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Summer Camp

Registration Age-Eligibility:

In 2019, Campus Kids will be open to rising 1st-3rd graders. This means children must have completed a year in a kindergarten program to be eligible for camp and must be entering grades 1, 2, or 3 in fall 2019. This is an adjustment from prior years when the grade range was rising 1st-4th.

Registration Process:

We will be trying a new registration process for the 2019 camp season for Tiers 1-3.  We will be utilizing a tiered system to manage the flow of applications as we have in the past but will be adding a family lottery to the process this year. Families will be invited to apply based on the tier they are assigned. Once each tier window closes, families will be randomly assigned a number, indicating the order in which their application will be processed. Applications will be completed online. A separate form will need to be filled out for each camper, though sibling applications will be processed together if the campers are in the same tier. Responses will not be recorded prior to your application window.

If spots remain past Tiers 1-3, open spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The Tier 4 application can be found here.

UPDATED MONDAY FEBRUARY 11th: As there are only a few remaining spaces, the application fee will be replaced with a registration fee. If we are able to offer your child a spot, we will let you know via email and a $50 registration fee will be due within one week of your spot offer.


Tier 1: Currently enrolled ELC Kindergarten children

Application window: Monday, January 28th – Thursday, January 31st

Tier 2: Siblings of currently enrolled ELC children

Application window: Monday, January 28th – Thursday, January 31st

Tier 3: Alumni of any ELC Program (including camp)

Application window: Monday, February 4th – Thursday, February 7th

Tier 4: Community families

The application window opens Monday, February 13, 2019, and will remain open until all spots are filled.

Here is an example of how the process might look:

  • The Rose family has a rising 2nd grader and is a Tier 2 family with a sibling in the Sycamore classroom.
  • They apply for weeks 2, 3, 6, 7, and 9.
  • They are randomly assigned number 15 at the close of Tier 2 on Friday.
  • All kindergarten children and every family application numbered 1-14 are processed first. When it’s time to process application number 15, weeks 2, 3, and 6 are already full.
  • The Rose family is offered weeks 7 and 9. They may choose to accept or decline a spot in those weeks.
Sample Themes Schedule: 

Camp hours are 7:30-5:30 with focus hours being 9:00-3:00. There is no fee for before/after care, but we do need to know if your child will be attending to plan for staffing.

Week One: June 3-5 (3-day week) Kids on the Town

Week Two: June 10-14 The Amazing Race

Week Three: June 17-21 Animal Planet

Week Four: June 24-28 Mission: Possible

Week Five: July 1-3 & 5 (4-day week) Citizen Science

Week Six: July 8-12 Game Academy

Week Seven: July 15-19 Nature Discovery

Week Eight: July 22-26 Camp Olympics

Week Nine: July 29-Aug 2 Arts & Entertainment

Sample Camp Activities -Field trips to interesting sites within the Knoxville community
-Service learning work
-Camp songs, games, and rituals
-Intentional activities designed to connect children to the community, and the idea of citizenship
-Book series study (Tales of Famous Americans and Tales of Famous Heroes as an example)
-Pool/Water play
-Time to explore a variety of materials and child-initiated activities (art, puzzles, games, Legos, books, etc.)
-Outdoor/Playscape time
Tuition and Fees Application (Tier 1 and 2) or Registration Fee (Tier 3 and 4): $50 per child (non-refundable)

5-Day Camp Weeks:

  • First child: $250
  • Additional: $225

4-Day Camp Week (Fourth of July week):

  • First child: $200
  • Additional: $180

3-day Camp Week (June 3-5):

  • First child:$150
  • Additional child: $135

Camp tuition is due two weeks prior to the camp start date. Detailed billing information will be available from our business office once registration is complete.

Feel free to call us at 865-974-4062 or email us at with questions. We are looking forward to an engaging and fun summer!