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

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. 

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.

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!

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!

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 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.

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!

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.