With so many screens within arms reach, it can be difficult to get kids outside and exploring, even in a place as replete with options as Park City. If you want to get your brood out of the house for some fresh air, you can let these fantastic camps do the heavy lifting.
Utah Olympic Park FUNdamentals
Designed for kids ages 7-10, the Utah Olympic Park's FUNdamentals Camp is all about introducing the next crop of athletes to a variety of sports. Each week of camp focuses on a different sport, including tennis, swimming, water polo, sailing, golf, and more. In addition to the featured sport, kids start each day with a physical education classes to refine their agility, balance, coordination, and general movement skills and participate in gymnastics, skate boarding, and an art class. The camp runs Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with sessions available in June, July, and August. Check out the full schedule and featured sports here.
For a survey of the best Park City outdoors has to offer, check out the Summit Land Conservancy's Outdoor Explorers Camp. This five day camp gets kids out on mini-adventures mountain biking, trekking, river rafting, and bouldering around town. Outdoor Explorers also introduces youngsters to sustainable food and the natural/cultural history of Park City's surroundings, learning ecology, botany, biology, and wildlife outside the traditional classroom. Camps are offered for kids ages 5-6 and 7-12 years old with sessions in June, July, and August. Find out more via the Summit Land Conservancy website.
Park City Sailing Camp
Just because Utah is landlocked doesn't mean there aren't plenty of ways to get on the water. Kids ages 5 to 18 are all welcome to come out to the Jordanelle State Park for Sailing Camp. Introductory camps focus on getting kids to feel comfortable around boats and introduces the basics of sailing. More advanced students have the opportunity to refine their skills and even participate in out-of-state races. Half day and full day options are available and sessions run June through August. For more details, visit the Park City Sailing website.
Park City Recreation Adventure Camp
PC Recreation offers numerous camps, with activities ranging from skateboarding to fly fishing, archery, and beyond (all of which are worth looking into). However, if your kids would like a sampler plate of what Park City has to offer, we recommend checking out the challenging Adventure Camp which includes activities such as rock climbing, sailing, river rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and much more. Open to kids ages 9 to 13 years old, this is a great way to explore different opportunities and make friends along the way. Camps run in week long session, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during June, July, and August. See the PC MARC website for more details.
Swaner Summer Camps
For all the little lovers of wildlife and future scientists, we suggest checking out the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter's summer camp programs. Your child will get outside and learn all about the natural world through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Each camp has a different theme, ranging from EcoExplorers who focus on the wetlands to FUNdamental Science where kids get into bubbling, fizzing, and exploding experiments, and beyond. Registration opened in March, but there are still a few spots left! Camp sessions are for youth entering K-8; camp counselor leadership opportunities are also available for teens 9th-12th grade. Sessions run Monday - Friday and are available June - August. Find out more here.
Calling all young mountain bikers! The Young Riders Youth Mountain Biking week long camps get your kids out on the trail with experienced guides. Camps are designed to be a "crash course in mountain biking Park City," meaning they meet the needs of of never-ever riders up through intermediates with a special Pee-Wee category for 5-7 years old kids riding on 16″ & 20″ rims. While hitting the trail, kids will learn mountain bike safety, proper riding technique (climbing, descending, obstacles, and proper fit), and trail etiquette. Camps sessions run are 3 hours (2 for kids ages 5-7) and are available for kids ages 5-13 from June to August. Learn more about Young Riders via their website.