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Free Summer Camps for Kids in Sacramento

by Ron Brow

Sacramento is the capital city of California, and as such has a large population of families who are in need of free youth summer programs for their children. While there are options available from private institutions that have minimal fees associated, those that are free of charge are all city, county or state programs. These summer programs vary for different ages, with different goals in mind, from learning social skills to learning useful skills for future vocational work.

Youth Jammin Gym

The Youth Jammin Gym program is for children in grades 3 through 6. The program is a basketball camp where children can practice their basketball skills, play pickup games and compete in tournaments. The camp is held Wednesdays and Fridays every week from 4 to 6 p.m. It is supervised by recreation staff, so parents are able to drop off and pick up their kids later without having to wait for the two hours while the camp is in session. Oak Park Community Center 3425 MLK Jr. Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95814 916-808-6151 cityofsacramento.org

Teen Unity

Teen Unity is a structured program for children ages 12 through 17. The activities enjoyed by campers include pool, table tennis, table games, summer homework help and life skills. The program is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. While the program itself is free, the optional field trips and special events that do from time to time take place may have a small fee. Evelyn Moore Community Center 1402 Dickson St. Sacramento, CA 95814 916-808-8382 cityofsacramento.org

Primetime Teen

Primetime Teen is a vocational training camp for kids ages 14 to 18. It is a 10-week program designed to help campers develop skills in the leadership, team building, communication, decision making, and civic engagement areas. Campers also learn about writing resumes, interviewing, searching for jobs, and using community transportation for the purposes of work. The program is for a total of six hours per week, with the times and location determined by the number of campers who enroll. 916-808-5610 cityofsacramento.org

4th R Child Care

The 4th R Child Care Program is for students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The aim of the program is to improve children's physical, social and emotional development through a series of various fun activities. Students may partake in singing, dancing, musical instrument instruction, visual art instruction, games, sports and dramatic productions. The 4th R program does have a fee included, but qualified families may receive aid if they add their name to the Sacramento County Centralized Eligibility List, which may take care of part or all of the expenses associated with child care either during the school year or the summer. The program is located at elementary schools throughout the city. 916-808-6021 cityofsacramento.org

About the Author

Ron Brow began freelance writing in 2003. She has written articles for publications such as the "Chicago Defender" and the "Atlanta Journal." Brow received her Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Chicago.