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Ultimate List of Summer Break Camps in Reno, Sparks, Carson City (Updated 2022)

The most comprehensive list of 2022 summer break camps in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and beyond. Written by locals for locals.

We have updated all of the summer camps we could get our hands on just for you! Check back as we will update camps as they become available. Take a look at our ultimate list of summer break camps and activities.

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Here are Summer Break camps to check out in Northern Nevada and the surrounding areas. Some of these camps require that you pack a lunch and or snacks to send with your child – so keep that in mind!

Boys and Girls Club Camp Offerings 

The boys and girls club offers a traditional summer day camp that runs weekly during the summer or switch it up and add-on field trips or chooses a from one of their specialty camps offered. Meals are provided at select locations. Must also be a registered member ($20 annual fee).

When you register for a specialty camp within the Boys and Girls club, these camps run in addition to traditional camp so kids get to participate in the specialty camp then rejoin the traditional camp afterward. 

Days/Times:  One week sessions offered throughout the Summer Break

Ages: 6-18

Cost: Varies depending on camp

Camp Gailee

Each of our programs is carefully planned to create a welcoming community where participants have opportunities to step away from regular life and create new relationships, challenge themselves, learn more about themselves and the world around them, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.

Days/Times: June 15th-August 21st; Weeklong camps, Family Camps also available. 

Ages: Varies by camp

Cost: Varies 

City of Reno Vacation Station

Check out the City of Reno’s summer break options for campers ages 6-12 years old this year! This year they are at three locations, Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, Nick Poulakidas Elementary School, and California Building in Idlewild Park. Camps are first come, first served. Space is limited.

Days/Times: One week sessions offered June – August from 7am – 6pm

Ages: 6 – 12.5 years old (must have completed Kindergarten)

Cost:$110 per child per week (June 14-July 2), $115 per child per week (July 6-August 6), no daily rate

Camp Invention 

Camp Invention Is a STEM Summer Program that enables curious students to discover, learn, and expand their knowledge. Fuel the imagination of your future world-changer with our innovative and FUN hands-on STEM experience – now with in-person OR at-home options available!

Days/Times: June 13-17 and June 20-24; 9:00am-3:30pm

Ages: For children entering grades Kindergarten – 6th

Cost: $255 per week

Camp Mesa Rim

Experience rock climbing, play games, learn new skills and make friends! Camp Mesa Rim is offered seasonally during all school breaks.

Bring your own lunch. Discounts for siblings and multi-session sign-up.

Days/Times: One week sessions offered June 14 – August 6, 9am-3pm (extended care offered)

Ages: 7-13 years

Cost: $390 per week, $90 daily rate

Camp Woodward Tahoe

Woodward is more than a camp – learn or perfect your skateboarding, BMX, scooter, mountain bike, parkour, skiing, snowboarding, adventure skills, and so much more. This summer break camp is perfect for those active campers. Scholarships and flex-pay available.

3-day camps for 5-6 year-olds and 5-day camps for 7-17 year-olds.

Days/Times: One-week sessions offered June 6th – August 12th

Ages: 5-6 years, 7-17 years

Cost: Varies

Great Basin Outdoor School Adventure Day Camp

Before and aftercare also available for $10/child per day. Sibling discounts are available.

Days/Times: One-week sessions offered June 14 – July 23; 9:00am-4:00pm

Ages: 6-12 years

Cost: $225 per week

The Discovery

Registration opens Monday, February 28 at 10:00am.

Camp Discovery at the Discovery Museum has tons of camps to choose from.  Offering 30 different camps from June 13 – August 12. 

Days/Times: Different sessions throughout the Summer

Ages: Entering kindergarten – seventh grade

Cost: $240 – $265

KIDS U Explore the University 

University campers will participate in various themed camps depending on their age groups with over 50 themed week choices.

Days/Times: One week session July 11-15th 

Ages: 2nd grade – 8th grade

Cost: Starts at $335.


These are one-week professional performance camps. Campers learn leadership and life skills that are useful on and off the stage. Campers will get to perform at the end of the camp session.

Days/Times: Dates and Times vary.

Ages: 7-17

Cost: $224-$335

Project Discovery

Register for a camp focused on leadership development, communication, and the development of positive friendships.

Days/Times: One week sessions offered June 13 – August 12

Ages: 6-12 years

Cost: Starting at $495 per week

Sierra Nevada Journeys Summer Camps

Check out the various camps SNJ offers – Camp Classics, Color Olympics, and Teen Retreat. Camps run simultaneously with their specialty camps below.

June 12 – August 5th.  Weekly sessions Varies by age. 

Ages: 8-13 years (Camp Classics and Color Olympics) and 14-17 years (Teen Retreat)

Cost: $779 per week

Sierra Nevada Journeys Specialty Camps

Summer break camps are weekend camps held at Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Grizzly Creek Ranch near Portola, California.

Family Camp

Family Camp is held each year over usually on one weekend. 

  • Labor Day Weekend, Friday – Monday, September 2 – 5, 2022

    Registration will open on Monday, March 28, 2022

Cost:Each cabin is $2,700 per cabin for 3 nights and 4 days over Labor Day weekend. The price includes exclusive use of your cabin for up to 12 people.

Backcountry Leadership Trip

Sierra Nevada Journeys works in partnership with Summer Search, a national nonprofit that works to unleash students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences, to provide on an engaging and empowering two-week outdoor excursion for Bay Area youth.

  • Session 1: Sunday, June 19, 2022 to Sunday, July 3, 2022
  • Session 2: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 to Wednesday, July 20, 2022
  • Session 3: Saturday, July 23, 202 to Saturday, August 6, 2022

Truckee Meadows Park Foundation

If you love the Truckee Meadows Park Foundation as much as we do, check out their Summer Camp programs!

There is an early drop-off (8:00am) and late pick-up (5:30pm) available for $20 per week. 

Days/Times: One-week sessions offered June 7 – August 6 from 9:00am-4:00pm

Ages: 8-12 years

Cost: Starting at $200 per week

UNR College of Engineering Virtual Summer Camps

We will be hosting a Virtual Engineering Everywhere, Level 1 camp for 12-14-year-olds and a Virtual Engineering Exploration, Level 2 camp for 15-18-year-olds. These camps are introductions to engineering and include many of our engineering majors. We utilize Zoom, FlipGrid, pre-recorded videos and live interactive sessions for participants.


June 27th-July 1st (ages 12-14)
July 18th-July 22nd (ages 12-14)
July 25th-July 29th (ages (15-17)


Camp Wasiu II CANCELLED 2020

An all-girls overnight camp sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend Camp Wasui, however, if you are, there are several opportunities to earn your badges!

Each week has a different camp theme! Camp registration discounts available for six-day and thirteen-day sessions.

Days/Times: Multiple sessions offered June – September

Ages: 2nd-12th grade

Cost: Starting at $375 per week

One-Day Camps by GSSN 

An all-girls day camp sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend these one-day programs. Every program is a different theme.

Older Girl Excursions are also offered by GSSN for those entering grades 6-12. These camps are 2-3 days long.

Days/Times: July 1, 2, 3, 29, 30, 31, July 25-27, August 1-2; 9:00am-4:30pm

Ages: Entering 1st – 12th grade

Cost: $25 per girl, $75-$125 per girl (Older Girls Camps)

Girls Rock Reno – Virtual for 2020

Campers will love this week long music and performance camp.  They will get to write a song to perform with a band formed at the camp, then at the end of the week they will perform at a showcase!

Days/Times: June 17-21. 8am-5pm

Ages: 9-17

Cost: $320

S.T.E.M Summer Camps

Through Challenge Island campers will get to experience fun hands on activities and fun. They will get to experience creative problem solving within each session.  Each session has a different theme. From Fortnite (no computers) to Harry Potter, Slime and more. Camp is at Wooster High School.

Days/Times: Multiple sessions offered. Some camps are in person and some are virtual

Ages: 5-12

Cost: $240 full day

Tahoe Summer Camp CANCELLED for 2020

The camp’s location is at Tahoe Expedition Academy campus in Truckee, California, however, they are not offering a Lacrosse Camp in RENO! They offer tons of different themes and activities for all ages from exploring, rock climbing, lacrosse, STEM and more!

Days/Times: Different sessions throughout the Summer

Ages: Range depending on camp – but they offer something for all ages!

Cost: Vary

Theatreworks of Northern Nevada CANCELLED FOR 2020

Campers will experience the joy of the performing arts through action-packed arts-based activities! There will be daily workshops and an end of session showcase for all performers!

Days/Times: Session 1: June 10th – 14th, 9am-4pm; Session 2: July 29th – August 2nd, 9am-4pm

Ages: 4-10

Cost: $150/per Camper; $120 per Additional Camper (20% Sibling Discount)

Reno Little Theater – Actout Camp – 

Reno Little Theater’s Camps are held in accordance with Washoe County School District’s balanced calendar breaks. Through our diverse curriculum children have the opportunity to experience traditional day camp activities with theatrical flair!

Days/Times: Varies

Ages: 6 and older

Cost: $40 – $50 for virtual camp

Galena Greek Visitor Center Summer Camp CANCELLED FOR 2020

Day Camps are at the Galena Creek Visitor Center, six miles up Mt. Rose Hwy from South Reno, at the first entrance to Galena Creek Recreation Area. Residential Camps start at WeChMe Lodge, the second entrance to Galena Creek Recreation Area, 3/4 mile up Mt. Rose Hwy from Galena Creek Visitor Center.

Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Exploration Camps are provided through a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute.

Days/Times: June 10th-August 9th;

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $225/wk day camps, $450/wk residential

Day Camp with one overnight on Thursday

June 10-14: Wilderness Adventure
June 17 – 21: Wilderness Adventure

Day Camp only

June 24-28: The World of Birds

Residential Camp with limited Day Camp availability

July 1-5: Ecosystem Engineers
July 8-12: The Power of Plants
July 15-19: Wild West Homesteading
July 22-26: Water World Exploration
July 29-August 2: Rock Jocks
August 5-9: Animal Adaptations

Doral Academy Enrichment Courses – 2022 not announced yet

Dragon’s Den Camps are offered for Morning (AM), Afternoon (PM) or Full-time during the camp session.

Days/Times: June 10th-August 13th; 9am-4pm

Ages: 5-14

Cost: Varies on class

Young Explorers

Bring a water bottle, lunch, snack, and possibly a change of clothes for activities that involve water!

Use code “sibling” for 10% off when registering for multiple kiddos. Sign up for the whole session and get one class free on select sessions.

Explore the World Session

Each week we’ll visit a different place around the world. We’ll explore a little about their geography, history, and culture, and do art projects, crafts, read stories, play games, cook, and taste foods from each place. You can sign up for the whole session or just for the dates that work for you.

Days/Times: Tuesdays, June 15 – July 27 from 10am – 2pm

Ages: 6-12 years

Cost: $25 per session

How to Think Like… Session

Join us as we explore the lives of some of the most influential scientists, engineers, and trailblazers throughout history. We’ll do experiments and activities inspired by each person

Days/Times: Thursdays, June 17 – July 29 from 10am – 2pm

Ages: 6-12 years

Cost: $20 per session

Unconfirmed Summer Break Camps

Here are summer break camps that have been confirmed in the past, but we do not see their updated information for this year.

We will also include canceled summer break camps that are not having sessions this year.

Summer Break Camps in Reno, Sparks, Carson City

Did we miss something? If you have a summer break camp or activity that you think we should add to our list,  leave us a comment below with any information you have and we will be sure to get it added!

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