Get All You Can from Youth Programs with CR Membership

CR (Campus Recreation) Membership incorporates the amenities and services of the ARC and other programming. Benefits include significant discounts at the Craft Center, Equestrian Center, Outdoor Adventures and Youth Programs. They also include low-cost access to Fitness and Wellness programs such as Group Exercise, Instructional Series and Personal Training. In addition, CR Members enjoy free access to Intramural (IM) Sports, the Rec Pool (excluding 2018 season) and Hickey Pool. To explore your own CR lifestyle, visit

Reduced Camp Offerings

Due to facility projects, the following camps have been suspended from the Summer 2018 schedule:

  • Sports Camps C and D (ages 8-13)
  • Theater Camps C and D (ages 8-13)
  • Leadership Training (ages 12-17)

We appreciate your patience and understanding during our construction phase.

Also for this age group:

Aggie Camp (D): Aggie University Craft Camps (D)
Bowling Camp (D) Junior Lifeguarding 
Bio Boot Camp (D)

Price Key

A: UC Davis Student/CR Member
B: Non-UC Davis Student/Non-CR Member

Aggie Camp (D): Aggie University

Camp Day: 8:30am–3pm
A $175 / B $185 (Unless noted otherwise) ||  Space still available!  Enroll Now!

Through Aggie University, there will be a multitude of activities available with a focus on experiencing unique resources UC Davis has to offer. Throughout the week, campers will travel via bike around the campus, visiting multiple locations each day. Campers will play physically active games such as capture the flag at such locations, in addition to taking in new knowledge from tours and guides. Campers will be encouraged to have an open outlook on learning new fields of interest at UC Davis through memorable experiences.

Please note: Due to the amount of traveling, bikes are required.

This camp will be scheduled to swim throughout the week. The swim schedule will be included in the "Parent Handbook", which will be available in the spring. Campers that choose not to swim will have the option to participate in non-aquatic activities. 

Camp Details:

AGCAD1 June 18–22 Field Trip: Sacramento Zoo
AGCAD2 June 25–29 Field Trip: Bohart Museum and Raptor Center
AGCAD3 July 9–13 Field Trip: Sky High Trampoline Park
AGCAD5 July 23–27 Field Trip: Sacramento Zoo
AGCAD6 July 30–August 3 Field Trip: Bohart Museum and Raptor Center
AGCAD7 August 6–10 Field Trip: Sky High Trampoline Park
AGCAD8 August 13–17 Field Trip: Sunsplash Waterpark A $195 / B $205*
AGCAD9 August 20–24 Field Trip: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom A $195 / B $205**

*Sunsplash: Thursday, August 16 Extended Day 8:30am–5pm
**Six Flags: Thursday, August 23 Extended Day: 8:30am–6pm

Bio Boot Camp (D)

Bio Boot Camp I
Entering Grades 7–9
Daily Schedule: 8:30am–5:30pm (Overnight Thursday)
June 18–22
Fee: $425 (Partial need-based scholarships are available)

Learn what it takes to be a biologist from professional biologists in this camp cooperatively conducted by the Bohart Museum of Entomology and the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology at UC Davis. This camp is designed for those who want to further explore the sciences of entomology and wildlife biology. Participants will be searching for and collecting insects, observing and surveying wild animals, and learning how to dissect and prepare specimens for the museum. Monday through Wednesday, participants will delve into the research conducted at the museums and other campus locations. On Thursday and Friday, the camp will explore the coast with an overnight at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. Transportation to and from Bodega Bay, cabin lodging, and three meals will be provided during the trip; participants need to bring lunch and snacks for Monday through Thursday.

Due to limited space in this specialized camp, there is a separate application process. Some need-based partial scholarships are also available. To inquire about the application process and scholarships, please visit

BBCBT1 June 18–22

* Overnight stay on Thursday

Bowling Camp (D)

Camp Day: 8:30am–3pm
A $170 / B $180 ||  Space still available!  Enroll Now!

Let’s bowl! Let’s bowl! Let’s rock and roll! Campers will learn the basics of bowling and participate in friendly competitions throughout the week. They will learn several different bowling games, in addition to the traditional bowling style. Bowling Camp emphasizes individual instruction. After instruction in footwork, swing, grip, finishing position, etiquette, and scoring by hand, campers will quickly get into bowling real games.

Due to the amount of traveling, we encourage campers to bring their bikes.

This camp will be scheduled to swim throughout the week. The swim schedule will be included in the Parent Handbook, which will be available in the spring. Campers who choose not to swim will have the option to participate in non-aquatic activities. 

BOWLD3 July 9–13
BOWLD4 July 16–20
BOWLD6 July 30–August 3
BOWLD7 August 6–10

Craft Camps (D)

Camp Day: 8:30am–3pm
Prices Vary

Campers will have the chance to learn and strengthen new skills by creating unique pieces of art. Craft projects will range from functional to decorative depending on the chosen camp. New projects will be featured in 2018 and some of them are highlighted below as examples of what the participants will have the option of creating. Some of the projects are similar to those in the younger craft camps but are geared to be more challenging for this age group. Each Friday at 2:15 p.m., campers will get to show off their creations during the craft show in the MAC.

The craft programs are designed to promote a fun, holistic leaning experience with activities scheduled outside of the craft center during the afternoons. These will include rock climbing, craft related group games, dodgeball and exploring public art displays on campus. These activities will give campers a chance to explore the campus and meet other campers outside of their specific camps.     

Ceramics (Two-Week Session)

A $375 / B $395 || Waitlist Only

PROJECTS: book holders, tripod bowl planter, mini trunks, magnets

SKILLS: Campers will begin to develop a strong wheel throwing technique, skills in hand-building and accuracy in glazing detailed works of art.

CFTCD1 June 18–29
CFTCD5 July 23–Aug 3
CFTCD7 August 6–17

Clothing and Accessories

A $205 / B $215 ||  Space still available!  Enroll Now!

PROJECTS: beaded shirts, tie-dye creations, flower flip flops, fashion tote bags

SKILLS: Campers will learn basic skills of fashion design using a range of different textiles.

CFTAD2 June 25–29
CFTAD3 July 9–13
CFTAD9 August 20–24

Drawing and Painting

A $185 / B $195 || Waitlist Only

Each week the theme of the projects of this camp will change depending on the overall theme of Youth Programs that week but the skills and techniques taught will remain the same throughout the summer. 

PROJECTS: 3D drawing, chalk paint portraits, self-portraits, nature artwork, acrylic creations

SKILLS: Campers will learn drawing and painting techniques using watercolors, acrylic paints, ink, and graphite and colored pencils.

CFTDD3 July 9–13
CFTDD4 July 16–20
CFTDD6 July 30–August 3 
CFTDD8 August 13–17

Green Craft

A $175 / B $185 ||  Space still available!  Enroll Now!

Campers will learn the importance of recycling and its impact on our environment and they will be taught how to use this knowledge to have fun and create eco-friendly crafts from recycled materials.

PROJECTS: coffee filter flowers, tin can pencil holders, kaleidoscopes, mini bowling game set

SKILLS: Campers will learn about the process of recycling and how trash can be made fun and useful through creativity and crafting.

CFTGD4 July 16–20

Jewelry and Accessories

A $205 / B $215 ||  Space still available!  Enroll Now!

PROJECTS: bracelets, necklaces, hair clips, anklets 

SKILLS: Campers will learn about how to accessorize in style and ways to create jewelry from different mediums such as wire, thread and lots of beads. 

CFTJD4 July 16–20
CFTJD7 August 6–10

Sewing: Beginning (Two-Week Session)

A $390 / B $415 || Waitlist Only

PROJECTS: aprons, table place mats, sundresses, finger puppets

SKILLS: Campers will learn how to use a sewing machine, hand-stitch and follow a pattern.

Participants must purchase their fabric prior to the first class. Information will be emailed approximately two weeks before camp starts.

CFTBD3 July 9–20
CFTBD6 July 30–August 10

Woodworking (Two-Week Session)

A $325/ B $340 || Enroll Now!

PROJECTS: birdhouses, cornhole sets

SKILLS: Campers will learn how to work with a variety of tools to measure and cut wood accurately, nail the pieces together then decorate and add to the project using their own personal creativity.

CFTWD1 June 18–29  Space still available!
CFTWD5 July 23–August 3
CFTWD8 August 13–24

Junior Lifeguarding

A $220 / B $235 || Waitlist Only

The Youth Programs Junior Lifeguarding program is open to preteens and teens ages 12–14 with Halibut (highest) level swimming ability. A swim test will be given the first day. The focus of the program is to give participants an introduction to the basic skills of lifeguarding, including hands-only CPR, first aid, rescue techniques, recognizing and responding to emergency situations, and the responsibilities of lifeguarding. This class will prepare the participant for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (but it is not the certification course). Class is one week long, Monday through Friday. Participants will receive a whistle and a Junior Lifeguard T-shirt.

AQUJT4 July 16–20

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