50 Ways to Enjoy Summer Camp at Home (Virtually)
Vol.6 Issue 5
Young boy getting excited on his laptop at home.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has rescinded or rescheduled an abundance of the summer camps for many of our nation’s youth, luckily there are still some fun, interactive options available on-line. This is a great opportunity for parents to continue working while their children can meet students from all over the United States; many living in different time zones.

This is a great chance to learn something new as there are a variety of topics to choose from like aviation, coding, engineering, cooking, art, animals, and much more. While these are not the perfect substitutes for an in-person camp, they do provide a viable alternative to help maintain social distancing. Consider it a lesson in adapting and providing safe activities during a health crisis. These virtual camps allow kids to connect with one another, get inspired and do something new. On-line camps are not a replacement for parenting. In some cases, some camps request that a parent or guardian be on hand for additional help if needed.

Just like any camp, be sure that you vet the camp and instructors properly since your children will be spending time with them. These virtual camps have been created to provide imagination at one’s fingertips. Why not try something different this summer? The more you expose kids to different things, the more likely they are to find their passion; even if it might be on a computer screen.

  1. Act One Theatre Camp
    The Glendale Arts and the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California will host Act One Theatre Camp online. Camp Director Josh Evans transitioned the original camp to a safe virtual resource for kids ages 6 to 15. Each camp session is three weeks long with different themes for each session with themed days like "Thursday Trivia" and "Dress Up Day Fridays." Schedules, groups and activities are planned and easily accessible for the campers and their parents.

  2. Ahha Creative Camps
    Ahha Tulsa is committed to providing the very best in arts and creative instruction, both in our building and online. With several decades of combined education experience, the Ahha programs staff ensures that all courses include evidence-based instructional methods to increase students’ creative competency and visual literacy.

  3. The Babysitting Company
    offers services that include everything from virtual field trips, yoga, dance, arts and crafts, online games and more to keep kids occupied this summer.

  4. Baketivity Bake-A-Camp
    Yum! Baketivity Bake-A-Camp provides campers baking box featuring four themed Baketivity kits. Each week’s kit, including pre-packaged and measured dry ingredients, hands-on instructions, science tips and guides, will take them through progressively advanced recipes and techniques as they explore one topic, theme or cuisine throughout the month.

  5. Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy
    Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy, a camp program designed to get youth excited about STEM education, has launched a new, virtual set of tools for kids ages 9-18 who are eager to develop their tech skills, including classes for binary numbers systems, Godot game engines, mobile photography, and website creation. The virtual instruction is set up so kids can teach themselves with downloadable PDF lesson plans, taking some of the pressure off of many parents who are suddenly finding themselves in the "teacher’s seat" at home.

  6. Camp:ASPIRE
    UBTECH’s Camp:ASPIRE is a virtual program that uses real, hands-on robotics, including servo motors, sensors, and other parts, to teach fundamentals of STEM robotics, including coding the robots’ movements, in the safety and comfort of home. Kids keep their robot creations to continue building, coding, and playing all summer long. UBTECH also offers at least $100,000 in scholarships for kids who might otherwise be unable to attend.

  7. Camp Dakani
    A unique camp that provides an outdoor or virtual experience, right in Oklahoma City. Our beautiful, 33-acre campground is the only facility of its kind in the metro area. We provide a variety of outdoor educational programs for all youth, ages 5-18. These programs encourage personal exploration by incorporating a researched-based approach to youth development that ensures participants gain the skills necessary to thrive throughout their lives.

  8. Camp Hullabaloo
    Hullabaloo Book Company offers Camp Hullabaloo: Each week, children will receive a brand new book and a list of kid and family-friendly activities including simple crafts that correspond to that week’s theme. More ideas and activities will be offered weekly via email and on Instagram.

  9. Camp KiwiCo
    Camp KiwiCo will deliver four different weeks of hands-on activities, programming and content. Every day of Camp KiwiCo is structured around a specific crate (available for sale in KiwiCo’s Store) and theme, with additional free content (videos, DIY activities and downloadable printables) to complement and supplement the hands-on project in the crate). Each camp week is meant to cover 5 days (approximately 4 hours of activities each day) – but you can mix and match, choose your own adventure and go at your own pace. The crates include Preschool Play (ages 3-4), STEAM Games (ages 5-8), Around the World (ages 6-11) and STEAM Explorations (ages 9+). The crates can be purchased individually (prices range from $24.95-$29.95), or you can buy the 5-pack for a whole week and/or mix and match the crates you decide to purchase.

  10. Camp Lessonface
    is an online summer camp program aimed to help keep young musicians engaged and inspired over the summer months. The camp will feature two-week, online, intensive programs for kids of all ages. Campers can participate in lessons with fellow campers, attend afternoon and evening activities and participate in special classes, demonstrations, sing-alongs, and talent shows. Each day, campers will meet with their counselors and fellow campers for two 45-minute sessions. Camp Lessonface will start its two-week sessions on June 15, July 13, and July 27 for students of all ages and for beginners to advanced levels.

  11. Camp Whatever It Takes (WIT)
    focuses heavily on empowering teens to make a difference, develop as leaders and even launch businesses.

  12. Camp Wonderopolis
    is free for kids 7 and up through the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Their programs explore topics including STEM, music, meteorology, food and technology with videos, outdoor activities, lessons and reading suggestions.

  13. CEO of My Life
    LeKiesha French offers immersive STEAM-based entrepreneurship experiences with her CEO of My Life program, which partners with Georgia Tech.

  14. Challenge Island’s Home Island
    Challenge Island (Entrepreneur Magazine’s top-ranked STEAM enrichment program for 2018, 2019 and 2020) rolled out "Home Island" virtual camps, allowing kids to experience all the magic of Challenge Island’s wildly popular summer camps from the safety and comfort of home.

  15. Chess NYC
    Starting June 25, Chess NYC will host a full schedule of daily online activities to accommodate and intrigue kids on the world of chess. Kids from all over the US can join to learn this sport and meet new friends. Kids can drop in as they like, stay for the full day or even partial days, finding things that cater to their interests. All school age kids are welcome, starting as young as 4 years old.

  16. CodeNinjas
    is offering week-long virtual summer camps covering a variety of topics including coding, robotics, and game building. They also offer hands-on virtual camps where a cool STEM product like Ozobot or Cubelets are shipped to children’s homes. Code Senseis (instructors) virtually guide kids through challenges and activities such as building an actual robot. Check with a nearby location for schedules and availability.

  17. Connected Camps
    offer week-long Minecraft-based camps for kids ages 8 to 13 that teach skills like coding, game design and engineering, with some programs just for girls as well.

  18. Experience Camps for Grieving Children
    are free, one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It’s a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down. For the first time, Experience Camps will host a virtual camp experience to replace their 2020 traditional camp locations in Maine, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan this year. The organization will also share virtual camp activities and lessons on their website this summer, so others can join in around the world.

  19. FirstSkor
    is running youth camps this summer to help develop games through content creation and streaming, as well as to help kids learn to code.

  20. Full STEM Ahead Plus
    Full STEM Ahead Plus, from Boolean Girl (a nonprofit hosted by Virginia Tech and partner of Girl Scouts), is a summer program in which experienced instructors teach girls how to code. The program will take place through virtual sessions but we keep classes intentionally small to give students plenty of opportunity to interact. Also, instructors’ virtual office hours and check-ins between classes will ensure the kids’ engagement and progress throughout the program.

  21. Happy Camper Live
    brings a 360-degree virtual summer camp experience with hundreds of activities; experts and counselors; an original web series; a community service portal with outreach to children’s hospitals and inner city schools and more.

  22. Healthy Teens
    Have older kids at home? They still need to stay busy! Healthy Teens offers virtual programs for summer camp, with programs including books and writing, crafts and art, computer programming, games and Legos, theater, photography and wellness.

  23. iD Tech
    offers structured virtual tech summer camps for kids ages 7 to 19 to learn about various tech skills, including Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling and more, and kids will get individualized attention–there’s a cap of just five students ("campers") per instructor.

  24. Jam with Jamie
    Jam With Jamie offers free daily music classes on Facebook Live and their website. Founder Jamie Kolnick also offers families private Zooms to celebrate birthdays and other milestones. While the classes are free, Jamie asks that participants consider donating so that she can continue to pay her musicians and donate to baby2baby.

  25. KiDS NEED MoRE
    is a Long Island, N.Y.-based non-profit organization for families battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. KiDS NEED MoRE is offering Virtual Camp now and in the summer at no cost for children dealing with illnesses or who are affected by COVID-19. Kids are invited to video chat with superheroes and Disney princesses, enjoy cooking classes and more.

  26. Family having fun together online.
  27. Little Medical School
    Got a future doctor on your hands? Little Medical School offers virtual summer camps for kids and teens interested in becoming a doctor, veterinarian, pediatrician, sports physician or EMT someday.

  28. Little Tikes Camp Play@Home
    offers new activities through social media and email Monday through Friday. And better yet, these activities are all accessible for you at your own speed on Little Tikes social media and email. Parents will also be able to support one another and get chances to earn "badges" and win sweet Little Tikes prizes.

  29. Lucie B Jump N’ Fun N’ Girl Power Pow
    will host a virtual jump rope camp.

  30. Made with Code from Google
    Made with Code from Google is a free program for kids 12 and up that lets them learn how to create GIFs, make emojis and compose music.

  31. MarcoPolo World School
    is a digital learning platform with a STEAM curriculum that inspires children to become explorers and lifelong learners. It offers children ages 3-7 over 500 premium video lessons and 3,000 interactive learning activities.

  32. Muscular Dystrophy Association
    will launch its own virtual summer camp on June 15. MDA has created a platform to facilitate connections for MDA families and children around the country this summer at no cost to their families. The MDA Summer Program will be 6-8 weeks where children facing neuromuscular diseases can sign up for one week to experience virtual camp filled with accessible activities, themed programming, virtual connections with campers and more. The MDA virtual summer program is open to the public, and there are volunteer opportunities as well.

  33. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
    Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) offers free summer Virtual Art Camps for ages 6 through 9 and 10 through 13.

  34. Outschool
    offers an enormous assortment of virtual summer camp activities for kids and teens who have a range of interests, including Connected Camps, Bay Area Children’s Theater, Sweet or Savory: Summer Cooking & Baking, Pretzel Kids Yoga, Disney Sing Along Story Time Camp, Young Politicians Camp and Young Art Lessons–to name just a few.

  35. PONO
    PONO, New York City’s democratic urban outdoor educational program, offers virtual classes this summer.

  36. San Diego Zoo Global
    offers free online learning resources for kids and provides even more ways to learn about the world around us! San Diego Zoo Kids online is also full of video content, activities, quizzes and games to keep students engaged over the summer, including DIY activities to do at home and 13 live cams of animals to watch online.

  37. SeriousFun Chilren’s Network
    The SeriousFun Children’s Network, the global network of camps and programs serving seriously ill campers and their families, and founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, have created innovative new ways provide the same, life-changing camp experience virtually–and as always, free of charge.

  38. Sew a Softie
    Sew a Softie will have tutorials online to sew a new softie each day. Kids can also join to be Sew a Softie ambassadors and teach parents and/or friends how to sew softies. Cute!

  39. Smart Buddies Virtual Summer "Camp-In-A-Box"
    is a two-week online program that gives kids ages 7 to 11 the opportunity to learn, play, socialize and make lifelong new pals. Kids attend daily Zoom classes with counselors and fellow campers and learn coding to use with their Smart Buddies robots.

  40. Peanuts Virtual Art Camp
    Peanuts Worldwide and Paige Braddock, Chief Creative Officer of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, have launched a series of short, lighthearted instructional videos, entitled "How to Draw Peanuts Characters," on the Snoopy YouTube channel. In the first installment, "How to Draw Snoopy," Braddock offers an easy-to-follow demonstration on creating an excellent likeness of the world’s most beloved beagle in under three minutes.

  41. Sooner Flight Academy
    Visit Sooner Flight Academy to enjoy a small sampling of what campers can expect from their virtual summer camps. During camp, each activity will be accompanied by an activity guide and any required supplies that are not typically found around the house. Activity guidance and feedback will be supplied by Sooner Flight Academy staff members during twice daily Zoom sessions. Questions may be directed to flightcamp@ou.edu .

  42. Study Point Tutoring
    For a virtual camp with an academic focus, Study Point Tutoring offers their Elementary Group Study program, which provides social, fun and engaging learning experiences for kids.

  43. Super Soccer Stars
    offers virtual classes and training sessions for youth soccer players (including toddlers). Teammates Camp has two daily sessions for ages 3 to 4, 5 to 6 and 7 to 10, including soccer plus two other rotating activities (STEM, coding, karate, acting, art and gymnastics). Their Multi-Sport Camp offerings for ages 3 to 6 and 7 to 10 includes soccer plus one of 10 rotating sports through Amazing Athletes.

  44. Teachers Who Tutor
    If you want some academic and extracurricular activities for your kids this summer, Teachers Who Tutor runs virtual summer camps for kids in grades K through 12 with programs ranging from fundamentals to electives.

  45. Thrive N’Shine
    is a free app program for kids 9 to 17 used to teach young people about personal finances in a fun, engaging way utilizing gaming techniques. It used to only be available for teachers, but to accommodate COVID-19 homeschooling and education, it is now available to everyone. The service is especially timely considering the economic ramifications of COVID.

  46. Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance
    In 2020, TRSA is once again offering "The Summer Academy," a series of camps designed to engage, educate, and inspire students by using their interests to teach STEM concepts. 46. United States Tennis Association (USTA) has an entire program for kids on its Net Generation

  47. United States Tennis Association (USTA)
    platform, including live workout follow-alongs, math problems and coloring pages to keep them active mentally and physically. They are also doing Facebook live workouts every Friday at 1 p.m. for kids around the country.

  48. Varsity Tutors
    Varsity Tutors offers free Virtual Summer Camp for kids ages 5 to 18. Each half-day camp will be a week long with live, interactive enrichment-based classes, including themes like "Recycled Art," "Make Your Own LEGO Movie," "Detective: Crack the Case," "Is it Ready Yet? Cooking 101," "Travel the World with Google Earth" and many more. They also offer virtual courses with astronaut Leland Melvin, Olympian Aly Raisman and stars like Julianne Hough and Mayim Bialik.

  49. Woof Wag Dogs
    Woof Wag Dogs offers virtual summer camp for kids and teens to learn positive ways to train their dogs.

  50. Wyzant
    offers virtual tutors in all academic areas, as well as in programs like coding and guitar, to keep your kids occupied and learning this summer.

  51. Yellowbrick
    is an online education platform focused on "Passion Industries." They partner with major universities and media brands to create programs around fashion, sneakers, music, sports and more for teens and older kids.

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