Summer Kid Activities Gearing Up

Summer is still a couple of months away, but local organizations are already planning their summer kids activities. Here is a quick rundown of what we know so far. If you are planning a summer camp for kids in our area, please send the info to


Library Summer Reading 

The Elkins Public Library Summer Reading Program kicks off June 16 at the Elkins Community Center. It will be every Thursday at 11 a.m. through July 21. The theme this year is Oceans of Possibilities. They already have several special events planned including The Institute of Jugglology, Alan Burdick (an NWA local magician), The Amazeum (hands-on robotics), an archeologist, and Marshall Mitchell (NWA local musician). The programs are all free to join throughout the summer. 


Camp Drake June 22-24

Camp Drake is a three-day summer camp June 22-24 at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum for 8 year-olds to 14 year-olds. Check-in is at 8:30am each morning and check-out is at 3pm.

Day One will be filled with hands-on aviation activities including a flight with the EAA.

Day Two will be filled with hands-on engineering activities including building their own Wright Flyer with help from real engineers.

Day Three your students will get to take rides on real military vehicles and then go through a mini boot camp with a real drill sergeant. If you do not wish your child to participate in this activity we will also have a Military Q&A Session. Parents will be allowed to come to lunch and will get to watch a military dog demonstration and also stay for the award assembly.

This camp is $75 for non-members and $65 for members.

Lunch will be provided each day along with snacks.

Please email to sign your child up.


Elkins Robotics 

The Elkins Robotics/Electronics Club’s Tinker Squad will kick off their summer session on June 1, at 4:30pm at the Elkins Public Library. The club will meet for one hour each week for 10 weeks. This summer the kids will have the opportunity to build and program micro:bit robot cars and radio controllers with a special end of program obstacle course demo at Elkfest. Tinker Squad is for students having completed grades 2 through 6. No prior robotics experience is required, but basic typing skills are very useful. The summer club size will be limited by the number of robots available, so interested parents should register early by contacting the Elkins Public Library at or (479)643-2904.


Elkins Summer School 

The Elkins School District received a grant for a summer learning program for students currently in K-8th grades, 8:30am - 2:30pm, Monday through Thursday, June 6-June 30. Applications will be sent out in April. All student applications will be due by Monday, May 2. In addition to reading and math lessons, students will participate in real-world economics lessons, local history lessons, community service, and STEM projects. Camp-like activities such as arts and crafts and outdoor sporting events are also planned. Each week, age-appropriate field trips will be taken.  Students will be served breakfast and lunch. Elkins School District is excited to offer this program completely free of charge to all student participants.


Scouts Twilight Camp 

Come join Boy Scouts in the WestArk Council  in the Wild Wild West at Cub Scout Twilight Camp! ‘We promise plenty of rootin' tootin' wild west fun every night. Fast and furious fun at the Stick Horse Races, Eagle Eye Archery, Bull's Eye BB's, and much much more!” The camp is Monday, June 6, through Thursday, June 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Registration is open now!

All youth going into 1st grade - 5th grade are welcome. For more information, visit:


AEGIS Summer Camp at Ozark Natural Science Center

Project Wet‘n’Wild will be held from July 11 - July 24 at Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC), an outdoor science education facility located deep in the Ozark Mountains. The 2 week-long camp is free to accepted students, and is only for Arkansas students entering the 10th & 11th grade for the upcoming academic year. Deadline for Application is Wednesday, May 2.


This incredible opportunity offers students the chance to assist field scientists as they gather data and explore a variety of habitats in the Ozark Natural Division. Students will track reptiles using radio-telemetry, assist ornithologists as they band birds captured in mist nets, monitor bats acoustically, search for fish and other aquatic life in the pools and riffles of the Kings River, examine the night sky, and more as they spend beautiful summer days and star-filled nights among the forest and river life. More information available at