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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While some kids spend the summer before their freshman year of high school away at camp, Matthew McCall spent his summer planning one.
McCall’s baseball camp, Matt’s Bats, gave around 20 kids the chance to play in the sun and enjoy baseball tips from professionals at the Johnny Oates Baseball Field at Mercy Street Sports Complex July 25.
The idea came when McCall, an incoming Highland Park High School freshman, was asked to host a children’s sports camp for Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, an organization that provides medical services, work training, and donations to West Dallas families in need.
McCall and his family had been volunteering for the organization about six months when assistant director Adair Neely suggested Matt host a basketball or soccer camp. McCall instead proposed a baseball camp, a sport he has played for five years.