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Texas Summer Camp Guide

A guide to day and overnight camps by region. Start planning now.

By Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

The countdown to summer has begun! More than likely, you can already hear the kids moaning. "There's nothing to do around here!" Well, here's an idea long cherished by generations of parents: enroll those youngsters in an exciting, fun-filled summer camp.

In the guide that follows, you'll find a sampling of more than 40 summer camps across Texas. It includes many traditional overnight camps, along with several day camps, a few specialized camps (marine and academic, for example) and four camps that serve children with special needs.

Our guide is not meant to be comprehensive and provides just a taste of what each camp offers. For more details (and photographs, too), visit the Web sites of camps that interest you and your family. Most have spring deadlines for registering kids, and some fill up fast, so get your applications in soon.

Your reward: lots of happy campers this summer!

North

  • Denton

    • Camp Kiowa

      An enrichment program located on Texas Woman’s University’s campus. Academic activities plus sports, crafts, rock climbing and swimming.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-, three- and four-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $1,185-$4,989
      Contact:
      (940) 239-5126; <www.campkiowa.com>
  • Fort Worth

    • Camp Carter YMCA

      Traditional camp activities include horseback riding, archery, sailing, riflery, skeet, hiking, biking and swimming. Adventure trips available for older campers.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $160-$850 (financial assistance available)
      Contact:
      (817) 738-9241; <www.campcarter.org>
  • Graford

    • Camp Grady Spruce (YMCA)

      Main Camp caters to boys ages 7-12; same-age girls go to Ray Bean Camp. Frontier Camp (coed, ages 13-16) offers water sports, horseback riding and rock climbing at Lake Mineral Wells.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-16
      What:
      Overnight camp, 5- to 21-day sessions. Day camp, five-day sessions
      When:
      June-July
      Cost:
      $125-$1,500 (financial assistance available)
      Contact:
      (866) 391-7343, (940) 779-3411; <www.campgradyspruce.org>
  • Wichita Falls

    • Camp River Bend

      Kids learn about nature through hiking, climbing, crafts and games.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-11
      What:
      Day Camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; June
      Cost:
      $70-$80
      Contact:
      (940) 767-0843; <www.riverbendnaturecenter.org>

South

  • Corpus Christi

    • Summer Camp Lex

      Camp features team-building activities, motivational and educational speakers, and hands-on learning experiences aboard the USS Lexington, a historic aircraft carrier.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 9-12
      What:
      Day camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; July
      Cost:
      $125-$145
      Contact:
      (800) 523-9539, (361) 888-4873; <www.usslexington.com>
    • Texas State Aquarium Seacamp

      Educational programs—on site and via field trips—teach kids about marine life, wetlands, fishing, conservation and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-16
      What:
      Day Camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $130-$210
      Contact:
      (361) 881-1204; <www.texasstateaquarium.org>

West

  • Alpine

    • Camp Mitre Peak

      Besides usual camp activities, campers can choose from "YoYo" electives, such as night hiking, boulder bouncinhg, woodworking, jewelry making and more.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 7-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-, three-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $295-$645
      Contact:
      (800) 238-7760, (432) 570-9188; <www.gspb.org/camping>
  • Fort Davis

    • Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (Boy Scouts)

      Popular Boy Scout camp located in the Davis Mountains. Activities include swimming, horseback riding, woodcarving, orienteering, climbing and more.

      Who:
      Boys; ages 6-18
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Weekend, one-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $200-$350
      Contact:
      (432) 570-7601; <www.buffalotrailbsa.org>
    • Prude Ranch Summer Camp

      Horses and riding dominate the schedule at this historic family ranch. Other activities include riflery, crafts, swimming, nature study, archery, tennis and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One- and two-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $600-$1,200
      Contact:
      (800) 458-6232, (432) 426-3202; <www.prude-ranch.com>

East

  • Baytown

    • Summer Science Camp

      Weekly sessions offer in-depth studies on birding, fishing, wildlife, water use and art. Held at the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 9-15
      What:
      Day camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; May-August
      Cost:
      $100 (scholarships available)
      Contact:
      (281) 420-7128; <www.baytown.org>
  • Conroe

    • Camp Agnes Arnold (Girl Scouts)

      Canoeing and fishing on Shadow Lake keep campers busy. They can also swim, hike, play games and do crafts. Accomodations include yurts and tree houses.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 5-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; three-day mini-sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $140-$480
      Contact:
      (713) 292-0300; <www.gssjc.org>
    • Camp Misty Meadows (Girl Scouts)

      Topnotch riding facilities appeal to novice and experienced equestrians. Other activities include swimming, archery, tennis, crafts, hiking, games and outdoor cooking.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 5-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; three-day mini-sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $140-$480 (financial assistance available)
      Contact:
      (713) 292-0300; <www.gssjc.org>
  • Eustace

    • Ski 'n SCATS

      Campers do it all here: skiing plus S.C.A.T.S. (sailing, canoeing, archery, team building and swimming).

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 5-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $475-$810-$1,840
      Contact:
      (903) 425-7115; <www.skinscats.com>
  • Galveston

    • Sea Camp—Texas A&M University

      Hands-on marine adventures teach campers about coastal ecology, marine biology, ocean careers, forensics and more. Ecotourism studies in Belize.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 10-18
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Week-long sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $775-$850; Belize: $1,700
      Contact:
      (409) 740-4525; <www.tamug.edu/seacamp>
  • Huntsville

    • Camp Coyote

      This 2,000-acre cattle ranch has an equestrian facility, swimming pool, tennis courts, weight room, fishing lakes and air-conditioned “bunk barns.”

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-, three-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $600-$1,600
      Contact:
      (800) 677-CAMP, (936) 294-9338; <www.campcoyote.com>
  • Marshall

    • Camp Fern

      Campers can canoe and ski on Lake Fern. Other activities include horseback riding, swimming, riflery, fencing, archery, nature studies, crafts and lots of sports.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Two-, four-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $1,600-$2,700
      Contact:
      (903) 935-5420; <www.campfern.com>
  • Seabrook

    • Camp Casa Mare

      Sailing and scuba and skin diving are the big draw here. Campers can also go crabbing, star-gaze, swim, birdwatch and try their hand at archery.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 5-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; three-day mini-sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $140-$480 (financial assistance available)
      Contact:
      (713) 292-0300; <www.gssjc.org>
  • Spring

    • Camp Pine Tree (YMCA)

      This camp hosts “mini” three-night sessions for first-time campers. Activities include horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, archery, crafts, swimming and hiking.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 5-11
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Mini- and one-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $275-$397
      Contact:
      (281) 353-6229; <www.ymcacamppinetree.org>
  • Timpson

    • Camp Huawni

      Team competition and evening shows highlight time spent here. Other activities include swimming, horseback riding, fishing, sports, hiking and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $720-$1,375
      Contact:
      (903) 657-7723; <www.camphuawni.com>
  • Trinity

    • Camp Cullen (YMCA)

      Located on Lake Livingston, campers can ski, wakeboard, ride horses and hang out by the pool. There’s also a ropes course and a water slide.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 8-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One- and two-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $541
      Contact:
      (713) 758-9275; <www.ymcacampcullen.org>
    • Camp Olympia

      Sports galore here: aerobics, archery, baseball, softball, biking, canoeing, fishing, golf, track, skiing, weightlifting, football, horseback riding, sailing, soccer and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Two- and three-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $2,320-$3,215
      Contact:
      (800) 735-6190, (936) 594-2541; <www.campolympia.com>
  • Van

    • Sky Ranch

      Horses, sailboats and water slides plus ropes courses, ziplines, a rodeo, carnival and more keep campers busy.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 5-16
      What:
      Overnight and day camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; May-August
      Cost:
      $760-$1,650
      Contact:
      (800) 962-2267, (903) 266-3300; <www.skyranchcamps.com>

Central

  • Austin

    • Austin Nature & Science Center Summer Camp

      A multitude of themed weeks and field trips are designed for various age groups. Topics include caving, mountain biking, wildlife, astronomy, herpetology and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 3-17
      What:
      Day camp
      When:
      One-week session; May-August
      Cost:
      $95-$285
      Contact:
      (512) 327-8181; <www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc>
  • Bandera

    • Outdoor Texas

      Hunting and fishing camps include bass/coastal/fly fishing, shotgun skills, archery, outdoor photography, kayaking and boating, outdoor survival, first aid and dog training.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 9-17 (10-17 for hunting camp)
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $975-$1,950
      Contact:
      (512) 217-1587 or (830) 562-3354; <www.outdoortexascamp.com>
    • Camp Hamman Ranch (YMCA)

      "High adventure" activities here include whitewater kayaking, rodeo events, cave exploring, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 10-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $494-$897 (additional fees for specialty camps)
      Contact:
      (888) 749-7449; <www.ymcahammanranch.org>
  • Hunt

    • Camp Arrowhead

      Campers canoe and swim in the Guadalupe River. Other activities include archery, riflery, music, horseback riding, tennis, crafts, sports, ropes course and cheerleading.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 6-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-, four-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $850-$2,900
      Contact:
      (830) 238-3793; <www.camparrowhead.com>
    • Camp Flaming Arrow (YMCA)

      Traditional camp activities on the Guadalupe River (fishing, hiking, nature studies, archery and canoeing) plus trail rides and weekly themes, such as “Safari” and “Super Heroes.”

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; three-day starter sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $200-$1,005 (financial assistance available)
      Contact:
      (800) 765-9622, (830) 238-4631; <www.ymcacampflamingarrow.org>
    • Camp La Junta

      One mile of the Guadalupe River runs along this camp, which offers horseback riding, archery, canoeing, riflery, mountain biking, swimming, scuba diving, go-cart racing and more.

      Who:
      Boys; ages 7-14
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Two-, four-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $1,750-$3,200
      Contact:
      (830) 238-4621; <www.lajunta.com>
    • Camp Stewart

      NRA riflery, Red Cross swimming, archery, horseback riding, tennis and nature study top the variety of activities at this camp on the Guadalupe River.

      Who:
      Boys; ages 6-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Two-, four-, eight-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $1,650-$5,500
      Contact:
      (830) 238-4670; <www.campstewart.com>
    • Heart o' the Hills Camp

      Campers may choose nine activities from a list of more than 50, including canoeing, horseback riding and swimming in the Guadalupe River.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 6-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Nine-day, four-, five-, eight-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $1,600-$7,000
      Contact:
      (800) 724-7325, (830) 238-4650; <www.hohcamp.com>
  • Hutto

    • Kings Bridge Farm

      Program focuses on horse care and riding for beginning and advanced equestrians. Kids can also swim, play games, go on hay rides and do arts and crafts.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-14
      What:
      Day camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $250-$3005
      Contact:
      (512) 819-0183; <www.kbf.com>
  • Ingram

    • Camp Rio Vista

      Campers can choose from more than 35 activities — canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailing, skiing, swimming, sports and horseback riding. Sister camp is Sierra Vista.

      Who:
      Boys; ages 6-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      12-, 14-, 19-, 26-day sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $1,700-$2,950
      Contact:
      (800) 545-3233, (830) 367-5353; <www.vistacamps.com>
    • Camp Sierra Vista

      Campers can choose from more than 35 activities — canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailing, skiing, swimming, sports and horseback riding. Brother camp is Rio Vista.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 6-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      12-, 14-, 19-, 26-day sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $1,700-$2,950
      Contact:
      (800) 545-3233, (830) 367-5353; <www.vistacamps.com>
  • Kerrville

    • Kickapoo Kamp

      Enrollments are limited to ensure individual attention. Campers can select five activities per day — archery, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, crafts, dancing, skiing, riflery, swimming and more.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 7-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-, three-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $1,055-$2,370
      Contact:
      (830) 895-5731; <www.kickapookamp.com>
  • Manor

    • Crowe's Nest Farm

      Folks at this 100-acre working farm give kids hands-on lessons in botany, birds, gardening, farm animals, insects, reptiles and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 5-11
      What:
      Day camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; June
      Cost:
      $150
      Contact:
      (512) 272-4418; <www.crowesnestfarm.org>
  • Marble Falls

    • Camp Balcones Springs

      On-site lake and access to Lake Travis offer campers lots of water-based fun. Other activities include archery, horseback riding, sports, ziplines, fishing and canoeing.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Two-, three-, five- and six-week sessions: June-August
      Cost:
      $2,090-$4,650
      Contact:
      (830) 693-2267; <www.campbalconessprings.com>
    • Camp Champions

      Traditional activities include horseback riding, kayaking, zipline, sailing, swimming and sports plus go-carts and fun at Hondo’s Hideout (pingpong, foosball, bumper pool).

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-18
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Two-, three-, four-week sessions; one-week session for six-year-olds ($830); June-August
      Cost:
      $2,190-$3,7450
      Contact:
      (830) 598-2571; <www.campchampions.com>
  • Medina

    • Echo Hill Ranch

      Horseback riding and swimming in spring-fed waters highlight activities here. There are also sports, nature study and creative arts.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-week, 20-day sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $925-$3,150
      Contact:
      (830) 589-7739, (713) 667-9878; <www.echohill.org>
  • New Braunfels

    • Outback Adventure Camp

      Team-building activities include canoeing, tubing, rock climbing, rappelling, snorkeling and caving. There’s even a one-night campout at Enchanted Rock.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 10-16
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $600
      Contact:
      (800) 444-6204; <www.newktennis.com/outback_adventurecamp.html>
  • San Antonio

    • Seaworld Adventure Camps

      Several programs put campers face to face with marine life and animals.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 3-18
      What:
      Overnight and day camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; March-October
      Cost:
      $150-$1,400
      Contact:
      (800) 700-7786; <www.swbgadventurecamps.com>
  • San Marcos

    • Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp

      Curriculum immerses campers in aquatic biology and water chemistry activities, all led by research staff of Texas State University. Other activities include tubing, glass-bottom boat rides, scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting and swimming.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 9-15
      What:
      Overnight and day camp
      When:
      Two-day, one-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $120-$595
      Contact:
      (512) 245-2329; <www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html>
  • Wimberley

    • Hunters Chase Farms

      Campers learn all about horse care, safety and riding techniques. Other activities include swimming, fishing, crafts, nature walks, nightly movies and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6-17
      What:
      Overnight and day camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $250-$575
      Contact:
      (512) 842-2246; <www.hunterschasefarms.com>
    • Rocky River Ranch

      Campers can swim in the Blanco River, ride horses, shoot rifles and rappel. Other activities include nature study, photography, crafts, kayaking and fishing.

      Who:
      Girls; ages 6-15
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-, two-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $650-$1,225
      Contact:
      (800) 863-2267, (512) 847-2513; <www.rrrcamp.com>

Conservation Wildlife

  • Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society Wildlife Conservation Camp

    (Location varies) Wildlife biology, conservation management, science and nature study are key components. Session limited to 20 campers.

    Who:
    Boys/girls; ages 14-18 (at least sophomore in high school)
    What:
    Overnight camp
    When:
    One-week session; July 8-14
    Cost:
    $250
    Contact:
    (210) 688-6444;<www.tctws.org>
  • Four Camps

    • Texas Brigades

      Bobwhite Brigade, Buckskin Brigade, Feathered Forces and Bass Brigade — held on private ranches and camps across the state — teach campers about selected wildlife. Enrollments limited.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 13-17
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Five-day sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      $300 (scholarships available)
      Contact:
      (800) 839-9453, (210) 332-3560; <www.texasbrigades.org>

Special Needs

  • Argyle

    • Camp Summit

      All activities — swimming, horseback riding, a ropes course, crafts, camping and games — are adapted to each camper’s abilities.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 6 and up
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      One-week sessions; May-August
      Cost:
      Sliding fee based on income; scholarships available
      Contact:
      (972) 484-8900; <www.campsummittx.org>
  • Commerce

    • Celebrate the Children Camp

      This outdoor recreational camp is located on a 100-acre farm. Activities include hay rides, campfire cooking, fishing, horseback riding and more.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 3-17
      What:
      Day camp
      When:
      One-day sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      $16 application fee; scholarships available
      Contact:
      (903) 886-8365; <www.texaschild.org>
  • Gonzales

    • Texas Elks Camp

      Campers stay in air-conditioned facilities and fish in nearby Palmetto State Park. Other activities include swimming, bowling, horseback riding and crafts.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 7-15
      What:
      Overnight camp
      When:
      Week-long sessions; June-July
      Cost:
      None if qualified
      Contact:
      (830) 875-2425; <www.texaselks.org>
  • Kerrville

    • Texas Lions Camp

      Children with disabilities, Type 1 diabetes and cancer can experience swimming, horseback riding, sports, nature studies, camping and more. Medical staff on site.

      Who:
      Boys/girls; ages 8-15
      What:
      Overnight and day camp (one session, July 18-20)
      When:
      One-week sessions; June-August
      Cost:
      None if qualified
      Contact:
      (830) 896-8500; <www.lionscamp.com>

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