Virtual Camps

 
Our camps looked different in Summer 2020, but we were still committed to bringing great summer experiences to Fairbanks families! We don't know what 2021 will bring.  We hope to be able to offer in-person camps once again, but time will tell. 

In the meantime...check out these two free opportunities for kids:

Get to Know Some Local Reindeer, with George Aguiar and Ask a Musher, with Mary Shields.

Would you like to be the first to learn about our camps as they are announced? Email us at summer@alaska.edu to get on our camp announcement mailing list.

 

Summer-End Shape Up with Friends Rocks Rock

Dates: August 3-16

Grades: 1-adult
Cost: $50
Delivery Method: Zoom meetings will take place at 6 pm on the first and last days of the camp.

 

Buddy up! This all-ages camp with UAF Cross-Country and Ski coach, Eliska Albrigtsen, encourages us all to find a friend and stay healthy while playing games, strengthening your body, and exploring the trails in your locality. Enroll for yourself and a friend (or parent), receive fun buddy-inclusive exercises, and get active! We’ll meet at the end of the camp via Zoom to share our favorite local trails and to challenge ourselves to a friendly competition.

 

 

 

 

STEAM Ahead!STEAM Ahead

Dates: July 27-31

Grades: 4-6
Cost: $75
Delivery Method: There are two sessions of this camp. Both will take place Monday-Friday, from 10-11:30am on their respective weeks via Zoom.

 

STEAM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! John Sassman (Jr. Engineering instructor) is here to guide campers through a star lineup of activities and experiments, including: Towers, Scribble Bots, K'NEX Bridge-building, and Making the Mars Pathfinder.

 

 

 

 

Geophysics Camp Rocks Rock

Dates: July 20-31

Grades: 4-9
Cost: $75
Delivery Method: Zoom meetings will take place on the first and last days of the camp (2:30-4:30 pm on 7/20 and 1-3 pm on 7/31). Campers communicate with the instructor via Google Classroom in between.

 

Learn about the physics of rocks and how the Earth formed. Get hands on with plate tectonics and finding the densities of rocks.

Campers will receive kits for the following activities:
- Fizzing Rocks
- Shine off the Rocks
- Density and Buoyancy
- Plate Tectonics

 

 

 

 

Rocks Rock: Geology Camp Rocks Rock

Dates: July 20-31

Grades: 2-6
Cost: $75
Delivery Method: Zoom meetings will take place on the first and last days of the camp (noon-2 pm on 7/20 and 3:30-5:30 pm on 7/31). Campers communicate with the instructor via Google Classroom in between.

 

Start to build a rock collection and learn how crystals are classified. Get hands on with growing your own crystals and breaking your own geodes!

Campers will receive kits for the following activities:
- Building and displaying a rock collection
- Growing your own crystals
- Fossilizing a sponge
- Making stalagmites and stalactites

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking TogetherCooking Together Camp

Dates: July 16- Aug 6

Grades: 2-12
Cost: $75
Delivery Method: This camp will take place via Zoom video conferencing every Thursday at 4 PM. Campers will share their progress weekly.

 

A mixed age camp that will cover some cooking basics. Campers will hone their skills making soup, wraps, sides, and pizza. There will be weekly opportunities for campers to meet together with Chef Sean and show off their creations (if they haven't been eaten!), as well as discuss the challenges of the cooking process!

Each camper will receive a canvas bag with
- Bandana
- Apron
- Wooden spoon
- Whisk
- Measuring scoops
- 2-cup liquid measuring cup


 

 

 

 

 

Explorations in Art CampsExplorations in Art Square

Dates: July 13-Aug 7

Cost: $75
Delivery Method: This camp will take place via Google Classroom and Zoom video conferencing each Friday. The instructors will hold mid-week “studio visit” hours as an optional opportunity for students to ask questions or discuss progress on the weekly project. 

Grades 2-3  Meeting time: 1 pm, Fridays     

Grades 4-6 Meeting time: 11 am, Fridays    

Art is foundational and fun! Over the course of four weeks in July, campers will explore strategies, materials, and techniques for making and understanding art. Explorations will include exposure to a variety of artists and art concepts, expression through drawing and painting, and the importance of individual and group reflection in a developing art practice. We will celebrate the conclusion of Explorations in Art with a special online exhibition featuring campers’ artwork!

Each week will begin with an asynchronous online lesson introducing concepts and project information and will conclude with a Zoom meeting to share and discuss artwork. 

Campers will receive a special art kit containing:

  • Artist paper
  • Kneadable eraser (the most fun eraser in the world)
  • Watercolor paint
  • Water brush pen
  • Dual tip ink brush pen
  • Conte crayons

 

 

 

 

 

Babysitter Training (and First Aid & CPR)Babysitting camp image

Grades:  5-10
Cost: $60 (+$115 for official Red Cross certification)
Delivery Method: This camp will take place via a provided CD, reading through a provided guidebook, and Zoom video conferencing each week. Weekly meetings will be instructional, as well as provide an opportunity for campers to share their experiences.

Session 1 - Dates: June 26, July 10-31 (skip week of July 4th); Meeting Time: 1-2:30 PM, Fridays

Session 2 - Dates: July 10-31; Meeting Time: 3-5 PM, Fridays

Come along to set the groundwork for preteen and teen campers who are preparing to manage the safety and care of younger children, and to understand the business around being a babysitter. We will also be offering an opportunity for an official Red Cross certification in Babysitting, First Aid, and CPR, if you are willing and able to meet the instructor for a 1-on-1, in-person (but socially distanced) training to complete the skills required for this program.

Each camper will receive a Red Cross Backpack containing:
- Babysitter's Training handbook
- Quick reference guide
- Bandages
- Premie diaper (for demo purposes)

 

 

 

 

Hacking Your Computer CampHacking Your Computer Camp

Dates: July 14-16

Grades: 6-9
Cost: $50
Delivery Method: This camp will take place via Zoom video conferencing from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. There will also be Zoom "office hours each day from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, if campers want to check in with instructors and get help with their hacking.

 

Computer hackers are bad, right? WRONG! A hacker is any skilled expert who uses their knowledge to overcome a problem. In this three-day camp with Green Star of Interior Alaska, you'll hack a computer by learning how to install, run, and troubleshoot an open-source operating system on a refurbished laptop. After the camp, either keep the refurbished laptop or donate it to someone who is need of one. Sponsored by Green Star of Interior Alaska.

 

 

 

 

Medieval Carpentry CampMedieval Carpentry Camp

Dates: July 6-10

Grades: 7-10
Cost: $50
Delivery Method: This camp will take place primarily via Zoom, with campers and instructor meeting each day M-F at 2pm. YouTube videos will also be available as asynchronous guides on each project.

 

For campers who want to hone their carpentry skills or begin their experience in woodworking while constructing medieval siege apparatuses! Construct a scale Da Vinci catapult and ancient trebuchet with experienced carpenter, Kevin Turnbough.

Receive a kit of pre-cut wood, and follow along via YouTube videos and/or daily Zoom meetings to assemble exciting contraptions, all while asking questions and learning more about the techniques of home carpentry.

 

 

 

 

campArchaeology Camp

Dates:  June 1-29 

Grades:  4-8

Cost:  $50.00

Delivery Method: This camp will take place via Zoom video conferencing every Monday at 2PM. Campers will share their progress weekly. 

Learn how archaeologists answer questions about the past from artifacts, features, and animal bones. Pre-recorded videos will be presented online to teach the fundamentals of archaeology and show what it takes to be a real-life archaeologist.

Campers will complete activities related to a weekly video and join a professional archaeologist for a group discussion online five times during the month of June.

Campers will receive kits with the following items:
- Rite in the Rain notebook and writing/drawing utensils
- Junior Archaeologist Badges
- Craft and activity supplies 

 

 

 

 

campJune Cooking Camp

Cost:  $75

Baking Together

Dates:  June 8-29
Grades:  4-6
Delivery Method: This camp will take place via Zoom video conferencing every Monday at 4 PM. Campers will share their progress weekly. 

A mixed age camp that we have designed to have options for beginner and more experienced bakers. Campers will hone their skills with baked goods like muffins, cinnamon rolls, breads, and cakes. There will be weekly opportunities to meet together with Chef Sean and show off their creations (if they haven't been eaten!), as well as discuss the challenges of the baking process!

Each camper will receive a canvas bag with
- Bandana
- Apron

- Wooden spoon
- Whisk
- Measuring scoops
- 2-cup liquid measuring cup

 

 

 

 

campButterfly Youth Yoga

Dates:  June 9, 16, and 23

Age:  4-7

 Cost:  $55.00

Delivery Method:  This camp will take place via Zoom video conferencing from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM. Supplemental videos will also be provided. 

This camp is offered by the staff at Golden Heart Performing Arts

Open your heart and spread your wings! This traditional vinyasa yoga class is done with a beautiful and brightly colored set of wings.

-  Students will receive a kit with their own butterfly wings, a National Geographic children’s butterfly book, a headband & pipecleaners to make their own antennae, plus a small butterfly card to color and share with a special person.
-  All 3 sessions will include science based stories and movement arts where the body is the primary medium.
-  Ample amounts of space and a good wireless connection are required.

 

 

 

 

campJr. Gardener Camp

Dates:  May 14- June 18

Grades:  1-8

Cost:  $110.00

Delivery Method: This camp will take place via Zoom video conferencing every Thursday at 10 AM. Campers will share their progress weekly. 

 Learn how to garden with our new Virtual Junior Gardener Camp. Learn the many ways we can care for our plants from seed to harvest.

Our "camp" meetings will include lessons on planting seeds and growing plants at home, understanding how plants grow, making garden crafts, and making garden snacks.

With online lessons and zoom visits weekly, we will learn how to get plants to grow and enjoy the wonders of being a gardener.

Campers will receive a special garden kit including:
- Soil
- Seeds
- Planting Trays
- Labels
-  Watering Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 campSnow Mountain Kid Camp

Dates:  April 16-26

Age:  4-7

Cost:  $50.00

Delivery Method: This camp is delivered primarily through a program called Training Peaks. Campers will explore 5 Fairbanks area trails in a scavenger-hunt style adventure!

We will be using skis to explore five snowy mountain areas in the city of Fairbanks! While being out in the fresh air and keeping social distance, we will learn useful skills that will sharpen our senses, solve fun puzzles getiting clues for each following day, gain useful knowledge about our own town and some of its citizens, do fun exercises in the fresh air with our family, and maybe even find a treasure at the end of it…The camp will be facilitated through an online portal called Training Peaks, so we can follow your progress in your quest to become the Snow Mountain Kid!