Summer Camp in Texas is On

Recent events threatened to put summer camp on hold for children all over the state, but there is some good news: summer camps are now allowed to open as long as they follow state guidelines for health and safety to limit the spread of COVID-19. Many camps pushed back their start dates so there is still time to register your child. Read on for a partial list of area day, overnight and virtual camps. Open camps are committed to keeping parents updated and will offer refunds or credit if circumstances change.

Day Camps

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Day and week-long camps June 1 – Aug. 10
Ages 6-12
$335 in-person, $60 virtual learners

In-person and virtual days of themed fun will keep kids busy all summer long. Topics for in-person camps range from the study of creepie crawlie critters to crime scene investigation. Virtual learners can study everything from paleontology to kitchen chemistry.

Dates and times vary
Grades Pre-K-9
$240 per camper

Art projects, rock climbing, scavenger hunts and more help children grow more independent, foster greater social skills, and create real-life positive relationships.

Boy Scouts of America

Overnight camps have been put on hold, but Boy Scouts will have opportunities to participate in Sports Day and a free virtual day camp.

Lazy Acres
Grades 1-8
Weekly camps begin June 1 and run through July 31
$75 per camper

With 20 acres to roam and nine themed day camps, this Bible-based camp provides a place for kids to learn, play, and grow. In addition to art, science and nature activities, children have opportunities to play outside, swim and fish.


Overnight Camps

Camp Olympia
Begins June 28
Ages 6-16
$3,750 per camper

A tradition for Texas children since 1968, this overnight camp features 45 fun-filled activities center on Lake Livingston in Trinity. Two-and three-week overnight camp sessions are offered, as well as a one-week camp for new campers age 6 to 9.


Virtual Camps

Camp Invention
Mon.- Fri., July 13-17
Grades K-6
$175 per camper

STEM concepts come to life for kids in the comfort of their own homes. Children will receive four unique, creative activity kits allowing them to collaborate with camp friends to take apart a robot, build parachutes and design solutions to real-world problems.


ID Tech
Begins June 1
Ages 7-19
Prices vary

The magic of camp including games, challenges, and legendary ID traditions can now be experienced in your family room. Camps include two hours of live instruction and peer collaboration plus two hours of self-paced project development per day. Kids learn to code via Java, Minecraft, Python and more.

UT Austin Online Animation Summer Camp
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 22-26
Ages 14-18

An introduction to the principles of 2D animation and motion graphics. Projects include Stop Motion, Frame Animation, Rotoscoping, and Kinetic Typography.


Images courtesy of Houston Moms Blog (Camp Olympia); The Kid’s Directory (Camp Invention).