Now is the Time. Memphis is the Place.

Memphis offers many kinds of summer camps for your kids and teens to attend, enjoy, and learn something new. Not all of them are your typical summer camp either. Check out our list below:

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Photo: Orpheum Memphis


Learn all about and sign up for upcoming kids camps at this all encompassing parents expo! It will be happening at Memphis Botanic Garden’s and will be free to attend.

Requirements include proof of residency for children ages 5-15. Applications begin April 7 at each neighborhood’s community center on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Arch Mid-South empowers those with developmental and intellectual disabilities at Pine Crest Retreat Center in Moscow, Tennessee. Campers can enjoy outdoor recreations, relaxation time, great food, and tons more. The minimum requirement is 8 years of age.

Choose from nearly 100 specialty camps, including a wide variety of athletic camps, for lowermiddle, and upper school students, or choose a morning/afternoon combination for all-day coverage. Regardless of the adventure you choose, you’ll have a great summer at St. George’s! Prices vary by camp.

  • Orpheum Summer Camps – (June 4th-8th, 11th-15th, 18th-22nd, 25th-29th, July 9th-20th, 23rd-27th)

The Orpheum has several summer camps for kids in 3rd grade through High School. Each camp aims to engage campers with the performing arts and theater. The Rising Stars Camp will work with songs and choreography from the upcoming Orpheum Broadway season. Junior Broadway Bootcamp brings students together to learn acting, dance, and vocal skills from theater professionals to create a final showcase. Musical Theatre Intensive and Technical Theatre Intensive are both for students that are passionate about a career in theater. Another great program is the 2nd annual Mending Hearts Camp. It is designed for students ages 7-13 that have experienced the death of a parent. A typical day at camp includes music, theater, and dance classes as well as sharing time and guest artists. Prices vary by camp.

If you’re looking for the perfect way to spend your summer, look no further! PDS has something for everyone from sports to technology, arts to recreation, and adventure to education. Their goal is to create a fun atmosphere in which campers feel confident and excited to develop their current interests or explore new ones. They have dozens of camp options all throughout the Summer, so click the link here to check them out!

At Carl Schmitt Soccer Camps, players will be taught the game of soccer in a nurturing and fun, yet challenging environment. Players will experience components from the four pillars of the game of soccer (technical, tactical, physical, psychological) with the main emphasis on developing the individual player. All camps are open to boys and girls ages 5-18 and will receive a camp t-shirt and mini soccer ball. Campers will need to bring a soccer ball, shin guards, water, a light snack, a towel, outdoor soccer shoes and indoor/flat shoes. Registration is $105-25.

  • Memphis Zoo Camp – (May 29th – August 3rd (NO July 4)
    • Monday – Friday: 9am to 3pm

Campers will explore the fascinating world of animals while participating in fun games, crafts, tours, keeper chats, live animal visits and more. Parents must provide a non-refrigerated, non-microwavable lunch. Registrations by May 1st receive one free camp t-shirt per camper. Campers should register for their grade level for the 2018/2019 school year.

May 29-June 1: Girls Day Camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Girls ages 7 to 17 will enjoy a camp designed to introduce young athletes to fundamental skills and concepts through large-group and small-group instruction, drill stations, and various competitions. Athletes will be divided based on age and skill level. All activities will take place in Mallory Gymnasium and the Bryan Campus Life Center. Instruction will be provided by the Rhodes College Women’s Basketball coaches and players. Weather permitting, campers will have an option to swim for an hour a day in our campus pool where a life guard will be on duty. Campers will also receive a camp t-shirt, camp ball, and a camp photo. Space is limited and it costs $250.

June 2, July 14th: Elite Camp runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Girls ages 13 to 17 will be able to explore Rhodes, the women’s basketball program, and also have an opportunity to be evaluated by the coaching staff. There will be an informational session provided, as well as a question and answer session provided where current student athletes will be available. This is an excellent opportunity for potential prospects to be evaluated in-person and to compete to earn a roster spot. The cost is $100.

June 1-4: Pee Wee Camp runs from 9:00 am to 12 pm. Boys and girls ages 3 to 8 will be introduced to the game of basketball and basic skills. There will be daily drill and skill stations, competitions, and games. Campers will be supervised and instructed by our women’s basketball coaches and players. Campers will also receive a t-shirt, ball and a photo, and a daily snack. The cost is $125.

July 16-20. Advanced Day Camp. Girls ages 7 to 17 will be challenged with technical skills and concepts through large-group and small-group instruction, drill stations, and various individual competitions and team games.  The morning sessions will primarily consist of skill development, while the afternoon focus will be on competitive from 1-on-1 to 5-on-5 games. Young ladies will be divided based on age and skill level with all activities taking place in Mallory Gymnasium and the Bryan Campus Life Center. Instruction will be provided by the Rhodes College Women’s Basketball coaches and players. The cost is $300.

Through Y summer programs, the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of all youth are nurtured and celebrated. Children as well as teens will build positive character values, develop new skills, and make new friends all while participating in a fun and healthy atmosphere. Fees vary by location and include weekly tuition and a one-time registration fee. The registration fee is waived for families who have a household membership with the YMCA. Income based discounted rates are available.

SPARK Day Camp is a traditional day camp for girls and boys available from May 29-August 10, with fun weekly themes that add spark to your child’s summer, while making it easy to fit one or more weeks into your schedule. SPARK Day Camp offers convenient hours for working parents by providing early care and extended care in addition to the regular camp day. Campers enjoy a broad variety of daily activities that take advantage of Hutchison’s unique 52-acre wooded and gated campus located in East Memphis.

This workshop is for students 6 – 18 years old who are interested in the production process. Whether it’s your first time on stage, or you feel like the theatre is your home away from home, they have a place for you. From the audition process to the curtain call, workshop participants will learn the ins and outs of putting a play together.

  • Basketball Skills Development Camp – (June 4th – 8th & 11th – 15th)
    • From 9am-3pm, open to boys and girls ages 8-14.  Includes a tshirt.
    • First Quarter: by 2/28 – $165/sibling $150 (one week) – $300/sibling $285 (two weeks)
    • Second Quarter: by 3/31 – $190/sibling $175 (one week) – $350/sibling $335 (two weeks)
    • Third Quarter: after 3/31 – $215/sibling $200 (one week) – $400/sibling $385 (two weeks)
    • Fourth Quarter: on-site registration – $230 (one week) – $430 (two weeks)
  • School of Rock Summer Camps – (June 11th – 15th, 18th – 22nd, July 9th – 13th, 16th – 20th, )

Rock 101 Camp – Rock 101 Camp is designed for beginner musicians ages 8 – 12. Campers must choose a primary instrument for the week from electric guitar, electric bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals, but they do not need to have prior experience on the instrument. This camp focuses more on a fun approach to the fundamentals of rock n roll performance, and the camp does finish off with a live performance by the campers on Friday afternoon at School of Rock Memphis.

Performance Boot Camp – Performance Boot Camp is designed for intermediate to advanced musicians ages 10 – 17. Campers must have some proficiency on electric guitar, electric bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals which includes at least 6 months of lessons or training. This camp jumps straight into a more intermediate band rehearsal environment, and these kids will rehearse and perform an 8 – 12 song show on Friday evening. Our boot camp shows are off site at a real music venue in Memphis. This year’s locations will be announced at camp time.

Studio / Songwriter Experience Camp – This unique camp is designed for students at least 14 years old with at least 2 years of experience on their primary instrument. All types of songwriters are encouraged to enroll, as it will be helpful to develop and record original ideas. Camp will focus on audio engineering, studio performance, songwriting, beginner synthesis (programming synthesizers and keyboard patches) and sonic experimentation.

Spend some of your Summer enjoying the great outdoors at Memphis’ finest park! Nature Camp, Adventure Camp, and Equestrian Camp include nature hikes, archery, water recreation, fitness classes and environmental education sessions that are tailored to each camp’s age groups. Nature and Adventure camp run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm and are $180 for members and $200 for non-members. Equestrian Camp happens at the same time and costs $315-350 for members and $355-390 for non-members. Aftercare is available for all camps until 5:30 pm for an additional fee.

Cost is $200 for weeks one and two, and $250 for week three. It includes a healthy snack, plenty of water, and all activities. Campers will learn to work on bicycles in a workshop and navigate the neighborhood. Campers will need to bring their own bicycles to ride. If you don’t have a bike, stop by Revolutions to buy one before camp starts. All camps start at 8:30 am and end at 2:30 pm.

Learn all about nature at this enlightening camp designed for boys and girls from ages 6 to 12! They run 9 am to 3 pm and snacks will be provided, but a sack lunch/water bottle is highly recommended. Prices are $150-200 for a week.

  1. Ages 6-8 – June 11-15th
  2. Ages 8-10 – July 9-13
  3. Ages 11-12 – July 16-20

Photo: Memphis Botanic Garden

Integrate the hoop into nature, science, gardening, and nutrition. Make beautiful take-home projects including your own hula hoop and you’ll get to show off your skills at the end of the week during a big finale. Snacks will be provided but kids need to bring their own water bottles and packed lunches. Prices are $175-200 for the week.

A camp for toddlers at Memphis Botanic Garden! Running 9 am to 12 pm each day, campers 4 to 5 years old will be able to learn all about nature for a $125-150 for the week or $30-35 for a day. Snacks will be provided but they need to bring their own water bottles.

Summer learning regression disproportionately affects students who live in low-income communities while middle-class peers make slight gains. When multiplied over many years, more than half of the achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic statuses is explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities, impacting high school graduation and college readiness rates. This program is designed to provide academic enrichment within a summer camp experience for students who attend an MTR partner school, while exposing interns to urban education in Memphis and the residency program. Registration is open now!

Playhouse on the Square’s Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory is open to any student interested in theatre regardless of experience. All of the courses are taught by professional artists. Self-esteem is of primary importance to our program. Theatre is the perfect environment for a child to find their voice. Session sizes are limited to allow for maximum individual attention and development. Camps range from $185 to $550.

Looking for a magical experience this summer? Well the Germantown Community Centre is offering four different classes that will fully immerse you in the world of Harry Potter! You’ll be able to visit Gringotts in Diagon Alley, purchase your wand, take your OWL’s, learn about Quidditch, and much more. Individual sessions are $225, $425 for two sessions, and $800 for all four.

The Memphis College of Art offers different art class for kids ages 5 –  18 and junior camps for ages 4 – 6 throughout the summer. You can register for morning sessions from 9 am to 12 pm, afternoon sessions from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, all day, extended mornings, and extended afternoons.. The cost for camp is $175 for a half day and $345-375 for a full day. Classes range from exploratory creative expression to rigorous investigation of design principles.

Dance Summer Camps are a great way for your child to experience dance in a fun and safe atmosphere. For beginners up through the more serious student, Ballet on Wheels offers a “Fairy Princess” Dance Camp, Dance Mania Camp, and a Jr. Dance Intensive. Younger dancers will enjoy pretending to be their favorite princess characters, dance games and creating fun crafts. Other campers will be introduced to new dance genres, learn choreography, and fun dance games. On the final day of each camp there will be an in-studio performance for family and friends. Prices rage from $130-300 and are for ages 3-17.

  • Tennis Memphis Camps – (June 4th – July 20th [non-competitive], June 5th – July 29th (NO July 4th))
Every summer, Tennis Memphis offers a 6 week tennis camp at 23 camp sites for ages 5-18 reaching 1400 unique campers (2400 total) in the Memphis area. Of these campers, 75% are beginners, 70% ages 10 & under, and 80% attend on a scholarship. Camp participants not only receive intensive tennis instruction, but also learn the value of diversity, responsibility, and good citizenship. Prices vary by location.

Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) is offering a summer academy this summer for students from 3rd-8th grade!  These camps will include interactive lessons on math, science, reading, art, and Bible.  Camp will also include plenty of recreational activities.  Each site will be open from 7:30 am-6 pm.  Cost for all 7 weeks of camp is $50.  This cost includes all activities and lunch each day.  Field trips are an additional cost.

Visible Music Week is an exciting summer music program for high school students. In addition to this training, Visible Music Week will provide sessions emphasizing vocals, drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard.  Throughout the week, you will study and play in a live band setting as well as record a song in a real studio environment.  It will also provide hands-on seminars that cover topics in worship leadership, music production, and music business. This years speakers are Ken Steorts and Todd Agnew! The camp costs $459 before March 1st and $509 afterwards.

The MTR Summer program is designed to provide academic enrichment within a summer camp experience for students who attend an MTR partner school, while exposing interns to education in Memphis and the residency program. Additionally, interns live in intentional community, explore Memphis and receive training in effective instructional techniques. MTR Camp aims to (1) reduce summer learning regression, (2) promote a love for learning, and (3) expose college students to educational inequality.

Graceland is hosting their first ever Performing Arts Camp. Happening over four days during the summer of 2018, participants will learn from local and Broadway professionals as they explore their creativity in workshops at the Graceland Soundstage, on stage at The Guest House at Graceland Theater and on actual production sets featured in the acclaimed “Sun Records” TV series.

The Graceland Performing Arts Camp Package ($999 plux tax) includes:

  1. 4 nights hotel accommodations at Guest House at Graceland in standard guest room.
  2. Meals – including breakfast, lunch options and a welcome and finale dinner.
  3. 2 Graceland Elvis Experience Tours for adults. Kids will tour as part of daily camp activities.
  4. Kid’s camp activities on July 19-21 for children 6-15.

International classical musicians come are coming to Memphis to help aspiring classical musicians during the PRIZM Music Camp. Any student ages 12 or older with at least of two years of experience on their instrument can join the camp. Campers not only get musical training, but also the opportunity to perform in concerts alongside PRIZM Camp’s international faculty during the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. Tuition for the camp is $375. For more information, contact Rod Vester at (901) 462-4475.

Collage will offer two summer programs in 2018.  Raise the Bar Summer Intensive for dancers ages 9 – 18 and First Position, a dance intensive for students ages 5-8. Classes for the 2018 Summer Intensive include: Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Partnering, Broadway, Modern, Jazz Funk, Nutrition and Stretching/Conditioning. Collage Dance Collective’s teaching philosophy is to create dancers that are versatile and well-rounded, pushing them to experience dance beyond technical expression. Students take five classes a day; generally four dance classes and a nutrition class. Students also learn choreography daily towards a final performance at the end of the Intensive. Classes will be offered Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sundays are set aside for rest.

Know of any other camps we missed? Let us know!

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