The 2020 Camp Guide has everything from academic camps to arts and sports

T Bar M Overnight Camp. (Courtesy T Bar M)
T Bar M Overnight Camp. (Courtesy T Bar M)

T Bar M Overnight Camp. (Courtesy T Bar M)

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Royalty Camp. (Courtesy Illusion)
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(Courtesy Landa Adventurers)
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Little Landa Explorers. (Courtesy Little Landa)
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(Courtesy Alla Prima Arts Studio)
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Unicorns Summer Sports Camp. (Courtesy NBISD)
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Royalty Camp. (Courtesy illusion)
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 New Braunfels area. This list is not comprehensive.


1. Camp Invention

Dates: June 22-26

Cost: $260

Ages: grades K-6

Hoffmann Lane Elementary School, 4600 FM 306, New Braunfels


At Camp Invention, campers in grades K-6 will learn hands-on STEM activities that build collaboration and creative problem-solving skills. The camp will also be hosted at Rahe Bulverde Elementary School, Kinder Ranch Elementary School and Garden Ridge Elementary School. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

2. Dr. Seuss Is on the Loose

Dates: July 13-17

Cost: $55

Ages: 3-5

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


Young campers can discover and experience Dr. Seuss through reading his stories and participating in art projects, games, treats and more. 9-11 a.m.

3. Fischer Park nature camp

Dates: June 1-Aug. 21

Cost: $120 per week

Ages: 6-10

Fischer Park Nature Education Center,

1946 Monarch Way, New Braunfels


Campers will learn about nature through kayaking, fishing and science projects from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants must bring a snack, lunch, water bottle, a change of clothes and sunscreen. Afternoon snacks will be provided.

4. Headwaters Heroes Conservation Camp

Dates: June 15-18, July 20-23, Aug. 10-13

Cost: $50 (scholarships are available)

Ages: grades 1-5

Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels


During this evening camp, children can explore the outdoors and learn more about how to protect the Hill Country’s unique ecosystems. Campers will learn about home conservation, watersheds, native plants and wildlife. 7-8 p.m.

5. Lego Logo

Dates: Aug. 17-21

Cost: $88

Ages: 8-12

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


Aspiring engineers will have the opportunity to assemble robots, race cars, four-wheel drive trucks and more. Participants can expand their understanding of math, science and STEM elements in a cooperative environment. 9-11 a.m.

6. Mad Science: Rockin Rockets

Dates: June 29-July 2

Cost: $170

Ages: 6-12

Freiheit Elementary School, 2002 FM 1101, New Braunfels


Participants have the opportunity to construct their own rockets and learn about propulsion systems as well as how to track and recover different types of rockets from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

7. Silly Science

Dates: June 8-12

Cost: $55

Ages: 3-5

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


Kids can participate in hands-on experiments using common, safe household items from 9-11 a.m. Dress to get messy just in case an experiment erupts.


8. Landa Park Adventurers

Dates: July 6-10, Aug. 10-14

Cost: $55

Ages: 9-12 and 6-8, respectively

Landa Park Pavilion 6, 32 Gazebo Circle, New Braunfels


Participants will explore Landa Park’s main attractions and go crawfishing at Landa Lake, hike in Panther Canyon and more from 9-11 a.m.

9. Little Landa Explorers

Dates: June 29-July 3

Cost: $55

Ages: 3-5

Landa Park Pavilion 6, 32 Gazebo Circle, New Braunfels


Little explorers will learn about all the fun things to do and discover in Landa Park, from hiking in Panther Canyon to searching for crawfish in Landa Lake. 9-11 a.m.

Arts and performance

10. Alla Prima Art Studio

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $225-$250 per week

Ages: 5-13

Alla Prima Art Studio, 1386 Industrial Drive, Ste. 100, New Braunfels


Join Alla Prima Art Studio for a variety of art camps throughout the summer from 9 a.m.-noon. Classes include drawing boot camp, animal lover’s art camp, painting camp and more.

11. Around the World Dance Camp

Dates: Aug. 3-7

Cost: $225

Ages: 6-10

Dance by Design Studios, 1551 N. Walnut Ave., Ste. 34, New Braunfels


Dancers will explore a different country and culture on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through their styles of dance. Dance by Design will offer several dance camps throughout summer. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

12. Around the World in Five Days

Dates: July 20-24

Cost: $150

Ages: 8-12

McKenna Children’s Museum, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels


Join the McKenna Children’s Museum in a trip around the world to “visit” five continents and learn about unique cultures, through arts, music and food. 9 a.m.-noon.

13. Christian Youth Theater

Dates: June 29-Aug. 8

Cost: $125-$275 per week

Ages: 4-18

Christian Youth Theater, 1389 Industrial St, New Braunfels


Young thespians can join one of CYT’s six summer theater camps that will focus on building performance skills, confidence and teamwork. Each camp will conclude with a performance for family and friends.

14. Circle Arts Theatre

Dates: July 13-24

Cost: $200 (one week), $300 (two weeks)

Ages: 6-10 (9 a.m.-noon), 11-15 (1-4 p.m.)

Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Ave., New Braunfels


Aspiring actors can participate in one- or two-week camps where they will learn theater games, exercises, music and choreography. During week two, participants will rehearse an original script in preparation for a show at the end of the week.

15. Princess Dance Camp

Dates: June 8-12, June 29-July 1, July 13-17

Cost: $130

Ages: 3-7

Dance by Design Studios, 1551 N. Walnut Ave., Ste. 34, New Braunfels


On Monday, Wednesday and Friday dancers will explore a different princess each day by learning their dance and participating in games and crafts. 9 a.m.-noon. Dance by Design will offer several dance camps throughout the summer.

16. Royalty Camp

Dates: June 15-Aug. 13

Cost: $205 (before May 25), $215 (after May 25)

Ages: 3-7

Illusion Dance Center, 830 Ewelling Lane, New Braunfels


Princes and princesses will be learning dance fundamentals and a routine to perform at the end of camp. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch is not provided. Illusion Dance Center will offer several dance camps throughout the summer.

17. School of Rock

Dates: June 8-Aug. 21

Cost: $280-$450 per week

Ages: 7-18

School of Rock New Braunfels, 940 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels


Aspiring rock stars can participate in one of School of Rock New Braunfels’ day camps to learn a variety of music styles, such as pop punk, rock and modern/21st century rock. Each camp is five days and concludes with a live performance.


18. Chef Showdown

Dates: June 29-July 3 (1-3 p.m.)

Cost: $65

Ages: 9-12

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


Participants will put their cooking skills to the test by creating a variety of dishes and competing in groups to see who has the tastiest creation. Students will learn new cooking skills and recipes that they can replicate at home.

19. Cookie Decorating 101

Dates: July 20-24

Cost: $100

Ages: 12 and older

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


Guided by the owners of 2tarts Bakery, participants will learn how to bake and decorate cookies from start to finish. Students will learn kitchen safety, several decorating techniques and how to make royal icing and sugar dough from scratch.

20. Cooking Camp

Dates: June 8-12 (9 a.m.-noon)

Cost: $150

Ages: 5-7

McKenna Children’s Museum, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels


Children will learn the basics of kitchen safety, measuring, reading a recipe, cooking and baking. Peanuts or peanut products may be present.

21. Cooks With Books

Dates: June 15-19, Aug. 3-7 (9-11 a.m.)

Cost: $55

Ages: 3-5

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


Each day, campers will enjoy a book from Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give ...” series and then participate in cooking activities from that story.

Day Camps

22. Camp Meraki

Dates: May 8

Cost: $100

Ages: 60 and older

John Knox Ranch, 1661 John Knox Road, Fischer


Who says kids get to have all the fun? Camp Meraki is a day camp for seniors who are young at heart to enjoy the outdoors, participate in fun activities and make new friends. Hosted by Aging is Cool, a local business that works to help older adults stay mentally and physically active.

23. Pretty Princess

Dates: July 20-24

Cost: $65

Ages: 3-5

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


Campers can learn the art of being a princess through themed projects, etiquette lessons and a visit from a real princess.

24. Secret Agent Academy

Dates: July 6-10

Cost: $55

Ages: 6-8

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels


By creating and decoding secret messages, dusting for fingerprints and making spy ID badges, participants will learn how to become secret agents and receive a spy certificate at the end of the week.

Multiweek camps

25. Camp Minnehaha

Dates: June 1-Aug. 21

Cost: $102 per week (residents), $130 per week (nonresidents)

Ages: 5-12

Landa Recreation Center, 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels


Camp Minnehaha offers several day camps throughout summer, including Camp Carnival, Animation Station and more. Registration begins April 1.

26. Slumber Falls Camp

Dates: June 7-July 25

Cost: $300-$530 per week

Ages: Grades 1-12

Slumber Falls Camp, 3610 River Rd., New Braunfels


The Christian camp, Slumber Falls, will offer nine sessions of camp this summer where campers will learn about faith, build friendships and participate in outdoor activities and sports. Day camps are divided by theme and overnight camps are divided by grade level.

27. T Bar M Day Camp

Dates: June 8-Aug. 3

Cost: $320 per week

Ages: grades K-4

T Bar M Camps & Retreats, 2549 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels


This Christian camp offers five days of activities, Bible study and games for younger campers. Each camper is limited to attending two sessions per summer and should bring a bagged lunch.

28. T Bar M Family Camp

Dates: May 31-Aug. 9

Cost: $435 (per child ages 2-12 per week), $490 (per adult over age 13 per week), $50 (per infant per week), $535 (per room per week)

Ages: all ages welcome

T Bar M Camps & Retreats, 2549 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels


Families can enjoy a week away from home filled with rest, fun activities, and time to reflect and reconnect with one another and God. Each week includes a guest speaker for the whole family.

29. T Bar M Overnight Camp

Dates: May 31-Aug. 2

Cost: $1,005-$1,300 per week

Ages: completed grades 1-11

T Bar M Camps & Retreats, 2549 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels


Join T Bar M for one of several overnight camps throughout the summer for a variety of age groups and grade levels. Options include sports camp, Camp Travis, baseball camp, softball camp and swim camp.


30. Challenger Sports International Futsal Camp

Dates: July 6-10

Cost: $100 (per child aged 3-5 per week), $140 (per child aged 6-14 per week)

Ages: 3-12

HEB Soccer Complex, 515 North Live Oak Avenue, New Braunfels

Campers will learn to play futsal, a fast paced, small sided soccer game, through foot skill training, technical drills, small games and scrimmages.

31.Texas Ski Ranch

Dates: June 7-Aug. 14

Cost: $199 per week (adventure camp), $399 per week (half-day camp), $799 per week (full-day camp), $1,045 per week (overnight camp)

Ages: 5 and older

Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 N. I-35, New Braunfels


Campers can participate in activities such as kneeboarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing and more. All camps group campers by both age and skill level.

32. Unicorns Summer Sports Camps

Dates: vary

Cost: $60-$100 per week

Ages: vary


New Braunfels ISD students can participate in sports camps that focus on strength and conditioning, baseball, basketball and other sports. Dates, locations and deadlines will be available online in March.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


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