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10 Great Summer Camps in Bastrop

Posted by Sharon Rosshirt on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 11:38am.

1. Earth Native Wilderness School Overnight Camps

Give your child the ultimate adventure this summer with the Wilderness Skills overnight camp! Guided by expert outdoor instructors, your child will learn some awe-inspiring outdoor survival skills and gain a new way to connect to the natural world. Wilderness skills are a great way to help your child build confidence in the outdoors all while increasing their overall self-confidence.

The kids will learn to build their own shelters, to source materials from the landscape to aid in their quest for greater self-reliance, and how to use problem-solving to create and use tools gathered from the landscape, all while increasing their connection to the world around them.
Earth Native Wilderness School also offers a variety of nature & survival classes for children and adults at their Bastrop campus, located at 137 Woodview Lane. 

More info about Earth Native Wilderness School here.

2. Bastrop Police Department Junior Police Academy

The Bastrop Police Department is hosting a FREE Junior Police Academy summer camp in partnership with Bastrop ISD for ages 7-10 on July 10th-14th, 8:30am-4:00 pm and for ages 11-14 on July 17th-21st, 8:30am-4:00 pm.

More info about the Junior Police Academy here.

3. Bastrop YMCA Theme Camps

Bastrop YMCA Theme Camps will be held at the Bastrop Church of Christ, located at 287 FM 20 in Bastrop, for campers ages 5-12. Camp operates from June 5th-Aug. 18th, 7:30 am - 6 pm daily. Campers will enjoy organized games, arts and craft projects, exciting field trips, and swimming at the Bastrop State Park. 
Camp Fees: $110/week for YMCA members & $135/week for nonmembers. The week of July 4th, camp fees are $89/week for YMCA members & $109 for nonmembers. Financial assistance is available. A non-refundable deposit of $15/week/child is required at the time of registration. 

  • June 5-9: Time Traveler
  • June 12-16: Superheroes
  • June 19-23: Island in the Sun
  • June 26-30: Artrageous
  • July 3-7: Sharks n Minnows (includes swim lessons); no camp on July 4th
  • July 10-14: Sharks n Minnows (includes swim lessons)
  • July 17-21: Show Stoppers
  • July 24-28: Olympiad
  • July 31-Aug 4: Science Spectacular
  • Aug 7-11: Let it Grow
  • Aug 14-18: Call of the Wild
More info about YMCA Theme Camps here. Register for camps online here.

4. Boneshaker Summer Camp

Boneshaker Summer Camp is a summer surf camp at NLand Surf Park plus bike riding, fitness activities, Xtreme sports, yoga, and more! Prove you have what it takes to be a Waveshaker (camper) this summer by attending a 5-day camp at NLand Surf Park. For kids ages 8-14. There are three sessions: June 19-23, July 17-21, and August 14-18. Camps are from 9 am until 4 pm daily. Waveshaker spots are limited, with only 21 spots per week available on a first come, first-serve basis.
  • Waveshaker - $545, includes 2 snacks, lunch, Boneshaker/NLand t-shirt, unlimited sunscreen, and 1 five-day session: June 19-23, July 17-21, or August 14-18
  • Mighty Waveshaker - $595, includes everything in the Waveshaker Package plus transportation to and from the camp, breakfast, and a Boneshaker camp water bottle and cap
  • Serious Waveshaker - $1,635, includes all 3 sessions plus everything included in the Mighty Waveshaker Package
More info about Boneshaker Summer Camp here.

5. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County will be hosting summer camps for kids ages 6-18 at the clubhouse (behind Schulman Theater) June 5th-Aug 11th, 8:30am-5:30 pm. Each week, there will be themed activities that highlight sports, crafts, and healthy life skills. Please bring a lunch for your child. 

Camp fees: $20-$40/week, on a sliding scale, with a maximum of $105/family/week. To register, there is a $5 weekly deposit required, and you will need to fill out club membership and summer camp applications.

More info about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County Summer Camps here.

6. Buckaroo Day Camp

Buckaroo Day Camp is a fun summer camp for school-aged children with cowboy style activities and games, as well as a snack and lunch. Join the fun June 19th-21st from 9:00am-12:30 pm at the Colorado River Cowboy Church, located at 5122 Hwy 71 E in Smithville. Admission is FREE!

More info about Buckaroo Day Camp here

7. Camp Sunflower

Camp Sunflower is an arts and science-based camp for preschool and school aged children located at 13525 Klaus Lane in Elgin. Their permaculture inspired 10-acre homestead includes a straw bale house, vegetable garden, beehives, playscape, herb spiral, and a fruit orchard with free range chickens. The rest of the property is dedicated to preserving the land as a natural habitat, with hiking trails to observe and explore nature. Each day includes a take-home art project, science experimentation, sensory play, movement, and plenty of time in the sunshine.

  • Session I - June 5th-9th, 8:30am-12:30pm; ages 3-7; $150
  • Session II - June 12th-16th; 8:30am-12:30pm; ages 3-5 and 7-9; $150

More info about Camp Sunflower here.

8. Camp Wilderness Ridge

Camp Wilderness Ridge is an independent, non-denominational Christian summer camp and retreat center located in the heart of the Lost Pines of Central Texas. Camp Wilderness Ridge offers overnight Woodsman Camps for boys ages 7-13 as well as overnight Ranger Challenge Camps for boys ages 13-17. View the promo video on YouTube here.

Woodsman Camps are specially designed to provide an outrageously active day in a safe and encouraging environment while connecting with God. Each day includes a variety of adventurous activities, vigorous games, and Bible stories/studies, all while exploring and enjoying the wilderness. 

Ranger Challenge Camps are everything your son loves about Summer Camp and more! They challenge boys ages 13-17 to step up and learn to be REAL men. The name of the game is ADVENTURE, with 2 nights of primitive camping and a kayaking trip on the Brazos River. Special emphasis is on mastering outdoors skills and the Iron Cabin Challenge!

More info about Camp Wilderness Ridge summer camps here.



9. McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Nestled along the Colorado River and the Lost Pines, your child can discover the wonders of the outdoors in a safe, fun and educational day camp setting. LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park has 1,100 acres of pine forests, box canyons and post oak meadows to explore. Campers explore new areas each week. They investigate ponds, meadows, forests and the Colorado River using binoculars, insect nets, dip nets and more. View the promo video on YouTube here.

Camp Tonkawa is for ages 5-6, costs $225 per week, and runs from 9 am until 4 pm daily. Tonkawa campers will have the opportunity to swim at Bastrop State Park, climb the rock wall, and participate in a camp-wide field day. In addition, there will be guided hikes, guest presentations, field studies, games and activities related to weekly camp themes.

  • June 19-23: Who Eats Whom?
  • June 26-30: Hooked!
  • July 10-14: Life Among Giants
  • July 17-21: Surviving in the Wild
  • July 24-28: Photo Safari
  • July 31-August 4: Stem-tastic
  • August 7-11: X Marks the Spot
  • August 14-18: Texas Powwow

Camp Comanche is for ages 7-8, and Camp Caddo is for ages 9-12. Both camps are $225 per week and run from 9 am until 4 pm. Comanche and Caddo campers will have the opportunity to swim at Bastrop State Park, experience select high elements on the challenge course, and raft the Colorado River or Lake Bastrop. In addition, there will be guided hikes, guest presentations, field studies, games and activities related to weekly camp themes.

  • June 19-23: Hungry Games
  • June 26-30: Cast Away
  • July 10-14: Life Among Giants
  • July 17-21: Lost in the Woods
  • July 24-28: Wild About Film
  • July 31-August 4: Physics Rule the World
  • August 7-11: X Marks the Spot
  • August 14-18: Texas Powwow

Teen Adventure Camps are for ages 13-15, cost $225 per week, and run from 9 am until 4 pm. Teens embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure while learning the skills of a naturalist and outdoor leader. In addition to the weekly theme activities, teen campers will experience the thrill of high elements on the challenge course, including an exciting zip line, take a river trip, and work within a group to plan and execute an outdoor adventure.

  • June 19-23: Aquatic Adventures
  • June 26-30: Survival Quest

More info about McKinney Roughs summer camps here.


10. Sherwood Forest Summer Camps

Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the rare opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. All hands-on activities take place in a 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life. Campers will work with their hands to create useful tools and learn skills that were essential to daily living in the medieval era. The curriculum includes archery, swordplay, theater, magic, blacksmithing, leather falconry, pottery, herbal lore, costuming, soap making, candle making, knighthood, and more! View the promo video on YouTube here.

Camps lasts 6 days per session and cost $795/person. Campers have the option of sleeping in Sherwood Castle or in one of the Merry Folks' Pavilions. Youth summer camps are for ages 7-15, but there are also apprenticeships for ages 15-17, Counselor in Training (CIT) positions for ages 16-17, and grown up camps for ages 21 and up.

  • Session I - July 9-15
  • Session II - July 16-22
  • Session III - July 23-29

More info about Sherwood Forest Summer Camps here.


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