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Buzz-area residents are fortunate in that Houston is home to many types of camps, programs and classes to choose from, including specialized sports, arts and educational programs for all ages. Choosing the right camp for your child depends on your child’s personality, interests, summer schedule and other factors. This directory is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all camps. Instead, our goal is to provide readers with a snapshot of each camp and program, as a starting point in the research process.

Note: Please check back often as new camps are being added daily for summer 2021.

Alliance Fencing Academy Summer Fencing Camp

Est. 2004
Ages: 5-14
Co-ed • Day camp
1212A Cedar Post Lane, Houston Texas 77055 (map)
27326 Robinson Road #110, Conroe Texas 77385 (The Woodlands location) (map)
713-410-6655 • [email protected]www.alliance-fencing-academy.com
Camp Director: Andrey Geva, U.S. Olympic and National Coach

Summer Fencing Camp at Alliance is an opportunity for your children to have fun exploring one of the original and foundational sports of the modern Olympic games while picking up technical and competitive skills that will last them a lifetime. Renowned instructor and Olympic team coach Andrey Geva and his highly trained coaching staff provide a fun, safe, and exciting setting for kids to learn the sport of competitive fencing.

Battle Bots and Drones Robotics Summer Camp

Est. 2012
Ages: 4-16
Co-ed • Day camp
4007 Bellaire Blvd., Suite KK, Houston Texas 77025 (map)
713-454-7004 • [email protected]KidsRoboticAcademy.com
Camp Director: Dee Memon/Michael Dupre

Set the path of building robots and programming. We offer STEM-themed, hands-on activities. The week ends with a friendly battle-bots mini-competition. We offer options of full-week and half-week day camp, with sessions running June 1 through Aug. 20. The option of select days is available. We have reduced our camp sizes to ensure we adhere to the CDC's proper precautions and protocols with respect to Covid-19. Register by May 1 to receive a 10 percent discount on a full-week, day-long camp.

Bayou City Fencing Academy

Est. 1990
Ages: 6-15 camp (6-adults classes)
Co-ed • Day camp
4997 West Bellfort Ave., Houston, Texas 77035 (map)
832-338-9808 • [email protected]myfencingacademy.com
Camp Director: Louise Lepie

Strategy, tactics, athleticism, and the enrichment of the total fencer are the focus of our program. Engagement and decision making are at the core of our instruction. With an emphasis on building self-confidence, fencers work on three basic skills: footwork, blade work, and tactics. In addition, they learn about tournament protocol, refereeing, scorekeeping, and the rules of the bout. Our students experience the fun inherent in the sport as they participate in challenging fencing games.

Camp Balcones Springs

Est. 1993
Ages: 6-17
Co-ed • Overnight camp
104 Balcones Springs Drive, Marble Falls, Texas 78654 (map)
830-693-2267 • [email protected]www.campiscool.com
Camp Director: Christine Baskin

At Camp Balcones Springs our mission is to change lives for the better through fun, relationships, and spiritual impact. We aspire to bring solid values from the home to the camp and provide campers with the attention needed to build self-confidence and help them reach their full potential in one of Texas’ most beautiful settings. 

Camp Champions

Est. 1967
Ages: 6-17
Co-ed • Overnight
775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, Texas 78654 (map)
830-598-2571 • [email protected]www.campchampions.com
Camp Director: Erec Hillis

Camp Champions has created a tradition of excellence since 1967. With the facility and staff expected from a premier camp, Champions is distinguished by its developmental focus on building strong kids. Camp Champions specializes in two- and three-week sessions where each camper will be challenged, make friends, and have fun. We operated Covid-free in 2020 and are preparing for another healthy and successful summer in 2021. Reach us at www.campchampions.com, and find a link to our Covid preparation plan on the home page.

Camp Chapelwood

Est. 1987
Ages: 5 years-5th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
11140 Greenbay St., Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
713-465-3467, Ext. 160 • [email protected]www.chapelwood.org/camp
Camp Director: Joanne Buchwald

Located in the heart of Memorial, Camp Chapelwood is a longtime summer tradition for children ages five years old through fifth grade. Our enthusiastic and caring counselors ensure each camper has a great experience at each of our five one-week sessions in June and July.  Campers will make new friends while participating in fun and challenging activities such as gymnastics, cooking, crafts, self-defense and games. Exciting field trips are planned, and special groups are brought in to provide entertaining and educational shows for the campers. We hope to see you this summer!

Camp Olympia

Est. 1968
Ages: 6-16
Co-ed • Overnight camp
723 Olympia Drive, Trinity, Texas 75862 (map)
936-594-2541 • [email protected]www.campolympia.com

Camp Directors: Debbie Stubblefield, Administrative Director; Cody Mauldin, Director of Boys’ Camp; Michelle Mauldin, Director of Girls’ Camp 
Meet Texas’ favorite summer camp! With one-, two-, and three-week sessions and over 45 activities, Camp Olympia is the ultimate overnight camp experience for boys and girls ages 6-16. Located one hour from Houston, Camp Olympia provides the perfect setting for fun and adventure along Lake Livingston in the Pineywoods. Campers gain independence while building teamwork and leadership skills through a customized camp experience and counselor mentorship.

Camp Young Judaea-Texas

Est. 1952
Ages: 6-15
Co-ed • Overnight camp
121 Camp Young Judaea Drive, Wimberley, Texas 78676 (map)
713-723-8354 • [email protected]www.cyjtexas.org
Camp Director: Frank Silberlicht

Since 1952, Camp Young Judaea Texas has provided life-changing summers to thousands of Jewish children. Located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, CYJ offers a fun, supportive environment where campers can explore, challenge themselves, and develop their passions. Here, kids of all abilities, backgrounds, and denominations can strengthen their Jewish identities and build their love for Israel, all while surrounded by beautiful facilities and expert staff. CYJ is a place where kids can be kids, where lifelong friendships are born, and where campers can be themselves and know they belong. 

Dyslexia Entrepreneurs & Innovators Summer Camp

Est. 2021
Ages: 5th-8th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
3642 University Blvd., Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77005 (map)
832-767-0915 • [email protected]www.unlockliteracy.com
Camp Director: Tammy Spencer

The Code Academy has partnered with NoticeAbility this summer. We will be implementing NoticeAbility’s Entrepreneurs & Innovators curriculum, which explores the fundamental tenets of entrepreneurship through a project-based, experiential lens. This opportunity highlights the cognitive skills associated with dyslexia and provides students with practical exercises that help them recognize these attributes in themselves and understand their application in entrepreneurship. Furthermore, students are provided scaffolding to enhance their social-emotional learning and executive functioning skills, which serve as a framework for academic and personal empowerment.

Foundations Early Childhood Literacy Camp

Est. 2018
Ages: 4-6
Co-ed • Day Camp
Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, Texas 77401 (map)
713-392-2168 • [email protected]foundationsforlearningsuccess.com
Camp Director: Sarah Baker Suminski, MA

At Foundations, we believe in laying a strong foundation for literacy success, while also nurturing a love for learning. Learning in early childhood should be an adventure! Children learn through rich experiences, discovery, and play. This educational camp will address all developmental domains through fun, thematic units and hands-on learning experiences, with an emphasis on reading-readiness skills. Explicit, systematic, research-based small-group instruction is unique to this program and will be provided in the areas of reading and writing.

Houston Elite Cheer Summer Camp

Est. 2013 
Ages: 3-15
Co-ed • Day camp (all day or half day sessions)
1800 Sherwood Forest Street, Ste. B2, Houston, Texas 77043 (map)
713-464-1445 • [email protected]houstonelitecheer.com
Camp Director: Lauryn Arntz

Join HEC for a jam packed week of exciting and challenging activities. Summer camp will include gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling, arts and crafts, water balloon wars, obstacle courses and more! Our goal is for campers to have loads of fun while promoting fitness.

Houston SPCA Summer Critter Camp

Est. 2003
Ages: 3rd-8th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
7007 Old Katy Road, Houston, Texas 77024, Carruth Education Center at Houston SPCA (map)
713-869-7722 • [email protected]www.houstonspca.org
Camp Director: Kylie Cooper, Chrissy Cope

Get ready for some “off-leash” fun at Houston SPCA Summer Critter Camp! Experience week-long adventures at one of the leading animal rescue and protection organizations in the country. Campers will meet real animal experts, including veterinary team members as well as professional animal rescuers and wildlife specialists; play indoor/outdoor games like Giant Jenga, corn hole, and arena volleyball; and make crafts or treats for pets in need. And what is Critter Camp without critters? They’ll enjoy multiple animal interactions with adoptable pets every day. Camp will be held in-person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and run June 7-Aug. 13. Register your animal lovin’ camper today.

HYC Summer Sailing Camps

Est. 1960
Ages: 6-18
Co-ed • Day Camp
3620 Miramar Drive, Shoreacres, Texas 77571 (map)
281-471-1255 • [email protected]houstonyachtclub.com
Camp Director: Charles Barclay

Summer Fun Camps are an opportunity for youth to explore all types of water sport activities. Sailors will get to choose between sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing. They can bring their own watercraft (with approval of the sailing director) or use HYC-owned equipment. These camps provide a fun introduction to sailing and water sports. Participants will also learn the basics of seamanship, go on field trips, and have fun with their friends. Taught by a U.S. Sailing Level 2 senior instructor with a Level 1 junior instructor and apprentice instructors. Camps will also include Opti, 420 and Laser-on the-water race training.

iKids Camp

Est. 2007
Ages: PreK-5th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
3701 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas 77027 (map)
713-665-5200 • [email protected]www.ikidsinc.com
Camp Directors: N/A

iKids Inc. is your one-stop, out-of-school shop, offering the flexibility you need with the care you can trust. Providing enriching programs essential to your child’s development since 2007.

Incarnate Word Academy Summer Camps

Est. 2002 (camp); 1873 (school)
Ages: 6th-8th grade
All girls • Day camp
609 Crawford Street, Houston, Texas 77002 (map)
713-227-3637 • [email protected]www.incarnateword.org/camps
Camp Director: Sarah Sheppard

Join us this summer for a host of enrichment and educational opportunities! We offer athletics, dance, broadcast journalism and leadership camps.

J Camps

Est. 1960
Ages: 3-16
Co-ed • Day camp
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-729-3200 • [email protected]www.erjcchouston.org/camp
Camp Director: Julie Levine

J Camps is your home for the summer! With a wide array of camp options, we have something for everyone ages 3-16. Traditional camps, as well as specialty, sports, art, dance, theater, tennis and gymnastics camps, are available throughout the summer. We have well-trained, experienced and caring staff working with the campers with a low camper-to-staff ratio. All the camps you love with all the health and safety protocols you need!

Lutheran High North Summer Camps

Est. 1980
Ages: 4th-9th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
1130 W. 34th St., Houston, Texas 77018 (map)
713-880-3131 • [email protected]www.LutheranHighNorth.org
Camp Director: Anthony Barreto

LHN is your summer stop to grow your child’s interests and skills! Offering band, baseball, basketball, coding, drama, football, soccer, strength & conditioning, and volleyball from several all-star coaches and trainers, this is your child’s chance to find their passion and improve their skills.

Panther Camp

Est. 2010
Ages: 5-17
Co-ed • Day camp
811 W. Donovan St., Houston, Texas 77091 (map)
713-692-3581 • [email protected]stpiusx.org/panthercamp
Camp Director: Jeff Feller

St. Pius X High School’s Panther Camp offers a variety of athletic camps during the summer months that allow youth a great way to develop skills and knowledge in the activity they love. No matter which sport their passion lies with, Panther Camp will help develop young athletes both on the fields and courts and in the game of life.

RISE at the Warehouse Camp

Est. 2020
Ages: 5-12
Co-ed • Day camp
2323 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, Texas 77043 (map)
713-715-7473 • [email protected]risewarehouse.com
Camp Directors: Stephanie Meeks and Jason Biddle

RISE is a one-of-a-kind center for the whole family that brings together athletics and the arts, featuring gymnastics, dance, music, ninja, and musical theater. Our goal is to offer a fun, creative environment that helps our students learn and grow, all while emphasizing the importance of family, friendship, and teamwork. We offer classes, workshops, camps, and more – see you at the Warehouse!

Second Baptist School Summer Camps

Est. 1946
Ages: K-12th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
6410 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas 77057 (map)
713.365.2310 • [email protected]secondbaptistschool.org/summercamps
Camp Director: N/A

SBS is thrilled to offer a variety of academic, sports, and arts summer camps for students entering grades K-8, plus one grades 9-12 option. Weekly summer camps are offered June 1-24, 2021, with morning (9-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (12:30-3 p.m.) sessions available. Each camp will be led by our highly acclaimed teachers and coaches as they work alongside students with excellence and expertise. We look forward to having your student on campus!

STEM Energy Conservation Summer Camp

Est. 2021
Ages: Grades 8-12
Co-ed • Day camp
713-337-8803 • [email protected]ceef.org/camp
Camp Director: Aimee Flores

At the Consumer Energy Education Foundation, we believe the energy industry is a STEM playground full of opportunities to learn and experiment. Our inaugural summer camp gives participants the ability to engage in project-based learning in a dynamic environment, collaborate with peers from around the nation, and learn from industry experts.

Summer at St. Mark's

Est. 2015
Ages: 3 year olds through rising 8th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
3816 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
713-667-7030 • [email protected]www.stmes.org/summer
Camp Director: Juli Rush

The community of St. Mark's Episcopal School celebrates the uniqueness of each child. We are stewards of our students' intellectual curiosity, faith, and passion for discovery. We cultivate joy, playfulness, and growth in a child-centered environment. Join us this summer for safe fun in the sun at St. Mark's Episcopal School! Half day and full day camps available.

Summer at The Parish School and The Carruth Center

Est. 1983
Ages: 2-17
Co-ed • Day and overnight camps
11001 Hammerly Blvd., Houston, Texas 77043 (map)
713-467-4696 • [email protected]www.parishschool.org/summer
Camp Director: Molly Weisselberg/Mimi Branham

Since 1983, The Parish School has educated children who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed. Join us this summer for programs that promote hands-on learning, grow self-esteem, enhance social skills, and develop communication. Programs include Camp Acorn, Adventure Play at Camp Acorn, Camp Social Superheroes, Camp Connect, Kaufman-Apraxia Bootcamp, and Camp Super Writers.

Summer Camps at The Houston Museum of Natural Science

Est. 1987
Ages: 6-12
Co-ed • Day camp
5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030 (map) and 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479 (map)
713-639-4625 • [email protected]www.hmns.org
Camp Director: Scott Stevenson

Against the backdrop of real dinosaur fossils, chemistry in action, and a world class institution, kids can experience a summer of education and adventure. Geared for kids ages 6-12, summer camps at HMNS use fun, hands-on learning and distinguished teachers to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. What will your child discover? The week-long day camps run June 7-Aug. 13 at HMNS Hermann Park and May 31-Aug. 6 at HMNS Sugar Land. The camps cover a wide range of topics, from physics and coding to paleontology and forensic science. Both virtual and in-person camps are available.

Summer Camps at The Village School

Est. 1990
Ages: Pre-K3-8th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
13051 Whittington Drive, Houston, Texas 77077
281-496-7900 • [email protected] • thevillageschool.com/summer
Camp Director: Kim Healy

This summer, Village is offering several different options for summer camps, including enrichment day camps and middle school camps. Village's summer camps are designed to give students from all over the community an engaging learning experience, while also having summer fun! All camps are open to children Pre-K3 through eighth grade. Join us for a summer experience designed to help students learn and grow, all while emphasizing the importance of collaboration, academic success, and innovation.

Est. 2009
Ages: 9th -12th graders
Co-ed • Day camp
4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007 (map)
281-864-6348 • [email protected]summer.sths.org
Camp Director: Deanna Woodlief

Our extensive summer offerings provide an array of academic, enrichment, athletic, and credit recovery (high school only) camps for students. Our mission is to provide an experience which sparks curiosity and ignites passion while improving core skills through a wide range of fun yet challenging activities in the classroom, on the stage, in the lab or on the field. Rethink your summer – Summer @ STH!

URJ Greene Family Camp

Est. 1976
Ages: 7-17
Co-ed • Overnight camp
1192 Smith Lane, Bruceville, Texas 76630 (map)
254-859-5411 • [email protected]www.greene.org
Camp Director: Rabbi Erin Mason

Summer 2021 at URJ Greene Family Camp is going to be an exciting summer filled with incredible programs, activity offerings, and the same Jewish community that has transformed the lives of campers for 45 years. From swimming in Lake Jake to climbing the Alpine Tower, performing on stage to painting a mural, doing Israeli dances to swaying at Shabbat services, there’s something for everyone at GFC. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Vdanse Academy

Est. 2014
Ages: 3-18
Co-ed • Day camp
3300 Chimney Rock Road, Suite 500, Houston, Texas 77056 (map)
832-248-0106 • [email protected]www.vdanse.com
Camp Director: Verneal Morin

Camps are taught by certified instructors who inspire students. We have cutting-edge choreographers, so students can explore a variety of movement styles, techniques, and performance skills. VDA can also custom create a private camp for your group. We offer Acro, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Musical Theatre, Tap, Ballroom, Dance Team Prep, Audition Prep, Creative Movement, Progressing Ballet Technique, Mommy & Me, and more. Studio rooms have sprung floors for injury prevention as well as air-filtration systems.

YMCA Camp Cullen

Est. 1974
Ages: 7-17
Co-ed • Overnight camp
460 Cullen Loop, Trinity, Texas 75862 (map)
936-594-2274 • [email protected]www.ymcacampcullen.org 
Camp Director: Andrew “Mish” Hood

Our goal is to provide a summer camp experience rich in tradition and centered on our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, while allowing campers to gain independence, a higher self-worth, and lifelong, positive memories as they continue to grow as individuals and leaders. At YMCA Camp Cullen, campers will learn new skills, develop their character, and make forever friends.