Camp Guide 2020 offers numerous options for kids in Lake Travis-Westlake and beyond

Austin Film Society (Courtesy Austin Film Society)
Austin Film Society (Courtesy Austin Film Society)

Austin Film Society (Courtesy Austin Film Society)

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One World Theatre (Courtesy One World Theatre)
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Art Academy (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Red Arena Horse Camp (Courtesy Red Arena)
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TexArts (Courtesy TexArts)
Whether their kids are looking to spend some time outdoors, hone their athletic skills or study up over the break, parents searching for summer camps have a variety to choose from in the Lake Travis-Westlake area and beyond. This list is not comprehensive.

ACADEMICS

Abacus Brain Gym

Dates: June 15-Aug. 14

Cost: $195-$295 per week

8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 124

512-775-0454

www.abacusbraingym.com

Children ages four through 12 are introduced to mental math training and high-speed thinking through use of an abacus to help build mental calculation skills.


ATX Kids Club

Dates: May 26-Aug. 28

Cost: $325 (financial assistance available)

Mobile camp with drop-off and pickup locations around Austin.

512-234-5437

www.atxkidsclub.org

This mobile camp offers educational field trips for ages four through 15 with an additional focus on health and fitness. Weekly themes include nature, the arts, Texas and diversity. Campers explore Austin via Capital Metro.

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School Saber Summer Camps

Dates: June 1-Aug 14 (dates vary by camp)

Cost: $190 and up (price varies by camp)

2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin

512-327-7755

www.sgs.austin.org/summercamp

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School is offering a variety of camps this summer for ages three through eighth grade with both morning and afternoon options. Activities include basketball, volleyball, chess, STEAM, Just Imagine Theater and more.

ARTS

Art + Academy


Dates: June 8-Aug. 7

Cost: $245 per week

2300 Lohmans Spur Road, Ste. 190

512-701-8070

www.artplusacademy.com

Artists ages five through 17 can improve their drawing and painting skills. Classes aim to balance fun with expert instruction to improve campers’ skills.

Austin Film Society

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $599 (discounts for current students)

Austin Public, 1143 Northwestern Ave., Austin

512-478-8600

www.austinfilm.org/classes/summer-camp

Campers ages nine through 17 work with local filmmakers and experience the magic of film making at the Austin Film Society’s facility at Austin Public.

Band Aid School of Music-National Champion Rock Band School

Dates: June 3-Aug. 16

Cost: $250-$559 per session

Riverbend Church, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin

2309 Thornton, Studio E, Austin

512-730-0592

www.bandaidschoolofmusic.com

Beginner and advanced singers, guitarists, bass players, drummers and keyboardists learn about songwriting, music production and performance in 11-day rock camp sessions. Students ages four to 18 will play a show at Stubb’s BBQ, record in a studio and make music videos. Beginner, advanced, legend and improve camps are offered, and half- and full-day camp experiences are available.

Camp One World “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

Dates: June 8-12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (camp); June 13 at noon (final performance)

Cost: $240 (first camper), $190 (siblings)

7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin

512-330-9500, ext .130

www.oneworldtheatre.org/outreach/summer-camps

Campers ages five through 14 audition on June. 8 to determine roles, have a week full of activities and rehearsals and perform on Saturday in costume with lines, singing and dancing on the One World Theatre stage. Full scholarships are available for military families.
Camp Shakespeare


Dates: August 3-14


Cost: $575


105 Cross Creek, Lakeway


512-261-1010




Campers ages 11 through 18 will experience a deep immersion in acting and exploring Shakespere, according to Lakeway Activity Center, adding that students will learn aspects of design, marking, improvisation, light and more. The camp will be instructed by Linda Dobbs.


TexArts

Dates: Starts May 26

Cost: $250-$950

2300 Lohmans Spur Road, Ste.160, Lakeway

512-861-0069

www.tex-arts.org

The performing arts center offers half-day, full-day and mini-camps in musical theater, acting, singing, visual arts and dance for children ages three through 18.

DAY

YMCA of Austin


Dates: May 26-Aug. 7

Cost: $164-$275 per week

Multiple locations

512-236-9622

www.austinymca.org

Multiple camp programs for ages four through 14 include swimming, games, crafts and field trips to places such as Enchanted Rock. The Adventure Camp includes field trips for rock climbing, hiking and swimming.

McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Dates: June 15-Aug. 14

Cost: $225 per week

McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 1884 W. Hwy. 71, Cedar Creek

512-303-5073

Email: [email protected]

www.lcra.org/camps

The Lower Colorado River Authority offers an outdoor camp for kids ages 5-12 and a teen adventure camp for ages 13-15. Day camps revolve around different outdoor themes and activities. Austin shuttle service is available for $75 per week.

Spicewood Country School and Camp

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14
Cost: $850 per two-week session


6102 Spicewood Springs Road

512-346-2992

www.spicewoodcountry.com

Activities include sports, swim lessons, games, horseback riding, music and art for ages three and a half to 10 and a half.


Texas Lions Camp (TLC)

Dates: May 31-Aug. 1

Cost: Free

4100 San Antonio Hwy., Kerrville

830-459-3820

www.lionscamp.com

TLC is a week-long summer camp for children ages 7-16 dedicated to serving children from Texas who have type 1 diabetes, pediatric cancer or Down Syndrome. Activities include swimming, fishing, riding horses and more.

OVERNIGHT

Austin Bat Cave


Dates: July 13-17

Cost: $1,300, need-based scholarships available
St. Edward’s University 3001 Congress Ave.


361-793-1039



This week long, overnight writing retreat for young authors ages 13 to 17 is dedicated to fiction, poetry and autobiographical storytelling. Campers will participate in daily creative writing workshops taught by local writers, guest speakers and educators while experiencing the lifestyle of a university campus.

Austin Ridge Bible Church-VBS

Dates: July 27-July 30 (half day)

Cost: $25 (includes a T-shirt)

9300 Bee Caves Road, Austin

512-263-7701

www.austinridge.org/beecave

This week-long Vacation Bible School includes snacks, small groups and crafts and serves children in kindergarten to fifth grade.

Rocky River Ranch

Dates: May 31- June 5, June 7-19, June 21-30, July 5-10, July 12-24, July 26-31.

Cost: $1,075 (one week), $1,700 (10 days), $2,150 (two weeks)

100 Flite Acres Road, Wimberley

512-847-2513

www.rockyriverranch.com

Rocky River Ranch is a private sleep-away camp for girls ages seven through 14. Campers have rotating activity periods each day and choose which activities to participate in. Camps are divided into week-long, 11-day and two-week sessions. A day camp for K-2 girls is also offered for $225 per week.

SPORTS

Austin Youth Fitness


Dates: June 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-36; Aug. 3-7

Cost: $250 per session

Casis Elementary School, 2710 Exposition Blvd., Austin

512-518-0163

www.austinyouthfitness.com

Austin Youth Fitness was Formerly Young Guns Fitness Fun, and campers stay active through running and cycling camps. Running camps take place at Casis Elementary School. Cycling camp begins at Westenfield Park and continues through the area. The campus serves children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Hill Country Indoor

Dates: June-15 (summer camp fair April 13)

Cost: $315-$390

13875 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave

512-263-4144

www.hillcountryindoor.com/summer-camps

A wipeout camp will utilize playscape and climbing walls while the sports camp will offer soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball team play. Lunch and T-shirt included. The campus serves children ages five through 12.

Life Ki-do Martial Arts

Dates: June 1-5, 8-12,15-19; July 13-17, 20-24,27-31, 20-24; Aug. 3-7

Cost: $175-$199 per session

3636 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 212, West Lake Hills

512-327-2900

www.lifekido.com

Sessions serving children ages five through 10 include martial arts drills, a ninja obstacle course, use of padded nunchuks and swords and team-building activities.

Red Arena Horse Camp

Dates: June 2-July 24 (Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Cost: $600 per week

1601 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs

512-807-6505

www.redarena.org

This inclusive horse camp for kids ages five through 12 and catering to all ability levels is limited to 8 riders per week. Paperwork and screening are required prior to acceptance into camp. This year the camp is adding advanced and beginner rider options.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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