See how Cy-Fair, Houston area summer camps are adapting to the coronavirus

Some camps have been canceled, but others are implementing new safety precautions to cope with the coronavirus. (Designed by Elyssa Turner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Some camps have been canceled, but others are implementing new safety precautions to cope with the coronavirus. (Designed by Elyssa Turner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Some camps have been canceled, but others are implementing new safety precautions to cope with the coronavirus. (Designed by Elyssa Turner/Community Impact Newspaper)

With youth summer camps officially allowed to begin operations May 31 under new guidelines from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, here are how some camps in the Cy-Fair and Greater Houston areas are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.

Camp updates


Camp Allen: Camps for the week of June 7-20 have been canceled. The earliest camp session now begins June 21. Camp officials said they will follow guidelines from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Episocopal Diocese of Texas. Protocols include screening all staff, volunteers and campers, maintaining physical distance and keeping activities outside as much as possible. More information can be found here. 18800 FM 362, Navasota. 936-825-7175. www.campallen.org/summercamp

Camp Olympia: The start of the first camp session, which will run for two weeks, has been pushed back from May 31 to June 28. All campers and staff are required to have been tested for COVID-19. Temperatures will be checked daily, and more stringent cleaning protocols will be implemented, among other changes. Find more information here. 723 Olympia Drive, Trinity. 936-594-2541. www.campolympia.com

Carolina Creek: Opening day has been pushed back from May 31 to June 28. Officials said they are following the latest guidelines from the CDC and Walker County Public Health Department, which include screening all campers and guests and implementing new sanitizing procedures. Find more information here. 84 Wimberly Lane, Huntsville. 936-594-4446. www.carolinacreek.org

Cy-Fair ISD camps: Camp Captivate has been canceled, but the district still plans to offer weekly summer camps starting June 1. Precautions will include daily staff and student health screenings, enhanced sanitization, social distancing, lower student-to-staff group ratios and the cancelation of off-site field trips. Find more information here. Arnold Middle School, 11111 Telge Road Cypress. Matzke Elementary School, 10002 Mills Road, Houston. 281-807-8900. www.cfisd.net

Color Me Mine: The business plans to reopen under its normal hours June 1, and camps will be offered at reduced capacity starting June 9. Four-day camps allow children ages 5-13 to paint ceramics. Find more information here. 24140 Hwy. 290, Ste. 300, Cypress. 281-758-4139. www.cypress.colormemine.com


Hintze Dance Camp: The business, which will reopen June 1, still plans on offering summer camps, including a camp for children and a boot camp for drill teams. The first drill team camp will be offered June 8-11, and the first kids camp will be offered June 23-25. Camp locations vary across three Cy-Fair area campuses. More information can be found here. 15055 Fairfield Meadows Drive, Ste. 160, Cypress (281-213-4249). 15014 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. 220, Cypress (281-246-1250). 9212 Fry Road, Ste. 130, Cypress (281-246-4888). www.hintzedance.com

K2 gymnastics camp: Summer camps are still on for June 1. All employees, students and parents will be screened before entering the building. The campus also offers curbside pickup and dropoff during peak times so parents do not have to leave their vehicles. Parents will need a curbside pickup tag to take advantage of the program. The gym is adhering to occupancy limits specifying one camper per 250 square feet of space. The gym will be cleared every two hours and campers will be provided sanitizer. More information can be found here. 15255 N. Eldridge Parkway, Cypress. 281-655-7272. www.k2academy.com

Sports Quest: Summer soccer camps are still on for June 1, with the first camp taking place at St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress. Parents are required to take their children’s temperature before camp each day and make sure equipment is sanitized. Staff will also sanitize camp equipment and provide sanitizer to campers. Coaches will work to minimize contact during scrimmages and drills. More information can be found here. Locations vary. 832-593-7777. www.sportsquesttraining.com

Summer Quest camp: The VillaSport camps are slated to begin June 1 at the Cypress location. Social distancing will be required and classes will be limited to 10 children. Camps will focus on STEM activities, arts and crafts, and non-contact sports and games. Officials said many planned field trip locations are no longer available to host campers, but they are monitoring the situation. More information can be found here. 12951 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 346-818-5114. www.villasport.com/cypress

Willowbrook Sports Complex volleyball camps: Camps are still on with the first camp—a junior high school skills camp—set to begin June 8. Staff will be disinfecting the venue and equipment before and during camps, and all staff and participants are required to be symptom-free before entering the building. Social distancing will be enforced and some drills may be modified to comply. More information can be found here. 12539 Perry Road, Houston. 281-807-0055. www.willowbrooksports.com

Online only


Coder Kids: Previously set to take place at the Lakehouse at Towne Lake, coding camps will now take place online. Weekly camps begin June 1 and are available in morning and afternoon sessions. Camp prices have been reduced from $175 per week to $150 per week. Find more information here. 832-640-9568. www.coderkids.com

Discovery College: Camps at the Lone Star College System will now be offered live virtually and are set to begin June 15 instead of June 8. The length of each camp and age ranges vary. Find more information here. 281-290-3460. www.lonestar.edu/discovery-college

Drama Kids Camp: Camps will be taught by Zoom video conferencing software. Weeklong camps begin June 8. Camps vary from comedy to dramatic stories to a six-week class that involves producing a virtual play. Prices have been reduced and now vary from $80-$169 per camp. More information can be found here. 281-855-2555. www.dramakids.com/tx2

Canceled camps


Camp Blessing: Officials with Camp Blessing—which caters to individuals with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities—announced that all in-person camps for 2020 have been canceled. In an announcement posted online, officials said they are exploring options for other ways to support campers and will provide updates when a decision is made. More information can be found here. 281-259-5789. www.campblessing.org

YMCA Camp Cullen: YMCA officials announced the traditional program for Camp Cullen has been suspended for 2020. In its place, the YMCA is offering a new “escape to the woods” program where families are allowed to sign up to participate in contactless, safe, controlled activities on 500 acres off Lake Livingston. More information can be found here. 936-594-2274. www.ymcacampcullen.org
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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