2020 Summer Camp Guide: 37 places offering summer camps around South Austin and Dripping Springs this year

KidsActing Summer Camp (Courtesy kidsActing)
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Camp One World (Courtesy One World Theatre)
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Bee Cave Arts Foundation Art Camp (Courtesy Bee Cave Arts Foundation)
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Snapology Austin Summer Camps (Courtesy Snapology Austin)

Parents searching for summer camps in 2020 have a variety to choose from in the South Austin and Dripping Springs areas. This list is not comprehensive.



Academic



ATX Kids Club



Dates: May 26-Aug. 28. Ages: 4-15. Cost: $325 per week. Mobile camp with drop-off and pickup locations around Austin. 512-234-5437. www.atxkidsclub.org.



This mobile camp offers educational field trips with an additional focus on health and fitness. Weekly themes include nature, the arts, Texas and diversity. Campers explore Austin via Capital Metro. Financial assistance is available.



Austin Bat Cave writing retreat for young authors



Dates: July 13-17. Ages: 11-15. Cost: $1,300. St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 361-793-1039. www.austinbatcave.org.



The overnight writing camp teaches fiction, poetry and autobiographical storytelling over five days at St. Edward’s University. Campers participate in creative writing workshops taught by local writers and educators and listen to guest speakers.



Badgerdog Creative Writing Camps



Dates: June 1-July 31. Ages: third-12th grade. Cost: $385-$485. Parkside Community School, 3207 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin. Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-542-0076. https://austinlibrary.org/creative-writing-camps



Campers receive instruction from writers to explore and practice writing and work toward publication. Young writers will learn about all steps in the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, editing and revision.



Coding with Kids



Dates: June 1-Aug. 8. Ages: 5-18. Cost: $299-$479 per week. Circle C Community Center, 7817 La Crosse Ave., Austin. Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 Hwy. 290, Austin. 512-415-4120. www.codingwithkids.com.



Coding with Kids offers various weeklong camps with subjects including game development, robotics and electronics, computer modding and Minecraft building. Full and half-day sessions are offered.

KidSensations handwriting program



Dates: July 21-Aug. 15. Grades: k-eighth. 2301 Riddle Road, Austin (Tuesday and Thursdays). 14101 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs (Saturdays). 512-233-4000. www.kidsensations.com.

KidSensations, which works with individuals with special needs, offers an eight-session handwriting camp, where students at varying skill levels can receive one-on-one handwriting instruction.



Little Stars Camp



Dates: June 8-11. Grades: 3-5. Cost: $125. Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, 2206 Prather Lane, Austin. 512-414-3340. www.annrichardsschool.org/campus-life/summer-programs.



The day camp is led by students currently enrolled at Ann Richards high school, who guide campers in leadership, team-building and STEM activities.



Neuron Garage



Dates: June 1-Aug. 15. Ages: 5-12. Cost: $390 per week. Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Road, Austin. 512-593-5393. www.neurongarage.com.



The weekly engineering camp gives children a chance to use recycled materials to build structures, such as roller coasters for marbles and cardboard castles, and promotes collaboration and critical thinking skills.



Regents School Summer Camp



Dates: June 1-4, 8-11 and 15-18; July 20-23 and 27-30. Ages: first-12th grade. Cost: $160-$185 per camp. Regents School of Austin, 3230 Travis Country Circle, Austin. 512-899-8095. www.regentsaustin.org.



Regents School hosts camps with a number of themes, including nature, art, STEM, typing, cooking, dance, web development and more. Ages vary depending on camp theme.



Snapology Austin Lego and robotics camps



Dates: May 26-Aug. 10. Ages: 4-12. Cost: $250 per week. Circle C Community Center, 7817 LaCrosse Ave., Austin. Snapology Austin Discovery Center, 910 Fortview Road, Austin. 512-368-9090. https://austin.snapology.com.



At the weekly camps, Campers use Lego building, robotics, animation, Scratch programming and more to learn about math, science, technology, engineering, art and literacy.



Spanish Immersion Camp



Dates: June 1-Aug. 13. Ages: 2-9. Cost: $180-$320 per week. Austin Eco Bilingual School, 8707 Mountain Crest Drive, Austin. 512-299-5731. www.austinbilingualschool.com.



This year’s Austin Eco Bilingual School Spanish Immersion Camp is themed “Circus around the World,” or “el circo Alrededor del Mundo.” At the camp, students are fully immersed in the Spanish language and are exposed to new phrases and vocabulary. The camp is split into 11 one-week sessions.



Super Quest Summer Camp



Dates: Every Tue.-Fri. from June 2-Aug. 14. Ages: 3-8. Cost: $30-$35 per day. The Little Gym, 2716 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. E-150, Austin. 512-899-3456. www.thelittlegym.com/austinSouthTX



Campers spend three hours a day participating in “quests” built around a weekly theme. Activities include physical activity, games and arts and crafts.



UTeach Outreach



Dates: June 1-July 31. Ages: 8-16. Cost: $550. Painter Hall, The University of Texas, 103 W. 24th St., Austin. 512-471-4992. https://outreach.uteach.utexas.edu/camps.



These camps focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Students master concepts, explore campus, interact with industry professionals, tour labs and visit on-campus museums and recreational facilities.



Art



Art + Academy camp



Dates: June 1-Aug. 14. Ages: 5-17. Cost: $245 per week. Art + Academy, 5424 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 110, Austin. 512-701-1193. www.artclassesaustin.com.



The weeklong camps teach young artists how to draw and paint, with different themes each week, from animals to food and fantasy.



Art Garage summer camps



Dates: June 1-Aug. 14. Ages: 5-14. Cost: $329 per week. The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Ste. 202, Austin. 512-852-9900. www.theartgarageaustin.com/art-camps.



Weekly camps at The Art Garage are split into age groups, offering projects in artistic mediums including painting, clay and glass fusion. Extended care after 2 p.m. is also offered at an additional cost.



Balance Dance Studios



Dates: June 8-July 31. Ages: 3-10. Cost: $225-$350 per week. 4554 S. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. 300, Austin. 512-215-8727. www.balancedancestudios.com.



Campers can enroll in half-day preschool camps—with themes such as superheroes, dinosaurs and princesses—or full-day camps for older dancers with a focus on acrobatic dance training.



Bee Cave Arts Foundation Art Camp



Dates: June 1-Aug. 7. Ages: 6-18. Cost: $195-$420 per week. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. T125, Bee Cave. 512-731-5868. www.beecavearts.org.



Campers receive instruction in drawing,painting, sculpting, printing and more.



Camp One World-’The Emperor’s New Clothes’



Dates offered: June 8-13. Ages: 5-14. Cost: $240. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-330-9500, ext.130. www.oneworldtheatre.org/outreach/summer-camps.



At the beginning of camp, a “little red truck” from Missoula Children’s Theatre drops by full with all the materials to put on a musical by week’s end. Throughout the course of the week, campers will audition, rehearse and put on a full-scale production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Camp discounts may be available.



Drum Boot Camp for Beginners



Dates: June-August. Ages: 9 and up. Cost: $395 for week, $130 for mini camps. Oak Hill Drum Studio, 7003 Pinto Cove, Austin. 512-964-6778. www.austindrumlessons.com.



Campers receive one-on-one lessons and learn to play on a drumset to at least one popular song during the weeklong camp. Beginners are welcome. Camps are held each week from June-August.



kidsActing camp



Dates: June-August. Ages: 4-18. Cost: TBD. Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, 28600 RR 12, Dripping Springs. Oak Hill United Methodist Church,* 7815 W. Hwy. 290, Austin. Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-836-5437. www.kidsactingstudio.com. *locations subject to change



The acting camp will feature different themes throughout its locations, with a full-scale musical or play performed by the end of the week. Campers will sing, dance and act.



Let’s Go Crafting



Dates: June 15-19, July 13-18, Aug. 3-8. Ages: 8 and up. Cost: $150. The Sated Sheep, 100 Commons Road, Ste. 5, Dripping Springs. 512-829-4607. www.satedsheep.com.



The camp teaches knitting and crochet, and campers learn to make pom poms and tassels. Students are given supplies for crafts, and classes are limited to six campers each.



Premiere Dance Center camps



Dates: June 8-Aug. 8. Ages: 3-18. Cost: $200-$325 per week. Premiere Dance Center, 13834 Sawyer Ranch Road, Dripping Springs. 512-301-7475. www.premieredancecentertx.com.



The weeklong camps offer daily dance themes and lessons on a variety of dance styles. Dance intensives camps are also offered to experienced dancers.



School on the Rise Art Camps



Dates: June 1-July 17. Ages: 10 and up (carpentry open to 7 and up). Cost: $100-$180. School on the Rise, 11797 Rim Rock Trail, Austin. 512-696-8525. www.schoolontherise.com.



School on the Rise offers a wide variety of weeklong camp sessions beginning in June that involve arts and crafts. Session themes include creating stained glass mosaics, learning carpentry, woodworking and music, cake decorating, and other crafts. Camps either have morning or afternoon sessions.



Squishy Banana Studios camp



Dates: June-Aug. 7. Grades: kindergarten-sixth grade. Cost:$255-$295 per week. Pinny and Trowel, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. Sycamore Springs Elementary School, 14551 Sawyer Ranch Road, Austin. 512-256-4662. www.squishybananastudios.com/summer-camp.html.



Campers learn about filmmaking—including writing scripts, acting, filming and editing— and create their own music videos and movies during weeklong sessions of half-day camps.



UT Radio-Television-Film Media



Dates: June 1-Aug. 7. Ages: 6-18. Cost: $375-$1,150 per week. The University of Texas Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, 2504 Whitis Ave., Bldgs. A and B, Austin. 512-471-6617. http://rtf.utexas.edu/camps.



The UT department of radio, television and film offers summer media production programs that focus on filmmaking, screenwriting, animation, garageband and video game production.



ZACH Theatre



Dates: June 1-Aug. 12. Ages: 3-18. Cost: $200-$350 per week. 1510 Toomey Road, Austin. 512-476-0594, ext. 236. www.zachtheatre.org/education.



Camps are available for a variety of age groups. Themes include acting out familiar stories, Broadway shows and workshops.



Sports and outdoor activities



All-Star Sports Camp



Dates: June 1-Aug. 17. Ages: 5-12. Cost: $199-$299 per week. SoccerZone South Austin, 9501 Menchaca Road, Austin. 512-280-2244. www.allstarsportscamp.org.



Campers learn teamwork and sportsmanship from a staff of coaches while participating in various games, sports and athletic activities. The camp offers full and half-day rates.



ATX Ballers Basketball Camps



Dates: various dates from June-August. Grades: pre-k-12th grade. Cost: $130-$230 per day. Austin Oaks Church gymnasium, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin. 512-230-8965. www.atxballers.com.



The basketball camp provides lessons that develop fundamentals and prepare athletes for games. The camp offers full and half-day rates and runs Monday through Thursday each week from June-August.



Camp Jump!



Dates: June 1-Aug. 21. Age: 3-10. Cost: $245-$295 per week. Jump! Gymnastics, 6800 West Gate Blvd., Ste. 111, Austin. 512-593-6226. www.jumpgymnastics.com.



The weekly camps include themes such as superheroes, rock stars, robots and world geography. Extended aftercare and early drop-off are also available for an additional cost.



Extend-A-Care YMCA



Dates: May 26-Aug. 7. Ages: 4-14. Cost: $205-$275, plus $30 registration fee and $15 deposit; financial assistance available. Various local locations. 512-472-9402. www.austinymca.org.



Extend-A-Care and the local YMCA have partnered to offer a variety of full-day camps with weekly field trips and pool visits. The weekly themed curriculum focuses on skills and character development. Camps are held at local schools including Baranoff, Cowan and Joslin elementary schools, and themes vary depending on location.



Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill Martial Arts summer camps



Dates: June 15-19, July 13-17, Aug. 3-7. Ages: 7-12. Cost: $235 per week. Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill, 6001 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 307, Austin. 512-899-8710. www.kswoakhill.com.



The martial arts camp provides an active, disciplined, fun and safe environment designed to help kids develop fitness, confidence, discipline, focus and concentration.



Red Arena Horse Camp



Dates: June-July. Ages: 5-15. Cost: $600 per week. 1601 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs. 512-807-6505. www.redarena.org.



Campers of all experience levels are invited to participate in trail rides, games and crafts while learning about horse care and teamwork. A health screening is required in order to attend. Camps are held each week in June and July.



Rock-About Climbing Adventures



Dates: June 1-Aug. 3. Ages: 9-18. Cost: $399 per week. 3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. 512-415-0804. www.rock-about.com/kids-camps.



These climbing camps encourage safety and fun for young climbers. Each week, campers climb at the Austin Greenbelt, Reimer’s Ranch and Enchanted Rock.



Saber Summer Camp



Dates: June 1-Aug. 14. Ages: 3-14. Cost: $190-$300 per week. St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, 2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin. 512-600-6468. www.sgs-austin.org/summercamp.



Campers attend either morning or afternoon sessions in a variety of areas, with possible choices including basketball, volleyball, chess, art and more. Camps are held each week, except the week of June 29.



School on the Rise Outdoor Summer Camps



Dates: June 1-5, 8-12, 22-26. Ages: 7-12. Cost: $100-$150 per week. School on the Rise, 11797 Rim Rock Trail, Austin. 512-696-8525. www.schoolontherise.com.



School on the Rise offers a variety of weeklong outdoor camps that take place in the morning. Each week offers different activities, including a baseball week, a week of fort making and a week of various games.



Traditional Martial Arts Academy



Dates: June 8-12, Aug. 3-7. Ages: 8-13.Cost: $275-$299 per week. Traditional Martial Arts Academy, 4220 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 400, Austin. 512-535-4404. www.traditionalmartialartsacademy.com.



Campers will learn martial arts fundamentals—including nunchucks and Brazilian jiujitsu—in a safe environment with experienced teachers.



Wet & Wild Camp



Dates: June 1-Aug. 14. Ages: 9-15. Cost: $420 per week. Drop-off and pickup at Patton Elementary School, 6001 Westcreek Drive, Austin. 512-771-3188. www.wetwildcamp.com.



The field trip camp takes children on daily trips to local amusement, water and trampoline parks as well as local outdoor destinations for water activities such as swimming, tubing and paddling. Drop-off is at 7:30 a.m., and pick up is at 5:30 pm.



This list is not comprehensive.

By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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