Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for summer! We’ve curated the best Arkansas-area sleep-away camps, sports activities, art opportunities and more. Your kid will have the best. summer. ever.

Plan your child’s summer care, enrichment opportunities, and old-fashioned, outdoor fun with help from our ultimate guide to summer camps and classes in Little Rock and the state of Arkansas.

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ARTS

DESIGN

Fay Jones School Design Camp
FayJones.UArk.edu | 479-575-2399 | FayCamp@UArk.edu

Led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School, Design Camp shares design professions with students through hands-on projects, tours, presentations and discussions. Students work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS LOCATIONS

Little Rock Design Camp
Arkansas Studies Institute
401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 8-11
Cost: $375


Hot Springs Design Camp
Garvan Woodland Gardens
550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 6-11
Cost: $275 (garden members); $375

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS LOCATIONS

Fayetteville Design Camp
University of Arkansas
120 Vol Walker Hall, Fayetteville

Dates: June 8-12; 15-19
Completed grades: 8-11
Cost: $375; $675 (overnight)


Fayetteville Immersive Design Camp
University of Arkansas
120 Vol Walker Hall, Fayetteville

Dates: June 7-19, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 10-11
Cost: $1,620

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS LOCATION

Wilson Design Camp
The Delta School
5101 Hwy 61, Wilson

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 2-11
Cost: $375

SOUTH ARKANSAS LOCATION

El Dorado Design Camp
South Arkansas Arts Center
110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 6-11
Cost: $375


FILM

Movie Making Camp at Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604

Dates: July 27-31
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180

Campers will learn about movie fight choreography, practical effects and storyboarding. They will collaborate and create their own short films to show to their family and friends.


FINE ARTS

Junior Arts Academy at Arkansas Arts Center
2510 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
ArkansasArtsCenter.org | 501-372-4000 | Info@ArkansasArtsCenter.org

Dates: June 1-12
Ages: 6-9
Cost: $458 (AAC members); $572

Students learn about different artists, build both theater and visual arts techniques and vocabulary, make new friends and spend two weeks working toward "Play & Display," their final performance and art exhibition. Register online at ArkansasArtsCenter.org/JAA by May 24.


DANCE

Ballet Arkansas Summer Intensive
UA Little Rock Center for the Performing Arts 
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-223-5150

Dates: July 20-31
Ages: 10-21; 13 and up must have pointe experience.
Cost: Call for details. Learn more at https://www.balletarkansas.org/summer-intensive

The Summer Intensive focused on ballet/pointe, repertoire, contemporary, conditioning and provides a performance opportunity. The program is taught by guest instructors and Ballet Arkansas company dancers. Video audition required.


Ballet Arkansas Junior Intensive
Ballet Arkansas
520 Main St., Little Rock
501-223-5150
Dates:  June 8-12, 2020 & July  13-17, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ages: 7-9
Cost: Call for details. Learn more at https://www.balletarkansas.org/junior-intensive

The Junior Intensive offers a variety of classes taught by Ballet Arkansas professional dancers, including ballet technique, jazz and contemporary and choreography class. The week will culminate in a showcase for families and friends to celebrate the dancer's hard work. No audition required.


MUSIC

Faulkner Chamber Music Festival
UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
615-775-6744

Dates: July 24-Aug. 2
Ages: 11-18
Cost: $450; partial or full need-based scholarships available.

Through the study and performance of chamber music, this camp provides an immersive environment for students. Kids must be able to play a musical instrument already, but the camp accepts students at different levels of ability. Kids bring bagged lunches most days.


Henderson State University Band Camp (Junior I)
Russell Fine Arts Center
1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
870-230-5377

Dates: June 23-27
Ages: Students with one year of school band experience.
Cost: $325

The Junior I camp is for students who have played in a school band for one year.


Henderson State University Band Camp (Junior II)
Russell Fine Arts Center
1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
870-230-5377

Dates: June 23-27
Grades: 7-8
Cost: $325

The Junior II camp is for students who have had their second and third year of school band experience.


Henderson State University Band Camp (Senior High Camp)
Russell Fine Arts Center
1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
870-230-5377

Dates: June 14-20
Grades: 9-12
Cost: $350

HSU prides itself on providing a complete, well-rounded experience for student musicians that gives them an opportunity to work with some of the best band directors in the South.


Missouri Military Academy Band & Choir Camp (Coed)
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: June 15-19
Ages: 12-18
Cost: $350 (coed day camp); $600 (residential)

Young musicians will engage their enthusiasm, develop musical skills and boost their confidence. Campers will show off what they learned with a public performance.


PERFORMING ARTS

Graceland Performing Arts Camp
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis
800-238-2000

Dates: July 14-19
Ages: 6-17
Cost: $1,680, includes two adults and one camper.

An immersive theater, arts and music experience where campers will learn acting, music and dance techniques alongside new friends from around the world. Parents will experience Elvis Presley's Graceland and great Memphis attractions.

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ENRICHMENT

COLLEGE/CAREER PREP

College Boot Camp at Baptist Preparatory School
8400 Ranch Blvd., Little Rock
817-269-7730

Dates: June 2-4; July 22-24
Grade completed: 11
Cost: $349

Students will complete college applications (including edited essays), write and polish resumes, talk with college reps, have interviews with feedback and more. Scholarship essays are crafted and edited, too. Each student’s work is customized for colleges to which they are applying. Additional aptitude testing and essay help is available after the camp sessions.


Harding University Pharmacy Camp
915 E. Market Ave., Searcy
501-279-4407

Dates: June 21-26
Completed grades: 10-11
Cost: $350

Students explore pharmacy profession through classes, hands-on learning experiences and other activities. Activities include field trips, pharmaceutical laboratory experiences, games and recreational activities, shadowing, introduction to pharmacy curriculum and discussion of current topics in pharmacy.


Kinco Construction Management Camp
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: July 12-17
Grades: 8-10
Cost: Free

Students are introduced to careers in construction management through site visits and interaction with industry professionals.


National Summer Transportation Institute
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: June 14-26
Grades: 8-11
Cost: Free

This two-week interactive residential program lets students explore various transportation fields and careers. All students denied admission to the Engineering Scholars Program will automatically be considered for this one.


UAMS Pharmacy Camp
4301 W. Markham St., Suite 522, Little Rock
501-686-6282

Dates: June 8-12
Completed grades: 11-12
Cost: $400; Scholarships are available.

The camp incorporates active participation in a scope of experiences including hands-on training in pharmacy practice skills, lectures by professional pharmacists and field trips to pharmacy practice locations.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Ozark Mission Project
P.O. Box 26525, Little Rock
501-664-3232

Dates: June 7-12; 21-26; July 12-17; 20-22; 27-29
Ages: 12-17
Cost: Varies

OMP provides an interactive opportunity for campers to get involved with their community. Campers give back to those in need by providing minor construction and yard work for their homes while building relationships with them.


CONFIDENCE & LEADERSHIP

Ferncliff Summer Camp for Future Counselors
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | JGill@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 14-19; 21-26; July 5-10; 12-17; 19-24; 26-31
Completed grades: 10-11
Cost: $299-$499

Work alongside Ferncliff staff to experience what it means to be a counselor. Share your faith and have fun while helping campers and staff. You must attend and complete the Leaders in Training camp or an equivalent program to become a Counselor-in-Training.


Missouri Military Academy Confidence Camp for Boys
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 5-11, 12-18
Ages: 8-11
Cost: $1,100 (1 week); $2,100 (2 weeks)

Confidence Camp pushes boys out of their comfort zone to help them develop confidence and self-respect and take pride in what they can accomplish.


Missouri Military Academy Leadership Camp for Boys
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 5-18
Ages: 12-17
Cost: $2,190

Boys face challenges that help them build their confidence and learn the role and responsibilities
of a leader.


Missouri Military Academy Summer Academy (Coed)
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: June 21-July 17
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $950 (coed day camp); $4,150 (residential boys’ camp)

Through its middle school and high school programs, the Summer Academy challenges boys and girls mentally and physically. Programs also focus on improving their study habits, recovering credits and developing confidence.


DAY CAMPS

Anthony Adventures at The Anthony School
700 Ohio Street, Little Rock
AnthonySchool.org | 501-225-6629 | LeahB@AnthonySchool.org

Dates: June 1-July 31 (excluding June 29-July 3), 7:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Ages: Entering PreK4 and up.
Cost: Camp pricing varies, see website for more details and to register.

Anthony Adventures day camp offers full and half day options. In addition, students can enroll in specialty camps which are taught by teachers at various times. Students can enroll in day camp, specialty camps or both!


Martin Street Youth Center
201 W. Martin St., Jacksonville
501-982-0818

Dates: June 8-Aug. 16
Ages: 8-15
Cost: Free

Kids can participate in a variety of activities including video games, billiards, basketball, weekly tournaments, swimming at Splash Zone and much more. A summer meal program is offered Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-Noon.


Summer at the Academy at Pulaski Academy
12701 Hinson Road, Little Rock
PulaskiAcademy.org | 501-604-1907 | Donna.Horton@PulaskiAcademy.org

Dates: June 1- July 31
Grades: K4-6
Cost:  $185/week; $200/week (day camp)

Pulaski Academy offers weekly enrichment classes that include sports, fine arts, culinary arts, language, STEM and a day camp, which is all-day child care with a weekly theme to keep students engaged and learning.


Summer at the E!
Episcopal Collegiate School
1701 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
501-372-1194

Dates: June 1- Aug. 7
Grades: Pre-K4-12
Cost: Camp pricing varies.

Episcopal Collegiate School offers weekly sports and enrichment classes, plus a day camp. This all-day child care program features a fun weekly theme.


Summer Camps at Mount St. Mary Academy
3224 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock
501-664-8006

Dates: June 3-July 25
Completed Grades: K-8
Cost: Camp pricing varies.

Mount St. Mary Summer Camps offer a variety of  enrichment, life skills and atheltic programs. Some programs are coed.


Summer in Warriorville
Little Rock Christian Academy
19010 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
501-868-9822

Dates: May 27-July 22
Grades: K4-12
Cost: Starts at $100

The academy offers a variety of camps and courses that focus on academics, arts and enrichment, athletics and more.


Summer Playground Program at Little Rock Parks & Recreation
Various schools and community centers, Little Rock
501-371-4770

Dates: June 1-July 23
Ages: 6-15
Cost: $100

Kids will participate in on-site activities such as board games, basketball, movie screenings, playground time, arts and crafts, field trips and more.


GAMES

Adventure Quest Camp
Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604


Dates: June 15-19; July 6-10; 20-24, 8 A.M.-3 P.M.
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180; discounts available for siblings and repeat campers.

This year, the three weeks of Adventure Quest camp will be modeled after the new “Star Wars” TV show. Campers will complete story missions and attempt to distinguish themselves to earn pieces of armor and weaponry that they can assemble over the course of three weeks into a full set.


Magic Cards Camp
Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604

Dates: June 22-26
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180

Participants will be given starter decks and boosters of this popular card game to build a deck. Campers will identify a principal card to be their character. Each day while playing the card game, they will go on adventures with the principal character. Booster packs awarded will add allies and items to their character.


GIFTED & TALENTED

Harding Honors Symposium
915 E. Market Ave., Searcy
501-279-4407

Dates: June 19-July 3; June 26-July 10; July 3-17; 10-24
Completed grade: 11
Cost: $795

Students learn about the world and how each of us fits as Christians through daily engagement with Harding professors and mentoring with Harding’s student counselors. Participants earn three hours of transferable university credit.


Summer Laureate University for Youth (SLUFY)
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-3410

Dates: July 13-24
Grades: K-6
Cost: $275, $25 registration fee; scholarships available.

SLUFY offers a variety of classes that give students a chance to learn through hands-on experiences, guest speakers and field trips under the guidance of enthusiastic teachers.


HISTORY

Camp Old State House
300 W. Markham St., Little Rock
501-324-8642

Dates: July 13-17, registration deadline is June 29.
Grades competed: 2-8
Cost: $75

This weeklong workshop provides hands-on activities and educational lessons, including visits with living history characters.


Pioneer Day Camp: Museum Takeover at the Historic Arkansas Museum 
200 E. Third St., Little Rock
501-324-9351 

Dates: June 15-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 9-12
Cost: Members $90; non-members $120

Campers will have the chance to explore behind the scenes of the museum with  hands-on activities. Expect fun like making a cyanotype print, creating corn husk dolls, cooking in a Dutch oven, rolling out soap balls, learning a traditional folk dance and building a musical instrument.


NATURE

Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp
Camp Clearfork, U.S. Highway 270, Little Rock
501-663-9380

Dates: June 7-12, 14-19
Ages: 11-12
Cost: $350

Campers will learn about the state’s native flora and fauna.


Junior Park Ranger Day Camp
500 W. Markham St., Room 108, Little Rock
501-371-4770

Dates: June 8-12; 15-19; 22-26
Ages: 9-12
Cost: $50

Kids connect to nature via Little Rock’s park system. They’ll spend a week visiting 10 different parks or facilities discussing the flora and fauna, history and conservation issues and picking up litter and playing.


Outdoor Adventure Day Camp
201 County Road 754, Little Rock
870-238-9406

Dates: June 8-10, 8:30 A.M.-4 P.M.
Ages: 7-10
Cost: $70

This camp has a variety of educational and recreational programs designed to get children outside to discover the wonders of nature.


Outdoor Skills Day Camp
490 Toltec Mounds Road, Little Rock
501-961-9442

Dates: June 10-12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $53.75

Kids develop the skills to survive in the wilderness, gaining the knowledge and confidence to fish and cook outdoors, “read” the weather, build shelter, make a fire and more. Call for registration details.


Summer Camps at Good Earth Learning Center
511 Ernie Davis Road, Austin
501-732-0321 

Dates: Every weekday this summer
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $229 each week

Campers at this forest and farm school will engage in active outdoor experiences including handling animals, creating compost, picking fruits and vegetables, looking for insects and identifying trees, birds and reptiles.


SPECIAL NEEDS

Therapeutic Recreation Summer Day Camp
Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Little Rock
501-570-1131

Dates: June 8-July 17, registration begins April 6.
Ages: 8-18, or still in high school.
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks OR $20 per week

This therapeutic-based program emphasizes fun recreational activities for people with special needs to promote the development of motor and social skills. Participants must be independent with personal care or provide an aide.


STEM

Camp Invention at Ida Burns Elementary School
1201 Donaghey Ave., Conway
800-968-4332

Dates: June 8-12 (Elevate); 15-19 (Fast Forward)
Completed grades: K-5
Cost: $235

Camp Invention is an adventure in creativity that immerses children in exciting, hands-on STEM learning. This camp will have two modules to choose from: Elevate and Fast Forward. Registration is open to students only from the Conway Public Schools.


Camp Invention at Magness Creek Elementary School
16150 Arkansas Hwy. 5, Cabot
800-968-4332

Dates: June 8-12 
Completed grades: K4-5
Cost: $235
Camp Invention is an adventure in creativity that immerses children in exciting, hands-on STEM learning. The module for this camp is Elevate.


Engineering Scholars Program
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: June 14-20
Grades: 8-11
Cost: Free

The program strives to increase the number of students entering engineering programs in Arkansas through exposure to hands-on projects, plant trips and interaction with industry engineers.


Mid-America Science Museum Summer Camps
500 Mid America Blvd., Hot Springs
MidAmericaMuseum.org | 501-767-3461 | JeremyM@MidAmericaMuseum.org

Dates: June 15-July 31
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $200 (members), $225

Mid-America’s weeklong camps feature options like STEAM, Magic for Muggles, filmmaking, Minecraft and more for children who are inspired by science.


Museum of Discovery Summer Camps
500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150, Little Rock
MuseumofDiscovery.org | 501-396-7050 | BNelsen@MuseumofDiscovery.org

Dates: June 1-July 31
Ages: 4-13
Cost: Varies

The museum offers a variety of themed week-long day camps where kids can explore the worlds of Minecraft and LEGO and study subjects like candy making, animals, wizards, space and more.


STEMulate Engineering Academy
University of Central Arkansas
Mashburn Hall 107 B, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway
501-450-5308

Dates: June 1-June 4
Completed grades: 2-4
Cost: $75

Students will act as real-world engineers as they dig into problems and design solutions.


Vex Robotics Summer Camps
UA Little Rock ETAS Building
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
920-227-8576

Dates: June
Completed grades: 2-11
Cost: $180
Learn how to build and program a VEX robot and participate in a mini-competition on the final day of camp in front of family and friends.


Windstream Girls Code
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: July 19-24
Grades: 7-8
Cost: Free

The camp motivates girls to enter the fields of computer science, information science or web design.


WRITING

BearsWrite: From Pencils to Pixels
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave., Mashburn Hall 104, Conway
501-450-5308

Dates: June 22-26
Completed grades: 3-8
Cost: $150

BearsWrite teaches students how to use voice, setting, word choice, character traits, point of view, journaling and poetry. They will create portfolios of their best work, a camp digital anthology and will participate in a public performance.

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TRADITIONAL CAMPS

DAY CAMPS

Adventure Day Camp
490 Toltec Mounds Road, Little Rock
501-961-9442

Dates: July 8-10, 9 A.M-3 P.M.
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $53.75

Day campers go on energetic outdoor adventures that include fishing, kayaking, exploring and field trips to local nature centers.


Arkansas Outdoor School Summer Day Camp
1 Four H Way, Little Rock
UAEX.edu/Daycamp | 501-821-6884 | MSimmons@UAEx.edu

Dates: June 1-July 31
Ages: 7-15
Cost: Starting at $250

The day camp has a variety of themed camps that let children have fun and learn. All activities are designed to emphasize teamwork, communication and life skills development.


Camp Solgohachia Day Camp
4 Ozark Mountain Road, Solgohachia
501-354-3959

Dates: June 9-July 21
Completed grades: 2-8
Cost: $180

This Christian day camp offers worship along with an active week full of traditional camping activities. The price includes lunch.


Camp Solgohachia in the City
Morrilton City Park
100 City Park Drive, Morrilton
501-354-3959

Dates: July 27-30
Grades: 3-8
Cost: Free

Camp Solgohachia packs up everything and heads to the Morrilton City Park for a free week of camp.


Ferncliff Nature Preschool Day Camp
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Emily@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 8-12; 15-19
Ages: 4-5
Cost: $239-$299

Young campers enjoy fun activities, nature-based play and hands-on learning.


Ferncliff Summer Day Camp
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Programs@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 8-July 31
Grades: 1-8
Cost: $239-$299

For 10 weeks of the summer, day campers will enjoy exciting activities while they play outside, make friends and explore their faith. All meals are provided and convenient options are available for drop off, pick up and transportation.


Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp
18500 Cooper Orbit Road, Little Rock
501-744-8878

Dates: June 1-July 31
Completed grades: K-8
Cost: $175 per week

Lake Nixon offers opportunities for campers to participate in Bible study, crafts, music, recreation, swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boats and much more. Transportation is provided for $10/week to and from three locations in central Little Rock.


FAMILY CAMP

Ferncliff Family Camp
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Programs@Ferncliff.org

Dates: May 22-24
Ages: Families with kids 13 and younger
Cost: Kids: $75-$105; Adults: $105-$135

Experience camp your way with a flexible schedule of activities designed to be exciting for kids and relaxing for adults. Stay in hotel-style rooms, enjoy meals in a dining hall and worship together as a family.


OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Brookhill Ranch
431 Brooks Loop, Hot Springs
501-623-5983

Dates: June 8-Aug. 1
Completed grades: 3-9  
Cost: $650

This Christian summer camp is designed for kids to experience a little bit of country life. Campers stay active with traditional activities like crafts, drama, horseback riding and archery.


Camp Mitchell
10 Camp Mitchell Road, Morrilton
501-727-5451

PRIMARY CAMP
Dates: June 21-26
Completed grades: 1-3

MIDDLER CAMP
Dates: July 12-17
Completed grades: 4-5

JUNIOR HIGH CAMP
Dates: June 28-July 3
Completed grades: 6-8    

SENIOR HIGH CAMP
Dates: June 7-12
Completed grades: 9-12

Cost: $405; $440; $475

Camp Mitchell offers a faith-based component to its programs that consist of themed and traditional camps.


Camp Ozark
155 Camp Ozark Drive, Mount Ida
870-867-4131

Dates: May 31-Aug. 8
Ages: 7-17
Cost: $1,895 (One week), $3,395 (Two weeks), $5,290 (Three weeks)

Christian campers engage in more than 150 activities including horseback riding, crafts, tennis, water recreations, fishing, ropes course, basketball and more.


Camp Solgohachia Day Camp
4 Ozark Mountain Road, Solgohachia
501-354-3959

BASE CAMP
Dates: June 9-July 21
Grades: 10-12
Cost: $275

OVERNIGHT CAMPS
Dates: June 1-July 20
Completed grades: 3-8
Cost: $500

This Christian camp offers worship along with an active week full of traditional camping activities. Campers are assigned to a “tribe” where they will lodge with anywhere from six to 11 other campers.


Camp Tahkodah
5095 Camp Tahkodah Road, Floral
870-251-1289; 501-279-4226

Dates: May 31-June 1, July 19-24; June 7-19, June 21-July 3, 5-17
Ages: 8-18
Cost: $275 (One week); $465 (Two weeks)

Camp Tahkodah is about faith, fun and friendship. Kids have daily outdoor Bible classes and a host of traditional camp activities before ending their day with inspirational devotionals under the stars.


Camp Winnamocka
68 Fort Jackson Road, Arkadelphia
870-246-4599

Dates: May 31-Aug. 1
Ages: 7-15
Cost: $1,150

This camp gives girls and boys a taste of some Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn fun with treasure hunts, ropes courses, dances, campfires and more. Campers can stay for one week or more to get the frontier experience.


Ferncliff Overnight Camps
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Programs@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 7-July 31
Grades: 1-12
Cost: Varies

Overnight Camp is a great opportunity for kids to 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.


SCOUTS CAMPS

Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Rockefeller
408 Scout Drive, Damascus
501-664-4780

Dates: May 28-31
Ages: 7-11
Cost: $60

Cub Scouts and their accompanying adults spend quality time together working on advancement, enjoying recreational activities and learning about camping.


Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Rockefeller (Coed)
408 Scout Drive, Damascus
501-664-4780

Dates: June 8-July 4
Ages: 11-17
Cost: $250 early bird before May 1; $300

New Scouts receive special instruction through the First Year Camper Program. All Scouts have 40+ merit badges to choose from in a variety of fields including ecology and conservation, aquatics, handicraft, outdoor skills, first aid and shooting sports. Older Scouts participate in programs including special ops, C.O.P.E., extreme aquatics, mountain biking, mountain man and BSA lifeguard.


Girl Scouts Camp Cahinnio
460 Cahinnio Road, Booneville
GirlScoutsDiamonds.org | 800-632-6894 | Camp@GirlScoutsDiamonds.org

Dates: Varies
Grades: 1-12
Cost: Varies

Girl Scouts offer dozens of themed overnight camps of varying lengths open to all girls. Your daughter will experience traditional camp activities and special interest fun, learn outdoors skills, gain confidence, be independent and make new friends.


Girl Scouts Camp NOARK
250 Madison 8580, Huntsville
GirlScoutsDiamonds.org | 800-632-6894 | Camp@GirlScoutsDiamonds.org

Dates: Varies
Grades: 1-12
Cost: Varies

Girl Scouts offer dozens of themed overnight camps of varying lengths open to all girls. Your daughter will experience traditional camp activities and special interest fun, learn outdoors skills, gain confidence, be independent and make new friends.


SPECIAL NEEDS

Camp Aldersgate
2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock
CampAldersgate.net | 501-225-1444 | EBallew@CampAldersgate.net

Dates: June-August
Ages: Varies
Cost: Varies

Aldersgate camps provide a traditional residential camp experience for children with special needs and medical conditions.

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LIFE SKILLS

DRIVING

New Driver Education Summer Camp
9108 Rodney Parham Road, Suite 210, Little Rock
501-225-4028

Ages: 13 and up
Cost: $235

This course provides the new driver with 30 hours of instruction, reading and lively discussion covering the laws that regulate driving in Arkansas.

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SPORTS

BASEBALL

Harding University Baseball Elite Camps
Jerry Moore Field, Searcy
501-279-4407

Dates: June 7-10; 14-17
Grades: 9-12
Cost: $300 (commuters), $395 (overnight)

Players are exposed to every phase of Harding’s baseball program, including practice, organized games, weight training and classroom and video sessions.


BASKETBALL

AAO Basketball Camps
1515 Burr Oak Drive, Fayetteville
479-442-9979

SUMMER SKILLS CAMPS
Dates: June 1-4; 8-11
Grades: 1-8
Cost: $99 (early bird pricing through May 1); $125

TEAM CAMP
Dates: June 1-2
Ages: Junior and senior high school teams.
Cost: Call for details.

Players and teams get high-level training on foundational and complex skills like shooting, dribbling, passing, offensive spacing, defense and more.


Nike Basketball Camps
Episcopal Collegiate School
1701 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
501-372-1194

BOYS CAMP
Dates: June 8-12; July 6-10; 13-17
Ages: 9-15
Cost: $285

GIRLS CAMP
Dates: June 15-19, July 13-17
Ages: 9-15
Cost: $285

The Complete Skills Camp for boys helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skills at the post, wing or guard position.


GENERAL

Missouri Military Academy All Sports Camp
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 20-24
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $1,010

Boys will enjoy playing a variety of sports in a no-pressure, non-competitive setting. Sports covered include baseball, golf, soccer, wrestling, basketball and horseback riding.


GOLF

The Country Club of Arkansas Golf Camp
3 Country Club Circle, Maumelle
501-425-1067

Dates: June 22-25; July 13-16
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $90 per camp per child

Kids and teens will learn the fundamentals of golf with PGA pro Ann Baker.


GYMNASTICS

Huff 'n Puff Summer Day Camp
613 N. First St., Jacksonville
501-985-1818

Dates: May 26-Aug. 14, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ages: 5-12
Cost: Varies

Activities include gymnastics, dance, trampoline, indoor/outdoor play, swimming pool weekly outings, games, arts and crafts.


Razorback Gymnastics
Barnhill Arena
285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
479-575-4479 

GYMNASTICS CAMP
Dates: June 12-14
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $450 (commuter ages 7 and up); $550 (residential ages 9 and up)

HIGH-PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS CAMP
Dates: June 19-21
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $450 (commuter ages 7 and up); $550 (residential ages 9 and up)

In this fun program for recreational, compulsory and optional level gymnastics, athletes are taught in all four events as well as nutrition, dance and trampoline.


River City Gymnastics’ Sports and Educational Summer Camp
5310 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock
501-407-8000

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14, registration ends May 1.
Grades: K-5
Cost: Call for details.

River City’s camp is packed full of exciting activities that keep your child’s health and fitness in mind. Activities include weekly field trips, arts and crafts, physical fitness, games and much more.


HORSEBACK RIDING

Missouri Military Academy Equestrian Camp
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 6-9; 13-16
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $250

Campers get three hours of instruction each morning. They will learn different Western horsemanship techniques along with horse management skills.


Holtzman Riding Academy
4618 Highway 5 South, Benton
501-860-2378

Dates: June-July
Ages: 6-11
Cost: Varies

Students will ride horses with instruction and do groundwork with their horses. Activities include obstacles, games on horseback and more.


LACROSSE

Xcelerate Nike Tennessee Boys Lacrosse Camp
University of Memphis
3720 Alumni Ave., Memphis
800-645-3226

Dates: June 8-11
Ages: 10-18
Cost: $659 (overnight and commuters)

This camp focuses on complete skills and gives players the chance to improve their skills and experience life on a college campus.


MARTIAL ARTS

Ranking Camps at Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604

Dates: June 8-12; July 13-17, 8 A.M.-3 P.M.
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180; discounts available for siblings or repeat campers.

Beginners to advanced students will get concentrated training toward the next rank. There will be an official test for those who qualify by the end of camp. Students build notebooks to organize studying and set goals.


SOCCER

Advantage Academy Powered by Nike Soccer Camps (Coed)
4667 Dixieland Road, Fayetteville
832-470-3708 

Dates: July 20-24 (youth ages 4-11); July 27-31 (elite ages 11-18)
Ages: 4-18
Cost: $190 half day; $265 full day

Players can work on their game through drills focused on their respective positions and fun competitive play.


Central Arkansas Soccer Academy Summer Day Camp
University of Central Arkansas
600 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway
501-450-3150

Dates: June 1-4
Ages: 4-9
Cost: $80; Register by May 1 for discount.

These day camps introduce players to basic soccer techniques while having fun. Campers should bring a soccer ball, proper shoes, shin guards, sun block and water.


Central Arkansas Soccer Academy Summer Junior Elite Camp
University of Central Arkansas
600 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway
501-450-3150

Dates: July 18-21, register by May 1 for discount.
Ages: 10-14
Cost: $450 (commuter); $495 (residential)

This accelerated and intense camp emphasizes technique, tactics and small-sided play along with competitive matches where campers are instructed and evaluated by the staff.


VOLLEYBALL

Arkansas Volleyhogs Camp
479-310-0430

ALL SKILLS CAMP
River Center, 1069-1585 Airlane Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: June 11-13
Grades: 5-8
Cost: $95

ALL SKILLS DAY CAMP
Barnhill Arena, 285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
Date: July 15
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $90

HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP
River Center, 1069-1585 Airlane Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: June 11-13
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $140

HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP
Barnhill Arena, 285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: July 15-17
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $315 (commuter); $375 (overnight)

JUNIOR HIGH PLAY DAY
Bud Walton Arena and Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville
Dates: July 18
Grades: 7-9
Cost: $25/player

TEAM CAMP
Barnhill Arena, 285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: July 12-14
Teams grades: 7-12
Cost: $220/player, $25/extra coaches and chaperones

This summer training experience focuses on teaching game and position-specific skills. High performance camps are recommended for more experienced players, but are open to all participants.


Nike Volleyball Camp (Girls)
5720 S. 73rd Place, Fort Smith
479-788-7120

Dates: July 13-16, register online by June 17.
Ages: 10-18
Cost: $250
This camp for girls run by the coaching staff at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, helps athletes improve their mechanics and form through position-specific drills and live game play.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Kanakuk KampOut!

KampOut! brings the fun of Kanakuk to your hometown. Staffers lead this high-energy day camp through guided sports, activity times, Bible study, worship and small-group time for children.


Conway Christian School
500 German Lane, Conway
Kanakuk.com/NeedSummerCamp | 417-266-3000 | Reg@Kanakuk.com

Dates: June 22-26
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $275


Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock
Kanakuk.com/NeedSummerCamp | 417-266-3000 | Reg@Kanakuk.com

Dates: July 27-31
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $275


Second Baptist Church
2600 Dave Ward Drive, Conway
Kanakuk.com/NeedSummerCamp | 417-266-3000 | Reg@Kanakuk.com

Dates: July 20-24
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $275



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ARTS

DESIGN

Fay Jones School Design Camp
FayJones.UArk.edu | 479-575-2399 | FayCamp@UArk.edu

Led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School, Design Camp shares design professions with students through hands-on projects, tours, presentations and discussions. Students work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS LOCATIONS

Little Rock Design Camp
Arkansas Studies Institute
401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 8-11
Cost: $375


Hot Springs Design Camp
Garvan Woodland Gardens
550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 6-11
Cost: $275 (garden members); $375

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS LOCATIONS

Fayetteville Design Camp
University of Arkansas
120 Vol Walker Hall, Fayetteville

Dates: June 8-12; 15-19
Completed grades: 8-11
Cost: $375; $675 (overnight)


Fayetteville Immersive Design Camp
University of Arkansas
120 Vol Walker Hall, Fayetteville

Dates: June 7-19, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 10-11
Cost: $1,620

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS LOCATION

Wilson Design Camp
The Delta School
5101 Hwy 61, Wilson

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 2-11
Cost: $375

SOUTH ARKANSAS LOCATION

El Dorado Design Camp
South Arkansas Arts Center
110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado

Dates: June 22-26, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Completed grades: 6-11
Cost: $375


FILM

Movie Making Camp at Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604

Dates: July 27-31
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180

Campers will learn about movie fight choreography, practical effects and storyboarding. They will collaborate and create their own short films to show to their family and friends.


FINE ARTS

Junior Arts Academy at Arkansas Arts Center
2510 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
ArkansasArtsCenter.org | 501-372-4000 | Info@ArkansasArtsCenter.org

Dates: June 1-12
Ages: 6-9
Cost: $458 (AAC members); $572

Students learn about different artists, build both theater and visual arts techniques and vocabulary, make new friends and spend two weeks working toward "Play & Display," their final performance and art exhibition. Register online at ArkansasArtsCenter.org/JAA by May 24.


DANCE

Ballet Arkansas Summer Intensive
UA Little Rock Center for the Performing Arts
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-223-5150

Dates: July 20-31
Ages: 10-21; 13 and up must have pointe experience.
Cost: Call for details.

The Summer Intensive focuses on pointe work, partnering and technique. The program is taught by guest instructors and Ballet Arkansas company dancers.



MUSIC

Faulkner Chamber Music Festival
UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
615-775-6744

Dates: July 24-Aug. 2
Ages: 11-18
Cost: $450; partial or full need-based scholarships available.

Through the study and performance of chamber music, this camp provides an immersive environment for students. Kids must be able to play a musical instrument already, but the camp accepts students at different levels of ability. Kids bring bagged lunches most days.


Henderson State University Band Camp (Junior I)
Russell Fine Arts Center
1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
870-230-5377

Dates: June 23-27
Ages: Students with one year of school band experience.
Cost: $325

The Junior I camp is for students who have played in a school band for one year.


Henderson State University Band Camp (Junior II)
Russell Fine Arts Center
1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
870-230-5377

Dates: June 23-27
Grades: 7-8
Cost: $325

The Junior II camp is for students who have had their second and third year of school band experience.


Henderson State University Band Camp (Senior High Camp)
Russell Fine Arts Center
1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
870-230-5377

Dates: June 14-20
Grades: 9-12
Cost: $350

HSU prides itself on providing a complete, well-rounded experience for student musicians that gives them an opportunity to work with some of the best band directors in the South.


Missouri Military Academy Band & Choir Camp (Coed)
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: June 15-19
Ages: 12-18
Cost: $350 (coed day camp); $600 (residential)

Young musicians will engage their enthusiasm, develop musical skills and boost their confidence. Campers will show off what they learned with a public performance.


PERFORMING ARTS

Graceland Performing Arts Camp
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis
800-238-2000

Dates: July 14-19
Ages: 6-17
Cost: $1,680, includes two adults and one camper.

An immersive theater, arts and music experience where campers will learn acting, music and dance techniques alongside new friends from around the world. Parents will experience Elvis Presley's Graceland and great Memphis attractions.

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ENRICHMENT

COLLEGE/CAREER PREP

College Boot Camp at Baptist Preparatory School
8400 Ranch Blvd., Little Rock
817-269-7730

Dates: June 2-4; July 22-24
Grade completed: 11
Cost: $349

Students will complete college applications (including edited essays), write and polish resumes, talk with college reps, have interviews with feedback and more. Scholarship essays are crafted and edited, too. Each student’s work is customized for colleges to which they are applying. Additional aptitude testing and essay help is available after the camp sessions.


Harding University Pharmacy Camp
915 E. Market Ave., Searcy
501-279-4407

Dates: June 21-26
Completed grades: 10-11
Cost: $350

Students explore pharmacy profession through classes, hands-on learning experiences and other activities. Activities include field trips, pharmaceutical laboratory experiences, games and recreational activities, shadowing, introduction to pharmacy curriculum and discussion of current topics in pharmacy.


Kinco Construction Management Camp
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: July 12-17
Grades: 8-10
Cost: Free

Students are introduced to careers in construction management through site visits and interaction with industry professionals.


National Summer Transportation Institute
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: June 14-26
Grades: 8-11
Cost: Free

This two-week interactive residential program lets students explore various transportation fields and careers. All students denied admission to the Engineering Scholars Program will automatically be considered for this one.


UAMS Pharmacy Camp
4301 W. Markham St., Suite 522, Little Rock
501-686-6282

Dates: June 8-12
Completed grades: 11-12
Cost: $400; Scholarships are available.

The camp incorporates active participation in a scope of experiences including hands-on training in pharmacy practice skills, lectures by professional pharmacists and field trips to pharmacy practice locations.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Ozark Mission Project
P.O. Box 26525, Little Rock
501-664-3232

Dates: June 7-12; 21-26; July 12-17; 20-22; 27-29
Ages: 12-17
Cost: Varies

OMP provides an interactive opportunity for campers to get involved with their community. Campers give back to those in need by providing minor construction and yard work for their homes while building relationships with them.


CONFIDENCE & LEADERSHIP

Ferncliff Summer Camp for Future Counselors
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | JGill@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 14-19; 21-26; July 5-10; 12-17; 19-24; 26-31
Completed grades: 10-11
Cost: $299-$499

Work alongside Ferncliff staff to experience what it means to be a counselor. Share your faith and have fun while helping campers and staff. You must attend and complete the Leaders in Training camp or an equivalent program to become a Counselor-in-Training.


Missouri Military Academy Confidence Camp for Boys
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 5-11, 12-18
Ages: 8-11
Cost: $1,100 (1 week); $2,100 (2 weeks)

Confidence Camp pushes boys out of their comfort zone to help them develop confidence and self-respect and take pride in what they can accomplish.


Missouri Military Academy Leadership Camp for Boys
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 5-18
Ages: 12-17
Cost: $2,190

Boys face challenges that help them build their confidence and learn the role and responsibilities
of a leader.


Missouri Military Academy Summer Academy (Coed)
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: June 21-July 17
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $950 (coed day camp); $4,150 (residential boys’ camp)

Through its middle school and high school programs, the Summer Academy challenges boys and girls mentally and physically. Programs also focus on improving their study habits, recovering credits and developing confidence.


DAY CAMPS

Anthony Adventures at The Anthony School
700 Ohio Street, Little Rock
AnthonySchool.org | 501-225-6629 | LeahB@AnthonySchool.org

Dates: June 1-July 31 (excluding June 29-July 3), 7:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Ages: Entering PreK4 and up.
Cost: Camp pricing varies, see website for more details and to register.

Anthony Adventures day camp offers full and half day options. In addition, students can enroll in specialty camps which are taught by teachers at various times. Students can enroll in day camp, specialty camps or both!


Martin Street Youth Center
201 W. Martin St., Jacksonville
501-982-0818

Dates: June 8-Aug. 16
Ages: 8-15
Cost: Free

Kids can participate in a variety of activities including video games, billiards, basketball, weekly tournaments, swimming at Splash Zone and much more. A summer meal program is offered Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-Noon.


Summer at the Academy at Pulaski Academy
12701 Hinson Road, Little Rock
PulaskiAcademy.org | 501-604-1907 | Donna.Horton@PulaskiAcademy.org

Dates: June 1- July 31
Grades: K4-6
Cost:  $185/week; $200/week (day camp)

Pulaski Academy offers weekly enrichment classes that include sports, fine arts, culinary arts, language, STEM and a day camp, which is all-day child care with a weekly theme to keep students engaged and learning.


Summer at the E!
Episcopal Collegiate School
1701 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
501-372-1194

Dates: June 1- Aug. 7
Grades: Pre-K4-12
Cost: Camp pricing varies.

Episcopal Collegiate School offers weekly sports and enrichment classes, plus a day camp. This all-day child care program features a fun weekly theme.


Summer Camps at Mount St. Mary Academy
3224 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock
501-664-8006

Dates: June 3-July 25
Completed Grades: K-8
Cost: Camp pricing varies.

Mount St. Mary Summer Camps offer a variety of  enrichment, life skills and atheltic programs. Some programs are coed.


Summer in Warriorville
Little Rock Christian Academy
19010 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
501-868-9822

Dates: May 27-July 22
Grades: K4-12
Cost: Starts at $100

The academy offers a variety of camps and courses that focus on academics, arts and enrichment, athletics and more.


Summer Playground Program at Little Rock Parks & Recreation
Various schools and community centers, Little Rock
501-371-4770

Dates: June 1-July 23
Ages: 6-15
Cost: $100

Kids will participate in on-site activities such as board games, basketball, movie screenings, playground time, arts and crafts, field trips and more.


GAMES

Adventure Quest Camp
Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604


Dates: June 15-19; July 6-10; 20-24, 8 A.M.-3 P.M.
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180; discounts available for siblings and repeat campers.

This year, the three weeks of Adventure Quest camp will be modeled after the new “Star Wars” TV show. Campers will complete story missions and attempt to distinguish themselves to earn pieces of armor and weaponry that they can assemble over the course of three weeks into a full set.


Magic Cards Camp
Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604

Dates: June 22-26
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180

Participants will be given starter decks and boosters of this popular card game to build a deck. Campers will identify a principal card to be their character. Each day while playing the card game, they will go on adventures with the principal character. Booster packs awarded will add allies and items to their character.


GIFTED & TALENTED

Harding Honors Symposium
915 E. Market Ave., Searcy
501-279-4407

Dates: June 19-July 3; June 26-July 10; July 3-17; 10-24
Completed grade: 11
Cost: $795

Students learn about the world and how each of us fits as Christians through daily engagement with Harding professors and mentoring with Harding’s student counselors. Participants earn three hours of transferable university credit.


Summer Laureate University for Youth (SLUFY)
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-3410

Dates: July 13-24
Grades: K-6
Cost: $275, $25 registration fee; scholarships available.

SLUFY offers a variety of classes that give students a chance to learn through hands-on experiences, guest speakers and field trips under the guidance of enthusiastic teachers.


HISTORY

Camp Old State House
300 W. Markham St., Little Rock
501-324-8642

Dates: July 13-17, registration deadline is June 29.
Grades competed: 2-8
Cost: $75

This weeklong workshop provides hands-on activities and educational lessons, including visits with living history characters.


NATURE

Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp
Camp Clearfork, U.S. Highway 270, Little Rock
501-663-9380

Dates: June 7-12, 14-19
Ages: 11-12
Cost: $350

Campers will learn about the state’s native flora and fauna.


Junior Park Ranger Day Camp
500 W. Markham St., Room 108, Little Rock
501-371-4770

Dates: June 8-12; 15-19; 22-26
Ages: 9-12
Cost: $50

Kids connect to nature via Little Rock’s park system. They’ll spend a week visiting 10 different parks or facilities discussing the flora and fauna, history and conservation issues and picking up litter and playing.


Outdoor Adventure Day Camp
201 County Road 754, Little Rock
870-238-9406

Dates: June 8-10, 8:30 A.M.-4 P.M.
Ages: 7-10
Cost: $70

This camp has a variety of educational and recreational programs designed to get children outside to discover the wonders of nature.


Outdoor Skills Day Camp
490 Toltec Mounds Road, Little Rock
501-961-9442

Dates: June 10-12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $53.75

Kids develop the skills to survive in the wilderness, gaining the knowledge and confidence to fish and cook outdoors, “read” the weather, build shelter, make a fire and more. Call for registration details.


Summer Camps at Good Earth Learning Center
511 Ernie Davis Road, Austin
501-732-0321 

Dates: Every weekday this summer
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $229 each week

Campers at this forest and farm school will engage in active outdoor experiences including handling animals, creating compost, picking fruits and vegetables, looking for insects and identifying trees, birds and reptiles.


SPECIAL NEEDS

Therapeutic Recreation Summer Day Camp
Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Little Rock
501-570-1131

Dates: June 8-July 17, registration begins April 6.
Ages: 8-18, or still in high school.
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks OR $20 per week

This therapeutic-based program emphasizes fun recreational activities for people with special needs to promote the development of motor and social skills. Participants must be independent with personal care or provide an aide.


STEM

Camp Invention at Ida Burns Elementary School
1201 Donaghey Ave., Conway
800-968-4332

Dates: June 8-12 (Elevate); 15-19 (Fast Forward)
Completed grades: K-5
Cost: $235

Camp Invention is an adventure in creativity that immerses children in exciting, hands-on STEM learning. This camp will have two modules to choose from: Elevate and Fast Forward. Registration is open to students only from the Conway Public Schools.


Camp Invention at Magness Creek Elementary School
16150 Arkansas Hwy. 5, Cabot
800-968-4332

Dates: June 8-12 
Completed grades: K4-5
Cost: $235
Camp Invention is an adventure in creativity that immerses children in exciting, hands-on STEM learning. The module for this camp is Elevate.


Engineering Scholars Program
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: June 14-20
Grades: 8-11
Cost: Free

The program strives to increase the number of students entering engineering programs in Arkansas through exposure to hands-on projects, plant trips and interaction with industry engineers.


Mid-America Science Museum Summer Camps
500 Mid America Blvd., Hot Springs
MidAmericaMuseum.org | 501-767-3461 | JeremyM@MidAmericaMuseum.org

Dates: June 15-July 31
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $200 (members), $225

Mid-America’s weeklong camps feature options like STEAM, Magic for Muggles, filmmaking, Minecraft and more for children who are inspired by science.


Museum of Discovery Summer Camps
500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150, Little Rock
MuseumofDiscovery.org | 501-396-7050 | BNelsen@MuseumofDiscovery.org

Dates: June 1-July 31
Ages: 4-13
Cost: Varies

The museum offers a variety of themed week-long day camps where kids can explore the worlds of Minecraft and LEGO and study subjects like candy making, animals, wizards, space and more.


STEMulate Engineering Academy
University of Central Arkansas
Mashburn Hall 107 B, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway
501-450-5308

Dates: June 1-June 4
Completed grades: 2-4
Cost: $75

Students will act as real-world engineers as they dig into problems and design solutions.


Vex Robotics Summer Camps
UA Little Rock ETAS Building
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
920-227-8576

Dates: June
Completed grades: 2-11
Cost: $180
Learn how to build and program a VEX robot and participate in a mini-competition on the final day of camp in front of family and friends.


Windstream Girls Code
UA Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock
501-569-8597

Dates: July 19-24
Grades: 7-8
Cost: Free

The camp motivates girls to enter the fields of computer science, information science or web design.


WRITING

BearsWrite: From Pencils to Pixels
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave., Mashburn Hall 104, Conway
501-450-5308

Dates: June 22-26
Completed grades: 3-8
Cost: $150

BearsWrite teaches students how to use voice, setting, word choice, character traits, point of view, journaling and poetry. They will create portfolios of their best work, a camp digital anthology and will participate in a public performance.

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TRADITIONAL CAMPS

DAY CAMPS

Adventure Day Camp
490 Toltec Mounds Road, Little Rock
501-961-9442

Dates: July 8-10, 9 A.M-3 P.M.
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $53.75

Day campers go on energetic outdoor adventures that include fishing, kayaking, exploring and field trips to local nature centers.


Arkansas Outdoor School Summer Day Camp
1 Four H Way, Little Rock
UAEX.edu/Daycamp | 501-821-6884 | MSimmons@UAEx.edu

Dates: June 1-July 31
Ages: 7-15
Cost: Starting at $250

The day camp has a variety of themed camps that let children have fun and learn. All activities are designed to emphasize teamwork, communication and life skills development.


Camp Solgohachia Day Camp
4 Ozark Mountain Road, Solgohachia
501-354-3959

Dates: June 9-July 21
Completed grades: 2-8
Cost: $180

This Christian day camp offers worship along with an active week full of traditional camping activities. The price includes lunch.


Camp Solgohachia in the City
Morrilton City Park
100 City Park Drive, Morrilton
501-354-3959

Dates: July 27-30
Grades: 3-8
Cost: Free

Camp Solgohachia packs up everything and heads to the Morrilton City Park for a free week of camp.


Ferncliff Nature Preschool Day Camp
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Emily@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 8-12; 15-19
Ages: 4-5
Cost: $239-$299

Young campers enjoy fun activities, nature-based play and hands-on learning.


Ferncliff Summer Day Camp
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Programs@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 8-July 31
Grades: 1-8
Cost: $239-$299

For 10 weeks of the summer, day campers will enjoy exciting activities while they play outside, make friends and explore their faith. All meals are provided and convenient options are available for drop off, pick up and transportation.


Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp
18500 Cooper Orbit Road, Little Rock
501-744-8878

Dates: June 1-July 31
Completed grades: K-8
Cost: $175 per week

Lake Nixon offers opportunities for campers to participate in Bible study, crafts, music, recreation, swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boats and much more. Transportation is provided for $10/week to and from three locations in central Little Rock.


FAMILY CAMP

Ferncliff Family Camp
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Programs@Ferncliff.org

Dates: May 22-24
Ages: Families with kids 13 and younger
Cost: Kids: $75-$105; Adults: $105-$135

Experience camp your way with a flexible schedule of activities designed to be exciting for kids and relaxing for adults. Stay in hotel-style rooms, enjoy meals in a dining hall and worship together as a family.


OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Brookhill Ranch
431 Brooks Loop, Hot Springs
501-623-5983

Dates: June 8-Aug. 1
Completed grades: 3-9  
Cost: $650

This Christian summer camp is designed for kids to experience a little bit of country life. Campers stay active with traditional activities like crafts, drama, horseback riding and archery.


Camp Mitchell
10 Camp Mitchell Road, Morrilton
501-727-5451

PRIMARY CAMP
Dates: June 21-26
Completed grades: 1-3

MIDDLER CAMP
Dates: July 12-17
Completed grades: 4-5

JUNIOR HIGH CAMP
Dates: June 28-July 3
Completed grades: 6-8    

SENIOR HIGH CAMP
Dates: June 7-12
Completed grades: 9-12

Cost: $405; $440; $475

Camp Mitchell offers a faith-based component to its programs that consist of themed and traditional camps.


Camp Ozark
155 Camp Ozark Drive, Mount Ida
870-867-4131

Dates: May 31-Aug. 8
Ages: 7-17
Cost: $1,895 (One week), $3,395 (Two weeks), $5,290 (Three weeks)

Christian campers engage in more than 150 activities including horseback riding, crafts, tennis, water recreations, fishing, ropes course, basketball and more.


Camp Solgohachia Day Camp
4 Ozark Mountain Road, Solgohachia
501-354-3959

BASE CAMP
Dates: June 9-July 21
Grades: 10-12
Cost: $275

OVERNIGHT CAMPS
Dates: June 1-July 20
Completed grades: 3-8
Cost: $500

This Christian camp offers worship along with an active week full of traditional camping activities. Campers are assigned to a “tribe” where they will lodge with anywhere from six to 11 other campers.


Camp Tahkodah
5095 Camp Tahkodah Road, Floral
870-251-1289; 501-279-4226

Dates: May 31-June 1, July 19-24; June 7-19, June 21-July 3, 5-17
Ages: 8-18
Cost: $275 (One week); $465 (Two weeks)

Camp Tahkodah is about faith, fun and friendship. Kids have daily outdoor Bible classes and a host of traditional camp activities before ending their day with inspirational devotionals under the stars.


Camp Winnamocka
68 Fort Jackson Road, Arkadelphia
870-246-4599

Dates: May 31-Aug. 1
Ages: 7-15
Cost: $1,150

This camp gives girls and boys a taste of some Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn fun with treasure hunts, ropes courses, dances, campfires and more. Campers can stay for one week or more to get the frontier experience.


Ferncliff Overnight Camps
1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock
Ferncliff.org | 501-821-3063 | Programs@Ferncliff.org

Dates: June 7-July 31
Grades: 1-12
Cost: Varies

Overnight Camp is a great opportunity for kids to 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.


SCOUTS CAMPS

Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Rockefeller
408 Scout Drive, Damascus
501-664-4780

Dates: May 28-31
Ages: 7-11
Cost: $60

Cub Scouts and their accompanying adults spend quality time together working on advancement, enjoying recreational activities and learning about camping.


Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Rockefeller (Coed)
408 Scout Drive, Damascus
501-664-4780

Dates: June 8-July 4
Ages: 11-17
Cost: $250 early bird before May 1; $300

New Scouts receive special instruction through the First Year Camper Program. All Scouts have 40+ merit badges to choose from in a variety of fields including ecology and conservation, aquatics, handicraft, outdoor skills, first aid and shooting sports. Older Scouts participate in programs including special ops, C.O.P.E., extreme aquatics, mountain biking, mountain man and BSA lifeguard.


Girl Scouts Camp Cahinnio
460 Cahinnio Road, Booneville
GirlScoutsDiamonds.org | 800-632-6894 | Camp@GirlScoutsDiamonds.org

Dates: Varies
Grades: 1-12
Cost: Varies

Girl Scouts offer dozens of themed overnight camps of varying lengths open to all girls. Your daughter will experience traditional camp activities and special interest fun, learn outdoors skills, gain confidence, be independent and make new friends.


Girl Scouts Camp NOARK
250 Madison 8580, Huntsville
GirlScoutsDiamonds.org | 800-632-6894 | Camp@GirlScoutsDiamonds.org

Dates: Varies
Grades: 1-12
Cost: Varies

Girl Scouts offer dozens of themed overnight camps of varying lengths open to all girls. Your daughter will experience traditional camp activities and special interest fun, learn outdoors skills, gain confidence, be independent and make new friends.


SPECIAL NEEDS

Camp Aldersgate
2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock
CampAldersgate.net | 501-225-1444 | EBallew@CampAldersgate.net

Dates: June-August
Ages: Varies
Cost: Varies

Aldersgate camps provide a traditional residential camp experience for children with special needs and medical conditions.

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LIFE SKILLS

DRIVING

New Driver Education Summer Camp
9108 Rodney Parham Road, Suite 210, Little Rock
501-225-4028

Ages: 13 and up
Cost: $235

This course provides the new driver with 30 hours of instruction, reading and lively discussion covering the laws that regulate driving in Arkansas.

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SPORTS

BASEBALL

Harding University Baseball Elite Camps
Jerry Moore Field, Searcy
501-279-4407

Dates: June 7-10; 14-17
Grades: 9-12
Cost: $300 (commuters), $395 (overnight)

Players are exposed to every phase of Harding’s baseball program, including practice, organized games, weight training and classroom and video sessions.


BASKETBALL

AAO Basketball Camps
1515 Burr Oak Drive, Fayetteville
479-442-9979

SUMMER SKILLS CAMPS
Dates: June 1-4; 8-11
Grades: 1-8
Cost: $99 (early bird pricing through May 1); $125

TEAM CAMP
Dates: June 1-2
Ages: Junior and senior high school teams.
Cost: Call for details.

Players and teams get high-level training on foundational and complex skills like shooting, dribbling, passing, offensive spacing, defense and more.


Nike Basketball Camps
Episcopal Collegiate School
1701 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
501-372-1194

BOYS CAMP
Dates: June 8-12; July 6-10; 13-17
Ages: 9-15
Cost: $285

GIRLS CAMP
Dates: June 15-19, July 13-17
Ages: 9-15
Cost: $285

The Complete Skills Camp for boys helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skills at the post, wing or guard position.


GENERAL

Missouri Military Academy All Sports Camp
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 20-24
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $1,010

Boys will enjoy playing a variety of sports in a no-pressure, non-competitive setting. Sports covered include baseball, golf, soccer, wrestling, basketball and horseback riding.


GOLF

The Country Club of Arkansas Golf Camp
3 Country Club Circle, Maumelle
501-425-1067

Dates: June 22-25; July 13-16
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $90 per camp per child

Kids and teens will learn the fundamentals of golf with PGA pro Ann Baker.


GYMNASTICS

Huff 'n Puff Summer Day Camp
613 N. First St., Jacksonville
501-985-1818

Dates: May 26-Aug. 14, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ages: 5-12
Cost: Varies

Activities include gymnastics, dance, trampoline, indoor/outdoor play, swimming pool weekly outings, games, arts and crafts.


Razorback Gymnastics
Barnhill Arena
285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
479-575-4479 

GYMNASTICS CAMP
Dates: June 12-14
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $450 (commuter ages 7 and up); $550 (residential ages 9 and up)

HIGH-PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS CAMP
Dates: June 19-21
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $450 (commuter ages 7 and up); $550 (residential ages 9 and up)

In this fun program for recreational, compulsory and optional level gymnastics, athletes are taught in all four events as well as nutrition, dance and trampoline.


River City Gymnastics’ Sports and Educational Summer Camp
5310 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock
501-407-8000

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14, registration ends May 1.
Grades: K-5
Cost: Call for details.

River City’s camp is packed full of exciting activities that keep your child’s health and fitness in mind. Activities include weekly field trips, arts and crafts, physical fitness, games and much more.


HORSEBACK RIDING

Missouri Military Academy Equestrian Camp
204 N. Grant St.
Mexico, Missouri
573-581-1776

Dates: July 6-9; 13-16
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $250

Campers get three hours of instruction each morning. They will learn different Western horsemanship techniques along with horse management skills.


Holtzman Riding Academy
4618 Highway 5 South, Benton
501-860-2378

Dates: June-July
Ages: 6-11
Cost: Varies

Students will ride horses with instruction and do groundwork with their horses. Activities include obstacles, games on horseback and more.


LACROSSE

Xcelerate Nike Tennessee Boys Lacrosse Camp
University of Memphis
3720 Alumni Ave., Memphis
800-645-3226

Dates: June 8-11
Ages: 10-18
Cost: $659 (overnight and commuters)

This camp focuses on complete skills and gives players the chance to improve their skills and experience life on a college campus.


MARTIAL ARTS

Ranking Camps at Unity Martial Arts
1524 Garfield Drive, Little Rock
501-664-0604

Dates: June 8-12; July 13-17, 8 A.M.-3 P.M.
Grades: K-8
Cost: $135-$180; discounts available for siblings or repeat campers.

Beginners to advanced students will get concentrated training toward the next rank. There will be an official test for those who qualify by the end of camp. Students build notebooks to organize studying and set goals.


SOCCER

Advantage Academy Powered by Nike Soccer Camps (Coed)
4667 Dixieland Road, Fayetteville
832-470-3708 

Dates: July 20-24 (youth ages 4-11); July 27-31 (elite ages 11-18)
Ages: 4-18
Cost: $190 half day; $265 full day

Players can work on their game through drills focused on their respective positions and fun competitive play.


Central Arkansas Soccer Academy Summer Day Camp
University of Central Arkansas
600 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway
501-450-3150

Dates: June 1-4
Ages: 4-9
Cost: $80; Register by May 1 for discount.

These day camps introduce players to basic soccer techniques while having fun. Campers should bring a soccer ball, proper shoes, shin guards, sun block and water.


Central Arkansas Soccer Academy Summer Junior Elite Camp
University of Central Arkansas
600 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway
501-450-3150

Dates: July 18-21, register by May 1 for discount.
Ages: 10-14
Cost: $450 (commuter); $495 (residential)

This accelerated and intense camp emphasizes technique, tactics and small-sided play along with competitive matches where campers are instructed and evaluated by the staff.


VOLLEYBALL

Arkansas Volleyhogs Camp
479-310-0430

ALL SKILLS CAMP
River Center, 1069-1585 Airlane Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: June 11-13
Grades: 5-8
Cost: $95

ALL SKILLS DAY CAMP
Barnhill Arena, 285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
Date: July 15
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $90

HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP
River Center, 1069-1585 Airlane Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: June 11-13
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $140

HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP
Barnhill Arena, 285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: July 15-17
Grades: 7-12
Cost: $315 (commuter); $375 (overnight)

JUNIOR HIGH PLAY DAY
Bud Walton Arena and Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville
Dates: July 18
Grades: 7-9
Cost: $25/player

TEAM CAMP
Barnhill Arena, 285 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville
Dates: July 12-14
Teams grades: 7-12
Cost: $220/player, $25/extra coaches and chaperones

This summer training experience focuses on teaching game and position-specific skills. High performance camps are recommended for more experienced players, but are open to all participants.


Nike Volleyball Camp (Girls)
5720 S. 73rd Place, Fort Smith
479-788-7120

Dates: July 13-16, register online by June 17.
Ages: 10-18
Cost: $250
This camp for girls run by the coaching staff at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, helps athletes improve their mechanics and form through position-specific drills and live game play.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Kanakuk KampOut!

KampOut! brings the fun of Kanakuk to your hometown. Staffers lead this high-energy day camp through guided sports, activity times, Bible study, worship and small-group time for children.


Conway Christian School
500 German Lane, Conway
Kanakuk.com/NeedSummerCamp | 417-266-3000 | Reg@Kanakuk.com

Dates: June 22-26
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $275


Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock
Kanakuk.com/NeedSummerCamp | 417-266-3000 | Reg@Kanakuk.com

Dates: July 27-31
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $275


Second Baptist Church
2600 Dave Ward Drive, Conway
Kanakuk.com/NeedSummerCamp | 417-266-3000 | Reg@Kanakuk.com

Dates: July 20-24
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $275


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