(updated for 2020)
From icy-cold swimming adventures with friends to late-night campfire s’mores, nothing makes you smile quite like the memory of fun-filled childhood summers.
If you want to help your kids make great summer memories of their own, summer camps are a great place to start.
These summer camps in Knoxville and throughout East TN are bursting at the seams with fun activities that are sure to stick with your kids for years to come!
With so many camps to choose from, the selection process can seem a little overwhelming. Thankfully, this comprehensive guide gives you the nitty-gritty on all the best camps to help you choose the perfect one.
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Overnight Summer Camps in Knoxville and East TN
Camp Quest Smoky Mountains
- Townsend, TN
- (865) 226-9838
This secular Smoky Mountain overnight camp offers both educational and recreational activities, with an emphasis on free-thinking. The educational activities focus on critical thinking and scientific inquiry. Recreational options include swimming, hiking, campfires, arts and crafts, shows, group games, movie nights, and more. This camp is for kids ages 8-17.
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
- 9275 Tremont Rd, Townsend
- (865) 448-6709
This facility offers a variety of overnight summer camp opportunities for kids from ages 9-17. For kids ages 4-9, Tremont even hosts a parent-and-me overnight experience!
Smoky Mountain Adventure Camp
- 246 Incline Way, Cosby
- (866) 876-CAMP
This adventure-packed overnight camp offers 1, 2, 3, and 4-week options. Activities include hiking, caving, rappelling, rock climbing, challenge courses, rafting, tubing, horseback riding, canoe trips, backpacking expeditions, and more! Programs are available for kids from age 10-18.
Camp Wesley Woods
- 329 Wesley Woods Road, Townsend
- (865) 448-2246
This faith-centered overnight camp provides opportunities for good old fashioned fun and a variety of outdoor adventures. Special needs campers are also welcomed.
- 3620 Katy Hollar Rd Sevierville, TN 37862
At Bridgemont, campers can grow in their Christian faith while enjoying a variety of group games, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, a 110 foot swinging bridge, and more.
Smoky Mountain Christian Camp
- 157 Church Camp Rd, Tellico Plains
- (423) 261-2197
This God-centered adventure camp offers overnight experiences for kids in 1st through 12th grade. Activities include games, swimming, hiking, canoeing, rafting, ziplines, and much more!
- 3311 Camp Smoky Lane, Sevierville
- (865) 436-5787
Campers will grow in their Baptist faith while enjoying a variety of recreational activities. Both day and overnight camps are available.
YMCA Camp Ocoee
- 111 Ymca Drive, Ocoee, TN 37361, USA
- (423) 338-5588
At this fantastic overnight camp, kids will enjoy a wide variety of traditional camp activities including water sports, archery, hiking, fishing, arts and crafts, and much more!
YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
- 3308 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN, United States
This unique program offers themed overnight camps including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Minecraft and many more!
Mixed-Activity Day Camps
4-H Summer Camps
- 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN, United States
- (423) 639-3811
4-H offers summer camps for kids in grades 4 – 12. Activities and educational topics include kayaking, swimming, wildlife, archery, fishing, hiking, ecology, photography, crafts, canoeing, talent shows, drama, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, low ropes, cookouts, and more!
Tate’s Day Camp
- 9215 Bob Gray Road, Knoxville
To keep things fresh, this day camp features a weekly theme. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, singing, swimming, wall climbing, nature studies, marksmanship, woodworking, and much more!
- 933 Walker School Rd, Maryville
- (865) 257-2288
As a ministry of the Chilhowee Baptist Association, this Christian based day camp allows campers to further their relationship with Christ while enjoying a variety of recreational activities.
Knoxville Jewish Alliance Summer Camps
- 6800 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN, United States
- (865) 690-6343
This camp serves kids in grades pre-k – 10. Camp activities include sports, arts, swimming, tennis and more! All races, creeds, and religions are welcome.
Morning Star Child Development Center
- 10614 Flickenger Lane, Knoxville
This fun day camp offers both full-time and part-time programs for kids ages 5-12. Activities include swimming, sports, outdoor play, and more!
- 9800 Webb School Lane, Knoxville
- (865) 291-3840
Hosted by the Webb School of Knoxville, these summer day camps provide campers with opportunities for learning and a variety of indoor and outdoor adventure.
Episcopal School of Knoxville Summer Camps
- 950 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville
- (865) 777-9032
The Episcopal School of Knoxville offers a variety of camps to suit your needs including art camps, sports camps, STEAM camps, and more!
National Fitness Center
- (865) 470 -3600
Offering 5 locations throughout Knoxville, this fun camp offers swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, and so much more!
Parks and Recreation
Most local parks and recreation departments throughout the region are offering a variety of fun day camps with sports, crafts, and more.
Nature Exploration Camps
UT Garden Discovery Camp
- 2431 Joe Johnson Drive, Knoxville
- (865) 974-7151
UT’s Garden Discovery Camp is a fun hands-on nature experience for kids ages 4 – 13. There are single-day sessions and week-long day camp sessions available, each with a different enchanting theme.
Knoxville Botanical Garden
- 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville
- (865) 862-8717
Your child will be immersed in all things nature and gardening at this fun summer camp featuring a variety of hands-on activities and outdoor adventure.
Ijams Nature Center
- 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville
- (865) 577-4717
Week-long summer camp activities include nature study, hiking, caving, canoeing, arts and crafts, games, songs, educational programs, and much more! For kids ages 3-12 years old.
Science and Academic Camps
- 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville
Week-long zoology camps for kids ages 4-13. New themes are available every week throughout the summer.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
- 88 River Rd, Gatlinburg
- (865) 430-8808
Ripley’s Aquarium offers a variety of hands-on marine biology day camps to keep your kids learning throughout the summer.
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
- 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge
- (865) 482-1074
Summer camp topics include science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The camps allow kids to experience hands-on learning using a variety of themed activities.
Design Matters Camp
- 1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville
- (865) 974-5265
This exclusive camp, hosted by UT Knoxville, is perfect for high school students interested in design and architecture. There are both overnight and day camp options available.
Bricks for Kidz
- 9648 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
- (865) 250-8560
Week-long summer camps focus on design and architecture with Lego. There is a fresh new theme each week.
- various locations in Knoxville and surrounding towns
These fun STEM camps are geared towards kids in grades K – 6th. The camps are hosted by a variety of elementary schools throughout the local area and each camp lasts 1 week. These camps incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math using fun, hands-on, activities.
UT Volunteer Your Voice Summer Camp
- UT, Knoxville
- (865) 974-4641
This camp is specifically designed for kids with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. The camp includes 2 half days on the UT campus and a 3-day camping trip in the Smoky Mountains. To best serve your kids, Volunteer Your Voice combines individualized treatment with traditional summer camp activities. The camp welcomes kids ages 8 – 15.
Shades of Development
- various locations, Knoxville
This education-based day camp believes in hands-on, interest-lead learning experiences. The camps take place at various facilities throughout Knox County. Each week incorporates a fun theme and an optional off-site field trip related to the theme.
- 516 North Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN, United States
The Muse boasts 5-day themed camps focusing on different aspects of science and technology, including animals, robots, weather, and more!
- 600 Henley Street Suite 313 Knoxville, TN
Hosted by UT Knoxville, these camps are for kids in grade 3-12. Topics include animals, computers, careers, discovery, sports, leadership, nature, photography, science, cooking, and more!
Knoxville Catholic High School
- 9245 Fox Lonas Road, Knoxville, TN, United States
- (865) 560-0313
Knoxville Catholic offers a variety of academic and recreational day camps including math, robotics, writing, baseball, basketball, cheer and much more!
The Etiquette Factory
- 7545 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN, United States
Each 1/2 day summer camp lasts for 4 days, with a goal of teaching campers proper manners and social skills.
Appalachian Institute of Creative Learning
- (1-800) 951-744
Offers overnight academic camps for thinkers and dreamers!
Dance and Gymnastics Camps
Angela Floyd Schools
- 6732 Jubilee Center Way, Knoxville
- (865) 947-9894
This dance studio offers a variety of day camp options for all levels of experiences. Camps include cute themes like sparkle party, under the sea, and more!
Van Metre School of Dance
- 215 West Broadway Avenue, Maryville
- (865) 982-8463
Fun day-camps are available for all skill levels.
Revolution Dance Gym Bugs
- 201 Sherway Road, Knoxville, TN, United States
- (865) 691-2671
These 3-day dance camps boast a new theme each week. Each theme exposes campers to new styles of dance and music.
- 1452 E Brown School Rd, Maryville
- (865) 984-1253
This gymnastics-based summer camp allows you to pick and choose the weeks you want to attend. The camp is for kids ages 5 – 13 and also includes activities like swimming, crafts, and more!
- 1824 Clydesdale St, Maryville
- (865) 984-6200
In addition to gymnastics, this camp boats themed summer activities, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and more!
The Little Gym
- 7240 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
- (865) 583-1166
These 90 minutes mini-gymnastics camps, are hosted for kids ages 3-12 throughout the summer
Art and Music Camps
Youthful Expressions Studio
- 721 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville
- (865) 607-4473
This art studio offers 2 and 3-hour mini-camps for kids ages 7 – 19. Topics include sculpture, painting, mosaics, and more!
Arts & Fine Crafts Center
- 1127B Broadway Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917
- (865) 523-1401
Mini summer camps offered in a variety of topics.
- 1645 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville TN 37919
- (865) 531-7329
These mini-camps for ages 7+ include a variety of themed pottery painting, canvas painting, and glass painting projects.
Oak Ridge Junior Playhouse Theatre Camp
- Oak Ridge
This interactive drama camp is for rising 4th graders through rising high school seniors and culminates in a showcase performance.
School of Rock
- 101 Sherlake Lane, Knoxville, TN, United States
- (865) 247-4038
Week-long summer camps with a different fun theme each week, including classic rock, drum week, the ’90s and more!
Knoxville Museum of Art
- 1050 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville
- (865) 525-6101
This museum offers a summer art academy designed to increase your child’s art skills, creativity, and self-confidence. Morning classes are offered for kids ages 3 – 12 and afternoon classes are offered for kids ages 13 and up.
Two Coyotes Studio
- Sevierville, TN
- (865) 654-446
This facility offers a 5-day drama camp and single-day art classes throughout the summer.
- 5442 Homberg Drive, Knoxville, TN, USA
- (865) 590-9017
Kids will enjoy mini-camp classes on topics like knitting, wood crafts, and more! Classes are just 1.5 hours long.
Creative Art with Miss Shelley
- 9700 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
- (865) 440-3729
These fun themed camps are 1 day a week for either 4 or 8 weeks. Topics include painting and clay work. One-time classes are also available.
- Farragut, TN, United States
- (321) 303-2105
This exciting camp operates rain or shine and provides hands-on horse experiences for all experience levels.
Knoxville Racquet Club
- 5535 Lonas Drive, Knoxville
- (865) 588-1323
Week-long camps offer tennis instruction and are geared towards kids ages 6 – 12
K2 Volleyball Club
- 2639 Topside Rd, Louisville
- (865) 982-8870
These 2-day volleyball camps are offered for all experience levels. The camps are geared towards kids of all ages.
Cedar Bluff Racquet Club
- 701 Racquet Club Way, Knoxville
- (865) 690-5700
This facility also offers 4-day Summer Fun Tennis Camps geared towards kids in 1st – 8th grades.
Knoxville Youth Athletics
- Knoxville, TN
- (865) 304-8381
The camps are 2 days a week for 4 weeks and players can choose between track and field and cross country.
Concord Park Golf Course
- 10909 Northshore Drive, Knoxville
Golf camp is open to both beginning and advanced players.
Knoxville Christian Academy
- 529 Academy Way, Knoxville
- (865) 690-4721
Themed camps include cooking, soccer, lacrosse, and football. Each camp is 4 days long.
Concord Sail Camp
- 11600 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN, USA
- (865) 599-0820
This water-centered camp teaches kids all about sailing. While all skill levels are welcome, all participants must be proficient swimmers.
Baton Twirling Camp
- UT, Knoxville
- (865) 579-0556
This camp offers baton twirling lessons for kids in pre-k – high school. The skill level ranges from beginner to advanced.
Onsight Rock Gym
- 5335 Western Avenue, Knoxville
This rock climbing gym offers a variety of week-long camps throughout the summer. Each week has a different theme. For kids ages 4-17.
Young Mountain Equestrian Farm
- 705 Harold Dr. Maryville, TN 37803
- (865) 363-3444
Week-long camps are available for beginning, intermediate, and advanced riders.
Ice Skating Camp
- Ice Chalet, Knoxville
- (865) 588-1858
Choose from 1-7 consecutive weeks of skating lessons, or opt to do just 1 day a week for 7 weeks. Lessons are for beginning and intermediate skaters.
Olympic Arrow Archery Club
- 11501 Parkside Drive, Knoxville
Week-long archery summer camps for kids ages 10-15.
Global Champs Summer Camp
- multiple locations, Knoxville
This fun soccer camp for boys and girls is held at multiple locations throughout Knoxville.
- 200 Center Park Drive, Knoxville
- (865) 389-5998
Available sports include baseball, softball, football, flag football, rugby, basketball, golf, track, and field.
University of Tennessee Sports Camps
- various locations, Knoxville
- (865) 974-0600
Sports camps are available for baseball, basketball, golf, football, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, volleyball, tennis, and rowing.
Diamond All Stars Cheerleading
- 600 Business Park Lane, Knoxville, TN, United States
Competitive cheerleading for all ages, with summer camps and seasonal clinics also available.