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Abilene summer camps now enrolling to keep kids entertained until August

By Mari Cockerell, mcockerell@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 05 2013 12:56:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 06 2013 08:50:29 AM CDT

We're one week into summer vacation and hopefully, your kids have yet to say the dreaded "b" word; "I'm bored!" If so, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see how many summer camps are being offered to keep your kiddos entertained.
 
A group of teens are behind the scenes at the Abilene Zoo getting ready for what will be a busy summer. "Zoo Teens", as they're called, are a big part of several summer camps available at the Zoo over the next three months. They'll spend this week in training and then take on the younger kids come Monday. "It's all about the animals; we get kids here who just love doing the animal stuff. They learn more about the Zoo, they get in some cases to go behind the scenes," said Joy Harsh, Education Curator for the Abilene Zoo.

Abilene Performing Arts Company is hosting summer camps that are sure to entertain the little ones, but also all the way to 12th grade with a full musical production. Director Lanie Westman says something like APAC can help bring some real growth this summer. "We've had several kids who were shy and are no longer shy; I've got several that are doing this camp again that did it last year, and then also were part of our musical theatre program this past year who were shy kids - not any more!"

Bigger centers, like the YMCA are summer camp institutions, hosting dozens of kids year after year. Child care coordinator Kathy Nasser says the key to a successful camp experience is variety. "We have a different theme for every week, we're doing a field trip every week, we're even going to have the food program here, we have swimming, I mean just keep 'em going," said Nasser.

Here's a list of the groups around town offering one, if not several different kinds of camps for summer 2013.

ABILENE BALLET THEATRE

Cinderellas's Enchanting Dance Camp

June 10-14 or July 8-12

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Ages 3 & 4

Cost is $100

Clara's Dreamy Dance Camp

June 10-14

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ages 5 & 6

Cost is $100

Coppellia's Magical Dance Camp

June 24-28

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ages 7 & 8

Cost is $100

Broadway Babies

June 24-28

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ages 5-8

Cost is $70

Camps for dancers age 9 and up also offered

www.abileneballettheatre.org

675-0303

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ABILENE BASEBALL ACADEMY

Baseball Camps

June 3-5 and June 10-12

Softball Camp

June 17-19

www.abilenebaseballacademy.com

abilenebaseballacademy@gmail.com

370-2159

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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

ACU Athletic Camps

• Baseball - Ages 7-18

• Basketball - Ages 5-18

• Football - Ages 7-18

• Soccer - Ages 7-18

• Softball - Ages 6-18

• Tennis - Ages 5-18

• Track - Grades 10-12

• Wildcats - Grades 2-5

• Volleyball - Grades 9-12

www.acusports.com

ACU Leadership Camps

Kadesh

Incoming 10th-12th graders

& college freshmen

Sessions: June 9-15, June 23-29 or July 7-13

MPulse

Incoming 7th-9th graders

Sessions June 16-21 or July 14-19

Learning To Lead

Incoming 4th-6th graders

Sessions: June 16-21 or July 14-19

Kidquest

Daycamp for incoming 1st -3rd graders

Sessions: June 24-28 or July 8-12

Cross Training

Incoming 8th graders-college freshmen

July 21-27

www.acucamps.com

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ABILENE ISD

Summer Technology Camps

Sessions: June 10-14 or June 17-21

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon or 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cost is $70 for each camp

Students Entering Grades 2-3

• Deserts: More than Cactus, Camels, and Coyotes

• Rockets, 3…2…1… Blast Off (Space Exploration)

• Time Travel: My Excellent Adventure

• Dinosaurs: We're Diggin' Dinos

Students Entering Grades 4-5

• Germs, Mold, and Other Gross Stuff

• WeDo Lego Robotics, Level 1

• WeDo Lego Robotics, Level 2

• Animation Creation

Students Entering Grades 6-9

• Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Level 1

• Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Level 2

• News Broadcast: Newsflash - Gooood Morning

Abilene!

• Rip-it, Build-it, Load it: Computer Autopsy and

First-Aid
www.abileneisd.org/summertechCamps

677-1444, ext 3867

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ABILENE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Summer camps offered for ages 3 years and older

www.abilenefamilykarate.com

518-2261

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ABILENE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

Kindermusik Camp

June 3-7

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Ages 1 - 3 ½ Years | Cost is $100

Pre-K Literature, Music & Creative Play Camp

June 10-14

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Ages 3 - 6 Years | Cost is $130

Pre-K Dance Camp

June 3-7, June 10-14 or June 17-21

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Ages 3 - 6 Years | Cost is $100

Hip Hop Dance Camp

June 3-7

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Completed K-2nd Grade | Cost is $100

Hip Hop Dance Camp

June 17-21

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Completed 3rd - 5th Grade | Cost is $100

Musical Theatre Camp

June 10-14

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Completed K-2nd Grade | Cost is $130

Dance Intensive Camp

Every Tues & Thurs, July 9 - August 1

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Completed 6th grade & older | Cost is $120

3 Week Musical Production Camp

July 1-19 & July 21

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Completed 3rd - 12th Grade | Cost is $350

www.APACstars.com

info@apacstars.com

437-2486

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ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer Reading Club

June 3 - July 27

Young Audience Performances

June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16

10:45 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. | Main Library Auditorium

School Age Programs

June 11, June 25, July 9, & July 23

3:00 p.m. | Main Library

See entire list of summer programing at

www.abilenetx.com/apl

676-6025

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ABILENE ZOO

Preschool

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

$75 members/$85 non-members

• Buggy Down: June 10-14 or July 22-26

• No Place Like Home: June 24-28 or August 5-9

• Night and Day: July 8-12

Entering Kindergarten and 1st

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$120 members/$140 non-members

• African Safari: June 10-14 or July 22-26

• Into the Woods: June 17-21 or August 12-16

• Fabulous Flyers: July 15-19

• Party Animal: August 19-23

Entering 2nd & 3rd Grade

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$120 members/$140 non-members

• Tiny Terrors: June 17-21 or July 29-August 2

• Chomp: June 24-28 or August 5-9

• Around the World: July 15-19

• Party Animal: August 19-23

Entering 4th & 5th Grade

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$120 members/$140 non-members

• Zoo School: July 8-12 or August 12-16

• Wildlife Detective: July 29-August 2

• Party Animal: August 19-23

Entering 6th & 7th Grade

July 1-3

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$75 members/$85 non-members

• Zoo Careers

www.abilenezoo.org

Joy Harsh

joy.harsh@abilenetx.com

676-6487

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ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

ATeens

6th - 8th Grade girls

Awesome activities Monday - Friday all summer

$20/week if registered before May 31, $25/week after

www.allianceforwomenandchildren.org/ateens

ateens@afwonline.org

677-532

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BUFFALO GAP HISTORIC VILLAGE

Ages 5-10

June 17-21

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Afterhours 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (add$10/hr)

Cost is $135 for members and military families

$150 non members

www.buffalogap.com | gsc@tfhcc.com

572-3365

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CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

ArtCamp: I Spy Cars & Trucks & Things that Move

June 3-7

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

& parade June 13th at 6:00p.m.

Cost is $125 non-member/ members free

ArtCamp: Junk Sculpture Junkies

June 24

10 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Ages 9-13

Cost is $100 non-member/ members free

Hair

July 15-19

Ages 8 and older

Cost is $125 non-member/ $25 member

Beginning Photography

July 22-26

10 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Ages 8 and older

Cost is $125 non-member/ $25 member

www.center-arts.com/education

bird@center-arts.com

677-8389

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CHORUS ABILENE

Lemonade!

For children finishing 1st-4th grades

August 5-9

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $100

Stage Song

For singers & actors finishing 5th-8th grades

August 5-9

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cost is $100

www.chorusabilene.net

info@ChorusAbilene.net

673-SING (7464)

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CITY OF ABILENE RECREATION

Camp Abilene Summer Playground

Monday-Friday

June 10-28, July 1-26 and July 29-August 16

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Ages 6 to 13

www.abilenetx.com/Recreation

676-6217

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COUGARS FOOTBALL CAMP

June 5 & 6

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Incoming K-8th Grade students

Cost is $20

Contact Cooper Athletic Office

691-1000 Ext. 3170

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DOMINATION PAINT BALL

Friday, June 7th, 5pm-8pm and Saturday, June 8th 9am - Noon
Ages 10 and up
Pre-register before May 31st - $89 per player, after May 31st - $99 per player
Includes: 1 box (2K) paintballs

325-690-1051

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FRONTIER TEXAS!

Wild West Summer Camp

June 3 & 4

9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon

Grades 1-3

Cost is $45 members/ $55 non-members

June 6 & 7

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Grades 4-6

Fee $55 members/ $65 non-members

www.frontiertexas.com

pam@frontiertexas.com

437-2800

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GRACE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS

Kindercamp

June 10-11

Incoming Kindergarteners

Cost is $40 members/ $55 non-members

Culinary Camp

June 17-21

Grades 3-5

$100 members/ $120 non-members

Sculpt It!

June 24-28

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Grades 1-6

$75 members/$95 non-members

Daring Drawings

July 8-12

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Grades 1-6

$75 members/$95 Non-Members

Girl's Night at the Museum

July 12-13

Grades 4-6

$45 members/$60 non-members

Rock It! Science Camp

July 15-19

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Grades 3-6

$80 members/$100 non-members

Kaleidoscope Art Camp

July 22-26

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Grades 1-6

$75 members/$95 non-members

Middle School Mania

July 22-26

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Grades 6-9

$75 members/$95 non-members

Poised, Polished and Pretty

July 29-31

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Grades 4-6

$45 members/$60 non-members

www.thegracemuseum.org

673-4587

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HARDIN SIMMONS UNIVERSITY

www.hsutx.edu/camps

Cowboy Basketball Skills Academy

June 2-6 (overnight)

Boys completed 5-12th grades

Cowboy Basketball Day Camp

July 15 -19

Boys ages 4 - 3rd grade

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Boys grades 4 - 8

8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Cowboy Basketball

Individual Instruction Academy

July 15 - 19

5:30-7:00 p.m. or 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Craig Carse

ccarse@hsutx.edu

670-1474

Cowgirl Basketball Day Camp

June 17-20

1st -6th grade girls

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Cost is $90

Cowgirl Basketball Overnight Camp

June 23-26 for 3rd-8th grade girls

June 26-29 for 6th-12th grade girls

Resident $280/ Commuter $200

Shanna Briggs

sbriggs@hsutx.edu

670-1468

Cowboy Football Camp

June 10-12

Grades 1-6

Cost is $75

1st Annual Big Country Football Combine

June 8 at 12:00 noon

Incoming grades 9-12

Cost is $25

Jeff Whitehead

jeff.whitehead@hsutx.edu

670-1547

Cowboy & Cowgirl Soccer Day Camp

June 24 - June 27

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Boys & girls, ages 5 - 13

Cost is $70

Cowboy & Cowgirl Soccer Overnight Camp

July 7- 10

Boys & girls, ages 8 to 18

Resident $330/Commuter $250

Marcus Wood

mwood@hsutx.edu

670-5834

HSU Swim Lessons

June 4-7 & 11-14

June 18-21 & 25-28

Corrie Reed

670-1470

HSU Tennis Camp

June 23-27 or June 30-July 4

Grades 7-12

Cost is $475

Shane Williford

swilliford@hsutx.edu

670-1446

HSU VolleyKids Camp

June 6-8

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Boys and girls, ages 5-10 years

Cost is $60

HSU Volleyball Skills Camp

June 6-8

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Players entering grades 5-8

Cost is $85

HSU Volleyball Advanced Camp

July 11-13 (overnight)

Players entering grades 7-12

Residents $275/Commuters $200

Sabrina Bingham

sbingham@hsutx.edu

All-State Choir Camp

June 23-27

Grades 9-12




Resident $325/Commuter $275

Clell Wright

choircamp@hsutx.edu

670-1415

Summer Music Festival Orchestra Camp

June 9-15

Grades 8-12

Resident $430/Commuter $280

Sarah Reason

asmf@hsutx.edu

671-2171

Piano Camp

June 23-27

Grades 8-12

Resident $390/Commuter $330

Lauren Puckett

lpuckett@hsutx.edu

670-1530

Threshold

Summer enrichment program for gifted learners

Half-day for grades K-5

Full-day for grades 6-10

July 8-12 and July 15-19

Cost is $95 for half-day program

$155 for full-day program

Mary Christopher, Ph.D.

threshold@hsutx.edu

671-2150

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KIDS HUB

at Fairway Oaks Country Club

open to members and non-members

June 3-June 28, July 1-July 26 and July 29-Aug 23

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$425/4 week session or $125/ week

Registration is April 30

at Fairway Oaks Country Club

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wendy Sherrod

kidshubprogram@gmail.com

325-455-5955

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MCMURRY UNIVERSITY

McM Baseball Camp

June 3-6

Ages 7-12

Cost is $80

John Byington

jbyington@mcm.edu

793-4651

McM Men's Basketball Camp

June 17-20 or July 29-August 1

Grades 7-12

Cost is $275 overnight/$250 commuter

Chris Beard

beard.chris@mcm.edu

793-4865

McM Women's Basketball Position Camp

June 23-26

Girls entering grades 6-12

Cost is $290 overnight/$205 commuter

McM Women's Basketball Day Camp

July 15-18

9 a.m.-12 noon

Girls entering grades 1-5
Cost is $75

McM Women's Basketball Elite Shoot Camp

July 19-20

6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Girls entering grades 6-12

Cost is $120 overnight/$90 commuter

www.mcmwomensbasketballcamps.com

Veronica Snow

snow.veronica@mcm.edu

793-4638

McM Lone Star Lineman Football Camp

June 20-21

Grades 9-12

Cost is $175 overnight/$125 commuter

www.lonestarlinemancamp.com

Mason Miller

miller.mason@mcm.edu

793-4642

McM Youth Soccer Camp

June 10-13

Boys & Girls, ages 7-12

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost is $70

www.mcmurrysoccercamps.com

Alan Riches

riches.alan@mcm.edu

793-4630

McM Advanced Men's Soccer

July 10-14

Grades 9-12

Cost is $350 overnight

McM Soccer Day Camp

July 29-August 1

Ages 7-13

Cost is $100

www.mcmurrywarhawkssoccer.com

Paul Tate

tate.paul@mcm.edu

370-8630

McM Tennis Camp

June 2-6, June 9-13 or June 16-20

Grades 6-12

Cost is $495 overnight/$425 commuter

www.mcmurrytenniscamps.com

Mark Hathorn

hathornm@mcm.edu

793-4657

McM Volleyball Camp

June 4-6

Ages 12-16

Cost is $90
Cammie Petree

petree.cammie@mcm.edu

793-4635

McM Percussion, Marching & Color Guard Camp

July 11-14

Grades 7-12

Tuition: $150

Room and Board: $100

McM Band Camp

July 14-19

Students entering 7th-12th grade

Tuition: $180 for Day Camp

Room and Board: $200

www.mcm.edu/bandcamp

porter.kelli@mcm.edu

Band Office 793-3837

McM Art Camp

June 24-28

Completed K-5th Grade

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Completed 6-12th Grade

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost - $150

McM Theatre Combat Camp

June 24-28

Completed K-5th Grade

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Completed 6-12th Grade

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cost - $135

McM Kid's Clay Intensive

August 6-16 Ages 10-16

Cost is $210

Melanie Long

mlong@mcm.edu

793-4888

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MINE BY DESIGN

• June 4-6 - Summer Fun

• June 18- 20 - Junk Food Jubilee

• July 9-11 - Christmas in July

• July 23-25 - What a HOOT

• August 6-8 - It's all Fun & Games

• August 13-15 - Back to School

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Ages 8 to 18

Cost for each camp is $145 plus tax

www.minebydesignpyop.com

698-7967

minebydesignpyop@yahoo.com

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NCCIL

(National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature)

Camp Caldecott, Jr.

June 17 - 21

For children entering grades K & 1

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost is $120

Camp Caldecott, Sr.

June 24 - 28

For children entering grades 2 - 3

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost is $120

Picasso-O-Rama Jr.

July 8 - 12

For children entering grades K & 1

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost is $120

Picasso-O-Rama Sr.

July 15 - July 19

For children entering grades 2 - 4

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost is $120

www.nccil.org

info@nccil.org

673-4586

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PATTY HARPER DANCE STUDIO

Summer Intensive

Ballet, Tap & Jazz

June 10-26

Ages 3 years - Adults

Beginning - Advanced dancers

August Ballet Session

Advanced Ballet Dancers

August 19-30

Full schedule available after May 1

www.pattyharperdance.com

mam731@aol.com

677-6442 or 672-7728

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PONY PAL STABLES

Day Camps

Ages 5-9

June 17-21 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
June 24-28 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
July 15-19 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
July 29-August 2 - 10:00 - 12:00
Cost is $125 per session

www.ponypalstables.com

mm@ponypalstables.com

518-7509

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ROSE PARK TENNIS CENTER

Weekly Summer Camp Sessions

All ages and skill levels
www.facebook.com/roseparktenniscenter

Or call 676-6292

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ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

CAMP EAGLE - "Space Academy"

June 17-21 and June 24-28

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost for one week is $175 and for two weeks is $350.

www.stjohnsabilene.org

Jill Flores

flores@stjohnsabilene.org

695-8870

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TEAM CHIP

Children's Martial Arts Summer Camps

676-2424

www.teamchiptkd.com

www.facebook.com/teamchiptkd

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WILLOW ART SCHOOL

See Through the Garden Workshops

June 3-6 or July 29-August 1

9:00 -11:30 a.m. for younger children

1:30 - 4:00 p.m. for older students

Cost is $150

iPhoneograpy Workshops

June 12&13 or August 6&7

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Ages 12 and older

Cost is $60

Nancy Capra

ncapra@abilene.com

www.willowartschool.com

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WYLIE HIGH SCHOOL FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

Camp Sew Fun!
June 3 & 4
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost is $65

Camp Yum Yum!
June 10 & 11

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost is $75

Camp Kool Kids
June 12

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost is $45

www.wylie.esc14.net.

Jill Harris or Dianne Field

690-1181 #2021

jharris@wylie.esc14.net

dfield@wylie.esc14.net

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WYLIE ISD

Art Camp

June 10-13

Morning or afternoon sessions

For students entering grades 1-6

Cost $130

Camp Imagination

June 17-20

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

For students entering grades 1- 5

Cost is $125

www.wylie.esc14.net.

Camp Invention

June 24-27

For students entering grades 1-6

Cost is $220

www.campinvention.org

Kim Cheek

kcheek@wylie.esc14.net

Wylie ISD also offers

Basketball, Baseball, Football,

Softball, Tennis and Volleyball camps

www.wylie.esc14.net


YMCA

For camp information go to

www.abileneymca.org