Summer Sleep-Away Camps That are Within Driving Distance
by Susan Neuhalfen
It’s time to start planning for summer and in addition to the family vacation, it may be time to start sending the kids to sleep-away camp. It could mean a little R&R for you and a little responsibility lesson for them. Here are some sleep away camps within driving distance that offer various adventures for your kids. All of these camps listed are co-ed and not sport or tech specific (though there are plenty of those, too).
Camp Champions – Marble Falls, TX
Character building camp for kids ages 6-18 on the shores of Lake LBJ. Over 30 activities available including archery, rock climbing, ropes and waterskiing.
Camp Cho-Yeah – Livingston, TX
Christian-based camp for kids ages 6-16. Activities include paint ball, zip lines, archery, riflery and wake boarding. 1-2 week camps available.
Camp Kiowa – Gainsville, TX
Camp that teaches about joy and integrity with lots of activities available for kids ages 6-17. Activities include swimming, culinary arts, paintball, marksmanship, Lego Mindstorms, survival skills, science, woodworking, horsemanship and more. Camps ranging from 1 week to 6 weeks available with discounts for siblings and friends.
Camp Lonehollow – Hunt, TX
Located in the Hill Country, Camp Lonehollow prides itself on teaching skill and character to kids ages 7-16. They have a 1-3 staff to camper ratio and 1, 2 and 4-week camps available. Over 70 different activities include baseball, archery, basketball, crafts, cooking, horseback riding, performing arts, sailing and more.
Camp Longhorn – Burnet, TX
Located on Inks Lake, this confidence building camp emphasizes participation instead of competition. Three separate camp areas with 2-3 week camps available. Activities include sailing, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding and more.
Lone Star Leadership Academy
For outstanding 4th-8th graders, participants travel to: Dallas/Fort Worth (4th-6th graders), Austin/San Antonio (5th-7th graders), Houston/Galveston (6th-8th graders)
Students visit significant Texas sites while having fun and developing leadership skills for a week. In order to participate, a student must maintain an overall average of 85 or higher and receive a recommendation from an educator. Interested applicants should print an application and take it to a teacher to add the recommendation. Deadlines are fast approaching and camps fill fast.
Pine Cove – Tyler, TX, Columbus, TX
A Christian-based camp for 2nd-12th grades that is located in both Tyler, TX and Columbus, TX. They also have Camp in the City, a day camp program held in area churches all over Texas as well as other states. Activities include paintball, wake boarding horseback riding, dancing, ropes courses and more.
Sky Ranch – Van, TX
Christian-based camp for Kindergarten through 9th graders. Many area schools visit this camp during the year and the kids love it. Activities include swimming, rappelling, horseback riding, zip lines, water slides and more.
Texas A&M University Sea Camp Adventures – Galveston, TX
This is a serious hands-on marine adventure camp where kids learn marine biology, marine science, coastal photography, vet-med, marine engineering and more. Overnight camps for ages 10-18 & day camps for ages 4-11. Though most camps are located in Galveston, there are also camps in the Hill Country and Costa Rica.
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