Summer camp guide 2017

When school is out, summer camps can give children a new avenue to learn, interact with others and have fun. Whether your child enjoys sports, the arts or getting ahead of the class academically, the Lake Travis and Westlake areas have many camps to keep children active and busy all summer long.


Badgerdog Creative Writing

This three-week writing workshop allows children to learn from mentors to explore, experiment, imagine and create new written pieces for publication. Idea generation, editing and publishing are featured topics.

Ages: entering third grade-12th grade
Dates: July 13-Aug. 4
Cost: $475 per session
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church,
3525 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills

Lupine Lane

Focused on world cultures, Lupine Lane campers learn about topics such as food and art from a different continent each week, starting with North America on June 5 and ending with Australia on
July 29.

Ages: 3-10
Dates: June 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29
Cost: $1,000 per month, $265 per week, $70 per day
Lupine Lane,
1001 Highlands Blvd., Austin

Moolah U

The camp teaches children to be responsible with money. Campers develop a business idea, create a marketing plan and present their business to a group of local entrepreneurs.

Ages: 7-15
Dates: Bee Cave—June 19-24, July 24-28; Sunset Valley—July 10-14, Aug. 7-11
Cost: $300 per week
Mimi’s Café,
12613 Galleria Circle, Bee Cave
La Madeleine,
5493 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley


WhizBizKids offers interactive camps in which youths start a business, learn about money and gain skills in leadership.

Ages: 8-18
Dates: July 24-28, Aug. 14-18
Cost: $325 per week
High 5,
1502 S. RR 620, Lakeway

Arts & Perfomance

The performing arts center offers half day, full day and mini camps in musical theatre, acting, singing, visual arts, and dance for children from toddlers through high-school age.

Ages: 2-18
Dates: June 5 - Aug. 11
Cost: $100-$1,100 per session
2300 Lohmans Spur, Ste.160, Lakeway

Band Aid School of Music

Beginner and advanced singers, guitarists, bass players, drummers and keyboardists learn about songwriting, music production and performance in 11-day rock camp sessions.

Ages: 8-18
Dates: June 19-July 1, July 10-22
Cost: $559 per session
Riverbend Church,
4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin

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PAIYH Dance Studios
Put Art In Your Heart Dance Studios offers summer camps with activities focused on weekly themes, including "Everyday Princess," "Hip Hop & Pop Stars," "Trolls Take Over" and "Acting for Film and Stage." All campers are divided into groups by age.

Ages: 3-9
Dates: May 29-Sept. 1
Cost: $65 per day, $275 for a five-day week
PAIYA Dance Studio,
13420 Galleria Circle, Ste. A-116, Bee Cave

Young Rembrandts ATX

Drawing workshops offer weekly themed classes for children, including drawing dinosaurs, horses, video games, fashion and cartoons.

Ages: 6-12
Dates: Lakeway—July 10-13, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11, Aug. 14-18; Austin—June 12-14, June 26-30, Aug. 7-11
Cost: $95-$225 per session
Lakeway Activity Center,
105 Cross Creek, Lakeway
Cedar Creek Elementary School,
3301 Pinnacle Road, Austin

Day Camps

Mobile Loaves & Fishes Camp

The one week-long day camp teaches elementary and middle school youth about poverty and encourages them to reach out and serve others in need through a combination of group lessons, hands-on activities and service projects.

Ages: entering first grade – 8th grade
Dates: July 31 – Aug. 4
Cost: $150
Emmaus Catholic Parish,
1718 Lohman’s Crossing, Lakeway

McKinney Roughs Nature Park

The Lower Colorado River Authority offers an outdoor camp for ages 5-12 and a teen adventure camp for ages 13-15. Day camps at McKinney Roughs Nature Park revolve around different outdoor themes and activities. Ages: 5-15

Dates: June 19-Aug. 18
Cost: $225 per week
McKinney Roughs Nature Park,
1884 W. Hwy. 71, Cedar Creek

Overnight Camps

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Camp Champions

The overnight camp is divided into two- and three-week sessions.Located near Lake LBJ, Camp Champions offers archery, basketball, horseback riding, kayaking, tennis and water skiing.

Ages: entering kindergarden-12th grade
Dates: June 4-Aug. 5
Cost: $3,425-$4,495
Camp Champions,
775 Camp Road, Marble Falls

Rocky River Ranch

The camp is a private sleep-away camp for girls that has been operating since 1953. Campers have rotating activity periods each day and choose which activities to participate in. Camps are divided into weeklong, 11-day, and two-week sessions.

Ages: 7-14
Dates: June 4-9, June 11-23, June 25-July 5, July 9-14, July 16-28, July 30-Aug. 4
Cost: $975-$1,950 per session
100 Flite Acres Road, Wimberley

Math & Science

Future Set Tech

Lake Travis STEM Academy’s tech camp offers five-day courses focused on video game design, computer programming and video editing.

Ages: 7-15
Dates: June 6-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, July 7-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11
Cost: $450 per session
Lake Travis STEM Academy,
10625 N. RR 620, Austin

Mad Science

The camps offer in-class discovery and exploration; outdoor games and physical activities; and hands-on application of scientific principles. The camp uses science techniques through which students build a variety of take-home projects.

Ages: kindergarten-entering sixth grade
Dates: Austin—June 5-9, Aug. 7-11, Aug. 14-18; Lakeway—June 19-23, July 24-28
Cost: $350 per session
Bella Mar Community Center in Steiner Ranch,
12401 Bella Mar Trail, Austin
Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway

Austin Youth Fitness

Formerly Young Guns Fitness Fun, campers stay active with running and cycling camps. Running camps take place at Casis Elementary School. Cycling camps begin at Westenfield Park and continue through the area.

Ages: entering prekindergarten-fifth grade (running); first grade-fifth grade (cycling)
Dates: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23
Cost: $250 per session
Casis Elementary School (running),
2710 Exposition Blvd., Austin
Westenfield Park (cycling),
2008 Enfield Road, Austin

Junior Sailing

Austin Yacht Club teaches sailing fundamentals with classroom, land and water activities.

Ages: 8-16
Dates: June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28
Cost: $495 per session
Austin Yacht Club,
5906 Beacon Drive, Austin

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Lonsetar Hoops

These basketball camps include technical and fundamental instruction while emphasizing a fast-paced, circuit-style training for boys and girls. The camp is offered to children of all skill levels.

Ages: entering first grade-eighth grade
Dates: June 26-29, Aug. 1-4
Cost: $175 per session
Concordia University Texas,
11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin

Life Ki-do Martial Arts

Sessions include martial arts drills, a ninja obstacle course, use of padded nunchakus and swords, and team-building activities.

Ages: entering kindergarten-fifth grade
Dates: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug. 7-11
Cost: $175-$199 per session
Life Ki-do,
3636 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 212, West Lake Hills


MegaSports offers basketball, flag football, volleyball, soccer, dodgeball and kickball camps. Campers execute a variety of drills to help improve the fundamentals of each sport.

Ages: entering kindergarten-eighth grade
Dates: June 12-16, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug. 7-11
Cost: $365-$425 per session
Westlake Athletic and Community Center,
4300 Westbank Drive, West Lake Hills

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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