2016 Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in East Texas


2016 Summer Camp Guide (1)

Here you will find a thorough list of day camps and overnight camps, camps for preschoolers and camps for high schoolers, camps for girls and camps for boys.  We have worked hard to find camps that fit all different needs and many different budgets. We hope that this guide will help you plan a fun, full and stress-free summer!

Please Note :: Before we dive into our camp list, we have to start by giving our sincerest thank you to ALL of our camp sponsors who made this guide possible. Remember when you sign your kiddos up for one of their camps – let them know that we sent you!

Are you a camp director interested in getting your camp included in this listing?
Contact Beth:  beth {at} easttexasmomsblog {dot} com to find out more!



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Lights, camera, action! Come join the excitement at ArtsView Children’s Theatre this summer where ‘acting UP is always fun!‘  Camps and mini camps available June through mid August. From pirates & pixies to Willy Wonka to a young teen production…there’s something for everyone! Check out our website, register, and come be a part of a show!
Location: Longview, TX

BlogAd-01Sky Ranch

As one of America’s leading summer camp experiences, Sky Ranch offers children and families a life-transforming adventure and a fun, safe, Christ-centered environment in which to learn, explore, and grow. Now holding facilities in three states – Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma, Sky Ranch serves over 63,000 individuals every year! In following our foundation of excellence, Sky Ranch strives to provide ministry opportunities for the whole family. From children’s summer programs, SkyMoms ministry to mothers, family camps, school programs, retreat services, and more, Sky Ranch desires to be instrumental in the development of your family and the body of Christ as a whole.

Weekly sessions of summer camp for children entering into 1-10 grades start May 29, 2016. And if your child is not quite ready for overnight camp, check out Launch Camp- our day camp experience in the DFW area!  Register Now for the best week of your child’s summer!

Location: Van, TX

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Camp Tyler UNLEASHED! is a unique summer camp experience that blends the traditions of Camp Tyler and the wild and crazy fun of summer camp.  UNLEASHED!  offers low camper to counselor ratios, experienced and certified specialty staff, and tons of activities from dawn til dark. Students entering 6th grade who attend this camp will leave ready to tackle the challenges of middle school!
Location: Tyler, TX

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Set amidst the rolling hills and tall pines, on a private lake just north of Marshall, Texas, Camp Fern is a residential summer camp for children ages 6 to 17.  Founded on Christian beliefs with a respect for all faiths, Camp Fern embraces God’s gifts and values the importance of putting our faith into practice on a daily basis.  A small camp, Fern values personal relationships with each camper and camper family.  We love to see our campers grow emotionally, socially and spiritually and to see them gain in self-confidence and independence.  There is too much to do to ever get bored with over 50 activities offered, specializing in all waterfront sports (swimming, canoeing, sailing, blobbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, water skiing, knee boarding, wake boarding, wake skating, ski bobbing), English horseback riding for beginners to advanced riders, low and high element challenge course and outdoor living skills (cooking, orienteering, lashing, plant and tree identification, shelter building, etc).  Other activities include archery, riflery, trampoline, fishing, weight lifting, tennis, team sports, gaga ball, arts and crafts (leatherwork, clay and potter’s wheel, painting, glass bead making, tie dying), drama, dance, fun, fun and more fun!

Location:  Marshall, TX

Website: www.campfern.com

What’s Offered: CoEd Session (One week session), Girls Sessions (2- two week sessions, 1-four week session), Boys Sessions (2-two week sessions, 1-four week session)

Rose City Summer CampsRose City Summer Camp

Did you ever think a school campus could be transformed into a super-fun, power-packed summer camp? As a part of The Mentoring Alliance, Rose City Summer Camp is ready to give your child a summer they will never forget!  We have teamed up with TISD and Pine Cove to create a summer camp experience that is not only fun and active, but will help your child to stay engaged academically and close that “summer gap” to ensure your child is ready for the next school year. Every day is filled with activities from sports, games, crafts, Bible studies, to club talks and more.  The best part of our program is the dedicated, godly staff mentors who are excited to invest in your child this summer along with the best teachers in Tyler.

Activities: Indoor/Outdoor Games & Sports, Singing, Dancing, Arts, Crafts, Math & Reading time, Bible study and much more!

Dates: June 13th – August 5th (8 weeks); Campers may register for 1 week or for all 8 weeks

Locations: 6/13-7/8 at Rice Elementary & Griffin Elementary; 7/11-8/5 at Douglas Elementary & Dixie Elementary

Transportation: TISD will be providing transportation to hosting schools.

Cost: $120/wk; – FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE(cost includes daily breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks)

Website: www.rosecitysummercamps.com


Summer Day Camp

The YMCA has 4 locations to serve your family Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. all summer for ages 5 years (must have attend public school) – 12 years.


YMCA of Tyler @ 225 S. Vine Ave,

Whitehouse Community YMCA @ 301 Terry St.

Y- Andy Woods Elementary @ 3131 Fry Ave

Y-Birdwell Elementary @ 2010 Talley Dr.

New STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum, field trips, swimming, sports, YMCA Camp Readers program, games, guest speakers and much more.

Call for more information 903-593-7327 or 903-839-9622.

Website: www.tylerymca.org

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KDF Dance and Gym offers many fun and educational camps!  Younger dancers can attend “Meet the Princesses” and “American Girl Doll” Dance Camp offered in June and July.  For older students KDF offers Leaps and Turns Clinic, where students spend their time improving tricks, leap and turns as well as technique and Ballet Boot Camp for an intense summer study of classical ballet.  Summer gymnastics camps are available for all ages.  Call (903)882-1533 or visit our website for more information.
Camps to be held at KDF Dance and Gym (formerly Keri’s Dance Factory)
Dates:  Summer camps held in June and July.  (Weekly classes begin August 1st.)
Location: Lindale, Tx

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APEC aka Accelerate Performance Enhancement Center offers training systems for all age levels and abilities. Whatever your sport or athletic goal is this summer, Team APEC will help you achieve it! Our summer program is 8 weeks long and runs June 6- July 30th. This summer Be the Best YOU!
Call the office at 903-939-2732 to sign up today (spots are limited).


Location: Tyler, TX


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Brick Ed is a new STEM learning and enrichment center in Tyler, Texas. Our programs and camps are largely based on Lego education models and curriculum. We have many classes during the school year, but also offer a wide variety of summer camps to interest your children. Please visit our website for more info and to find the right camps for your children!

Our website:: www.brickedtyler.com

Location:: Tyler

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This Summer iJump Tyler Trampoline and Ninja Course is opening its doors for the first time to summer campers! Our camp will consist of arts and crafts, games on and off trampolines and the ninja course.  Each camper will also enjoy receiving an iJump t-shirt and a pizza party on the last day of camp.  Registration forms are online at www.ijumptyler.com. Register today to be apart of the best summer camp in East Texas! Space is limited.

Dates: Mon-Thurs 9-12 am (June 13-July 28)
Cost: $95 plus tax

Ages: 5-12 (Separated by age group for activities)

TJC Summer Camps

We are Tyler Junior College Summer Camps. We offer high quality and affordable summer camps that stimulate students intellectually while creating life-long memories in a fun and safe environment. 



Check out this video for a closer look at what TJC Summer Camps has to offer!

 Discovery Science Place

Discovery Science Place offers 8 weeks of summer camps from June 13 through August 8. (No camps the week of July 5) Each week has a different educational theme and includes fun hands-on activities! Camps are divided into two age groups based on school grade, students who have completed K-3rd and 4th-6th. Camps are from 10am-4pm each day, but before and after care is available. Prices and registration can be found on the website, and Discovery Science Place members receive a discount!



Location: Tyler, Tx




    • Thank you for sharing! We have definitely reached out to these camps and would love to have them in our guide!

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