Summer Camps 2018
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AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH HARVEST FOUNDATION Camps for fitness/wellness, robotics, coding, leadership programs, and more. Enrollment deadline is April 30. Ages 8-18. June 4-July 13. Urban University, 6633 Hwy. 290 E. #307. www.aayhf.org
ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER SUMMER CAMP A combination of standard games and untraditional activities, this summer camp has everything you could want for summertime fun – from coding to dancing and crafts of Asia. Ages 5-12. June 18-Aug. 3. $128-330. 8401 Cameron. www.aayhf.org
AUSTIN CHILDREN'S ACADEMY Between science, fashion, art, writing, food, archaeology, and more, you shouldn't have a problem picking a camp that interests your child. Camps are divided into age groups, so your child can foster friendships alongside their curiosity. Ages 4-18. June 15-Aug. 7. $175, half day; $275, full day. 12310 RR 620 N.. www.austinchildrensacademy.org
Austin Dog Alliance AUSTIN DOG ALLIANCE Can your little one not get enough of man's best friend? Austin Dog Alliance lets your kid spend the summer in a puppy panic, learning about dogs and dog care alongside the family canine or camp-provided therapy dogs with their half-day classes. Ages 5-15. $175-265. 1321 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park. www.austindogalliance.org/summer-camp
AUSTIN PARKS & RECREATION CAMPS The city offers all manner of camps that incorporate sports, hiking, art, dance, theatre, and much more. Go online to find one that's right for your kid. Prices vary for residents/nonresidents, and the Parks Department offers financial aid for families in need of assistance. Ages 4-17. www.austintexas.gov/summercamp
AUSTIN SUNSHINE CAMP The Young Men’s Business League conducts this free camp offering a well-rounded experience, including swimming, crafts, and other outdoor activities for selected kids. There are two locations: one at Lake Travis for ages 12-15, and one at Zilker Park for ages 8-11. Parents must apply for admission. May 25-Aug.3. Free. www.sunshinecamps.org
Bluebonnet School BLUEBONNET SCHOOL Indoor and outdoor play and instruction abound at these camps featuring water fun, field trips, learning, sports, and specialized activities on demand. There are two locations: one at Cedar Park and one at Canyon Creek with nearly identical programming. Ages 6-11. June 5-Aug. 24. $249. www.bluebonnetschool.com
BUILD BETTER KIDS This week-long summer day camp teaches elementary and middle school kids about poverty and encourages them to reach out and serve others in need. Mon.-Fri., June 11-Juy 20. $150. Emmaus Catholic Parish, 1718 Lohman’s Crossing. www.mlfcamp.org
Camp Balcones CAMP BALCONES Camp Fire’s Summer STEM Camp is a nature and science day camp that sparks curiosity and inspires learning. It offers campers the opportunity to hike, swim, learn archery, and discover nature. Each week features a different STEM theme including Week of Wings, Camping 101, Shark Week, and more. Transportation is available if scheduled in advance. Ages 6-12. $350. Emma Long Park, 1600 City Park Rd, 512/346-1831. www.camp-fire.org
CAMP CHAMPIONS Since 1967 campers here have become more independent; made friends; developed social skills; explored athletic, artistic and outdoor activities; and had fun in the process. Ages 6-17. June 3-Aug. 11. $1,785-7,475. 775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls. www.campchampions.com
CAMP ERIN CENTRAL TEXAS Formerly Camp Brave Heart, Camp Erin Central Texas is three days of swimming, hiking, hayrides, and more, intertwined with therapeutic components for children who have recently lost someone to death. This environment, deep in the Texas Hill Country and provided by the good folks of Hospice Austin, gives kids a chance to learn about grief and healing among peers. Ages 6-17. July 30-Aug.1. John Knox Ranch, outside Wimberley, 512/342-4700. Free. July 30- Aug. 1. Free. www.hospiceaustin.org
Camp Fun Brain CAMP FUN BRAIN Have fun while sharpening your reading skills with instruction by hand-picked local elementary school teachers on a variety of genres. Ages 5-10. June 4-Aug. 25. $250 per week. AHB Community School, 4001 Speedway; Whole Life Learning Center 10801 Old San Antonio Rd.. www.campfunbrain.com
Camp Grey Dove CAMP GREY DOVE For kids with siblings who have been diagnosed with cancer, it's natural to feel sad, guilty, or even jealous. At Camp Grey Dove, they can learn to manage their emotions and learn skills to cope while meeting friends who are going through a similar experience. Ages 7-14. June 4-8. Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, 19051 FM2484, Killeen, 254/554-5555. www.anybabycan.org/camp-grey-dove-2
CAMP HEADWATERS Get your “passports” ready for a worldwide adventure, as Camp Headwaters takes a journey around the Earth. Steeped in art, natural science, geography, and cultural study, kids will explore the wondrous world in which we live! Ages 3-5. June 4-Aug. 3. $300 per week. Headwaters School, 6305 Manchaca Rd. www.headwaters.org/camp
Camp Indigo CAMP INDIGO Help your kids find their inner creative spirit through nature hikes, dance, drama, and yoga, while learning confidence, communication, and respect for themselves and others. Ages 4-12. July 11-22. $275. Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd.. www.amalafoundation.org
Camp on the Move CAMP ON THE MOVE Every day's a field trip – at Camp on the Move not a week goes by without trips to Schlitterbahn and Typhoon Texas, plus stops for zip-lining, go-karting, and more. Charter buses wired to screen movies ensure minimal fidgeting en route. Ages 8-14. June 4-Aug. 10. $365. www.camponthemove.com
CAMP RED BIRD The Austin Center for Grief & Loss is hosting a pair of summer camps for children that have experienced the loss for the recently experienced loss for the first time in their life. Led by a licensed therapist, and overseen by grief professionals; campers can expect a week full of fun games, crafts, and activities, all in a safe supportive environment. Ages 6-12. June 11-15 & Aug. 6-10. $200. 2413 Greenlawn Pkwy.. www.austingrief.org/campredbird
CAMP TIME AT THE CARVER The Carver Museum offers classes that will unlock the artist in any child. For $675, the Broadway Bound camp will turn your child into a musical star in just seven weeks. Students will learn music, voice, and dance skills and put on a full-length musical at the end of summer. For those looking for a more flexible schedule, the Youth Arts Safari camp offers weekly sessions at $115. Ages 6-17. June 11-Aug. 18. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. www.austintexas.gov
Camp Trinity CAMP TRINITY Whatever your kid is into, Trinity's camps cover it. With class subjects ranging from engineering and theatre to courses about Hogwarts and Jedi Training Camp, Trinity offers dozens of fun summer classes that your kids will love! Ages 6-14. June 5-9 and June 12-16. $260, half day; $470, full day. Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd.. www.austintrinity.org/summer
CAMP WILDFLOWER Future conservationists, botanists, horticulturists, and ecologists can choose from several themed, weeklong camps on the grounds of the Wildflower Center. Ages 6-11. June 4-July 27. $200-250. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100. www.wildflower.org/camp
CITY OF AUSTIN'S SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM This Austin Parks & Rec program staffs parks all over town with camp counselors eager to play all day – all you have to do is drop in. They've got board games, arts & crafts, nature activities, sports, water games, cookouts, and even field trips on some days. See their website for the park nearest you. Ages 5-12. June 11-Aug. 3. www.austintexas.gov
COUNTRY HOME LEARNING CENTER Country Home Learning Center offers themed camp activities such as “Wacky and Wild Science,” “So You Want To Be a Star,” “Medieval Times,” and “Rainforest Adventures." Keep the kids on the go with field trips to go swimming, skating, bowling, and the movies as well as a special field trips to exciting local destinations. CHLC also offers a wide array creative art, science, and more. Ages 5-13. 13120 Hwy. 183 N.; 6900 Escarpment Blvd.. www.countryhomelearningcenter.com
DRAGON'S LAIR CAMP Campers get to choose from a wide variety of themed camps to join including Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic Camp, and more. Ages 8-16. June 4-Aug. 10. $325. Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy, 2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-B, 512/454-2399. www.dlair.net/austin
Earth Native Wilderness School EARTH NATIVE WILDERNESS SCHOOL Turn off the TV and have some old school fun at Earth Native Wilderness School where your kids can learn all about the natural world of Central Texas through exploration and games. Expert naturalist instructors teach your kids lasting skills and how to make the most of the outdoors. The older kids get into some survival techniques at the overnight camp in Bastrop. Ages 3.5-16. June 4-Aug. 10. $285 day camp; $595 overnight camp. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy., 512/243-1643. www.earthnativeschool.com/summer-camps
EL RANCHITO CAMP An overnight camp specifically created for children from low-income families, this is a great chance for your child to get the traditional summer camp experience, complete with swimming, horseback riding, and campfires. Ages 9-18. June 17-July 7. $30-$50. Shield Ranch, 16037 Hamilton Pool Rd.. www.elranchito.org
EPIC Adventures EPIC ADVENTURES Choose from the 15- or 22-day overnight camp that forgoes all the usual trappings of cabins and cafeterias for tents and campfires. Sleep under the stars after a day of biking, climbing, rafting, caving, and/or backpacking. Ages 13-17. June 16-Aug. 6. $1,600-3,400. www.myepicadventures.com
ESCUELITA ART-ES INC. Bilingual instructors guide campers through various themed camps that include dance, music, theatre, art, yoga, sign language, and more. Ages 4-8. June 4-Aug. 17. $300-1100. 6100 Parkwood, Oak Hill. www.escuelitaart-es.com
Excused Absence Youth Comedy Camps EXCUSED ABSENCE YOUTH COMEDY CAMPS This ColdTowne youth program provides weeklong improv, sketch, and stand-up camps throughout the summer. Each camp has a specific focus and includes a public performance at ColdTowne's all-ages show. Full and half-day camps for both beginner and experienced performers. Camps culminate in the Excused Absence Comedy Festival. Ages 4-18. June 12-Aug. 13. ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/814-8696. www.coldtownetheater.com
EXTEND-A-CARE FOR KIDS Keep your kids mentally and physically active all summer with a well-rounded, diverse program including cooking, crafts, reading, nature walks, and more. With this year's theme, "Around the World in 50 Days," kids will learn all about different customs, crafts, and cuisine around the world. Ages 3-12. June 4-Aug. 17. $144-190. www.eackids.org
GENaustin GENAUSTIN Weeklong camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends. Through fun activities like yoga, art, and writing the girls learn valuable stress management, self-compassion, and self-love skills. Ages 9-15. June 26-July 28. $330. 901 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701. www.genaustin.org
GIRLSTART At Girlstart Summer Camp, girls are encouraged to explore the various fields within STEM through fun and empowering activities. Choose one of the weeklong camps and learn about science, math, and technology with room to have fun and channel your favorite superheroes! Ages 9-15. June 4-July 27. $325. 1400 W. Anderson. www.girlstart.org
HIGH HOPES SPORTS AND AFTERSCHOOL CAMP At High Hopes Summer Camp, kids and teens take part in the classic camp experience with dynamic group activities, sports, and games while also taking part in ministry and spiritual growth alongside their peers and Christian counselors. choose from full-week, three-day, or daily sessions. Ages 5-12. June 5-Aug. 25. $220 full time (4-5 days); $145 part time (3 days). 1800 Clover Ln., Cedar Park. www.hhsports.org
INSIDE OUTSIDE SCHOOL The Inside Outside School inundates kids with crafts, games, art, music, cooking, and even a few farm animals. Long story short? Your kids won't be bored at these camps. Ages 5-12. July 3-7. $250-400. 5530 Killingsworth Ln., Pflugerville. www.insideoutsideschool.org
IQuest IQUEST If your kids love learning, they won't be bored at IQuest Summer Camp. With a wide variety of advanced subjects, IQuest offers classes in robotics, beginner Mandarin or French, programming and more. Ages 5-18. June 11-Aug. 10. $225. 5145 RR 620 N.. www.iquestaustin.com
Iron Horse Country Ranch IRON HORSE COUNTRY RANCH It’s the motorcycle summer camp for kids. This dirt-bike camp has shuttles from North Austin and even Downtown Austin Metro. They supply the dirt bikes, safety gear, and the training. Just show up! A pool, a rec center, and a lake for fishing for down time: What else could a kid want! Ages 8-15. June 11-Aug. 24. $680-1560. 9100 E. FM 243, Bertram. www.ironhorsecountry.com
JCC SUMMER CAMPS Kids can take their pick from dozens of fun activities offered at the Jewish Community Center with no shortage of arts, crafts, sports, field trips, swimming, and then some. Go online for a complete list of camps and prices. Ages 2-15. June 4-Aug. 23. Dell Jewish Community Campus. www.shalomaustin.org/camps
KAMP Explore creativity in music, art, drama, movement, and more under religious and biblical guidance at this weeklong Christian summer camp. Ages 4-11. June 4-Aug.3. $100. Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway. www.hpbc.org/cdc-summer
Kidventure KIDVENTURE Celebrate the "Spirit of Summer" camp with Kidventure. Every camp week is a unique adventure designed to provide campers with a wide variety of activities designed to promote fun, learning, and development. June 4-Aug. 10. $255-1,425. Locations vary for day and overnight camps. www.kidventure.com/austin-summer-camp
LATINITAS SUMMER CAMP There's a little something for everyone's interest here. Learn about fashion and tech, how to make a movie, or tips for living a healthy life. Full and partial scholarships available. Girls ages 9-14. July 9-Aug. 3. $200. Springdale General, 1023 Springdale Rd. www.latinitasmagazine.org
LONE STAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Gifted students develop their leadership skills while learning about the history and present of the great state of Texas through visits to museums and other historic sites. Ages 9-14. June 3-Aug. 10. $995. 16000 RR 12, Wimberley. www.educationinaction.org
PEAS CENTRAL TEXAS NATURE EXPLORER CAMP Give your kids a crash course on the wonders of nature and the importance of keeping it intact. Campers explore West Texas at Davis Mountains State Park through swimming, hiking, stargazing, and all sorts of other outdoorsy goodness. Ages 11-16. June 11-15. $1200. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy., 512/243-1643. www.peascommunity.org
PIONEERS & EXPLORERS AT STEPPING STONE SCHOOL This summer, the Stepping Stone School’s summer break camp will become pioneers and explorers adventuring through time and space. All of the camp's bi-weekly lesson plans are based on their unique Platinum Learning for Life curriculum, with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics principles and projects incorporated throughout the week. Ages 5-13. July 16 - Aug. 17. Various Locations. www.steppingstoneschool.com
SABER SUMMER CAMP Kids get the opportunity to explore their passions by participating in a wide variety of camp options. Sports camps, STEAM and academic camps, and fine arts camps. A different learning opportunity each week. Ages 3-14. May 29-Aug. 11 (no camps July 3-7). $225-400. 2500 Wimberly Ln.. www.sgs-austin.org/summercamp
SHERWOOD FOREST CAMP Learn archery, blacksmithing, leatherworking, swordplay, and other Renaissance activities, and spend the night in an air-conditioned castle. In other words, the kids get the whole times-of-yore experience. Choose from three six-night sessions, or send your kid to all three! Ages 7-15. July 8-28. $795. Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade. sherwoodforestfaire.com
Squad STX Boys Camping SQUAD STX BOYS CAMPING Run by former U.S. Army infantry officers, Squad STX is a boys-only 5-day, 4-night camping & leadership program, which is a unique combination of summer camp and scouting. Kids learn leadership basics with a focus on backpacking, orienteering, and team competitions using situational training exercises (STX). Boys ages 11-17. June 20-July 29. $500. Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose. www.squadstx.com/?summercampguide
Summer at St. Andrew’s SUMMER AT ST. ANDREW’S Various sports and art camps will be offered, from 3-D printing to "How to Be an Adult" and everything in between. Go online for a complete list. Ages 4-18. June 4-July 20. $160-450. St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st. www.sasaustin.org
SuperCamp SUPERCAMP SuperCamp provides students with valuable learning and life skills training, helping them raise their grades, confidence, and motivation. Students live on campus for the 6-day camps. All room and board is included in the tuition. For incoming 6th-12th graders. June 25-30. $2,195. Southwestern University, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown, 512/863-6511. www.supercamp.com
Thinkery Camps THINKERY CAMPS Austin's children's museum offers day camps focusing on math, science, engineering, and nature with an emphasis on fun, which is kinda this place's m.o. Pre-K through fifth grade. June 11-15, June 25-29, July 23-27. $365-385. Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 512/469-6200. www.thinkeryaustin.org/camo
UT Pre-College Summer Discovery UT PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER DISCOVERY High schoolers are invited to get a taste of college life at this three-week day or overnight camp complete with faculty-taught classes, meetings with students and admissions officers, and no shortage of fun. June 23-July 13. $3,199-5,999. University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-3434. www.summerdiscovery.com/u-texas-austin
Wet & Wild Adventure Camp WET & WILD ADVENTURE CAMP Every day is a new adventure: kayaking, tubing, biking, bowling, rope-swinging, laser tag, rock climbing, and more. Most weeks feature a trip to a nearby premier water park with three pickup locations in town. Ages 6-15. June 4-Aug. 17. $360. See website for multiple pickup locations. www.wetwildcamp.com
YMCA CAMP TWIN LAKES This is the classic summer camp vibe: swimming, hiking, sports, and making friends. Overnight and day camps all summer long. Ages 5-16. June 4-Aug. 24. $113-188. Camp Twin Lakes, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park. www.wetwildcamp.com
YPW Camps YPW CAMPS Whether your kid is a linguist, artist, explorer, adventurer, scientist, or likes to learn/practice Spanish, YPW has a camp to suit your needs. Go online for a complete list of options, including half-day and full-day options. Ages 3-12. June 4-Aug. 17. $200-285. www.ypwkids.com
 

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