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Exciting Times Are On The Horizon At Pierce County Summer Camps

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When it comes to camps that keep kids moving and engaged all summer, Pierce County is brimming with possibilities! Registrations are open! Check out these camps destined to inspire the very best “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” essays come September:

Rollin’ 253 Skate & Community Center Summer Camp

2101 W Mildred St., Fircrest, WA 98466
2018 Registration is open now.

DeAnne Davidson’s top Pierce County camp pick is 253Skate at 19th and Mildred.

“They have all-day all-week camps for kids,” says DeAnne. “It's a Montessori setting, so kids may not all be doing the same thing at the same time.”

This 12-week camp is in its fifth year. It starts in June and runs weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. And don’t let the word "skate" in the name fool you. From arts and crafts and dance classes to field trips and even a baking class, 253Skate camp is full of creative activities to keep kids active and engaged, not just rolling in circles!

Campers even spend some of their time giving back to their community through the “Doing Good” program. It teams them up to volunteer with local resources like the Emergency Food Network, the Tacoma Rescue Mission and the Northwest Furniture Bank.

Apprentice Academy

13515 82nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98329
Summer camp registration is open now.

Challenge your creative little ones and even teens this summer with camps focused on painting, cartoon-inspired drawing and sculpting!

“Apprentice Academy offers art camps for children and classes and workshops for adults also,” shares Janet Lee. “[It was] founded by artist Mardie Rees and serves Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Port Orchard and Bremerton.”

Gig Harbor Junior Sail Adventure Summer Camp

8209 Stinson Ave., Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Summer camp registration is open now.

Janet’s second camp pick breaks the “screen routine” and gets campers outside! “This is a great camp to get kids and teens on the water learning a new skill and away from the electronics,” she says.

This award-winning summer camp promotes sailing to children ages 6-18 at all skill levels. Building self-esteem, teamwork and a respect for the environment are key to their programs.

4th Annual Hit It Here Summer Baseball Camp

Hosted at Sehmel Homestead Park
10123 78th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Summer camp registration is open now.

This is the first of two summer camps hosted by Windermere Professional Partners’ own Chris Burk.

“My big Camp, 4th annual Hit It Here Summer Baseball, is baseball-specific for kids 7-12 years old,” Chris says. “This will be 12 days long and is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the entire month of July.”

Sign up before June 1, and you can score a reduced registration fee. For details and information, email Chris at, or call him at 253-225-0207.

Summer Adventures!

Hosted in and around Tacoma and Gig Harbor
and at Sehmel Homestead Park
10123 78th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Summer camp registration is open now.

Chris Burk’s second summer camp is brand new this year!

“For the week of Aug 6-10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., I will be taking up to 25 kids out and about in both Gig Harbor and Tacoma,” says Chris. “We will be doing activities like going to Wild Waves, bowling, movies, painting at Java & Clay, put-put golf, and going to various parks around town.” Two of the camp’s 5 days will be held at Sehmel Homestead Park for field sports.

For details and information, email Chris at, or call him at 253-225-0207.

Camp Arnold

33712 Webster Rd E
Eatonville, WA 98328

Vic Jones raves about the Salvation Army’s Camp Arnold, founded in 1966, with its beautiful 670 acres of cabins, trails, and opportunities for endless fun! “Great overnight camp with tons of activities!” says Vic. Click here to learn more about the activities they offer, and click here for summer camp FAQ’s!

Wolf Camp and the Conservation College

1026 14th St SW
Puyallup, WA 98371

Wolf Camp will be held in Puyallup during the first week of July featuring a Wilderness Skills Sampler, and Advanced Nature & Survival themes. Vic Jones recommends a variety of their programs around the Pacific Northwest, from day camps, to overnight camps, and even after-school! Click here to learn more about all Wolf Camp has to offer!

YMCA Camp Seymour

Located at 9725 Cramer Rd. K.P.N. Gig Harbor, WA 98329
Check Site for More Info on Camps & Registration Dates

Linnie Smith recommends this traditionally very popular Gig Harbor spot right out of the gate.

“It's a YMCA camp that hosts the scouts in the summer. They employ fantastic leaders and have all the usual attractions like land & water sports and camp fire songs,” Linnie says. “They also have a zero food waste program that makes a great impact on the kids.”

Vic Jones totally agrees with this recommendation!

For more great camp suggestions, including tips from Janet Lee, Paige Schulte and more, check out our Summer Camp Recommendations for Kids in Gig Harbor!

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