Summer is undoubtedly a wonderful time of year, and it’s most delightful for kids. Going to camp is an experience for every kid and a great opportunity to make new friends, memories, and weird little crafts to take home and show off. Summer camp is also a great chance for today’s youth to learn not just social skills but also physical skills (rope climbing is a distinct summer memory). These camps across the Natural State are a great option for the upcoming season.
19. High Point: This camp is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas at 548 Brookhill Road. The camp dates run from June 15-20 and June 22-27. The age requirement for this camp is 15-19 years old. The cost is $350 with a $175 registration fee.
High Point aims to train the next generation of leaders. Along with enjoying games and activities, campers will have time for personal meditation and quiet time along with opportunities for spiritual worship and small group interaction.
18. Camp Aldersgate: This camp is located at 2000 Aldersgate Road in Little Rock. The camp dates run from June 7-July 31 The age groups for this camp vary as well as the camp's cost. Tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities are available.
Camp Aldersgate’s summer medical camps provide a traditional residential camp experience for children challenged by medical conditions or disabilities. The season consists of five “MedCamp” sessions dedicated to children with specific conditions or disabilities, as well as two “Kota Camp” sessions that provide an inclusive camping environment for children with and without disabilities.
17. Henderson State University Band Camp: This camp is located on the Henderson campus in Arkadelphia at the Russell Fine Arts Center and runs from June 23-27. The ages for this camp vary. The camp's cost is $325 for those enrolled on-campus from June 24-28 and $190 for those enrolled off campus.
Students who have had from one to three years of school band experience are eligible for this summer program. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Henderson State University’s band camps.
16. Girl Scouts Counselor Camp: This camp is specifically located at Camp Cahinnio & Camp Crossed Arrows. The dates run from July 8-24 and from July 5-17. Ages for this camp are for rising high school juniors and students entering their senior year. The cost is $300.
This camp offers two programs. Counselor in Training 1 is a continuation of leadership development and outdoor skills. During their time at camp, CIT1s will shadow staff, lead activities, and visit two to three other camps. Counselor in Training 2 is a culmination for girls to apply their leadership development and outdoor skills to the world of resident camp.
15. Camp Solgohachia: Located at 4 Ozark Mountain Road in Solgohachia, Arkansas (north of Morrilton), the dates for this camp run from June 15-19 and from July 13-17. The ages for this camp vary from rising 4th graders to 9th grade students. The cost is $380 per camper.
This Christian camp offers worship along with an active week full of traditional camping activities including kayaking, crafts, hiking, archery, zip-lines and more. The camp takes place at the Ozark Conference Center.
14. Brookhill Ranch: Located at 431 Brooks Loop in Hot Springs, the dates for this camp are as follows: June 8-13, 15-20, 22-27; June 29-July 4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25; July 27-August 1. The age range for this camp is rising grades 4-10. The cost is $525.
This Christian summer camp is designed for kids to experience a little bit of country life. Campers stay active with traditional activities like crafts, fishing, horseback riding and archery. But there’s also a newspaper staff, cheerleading and water activities.
13. Boys Soccer Junior and Senior Academy Summer Residential Camp: Taking place on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway, the dates for this camp are July 12-16. The age range is from 10-14 years old. The cost is $400 (overnight) or $340 (commuter).
The Boys Junior Academy will feature local club and high school instructors. Current and former UCA players will help the staff coaches all week long. The Boys Senior Academy will feature a more intense and physically demanding week of instruction for the player looking to be evaluated and trained like a college soccer player.
12. Arkansas Football High School Camp: This camp takes place on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. The camp's dates run from June 14-16 and the age range is rising grades 9-12. The cost is $330 (overnight) or $280 (commuter).
Players work directly with the University of Arkansas coaching staff and lower division coaches to improve their overall football skills specific to each player’s position. There will be 7-on-7 games for the skill players and weight training and instruction for the lineman. Shoulder pads and helmet are required.
11. Camp Solgohachia Labor Day Family Camp: The dates for this end-of-summer, all ages family camp are from September 4-7. The cost is $220 per adult, $120 per child 6 and up, and $40 per child under 5.
Families can camp together during this last blast of summer. There are activities for every age including Sonshine Camp for children ages newborn to 5 years old. Each family stays in private lodging; space is limited to 20 families.
10. Camp Subiaco: Located at 405 North Subiaco Avenue in Subiaco, Arkansas, the dates for this boys' camp run from June 14-20 and from June 21-27 The age range is for boys from 9-13 years old. The cost is $525 and enrollees get a 10 percent sibling discount.
Boys enjoy a fun-filled week of go-carts, archery, boating, fishing, overnight camp-outs, swimming and more. The fee includes all meals and snacks and a camp T-shirt.
9. Ferncliff: Located at 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, the dates for this camp run from June 8-July 31. The age range is grades 1-12 and the cost varies from $70-$600.
Choose from about 20 themed overnight camps where kids can have fun and grow their faith. Activities include hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, large group games, crafts, large group worship, small group Bible study, games, campfires and special events.
8. Camp Tahkodah: Located at 5095 Camp Tahkodah Road in Floral, Arkansas, the dates for this camp run from June 7-12, June 14-26, June 28-July 10, July 12-24, and July 26-31. The age range is from 8-18 years old. The cost is $240 for 1-week camps or $420 for 2-week camps.
Owned and operated by Harding University, and located in the Ozark Mountains, Camp Tahkodah is about faith, fun and friendship. Campers enjoy daily outdoor Bible classes, horseback riding, swimming, softball, basketball, ping pong, tennis, hayrides, archery, volleyball, crafts, canoeing, fishing, picnics, hikes, Bible bees, talent nights, and other memorable experiences.
7. Honors Symposium at Harding Summer Academic Institute: The dates from this camp run from June 26 to August 31. The age group is for rising high school seniors and the cost is $795.
Honors Symposium is an experience where students grow spiritually and academically. This is accomplished by daily engagement with Harding professors and mentoring with some of Harding’s student counselors. Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete the Symposium. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant’s choice.
6. Ignite Your Passion Camps: This camp is located at Camp Cross Arrows & Camp Cahinnio and the dates are varying sessions from June 6-August 8. The age group for this camp ranges from rising grades 1-12 and the cost varies by session, ranging from $75-$700.
Dozens of overnight themed camps from three days to two weeks are hosted by the Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and are open to all girls (an extra fee applies to those not enrolled in the scouts). Campers will sing songs, build campfires, make s’mores, canoe, horseback ride, rock climb, develop leadership skills and more.
5. Media and Culture Program-Harding Summer Academic Institute: The dates for this camp on the Harding University campus are from June 22-July 6 and the age group is for rising high school seniors. The cost is $795.
Students enrolled in this program will study the power of media, examine cultural narratives, and help tell important stories as they learn more about their own story. Students will read, write, photograph, edit, record, document, interview and publish. Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete the program. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant’s choice.
4. Ozark Mission Project: This Conway, Arkansas-based camp has dates that range by grade. Middle school camps are from June 7-11, June 21-25 and July 12-16; high school camps run from June 7-13, June 14-20, June 21-27, and July 12-18. The age group ranges from grades 6-12. The cost is $215 for middle schoolers and $250 for high schoolers.
Ozark Mission Project is a nonprofit mission of the Arkansas Area United Methodist Church. The organization brings church youth groups to campsites around Arkansas where they engage with the surrounding communities and serve neighbors who need minor construction and yard work.
3. Summer Elite Multi-Day Camp-Harding Softball: This camp takes place at Burks Boulevard & Bison Lane (Harding University Softball Field) in Searcy. The dates run from June 22-24 and the age group ranges from grades 8-12. The cost is $325 for on-campus residents and $250 for commuters.
This camp focuses on both individual and team skill development for competitive players. Campers will receive skill instruction in all defensive position groups. Offensive skills taught include hitting, slapping, bunting, and base running. Campers will be also be divided into competitive teams and participate in games and/or scrimmages.
2. Arkansas 4-H Camps: Based out of Little Rock, the dates for this camp vary throughout the summer and the rest of the year. The age range for this camp is 5-19 years old to adult. The cost is $95-$625 depending on the camp.
The Arkansas 4-H Center hosts a variety of overnight camps year round. Activities are varied for a well-rounded experience, and ages and cost are dependent on the specific camp. Visit the website for a complete list of camps and activities.
1. Camp Ozark: Located in Mt. Ida, Arkansas, the camp sessions for girls and boys begin May 31 and run until August 8. Reservations for sessions fill up quickly. The age range is grade school through high school and the cost varies for 7-day camp, 14-day camp, and 21-day camp. Prices begin at $1,745 and include a deposit.
Originally called "Ozark Boys Camp," this popular camp in the Ouachita National Forest opened its gates in 1949. Since 1985, it has grown from 18 cabins to 80 and from serving 375 campers to over 5,000 each summer. Campers here enjoy waterslides, rock climbing, and positive social interaction amongst their age group.
School is almost out and it’s time to find something for the kids to do, so if you’re in the Natural State you should check out some options for an opportunity for your child to gain some skills during the summer!