Summer Camp Guide 2016

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Badgerdog Creative Writing
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
3525 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills
512-542-0076 •
Ages: third grade-12th grade
Dates: June 13-July 1
Cost: $450
Each summer, Badgerdog hosts three-week writing workshops for children. The workshops allow students to work closely with a professional writer as they explore poetry, fiction, nonfiction and playwriting. By the end of the summer, all students will perform and publish their work.

Kids With Pens camp
512 Konstanty Circle, West Lake Hills
323-807-3672 •
Ages: 8-12
Dates: June 13-July 17
Cost: $200
Campers receive daily innovative and inspiring writing prompts and lessons on the fundamentals of storytelling. They create stories, poems, plays and learn new vocabulary words. All campers are published on the Kids With Pens blog at the end of the summer.

Young People’s Workshop camp
3640 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills
512-329-5611 •
Ages: 3-12
Dates: June 1-Aug. 17
Cost: $141-285
The educational camp offers more than 21 varieties of half- or full-day week-long summer camps in art, science and Spanish.

Arts & performance

Art Camp
Bee Cave Arts Foundation
Old Bee Cave schoolhouse
13333 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave
575-318-1155 (Kara) •
Ages: 6-11
Dates: June 13-17
Cost: $185 half day, $390 full day
Camp emphasizes experimentation, creative thinking and problem-solving skills while children create drawings, paintings and sculptures.

PAIYH Dance Studios camp
13420 Galleria Circle, Ste. A-116, Bee Cave
512-291-2179 •
Ages: 3-9
Dates: May 30-Aug. 19
Cost: $60 per day, $270 for a five-day week
Put Art in Your Heart Dance Studios offer summer camps with activities focused on weekly themes, including Hip Hop, Pop Stars, “Frozen,” Everyday Princess and Dance Art Music. All campers are divided into groups by age.

TexArts camps
2300 Lohmans Spur, Ste. 160, Lakeway
512-852-9079 X104 •
Ages: 2-4, 5-14
Dates: June 27-Aug. 19
Cost: $100 (minicamps)-$1,350, depending on topic
Campers can choose between visual arts, acting, dance, musical theater or singing as well as participate in a pre-professional musical theater production or an intensive ballet or dance option. Mini camps—90 minutes­—are offered for ages 2-4.


Faraday’s Kids Chef Camp
12918 Shops Parkway, Ste. 540, Bee Cave
512-266-5666 •
Ages: 7-15
Dates: June 20-Aug. 18
Cost: $199
Now in its eighth camp season, Chef Larson Washington leads his third year of weekly camps with varying themes and recipes. The camps offer participants a chance to learn how to cook and prepare meals with advanced cooking techniques, proper sanitation, menu development and plate design. Each week has a different theme, ranging from international foods to Texas favorites. There are two sessions of camp every week, with morning and afternoon schedules.

General Camps

Camp Trinity
Trinity Episcopal School
3901 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills
512-472-9525 •
Ages: first grade-eighth grade
Dates: June 6-10, June 13-17
Cost: $260 half day, $470 full day
Campers choose from a variety of topics, including computer coding, slumber party activities, theater art, American Girl doll activities, engineering, digital arts, Lego activities, and games and sports.

Overnight Camps

Camp Champions
775 Camp Road, Marble Falls
830-598-2571 •
Ages: Entering first grade-11th grade
Dates: June 5-Aug. 13
Cost: $1,640-$4,350
Located on 100 acres near Lake LBJ, the camp offers more than 50 activities, including archery, go-karts and waterskiing in one-, two- or three-week sessions.
The camp will host an open house at the campsite for prospective campers and their parents April 17 from 1-3 p.m.

Rocky River Ranch Camp
100 Flite Acres Road, Wimberley
800-863-2267 •
Ages: 7-14
Dates: June 5-Aug. 5
Cost: $975-$1,950
Located in the Texas Hill Country, Rocky River Ranch has been operating as a private summer camp for girls since 1953. Campers have four activity periods daily and can choose their activities each week.


Mad Science Camps
Bella Mar Community Center, Steiner Ranch
12401 Bella Mar Trail, Austin
Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway
512-892-1143 •
Ages: Entering kindergarten-entering sixth grade
Dates: Steiner Ranch, June 27-July 1; July 18-22, 25-29; Aug. 1-5. Lakeway, June 13-17, June 27-July 1
Cost: $290-$300 (Steiner Ranch, 7-hour day); $210-$375 (Lakeway)
Mad Science camps offer in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on application of the scientific principles presented. The camp uses real-world science techniques through which students build a variety of take-home projects while exploring how science affects them.


Austin sailing camps
Austin Sailboat Rentals
Walsh Boat Landing, 1600 Scenic Drive, Austin; Windy Point, Bob Wentz Park
7714 Comanche Trail, Austin
512-431-1894 •
Ages: 8-16
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $375 (includes lunch, beverages and fruit in afternoon)
Children learn to sail or sail better with a certified U.S. Sailing instructor, certified lifeguard and one counselor for every five campers.

Austin Yacht Club camp
5906 Beacon Drive, Austin
512-266-1336 •
Ages: 8-16
Dates: June 13-July 29
Cost: $395-$480
Campers will learn the fundamental skills of sailing with a camper-to-counselor ratio of 4-to-1. The camp uses classroom discussions, land activities, on the water drills and games to teach sailing skills. Special activities include racing, destination sailing and windsurfing.

Champions summer camp
Champions Westlake
2805 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 405, Austin
512-426-1990 •
Ages: 2-14
Dates: May 31-Aug. 12
Cost: $150-$225
Camp Champ campers (ages 2-10) are divided into age groups and rotate through eight stations, including gymnastics, fitness and theme-based enrichment stations. Skills Camp campers (ages 6-14) devote more concentrated, focused attention on five disciplines, including girls gymnastics, floor tumbling, cheer, trampoline/tumbling, and Parkour. Crew Camp campers (ages 11-14) train alongside Camp Champ coaches.

Life Ki-do Martial Arts
3636 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 212,
West Lake Hills • 512-327-2900
Ages: Entering kindergarten-fifth grade
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $175-$199 (depending on age of child)
All levels of skill are welcome. Camp includes martial arts drills and games, ninja obstacle course, use of padded nunchakus and swords, and team-building skills.

Lonestar Hoops
Concordia University Texas
11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin
512-789-5351 •
Ages: First grade-eighth grade
Dates: June 20-23, July 25-28
Cost: $160 (includes shirt, basketball)
Lone Star Hoops Camps include technical and fundamental basketball instruction, emphasizing a fast-paced, intense, “circuit-training” effect for boys and girls. It is suited for all skill levels from the beginner to the experienced player. Campers compete with instruction and play in small groups based on experience, ability, age and size.

MegaSports camp
Westlake Athletic and Community Center
4300 Westbank Drive, West Lake Hills  
512-852-8358 •
Ages: Kindergarten-eighth grade
Dates: June 20-24, July 18-22, Aug. 1-5
Cost: $225-$275 half day, $335-$395 full day; $30 lunch (optional)
Each camper will make new friends, learn new skills, discover and experience growth through first-hand coaching from experienced coaches. Camps will include a variety of drills to help improve the fundamentals of each sport. Sports offered include basketball, flag football, volleyball, soccer, dodgeball and kickball.

World of Tennis camp
The Hills of Lakeway
26 Club Estates Parkway, The Hills
877-671-2267 •
Ages: 4-12
Dates: June 13-Aug. 5
Cost: $375-$410
The camp includes tennis, swimming, golf, martial arts, arts and crafts, and food projects.

This list is not comprehensive.


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