Summer camp roundup

Arts opportunities include fine arts camps and STAR program

Not surprisingly for a city full of artists and art lovers, Juneau doesn’t let its kids down when it comes to arts opportunities during the summer months. Arts-minded kids have their choice of two high-quality arts camps -- Juneau Fine Arts Camp and Sitka Fine Arts Camp -- both of which boast instruction from highly regarded artists from Southeast and beyond in a variety of disciplines, from fine art to music. Kids also have the chance to step up their acting skills with professional directors and educators from Perseverance Theatre through the Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous, an intensive program that includes daily workshops.


And that’s just the Arts. Also listed here are the Zach Gordon Youth Center’s wide-ranging activity-based camps, Discovery Southeast’s Outdoor Explorers camp, and the Juneau Economic Development Council’s Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Camps, among others.

(To help stave off any feelings of jealousy adults may experience after reading this list, here’s something new: Sitka Fine Arts Camp now offers a camp for grown-ups.)

Read on for details.



Juneau Fine Arts Camp, a annual program of Juneau Dance Unlimited, will be held this year from June 3-28 at Juneau Douglas High School. New this year, is a collaboration with Sealaska Heritage Institute artists, including Donald Gregory and Shaadootlaa. Other highlights include two dance workshops with professional dancers from Weber Dance company of Boston, and Spoken Word workshops with Woosh Kinaadeiyí poets including Christy Namee Eriksen.

Fine Arts Camp is open to kids entering kindergarten through 6th grade, with different classes offered for different age groups. Kids can sign up for mornings (9 a.m.-noon), afternoons (12:30-2:30 p.m.) or both, and can attend for single weeks or the whole month of classes. Three sessions are offered during morning classes, and two in the afternoons.

Space is limited, and classes are filling up fast.

Here’s a look at the offerings:

Soap-stone carving and Printmaking with Diane Anderson

Outsider art with Leslie Rosenberg

Paper-making & collage with Sherri McDonald

Musical exploration with Cathy Pashigian

Cooking with Lynn Van Kirk and Freddie Cummings

Puppetry and Clowning Sarah Campen

Drawing & painting with Giselle Stone

Lotions & potions with Ariel Ginn

Ukulele with Amy O’Neill-Houck and Rhonda Gardinier

Science & art with Ann Ferlauto

Repurposed fabrications with Ariel Lyon

Curious constructions with Leslie Rosenberg

Knitting with Amy O’Neill-Houck

The Art of movement with Dirk Miller

Jewelry & flair with Ariel Ginn

Sealaska Heritage Institute Series (week one and two: Donald Gregory will teach formline design the first week and carving the second week. Week three: Shaadootlaa will teach traditional face stamping and painting. Week four: food gathering and cooking, guest artist TBA)

Storytelling through dance and great American dance styles with Weber Dance Company

Spoken word with Woosh Kinaadeiyí spoken word artist Christy Namee Eriksen and poetry slam champions.

Rates are $100/week or $400/month for morning sessions, $75/week or $300/month for afternoons, or $175/week or $700/month for all day. Pre-camp care is also available for $10 per day, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Register online at


Sitka Fine Arts Camp offers art classes in a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, theater, music, fine art and writing. Registration for this camp begins early in the spring, and classes tend to fill up fast, but as of this week late registrations were still being accepted in classes with available space.

Camp is divided into elementary school (June 10-14), middle school (June 16-29) and high school sessions (June 30 – July 14).

Elementary School Sessions are a week long and this year include a general arts camp ($155), a circus camp ($155) and a string camp ($125). All three are non-residential.

The Middle School Session is a two-week residential camp. More than 60 different classes are offered in theater, dance, music, creative writing, visual arts, Alaska Native arts, and digital arts. Fees are $1085 for dorm students, and $730 for day students

High School Session is also a two-week residential camp. Other offerings for high schoolers include a musical theater camp, for those in grade 10 through college sophomores, offered July 14-28; a Native Jazz Workshop, for those in grade 8 through adult, offered July 14-20; and Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop, for advanced high school students and adults, offered July 20-27.

This year, for the first time, adults can also take classes from June 10-14. Evening classes will be offered in theater, Athabaskan beading, African drumming, poetry, painting, ceramics, and animation. Cost varies by class.

Contact the camp office at (907) 747-3085 to register or visit for more information.


The Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) program, operated by Perseverance Theatre, is a five-week youth acting program, providing theatrical training and performance opportunities to students aged 10-18 who are excited about theater. Acceptance into STAR is based on an interview with the program director, but students with little to no experience are welcome.

Participants will work with local and out-of-town professional directors and designers on one of three shows: Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” with director Doniece Gott; the musical “Guys and Dolls Jr.”, with director Dawn Kolden; or the classic story of “Cinderella.” with director Ekatrina Oleska Sotomayor, who has returned to Juneau for the project.

In addition to rehearsals, students will participate in daily workshops on voice, movement and acting technique. Camp runs from July 8-Aug. 11 and the cost is $450.

For more details, contact Shona Strauser at 364-2421 ext. 232 or visit



Zach Gordon Youth Center camps run every week through early August, and are held at the youth center, 396 Whittier Ave., in the Willoughby district downtown. Most are suitable for kids 8-11; see each listing for details. Register by calling 586-2635, or visiting the center. For more information, visit

Here’s a look at what’s planned for each week:

Spectacular Sandcastles Camp, June 3-7, 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 8-13. $80.

Summer Olympics Camp, June 10-14, 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 9-13. $80.

Fishing Friends Camp, June 17-21, 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 7-11. $80. Note: This camp is full as of May 22, but five spaces are available on the waiting list.

Adventure Treasure Chest Camp, June 25, 26, 27; 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For ages 9-13. $80.

Go Fish Camp, July 1, 2, 3, 5; 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 7-11. $65.

Fishy Times Camp, July 8-12; 1-4:30 p.m. . For ages 7-11. $80.

H2Awesome Camp, July 15-19; 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 9-13. $80.

Arts Around Town Camp, July 22-26; 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 8-13. $80.

Fun Runners Camp, July 29- Aug. 2; 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 9-13. $80.

Wilderness Walks Camp, Aug. 5-9; 1-4:30 p.m. For ages 9-13. $80


The STEM AK program, operated by the Juneau Economic Development Council, offers a variety of week-long camps for kids of all ages. Most are hosted at Thunder Mountain High School. Find out more at

Here are the details:

Fly to Learn Ground School, June 10-14. Focuses on the science, engineering, and technology of flying; kids will design, build and fly their own virtual planes. For students entering grades 7-9, held at Thunder Mountain High School. $125.

Geocaching and GPS Camp, June 17-19. Participants will navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. For students entering grades 6-8, this camp is held at Thunder Mountain High School. $75.

App Camp, June 17-21. Focuses on programming basics so kids can design and program their own web-based app. No experience necessary. For students entering grades 7-12, held at Thunder Mountain High School. $75.

First LEGO Programming Camp, July 8-12. A robotics camp held at Thunder Mountain High School for kids ages 9 to 14 at two levels, beginners and advanced. Note: The beginners session is now full, but interested kids can be placed on a wait list. $60.

Sun to Sea, July 8-12. Held at NOAA Auke Bay Laboratories, this camp connects kids in grades 7 and 8 with scientists and experts from NOAA. Note: This camp is now full, but interested kids can be placed on a wait list. $200.

Build Your Own Skateboard, July 22-26 for girls and July 29-Aug. 2 for boys. Kids will learn the science and engineering of designing custom skateboards. For students entering grades 7-10, held at Thunder Mountain High School. $185.

Kitchen Chemistry, Aug. 5-9. An exploration of various methods used in cooking food and some of the chemistry involved in food preparation. Held at Thunder Mountain High School, this camp is open to kids in grades 4-6. $110.



Organized by Discovery Southeast, this camp focuses on exploring Juneau’s trails, beaches, flora and fauna. The camp is organized around a different theme every week, June 10-Aug. 5, and each session includes hikes and explorations, games, an art project, and a presentation by a local expert on Southeast’s natural history. It is open to kids open to kids ages 7-12, except where noted below. Fees are $165/members and $195/non-members.

For more information, and to register, visit

Here’s a look at the offerings:

Glacier Goonies, June 10-14. High adventure with Juneau’s landforms.

Juneau Rocks, June 17-21. Geology, mining history and more.

Beachcombers, June 24-28. Explore low tide and learn about intertidal life.

Wilderness Adventures (for kids ages 10-12), July 1-5. A different adventure every day.

Journey Downstream, July 8-12. Explore how watersheds work, from streams to the ocean. Activities may include fly fishing and paddle boarding.

Eco-Ninjas, July 15-19. Connect the clues to find out how nature works.

Beachcombers II, July 22-27. More beach exploration.

Alpine Explorers (for kids ages 10-12). July 29-Aug 2. Gain a perspective from above.

Our Wild Backyard, Aug 5-9. Exploring Juneau’s wild side.


Kids ages 10-13 can explore nature and science in the Dredge Lakes area through this camp, organized by the USFS. Each week features a new theme, as listed below. and the cost is $125 per week.

For more, visit, and click on the camp link under “Highlights” in the right-side bar.

Here’s a look at the themes:

Flora Factories, June 10-14

Into the Woods, June 17-21

Fur and Feathers, June 24-28

Minerals Rock!, July 8-12

Art in Nature, July 15-19

Water Wonders, July 22-26

Bring Back The Past!, Aug 5-9

Outdoor Adventures, Aug 12-16


Even girls who aren’t Girl Scouts can participate in this camp, open to those ages 5-18 (but it is for girls only). Activities include arts and crafts, nature activities, hiking, outdoor cooking, and more. It is held out at the Eagle River Methodist Camp, Aug. 5-10, and the cost is $240.

For more, visit



This basketball camp is led by current and former high school, college, and pro players and coaches, and is organized through JDHS. Participants should be interested in fundamental skill development and games. Two weeks of camp are offered to both boys and girls, divided into two sessions. Session one, June 10-14, is for those entering grades 2-8, and Session 2, June 17-22, is for students entering grades 8-12. Camp is held at the Harborview gym, Marie Drake gym, or JDHS main gym. $95. For more, visit


This day camp, held at Thunder Mountain High School June 26-29, focuses on fundamental and advanced basketball skills, and is open to athletes entering grades 3-8. Kids will be split up into appropriate groups. Cost for the week is $100.

For more information, visit


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