Camps

Explore more!  Come experience the amazing summer opportunities in your neighborhood community center and parks for all youth ages 3-17!  Options include Summer Day Camps from 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday, for ages 5-12, preschool camps and a host of other camps including Sports & Fitness, Performing Arts, Science and much, much more! Seattle Parks and Recreation is committed to providing relevant and responsive services that provide all youth the opportunities to have fun and continue learning throughout the summer months.  Please be sure to ask about scholarships and sibling discounts.

Camp Long Nature and Adventure Camps

Carbon Beach Exploration

Camp Long is a 68–acre forested park located in West Seattle and is one of Seattle’s best–kept secrets. Five miles of trails within the park boundaries are enhanced by a southern connection to the Longfellow Creek trail. Visitors can enjoy nature, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb or experience a low and high ropes course.

Camp Long’s Nature Quest Day Camps are a week–long adventure through different areas of West Seattle. Learn about history, outdoor survival, intertidal life, and Pacific Northwest forest ecology through games, hands–on activities, art projects, treasure hunts, and more! See below for descriptions of each week of camp. Please pay attention to where the camp is located each week. Some are at Camp Long and others are at different places throughout West Seattle.

All camps are for 7 to 12 year olds. Each week camp runs 9am – 4pm. Limited scholarships are available.

Camp Long Adventure Camps

Adventure Programs

Learn new skills and get outside your comfort zone. Learn about the environment, meet people from different schools, eat great food and have some FUN!

Carkeek Earthkeepers Day Camps

Bug Camp

Carkeek Park is a 216–acre natural area park in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle. It is the fourth largest park in Seattle with six miles of trails, 15 acres of tidelands and 1/5 of the park being wetlands. Visitors can explore lush forests, expansive meadows, creeks and beaches formed by the magical processes of water and time or touch time at the historic Piper’s Orchard.

Carkeek Park's EarthKeepers is a special summer day camp for exploring, learning and playing outdoors. We offer activities to foster friendship, learning, creativity and leadership. On any given day a camp participant may explore the beach, hike through the forest, play in a field, learn about nature or create art. Each week has different themes. These are described below.

All camps are for 6 to 12 year olds. Each week camp runs 9am – 4pm. Limited scholarships are available.

Community Center Camps

Many of our Community Centers hold summer camps for a variety of interests and ages. Find a Community Center in your area to see what they have to offer. 

Discovery Park Nature Daycamp

Discovery Park is a 550-acre urban green space located five miles northwest of downtown Seattle. It features eight miles of trails through four distinct habitats - pond, meadows, forest and saltwater beaches. It is the largest park in the city of Seattle and occupies most of the former site of Fort Lawton.

Discovery Nature Camps

The place Mother Nature could send her children

Give a child a week of Discovery Park Nature Daycamp and they will receive:

  • A journey into the worlds of Pacific Northwest plants and animals.
  • A romp through the meadow and a spin on a sand dune.
  • A dive into the unusual world of pond life.
  • Time to play and form bonds with nature and new friends.
  • A hands-on introduction to Seattle's largest park with the widest diversity of life.
  • The opportunity to experience animals in their natural habitats.
  • Five days of sharing with and caring for all living things.
  • The seeds for growing a lifelong relationship with the earth.

Nature Daycamp General Information

  • One week sessions run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for 4-6 year olds and 9 a.m. -3 p.m. for 6-12 year olds.
  • Camper to Environmental Educator ratios are 10:1 for ages 6-12, and 8:1 for ages 4-5.
  • Children are guided by trained professional Environmental Educators.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Before and After Camp Programming for ages 6-12 is available.

Comments from Nature Daycamp Families:

"(My Child) seemed to be bubbling over with enthusiasm every day about what he did/learned at camp."

"There's been a lot of habitat talk around our house."

"Thanks for another great year! You all are exceptional, dedicated, and inspiring!"

"(My child) was a constant source of information about things she learned at camp-metamorphosis, digestion, fir cones, energy from food. It just poured out her and it continues to spurt out all year!"

Magnuson Park Summer Camps

Magnuson Park is home to over a dozen organizations offering camps in a variety of areas. From art and athletics to sailing and science, everything your campers need for a terrific summer is right here. Summer vacation is the time to discover new interests and build skills. Magnuson Park has a variety of camps to choose from. Interested in nature programs? Check out the Magnuson Park Nature Programs website for more information.

Sailing Camps

Camps by Interest

Arts, Culture and Educational

Creative Coding 4 Kids
Teaching kids the joy of coding computers by helping them write their own customized computer games.

GreenStage Youth Summer Camps
Doing it the Bard way.

Red Ochre Studio
For children ages 7 - 11 an exciting week of creative art exploration of drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, fused glass and ceramics.

Seattle Musical Theatre
Be part of a full musical theater production in Magnuson's historic theater.

Environment and Science

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of nature

Magnuson Nature Programs
Growing a love of gardening and nature, for children ages 4-12, using the whole park as our outdoor classroom.

Seattle Audubon
Nature Camp emphasizes fun, experiential outdoor activities that instill an appreciation for nature.

NOAA Science Camp
Held at NOAA's Seattle Sand Point facility each July, NOAA Science Camp offers opportunities for middle school students to explore marine sciences, and for high school students to gain experience in leadership and teaching.

Seattle Junior Mountaineers Camp
Seattle area youth ages 6-12 are invited to join The Mountaineers for a fun-filled week that includes field trips. Led by knowledgeable and skilled volunteers, youth learn basic climbing, navigation, hiking and safety skills, kayaking and earth stewardship.

Indoor Sports and Recreation

Tennis Camp

Arena Sports
Kids ages 3-12 stay actively involved in fun, safe sports and games, while learning teamwork and sportsmanship.

Tennis Center Sand Point
Beginners to advanced, tennis rain or shine. Outdoor Sports and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation
A variety of camps for all ages and interests.

Sail Sand Point
Experience sailing and paddling for the first time, learn how to race, or just play on the water with friends.

Cascade Bicycle Club
Super fun and educational bike camps for ages 6 -15.

Outdoors for All
Join the fun with Outdoors for All's Day Camps! Sessions run all summer long for campers between the ages of 5 - 21 years-old. Though our camps are specialized for children with disabilities they are open for campers of all ability levels. Activities include hiking, cycling, kayaking, excursions, and more!

YMCA
Available for ages 5-12 years old, Y kids stay active and stretch in new ways at summer camp. Whether it's learning a new skill or game, working on a project with new-found friends, or just enjoying some undirected play time, camps provide room to grow and help kids build resilience and confidence.

Disc NW - Ultimate

Many camps are half-day. Mix and match for a full day of fun.

Camps by Time of Day

Morning Camps

CampsTime
Arena Sports 8 am - Noon
Cascade Bicycle Club 10 am - 2 pm
Coding 4 Kids Each week-long camp consists of
5 half-day classes. Please visit our website for more details. Morning session
Drop off between 8:45am - 9:30am
Pick up between 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Magnuson Nature Programs 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Red Ochre Studio 9 am - Noon
Sail Sand Point 9 am - Noon
Tennis Center at Sand Point 8:30 am - 11 am

Afternoon Camps

CampsTime
Arena Sports 1 pm - 4 pm
Cascade Bicycle Club 10 am - 2 pm
Coding 4 Kids Each week-long camp consists of
5 half-day classes. Please visit our website for more details. Afternoon session
Drop off between 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Pick up between 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Red Ochre Studio 1 pm - 4 pm
Sail Sand Point 1 pm - 4 pm
Tennis Center at Sand Point 11 am - 1 pm; 3:30 pm - 6 pm

All Day Camps

CampsTime
Arena Sports 8 am - 4 pm
Cascade Bicycle Club 9 am - 3 pm
Magnuson Nature Programs 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
NOAA Science Camp 9 am - 4 pm
Outdoors for All 9 am - 3 pm
Red Ochre Studio 9 am - 4 pm
Sail Sand Point 9 am - 4 pm
Seattle Audubon Regular day is 9 am - 3:30 pm; morning extended care from 8 am - 9am; afternoon extended care from
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.
Seattle Junior Mountaineers Camp 8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Our Partners

The following organizations offer summer camp programming. Please check their websites for more details.

Sports Camps

Our low cost and FREE sports camps offer a fun and positive experience for your child's inner athlete. We will divide kids into groups based on age/ability level, and have a great time working on age-appropriate fundamentals that will incorporate fun competitions, games, races and scrimmages. Our camps are designed for kids ranging from the very beginner to the seasoned athlete. All kids can expect to improve their skill level! Please bring a sack lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen and dress appropriately for the weather (layers). Space is limited in these camps so register early. E-13 and signed concussion form due at registration and must be sent to the Youth Athletics office.