While making this list, we became jealous of the awesome ways kids can spend the summer. Sign up through the Boise Department of Parks and Recreation.
BUGS: Seed to Harvest
Kids 6-12 can play in the dirt without getting yelled at. In Boise Urban Garden School's outdoor classroom, they'll learn about the source of their food and the science of seeds. They'll discover compost ecosystems and friendly insects. A fresh garden lunch is provided daily. June 22-26, Aug. 3-7, Aug. 10-14, $76-$117.25. BUGS, 2995 Five Mile Rd.
International Summer Camp
In this two-week adventure, kids entering grades 3-5 and 6-8 can become Boise's youngest ambassadors. Campers from all over the world and down the street will float the Boise River, learn the languages of their peers, try ethnic foods and play a variety of global music. July 20-31, Aug. 3-14, $150-$231.95. Pioneer Community Center, 500 S. Ash St.
Zoo Boise: What Animals Do
Desert tortoises try to tip each other over. Why? Kids entering grades 5-7 can find out at the "What Animals Do: Animal Behavior" camp. They'll play the part of the zoologist, identifying animal behaviors and learning to train animals more exotic than their dogs. June 22-26, $165-$180. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr.
Sawtooth Society Camping Trip
Real summer camps involve camping. This three-night trip for teens 14-17 in Stanley gives campers the chance to protect, preserve and enhance the Sawtooth National Recreation Area through a work project set up by the U.S. Forest Service. July 21-24, $78.50-$121.12. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Rd.
There is one awesome summer camp for adults, which teaches skills for the backcountry. Should you find yourself in the wild with only a knife and the clothes on your back, you can channel your inner Ron Swanson and turn stones into hand axes. Anyone under 18 must be with a parent. June 20, $61-$94. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd.