Looking for summer camps? We have your last-minute guide for Austin

As school ends or has ended, now is the time parents often do the last-minute scramble to line up summer camps. Maybe the camp you thought would be the perfect fit for your child, suddenly isn’t, or the camp let’s you know right before it was supposed to start that it isn’t.

Below are some all-around camps that usually have some availability, as well as some camps that have contacted us about their availability:

Find more camps in our summer camp guide, campguide.austin360.com. Austin company Kwaddle, has created an website  that has more than 8,000 camps and activities for you to search. You can search by type of camp, by your kids’ interest or search by ZIP Code or your child’s interest. Find it at kwaddle.com.

Jessica Gonzales, from the Oak Hill YMCA, is outnumbered as her camp kids spray her with water guns as part of the festivities in the summer camp Olympics. The YMCA of Austin is hosting its 2015 Summer Camp Olympics Friday, July 24, at the Texas School for the Deaf. The Summer Camp Olympics is designed to engage children in good old fashioned fun and to get a little wet on a hot day.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

YMCA

In addition to being a schools at at YMCA centers, its overnight camp location on Onion Creek is having day camps this summer in anticipation of opening up for overnight stays the summer of 2020.

Here is this summer’s lineup: 

  • Week 1: Kids vs Nature, ages 6-8 (June 11-15)
  • Week 2: Kids vs Nature, ages 9-13 (June 18-22)
  • Week 3: Canoe 101, ages 8-13 (June 25-29)
  • Week 4: Canoeing Adventure, ages 8-13 (July 9-13)
  • Week 5: Aim High, ages 8-12 (July 16-20)
  • Week 6: STEAM Camp, ages 8 -12 (July 23-27)

You can register by clicking this link.

Find the YMCA’s other camps at austinymca.org. Camps are typically $178-$240 a week.

Extend-a-Care For Kids

Elementary kids can find an Extend-a-Care For Kids camp at their school or at nearby schools throughout Austin and Hays County. $190 a week. Find their locations and details at eackids.org.

Camp Double Creek

This camp in Round Rock gives kids the experience of an overnight camp, but while they sleep at home at night. It also buses kids from throughout Austin to the camp in Round Rock. $355 a week.  campdoublecreek.com

BHW 2018 Mobile App Development Camp

Learn how to create apps with a free hands-on camp. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 27-28. The BHW Group, 6011 W. Courtyard Drive, Suite 410. Apply at thebhwgroup.com/summer-camp.

Austin Film Society

Find camps on these topics:

  • Animation Creation, June 4-8 (Ages 9-11); July 30-Aug. 3 (Ages 11-13)
  • Girls Camp, June 11-15 (Ages 12-15)
  • Documentary Workshop, June 25-29 (Ages 14-17)
  • Austin Public Young Producer’s Workshop, July 9-13 (Ages 15-17)

The camps are held at Austin Public, 1143 Northwestern Ave. Most are $345 for the week. austinfilm.org/classes/summer-camp/

Mudcat Puppet Camp

Kids 6 and older can learn how to make puppets and work with them at Mudcat Puppet camps.

  • Hand puppet camp, June 4-8, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, and Aug. 6-10
  • Giant puppet camp, for ages 10 and up, July 23-27 (Dragons and Monsters), July 30-Aug. 3 (Aliens and Robots)

The camps are at Paragon Prep Middle School, 2001 Koenig Lane. Camps are $300 a week. Register at mudcatpuppet@gmail.com

Camp Red Bird at the Austin Center for Grief & Loss

Kids ages 6-12, who are going through the loss, can attend a day camp that will help them with therapeutic games, crafts and activities.

The camps run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-15 and Aug. 6-10 at Austin Center for Grief & Loss, 2413 Greenlawn Parkway.  www.austingrief.org

Make ATX Camps

Make ATX has some fun camps for young makers this summer. Use their lasers to create art.

  • Laser Day Camp, June 4-8, ages 8-12
  • Architecture Laser Day Camp, June 18-22
  • Board Game Design Laser Day Camp, July 9-13 for ages 8-12

The camps are $250, 9 am. to 1 p.m. and held at Make ATX, 1109 Shady Lane. makeatx.com

ATX Ballers

Pick up better basketball skills this summer.

  • 9 a.m. to noon June 25-28, ages 7-14, St. Austin Catholic School, 1911 San Antonio St.
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 9-12, ages 7-14, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive
  • 9 a.m. to noon,  July 16-19, grades 9-12, St. Austin Catholic School, 1911 San Antonio St.

The camps are $110.  atxballers.com

Code Wizard HQ camps can be done at home.

CodeWizardsHQ

This one you don’t even have to leave home for. Sixth- through 12th-graders can learn to code in three weeks by taking one-hour online classes Monday through Thursday. You can learn Java Script, HTML/CSS and Python. The camps are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. June 11-28, July 9-26 or July 30-Aug. 16. $149 each week or $399. codewizardshq.com/summer-program/

Moolah U

Have your kids learn about how to create business and earn money.

The one-week camps are throughout Austin:

  • Austin Java Barton Springs, 1608 Barton Springs Road, June 4, July 30, Aug. 13
  • Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd., June 25, July 30, Aug. 13
  • St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave., July 9, July 16, Aug. 6
  • Mangia Pizza, 12001 Burnet Road, June 18, July 16
  • La Madeleine, 5493 Brodie Lane, July 23
  • Capital Factory (teens only), 701 Brazos St. June 18, July 23
  • Logan’s Roadhouse, 2702 B. Parker Road, July 9, Aug. 6

The camps are $315 a week, plus lunch if it’s in a restaurant. https://moolahu.com/austin/camps/

Westwood Summer Camps

Many high schools offer summer camps for young athletes. Westwood High School sent us their schedule:

Volleyball
June 11-14: 9 a.m. to noon, Sand Volleyball Camp (fourth-eighth graders)

July 16-19: 8 a.m. to noon, Future Warriors Volleyball Camp (fourth-eighth graders)

Baseball

June 4-6: 1-4 p.m. (third-sixth graders)

June 11-13: 1-4 p.m.(seventh-ninth graders)
Soccer 
June 4-7: 8 a.m. to noon, (first-ninth graders)
Football camps
June 4-6: 6-8 p.m. Lil’ Warriors (first-sixth graders)
June 4-6: 6-8 p.m. Future Warrior Football (seventh-eighth graders)
June 13-15: 5-8pm, 8-11 a.m. (third day) Lonestar Passing Academy (fourth-12th graders)

Softball

June 4-7: 1-4 p.m. (second-ninth graders)

Girls basketball

June 18 -21: 1-5 p.m. (fourth-ninth graders)

Boys basketball
June 4-7: 8 a.m.-noon (third-sixth graders), 12:30-4:30 p.m. (seventh-ninth graders)
Swim and tennis
June 4-7: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (kindergarten-ninth graders)
Tennis

June 11–14: 8-9:30 a.m. (kindergarten-ninth graders)

Register at warriorssports.org.

If you love Girls Empowerment Network’s We Are Girls conference, you can send your daughter to a camp just like it. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Girls Empowerment Network

Girls Empowerment Network holds two camps for camp sessions for girls who are in third-eighth grades.

  • campGEN – Part 1, held June 18-22,“Own My Power.” This camp focuses on building confidence and self-love. Girls will explore stress management, identity, self-compassion and body positivity. Activities include yoga, art and craft projects, writing, talent shows and games.
  • campGEN – Part 2, held July 16-20,  “Use My Power.” Girls will focus on using their confidence to advocate for themselves and others. Girls will explore and practice confident communication, advocacy, healthy friendships and values. Activities include role playing, skits, a fun community advocacy project, and games.

Both campGEN summer camp sessions will be held in Downtown Austin at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Each five-day session costs $330. girlsempowermentnetwork.org

Esquina Tango & Kids Acting Dance & Theatre Camp

In the morning campers will be learning different Latin Dances and their cultural backgrounds with La Esquina del Tango experienced instructors. In the afternoon kidsActing Foundation will take over and campers will work on a Musical where they will act, dance and sing. They will also work on props and scenery Culminating into a final showcase on Friday with costumes, lights and a live accompanist.

The camp is at July 23-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. The camp is $210. Register at https://esquinatangoaustin.wufoo.com/forms/r183to421njwhoy/

Do you have a summer camp that is open or one you would love to recommend? Give Austin families the information by leaving a comment in the comment section of the blog.

 


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