Austin area kids summer camps

 

 

Austin /San Antonio area list of kids summer camps

As a kid growing up here in Austin Texas, I still have great memories of "going to camp". I went to a camp outside of Austin called the "Running R" day camp.  It was a great learning experience for me since we did activities I would have never had the opportunity to do otherwise.  My two boys really get excited when summer lets out and they head off to camp.

 

I have made a list of  my "Top 10 essentials" for those parents who may not know what   to bring.                                                           

 

Suntan Lotion: Not only are sunburns painful, but too much exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of skin cancer. A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher can make spending summer days outside a safer proposition.

 

Bug Spray: Camps can be havens for mosquitoes, bees, and other pests. Bug spray can make a big difference, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to forget that.

 

Bathing Suit: Here's another item that ought to be a no-brainer, but it can be left out in the shuffle of packing. Swimming and water activities are a big part of many summer camp experiences. Also pack Aquasox or flip-flops for kids, to protect their feet in and around the waterhole.

 

Disposable Camera: You wouldn't want to risk sending your child to camp with an expensive and fragile digital camera. A cheap disposable is a great way to ensure that summer camp memories can last a lifetime.

 

Flashlight: While many camps provide flashlights for nighttime activities, it's a good idea for your child to take along his own flashlight, along with fresh batteries. You never know when one might come in handy.

 

Toothbrush: You can't guarantee that your child will remember to brush at camp, but don't let it be for lack of trying on your part. Consider buying an electric toothbrush -- the novelty may appeal to your child.

 

Sun Hat: During sports and other outdoor activities, wearing a hat is a great way to keep the glare out of young eyes. Sun hats can also be stylish, and useful for simply lounging around.

 

Water Bottle: A durable water bottle can be crucial for hikes and other long daytime activities. Keeping kids hydrated during the hot summer months is important for their overall health.

 

Raincoat or Poncho: The ideal camp session would feature only sunny days, but Mother Nature has a funny sense of humor sometimes. Wet weather gear is a must.

 

Personal Notebook or Journal: Encourage your child to keep a journal of her camp experiences. She may not realize it now, but later in life those memories will be meaningful.

 

Here is my list of kids camps broken down by the types of activities they offer:

                                                              Adventure / Sports

Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp    Ages 9-15
512/245-2329    www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html

Austin Nature & Science Center    Ages 3-17
512/327-8181    www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc

Austin Rock Gym    Ages 6 & up
512/416-9299    www.austinrockgym.com

Brandy Perryman Basketball Camp    Ages 7-17
512/799-8891    www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com

Camp Arrowhead    Ages 6-17 Girls
830/238-3793    www.camparrowhead.com

Camp Balcones Springs    Ages 7-17
830/693-2267    www.campiscool.com

Camp Buckner    Ages 4-15
512/756-7540    www.campbuckner.org

Camp Champions    Ages 7-17
830/598-2571    www.campchampions.com

Camp Coyote    Ages 7-17
800-677-CAMP    www.campcoyote.com

Camp Doublecreek    Ages 4-14
512/255-3661    www.campdoublecreek.com

Camp La Junta    Ages 6-14 Boys
830/238-4621    www.lajunta.com

Camp Olympia    Ages 7-16
800/735-6190    www.campolympia.com

Camp Peniel    Ages 9-18
800/848-1731    www.camppeniel.org

Camp Rio Vista    Ages 6-16 Boys
800/545-3233    www.vistacamps.com

Camp Sierra Vista    Ages 6-16 Girls
800/545-3233    www.vistacamps.com

Camp Stewart    Ages 6-16 Boys
830/238-4670    www.campstewart.com

Chaparral Ice Summer Camp    Ages 5-14
512/252-8500    www.chaparralice.com

Concordia Summer Baseball Camps    Father/Son
512/486-1160    
http://athletics.concordia.edu


Scubaland SCUBA Camp     Ages 12-18
512/891-6054    www.scubaland.com/scuba_camp.asp

Sea Camp    Ages 10-18
409/740-4525    www.tamug.edu/seacamp

Seaworld Adventure Camp    Ages 3-18
800/700-7786    www.swbgadventurecamps.com

Tennis for Kids    Ages 4-14
512/442-3440    www.tennisforkids.net

UT Rowing Camp     Ages 13-18
512/232-2499    www.texassports.com

UT Volleyball Camp     Ages 10-18 Girls
512/232-2499    www.texasvolleyball.com

UT Soccer Camp     Ages 5-18
512/471-3624    www.texassoccer.com

UT Soccer/Lacrosse/Ultimate Disc    Ages 5-17
512/471-3116    www.utrecsports.org/youthcamps

YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow    Ages 6-16
800/765-9622    www.ymcacampflamingarrow.org

YMCA of Greater San Antonio    6-16
800/765-9622    www.ymcasatx.org

YMCA Sports Camps    Ages 4-15
512/236-9622    www.austinymca.org


Contact Football Camps     Ages 8-18
800/433-6060    www.contactfootball.com

Crowne's Nest Farm    Ages 5-11
512/272-4418    www.crowesnestfarm.org

Echo Hill Ranch    Ages 6-14
830/589-7739    www.echohill.org

GSI Scuba Day Camp    Ages 12 & Up
512/288-1622    www.gsiscuba.com

Heart o' the Hills Camp    Ages 6-16 girls
800/724-7325    www.hohcamp.com
Hunters Chase Farms    Ages 5 & Up
512/842-2246    www.hunterschasefarms.com

Kickapoo Kamp    Ages 7-17 girls
830/895-5731    www.kickapookamp.com

Kings Bridge Farm    Ages 7-14
512/819-0183    www.kbf.com

Love to Swim     Ages 3 to Adult
210/492-2606    www.love-to-swim.com

Middle School Summer Flag Football     Ages 5th-9th Grades
512/918-3524    www.neighborhoodsports.us

Outback Adventure Camp        Ages 10-16
800/444-6204    www.newktennis.com

Outdoor Texas Camp     Ages 9-17
512/217-1587    www.outdoortexascamp.com

Rocky River Ranch    Ages 7-14 Girls
800/863-2267    www.rrrcamp.com

Round Rock Express Baseball Camp     Ages 6-14
512/238-2205    www.roundrockexpress.com

Rowing Dock    K-12th Grade
512/459-0999    www.rowingdock.com

San Antonio Zoo Adventures     K-8th Grades
210/734-7184    
http://www.sazoo-aq.org/edzoocation

 

 

 

I have one diabetic stepson however, and he is still traumatized by a very bad experience we had in 2008 with "Camp Doublecreek Farms".  I would NOT recommend them to anyone. When we signed up for him to go there, they said being a diabetic wasn't a problem. However, after one month of him being there, they called my wife and said we would have to pick him up from there within 2 hours. He was being "kicked out of camp" because they didn't have the time to devote to checking his blood sugar, which takes about 30 seconds.  I asked to speak to the owner, who was hiding in her office, because I was needless to say "livid" about it. She would not come out to speak with either my son, nor' I. I wanted her to tell my stepson herself why he couldn't come back. But she didn't have it in her. Meanwhile, the school nurse was sitting there eating a bag of Oreos,  as she didn't have any time. She sent out some counselor  who  explained this to him. Well, have you ever tried finding a camp in the summer 30 days after it starts? It is impossible! However, we told the story to the Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park, and they graciously and thankfully asked us to join them.  I will say it was a wonderful jester, and one which we accepted. I have nothing but kind and grateful things to say about them! So, if you are willing to risk discrimination, go on over to Camp Doublecreek. Rather than sue them, I have chosen to inform you and let you decide.  And I told them that as well. Man I love the power of the internet!

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