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Registration Update: February 14th, 2018:

After a very busy morning on Friday, February 9th, our summer camp filled extraordinarily quickly with lengthy waitlists for each week. Families in Tier 3 are welcome to drop off applications and fees on Friday, February 16th, however, it is unlikely that we will be able to offer spots to additional families. Similarly, families in Tier 4 are welcome to do the same on February 23rd, but it is likely that the waiting list will be even more lengthy by the 23rd. We know many families will be disappointed by this news and we are sorry that we do not have the resources to accommodate all of the families with whom we have built relationships with and those we have yet to come to know. We are always looking for ways to expand the Campus Kids summer camp program and are hopeful that we will be able to grow in the future. Please let us know if you have any questions at campuskids@utk.edu or 865-974-0462.

Registration *Summer camp spaces are limited and, therefore, go quickly! Last year, spots filled extremely fast, so plan to be at the White Avenue ELC as soon as your registration window opens. Forms received before the registration window opens will not be accepted.

Registration Facts & FAQs:

Registration occurs in tiers with priority windows as follows:

  • Tier 1: Currently enrolled kindergarten families: January 16-26 at White Avenue
  • Tier 2: Former campers/Current ELC families: February 9-15 at White Avenue
    • We will open registration at 7:00am on February 9th
    • For the remaining dates, registration forms can be turned in beginning at 7:30am
  • Tier 3: ELC Alumni Families: February 16 at White Avenue
  • Tier 4: Community families: February 23 at White Avenue
  • The Campus Kids program is for rising 1st – 4th graders
  • There is a $50 non-refundable application fee for each child, payable by check or money order.
  • Please see the Cancellation/Transfer Policy (charges apply for both cancellations and transfers once application is received)
  • Registration questions should be directed to Brittany Williams at campuskids@utk.edu.
Registration forms can be found here. 
Themes for 2018 Campers asked, and we listened! Summer camp theme weeks are back! Campers will be excited to hear that they can look forward to a variety of awesome themes this coming summer. Parents can be excited that our commitment to providing stimulating and engaging curriculum with a focus on the whole child remains a priority as we are planning!

Week 1: June 4-8: Kids on the Town

Week 2: June 11-15: The Amazing Race

Week 3: June 18-22: Animal Planet

Week 4: June 25-29: Mission: Possible!

Week 5: July 2-6: Citizen Science

Week 6: July 9-15: Game Academy

Week 7: July 16-20: Nature Discovery

Week 8: July 23-27: Camp Olympics

Week 9: July 30- August 3: Arts and Entertainment

Click here for descriptions of the themes! 

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
Camp Staff Curriculum Specialists: Dani Rose Thibus (current Media Coordinator and former ELC Kindergarten teacher/Summer Camp Coordinator) will support the planning of summer camp curriculum and associated activities.

Summer Camp Coordinator: Melissa Swartzentruber serves as the assistant teacher in our kindergarten classroom during the school year and is excited to be involved in summer camp this year! She has lots of experience with summer camp as she ran a camp program in the Dominican Republic in the recent past. Melissa brings a passion for learning and a deep understanding of children to her work at the ELC. We know the campers are going to love her!

Counselors: We are in the process of curating a fabulous team of counselors for this upcoming summer! They will work closely with Dani, Melissa, and Brittany to create a safe, positive, and fun camp community this summer. More information about our counselors to come as we learn more about summer schedules.

Schedule Camp focus hours are 9:00-3:00, with early care beginning at 7:30am and after care beginning at 3:00pm. Early and after care are included in tuition, but we need to know if your child will be staying for aftercare in order to plan for staffing. Please note the exceptions to the schedule below!

Week 1: June 4-8: Kids on the Town

Week 2: June 11-15: The Amazing Race

Week 3: June 18-22: Animal Planet (camp will be offsite at the zoo from 8-5 on the 22nd)

Week 4: June 25-29: Mission: Possible!

Week 5: July 2-6: Citizen Science (4 day week- we are closed Wednesday for the 4th)

Week 6: July 9-15: Game Academy

Week 7: July 16-20: Nature Discovery (camp will be offsite at Ijams from 8-5 on the 20th)

Week 8: July 23-27: Camp Olympics

Week 9: July 30- August 3: Arts and Entertainment

Click here for a description of camp theme weeks!

Tuition and Fees Application Fee: $50 per child (non-refundable)

Full Weeks:

  • First child: $220
  • Additional: $198

4 Day Week:

  • First child: $185
  • Additional: $166.50

Siblings of children currently enrolled in ELC programs will receive a 10% discount.

Feel free to call us at 865-974-4062 or email us at campuskids@utk.edu with questions. We are looking forward to an engaging and fun summer already and hope you are too!

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