Category: Camps

Sending Your Love to Camp

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You’ve hugged and kissed your children and confidently sent them off to camp. Next step, care packages!

As someone who has worked in the camp mailroom, I have seen the postal carriers and FedEx couriers drop off hundreds of packages to be delivered to hundreds of children having the time of their lives at camp.


‘The Hardest Job You Will Ever Love’

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Camp counselors learn life lessons while teaching children. (Courtesy photo)

A lot of hard work and training goes into making a great camp counselor, a role model who inspires children to become confident and have high expectations for themselves.

“Counselors spend their summer inspiring kids, using their imagination, and learning more about who they are and who they want to become, all while having fun in the process,” said Megan Mikaelian, special programs coordinator for Camp Lonehollow, northwest of San Antonio.


Wherefore Art Thou Camps Close to Home

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Dallas Arboretum summer camps allow children to explore nature, art, and science right in Dallas’ backyard. (Courtesy photo)

To go to summer camp or not to go to camp? If that’s not your question, maybe this is: To leave town for summer camp or not to leave town? Such organizations as Shakespeare Dallas, the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas Arboretum, and Club SciKidz offer camp opportunities not far from home. Campers can explore acting, science, and other subjects. Here are a few of the opportunities available. Check camp sponsor websites for more.


Area Colleges Offer Camps

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SMU swim camp starts in June. (Courtesy photo)

The learning doesn’t have to stop when schools close for summer break.

Colleges and universities, including many in North Texas, continue the education and fun with camps covering a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic topics.

In this month’s paper check out some of the opportunities available at SMU, the University of Dallas, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Texas at Dallas.


Summer Camping on Camera

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Play by Play campers spend time on both sides of the camera. (Courtesy photo)

In 17 years of organizing sports broadcasting camps, Jeremy Treatman and Steven Goldstein have noticed something about those who attend: The children love talking sports.

That’s a great head start on a career in the business, if the campers are interested.

“The kids who come to our camp are sports fanatics,” Goldstein said. “They know every player, every team, every stat. What we do is we take that knowledge … and we put them on camera and teach them all aspects of sports broadcasting.”


24 Students Finish Camp 43

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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

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(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

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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

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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.