Category: Camps

Theater Camp Invites Children To Shine

Summer Showtunes, a summer camp that teaches children the processes in musical theater performance, is back. 

The camp, which in previously was taught by a team from Dallas Summer Musicals, will take a new shape this year. The teacher, Lois Leftwich, will implement a format she “lived, taught, and performed” in the Northwest for 30 years: Broadway Bound. 


Summer Excitement Begins With Packing

Tips for making sure your camp is ready this summer. (Courtesy photo)

The good news is you probably have many things your child needs for camp in your house. Take the packing list (usually found on the camp website or in the welcome packet) and check around the house before heading off to the store.

Find out how often the camp offers laundry service. Most likely, you will only need to pack enough clothes for one to two weeks.


Lights, Camera, Action at Camps

A summer camp in Dallas this summer will focus on filmmaking. (Courtesy photo)

Her actors’ studio is turning 40, a Dallas institution, but Kathy Tyner wonders: Do people know we’re here?

“Really, we’re a well-kept secret in Dallas,” she said. “We just want more people to know about us and that we are honest.

“We want to tell people the correct way to pursue their career and their passion.”


Sending Your Love to Camp

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

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


‘The Hardest Job You Will Ever Love’

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

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

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


Wherefore Art Thou Camps Close to Home

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

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


Area Colleges Offer Camps

SMU swim camp starts in June. (Courtesy photo)

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

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

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


Summer Camping on Camera

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

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

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

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