Mercer Island Summer Camp Guide 2017

March 11, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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[Looking for our 2018 Summer Camp Guide?  Click HERE]
The 2017 My MI guide to summer camps on Mercer Island is here!
Summer is coming up fast, so we’ve rounded up all of the awesome summer camps happening on Mercer Island. With so many options to choose from, your child is bound to be a happy camper all summer long.
[Please note that this guide will be updated with new camp information as it becomes available.]

City of Mercer Island VOICE / SVP Programs

Location: Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, 2040 84th Avenue SE, or other location depending on project
For 6th – 11th grade students

VOICE (Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere) and SVP (Summer Volunteer Program) provide structured group community service opportunities to Mercer Island middle and high school age youth.

This eight-week summer program partners with over fifty community organizations and nonprofits, and our participants volunteer over 10,000 hours each summer. The SVP Program is for current 6th and 7th grade students, and the VOICE Program is for current 8th – 11th grade students.

SVP participants are expected to commit to at least four projects each summer, and VOICE participants are expected to commit to at least eight. Additionally, VOICE participants will have the option of participating in our Social Justice Film Festival (SJFF) as one of their projects.

*2017 VOICE/SVP Program Registration Opens March 20th until April 21st
VOICE: Current 8th – 11th Graders: Register here
SVP: Current 6th and 7th Graders: Register here

For Frequently Asked Questions about the VOICE/SVP Program, check out their FAQ page >>

CrossFit Kids Summer Camp

Location: Mercer Island CrossFit, 2750 SE 77th St
Date/Time: July 17 – July 21, 1 – 4 pm
For Ages 6 – 10

Join Mercer Island CrossFit for a weeklong camp incorporating CrossFit, social skills, team building, emotion regulation, nutrition and FUN!!!! Sessions are led by a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Kids coach. During camp, your child will be introduced to healthy movements, team building activities, social skills, emotion regulation, and healthy eating habits. They will learn about nutrition and make healthy snacks while moving and engaging in individual and team activities.

Register at, click SERVICES > CrossFit Kids > CrossFit Kids Summer Camp

For more information, please contact Allison McGee at [email protected], or 206-595-2011

Definitive Dance Studio Summer Classes

Location: Definitive Dance Studio, 8451 SE 68th Street
Dates & Times: July 10 – August 5, afternoons
For ages 3 – 12+ 

Summer classes are a great opportunity to not only improve dance technique, but also to try other dance styles. Students are encouraged to register for the entire month; however, drop-in classes are available with purchase of a class-card. (See website for details about purchasing a class-card.)

Classes for New Students: 

  • Creative Movement: Age 3 – 4
  • Pre-Dance: Age 5 – 6
  • Level 1: Age 7 + Up
  • Level 2 – 4: By Placement*
  • Teen Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary: Age 12 + Up

Students must be enrolled in Ballet in order to be enrolled in Jazz, Contemporary, or Lyrical.
*If your student has prior dance training, please email [email protected] for placement information.

Classes for Returning Students:
For Summer, students should be enrolled in the same level they were in during the prior school year. Placements are based on the students ability, drive, and the school population as a whole. Students may be moved around at the beginning of the school year based on level enrollment and the teacher. If students do not have a strong foundation, it may be difficult for them to progress.
Register for Summer Classes >>
Visit the Definitive Dance Studio website >>

Destination Science

Location: Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE
Dates: Listed with each camp
For ages 5 – 11

For over 15 years, Destination Science has been focused on creating lifelong learners by making science fun, exploratory, and interactive. Their 2017 programs offer a chance to celebrate curiosity with NEW camps, NEW experiments, and NEW intentional learning through full-day science camps.

Click the links below to register for each individual camp.
Coaster Science & Mad Chemistry Camp, June 26 – 30 and July 24 – 28
Construct your own ride and mix up molecules! Step right up and accept the challenge to design and take home a wacky wall coaster and 3 mini electronic roller coasters. Burst into the world of chemistry by creating the Destination Science mad lab show, complete with experiments that will blow your mind. Then, race your way into Physics with the all-new race car catapulting speedway.

Robotic Mystery Camp, July 3 – 7
Robots rule this summer! Build your own Rescue Bot, then race, battle, and challenge your robot creation. This high-tech camp includes a super sound amplifier, electronic catapult game, magnetic benders, and constructing your own VR goggles to take home.

Crazy Contraption & Demolition Camp, July 10 – 14
Build, demolish, build again, and take home your own space fort! At our Engineer Convention, design forts and pods to withstand meteorite impacts and high winds to sustain life on a distant planet. Experience the ultimate in exploration in your life size Mars colony. Then, explore the science behind Newton’s Laws, inventing games, forces of flight, bubble science, botany, and more.

Journey into Space & Movie Making Camp, July 17 – 21
Attention all Astronauts! This is mission control. Your objective: to build your own motorized Mars Rover, use solar power to collect Martian samples and join the Mars rover race. Explore the moon telescopically, golf to our inner & outer planets, and dig into earth science. Use Mars facts and your imagination as you produce your own “Out of this World” stop motion movie, and take home your own movie set to continue the fun!
Visit the Destination Science website >>

Island Hoop Camps 2017

Locations: Islander Middle School and Mercer Island High School
Dates: Weekly camps offered from the week of June 19th to week of July 5th
For students entering grades 1 – 8 

Island Hoop Camps focus on the fundamental skills of basketball – footwork, shooting form, ball handling, passing, finishing, defense, and competition. The “Island Fundamentals” camps take a comprehensive approach to player development, while the “Island Skills” camps are more focused on specific aspects of the game.

Players entering grades 5-8 are asked to attend the Island Fundamentals Camps (Camps #1-3) as a prerequisite for participation in the Island Skills Camps (Camps #4-6). Players can do both camps during week two.
Island Hoop Camps are available for players of all skill levels and gender.

June 19 – 22

  • Camp 1: Island Fundamentals, Grades 1-6, 9 – 11:30 am (at ISM)
  • Camp 2: Island Fundamentals, Grades 5-8, 12:30 – 3 pm (at MIHS)

June 26 – 29

  • Camp 3: Island Fundamentals, Grades 1-6, 9 – 11:30 am (at MIHS)
  • Camp 4: Island Skills: Handling the Rock, Grades 5-8, 12:30 – 3 pm (June 26th & 27th, 2 days) (at IMS)
  • Camp 5: Island Skills: Shooting the Rock, Grades 5-8, 12:30 – 3 pm (June 28th & 29th, 2 days) (at IMS)

July 5-6

  • Camp 6: Island Skills: Scoring the Rock, Grades 5-8, 9 – 11:30 am (2 days) (at MIHS)

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Swendrowski at [email protected].
Visit TeamSnap to Register >>
For more information on MIHS Basketball, visit their website >>

Jr Hoopsters Girls Summer Camp

Location: Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St
Dates: June 19 – 22, 9 – 11:30 am
For girls entering grades K – 8th 

Girls: come out and learn basketball skills, while also having fun! You’ll learn valuable basketball skills from MIHS Girls Basketball Varsity Coach Gillian d’Hondt, as well as other MI Girls Basketball players, all at the MIHS Main Gym. This camp has an excellent  coach to camper ratio so you can develop strong techniques in dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and ball handling. There will also be contests and awards!
Visit the MI Girls Basketball website to register >>

Kids Co. at Island Park: Summer Day Camps 2017

Location: Northwood Elementary, 4030 86th Ave SE
Dates: Weekly camps offered from week of June 21 to week of August 21

The Kids Co. Summer Day Camps are full day programs that keep kids active all summer long. Their fun summer programs offer a variety of experiences so your kid will have a memorable summer. Each week is inventively themed with activities and projects related to the theme.

Week 1: Heroes and Villains (June 21 – 23)
This week kicks off with “getting to know you” activities through fun team building group games and projects. We will also be learning more about our favorite super heroes and villains while exploring how their characteristics can make our kids everyday heroes.

Week 2: Building a Business (June 26 – 30)
Creating a business is a ton of Fun at Kids Co. Kids will join together to make a business, come up with a name, design a logo, and create their own currency to give share with the rest of the kids. They’ll do some market research by learning the interests of the other kids before deciding on a product, creating it, and opening their very own store front.

Week 3: Fine Arts Camp (July 3 – 7…closed Tuesday, July 4)
Fine arts week will focus on the different mediums that artists use, from Jackson Pollock to street artists, in order to create their masterpieces. We will look at examples from various artists, and then we’ll provide the supplies to allow our little budding artists to create amazing works of art.

Week 4: World Tastes (July 10 – 14)
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at rolling your own sushi or tasting food from another country? World Tastes week will give us a chance to explore other cultures through eating their food and talking about their culture, all while on our own city of Mercer Island.

Week 5: The Great Outdoors (July 17 – 21)
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This week, we will explore the great outdoors and everything the beautiful pacific northwest has to offer. We will learn how to identify different plants and animals as well as learn different types of survival skills, such as how to create a shelter and simple first aid.

Week 6: Construct It Week (July 24 – July 28)
Building is the name of the game this week as kids try their hand at construction and design activities. There will be small scale projects using LEGOs and paper crafts. For the large project of the week, kids will take on the roles of architects and construction workers as they build a town in the gym large enough for them to play in.

Week 7: All Sorts of Sports (July 31 – August 3…closed Friday, August 4)
Ready, set, get sweaty! Remember to bring your own water bottle this week, because we will be running, jumping, and shooting hoops. We will spend time learning about popular and unusual sports. Kids will even get the chance to create their own sports!

Week 8: Scientific Survey (August 7 – 11)
This is a wonderful week for kids to dabble in a variety of scientific disciplines. We’ll explore chemistry, discover local plants through botany, use physics to save an egg from a large fall, and much more. Our goal is to inspire kids to ask questions and try to find answers about the world around them.

Week 9: With My Hands (August 14 – 18)
A week devoted to tactical activities and giving others a helping hand, kids will feel a sense of accomplishment after completing projects, like sculptures and finger painting, with their own hands. They will also learn about stewardship of our environment and how they can help in their local community.

Week 10: Best Week Ever! (August 21 – 25…last day of camp Friday, August 25)
You heard it here first: no kid will want to miss the last week of Summer with us! We will revisit the most popular projects from the summer and surprise the kids with exciting new projects and activities. The kids and staff will plan a penny carnival for the last day of summer, with raffle prizes and much more!

For more information and to register, visit the Kid’s Co. website >>

Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club

Kids’ Summer Camp 2017

Location: Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave SE

Dates: Weekly camps offered from week of June 19 to week of August 21

For 4th – 5th graders
During these action packed summer camps, Challengers (4th/5th graders) will go on a different field trip three times a week. Whether we hit the beach, tour a local restaurant, hike up Rattlesnake Ledge, or visit Wild Waves, there’s always an adventure awaiting us. Please send the following items with your child: nut-free lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit, and towel.

Below are the themes for each summer week.

  • School’s Out For Summer
  • Animal Planet
  • Pop Culture
  • Up In The Air
  • Need For Speed
  • Zip Zap
  • Nature Walks
  • A League of Their Own
  • Blue Crush
  • The Final Countdown

For dates/times, specific details, and to sign up, visit the Kids’ Programs page >>
For questions, please contact Dena Harkovitch (206.436.1952)

Teen Summer Camps 2017

Location: Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave SE
Dates: Weekly camps offered from week of June 19 to week of August 21
For 6th – 8th graders
Middle School Summer Day Camps will strive to provide an enriching summer experience for every middle-schooler (6th – 8th grade). Through a variety of exciting weekly themes, campers will participate in a variety of activities! Your middle-schooler will leave each session having discovered new interests and talents, made new friends, and created life-long memories. Please send the following items with your child: nut-free lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit, and towel.
Below are themes for each summer week:

  • School’s Out For Summer
  • Animal Planet
  • Pop Culture
  • Up In The Air
  • Need For Speed
  • Zip Zap
  • Nature Walks
  • A League of Their Own
  • Blue Crush
  • The Final Countdown

For dates/times, specific details, and to sign up, visit the Teen Programs page >>
For questions, please contact Dena Harkovitch (206.436.1952)

Teen Employment, Counselor-In-Training/Summer Volunteer Opportunity

Locations: Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club and Field Trips, 4120 86th Ave SE
Dates/Times: All summer in weekly increments from 9 am to 4 pm
For 9th – 12th graders
This program enables youth to give back to their community and develop their leadership and service skills. High school students can help with supervising field trips, serving snacks, running activities, and will receive positive encouragement and guidance.
For more information and to sign up for CIT/Summer Volunteer, visit their website  and scroll down to ‘Teen Employment’

For questions, please contact Sinclair Ballmes (206.436.1953)

Mercer Island Martial Arts 

Location: Mercer Island Martial Arts, 2630 77th Ave SE, Suite 106-108
Dates/Times: Weekly Camps starting week of June 19 until week of August 21, 9 am – 5 pm

For ages 5+
During a typical day at Mercer Island Martial Arts Summer Camp, kids will have between 3-4 formal martial arts classes and will also learn valuable life skills such as anti-bullying, anger management, leadership skills, and community service. Additionally, they will do art lessons and outdoor park activities, and every Friday, the kids will have a big celebration and party. While the camps are highly structured, the kids have a lot of fun. These camps are a great way to get an introduction to martial arts or to get a leg up on your current martial arts training.
To register, call 206-230-9050 or email [email protected].
For more details, visit the Mercer Island Martial Arts Summer Camp website >>

Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department

The Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide variety of partial-day and full-day summer camps!
For full information, such as specific dates, times, and registration information for each camp, please visit the 2017 Spring/Summer Camps & Programs Guide. Registration may take place through the MI Parks & Recreation Department or through a partnering organization. For camps ran by MI Parks & Recreation, you can register online through MI Rec Connect.

Below, the My MI Guide includes the age range, location, and a brief description for the 2017 summer camps, organized by theme: Day Camps, Creative Camps, Sports Camps, and Aquatic Camps.
Visit the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department website >>

Day Camps
Safety Town (Ages 3 – 5)
Location: West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Ave SE
This camp is a must for all preschoolers! There will be special visits each day from visitors teaching us how to stay safe. Topics include: Police, Fire, Earthquake, Bus Riding, Bike safety and more! Please bring a healthy snack and water bottle each day.

Mini Mercer Camp (Ages 3 – 5)
Location: West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Ave SE
This camp is a perfect fit for parents and campers! Each week has a creative and educational theme that includes activities, games, arts, and crafts.  Themes include: Princesses, Knights, and Enchanted Tales; Slugs, Snails and Slime; Bubbles, Sparkles, and Sequins; and Sunny with a Chance of FUN!

Camp Mercer (Ages 6 – 11)
Location: Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Experience a summer camp packed full of adventure, crafts, field trips, swimming, friends, educational activities and so much more! Campers will need to bring a lunch, swimsuit, sunscreen, towel and water bottle every day. Weekly themes include: Animal Planet, Rainforest Adventure, Challenge Week, Goin’ Green, Under the Sea, Infinity and Beyond, Camp Mercer’s Got Talent, Splish Splash, and Movin’ & Groovin’.

Cooking Camps With Cook, Learn, Grow!
Location: Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Cook, Learn, Grow returns with NEW 5-day and all-day camp options for professional food literacy education. These camps provide individualized attention of age appropriate cooking techniques. Campers gain self-confidence, academic reinforcement, and life skills for a healthy lifestyle.

Movie Star Camp (Ages 7-15)
Location: West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Ave SE
Lights, camera, action! Movie Star Camp lets campers learn film acting skills and then actually be in a short film. The movie is shot by professionals, and then campers are given a chance to walk the red carpet at their very own movie premiere, complete with paparazzi and fans!

Adventure Playground Camp (Ages 6-11)
Location: Adventure Playground at Deane’s Children’s Park, 5500 Island Crest Way
Participants will design and build forts, tree houses, and more with the instruction of camp staff, professional builders, and naturalists. This outdoor camp will include elements of planning, building, and outdoor recreation – all while incorporating teamwork and fun!
Register for all Day Camps through MI Rec Connect >>

Creative Camps
Art for Kids Camp (Ages 5 – 12)
Location: West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Ave SE
Kids will create fun projects and explore creativity using pen and ink, charcoal, soft and oil pastels, and acrylics (all supplies furnished). Dress to get messy! Students will complete approximately 8 finished art pieces. Please bring a snack each day! For more information on Art for Kids, visit
Register through MI Rec Connect >>

Jeff Johnson’s Cartooniversity Day Camp (Ages 9 – 14)
Location: West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Ave SE
A unique opportunity for kids of all skill levels to learn  cartoon drawing from local editorial cartoonist Jeff Johnson. Multiple projects allow students to explore a wide range of cartooning techniques. All supplies furnished by instructor. Visit Jeff Johnson’s website at
Register through MI Rec Connect >>

Mary Art Adventures (Ages 5 – 12)
Location: West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Ave SE
Campers will learn how to draw through guided lessons in a supportive, fun environment. Each day, campers will explore the wonderful world of nature and animals through learning about different habitat at Woodland Park Zoo and then drawing an animal in its habitat using oil pastels, a very versatile medium. Visit instructor Mary Watson’s website at
Register through MI Rec Connect >>

LEGO Camps with Play-Well (Ages 5 – 12)
Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Dream It. Build It. Wreck It. Repeat. Kids are already naturally gifted creators, but they get added inspiration from specially trained instructors. While they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, campers will explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They’ll also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.

Classes include:

  • Intro to STEM with Lego (3 different sessions)
  • STEM Challenge with LEGO (3 different sessions)
  • JEDI Engineering using LEGO
  • JEDI Master Engineering using LEGO
  • Girl Powered Intro to STEM with LEGO
  • Girl Powered STEM Challenge with LEGO
  • JediCraft Advernture Game
  • JediCraft Survival Game using LEGO
  • Construction Vehicles and Machines using LEGO
  • Art and Architecture using LEGO
  • Mine, Craft, Build: Adventure Game using LEGO
  • Mine, Craft, Build: Survival Game using LEGO

Visit the MI Parks & Recreation Camp Guide for camp times, dates, and age ranges >>
Visit the Play-Well Programs page for Camp Descriptions >>
Register for all LEGO classes through >>

Video Game Design by Youth Tech Inc.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street

Youth Tech Inc. is an interactive computer camp that focuses on providing students with enrichment opportunities within the world of computers. With a caring environment at the core of camp values, Youth Tech strives to create a positive learning community that encourages creativity, fun, and academic excellence. YouthTech Inc. will stay with students in between camps if they are registered for both camps.

iGame Creators (Ages 6 – 10)
This is an introductory course for younger students who want to learn how to build simple video games. This course combines the art of video game design and animation to create interactive characters that fly around the screen.

Animation (Ages 6 – 10)
In this class, students will learn the basics of animation and digital design. Students who enjoy fun interactive animations will love this course, as they will utilize award-winning software to create their own animations.

iCode (Ages 6 – 12)
This course offers younger students a fun, interactive look at coding. Students will create virtual apps and write programs that they can share with friends and family. This course makes learning to code fun and explores problem solving and programming logic.

Video Game Design (Ages 6 – 12)
This camp provides students with a fun, interactive look at the world of video game design and development. Students will learn the basics of video game design and will produce different interactive video games.
Register for these camps through MI Rec Connect >>
Visit Youth Tech Inc.’s website for more information >>

Sports Camps
Challenger British Soccer Camps (Ages 5 – 14)
Location: South Mercer Playfield, 8334 SE 78th St
Challenger Sports is the largest soccer camp operator in the United States! This year’s camps include a Mini & First Kicks Camp for beginning players and Half and Full-Day Camps for more advanced players. Each camp features an international coaching staff, low coach-to-player ratio, and age/ability-specific curriculum. *Bring your own shin-guards, soccer shoes, water, and snack.
Register through Challenger Sports >>

Cheer Camp with Eastside Dream Elite (Ages 5 – 14)
Location: Homestead Park, 8100 SE 40th St, or Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Learn to be a cheerleader! These half-day and full-day camps are designed for those who want to cheer, jump, and dance. Participants will be divided into age appropriate groups and will learn to perform cheers and a dance routine. *Bring a snack, water, tennis shoes, and wear comfortable clothes.
Register through MI Rec Connect >>

Gary Payton Youth Skills Academy Basketball Camp (Ages 5 – 18)
Location: Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
From rookie to veteran, this is a great camp for kids who love basketball! Campers will practice form shooting, ball handling, defense, defensive techniques, one-on-one moves, passing, and conditioning. NBA affiliates are scheduled to appear, pending availability. (Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Shawn Kemp, Spencer Hawes, and Isaiah Thomas appeared in 2014.)
Register through Elite Youth Camps >>

Gymnastics Camp (Ages 3 – 12)
Location: Mercer Island High School Gymnastics Room, 9100 SE 42nd St
The emphasis is on FUN in this gymnastics camp ran by certified and trained instructors from the Cascade Elite Gymnastics Training Center. Instruction is based on overall skill development.
Register through MI Rec Connect >>

Mini Mercer Sports / Little Champs (Ages 4 – 6)
Location: Homestead Park (unless noted otherwise), 8100 SE 40th St
Join our enthusiastic and athletic summer staff for an awesome summer learning new sports skills at this fun-filled camp. Weekly themes include Multi Sport, Wacky Sports, Soccer, T-Ball, Golf & Frolf, Team Sports, and Track & Field.
Register through MI Rec Connect >>

Skyhawks Tennis Camp – Beginner (Ages 4 – 6)
Location: Luther Burbank Tennis Courts, 2040 84th Ave SE
Skyhawks Tennis Academy’s introductory program aims to teach the fundamentals of tennis and build each player’s confidence on a smaller 36’ court. Oversized low compression tennis balls, foam balls, junior rackets, and other age specific equipment will be provided to aid in your child’s tennis-playing development.
Register through Skyhawks Sport Camps >>

Skyhawks Tennis CampAll Levels (Ages 7 – 12)
Location: Luther Burbank Tennis Courts, 2040 84th Ave SE
Whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced player, this program will improve your game and help you get more enjoyment from tennis. Our tennis programs focus on skill refinement as well as practice and match play in order to develop consistent, well-rounded tennis players. Don’t forget your racket, water bottle, and sunscreen!
Register through Skyhawks Sport Camps >>

TetraBrazil Soccer Camp (Ages 7 – 16)
Location: South Mercer Playfield, 8334 SE 78th St
Also offered by Challenger Sports, TetraBrazil will inspire players to practice and improve their ball control, foot skills, and impressive Brazilian-style soccer moves. Brazilian soccer coaches challenge players to raise their game and reach new heights within an excellent learning environment. *Bring your own shin-guards, soccer shoes, water, and snack.
Register through Challenger Sports >>

Aquatics / Boating Camps
Location for all Aquatics camps: Luther Burbank Docks, 2040 84th Ave SE
Youth sailing camps at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park are taught by Sail Sand Point, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Camps are taught by certified instructors using US Sailing curriculum and adhere to their model of providing sailing instruction through safety, fun, and learning.

Sailing – Junior Opti Camp (Ages 6 – 8)
The goal of this camp is to give kids a sense of confidence on the boat and a love for sailing and the water. There are two sailors in each Opti, giving kids a chance to meet new friends and share the fun. This camp includes more direct supervision than the Opti program due to participant age.

Sailing Camps – Opti 1, 2 & 3 (Ages 8 – 13)
Sailing teaches kids not only a lifetime sport, but it also helps kids develop self-confidence and an appreciation for the outdoors. Beginners will work on capsizing, tacking, gybing, and docking, while more advanced students will work on boat control and other advanced techniques.

NEW! Sailing – Cruising Camp (Ages 12 – 15)
This exciting camp utilizes Sail Sand Point’s new J-24 keelboat, Silver Lining, as a vehicle for cruising and exploring around Lake Washington. Participants will learn the basics of sailing as a team on a keelboat, and then set off on a new adventure each day. No prior sailing experience is necessary for Cruising Camp.

Stand Up Paddle Board & Kayak Camp (Ages 8 – 14)
Enjoy fun on the water and learn cool things to do while Stand Up Paddle Boarding and kayaking. The camp day will be divided between Stand Up Paddle Board tutorials and practicing in 1-person touring kayaks, all taught by expert Kayak Academy instructors. Learn basic paddling and safety skills while playing water games, such as sponge tag and going on a treasure hunt.
Visit Sail Sand Point’s website for more information >>
Register for all Aquatics Camps through MI Rec Connect >>

Mercer Island Songwriting Camp

Location: 8685 SE 47th St
Dates/Times: August 7 – 11, 9AM – 12PM or 1PM – 4PM
For ages 11+
Do you love to sing? Want to write your own pop songs? Join award-winning singer/songwriters Mikaela Kahn and Jordan Burchill of the band Beth // James and develop your songwriting skills. Learn about songwriting fundamentals and work with other budding musicians. The camp culminates with a performance for friends and family and a recorded backing track of your song to take home.
One-on-one vocal and guitar coaching sessions are offered as well. Learn how to perfect vocal technique with Mikaela or polish your guitar skills with Jordan. Spaces are limited.
Register through Beth // James Band’s Website >>

SJCC Summer Camps

Location: Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island Campus, 3801 East Mercer Way
Dates: Weekly camps available from week of June 19 to week of August 21
For Pre-K – 10th graders

SJCC campers learn songs, play gaga, act onstage, conduct science experiments, and make lifelong friendships. We’re excited for you to build friendships, create memories, connect with the outdoors, and, most importantly, have fun in the sun! Click on the links below for full camp descriptions, specific times, availability, and weeks offered.

  • Camp Garinim (Pre-Kindergarten)
  • Camp Katan  (Incoming Kindergartners)
  • Camp Kef (K – 6th grade)
  • Sports Camp (Junior: K – 3rd grade; Sports: 4th – 6th grade)
  • Camp Magniv (K – 6th grade)
  • Performing Arts Camp (1st – 8th grade)
  • X Camp (5th – 8th grade)

Specialty Camps (2nd – 8th grade)
These week-long camps have something for everyone! Learn to fish in the great outdoors, design your own fashion line, bake and cook recipes from around the world, take amazing photographs, get laughs with your Improv acting skills, and more.

Check out the Specialty Camps link above for descriptions, dates/times, and specific grade levels for each individual camp. Here are the themes for this year’s Specialty Camps:

  • Junior Photography
  • Photography
  • Oodles of Noodles
  • Let Them Eat Cake!
  • Chefs Around the World
  • Fashion Design: Concept to Garment
  • Breakfast Club
  • SJCC Fashion Week
  • Bubbe’s Baking
  • Costume Styling and Design
  • Sephardic Cooking Camp
  • Beginner’s Fishing
  • Improv

Art Camps (2nd – 8th grade)
Discover your inner artist and journey through a world of possibilities! Led by our amazing specialists—including Ellen Hochberg and Smart with Art—kids will explore cultures, pirates, magical creatures, the circus, and more through a wide variety of media.

Check out the Art Camps link above for descriptions, dates/times, and specific grade levels for each individual camp. Here are the themes for this year’s Art Camps:

  • pARTy in the USA
  • Minecraft
  • Art of Israel
  • Forecast is Art
  • Castles and Dragons
  • Washington All-Stars
  • Mastering Manga
  • Empowering Art
  • Aloha Art
  • The Art of Giving: Microloans
  • Where the Wild Things ART

Science Camps (2nd – 6th grade)
Science Camps are great for curious campers who want to explore how things work and why. Teachers from the Pacific Science Center help young scientists discover chemistry, unlock the science of candy making, bust science myths, and more with their interactive curriculum. Get ready for hands-on experiments that will expand your world!
Check out the Science Camps link above for descriptions, dates/times, and specific grade levels for each individual camp. Here are the themes for this year’s Science Camps:

  • Robotic Rangers
  • ChemLab, Inc
  • Amusement Park Science
  • Rhythms of Nature
  • Get Set to be a Vet – Junior
  • Get Set to be a Vet – Advanced
  • Wet and Wild
  • What’s Up Doc?
  • Survival
  • Young Physicians
  • Candyology
  • Underwater Machines
  • Laboratory Wizards
  • Nature’s Notebook
  • Science Myths: BUSTED!
  • Duct Tape Challenge
  • Splash Science

For more details and to register, visit the SJCC website >>

Tech Smart Kids

Location: Mercer Island Community and Events Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Dates: Camps begin week of June 26 until week of August 14th

For ages 7 – 16
Tech Smart Kids’ mission is to inspire kids to see things differently and to believe that they can change the world through technology. We develop technology curriculum and courseware in computer science and hardware engineering with courses and camps for elementary and middle school students.

Below are descriptions of Tech Smart Kids’ 2017 Summer Camps:

Skylark Coding (Ages 7 – 9) – This camp is designed to ignite students’ interest in computer science and coding while allowing them to build confidence and a strong foundation in fundamental concepts and techniques. Students will learn to code interactive programs and games using a powerful “drag-and-drop” block-based coding language from TechSmartKids called Skylark™.

Transition to Python Coding (Ages 8 – 10) – The goal of this camp is to prepare students for the transition to Python. It’s designed for students who are ready to transition from block-based coding to more professional line-based code. It begins with block-based projects in the Skylark™ coding language and gradually replaces blocks with their equivalent code in the Python programming language.

Python Coding (Ages 10 – 14) – This camp is an introduction to computer science and coding in Python, and it focuses on fundamental computer science concepts, control, and data structures, as well as best practices in coding and debugging in Python, providing students with a solid foundation.

Advanced Python Coding (Ages 10 – 14) – This camp expands on the computer science concepts and coding techniques learned in the Python Coding Camp and introduces more complex, graphics-based programs and games. Students will work their way through advanced coding topics that make games possible – including procedural drawing and complex input from mouse and keyboard.

Java Coding (Ages 12 – 16) – TechSmartKids Java Coding Camp is designed to be fun and engaging, with a variety of creative programs and problem-solving challenges. The objective of this camp is to ignite students’ interest in computer science, and specifically Java programs, by enabling them to build a strong sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that they can be successful in computer science.

Advanced Java Coding (Ages 12 – 16) – This camp is designed for students who want to push the boundaries of their coding knowledge and take their Java programs to the next level. The camp will focus on advanced techniques and topics to broaden students’ coding toolsets, such as graphics and data structures that are fundamental to game-building.

For specific dates/times and to register, visit Tech Smart Kids’ Summer Camp page >>

Visit Tech Smart Kids website >>

Yogabliss Workshops & Summer Camp

Location: Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street #174
Upcoming Workshops

A Workshop to Celebrate with Mom
Date & Time: Saturday, May 6, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
For moms and their kids (ages 8 – 14)
Join us at Yogabliss for this fun mother & child workshop to celebrate Moms! We will practice traditional yoga poses, explore some challenging poses, enjoy some fun partner poses, and end with a wonderfully relaxing savasana!

In addition to yoga, we will include time for a fun yoga-inspired craft that will make the perfect gift for Mom!

High School Yoga Class with Mom
Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
For moms and their teens (grades 9 – 12)
This Mother’s Day, treat your Mom to yoga. High school students can bring their mom to class, and Mom’s class will be free! Heather Feldman will lead this special 60-minute practice which will include some fun partner work, traditional yoga poses, and a very relaxing savasana.
Register for workshops on the Yogabliss website >>

Summer Camp
Juniors Yoga Camp
Dates & Times: July 5 – 7, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
For ages 11 – 14
Are you looking for a fun, healthy, and creative way for your child to spend time this summer? Try our Juniors Yoga Camp! We will incorporate yoga, mindfulness, and a few creative crafts, and your child will gain strength, self-confidence, flexibility, and a sense of calm and community–all while having a great time. Please have your child bring a mat and a water bottle to camp. All crafts are included in the registration cost.
For more information on how to register, visit the Yogabliss website >>

Youth Theatre Northwest

Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave SE
Dates: Weekly camps from week of June 26 to week of August 25
For ages 3+/Pre-K+

Join us for theater fun this summer! Explore imagination, hone song and dance skills, and perform in a full-scale production at Youth Theatre Northwest. There’s something for everyone, from the tiniest preschool sparkler to the supernova high school senior. We have one week, three week, full day, half day, flexible payment plans, and a broad array of educators who are out of this world!

Check out the links below to learn more about the wide variety of classes available for each age group and to register for classes!

Visit Youth Theatre Northwest’s website >>

And more!

Even more summer camp opportunities abound.  Here are a few more places offering summer camps on the Island:

  • Your local preschool – Many preschools, including Sunnybeam, Emmanuel Day School, and Pebble Preschool @ MIPC, offer summer camps.
  • Clubs – The Mercer Island Beach Club, the Mercer Island Country, and the Mercerwood Shore Club offer summer camps to member families.
  • Churches – Several churches will host Vacation Bible School, a week-long Christian summer camp.

Don’t see your favorite camp listed? Please share it with us in the comments.