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2018 Summer Camp Directory

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When we think of camp, so many images pop into our minds. Crackling campfires and sticky s’mores. Silly songs and stories. Chilly lakes and The Blob. Hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, playing. And above all, learning new skills, discovering new interests, gaining sometimes-lifelong friendships – and occasionally marriages, as you’ll see in Andria Frankfort’s Summer Nights.

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. Additionally, many overnight camps are located just a car or bus ride away. 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. The Buzz Magazines Summer Camp Directory includes camps and programs that support our magazines through advertising.

3D Engineering for Youths

Est. 2016
Ages: 9-18
Co-ed • Day camp
9525 Katy Freeway, Suite 225, Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
832-464-5884 • tan.le@3dcadmasters.comwww.3DCADmasters.com
Camp Director: Tan Le

Join us for a very special camp to learn 3D CAD software. This customized and unique program introduces students to 3D CAD modeling software in the context of engineering applications, which will translate into the college years. This software teaches spatial-visualization ability and is used by engineers, architects and medical professionals.

A.D. Players Theatre Arts Academy “Superhero Summer”

Est. 1992
Ages: 5-18
Co-ed • Day camp
2613 Saint St., Houston, Texas 77027 (map)
713-439-0181 • theatreartsacademy@adplayers.orgwww.adplayers.org 
Camp Director: Melody Torno

Nurturing the mind, body and spirit of the artist.

Alodia Basketball Academy Summer Camps

Est. 2008
Ages: Incoming 3rd-9th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
University of Saint Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas 77006 (map)
281-255-2552 • camps@alodiaconsulting.comalodiasports.com
Camp Director: Taylor Schippers

Developing the next generation of leaders through sports! Alodia Basketball Academy provides camps at great values with low coach to camper ratios: shooting camps (2,000 shots in 4 days), competition camps (12 games in 4 days), and total player camps (elevating a player's overall game).

Basketball University Spring and Summer Youth Skills Camp

Est. 2004
Ages: 10-18
Co-ed • Day camp
FilHoops Gym, 10131 Emnora, Houston, Texas 77080 (map)
832-453-4562 • info@BasketballU.orgwww.Basketballu.org
Camp Director: Rhossi Carron

Basketball University will host its Spring Break Skills Camp, March 12-15 @ FilHoops Gym. Open to youth athletes ages 10-18, this camp is designed to promote skill development, performance enhancement, and increase basketball IQ during the off-season. Basketball University's Spring Break Camp is only $140 per youth athlete. The Skills Camp is also available during the Summer Sessions. Check website for dates and times. 

Camp Bach to Rock

Est. 2016
Ages: 3-18
Co-ed • Half-day and full-day camps
9079 Katy Freeway, Suite A, Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
832-834-4882 • memorial@bachtorock.commemorial.bachtorock.com
​Camp Director: Lynley Stern

​Bach to Rock is your neighborhood music school that makes learning music fun! With private lessons, early-childhood programs, camps and parties, we've got something for everyone in the family. Our half-day and full-day camps give campers the opportunity to explore instruments in a hands-on and safe environment. Camps are taught by our well-trained teachers, who are enthusiastic musicians. End the week with a live performance for friends and family on our main stage. No experience necessary. Come rock with us and have the most fun you'll have all summer!

Camp Balcones Springs

Est. 1993
Ages: 7-17
Co-ed • Overnight camp
104 Balcones Springs Drive, Marble Falls, Texas 78654 (map)
830-693-2267 • info@campbalconessprings.comwww.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. 


Est. 1949
Ages: 15 months-5th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
4525 Beechnut, Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-666-1884 • camp@byds.org  • www.byds.org/student-life/camp
Camp Director: Karla Morales

Sports and traditional summer camp activities offer an unforgettable summer at Beth Yeshurun Day School. Choose from a wide variety of weekly enrichment camps for children ages 15 months through 5th grade. Multifaceted enrichment programs include computer skills, strategic games, classroom learning reinforcements, and innovative problem solving, plus dance and creative movement, music classes, and a variety of sports. Our summer camp follows the highest standards of safety and security, and our low staff-to-camper ratio ensures each child receives individualized attention. We aim to provide a captivating environment with activities and programs that keep your child interested, engaged, and having fun while making new friends, learning important social skills, and continuing to develop Jewish values.

Camp Cho-Yeh

Est. 1947
Ages: 6-16
Co-ed • Overnight camp
2200 South Washington
Livingston, Texas 77351 (map)
936-328-3200 • jennj@cho-yeh.orgwww.cho-yeh.org
Camp Director: Garret Larsen

Camp Cho-Yeh’s vision is to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders by cultivating faith, nurturing community, and forging character of girls and guys ages 6-16. Campers unplug from technology and are challenged to grow in independence while away from the comforts of home. Featured activities include High Ropes Adventure Park, Zip Line, Climbing Tower, Paintball, Giant Swing, Crate Stacking, Banana Boating, Water Zip Line, Blob, Archery Tag, Pool and Wet Bubble, Jumping Pillow and Mud Course. 1 and 2 week options available.

Camp Holy Spirit Episcopal School

Est. 2006
Ages: 3-14
Co-ed • Day camp
12535 Perthshire Road, Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
713-960-8989 • Houston@kidventure.comwww.kidventure.com
Camp Director: Michael Valka

Holy Spirit Episcopal School offers an exemplary education for infants through grade eight that develops the whole child while achieving academic excellence in a dynamic Christian-based environment. This year, Holy Spirit is proud to offer a summer program through Kidventure, helping aid its mission in leading children towards a happy, healthy and responsible lifestyle.

Camp Olympia

Est. 1968
Ages: 6-16
Co-ed • Overnight camp
723 Olympia Drive, Trinity, Texas 75862 (map)
936-594-2541 • campinfo@campolympia.comwww.campolympia.com

Camp Directors: Debbie Stubblefield, Administrative Director; Cody Mauldin, Director of Boys’ Camp; Michelle Mauldin, Director of Girls’ Camp 
Camp Olympia is dedicated to having fun together, helping people grow in body, mind, and spirit. Established in 1968, Camp Olympia is a private, overnight Texas summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-16 offering one, two and three-week sessions. Camp Olympia blends its rich camping history and experience with its continual growth and exciting additions, making it a nationally recognized summer camp.

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 • info@cyjtexas.orgwww.cyjtexas.org
Camp Director: Frank Silberlicht

Since 1952, CYJ has provided life-changing summers to thousands of children! We offer 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 and Zionist identities, all while surrounded by beautiful facilities and expert staff. Our activities range from every kind of sport to arts to a waterfront to a ropes course and everything in between, including camp essentials like s’mores at the campfire, Maccabia (color war), sports tournaments, and overnight campouts with our Scouts. Beginning with incoming second graders, we have 10-day and 3-week programs that build on one another, with increasing opportunities for leadership and responsibility within camp, as well as excursions outside of camp. CYJ is a place where kids can be kids, where lifelong friendships are born, and where campers can be themselves and know they belong.

FAYcation Summer Program

Est. 1991
Ages: 3-11
Co-ed • Day camp
105 N. Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
713-681-8300 • ebenton@thefayschool.orgwww.thefayschool.org/FAYcation 
Camp Director: Emily Benton

The FAYcation Summer Program offers participants a variety of enriching opportunities in line with the mission and values of The Fay School. Children will learn and grow intellectually, physically, socially, ethically, and artistically while developing self-confidence and a lifelong love of learning in a secure, enriching, and academically challenging environment.

Gerry and Greta's Art Camp Adventures

Est. 2009
Ages: 1st-5th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
10371 Stella Link, Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
713-817-0177 • gerryandgreta@gmail.comwww.artcampadventures.com
Camp Directors: Gerry Melot and Greta Bernitz

Gerry and Greta’s Art Camp is a great way to expose campers to art history, different styles of art and art materials in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. The projects are creative, designed to be easy for the youngest campers, yet challenging for the older ones. We provide a daily morning snack and daily play time in the bounce house. The small camp size ensures every camper receives lots of attention and guidance.

Houston Camera Exchange – Kids Camp

Est. 2017
Ages: 14 and older
Co-ed • Day camp
5900 Richmond Ave, Houston, Texas 77057 (map)
713-789-6901 • info@hcehouston.comhcehouston.com
Camp Director: Sharlie Douglass

HCE Kids Camp is designed to help a new generation learn the basics and enjoy all kinds of photography. Cameras will be provided for hands on applications of exposure, composition and live shooting.

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 • houstonelitecheer@yahoo.comhoustonelitecheer.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.

Incarnate Word Academy Volleyball Camp

Est. 2002 (camp); 1873 (school)
Ages: 6th-8th grade
All girls • Day camp
609 Crawford Street, Houston, Texas 77002 (map)
713-227-3637 • kobrien@incarnateword.orgwww.incarnateword.org/camps
Camp Director: Coach Rick Perez

Experience team-building fun at Incarnate Word Academy’s Falcon’s Nest! We offer volleyball camps for middle school students who want to develop leadership skills, practice athletic fundamentals, and connect with other students.   

J Camps

Est. 1960
Ages: 3-16
Co-ed • Day camp
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-551-7208 • jcamps@erjcchouston.orgwww.erjcchouston.org 
Camp Director: Anna Shabtay

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 in a low camper-to-staff ratio. 

Kidventure Day Camp

Est. 1994
Ages: 3-14
Co-ed • Day camp
2501 Central Parkway, Suite B2, Houston, Texas 77092 (map)
713-960-8989 • houston@kidventure.comkidventure.com
Camp Director: Mike McDonell

Welcome to Kidventure. Our mission is to help build the lives of kids, provide them with opportunities to grow strong, and demonstrate that they can make a real difference in the world. For 24 years, we have chosen to do so through the power of camp. Whether you’re playing sports at our summer day camp, zip-lining at our overnight camp, or problem-solving at our after-school program, everything we do is purposeful. Alongside the most dedicated and passionate team of counselors, your child will not only enjoy the time of his or her life, but be learning the kind of lessons that will serve them well the rest of their lives.

Kidventure Overnight Camp

Est. 1994
Ages: 8-18
Co-ed • Overnight camp
515 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin, Texas 78746 (map)
512-263-8992 • overnight@kidventure.comkidventure.com
Camp Director: Renee Hiene

For 24 years, Kidventure’s Overnight Camps has been an experience like no other. Now, we’ve expanded our offerings and will be serving our families and their kids from ages 8 to 18. Because the greatest lessons we learn at overnight camp are the ones we take with us for the rest of our lives. Welcome to Kidventure.

Marine Military Academy Summer Camp Program

Est. 1965
Ages: 11-18 (if not yet graduated from High School)
All boys • Overnight camp (4-week session)
320 Iwo Jima Blvd., Harlingen, Texas 78550 (map)
956-423-6006, Ext. 861 • admissions@mma-tx.orgwww.summer-camp-mma.com 
Camp Director: Sgt.Maj. Ford Kinsley, USMC, Ret.

At MMA Summer Camp you work hard and play hard, you’ll be in constant motion. Every day, you’ll participate in challenging but exciting outdoor activities that build discipline, teamwork and confidence. As you have fun, you will also learn how to focus, problem solve and overcome your fears. No other camp will strengthen your body and mind like MMA Summer Camp! At MMA Summer Camp, space is limited. You are not!

Power Camp

Est. 1999
Ages: Entering pre-K/4 through entering 7th grade
Co-ed • Day camp (before and after care offered 8-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.)
4417 Bellaire Boulevard (at Bellaire United Methodist Church), Bellaire, Texas 77401 (map)
713-666-2167 • powercamp@bellaireumc.orgbelllaireumc.org
Camp Director: Tricia Craft

Power Camp is a Christ centered summer day camp ministry of Bellaire United Methodist Church for children entering pre-K through the seventh grade. Our mission is to provide a positive Christian environment which includes education, recreation, and fun, while also providing a safe sanctuary for children in and around our community. We strive to create a caring, loving atmosphere where children are nurtured in faith and guided in personal and spiritual growth. Activities include Bible lessons, mission projects, swimming, weekly field trips, athletics/gym, games, art, crafts, cooking, science, theater arts, music and cooperative challenges.

RSM Summer School

Est. 1997
Ages: Kindergarten-12th grade
Co-ed • Day camp (6 weeks, 2 times/week, 2 hours)
HCC West Loop, 5601 West Loop S., Houston, Texas 77081 (map)
346-704-0374 • houston@russianschool.comwww.russianschool.com/Houston
Camp Director: Anna Toneva

RSM (Russian School of Mathematics) is a math-enrichment, summer-program, intensive, six-week course that is designed to accommodate new and existing RSM students. It builds, develops and reinforces the work done over the year and gets the student ready for the year ahead. It’s a great opportunity for all students to advance and to master their knowledge and to get ahead on new material. We have Math Competition Preparation programs specially designed for those seeking additional challenges.

St. John the Divine Vacation Bible School

Est. 1943
Ages: 4 through 5th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, Texas  77019 (map)
713-622-3600 • children@sjd.orgsjd.org/vbs
Camp Director: Deanna Lawson

St. John the Divine Vacation Bible School is here to assist families in introducing their kids to Jesus Christ, to plant the seed of God's Word into their hearts, to model the love of Jesus through a team of caring volunteers, and to nurture and shepherd them into a lasting relationship with God. Join us this summer for Vacation Bible School 2018, July 30-August 2.

Star Daze

Est. 2006
Ages: 4 (potty trained)-12
Co-ed • Day camp
10516-G Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77043 (map)
713-464-1996 • frontdesk@starsgymtx.comwww.starsgymtx.com
Camp Director: Danielle Ellington

At Stars Gymnastics we offer a fun and safe environment for girls and boys ages 4-12 to spend an active day learning gymnastics and participating in group games and activities. Note: Stars is not a licensed childcare facility. We are a sports training facility.

Summer at St. Mark's

Est. 2015
Ages: Rising pre-K through rising 8th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
3816 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
713-667-7030 • hmcwhinnie@stmes.orgwww.stmes.org/summer
Camp Director: Hazel McWhinnie

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.


Est. 2009
Ages: 6th -12th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007 (map)
281-757-4005 • summer@sths.orgsummer.sths.org
Camp Director: Gail Calkins

From our middle school academic, enrichment and sports camps to our high school academic and enrichment classes, 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 field, on the stage, in the computer lab or in the film room. Enhance your skill set, explore what you truly love doing, all while meeting new friends – Summer @ STH!

Treasure Island at St. Mark Lutheran

Est. 2008
Ages: 4-11
Co-ed • Day camp
1515 Hillendahl Blvd., Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-468-2623• camp@stmarkhouston.orggostmark.org/camp
Camp Director: Brenda Palacios

Our camps engage children in active and instructional ways. Each week includes field trips, educational guests, pool/splash days, library time, computer lab, art and lots of fun!

Uptown Dance Summer Camps

Est. 1999
Ages: 3 and up
Co-ed • Day camp
7417 Shadyvilla Lane, Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-686-0334 • info@uptowndancehouston.comwww.uptowndancehouston.com
Camp Director: Beth Gulledge-Brown

Our school was established in order to bring the highest quality of dance training to all our students. We are interested in training dancers of all ages and levels to bring them to their full potential as dancers, foster a lifelong love for and appreciation of dance, and provide a quality performance experience that instills confidence and poise. This summer we offer a wide variety of programming: June Dance Intensive for intermediate and advanced dancers, June 4-23; Bournonville Ballet Intensive for advanced dancers, July 16-28; and Children’s Dance Camps ages 3-7, dates TBD. Please visit our website for details, dates and times.

URJ Greene Family Camp

Est. 1976
Ages: 7-17
Co-ed • Overnight camp
1192 Smith Lane, Bruceville, Texas 76630 (map)
254-859-5411 • gfc@urj.orgwww.greene.org
Camp Director: Stefani Rozen

At the URJ Greene Family Camp, we provide opportunity to grow and learn at the same time. It is an unforgettable religious, cultural, recreational and emotional experience. At GFC, nature, community, Judaism and fun are in tune with one another.  Programs include the arts, individual and team sports, adventure and water activities. Campers gain new skills, improve upon strengths and build community with fellow campers and our exceptional staff. Transformative experiences at camp inspire kids to bring camp home to their daily lives, applying what they learn here to better themselves, their communities and the world.

West U Baptist Church – Super Summer Stuff

Est. 1997
Ages: 2 months-13 years  
Co-ed • Day camp
6218 Auden, Houston, Texas 77005 (map)
713-668-2319 • abby@cpointchurch.orgwww.wubc.org/sss
Camp Director: Abby Bergstrom

Super Summer Stuff is a high energy summer day camp at West U Baptist Church. We offer exciting field trips and have fun programming throughout the summer for a wide age range. Every week has a different theme that teaches and instructs as well as helping to build basic skills. Friendships are made, learning is encouraged, and we have a ton of fun!

Westbury Baptist Church Day Camps

Est. 1989
Ages: Finished Kindergarten through 6th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
10425 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-723-8136 • daycamp@wbchouston.orgwbchouston.org
Camp Director: Erick Salazar

The Westbury Baptist Church Day Camps are recreation-oriented camps for children who want to have a great summer of playing, experiencing and making new friends. We strive to help children learn about themselves and God and to provide a safe environment for childcare needs. Camps are available for the winter, Spring Break and summer. Visit our website for details on dates and times.

Westbury Soccer Club – World Cup Soccer Camp

Est. 1978
Ages: 5-14
Co-ed • Day camp
Bayland Park, 6400 Bissonnet St., Houston, Texas 77074 (map)
Camp Directors: Bryan Lewis

Westbury Soccer Club is a premier youth soccer club and the oldest in Houston. We build well-rounded players, focusing on the development of the individual as a student-athlete and as a citizen, promoting teamwork, commitment and sportsmanship. Don’t miss your opportunity to train and play with World Cup players at our summer camps. Dates TBD. Spots are limited. 

Xplorations Summer Camp at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Est. 1987
Ages: 6-12
Co-ed • Day camp
5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030 (map)
713-639-4625 • xplorations@hmns.orgwww.hmns.org/summer-camp 
Camp Director: Scott Stevenson

A summer of education and adventure awaits your child at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Xplorations Summer Camps at the Houston Museum of Natural Science are week-long, hands-on science summer camps featuring science activities for children ages 6-12. Xplorations Summer Camps will be held at the main Houston Museum of Natural Science location and at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land. The 2018 selection of action-packed science summer includes camps featuring chemistry, outer space, robotics, physics, social studies, dinosaurs and many other topics, all supported by our world class exhibits. 

YMCA Camp Cullen

Est. 1975
Ages: 7-17
Co-ed • Overnight camp (also, family camps and corporate events)
460 Cullen Loop, Trinity, Texas 75862 (map)
936-594-2274 • kelly.reffett@ymcahouston.orgwww.ymcacampcullen.org 
Camp Director: Andrew Hood

Located along the shores of Lake Livingston, YMCA Camp Cullen offers campers the experience of a lifetime. Campers take part in a wide range of activities including water sports, horseback riding, a ropes course, nature exploration, drama and so much more. In addition to the many fun activities available, sleep-away camps teach the character values of the YMCA, caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith, to hundreds of children each summer.

Yorkshire Academy Summer Program

Est. 1984
Ages: 24 months-6th grade
Co-ed • Day camp
14120 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079 (map)
281-531-6088 • darnell@yorkshireacademy.comwww.yorkshireacademy.com
Camp Director: Lori Darnell

Yorkshire Academy offers “one stop” summer camp shopping for ages 24 months-6th grade from June 4-July 27. Yorkshire’s weekly camps include academics, over 50 enrichment programs, theme-based options for our little ones and full-time care. The unique element of its program is flexibility: camps are offered for half day, full day, and full-time care.  In addition, a student can enroll in an academic camp in the morning and an enrichment camp such as chess, yoga or engineering in the afternoon or vice versa.  This is a community-wide program that attracts campers from beyond just West Houston and Katy.

Young Farmer’s and Chef’s Camp at UTHealth School of Public Health

Est. 2016
Ages: 7-12
Co-ed • Day camp
1200 Pressler, Houston, Texas 77030 (Texas Medical Center) (map)        
713-560-0617 • laura.s.moore@uth.tmc.edu
Camp Director: Laura S. Moore, M.Ed, RDN, LD
Our mission is to educate children about nutrition using a food-first education model. Activities in our Holistic garden and Nourish kitchen allow campers to learn where food comes from and how to make healthy food taste delicious.