2020 Summer Camp Directory
Special Advertising Section
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.
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.
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 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 www.campchampions.com for details.
Co-ed • Day/overnight
The Village School, 2005 Gentryside Dr., Houston, Texas 77077 (map)
754-301-8885 • [email protected] • www.campmasterchef.com
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.
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
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
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, 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.
Marine Military Academy Summer Camp Program
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] • www.summer-camp-mma.com
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!
URJ Greene Family Camp
Co-ed • Overnight camp
1192 Smith Lane, Bruceville, Texas 76630 (map)
254-859-5411 • [email protected] • www.greene.org
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!
YMCA Camp Cullen
Co-ed • Overnight camp (also, family camps and corporate events)
460 Cullen Loop, Trinity, Texas 75862 (map)
936-594-2274 • [email protected] • www.ymcacampcullen.org
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.