2019 CAMP GUIDE: 23 spring break and summer programs in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

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The San Marcos, Buda and Kyle area is home to a variety of camps for children of all ages and interests in both the summer months and over spring break. With everything from day camps that teach coding to overnight soccer programs, this noncomprehensive guide will have something for every young camper.

**SPRING BREAK CAMP**

All Star SoccerZone South Austin

The camp promotes teamwork and sportsmanship for children ages 5-13 through healthy competition via sports and active games while encouraging children to discover new talents and refine natural abilities. All Star offers early and late pickup for $5 and free lunch from area restaurants.

Dates: March 18-22
Cost: $289 (full day), $179 (three full days), $189 (just mornings or afternoons), $189 (afternoons), $79 (single day)

9501 Manchaca Road, Austin
512-280-2244
www.allstarsportscamp.org

Boys & Girls Club

The activities at the Boys & Girls Club spring break camp, which runs from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., are rooted in its educational programs about healthy living habits and the arts, as well as STEM-based activities. Lunch and snacks are provided, and the camp is open to pre-K-sixth grade.

Dates: March 18-22
Cost: $100 (current members), $125 (nonmembers enrollment includes membership fee)

400 Uhland Road, San Marcos
512-805-3000
www.bgcsct.org

City of San Marcos

The San Marcos Parks Department’s spring break camp will include games, crafts and field trips to locations in San Marcos and beyond. It runs 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and is for ages 5-11.

Dates: March 18-22
Cost: $150

Dunbar Recreation Center,
801 Martin Luther King Drive, San Marcos
512-393-8400
www.sanmarcostx.gov/1191/spring-break-camp

Hays Hills Baptist Church Super Sports Camp

This Buda church offers kids in kindergarten through fifth grade a chance to learn basic skills in a sport of their choice along with engaging Bible lessons from 8:45 a.m.-noon.

Dates: March 18-22
Cost: $80 (per child), $200 (maximum per family)

1401 N. FM 1626, Buda
512-295-3132
www.budasupersports.com

YMCA

The camps run by the YMCA include activities based on the organization’s values and encourage campers ages 5-12 to make friends, gain confidence and expand their horizons.

Dates: March 18-22
Cost: $185 (members), $220 (nonmembers)

Carpenter Hill Elementary
4410 FM 967, Buda
512-236-9622
www.austinymca.org/programs/spring-break-camp


**SUMMER BREAK**

ACADEMIC

Camp Invention: Supercharged

A high-energy, hands-on STEM camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, at Camp Invention: Supercharged campers will learn to rebuild ships and design underwater equipment in the team activity Deep Sea Mystery. The camp also includes a DIY robot activity in which campers get to explore circuit boards, motors and gears as they create a remote-control robot designed to complete obstacles and even dance. The camp also includes activities geared toward innovation and confidence with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Dates: June 17-21
Cost: $255

Hoffmann Lane Elementary School,
4600 FM 306, New Braunfels
800-968-4332
www.invent.org

Code Ninjas

The learning center that will open in March will offer themed half-day or full-day sessions where kids ages 7-14 can learn everything from the basics of coding and robotics to how to build apps and websites or even create their own video games.

Dates: weekly June 10-Aug. 9
Cost: $225 (per week)

Code Ninjas
844 Kohlers Crossing, Ste. 250, Kyle
www.codeninjas.com/locations/tx-kyle

Future Aerospace-Engineers & Mathematicians Academy

The Future Aerospace-Engineers & Mathematicians Academy camp is a free day camp funded by NASA for San Marcos CISD students. Campers will engage in grade-appropriate explorations of science and mathematics concepts as well as engineering and science practices. Participants will also learn to understand and explain algebraic ideas and processes in the context of engineering problem solving, all while having fun.
Dates: July 8-13 (fourth-fifth grade), July 29-Aug. 1 (sixth-eighth grade)
Cost: free

El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos,
211 Lee St., San Marcos (fourth-fifth grade)
Goodnight Middle School,
1301 Hwy. 123, San Marcos
(sixth-eighth grade)
512-245-7802
www.txstate.edu/fama

Half-day Junior Summer Math Camp

Designed for children in third through eighth grade, this camp engages students of all backgrounds in hands-on activities and discovery learning. Students learn pre-algebra and algebraic concepts in fun ways while also building teamwork skills.

Dates: June 10-21
Cost: $400

San Marcos High School,
2601 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos
512-245-3439
www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps/summer-math-camps-information/half-day-jsmc.html

ARTS

San Marcos Dance Studio Summer Camps

Children ages 3-6 and 7-10 explore a range of dance styles, including hip-hop, ballet, tap and jazz. These themed children’s camps—such as the “Unicorn” camp or “Mermaids” camp—include a full dance class, snack time, crafts and games. Each week’s camp is a different theme and ends with a performance for guests.

Dates: weekly camps will be held from June-August; check the website for dates for specific camps
Cost: $150 (per camp)

San Marcos Dance Studio,
1405 N. Bishop St., San Marcos
512-588-2006
www.sanmarcosdancestudio.com

Summer Theater Conservatory

Campers age 9 and older spend two weeks singing, dancing and acting as they learn the craft of theater and prepare for a full production on the last night of the camp.

Dates: July 29-Aug. 9
Cost: $695

Location San Marcos/TBD
512-971-8050
www.theaterplaceplus.com

DISCOVERY

Aquatic Science Adventure Camp

The Aquatic Science Adventure Camp at Texas State University has been a science summer camp in Central Texas for 30 years. Campers learn about aquatic biology, chemistry, geology and ecology as well as participate in scuba diving, river rafting and a ropes course. The camp is geared toward children ages 9-15.
Dates: day camp 1: (ages 9-12) July 15-19, day camp 2: (ages 12-15) July 22-26, day camp 3: (ages 9-12) July 29-Aug. 2
Cost: $349; scholarships are available

Texas State University,
601 University Drive, San Marcos
512-245-3541
www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp

City of San Marcos Discovery Camps

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department offers nine themed weeks of exploring, adventure and discovery from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. The weekly camp fee includes field trips to various locations, two trips to the San Marcos Discovery Center and a trip to the Rio Vista pool. The camp is geared toward children ages 5-10.

Dates: weekly from June 10-Aug. 9
Cost: $150 per week (residents), $175 (nonresidents)

Dunbar Recreation Center,
801 MLK Drive, San Marcos
512-393-8400
www.sanmarcostx.gov/discoverycamp

San Marcos Camp Quest

The Quest camp, which runs from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., offers campers ages 7-14 an opportunity to discover San Marcos and surrounding cities through field trips. Destinations include parks, zoos and museums. The camp is sponsored by the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, and lunch is provided by San Marcos CISD.

Dates: July 8-12, Aug. 12-16
Cost: $115 (resident), $130 (nonresident)

San Marcos Recreation Hall,
401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos
512-393-8400
www.sanmarcostx.gov/1187/camp-quest

YMCA Summer Theme and Adventure Camps

Campers in each session participate in various daily activities, including organized games, arts and craft projects, field trips and swimming through different themes. Previous field trips have included Jumpoline, the Austin Aquarium, McKinney Falls State Park, Wonder World Park, South Austin Rock Gym and Enchanted Rock. Both camps encourage teamwork, discipline, faith and leadership. The camp is geared toward children ages 5-13.

Dates: June 10-Aug.9
Cost: $185 (members), $220 (nonmembers)

Dahlstrom Middle
3600 FM 967, Buda
Negley Elementary
5940 McNaughton, Kyle
512-236-9622
www.austinymca.org

GENERAL

Extend-a-Care

Weekly sessions offer a variety of activities and literature for children ages 5-12 inspired by the “Enchanted Summer” theme, including clubs, project-based learning, Lego challenges, Makerspace Zones, coding, creating music, STEM challenges, and weekly swim and field trips starting week 2. Midmorning and afternoon snacks provided.

Dates: May 29-31, weekly June 3-Aug. 9.
Cost: $190 per week (first child), $180 per week (each additional child), fee assistance available for families that qualify

Elm Grove Elementary School,
801 FM 1626, Buda
Tobias Elementary School
1005 RM 150, Kyle
512-472-9402
www.eackids.org

San Marcos Summer Fun Program

Games and activities are combined into an eight-week recreational program. Campers take off-site field trips once a week to places such as Sunset Bowling Lanes, Starplex Movie Theatre and Rio Vista Pool. Field trip fees are included in the camp registration price. The camp is for children ages 7-14 and younger children who have completed first grade.

Dates: June 10-July 5 (excluding weekends and July 4), July 15-Aug. 9 (excluding weekends)
Cost: $32 (per week for residents), $50 (per week for nonresidents), $250 (entire program for residents), $395 (entire program for nonresidents)

Location TBD
512-393-8400
www.sanmarcostx.gov/1025/summer-fun

YMCA Kinder Camp

Children read, create crafts, play games and take age-appropriate field trips during the weeklong sessions, excluding July 4. The camp is geared toward children ages 4-5 who have not yet attended kindergarten

Dates: June 10-Aug. 9
Cost: $185 (members), $220 (nonmembers)

Hays Communities YMCA
465 Buda Sportsplex Drive
512-236-9622
www.austinymca.org

Texas State Autism Camp

Texas State University’s Department of Health and Human Performance has hosted the Texas State Autism Camp since 2010. Camp counselors assist campers in daily arts, crafts and games as well as physical and therapeutic recreation. Campers are given an environment where they can nurture their motor and social skills in a friendly, noncompetitive atmosphere. The camp accepts children ages 5-12.

Dates: July 8-11 (session one), July 15-18 (session two), July 22-25 (session three), July 29-Aug. 1 (session four)
Cost: $110 per session

601 University Drive, San Marcos
www.hhp.txstate.edu/Collaboration—Outreach/Camps/Autism-Camp.html

SPORTS

Bobcat Athletics sports camps

Texas State University hosts camps throughout the summer focusing on baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, soccer and volleyball.

Dates: varies by camp
Cost: varies by camp
Location: varies by camp
254-855-5744 (baseball), 512-245- 6019 (women’s basketball), (men’s basketball (512-245-2985), 512-245-2587 (football), 512-245-3383 (soccer), 512-245-3707(softball), 512-245-3832 (volleyball)
www.txstatebobcats.com

Challenger Sports British Soccer

With programs for different age groups, the curricula includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a mini tournament play. The camp is geared toward children ages 3-12.

Dates: June 10-14, July 15-19, 17-21
Cost: $99-$173

Hays Communities YMCA,
465 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda (June 10-14, July 15-19)
Hays Youth Soccer Complex,
100 Hays Youth Drive, Buda (July 17-21)
Steeplechase Park
295 Hallie Drive, Kyle (June 10-14)
512-416-7705
www.challengersports.com

Kat Connor Soccer Camp

The Texas State-based soccer program is dedicated to the development and growth of soccer players of all skill levels, offering programs open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade and/or gender.

Dates: May 11 (girls ages12-20), June 10-13 (half day, boys and girls ages 5-19), June 10-13 (full day, boys and girls ages 10-19), July 21-24 (residential program for girls ages 10-20)
Cost: $115 (May camp), $130 (half day), $265 (full day), $495 (residential)

Bobcat Soccer Complex
1012 Academy St., San Marcos
512-245-9264
www.abcsportscamps.com/tsusoccer

Sterling Hunter Riding Camp

Each session has a theme—”Carnival Equus,” “Horse in Sport and History” and “I Love Horses-the Best of 2019.” From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., campers will have daily private riding lessons, learn horsekeeping and grooming techniques, and do horse-themed arts and crafts. The camp is for children ages 6-16.

Dates: June 17-21, July 22-26, Aug. 12-16
Cost: $350

Sterling Hunter Jumpers Riding Stable,
13304 Wright Road, Buda
512-673-7476
www.sterlinghj.com 

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  1. Please encourage these programs to take Austin Aquarium off of their field trip list. That place sets a terrible example for how animals should be treated.

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