Best Overnight Summer Camp Houston 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM
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Best Overnight Summer Camp Houston 2014 Guide

Summer Camp is a fun-filled experience for our children. It's an opportunity for tremendous growth and youth development is another important aspect of every child's summer. Houston has a variety of options when it comes to summer camp. The city is host to several organizations that put on day camps in the city. However, about this time every year, parents and children start to think about going away to overnight camp.

Texas has a long tradition of overnight summer camping experience. There are several options in East Texas that are among the best sleepaway camps. We also find that many families elect to send their children a little bit farther afield to Texas Hill Country to the heart of Texas Summer Camping, to camps with lakes and (a bit) cooler weather. This post will list some of the top overnight camps in the traditional Hill Country and East Texas regions. This list will provide a great starting point as you begin your research on the right Texas summer camp for your family.

Best Overnight Summer Camps East Texas

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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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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Sky 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.

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Best Overnight Summer Camps Texas Hill Country

If you are interested in Texas Hill Country summer camps, we have a whole post on that area Summer Camps. It is truly beautiful among the lakes, rivers, hills and gorges of this beautiful part of the state and the historical setting for some of the best Texas Overnight Camps.summer-camp-texas-hill-country-champions-guide-heart

Heart O’ The Hills | Texas Hill Country | Hunt

Heart O’ The Hills is a girls only camp for campers aged 6 - 16. The camp is located on the banks of the South Fork of the Guadalupe River. Long standing tradition and values persist at Heart O’ The Hills which has been in operation since 1928. Campers get to choose 9 activities from over 50 offered to fill their days at camp.

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Camp Stewart | Texas Hill Country | Hunt

Camp Stewart is an all boys summer camp for ages 6 - 16. Stewart is situated on both banks of the Guadalupe River deep in the Texas Hill country with a towering bluff that overlooks all of camp. The landscape offers plenty of adventuring for boys. Campers can attend during two 4 week terms or choose several 2 week half term options. Camp Stewart has a strong Christian, non-denominational emphasis on developing great boys. Their motto read, “Don't wait to be a Man to be Great, Be a Great Boy”

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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) during the summer. Oneweek 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.



If you would like to learn more about Texas Hill Country overnight summer camps, the full write-up on the top summer camps can be found in this post. If you would like to learn more about choosing the right summer camp, we have several resources to help you do so:
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