Happy Camper


Wanting to adult a bit during your visit to Reno/Tahoe? Send the kiddos to one of the amazing day camps in the area! With a slew of options ranging from mountainside fun to science-focused activities and water play, we have just the recreational options peaking the interests of your little travelers. Here we’ll visit a few of our faves.

Biggest Little City enthusiasts

Activities for children abound in Reno and the surrounding areas. Be sure to check community calendars to find the perfect option. In the meantime, we can’t say enough good things about KIDS University at University of Nevada, Reno. Here they host a wide range of youth camps during the summer and school breaks throughout the year. Campers can choose between 47 weeklong camps designed to incorporate the academic STEAM components — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — with a  healthy dose of fun! kidsu.unr.edu

Do you have an archery enthusiast in the family? Definitely consider Explore Archery Camp at Wasting Arrows. During this half-day camp, participants will learn to shoot a bow; practice important skills including range safety and proper shooting form; play exciting games; and, earn achievement awards. Archers can use their own equipment or rent some from the product shop. wastingarrows.com  

If your child wants to be a bit more outdoorsy, Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Summer Camp offers education programs for students of all ages. The team of environmental educators plans and implements educational activities designed in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards. Great Basin Naturalists provides a quality outdoor experience emphasizing environmental science and stewardship. galenacreekvisitorcenter.org

Those foodies in the making will enjoy Farm Camp at Urban Roots. This outing provides an immersion experience where participants learn about everything from chickens and seedballs to permaculture and compost! Or, they can dive into the world of cooking where URGC’s little chefs will explore traditional dishes from every continent using farm-fresh ingredients. urgc.org

Escapades around the lake

South Lake Tahoe hosts a slew of fun day camps for the littles. Discovery Day Camp at Heavenly Mountain Resort offers pint-sized visitors an unforgettable day of nature, exploration, adventure and fun.  Children spend an entire day with rock star camp leaders exploring the great outdoors, all at the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort. The program is packed with a gondola ride, ropes courses, scavenger hunts, hiking, relay games, wilderness survival skills, and more! Half-day, full-day and multi-day packages available seven days a week. skiheavenly.com

At Camp Edgewood inside the brand new Lodge at Edgewood young travelers embark on days chock-full of everything from craft projects to story time to themed learning — while evenings bring about fun-filled movie nights and group games. Campers take their imagination outdoors, where they’ll explore Lake Tahoe, learn about the area’s native flora and fauna, and play with fellow young stewards of the land under Tahoe’s picturesque canopy of Ponderosa Pines. edgewoodtahoe.com

South Tahoe Adventure Recreation Camps provide an active, healthy and safe environment for youth to learn and play. The programs live up to thier slogan “No Child Left Inside” with a strong focus on inspiring the love for outdoors through authentic experiences in this beautiful natural playground. Daily activities at STAR Camps include hiking, biking, swimming, archery, ice skating, team sports, scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, arts and crafts, fun with science, visits from area specialist and themed events. Every Thursday they host Fun Trips where campers go on one-of-a-kind adventures providing opportunities to explore and learn about the history and environment of the area. cityofslt.us

For those crafty kiddos, Modern Makers in South Lake Tahoe is a great option. Here they can get creative painting canvases, fabric totes, ceramics, papier-mâché and wooden items of all shapes and sizes. Or, they can try their hand at stenciling, stamping, sewing and more. Head over on Wonder Wednesdays for a day filled with science and experiments. formodernmakers.com

For the youngest campers in Incline Village, E.P.I.C. Adventure Camps highlight the connections between art, literature, math and science through hands-on exploration of camp themes. E.P.I.C. Base Camp is a fun-filled, fast-paced environment for older children. While the sun is hot and the lake is cool, there is no better place to be a Tahoe kid than at Base Camp.   yourtahoeplace.com

Make your time in Reno/Tahoe memorable for the whole family! With a slew of options, there is certainly a camp fit for everyone. Just think of all the possibilities for some serious fun. While the children are away, you just may be able to sneak in some rest and relaxation or your own parents-only adventure. Have a great time happy camper!


By: Heidi Bethel