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Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Seattle

Published Dec 13, 2019 | Updated Mar 16, 2020

Summertime is approaching, and it's time to decide where to send the kids to camp. Here are our favorite outdoor and adventure camps in Seattle.

Top Outdoor Camps in Seattle

Now that spring has finally sprung and the weather is heating up, it's time to start thinking about summer. We absolutely love the idea of sending your kids to an outdoor summer camp. Why not let them soak up some sweet Vitamin D and have a blast with their best friends! In order to help, we’ve filtered through all the local outdoor kids camps and compiled a list of the best.

Trackers Earth

Since 2004, Trackers Earth's focus and mission has been to provide Connection to Community, Nature, and Generations beyond our lives. They believe it is important to engage students in exciting and entertaining adventure, to create a safe environment for students to build their own stories, skills, and confidence in the world around them. Like a true Village, they work side by side to ensure bounty and success for all. The instructors are passionate educators teaching real skills and respect for the land. 

Wolf College

Join Wolf College for fun, skill-building summer nature wilderness camps guided by highly trained instructors who specialize in outdoor risk managment.

Youth Overnight Camps are for students ages 9 to 17. Campers learn about wilderness survival, wilderness filming, fishing, or other themes.

Kids Nature Day Camps are for kids ages 6 to 11. Campers learn about wildness survival, animal tracking, wild plants, and more. Student-instructor ratios are 6-1 on average. 

Photo Credit: Wolf Camp, Conservation College & School of Natural Science

Stillwood Camp

Stillwood is located in the Columbia Valley, in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Stillwood offers adrenaline-filled outdoor wilderness camp activities in its day camps, overnight camps, and family camps.

Camp Fire Central Puget Sound

Camp Sealth, owned and operated by Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, is located on Vashon Island, Washington, on 400 acres and enjoys a mile and a half of waterfront on the Puget Sound. It is a great place for a summer filled with adventure.

Camps on offer include Classic Camp, where kids get to explore all activities open to their age group, and speciality camps like Horse Camp, Specialty Camp, Adventure Camp, and Leadership Camp where kids' get to do their speciality activity for 2 to 4 hours a day.

Photo Credit: Camp Fire Central Puget Sound

Tacoma Nature Center

The Tacoma Nature Center offers nature and adventure camps for children ages 4 to 17. Most camps include a field trip, and some go to a new place every day! Some of the camps for older kids have overnight sessions. Join the Tacoma Nature Center for a week of fun outside! Activities include anything from hiking, canoeing, and kayaking to arts projects and games.

Canoe Island French Camp

Canoe Island French Camp is a chance for children to immerse themselves in French language and culture. Beginners in French and students who have been attending French immersion skills are invited to spend the summer at Canoe Island. Many of the counselors are from France or francophone countries.

The camp takes place on a private island in Puget Sound. A maximum or 50 campers are enrolled in each session. Campers will lodge in canvas tipis with beds, mattresses, and electricity. 

The Mountaineers

Young adventurers are invited to join the Mountaineers for a fun-filled day camp, packed with traditional summer camp games, songs, and lots of outdoor activities like rock climbing, swimming, and outdoor skills. Day camps are run in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bremerton.

The Mountaineers also offers overnight camps where campers get to explore Mt. Rainier, Mt. Erie, Mt. Baker, the Cascades, and the Olympics. Campers will learn essential mountaineering skills, have nightly campfires, and get lots of exercise.

Photo Credit: The Mountaineers

Wilderness Awareness School

During Wilderness Awareness School's summer camps, kids are encouraged to explore the wonder of the world around them. Kids will learn skills required to survive in the outdoors. They will also learn about wildlife tracking, plant identification, ecology, birds, and more. 

Camps are kept at small student-to-teacher ratios, so instructors cam emphasize experience-based learning. 

If this article sparked your curiosity and you are now in hot pursuit of discovering the most epic outdoor summer camp for your kids, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive list of summer camps. Finding the coolest local kids camps and classes is our specialty, and we are more than happy to help!

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