Category: Camps

24 Students Finish Camp 43


Twenty-four students participated in the fourth Camp 43. (Photo courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

Twenty-four high school students from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond spent three days of their summer break studying leadership at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU.

It was the fourth year for Camp43: Leader of One, Leader of Many.

“Understanding the concepts of personal values, principle-based decision making, leadership, and planning for the future are critical for a young person’s success, both professionally and personally,” said retired Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, director of the Bush Library. “It was great fun to watch these students actively engaged in lessons and discussions, and then experience that lightbulb moment.”

Hill Country Camps

(Courtesy Camp Longhorn and Camp Lonehollow)

The rugged landscape of the Texas Hill Country offers a great escape for campers looking to get out of town without going too far away.

Get Thee To Camp Shakespeare

Campers will learn stage fighting, acting, auditioning, and other skills. Sessions end with Shakespeare performances. (Courtesy Shakespeare Dallas)

Not every child wants to spend summer break studying the works of William Shakespeare. But those who do often surprise Julie Osborne-Watts.

“Shockingly, [it is] a lot of different kids,” said Osborne-Watts, education and outreach manager for Shakespeare Dallas, which draws youths ages 2-12 from varied backgrounds and interests to participate each year in its Camp Shakespeare program.

Since 2015, the program has used some of The Bard’s most famous plays to teach theater arts to students. About 50 students are expected to attend this year’s pair of day-camp sessions, scheduled June 19-30 and July 10-14 at the Covenant School of Dallas.

Specialty Camps


Spend one, two, or three weeks in East Texas filled with friendly competition and all the activities a kid could ask for. Learn the ins and outs of sports broadcasting. And for children and teens dreaming of the big screen, take the first steps in starting an acting or filmmaking career. These are just a few unique camp ideas to help your camper’s summer extra special.

YMCA Camps


YMCA summer camps are all about fun and discovery. Kids and teens can explore nature, try new activities, and meet new friends at three properties in the DFW area. The Y offers outdoor onsite camps ranging from a few days to a few weeks, with day or overnight options. Campers have the chance to unplug from technology and forge meaningful memories with days full of outdoor activities.

Area School Camps


Dallas area schools don’t close their doors when classes end. In fact, their doors are wide open and ready for a summer of fun with little ones as young as three years old, and kids all the way up to high school seniors.

Art, sports, and adventure camps are among the most popular options. The studious can also get a head start with courses for school credit during the summer. Here is a quick guide to a few area schools ready to make your child’s summer exciting.

Student leader hones skills at Camp 43

At Camp 43, teens take personality tests, study leadership and meet potential mentors from government and industry. (Courtesy Bobbi Gruner)

Hannah Wimberly, 17, likes to take charge at two high school campuses, so attending a camp focused on leadership seemed like the logical thing to do.

The senior takes her classes at Jack E. Singley Academy and serves as Junior ROTC logistics officer for the Cardinal Battalion at MacArthur High School in Irving.

Last year, she attended Camp 43: Leader of One, Leader of Many at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU. She recently answered questions about her experiences at that camp.

Why did you decide to apply?

I decided to apply because I have always had a proclivity for leadership. I wanted to learn more about the art thereof. I am known for habitually taking charge in most situations presented to me. I wanted to improve my efficiency and capabilities. My AP U.S. History teacher is a docent at the Bush Library, and told me, and my class about Camp 43. He thought I would greatly benefit from the knowledge gleaned during my attendance. I also love history so getting to spend three days in a museum fascinated, and excited me.

Camp 43 Focuses on Leadership

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Teens roleplay a national crisis simulation during Camp 43.

Don’t count on meeting George W. Bush during Camp 43. Don’t count it out either.

The former president puts the free day camp for older teens on his schedule and likes to surprise participants if it works out, Sharon Brannon, education specialist for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, said.

While there’s no guarantee of a presidential encounter, camp participants can count on meeting government and industry leaders, working on leadership skills, and role-playing top decision makers during a national crisis simulation, she said.

“We want to help create informed citizens who are doing more and may evolve into government officials we can put our trust in,” Brannon said.

Explore Camps Close to Home

Club SciKidz sponsors multiple science-focused camps. (Photo courtesy Club SciKidz)

Sometimes camp is about getting away for the summer — but sometimes it’s just as great to stay close to home. If you have a little scientist, engineer, or adventurer on your hands and you’re looking for a camp that doesn’t require leaving the city, Dallas has plenty of answers. Club SciKidz is a one-stop shop for all things science, offering a variety of camps that show how science works in the real world through fun-filled experiments and activities. For the tech-savvy or robot-obsessed, UT Dallas offers computer programming and coding camps for students K-12. For animal lovers, summer camps at the Dallas Zoo give students the chance to explore their wild side with furry friends in the animal kingdom.