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Discover, Learn And Have Fun - Truckee Summer Camps For Kids

Alex Silgalis
April 5, 2023
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Build your kid’s confidence. Introduce them to the great outdoors. Make this their greatest summer ever and sign your kids up to one of Truckee’s amazing summer camps. And while they’re creating friendships and building character, you can have some “me” time by exploring Truckee and its surroundings creating lifelong memories of your own.

Tahoe Summer Camps hosted by Tahoe Expedition Academy

Primitive Skills Camp. Photo Courtesy: Tahoe Summer Camps/Tahoe Expedition Academy

Sign them up to become a blacksmith. Spark their sense of adventure by venturing into the backcountry on a backpacking trip. Inspire your child to become a future problem solver as they build actual robots. Tahoe Summer Camps hosted by Tahoe Expedition Academy provide a vast curriculum of options for you to pick from. Instructed by the very best backcountry and climbing guides, artists, professional-educators, professional-athletes and coaches, you’ll be glad you did.

Tahoe Adventure Company

Look no further if you’re searching for an outdoor adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Go for a natural history hike or shove off in a kayak on the glassy waters of Lake Tahoe. Sample the world-class mountain biking surrounding Truckee. No matter if your little ones are under 5 or teenagers, they’ll help find the right family adventure that suits your entire family so that EVERYONE enjoys the day.

Truckee-Donner Recreation And Park District

Set your children up for an epic Tahoe summer that is brimming with adventure, fun, and learning. Each day is filled with wondrous activities such as whitewater rafting,  visiting a trampoline park, testing their mettle in a ropes course, or just good ole fashioned hiking. Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District offers summer camps for all ages, interests and abilities.

Gateway Mountain Center

Immerse your kids in the great outdoors as part of Gateway Mountain Center’s week-long summer camps. Their adventure summer camp formerly known as Camp Sugar Bowl features camp groups based on age. For the “Littles”, they’re given the opportunity to discover the wondrous world that exists on Donner Summit. While the “Middles” are introduced to more thrilling adventures and challenging new experiences. And finally the “Bigs” and “Super-Bigs” are given the chance to push their physical and mental boundaries while having fun.

Friends Of Tahoe Truckee Waldorf

Learn about the plants and animals of the Sierra. The Tahoe Truckee Waldorf summer camps take the element of play in the mountains but adds knowledge of place and ecological stewardship to it. Your kids will enjoy building forts, playing in the river, and exploring the landscape through hands-on games and experiences. They’ll learn real skills like carving, natural dyes, archery, fishing and animal tracking from experienced instructors. In the end, they’ll come home as ecological stewards and future leaders having built relationships to each other and the land.

Camp Woodward

Skiers, skateboarders, and every other gravity fed action sport kiddo can ignite the stoke at Woodward’s Summer Camps. Summer Camp at Woodward West is THE place to elevate your skills, empower personal growth, and stoke your passions. From skateboarding to BMX, parkour to scooter and everything in between, Woodward is the ultimate summer camp destination. A place where everyone has “different” in common. Woodward Camps celebrate the individual stories, personalities, and victories - no matter what level you’re at.

Piping Rock Equestrian Center

Build character and increase their knowledge of horses and animals as a whole. Piping Rock Equestrian Center offers week-long camps for children and teens ages 4-16 to learn about horses. It will help your child gain comfort around horses as well as to learn how to ride or advance their riding skills. In addition, all their camps get the opportunity to spend time with farm animals too. This includes miniature horses, bunnies, chickens, lambs, goats, alpacas, and mini donkeys.

Headwaters Science Institute

Give your child the opportunity to explore nature this summer. Their hands-on science camps are designed for children to have fun while exploring the unique ecology of the area. Headwaters strives to help kids not only understand how to do research but to access the confidence to complete research independently and to ask questions about the natural world. This camp will show your child that science is all around them, while forging a unique connection to the flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada region.

Adults Can Have Fun Too

Photo Courtesy: Matt Heron Fishing

As your kids are enjoying themselves in a summer camp, take that time to do the things you’ve been wanting to do. Set a tee time at award-winning golf courses. Go fly fishing on the Truckee River or one of its many tributaries. Stroll through downtown Truckee shops or enjoy an adult libation under the warm summer sun. Or just go forest bathing amongst the tall pine trees.

Alex Silgalis

Born and raised as a flat lander in Chicagoland, Alex spent his summers working to save up for a season pass to the local hill along with any trips out West or beyond he could squeeze in. It was during his travels, both as a kid & an adult, Alex discovered his inspiration for Local Freshies® . His idea was to create the No. 1 Web site providing the local scoop on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer alongside the love of his life and business partner, Jaime Pirozzi.

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