2013 Kansas City Summer Camps: General Day & Overnight Camps

Posted February 22, 2013 5:06pm by Jane

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Looking for a traditional summer camp in the Kansas City area? Here is our list of 2013 general day and overnight camps – some of these camps have no theme, no greater purpose other than fun; some of them have multiple themes to choose from, multiple goals and choice (but still lots of fun).

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Check out your local parks and recreation department. The Kansas City area parks and rec departments are really fabulous.  A great resource for parents and kids across the metro. Take a look at their summer catalogs – lots of offerings for every interest. You can find their websites by clicking the Classes link on the right side of this page.
  • Asbury Children’s Center at Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 W. 75th St. Prairie Village, KS  66208 -913-432-5573.    M-F 7am – 6pm.  School-age children go on 3 – 5 field trips each week.  A light breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided daily.
  • A Thyme For Everything (Lee’s Summit, MO) – culinary camp
  • Blue Springs Summer Day Camp (Blue Springs, MO) Open to kids ages 5 – 12 from 8:30am to 4pm with the option of Before and After Care from 6:30am – 6pm.   Each week has a special theme and parents can pick and choose which weeks they want kids to attend!  Weekly field trips, lots of fun games, exciting science experiments, cool crafts, new sports and new friends included.
  • Blue Valley Recreation (south Johnson County, KS) has many different summer offerings including Safety City and performing arts. Other camps include sports, cooking, technology, music, arts/crafts, and Special Olympics. Blue Valley Recreation is a GREAT resource for summer fun!
  • Blue Valley School District Summer Explorations Program (south Johnson County, KS) offers a variety of classes for kids in grades 2-7, including math, engineering, music, drama, chemistry, technology and more.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, MO/Kansas City, KS/Independence, MO) has programs for kids from 5-18. You’ll need to call your local club for more details on this summer’s offerings!
  • Brain Balance of Overland Park (OP, KS) – Get a Jumpstart for the Next School Year. The Brain Balance Program can improve your child’s social, academic and behavioral abilities. To find out how – Call (913) 627-9400.
  • Brookridge Day School (Overland Park, KS)offers summer school – keep an eye on their website for details!
  • Calvary Lutheran Church and School (south Kansas City, MO) offers summer care/camp for kids who have finished kindergarten through 5th grade. Lots of activities, field trips, etc. Good hours for working parents.
  • Camp ECC (south Kansas City, MO) – Camp ECC is a summer program for preschool children who are 3-5 years old. Camp runs Tuesday thru Thursday from 9am-1pm and each week revolves around a fun theme.
  • Camp Invention (several locations – KCK, Shawnee & Spring Hill, KS) is a hands-on science and creativity camp for grades 1 thru 6. Lots of different offerings. Really interesting and something to check out!
  • Camp Manitowa (Rend Lake, Southern Illinois) offers all the traditional camp activities and the best in camper attention and parent customer service. Directors have over 40 combined years of experience running overnight camps.
  • Camptastic at Creative World (Liberty, MO) offers five different themes this summer for ages 6 to 10. Full and part-time schedules available. Field trips, crafts, special events and more!
  • Carver Christian Academy Summer Program (7203 Paseo, KCMO)-an academic program in the morning and a recreational program in the afternoon.  All meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) are included with the weekly program fee.  The program hours are 6am to 6pm Mon- Fri. $50 to enroll and $60 weekly fee.   Please call (816) 361-1548 and leave a message to receive an enrollment packet.
  • City of Lenexa, KS – offers multiple camps for spring break and summer.
  • Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center (Liberty, MO) -currently in their 50th year of serving the KC area.  Features 60 acres of hills, creeks, and bridges to roam, and themed day camps for K-6th graders.
  • Extreme Discoveries at Kids R Kids School (Olathe, KS) has weekly-themed projects, activities and field trips. Great hours for working parents!
  • Camp Chippewa (Ottawa, KS) is a Methodist overnight camp with traditional camp activities for kids from K to 12th grade. (Kindergarten thru 3rd grade camps are just two nights and campers must have an parent or other adult with them.) All other camps are 3 or 5 night camps.
  • Camp Eagle Summit at Lee’s Summit Community Christian School (Lee’s Summit, MO) is a summer day camp with before and after care available at no extra charge. Weekly themes with lots of fun activities and outings.
  • Camp Galilee (El Dorado Springs, MO) is a Methodist overnight camp with traditional camp activities for children from 8 to 18. Christian-based, this camp is northwest of Springfield, MO. 417-876-3024
  • Camp Shawnee (Waldron, MO – Platte County near Parkville) – traditional day camps and overnight camps for ages 5 to 16. Affiliated with Camp Fire USA.
  • Camp Summit (Lee’s Summit, MO) – open all summer.  Open to 5 -11 years olds from 6:30am to 6:00pm. $115 weekly fee includes 2 – 3 field trips per week, daily swimming at Summit Waves, daily snack and a safe, fun, energetic environment for your child. You pick and choose the weeks to attend!
  • Camp Special Beginnings (Lenexa, KS) – summer day camp for kindergarten thru 6th grade, tons of activities, library time and field trips; flexible schedule for working parents!  shannon@specialbeginningsonline.com
  • Camp Taum Sauk (Lesterville, MO – southwest of Rolla, abt 6 hrs from KC) is a co-ed residential camp with 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 week sessions for kids ages 8 to 15. ACA accredited with every traditional camp activity.
  • Camp Tekakwitha at Prairie Star Ranch (Williamsburg, KS) – sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS, this is an overnight adventure camp for grades 5 through 12 (separate sessions). Great outdoor activities as well as prayer and Scripture. A one week Family Camp is also available.
  • Camp Wornall (Kansas City, MO) is held at the historic Alexander Majors House at 82nd & State Line (Mon-Thurs) and at the John Wornall House in the Loose Park/Brookside area (Fri). Kids ages 6 to 12 will learn about life and childhood in the 1800’s with tons of hands-on activities. They can even wear period dress.  Half- and full-day programs are available.  One week programs.  816-444-1858
  • Camp Wood (Elmdale, KS) is a YMCA residential camp for kids ages 7 to 17. One and two week sessions are available and include traditional camps, horse camps, skateboard camp and music camps.
  • Christ Lutheran Pre-Kindergarten (Platte Woods, MO)  offers summer school for those ages 2-6 years.  Weekly camp, affordable rates, 7AM-5:45 PM, Monday-Friday.
  • Clay-Platte Montessori School (Northland) offers camps for ages 2 – 12 including sports, science, art, cooking, computers, language, crafts and more. Some offered by the week; others offered on flexible daily schedule.
  • Congregation Beth Shalom (Overland Park, KS) Fun in the Sun Summer Camps offer 2, 3 and 5 day options for kids ages 18 months through kindergarten. Half day programs with optional extended care until 3 pm.
  • Creative World CampTasic is a Funderful, Laugheriffic, Blastastic summer adventure for kids ages 6-10! Each week, we will have a different theme complete with field trips, activities, and a special event day! Visit website for locations, to save a spot for your camper, and to see the fun we have planned! fees vary. 816-353-0270.  (locations: LibertyCountryside291Noland Rd., BeltonLees Summit)
  • Cub Scouts of Heart of America Council (various locations) sponsors three to five day long day camps for Cub Scouts as well as residential camps of varying lengths for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts and Boy Scouts. BB guns, bows and arrows, nature, crafts and games.
  • Preschool Summer Fun Days at FBC Raytown (10500 E. 350 Hwy., Raytown, MO)
    Preschool-aged children and their parents/guardian are invited on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July, (except for 4th of July week) for a free time of crafts, discovery, and free play for the child and parent with a different theme to enjoy each week.  10:00 a.m.-noon (come-and-go format unless otherwise noted) in the SonTown indoor/outdoor playground located behind the ROC Gym. For questions, contact Beth Tanaka at 778-1125 or btanaka@firstbaptistraytown.com.
  • The Field Trip Club (Olathe, KS) – This is a state-licensed summer day camp for ages 5-14, with fun field trips each week, (up to 3 a day!).   Call 913-780-6171 for information.
  • 4-H Camp (Junction City, KS), open to youth ages 7-11.   4days and 3 nights of adventure at Rock Springs 4-H Center!
  • Goddard School (various locations) has summer care/camps for preschool and elementary school-aged children. Great activities, great hours, different themes each week.
  • Gymboree Play & Music (various locations) usually has special play and music offerings during the summer for babies through age 5.
  • Heartland Camp (Parkville, MO) hosts a day camp program for 1st through 5th graders (and overnight camps for 2nd through 12th graders). They offer the typical sports, swimming, music, crafts and games as well as regular Bible study.
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City (Overland Park, KS) has summer day camps for all ages as well as sports, theatre and dance camps! Before- and after-care also available for working parents.
  • Johnson County Community College Summer Youth Enrichment (Overland Park, KS) has academic enrichment for kindergarten through 9th graders. There are some REALLY cool-sounding camp/courses at JCCC this summer!
  • Johnson County Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camps (various locations) include fun day camps, preschool camps, sports camps, performing arts camps and nature/science camps! Full- and partial-day programs available.
  • Kanakuk Kamps (Lake Taneycomo and Tablerock Lake, MO) are Christian-based overnight camps with 7, 13 and 25 day sessions. Ages 7 to 18, traditional camp activities. Golf camp and family camp also available.
  • Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO and Riverside, MO) If your child loves to draw or paint, take photos or make digital art, the Kansas City Art Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies offers drawing, painting, animation, fashion, photography…and more!  Youth and high school students ages 6-18 can explore art and design at one of the nation’s top schools of art and design located right in their own backyard.
  • Kansas City Parks & Recreation summer camps (various locations in KCMO) offer arts & crafts, tennis, field trips, games, sports, swimming and more!
  • Kansas City Urban Youth Center (KCMO) hosts a full-day camp for kids grades 1 thru 8. Mornings include literacy programming; afternoons feature field trips and fun!
  • Lake Doniphan offers Christian youth camps, camps for kids with spina bifida and kidney disease, family camps, and a karate camp.  12856 Doniphan Lake Road, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
  • Learning 2 Fly (Mission, KS) – day camps focusing on youth health, mind and body, art and circus skills!  Camps are M-Th, 830-330pm all summer.  Activities include daily exercise, community gardening and art.
  • Leawood Summer Camps (Leawood, KS) – Parks & Recreation half and full day camps for kids from K up to 17. Arts, sports, outdoor and “extreme tween” camps in addition to adventure camps held at City Park, Ironwoods Park and Community Center.
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site (Olathe, KS) drop-in summer programs on Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and July.  Learn more at www.mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111
  • Metropolitan Community College – Longview (Lee’s Summit, MO) sponsors programs for ages 3 -15 including a variety of different topics. Check back for summer offerings or call 816-672-2030.
  • Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods (Northland) offers classes and camps for ages 8-14, covering topics such as art, drama, science, writing, animal care and sports. No info posted on their website yet but check back!
  • Mission (KS) Parks & Recreation -Join us for a Summer of Fun at Mission Parks & Recreation. Our summer camp runs June 3-August 2, 2013, from 7:30am-5:30pm – Monday – Friday. Fees are $119 for SPJCC members/Mission residents/Mission Businesses; $129 for non-residents.  Don’t delay, sign-up for a summer of fun today!!
  • Missouri Military Academy Enrichment and Recovery Academy (Mexico, MO) has day and residential programs geared towards academics and study skills with a variety of activities and sports in the afternoons and weekends. This is not a military program. For grades 7 through 12, boys and girls.
  • Museum Kids Summer Workshops at the Kansas City Museum (KCMO) as of Feb 1, 2013- summer info hasn’t been posted.
  • My Gym (Overland Park, KS) has summer day camps for ages 2 to 8. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm. Award-winning programming of games, relay races, sports, art projects, and more! 913-685-9005.
  • New Summit Day Camp (Lee’s Summit, MO)  –June 10-14, 2013.  New Summit Day Camp runs from 9am to 5pm Mon—Thurs. On Friday camp runs from 9am to 3pm. Campers will have completed Kindergarten through sixth grade and participate in a week of Christ-centered fun.
  • North Kansas City Community Center (North Kansas City, MO) holds weekly fun camps. No detailed summer info on their website as of February 1, 2013 – but check back soon!  They typically have a Spring Break camp.
  • North Kansas City Schools Community Education Services (North Kansas City, MO) usually has camps for ballet, dance, art, computer and drama – ages 4 through 18. Call them at 816-413-5494.
  • Notre Dame de Sion Elementary (Kansas City, MO) offers Sion Summer School for preschool through grade 8. The camp offers before- and after-camp extended care for working parents.
  • Notre Dame de Sion High School (south Kansas City, MO) hosts art camps and sports camps for girls in grades 2 – 9.
  • Oakhill Day School (Northland) offers many different sessions for age 2 through 8th grade. The sessions include cooking, computers, karate, academics, sports, swimming and more. Full- and part-day programs available. 816-436-6228
  • Pembroke Hill School (Kansas City, MO) holds an extensive summer program, similar in breadth to the Barstow program, for kids ages 2-18. There are many themed classes as well as offerings like debate, self-defense and SAT/ACT prep course! There are many more and the hours are excellent for working parents!
  • Primrose School of Overland Park (OP, KS) Passport to Adventure offers a new theme for Explorers to enjoy each week! From the great outdoors to science and food fun, Camp Primrose has something for everyone. Customize your adventure by selecting specific camp weeks or join us for a whole summer of fun!
  • Rock Springs Family Camp (Junction City, KS) – three day overnight sessions for Mom, Dad AND the kids! Horseback riding, swimming, hiking, fishing, trap shooting, crafts and more!
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School (Kansas City, MO) offers morning and afternoon classes in art, music, theater, soccer, basketball, academics, cooking and more! Ages 3 to 13.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Overland Park, KS) sponsors several day camps for boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 8. Most offerings are sports camps with some dance, sewing and cooking thrown into the mix!
  • Shawnee Mission School District (Johnson County, KS) has an amazingly broad Summer Enrichment Program for students in preschool through 8th grade. Programs range from art, math, computers, sports, science and music to theatre, cooking, woodworking and foreign languages. This one looks awesome!  913-993-9740
  • Summer at Barstow offers a spectacular camp experience for children ages 3-18. There are more than 300 camps in academics, arts, crafts, cooking, dance, theater, science, technology, math and sports. Summer at Barstow 2013 runs May 28 through August 2, 2013, with extended care and lunch available. Enroll online today!
  • Tall Oaks Camp (Linwood, KS) hosts several day and overnight camps for the Disciples of Christ Christian Churches. Camps for kids K thru 12 are available as well as family camps.Check the website for details.
  • Turner Recreation Commission’s Adventure Camp (Kansas City, KS) at Pierson Park, ages 8-12, outdoor camp.
  • Turner Recreation Commission’s Explorer Camp at Turner Recreation Community Center (Kansas City, KS) ages 5-12 , indoor camp.
  • Victory Temple Christian Life Center (KCMO) offers weekly summer camp, M-F from 8am-5pm.
  • Wildwood Outdoor Education Center (near LaCygne, KS) offers residential camping in a gorgeous setting. Five-day programs for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 or the Women of Wildwood program for girls ages 10 to 15 with an emphasis on leadership and self-esteem.
  • YMCA Summer Day Camps (various locations) The YMCA is one of the Kansas City metro’s best resources for kids’ camps. They’ve got sports camps, outdoor camps, fine arts camps and traditional day camps offered through many local school districts.
  • Young Writers’ Academy (Blue Springs, MO)  designed for students entering grades 2-5 next fall.  Morning and afternoon sessions available.
  • Youthfront Camps (near Edgerton and LaCygne, KS) has overnight Christian-based camps for kids from grades 3 through 12+. There are week-long sessions for older kids; half-week sessions for the younger ones. Traditional, fun camp activities!
  • Youth Tech Inc., (Kansas City) offers a non-profit computer camp dedicated to providing enrichment opportunities for students with a passion for learning. They offer courses like Video Game Design, Animation, Web Design, Movie Makers and many more.  For more info, 913-940-3155.
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