Camp Guide 2021: From math to skiing, there is plenty for kids to do in Hays County this summer

San Marcos Discovery Camp (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
San Marcos Discovery Camp (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

San Marcos Discovery Camp (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

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Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Courtesy Texas State University)
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RED Arena (Courtesy RED Arena)
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San Marcos Summer Fun (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
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 San Marcos, Buda and Kyle area. This list is not comprehensive and details are subject to change.

Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Campers engage in a mix of outdoor and indoor aquatic recreation with hands-on science activities, all to foster a personal connection to aquatic resources. Children will paddleboard down the San Marcos River, use research-grade equipment to measure water chemistry and much more. Camps are limited to 10 individuals this year, and a number of safety precautions will be in place to minimize COVID-19 risks. CCamp will last from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Day Academics

Dates: June 8-Aug. 10

Cost: $30 (residents), $60 per day (non-residents)

Ages: 9-15

Freeman Aquatic Building

220 E. Sessom Dr., San Marcos

512-245-3541

www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html

Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp This basketball camp has instructed more than 16,000 campers over 23 years and has multiple sessions throughout the region. Players develop to their fullest potential by being provided with an upbeat experience with positive competition. Former players and high school and college coaches promote self-esteem, repetition, team concepts, self-discipline and fun. This camp is available to boys and girls.

Day Sports

Dates: July 26-29

Cost: $240

Ages: 7-16

Central Texas Fieldhouse

2610 S. Main St., Ste. 106, Buda

512-799-8891

www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com

Camp Invention: Elevate The 2021 program will be virtual and offers STEM experience delivered to your doorstep. Projects include a launching device, which explores physics concepts of trajectory and velocity, while others give campers the chance to become creative entrepreneurs. Kids will also experiment with circuits as they create a solar-powered cricket, and will learn problem solving techniques as well. Leader-in-training spots may be available for children entering grades 7-9.

Day Academic

Dates: July 12-16

Cost: $235

Ages: 5-15

Virtual

800-968-4332

www.invent.org

Challenger Sports This international soccer camp cobines elements of two industry-leading camp programs, British soccer and TetraBrazil. Young players are able to experience a wide variety of coaching styles, practices and influences that support a well-rounded skill set. TinyTykes PM occurs from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. and is for children ages 3-5. The Half Day Program begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m.

Day Sports

Dates: June 14-18

Cost $95 for TinyTykes, $145 for Half-day program

Ages 3-15

Steeplechase Park

295 Hallie Dr., Kyle

1-844-674-8404

www.challengersports.com

Code Ninjas Love for technology is transformed into an exciting adventure with lifelong tech skills and new friends. The learning center offers themed half day and full-day sessions where children ages 7-14 will have the opportunity to learn about basic coding, robotics, apps, websites and video games.

Day Academic

Dates: June 6-Aug. 14

Cost: $89-$279

Ages: 7-14

Code Ninjas

844 Kohlers Crossing, Ste. 250, Kyle

512-862-2633

www.codeninjas.com

Code Wizards In Elementary School Coding Camp, children are introduced to block programming in Scratch an dlearn hot to think like a programmer while building interactive projects. Middle School Coding Camp involves fundamental programming concepts and kids will learn to code in Python. Classes last 1-3 hours per day and are either four days a week or five, depending on the program. Early bird pricing is available through the end of April.

Day Academic

Dates: May 24-July 30

Cost: $447-$549

Ages: 10-13

Virtual

1-800-213-2417

https://codewizardshq.com/

Inspired Minds Returning for its second year, Inspired Minds offers several camp options for children in grades K-8. In addition to the Summer Art Camp, a Musical Theatre Camp and Shakespearience Day Camp for Kids will be available. Activities include learning dance techniques and choreographies, as well as vocal training.

Day Arts

Dates: May 31-Aug. 6

Cost: $250

Ages, 5-12

121 Main St., Buda

Inspired Kids Summer Art Camp

512-537-3987

www.inspiredminds.art

Junior Summer Math Camp Half-Day Elementary and middle school students will join a mathematical learning community, and will learn how math plays into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is open enrollment and any student can be registered until capacity is met. Need-based scholarships are also available, and are based on grants and donations

Day Academic

Dates: June 14-25

Cost: $400

Ages: 6-14

San Marcos High School

2601 Rattler Rd, San Marcos

512-245-3439

www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps

Junior Summer Math Camp-Residential This immersive program is for middle school students with an interest in mathematics, and aims to develop them into creative and critical thinkers. Students attend this overnight camp for two weeks and classes are taught by university professors. The schedule also includes study group sessions, recreation time and various outings. A discount is available for virtual campers and scholarships may be available.

Overnight Academic

Dates: June 13-June 25

Cost: $1,000-$1,600

Ages: 11-14

Academic Services Building

601 University Dr., San Marcos

512-245-3439
www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps

Kyle Summer Camp Early bird pricing is available through March 26 for this 7 a.m.-6 p.m. day camp, which includes two field trips and two pool days per week, in addition to t-shirts, snacks and activity supplies. Voyager Camp is available to children entering grades two through five, and Adventure Camp is for kids entering grades six through nine.

Day

Dates: TBD

Cost: $150 per week

Ages: 7-15

Parks Headquarters

700 Lehman Rd, Kyle

512-262-3939

www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/kyle-summer-camp

Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp Talented high-school students are immersed in this program to develop skills for careers in math, science, engineering and other fields. Co-ed campers may attend the overnight program or can attend virtually for a discounted price, and financial aid is available for the five-week program.

Overnight Academic

Dates: June 27-July 31

Cost: $500-$800 per week

Ages: 15-18

Academic Services Building

601 University Dr., San Marcos

512-245-3439

www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps

RED Arena This inclusive summer horse camp is for kids with disabilities and their siblings. Campers are encourages to build independence, strength and confidence through riding, horse care, team-building, gross motor games and fine motor crafts. The camp runs Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a medical screening is required before acceptance.

Day Arts

Dates: June-August

Cost: $600

Ages: 2+

RED Arena

1708 Centerpoint Rd., San Marcos

512-807-6505

www.redarena.org

San Marcos Discovery Camp Experience an adventure this summer with nine themed weeks of exploring, adventure and discovery. Campers will have the chance to be outside, build things, get messy, work as a team and develop leadership skills. Discovery Camp will run Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Children will participate activities such as science experiments, arts and crafts, games, and more. Program enrollment will be limited to 20 children per week. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by San Marcos CISD.

Day

Dates: June 14-Aug. 13

Cost: $150 (resident), $175 (non-resident)

Ages: 5-10

Dunbar Recreation Center

801 W. MLK Dr., San Marcos

512-393-8400

www.sanmarcostx.gov/camps

San Marcos Summer Fun Children will participate in a variety of activities, such as arts & crafts, board games and recreational activities. A schedule will be provided to each child at the beginning of the program, which occurs on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. In an effort to safely host campers and provide adequate staff, program enrollment will be limited to 50 children per week. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by San Marcos CISD.

Day Arts

Dates: June 14-Aug. 13

Cost: $40 per week

Ages: 7-13 (6 if first grade has been completed)

Hernandez Elementary School

333 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos

512-393-8400

http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/camps

Squishy Banana Studios Epic short films are being made this summer and children will learn to write a script, storyboard, locations scout,act, edit, and add sound and special effects. Each group will be limited to six children to maximize safety. Film camp runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with a full day option lasting until 5 p.m.

Day Art

Dates: June 14-Aug. 13

Cost: $295-$395

Ages: 5-12

Squishy Banana Studios

​11530 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748

512-256-4662

http://www.squishybananastudios.com/

Texas Ski Ranch

Campers can participate in overnight or day camps in which they will participate in activities such as kneeboarding, wakeboarding, wake surfing and more. All camps will group participants by age and skill level.

DAY NIGHT SP

Dates: June 6-Aug. 20

Cost: $249 per week (adventure camp), $399 per week (half-day camp), $799 per week (full-day camp), $1,045 per week (overnight camp)

Ages: 5-17

Texas Ski Ranch

6700 N. I-35

830-627-2843

www.texasskiranch.com/summer-camp

Texas State Autism Camp Going into its eleventh year, this camp gives children with Autism Spectrum Disorder access to a quality summer camp with counselors trained to incorporate therapeutic and educational goals into recreational activities. The camp will be hosted through Zoom this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and will run on weekdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day

Dates: July 5-July 30

Cost: Free

Age: 4-20

Virtual

512-245-8259

www.hhp.txstate.edu/collaboration-outreach/camps/Autism-Camp

Young Writers Camp Students will learn to express themselves through creative writing, short stories, script writing, memoirs, graphic novels, free verse and poetry, with expert teachers helping them build skills to grow as authors. Sessions are broken up into various age groups that teach diverse writing styles, which can incorporate sensory details, digital storytelling and makerspace creations. Additional in-person sessions may be added as well.

Day Academic

Dates June 7-18

Cost: $250

Ages: 6-18

Virtual

512-245-3680

www.centraltexaswritingprojgect.com

YMCA Summer Theme Camp The YMCA offers traditional day camp experiences in Buda and Kyle, with changing theme-related crafts, organized games and character development activities. Each week includes a field trip and two trips to the pool. Various leadership opportunities are available through clubs and challenges, and makerspace zones include coding, STEM challenges and other activities.

Day

Dates: June 1-Aug. 6

Cost: $215 per week

Ages: 5-12

Elm Grove Elementary

801 FM 1626, Buda

Science Hall Elementary

1510 BeBee Rd.,Kyle

512-236-9622

www.austinymca.org/camp

Worth the trip

T Bar M Day Camp


Christian camps are held in New Braunfels Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and offer activities, Bible studies and theme days for younger campers. Day camp is designed for local families looking for Christ-centered programming near home.

DAY

Dates: June 21-Aug. 6

Cost: $330 (per week)

Ages: grades K-4

T Bar M Family Camp Families can enjoy up to a week away from home filled with rest, fun activities, and time to reflect and reconnect with each other and God. Each week includes a guest speaker for the whole family.

NIGHT

Dates: May 30-Aug. 12

Cost: $50 (per infant per week),

$265-$445 (per child age 2-12 per week), $335-$495 (per adult age 13 or over

per week)

Ages: all ages welcome

T Bar M Overnight Camp T Bar M offers several overnight camps throughout the summer for a variety of age groups and grade levels. Camps include Base Camp in New Braunfels and Camp Travis on Lake Travis near Austin. Campers will develop their confidence, independence and relationship with the Lord in a fun atmosphere.

NIGHT SP

Dates: May 30-Aug. 7

Cost: $1,030-$1,130 (per week)

Ages: completed grades 1-11

T Bar M Camps & Retreats

2549 Hwy. 46

830-620-4263

www.tbarm.org
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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