Summer Camp Guide 2015

Summer is almost here, but that does not mean learning and enrichment have to go the way of hall passes and class schedules.

Summer is almost here, but that does not mean learning and enrichment have to go the way of hall passes and class schedules.

All Star Sports Camp


The camp promotes teamwork and sportsmanship through healthy competition via sports and active games, Soccer Zone owner Darren Brown said. The camp encourages children to discover new talents and refine natural abilities while having fun and exploring a variety of sports, Brown said. DETAILS  Ages 5–14. Weekly June 8–Aug. 21. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., with early drop-off and late pickup available. $179 per week (half-day camp), $279 per week (full-day camp). Sibling and multiweek discounts are available. No registration deadline. SoccerZone South Austin, 9501 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-280-2244.  www.soccerzonesouthaustin.com

Aquatic Science Adventure Camp


The Aquatic Science Adventure Camp at Texas State University has been the top science summer camp in Central Texas for more than 25 years, Camp Director Aaron Swink said. Campers learn about aquatic biology, chemistry, geology and ecology and participate in scuba diving, river rafting and rock wall climbing. DETAILS  Ages 9–15. June 15–July 24. All day. $150 (two-day nonresident camp), $650 (five-day resident camp). No registration deadline. Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-2329.  www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html

City of San Marcos Summer Fun Program


Educational games and activities are combined in an eight-week recreational program. Campers take off-site field trips once a week. Breakfast and lunch are provided. DETAILS  Ages 7–14 (and younger children who have completed first grade). Weekly June 15–Aug. 1. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $32 (per week for San Marcos residents), $50 (per week for nonresidents), $250 (entire program for San Marcos residents), $395 (entire program for nonresidents). Registration begins April 1 for residents, April 27 for nonresidents. Locations: TBD. 512-393-8400.  www.sanmarcostx.gov   Twitter: @cityofsanmarcos

Coach Z’s Basketball Camps


Each camper receives individualized instruction from collegiate coaches to develop skills for each position. Campers participate in competition while learning the fundamentals of basketball. DETAILS  For students entering prekindergarten to high school seniors. Weekly June 8–26. June 8–11 (grades 3–12), June 13–14 (grades 9–12), June 22–26 (grades prekindergarten–2 and grades 6–12). Times vary by camp. Cost: TBA. No registration deadline. Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-6019.  www.txstatebobcats.com

Extend-A-Care for Kids


Weekly sessions include softball, basketball, soccer, field trips, swimming, cooking, games and puzzles, reading and arts and crafts. Campers attend one to two swim trips per week, one field trip each week and participate in sports camps in the morning. DETAILS  Ages 3–12. Weekly June 8–Aug. 14. 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m. $175 (per week, financial assistance available for qualifying families). Registration deadline: May 26 (June 8–12, 15–19 camps); June 9 (June 22–26, June 29–July 3 camps); June 23 (July 6–10, 13–17 camps); July 7 (July 20–24, 27–31 camps); July 21 (Aug. 3–7, 10–14 camps). Elm Grove Elementary School, 801 FM 1626, Buda; Kyle Elementary School, 500 W. Blanco St., Kyle. 512-472-9402.  www.eackids.org   Twitter: @eacatx

Junior Summer Math Camp


The Junior Summer Math Camp engages students in grades 4–8 in hands-on activities and discovery learning. The camp is open to students of all math backgrounds. Students learn pre-algebra and algebraic concepts in fun ways while learning together. DETAILS  Incoming grades 4–8. June 8–19. 8 a.m.–noon. $350. Registration deadline: April 15. San Marcos High School, 2601 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos. 512-245-3439.  www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps/half-day-jsmc.html

Learning Fun 101


Students explore programming with LEGO robotics and engineering at the Learning Fun 101 Camp. DETAILS  Incoming kindergarten–7th grade. Weekly June 8–26, July 13–Aug. 7. Times vary by location. $128 (four-day camp July 13–16), $160 (all other camps); $20 early registration discount (March 25). No registration deadline. Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626, Buda (June 8–12, July 27–31); Patton Elementary School, 6001 Westcreek Drive, Austin (June 15–19, July 13–16); Ralph Pfluger Elementary School, 4951 Mash Lane, Buda (June 22–26); Elm Grove Elementary School, 801 FM 1626, Buda (July 20–24, Aug. 3–7). 512-740-3024.  www.learningfun101.com

Ricci Woodard Softball Camps


Campers participate in softball-related drills, water games and scrimmages against fellow campers. Campers receive instruction from Texas State University softball players and staff. DETAILS  Ages 6–18. June 15–18. Times: varies by camp. $150 (morning session), $235 (day session), $275 (elite commuter session), $375 (elite residential camp). Registration deadline: June 5. Bobcat Softball Stadium, 255 Charles Austin Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-3707.  www.rsvpbook.com/RWSummercamps2015   ah1618@txstate.edu

San Marcos Dance Studio camps


Children, teenagers and adults can explore a range of dance styles, including hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap and contemporary. Children’s camps—such as the “Frozen” camp or the Hip-hop Diva camp—will include crafts and games. Each week’s camp includes a different theme and ends with a performance for friends and family. There are also technique camps offered for experienced dancers which will include ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. DETAILS  Ages: See below. June 3–Aug. 9. $150 per camp. San Marcos Dance Studio, 1405 N. Bishop St., San Marcos. 512-588-2006.  www.sanmarcosdancestudio.com

San Marcos Nature Center camps


The SMNC offers 11 weeks of science-based summer camps. Campers explore the tiny microbes that inhabit local ponds and the 4.5-ton Iguanodon that roamed the Texas Hill Country millions of years ago. DETAILS  Ages: See below. No registration deadline. San Marcos Nature Center, 430 Riverside Drive, San Marcos. 512-393-8447.  www.sanmarcostx.gov/naturecenter

• Wild Times in Texas: Campers discover the past, explore the present and talk about the future of Texas wildlife. Children learn about dinosaurs, explore what archaeologists do and visit Natural Bridge Wildlife Park on June 10. Ages: Kindergarten–5th grade. June 8–12. 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. $155. Limited to 20 campers.


• Mid-Summer Magick Camp: campers make nature-themed crafts featuring fairies, elves and trolls. The camp also includes a field trip to Jumpy Place on June 17. Kindergarten–5th grade. June 15–19. 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. $147. Limited to 20 campers.


• Mayhem Week: This camp is all about making a mess with chemistry experiments, water balloon catapults and mud. The camp also includes field trips to the San Antonio and Austin zoos. Each day ends with water play, so swimsuits are required. Kindergarten–5th grade. June 22–26, Aug. 3–7, 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. $147 (Aug. 3–7), $151 (June 22–26). Limited to 20 campers.


• It’s a Small World Camp: Campers learn about the natural world on a miniature scale. Campers learn how to use microscopes and prepare slides. Campers also visit Playscape, Rio Vista Pool and the Austin Nature & Science Center. Kindergarten–5th grade. June 29–July 3. 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. $143. Limited to 20 campers.


• Fin and Feather Camp: Children learn about local species. Campers create a birding “life list” as well as fish on the San Marcos River. Campers also dissect fish or birds. Kindergarten–5th grade. July 6–10 (fish dissection), Aug. 10–14 (bird dissection). 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. $154. Limited to 20 campers.


• River Rat Nature Camp: This camp pairs environmental education with recreation activities at the nature center, Rio Vista Pool, playscape and city parks. Kindergarten–5th grade. July 13–17, July 27–31 and Aug. 17–21. 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. $147. Limited to 20 campers.


• Wild Rice Rangers Camp: Children learn about conservation by working alongside the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan’s conservation crew. The camp includes a field trip to the Meadows Center. Ages: 10–13. July 20–24. 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. $149. Limited to 15 campers.



Stop Motion Animation Film Camp


Students make their own stop-motion or Claymation short movie, building characters and sets using computer programs and film and editing the animation. DETAILS  Ages 8 and older. June 8–12 and Aug. 3–7. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $245. Registration deadline: May 15 (Buda), July 15 (San Marcos). First United Methodist Church Buda, 302 Elm St., Buda; Texas State University Evans Liberal Arts Building, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-971-8050.  www.theaterplaceplus.com  Twitter: @thetheaterplace

Summer Theater Camp


Campers spend two weeks singing, dancing and acting as they learn the craft of theater and prepare for a full production on the last day of the camp. DETAILS  Age 7 and older (students are divided by age groups). Aug. 10–21. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $270 (early and late care available for an additional fee). Registration deadline July 15. Texas State University Theater Building, 601 Moon St., San Marcos. 512-971-8050.  www.theaterplaceplus.com  Twitter: @thetheaterplace

Texas State University Autism Summer Camp


Designed to promote social, language, communication and physical activity, the camp has served children with autism living in Central Texas since 2010. Activities include music, arts, crafts, games, dance, yoga and swimming. Texas State University students serve as camp counselors and work one-on-one with children. DETAILS  Ages 5–12. Mon.–Thu. July 6–30. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $110 (one session), $220 (two sessions), $313 (three sessions) and $396 (four sessions); scholarships available. Registration deadline: June 1. Travis Elementary School, 1437 Post Road, San Marcos. 512-245-8259.  www.hhp.txstate.edu/Camps/Autism-Camp.html  tingliu@txstate.edu

Texas State University Play and Inquiry Workshop


Texas State University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the camp, whose activities include art, music, woodworking, science and language arts. DETAILS  Ages 3–8. Mon.–Thu. June 15–July 2. 8:30–11:30 a.m. $90 (one child), $165 (two children), $240 (three children). Registration deadline: June 1 (flexible). Bonham Pre-Kindergarten School, 1225 Hwy. 123, San Marcos. 512-245-3680.

YMCA summer camps


The Hays Communities Branch of the YMCA provides camps throughout the summer offering safe and enriching camp experiences that include the outdoors, sports and LEGO engineering. DETAILS  512-523-0099.  www.austinymca.org  Twitter: @ymcaaustinhays

• Man vs. Nature Camp: Campers learn skills they need to survive in the wilderness and gain a greater appreciation for nature. Activities include building shelters, starting fires safely, learning first aid and identifying edible plants. DETAILS  Ages 8–12 (June 8–12, Aug. 10–14). ages 12–15 (July 13–17). 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $115 (members), $145 (nonmembers). Registration deadline: May 25 (June 8–12), June 30 (July 13–17), July 31 (Aug. 10–14). 1695 Old San Antonio Road, Buda.


• Half-Day Sports Camps: Campers develop sports skills, specifically fundamentals and sports technique. Activities include skills drills, games and swimming in the outdoor pool. DETAILS  Ages 6–14. Weekly June 8–25 and July 27–30. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $75 (members), $125 (nonmembers). Registration deadlines: June 5 (June 8–11), June 12 (June 15–18), June 19 (June 22–25) and July 24 (July 27–30). 465 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda.


• First Kicks British Soccer Camp: Children ages 3–4 learn soccer basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges for an hour per day. Parents are invited to join. DETAILS  Ages 3–4. July 20–24. 8:30–9:30 a.m. $104 (members), $114 (nonmembers). Registration deadline: July 5.


• Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda Mini Soccer Camp: The camp includes games, competitions and skill-building activities designed to enlighten and develop for 1.5 hours per day. DETAILS  Ages 4–6. July 20–24. 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. $118 (members), $128 (nonmembers). Registration deadline: July 5. 465 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda.


• Half-Day Player Development Camp: This camp places an emphasis on soccer skill development and mastery of core techniques through small group practices and coached games. DETAILS  Ages 6–16. July 20–24. 8:30–11:30 a.m. $154 (members), $164 (nonmembers). Registration deadline: July 5. 465 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda.


• LEGO Engineering Camp: Campers explore the tools and techniques of superheroes and engineers. Engineering curriculum challenges campers to design, build and save a city using ingenuity and imagination. DETAILS  Ages 5–12. July 6–10. 9 a.m.–noon (ages 5–7), 1–4 p.m. (ages 8–12). $150 (members), $200 (nonmembers). Registration deadline: July 3. 465 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda.



Young Writers Camp at Texas State University


The camp aims to inspire creative thinking and writing. Central Texas Writing Project writing teachers guide students through various writing styles and methods of self-expression. DETAILS  Ages 6–18. June 22–July 2. 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (elementary school), 1–4:15 p.m. (middle and high school). $250 (discount for siblings). Registration deadline: May 31. Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-3680.   www.worklife.txstate.edu/SummerCamps.html

 

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