The most complete summer camp directory in Butte County! Be sure to reserve your spot soon as many camps fill up early.
Bidwell Rock N’ Roll
Bidwell Band Camp
AGES: 6-18 years
DATES: June 15th-June 20th, July 14th-July 18th
DESCRIPTION: Welcome to the Bidwell Band Camp! Campers will be grouped in bands to play and record in a professional music studio in Downtown Chico. Monday through Thursday, 10am-2pm, the students will receive instruction on their instruments with a break at Noon for a catered lunch. The camp culminates in a live performance on Friday at 4pm. All instruments, all experience levels, come out and rock!
Boys and Girls Club of the North Valley
AGES: 6-12 years
COST: $100 per week
DATES: June 9th-August 15th
DESCRIPTION: Camp Journey is a full service summer day camp that serves youth ages 6-12. Our camp is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am-6pm. Camp Journey is the most affordable summer program in Chico and provides some of the most inclusive and extensive services.
California Regional Theatre
AGES: 5-18 years
DATES: June 9th- June 26th and July 7th-July 24th
DESCRIPTION: In Session 1, Ages 7-11, will perform Disney’s Aristocats Kids, while ages 5-6 perform selections of songs with them. Ages 12-18 will be performing Hats Off to Broadway pt. 1! In Session 2, Ages 7-11 will perform The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark, while ages 5-6 perform selections of songs with them. Ages 12-18 will be performing Hats Off to Broadway pt. 2!
Challenger Sports British Soccer British Soccer Camps
AGES: 3-14 years
COST: Varies per camp/duration of session
DESCRIPTION: Challenger Sports employs professional British soccer coaches to run soccer training camps for children in the USA. All kids get a free soccer ball, T-shirt and evaluation. Sign up online 45 days before camp to get a FREE British soccer jersey! Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily World Cup tournament. Oroville Soccer Club 7/21 – 7/25 Location – Riverbend Park, Paradise Ridge Soccer Club 8/4 – 8/8 Location-Moore Road Ball Park, CARD Week 1–sign up only through CARD 6/9 – 6/13 Location-DeGarmo Park, CARD Week 2–sign up only through CARD 6/23 – 6/27 Location-DeGarmo Park.
Chico Art School & Gallery
Fun with Painting & Drawing
AGES: 7 years and up
DATES: June 9th-12th, June 16th-19th, June 23rd-26th, June 30th-July 3rd, July 7th-10th, July 14th-17th, July 21st-24th, July 28th-31st, August 4th-7th, August 11th-14th
DESCRIPTION: Whether just beginning, or wanting to improve your art talents, this camp will cover the fundamentals with an emphasis on FUN! Instruction includes painting and drawing in many mediums such as: charcoal, watercolor pencils, tempera paints, and collage. You will learn about perspective, mixing your own colors, contour drawing, shading, texture and composition. Develop your own creative style of art in a small and supportive atmosphere. There will be small class sizes with instructor, Janet Lombardi Blixt, voted best Chico artist for 5 years by the CN&R and best teacher this past year. To view the teacher’s and students’ artwork, visit the Chico Art School Facebook page or www.chicoartschool.com.
Chico Bullpen Baseball Academy
Bullpen Summer Camp
AGES: 6-14 years
COST: Please call
DATES: Please call
DESCRIPTION: Participants will enhance their baseball skills through in-depth and positive instruction led by former college players, professional players and professional coaches. Instruction will include pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, base running and games. Players of all skill levels welcome! Please check out the website for more information.
Chico Cheer All Stars, Inc.
July Summer Camps
AGES: 4 years and up
COST: 1st camp $100, 2nd camp $75, 3rd $50
DATES: Beginners Cheerleading Camp: July 7th-10th Tumbling Camp: July 14th-17th Stunt Camp: July 21st-24th
DESCRIPTION: Beginners Cheer Camp: If your athlete loves cheer, this is the camp for them! Athletes will learn basic cheerleading motions and terminology, tumbling, jumps, and a special dance to perform on the final day! Tumbling Camp: If your child loves to tumble, this is the perfect camp to help them succeed. Athletes will work on tumbling skills and jumps. Stunt Camp: This camp is for anyone looking to advance their stunting skills. Athletes will learn the proper technique to base, back spot or fly in a variety of stunts throughout the week. Special focus is on flexibility and proper technique.
Chico Creek Dance Centre
Show*Kids “Princess Fantasy” Dance Camp
AGES: 4-10 years
DATES: June 9th-June 20th
DESCRIPTION: Show*Kids “Princess Fantasy” Dance Camp offers children ages 4-10 years an experience in the wonderful world of Dance and Theatre! Campers will be provided with an introduction to several dance styles in preparation for performances during the last week of camp. This will be a great opportunity for children to explore their own creativity through movement and meet new friends! Special camp shirts, crafts, games, prizes, performance and a cast party are all included. 9am-12noon.
Chico Montessori Children’s House
AGES: 2.9-6 (potty trained)
DESCRIPTION: Chico Montessori Children’s House is looking forward to presenting two-week educational themed sessions throughout the summer for children 2.9 (and potty trained) through 6 years of age. Sessions will include: art, dinosaurs, science, cooking, the solar system and the five senses. Throughout the summer, the Montessori materials will still be available and every day we will have summertime water activities. We have half day and full day options available. Visit our website for more information.
Chico Creek Nature Center
Camp Chico Creek
AGES: Ages 5-12
COST: $160 per week full days, $100 per week half days, or $40 per day for full day or $25 per day for half day
DATES: June 9-August 15th, full & half days, with extended care available
DESCRIPTION: Campers learn about and enjoy nature through guided hikes, STEM aligned natural science labs, presentations of the Nature Center’s live animals, arts and crafts and swimming in Big Chico Creek. Join us and see how much fun learning can be. We are now offering convenient online registration. Camp runs 9am to 4pm with options for half day and extended care. See our teen programs as well. Lunch provided.
COST: $35 per day or $63 per week
DATES: June 9- Aug 15, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30 to 3:30
DESCRIPTION: Designed for kids who thrive in an open structured, child directed setting, Camp Thrive is a unique day camp experience with plenty of time for free play in nature. Campers get to swim in the creek, socialize, build nature forts, meet animals and work on science and art projects in beautiful Bidwell Park. Lunch Provided.
Jr. Naturalist (Counselor in Training) Level 1
AGES: For students entering grades 7and 8 in the fall.
DATES: June 9- Aug 15
COST: $30 per week
DESCRIPTION: Earn career experience working with younger kids this summer! Spend your summer in the park and by the creek assisting camp counselors with games, crafts and animal care. Candidates will go through an interview process before being selected and are asked to attend 8 of 10 weeks for 6+ hours per day. Jr. Naturalists get to attend Nature Vacation Camp free. Lunch provided.
Jr. Naturalist (Counselor in Training) Level 2
AGES: For students entering grades 9 through 12 in fall.
COST: Jr. Naturalists Earn up to $700 working for the summer
DATES: June 9-Aug 15
DESCRIPTION: Earn career experience and a stipend up to $700 working with younger kids this summer! Spend your summer in the park and by the creek assisting camp counselors and leading games, crafts and animal care. Candidates will go through an interview process before being selected and are asked to attend 8 of 10 weeks for 7+ hours per day. Jr. Naturalists get to attend Nature Vacation Camp free. Lunch provided.
Nature Vacation Camp (for teens)
AGES: 13 to 17
COST: $30 per day or $96 per week
DATES: June 9- Aug 15, Mondays thru Thursdays, 10am to 3pm
DESCRIPTION: Enjoy swimming, hiking, and socializing in beautiful Bidwell Park. Learn how to handle and care for the Nature Center’s animals and enjoy some natural science lab activities, art and recreation. Choose your days of attendance to fit around your other summer activities. Lunch provided.
Chico Racquet Club
AGES: 4-16 years
COST: Please call
DATES: June 9th-August 15th
DESCRIPTION: Tennis is a sport for everyone! Weekly sessions: Monday-Friday 10:30am to 3pm, June 9th – Aug 15th. Campers will learn about the game of tennis through skills, drills, games and matches. Campers will also enjoy a refreshing break in the Club’s swimming pool! Racquets and balls provided. Please call for more information.
Chico Jazzercise Center
AGES: 1st through 6th Grades
DATES: August 4th-8th from 12-3:30pm
DESCRIPTION: Get in on all the fun with Jazzerkamp! Every Session Includes: Dance Technique, Arts & Crafts, Relay Races, End of Party Performance, Games, Jazzercise Idol, Healthy Snacks, and so much more!
Dragonfly Summer Camp
AGES: 2.5-7 years
DATES: June 10th-August 9th
DESCRIPTION: Dragonfly Day Camp is designed to give children ages 2 ½-7 a playful summer camp experience. Each week has a different theme integrating: cooking, crafts, experiments, water play, games and music. Your children are sure to have fun, make new friends and enjoy their exciting day at camp. Enrollment includes all materials plus a healthy snack and lunch.
Durham Recreation & Park District
Durh-amazing Summer Camp
AGES: Grades K-6th
COST: Full time $145/week, Half Day $95/week, Drop In $35/day
DATES: June 2nd-August 8th
DESCRIPTION: Join our weekly themed, fun filled summer camp. Daily activities include: arts and crafts, sports, wacky games, group challenges, field trips and SWIMMING! Afternoon snack is provided for full day campers. Registration and fees and can be completed online at www.durhamrec.com or in the recreation office. Enrollment is week-to-week. Options include full time, part time and daily drop in.
EV Free Church of Chico
Vacation Bible School
AGES: 5 years (by Sept. 1)-entering 6th grade
DATES: July 21st-25th
DESCRIPTION: Join us for 5 days of music, Bible stories, crafts, games, and snacks! This year’s theme is Son Treasure Island: Where Kids Discover God’s Love! Hope to see you July 21st-25th from 9am-noon. There is no cost for the program; T-shirts and CD are available for purchase. See you there! 1193 Filbert Ave. Register by July 14th or until full. For more information, please call.
Feather River Recreation & Park District
Feather River Rec & Park District Summer Camps
AGES: 5-12 years
DATES: June 9th-August 8th
DESCRIPTION: There is something for everyone at FRRPD! Join us for a week of Fun in the Sun Camp or one of our specialty camps. Fun in the Sun is a traditional day camp for campers between the ages of 5 & 12. A full day of fun is planned each week. If you do not need a full day camp, we have Lego Camp, Sports Camps and also Skateboard Camp this year. We hope to see you this summer. Visit us online at www.frrpd.com for complete camp information.
FunLand/ Cal Skate Chico
FunLand Extreme Fun Summer Camps
AGES: 5-12 years
COST: $130 all day (9am-5pm) or $100 mornings (9am-1pm)
DATES: Session 1: June 16th-June 20th, Session 2: July 7th-July 11th, Session 3: July 21st-July 25th, Session 4: August 4th-August 8th
DESCRIPTION: These summer camps are designed to be fun, heart-healthy, active alternatives to the ‘normal’ summer camp. This is a chance for the campers to do everything FunLand and Cal Skate has to offer, and then some! Campers can spend the morning, or the whole day, doing things not normally offered to the public. Activities will include, but are not limited to: Skating, mini-golfing, batting, arts/crafts, arcade games, dodge ball, hockey, and more!
Gateway Science Museum
Gateway Science Museum Summer Discovery Camps
AGES: Children entering grades 4-6 and children entering grades 7-9
COST: $185 per session for grades 4-6 and $195 per session for grades 7-9. Each includes lunch and snacks.
DATES: June 16th-20th from 9am-3pm for grades 4-6 and July 21st-25th from 9am-3pm for grades 7-9
DESCRIPTION: Become a detective this summer! Gateway Science Discovery Camps are full of exciting activities that allow participants to explore the world of forensic sciences. Activities include: finger printing, blood typing, animal tracking, chromatography, and more. Solve the case of the lost skull in order to earn your own detective badge. Campers will also receive their own personalized backpack, T-shirt, water bottle, and journal.
HYPE Dance Studio
HYPE Summer Dance Camps 2014
AGES: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
COST: $80.00 – $115.00
DATES: See below
DESCRIPTION: HYPE summer camps are SUMMER FUN! We provide knowledge and encouragement to all of our campers, as well as a sense of accomplishment and inspiration to help continue improving their skills. Campers develop great friendships and long-lasting memories! Princess Camp #1: June 16-18. Teen Beach Camp: June 23-26. Hip Hop Camp: July 7-10. Pom Camp: July 14-16. Princess Camp #2: July 21-23.
In Motion Fitness
Kids In Motion Swim Camps
AGES: 4-8 years
DATES: 4 week long sessions; June 16th, July 7th July 21st and August 4th
DESCRIPTION: Kids in Motion camps include art, science, nutrition and SWIMMING! Each camp is run Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm for children ages 4 to 8 years old. Each session will have a special theme and will include a pizza party on the last day of each camp. Each camper should bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and a lunch for each day. See you at the pool!
JEI Learning Center, Chico
JEI Summer Day Camp
AGES: 5 – 15 years
DATES: June 9th-July 31st
DESCRIPTION: Avoid the Summer Slide by enrolling at JEI! Don’t Experience Summer Learning Loss! JEI Programs are aligned with Common Core State Standards to give Students the advantage they need. Children can customize their summer classes by selecting subjects for which they need the most help. We will offer JEI-Math, English, Reading & Writing and Problem Solving Math. Classes held Monday-Thursday. Free Enrollment June 1-30.
Kids Outdoor Sports Camp
AGES: 10-15 years
DATES: June 15th-20th, June 22nd-27th, July 13th-18th
DESCRIPTION: Leave electronic equipment home and spend Sunday-Friday learning about wildlife, conservation, 1st aid and skills for fishing, archery and shooting targets. Kids will be housed in comfortable lodging and will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and personal items. We provide the equipment for all the activities. Kids will be tested to receive a Hunter Ed Certificate. We have had 17 years of successful camps.
KidsPark Summer Camp
COST: $175 one child, $115 second sibling (same camp)
DATES: June 9th-August 8th
DESCRIPTION: Looking for something fun to do this summer? KidsPark summer camps have the ultimate choices for you! Many choices: from outdoor activities like Wet N’ Wild and Gardening, to indoor activities like Kid Concoctions and Cooking. Come on in and take your pick. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm (childcare available before and after camp). Call now to sign up.
Kinetics Academy of Dance
Tea Party Camp
AGES: 4-6 years
DATES: July 21st-July 25th, 9am-12pm
DESCRIPTION: Come and have a tea party with us! Make your own tea party hat, learn basic tea party etiquette (parents love this part) and dance! You will learn how to set a beautiful table and even help make delicious goodies. On the last day of camp, we will invite parents to join the fun at one grand tea party.
Kings Christian School
KC All Stars Summer Camp
AGES: Kindergarten – 6th Grade
COST: $135/week full day, $90/week half days, Attend 3 weeks and get the 4th for half price
DATES: June 9th-August 15th
DESCRIPTION: Join us for a summer of fun, friends and fiestas! All Stars is a day camp where kids can learn and play in a safe place with a low teacher to student ratio. Our quality teachers have tons of experience and are planning a great time for summer. Please contact us for more information. 6:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday @ King’s Christian All Stars (Chico 1st Assembly).
La Casita Primera Preschool
LCP Summer Program
AGES: 2.9 years (potty trained) – 5 years (entrance to Kindergarten)
COST: $145-$255 (depends on days)
DATES: Session 1: June 9th-June 27th, Session 2: July 9th-July 18th, Session 3: July 18th-August 1st
DESCRIPTION: Join us this summer for 3 summer sessions filled with water play, stories, arts & crafts, gardening, organic snacks, Spanish language, and so much more! Open registration until spots are filled! Camp times are: 8:30am-11:45am or 1pm-4:15pm. Some full day spots available if needed.
Discovery Day Camp
AGES: 5-9 years
COST: $150 per week
DATES: June 9th – August 15th
DESCRIPTION: Come Discover with Us! From exploring Bidwell Park, to science experiments and cooking, gardening, swimming, and daily field trips; each week brings a new theme and new adventures. Field trips include: GRUB community garden, 2 by 2 Petting Zoo, Chico Science Museum, horseback riding, miniature golf, and more. This camp is entertaining and educational for all ages. Unbeatable price includes flexible hours, all field trips and meals. A ton of fun! Go to www.parksidedaycare.com for weekly camp descriptions.
23rd Annual Summer Arts Program
AGES: 5-15 years + family
COST: $35-$130, multiple fee options
DATES: June 16th-August 8th
DESCRIPTION: For ages 5 and up, we have three 8-week programs, one-day or multiple day options, $35-$130. Children’s Art Program (ages 5-15): June 16th-August 8th, M-F, 9am-2pm; instruction in various areas of artistic discipline. Academic Support: M-W, 2:30-5:30pm; comprehensive & individualized. Open Studio: M-W, 6-8pm. In association with The International Institute of Education Through the Arts, The Artist’s Playground offers children & families an opportunity to participate in an exciting arts experience that supports the development, expression, learning process & autonomy of the individual.
Rose Scott School
Rose Scott School Summer Camps
COST: $260 for each 2 week session from 9:30-2:30pm with day-care from 2:30-4:30pm for $6 per hour.
DATES: 1st session June 16th-27th, 2nd session July 14th-July 25th
DESCRIPTION: Rose Scott School is a non-profit, private K-12 school specializing in students with giftedness, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism and other learning challenges and strengths. We are offering two separate two-week sessions. Activities include: Gardening, Arts and Crafts, Sewing, Nature Activities, Cooking, Team Building Games, Making Jewelry, Fit Kids: PE to Music, and Swimming at One Mile.
Silver Dollar BMX
AGES: 3 years and up
COST: $110 per week
DATES: June 9th through July 18th
DESCRIPTION: CARD and Silver Dollar BMX have partnered to bring BMX to Chico again this summer. Come and meet our professional instructor, Jake Peebles, and other national champion instructors. If you are just beginning, or have some experience in the novice class, you will not want to miss out on Jake’s secrets! This camp features basic instruction from the starting gate to the finish line, including gate starts, passing, jumps and more! Camp is open to boys and girls. Each class member will receive 4 Thursday night practices and race sessions at the Silver Dollar BMX track ($20 value). Practice is from 6:00pm to 7:00pm with racing starting shortly thereafter.
A Children’s Theatre Summer Program
AGES: 4-17 years
DATES: Varies depending on program
DESCRIPTION: Rapunzel, a musical for Ages 4 – 7 & 7 – 17. Can Prince Llewellyn persevere over the powers of evil? Will the sages Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme be able to help? Can Rapunzel convince the witch that it’s okay to be unique? Storyteller is under the direction of Lisa Schmidt, Garrett Miller and Seth Snyder. Formally, Playhouse Youth Theatre, all orientations, rehearsals and shows take place at The Chico Women’s Club. Except the spring production that takes place at CSU’s Laxson Auditorium. Already in the 6th year of existence, Storyteller is for youth with all experience levels. Whether your child is shy or outgoing, this is a great way to gain more confidence, be creative, work with a team and have fun! Please contact for orientation, rehearsal and show times.
Summer Camp at the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary & Educational Center
AGES: 5-11 years
COST: $152 Tuesday—Friday or $45 per day
DATES: June 17th-20th 9am-2pm DESCRIPTION: Prices Include: Snacks, crafts, activities, a tour, getting up close with the reptiles, meeting the trainers and learning all about exotic, endangered and local wildlife. Learn about their habitats and their habits! Please RSVP with Angie Bracco at: email@example.com or call or text 831.915.3323. Space is limited!
Summer Sewing Classes with Ruth
AGES: All ages
COST: $35/class, or $175 for six
DATES: Thursdays from June 26th-August 7th
DESCRIPTION: Classes are held on Thursdays, 6/26-8/7, 10 am-4 pm: Beginning and intermediate/advanced sewing and garment design classes. Projects provided for beginners; intermediate/advanced students will work with patterns and make their own designs. Bring your own machine, if you can! Snacks and drinks provided.
Farm Camp at TJ Farms
AGES: 6-12 years
DATES: July 7th-11th and August 4th-8th
DESCRIPTION: Come join us at TJ Farms to get hands-on experience learning about agriculture; from gardening to farm animals, also blacksmithing and more. We are limited to only 12 participants per camp. Like us at TJ Farms Estates on Facebook for more information regarding camps and other activities on the farm.
TNT Athletic Performance
TNT Phoenix Basketball Camp
AGES: 5th-12th Grade
COST: $125 early registration by June 1st, $150 June 2nd or later
DATES: June 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th
DESCRIPTION: Join Professional Tyler Newton and the TNT Phoenix coaching staff in learning the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, ball-handling, passing, defense, and teamwork. This high-intensity, team atmosphere will allow your child to develop training habits used by professional and collegiate basketball players worldwide. Additional instruction will also include speed, agility, and body awareness training with the TNT Athletic Performance strength & conditioning coaches teaching your athlete to run faster, jump higher, and increase his/her athleticism. Camp includes: Camp T-Shirt, Final Day Snack & Nutritional One-Sheet, TNT Water Bottle.
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology
Anthropology Museum Summer Camp
AGES: 5-11 years
COST: $75 per weekly session
DATES: June 30th-July 24th
DESCRIPTION: Choose from brand new themes! Week I: Explore Fantasy Worlds-pick one or all three-$25 each. Mon. is Harry Potter/ Tues. is Dr. Who/ Wed. is Pirates of Caribbean. Week II: Shipwreck Archaeology- How do archaeologists explore underwater? Find out about famous shipwrecks. Week III: Cosmic Volcanoes-Volcanoes are essential to life on Earth. Discover the most active volcano in our solar system. Week IV: Jungle Safari Explore jungle ecosystems around the world.
AGES: 4-12 years
COST: $125 weekly or $875 Full Summer
DATES: June 9th to August 12th
DESCRIPTION: Our summer Day Camp provides an exciting, safe environment for kids to have an unforgettable summer of fun. And while they’re taking part in unique experiences and adventures, they’re also building self-esteem, developing interpersonal skills and making lasting friendships. They will also enjoy swimming, sports, performing arts, weekly field trips and so much more.
Wood Family Farm
Wood Family Farm Camp
AGES: Preschool – 10 years
DATES: June 9th through week of Aug. 18th.
DESCRIPTION: Wood Family Farm is passionate about providing hands on experiences that connect Chico area kids with the world around them. Our nature-based summer adventure camps include: “Life on the Farm,” “Woodworking-Habitats,” “Farm to Table Cooking,” “Messy Art,” camps and more. Children will care for our various farm animals, tend to large organic garden, cook fresh healthy food, and enjoy creative art projects as we play and learn together at Wood Family Farm-a place to grow. Camps held M-F 8:30-12:00 noon.