Summer activities for t(w)eens
You sign your kids up for summer activities to keep them busy—but did you know this also helps them stay alcohol-free as they grow up? Kids who have a favorite pastime (or two!) are more likely to focus their time and energy on their passion instead of drinking—plus they’ll build the confidence required to say no to peer pressure and surround themselves with like-minded friends.
So, this summer, let them try different activities and see what sticks! There are tons of options around Idaho; here are just a few ideas to help you get started.
Many Idaho colleges offer summer camps at reasonable prices. For sports, try Lewis-Clark Warrior Youth Camps or Boise State Broncos camps. For just about everything, from art to dance to STEM, look into and University of Idaho summer camps and Lewis-Clark Kids’ College.
MUSIC, DANCE, ART
TRICA’s music and dance summer camps in the Treasure Valley feature breakdancing, street dance, and rock school classes. Scholarships available.
The Cabin’s summer writing camps, Boise, challenge students to discover their voice, explore literary genres, and reflect on the world around them.
STEM programs are everywhere this summer! View a list of Idaho’s STEM programs.
North Idaho College summer camps offer an array of classes on drones, coding apps, and animating video games. Ages 8-12.
University of Idaho Dign’IT Summer Camp brings coding, programming, and cyber security to kids 6th grade and up.
Women Outside with Science (WOWS) immerses girls in an exploration of their science identities within the local Idaho environment. Participants will meet scientists studying the natural world, perform inquiry-based scientific investigations, and build lifelong friends through team-building activities. Girls entering 7th-9th grades.
Robotics summer camps throughout Idaho, including Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Post Falls, and the Boise area. Also offering a robotics virtual world class for 12- to 18-year-olds in Coeur d’Alene. From University of Idaho Extension Robotics and Idaho FIRST®. Ages 9-14.
Camp Invention, several locations across Idaho, including Fruitland, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene. Choose from tracks for programming CrickoBots, creating an amusement park, and maker studios.
Eastern Idaho Technical College (Idaho Falls) summer science camps include topics such as “Survival Science” and Lego Robotics.
The StemBusUSA.org program will be in the Treasure Valley in June—Minecraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and video game coding. All school ages.
Mentorscloud.com in the Treasure Valley offers game programming and animation camps for kids 8-16.
It’s pretty easy to find a sports program, from swim lessons or tennis or karate through your city recreation department to basketball and volleyball camps at local schools. Here are a few that piqued our interest.
Skyhawk Sports Camps, around Idaho. Basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer. Ages 4-12.
Fred Mercer Basketball Camp, Kamia. Housing available.
Track & Field Camp, Lewiston. Ages 13+.
Sawtooth Society Camping Trip, a four-day, three-night work trip near Stanley. Hosted by the Sawtooth Society and the US Forest Service. Ages 14-17.
Tennis Camp, Idaho Falls. Up to age 18.
Sailing Camp, Coeur d’Alene. Ages 12-16.
Debate, Treasure Valley. 5th-12th grade.
Making Videos for YouTube, Treasure Valley. Kids will learn to produce and shoot videos for social media, exploring special effects, titling, and text effects. 3rd-8th grade.
Model United Nations. Students will engage in public speaking, negotiation, and advanced critical thinking as they role-play delegates of member nations of the UN. 5th-10th grade.
Culinary Camp, Coeur d’Alene. Kids will learn essential kitchen skills and cook up an exciting mystery ingredient challenge on the last day of camp! Ages 8-12.
With so many opportunities around Idaho, the hardest part is choosing!
If you need inspiration before diving in, watch these short videos about Idaho kids who have found what they love to do! They’re succeeding in high school while they pursue their passions and stay alcohol-free!
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