Best Overnight Summer Camp Dallas 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 3, 2014 4:25:31 PM
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Best Overnight Summer Camp Dallas 2014 Guide

Overnight camp is an extremely powerful growth experience for children. Overnight camp is is an opportunity for kids to make lifelong friends, learn about who they are as a person away from their normal surroundings and have a lot of fun. I don't want to rattle on about the advantages of summer camp and the critical skills it provides - you can read more about that later if you haven't already.

We have compiled a list of the best overnight Texas summer camps in the Dallas and East Texas area. At the bottom of the list you will also find a few of the top camps in Texas Hill Country as well. Texas Hill Country overnight camps have a long standing tradition of summer camping. Geographic location is just one facet to being looking at summer camps, and we hope this helps you as you begin your search for a summer camp in Texas.

East Texas: Dallas Overnight Summer Camps

summer-camp-dallas-east-texas-huawniCamp Huawni | East Texas | Timpson

Camp Huawni is located in East Texas, right outside the town of Timpson. Huawni focuses on connecting kids with the outdoors and promoting simple fun. Camp Huawni has a strong commitment to promoting meaningful relationships among campers and supporting personal growth. Campers come to Huawni for anywhere between one and two week summer camp terms and are aged Kindergarten through 11th grade.

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Camp Pine Cove | East Texas | Tyler & Columbus

Pine Cove is a Christian organization offering a variety of camp experiences in East Texas. The camps are primarily located in Tyler and Columbus. The camps are segmented by age and each has their own programing and staff. The camps offer one week terms throughout the summer. Here is a helpful table outlining the grade range for their camps:




2 - 5th

6 - 7th

8 - 9th

10 - 11th


Tyler, Tx






Columbus, TX





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summer-camp-dallas-east-texas-sky-ranchSky Ranch | East Texas | Van

Sky Ranch has 3 locations, with the Texas location in Van and two others in Oklahoma and Colorado. Skyranch is focused on providing a vision of Godly character and transforming lives. God uses Sky Ranch as a vehicle to take a person from being a non-believer, to hungry seeker, to passionate follower, to ultimately a committed disciple. Sky has four camps for kids numbered Sky 1 - 4 starting at age 6 and going up to 15. Sky also offers a leadership program that starts at age 12 and progresses through 3 levels to age 18. Sky offers one week terms throughout the summer season.

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Camp Olympia | East Texas | Trinity

Camp Olympia is an overnight summer camp for girls and boys aged 7 - 16. Camp Olympia is located on Lake Livingston in an East Texas location set apart from traditional Hill Country. Campers personalize their schedule and select from over 40 activities. Camp Olympia has a self stated above and beyond commitment to safety and provides a great location in beautiful East Texas. Olympia has a strong tradition of having former counselors and campers on its full time staff. Bonus for the hot summers is air-conditioned cabins as well.

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Texas Hill Country Overnight Summer Camp

Many East Texans elect to send their children to the historic Texas Hill Country for its long tradition of summer camping excellence. The Hill Country has a strong list of summer camps that are both coed and single sex. Listed below are a few of the best Texas Hill Country overnight camps for boys and girls: (For the full post, click here)

summer-camp-texas-hill-country-champions-guide-lonehollowCamp Lonehollow | Texas Hill Country | Vanderpool

Camp Lonehollow is a coed summer resident camp nestled deep in southern Texas hill country. Lonehollow offers 1, 2 and 4 week terms. The property is picturesque Hill country, surrounded by rugged, mountainous terrains. Campers stay in air conditioned, modern cabins. Camp Lonehollow advocates a full circle approach to living through the activity curriculum taught at camp. The activities range from a variety of high adventure sports to arts & crafts.

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Camp Longhorn | Texas Hill Country | Burnett

Camp Longhorn is located on Inks Lake in Texas Hill Country. Campers can attend for 2 or 3 week terms. All the Longhorn Camps are coed. Campers must have completed 2nd grade to enroll but you can begin the enrollment process the summer after 1st grade. An interview with the director is required for placement in one of the camps.


Camp Champions | Texas Hill Country | Marble Falls

summer-camp-texas-hill-country-champions-guideCamp Champions is located on the beautiful shores of Lake LBJ in Texas Hill Country, just 50 miles west of Austin for kids aged 6 - 17. Campers can attend two or three week summer camp terms (or longer combination sessions). One week options are also available for the youngest campers. Campers can choose from over 40 activities during the day to learn new skills and develop life long interests. Each night is capped with a celebration of the day's Torchlighter, best exemplifying the 4 R's. Camp Champions has a strong focus on youth development and pushing campers to reach new heights.



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