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2020 Summer Camp Directory

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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 contact individual summer camps for updates on any changes or cancellations related to summer 2020.

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]
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 Champions

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

Camp Champions has had a tradition of excellence since 1967. Fantastic activities and the best-trained counselors are a few of the reasons that Camp Champions is consistently ranked among the top camps in the country. Our passion is to help every camper grow into the Champion they are intended to be. Two and three-week sessions are offered where we create a loving community and encourage every camper to discover the best versions of themselves. Informational meetings in Houston scheduled for February and March. See for details.

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]
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. Online registration opens Feb. 14. We hope to see you this summer!

Camp MasterChef

Est. 2018
Ages: 8-16
Co-ed • Day/overnight
The Village School, 2005 Gentryside Dr., Houston, Texas 77077 (map)
754-301-8885 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Enric Onos

Camp MasterChef is an immersive culinary experience designed for kids and teens ages 8-16. It’s an unforgettable week full of cooking, learning, team challenges and fun! Campers sharpen their culinary skills under instruction from expert chefs. They also develop healthy lifestyle and personal-growth skills alongside training by our staff of culinary professionals and counselors. Our camp includes daily cooking lessons, meeting MasterChef contestants, team challenges, competitions, Master Classes and nightly theme parties.  

Camp Olympia

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

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. Summer 2020 at Camp Olympia will begin on June 28! Terms available through August 15.

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]
Camp Director: Frank Silberlicht

Since 1952, CYJ Texas has given thousands of Jewish children life-changing summers. We offer a fun, inclusive, challenging, action-packed, safe environment where campers can play, grow and make lifelong friendships. Camp activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, Maccabia (color war), singing and dancing, campfires and so much more! A love of Israel and Judaism is infused in everything we do, and we foster that love in our campers. We encourage all our kids to try new things and build new skills each summer. We offer a weekend taste of camp for entering first and second graders, 9-day mini sessions for entering second and third graders, and 3-week sessions for entering third-ninth graders.

Code Ninjas

Est. 2018
Ages: 7-14
Co-ed • Day camp
5709 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas 77057 (map)
832-777-3662 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Carma Abboushi

Transform your child's love for technology and video games into an exciting learning adventure this summer. Code Ninjas camps offer an immersive environment for children to explore and develop new problem-solving skills, gain confidence, have fun, and make new friends. Subjects include Robotics, JavaScript, Python, Minecraft Create, Roblox Create, Scratch, Web Design, App Development, and others. It's an unforgettable experience! Seats are limited.

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 • [email protected]
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. Join us this summer June 8-Aug. 7, 2020. (There is no camp the week of June 29.)

Global Quest Summer Camp

Est. 2018
Ages: 3-15
Co-ed • Day camp
2203 N. Westgreen Blvd., Katy, Texas 77449 (map)
713-290-9025 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Admissions Department

Global Quest Summer Camp is the summer camp experience hosted by the British International School of Houston (BIS Houston) open to all children ages 3-15. Global Quest brings all of the best elements of BIS Houston’s globally respected curricula to enrich your child’s summer and turn it into an engaging adventure. The camp is set in the vibrant, award-winning BIS Houston campus and features activities in performing arts, physical education, STEAM, and more.

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 • [email protected]
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 • [email protected]
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 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]
Camp Director: Sarah Sheppard

Join us this summer to experience team-building fun at Incarnate Word Academy! We offer a volleyball camp and a dance camp to help middle school students develop leadership skills, practice athletic fundamentals, and connect with other students.  

iSpy Summer Camp at St. Mark

Est. 2008
Ages: 4-11
Co-ed • Day camp
1515 Hillendahl Blvd., Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-468-2623• [email protected]
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!

J Camps

Est. 1960
Ages: 3-16
Co-ed • Day camp
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-551-7208 • [email protected] 
Camp Director: Stefani Rozen

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.

JumpBunch Camp

Est. 2003
Ages: 3-5
Co-ed • Day camp
5501 Main St., Houston, Texas 77004 (map)
713-894-7477 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Cindy Taylor

JumpBunch has over 50 games, and our camp will be filled with them! Each day your child will enjoy several sports and fitness activities that are the perfect size and challenge for preschool campers. Each child will have their own piece of equipment for each game, staying engaged and active all day. In addition to fun and unique games, the camp day will also consist of arts and crafts, active outdoor playtime, music and more!

Kidz Building

Est. 2019
Ages: 6-12
Co-ed • Day camp
1900 Kane St., Houston, Texas 77007 (map)
713-382-9301 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Sheryl Tucker de Vazquez

Our mission is to foster the next generation of design disruptors. Each day, campers are issued design challenges that teach and reinforce basic physics, geometry, structural engineering and spatial principles while connecting these concepts to campers’ imaginative thinking to solve design problems of today and tomorrow. Campers will leave with a new curiosity about the way the world works and a design process to take on its design problems.

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 • [email protected] 
Camp Director: Sgt.Maj. Gary Bass

Unplug your son this summer! Make the most of his summer, and enroll him in our 4-week camp. Ages 11-18 (campers grouped by age). At MMA Summer Camp, he’ll be in constant motion. Every day, he'll participate in challenging, exciting outdoor activities that build discipline, teamwork and confidence. As he has fun, he’ll also learn how to focus, problem solve and overcome his fears. No other camp will strengthen his body and mind like MMA Camp!

Sea Star Base Galveston Summer Camp

Est. 2014
Ages: 8-17 (day), 11-17 (overnight)
Co-ed • Day camp
7509 Broadway St., Galveston, Texas 77554 (map)
409-572-2560 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Glenn Urbach

Sea Star Base Galveston is a non-profit organization, providing outstanding marine and aquatic programs where youth can learn teamwork and leadership skills, self-reliance and confidence, maritime career pathways and independence of mind, body, and spirit. Summer Camp activities include sailing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and intro to SCUBA. Campers learn S.T.E.M concepts on our 111-foot floating classroom – the Baysmart Express, water safety skills and oceanography, all while exploring Offatts Bayou and Galveston Bay. SSBG also offers youth sailing camps, as well as boater safety, sailing, fishing and swimming classes.

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 • [email protected]
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, July 27-30, 2020. This summer we are going virtual! Sign up for Virtual Vacation Bible School by May 31 at

The Stewart Center Therapy Groups

Est. 2015
Ages: 3-high school
Co-ed • Day camp
1830 Kersten Drive, Houston, Texas 77043 (map)
713-973-1842 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Dr. Natalie Montfort

The mission of The Stewart Center is to provide a full range of therapeutic services and high-quality, comprehensive assessment to families in the Houston community and to be a center for identification and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. This summer, we will be offering fun and exciting therapy groups to ensure that your students don’t lose the skills they learned throughout the school year. Offerings include Lego Group, PAWS (Partnering Animals with Success), Social Skills Groups, and more! Give us a call to learn more about summer at The Stewart Center.

Summer ASAP!

Est. 2017
Ages: 3-10
Co-ed • Day camp
10420 Hillcroft St., Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-551-8100, Ext. 2013 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Jarrett Ward

At Westbury Christian School, summer is fun – and educational. The 10-week Summer ASAP! camp is much more than just daily child care. Campers ages 3-10 have fun making friends and participating in hands-on sports, STEM, social studies and theater arts activities presented by certified teachers. They also take part in a summer-long Vacation Bible School, enjoy age-appropriate swimming/water play, see some popular local attractions, and welcome special guests to campus for show-and-tell.

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]
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.

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]
Camp Director: Scott Stevenson

A summer of education and adventure awaits your child at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Week-long, hands-on science summer camps feature science activities for children ages 6-12. HMNS Summer Camps are held at the main Houston Museum of Natural Science location and at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land. The action-packed 2020 summer lineup includes camps featuring chemistry, outer space, robotics, physics, social studies, dinosaurs and many other topics, all supported by our world class exhibits.

Est. 2009
Ages: 4th -12th graders
Co-ed • Day camp
4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007 (map)
281-864-6348 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Deanna Woodlief

Our extensive summer offerings provide an array of academic, enrichment, athletic, and credit recovery (high school only) camps for elementary, middle school, and high school 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!

Uptown Dance Summer Camps

Est. 1999
Ages: 3 and up
Co-ed • Day camp
7417 Shadyvilla Lane, Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-686-0334 • [email protected]
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 in order to bring them to their full potential as dancers, foster a lifelong love and appreciation of dance, and provide a quality performance experience that will instill confidence and poise. This summer we offer a wide variety of programming: Dance Intensives for intermediate and advanced dancers June 1-20 and July 13-August 1 and Children’s Dance Camps for ages 3-9, dates TBD. Please visit our website for details.

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]
Camp Director: Loui Dobin

Summer 2020 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!

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 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Jennifer Dennis

Super Summer Stuff is a high energy summer day camp at West U Baptist. 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 builds basic skills. Friendships are made, learning is encouraged, and we have a ton of fun! Join us for Super Summer Stuff Day Camp from June 8-July 24 (closed June 29-July 3).

YMCA Camp Cullen

Est. 1974
Ages: 7-17
Co-ed • Overnight camp (also, family camps and corporate events)
460 Cullen Loop, Trinity, Texas 75862 (map)
936-594-2274 • [email protected] 
Camp Director: Andrew Hood

Nestled among the tall pines along the shores of Lake Livingston lies one of the premier camps in Texas. At YMCA Camp Cullen, located just north of Houston, youth and teens enjoy an experience of a lifetime. Campers take part in a wide range of choice-based activities, including water sports, horseback riding, a high-adventure course, nature exploration, science, arts/drama and much more. Teen leadership camps are also offered. In addition to the fun and challenging activities, sleepaway camps teach the character values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith, all in a safe and supportive environment. Experience More. Achieve More. YMCA Camp Cullen.

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 • [email protected]
Camp Director: Lori Darnell

Yorkshire Academy offers “one stop” summer camp shopping for ages 24 months-6th grade from June 1-July 17. 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.