: 5-8

    Now using the new WEDO 2.0 wireless Bluetooth technology, you can turn your next motorized LEGO® creation into a robot programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do! Young builders can now create untethered robots such as zooming vehicles, walking animals, and spinning contraptions using drag-and-drop icon-based software to control them. This fun, action-packed week combines real-life skills with real-kid fun!

    Mining and Crafting Camp - Ages: 5-12

    Minecraft® is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out; make sure to build a shelter before that happens. Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO® bricks in this fun camp! Kids will start by crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters and tools using LEGO bricks and motors. Students will face new challenges each day, building models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game.

    Pocket Brick Monsters: Building in the World of Pokemon - Ages: 5-12

    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

    Brick City Engineers - Ages: 5-12

    Let's build a CITY! There are many different types of engineering jobs, and building is one of the most fun! What would a city be without the architects and engineers who come up with the ideas, plans and building skills to make it all come together? Campers will put their engineering and architecture skills to work as they build city themed models using LEGO® Bricks. The sky's the limit when campers are challenged to use their own ideas and skills to build a skyscraper taller than their heads!

    EV3 Robotics - Ages: 9-14

    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!

    Brick Film Maker - Ages: 9-14

    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.