Calling all aspiring artists, actors, explorers, scientists, investigators, performers, astronauts, archers and dinosaur hunters. Local summer camps will entertain and educate children with adventures canoeing down a river, acting in a musical, building a space laboratory and exploring the outdoors.

Check out these 25 nature, arts, science and sports camps.


Quail Creek

Ages: 5 to 12

Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, July 10-14, 17, 21 and 24-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Zoom down a zip line, go horseback riding, take music lessons and practice shooting paintballs. The weekly day camps in Hartselle focus on sports, life skills and cultivating leadership. 233 Quail Creek Drive.

For the equestrians in the family, check out horse camps held Mondays to Thursdays, 8-11 a.m. or 4-8 p.m. Camps will take place June 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, July 10-13, 17-20 and 24-27. Open to ages 5 to 18.

Cost: $199 per week for day camps and $179 for horse camps.


Pine Ridge Day Camp

Ages: 4 years old to eighth grade

Dates: June 5-30 and July 3-28 for four-week sessions; June 5-16, 19-30, July 3-14 and 17-28 for two-week sessions; July 31-August 4 for one-week session.9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Adventures in archery, hiking, whittling, canoeing, caving, bouldering, horseback riding, fire building and more await at the Somerville day camp. 113 Pine Hill Drive. Transportation to camp is available at pick-up and drop-off locations in Decatur.

Cost: $358 per week, $697 per two-week session, $1,294 per four-week session.

Register:; 256-778-9999.

Wild Wednesdays

Ages: Any age.

Dates: Every Wednesday beginning June 28 and ending Aug. 2, 9:30 a.m.

Explore the waterfalls, sandstone bluffs, canyons, rock shelters and swimming holes of the Bankhead National Forest during hikes led by Wild South coordinator Janice Barrett. Hikers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Warrior Mountains Trading Co., 11312 Alabama 33 in Moulton. Wear comfortable clothes, bring snacks, a lunch and drinking water.

Cost: Free.

Register:, 256-974-6166.


Princess Theatre Middle School Performance Camp

Ages: 11-14

Dates: June 5-July 15; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-noon, snacks provided.

Described by Anne Scarbrough, director of the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, as an intensive program, the performance lab will train students in the skills of theater. Held at the Princess Theatre, 112 Second Ave. N.E., Decatur.

Cost: $125, scholarships available.

Registers:; 256-350-1745.

Princess Theatre High School Training Lab

Ages: 15-18

Dates: June 5-July 15; Tuesdays-Fridays, 1-3 p.m., snacks provided.

The ensemble of students will work as a team to create and share performance pieces. Held at the Princess Theatre, 112 Second Ave. N.E., Decatur.

Cost: $150, scholarships available.

Registers:; 256-350-1745.

Fine Arts Summer Academy

Ages: Kindergarten-third grade

Dates: July 17-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The School of Fine Arts will open the worlds of performing and visual arts to students with classes on stop motion animation, art, guitar, musical theater, piano and drama. Held at First Baptist Church in Decatur, 123 Church St. N.E.

Cost: $195.

Camp Artselle

Ages: Rising first- to fifth-graders

Dates: June 19-22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate the decade of big hair and rock music with Camp Artselle’s “Totally '80s” art, music, dance and drama sessions. Held at The Burleson Center, 307 College St. N.E., Hartselle.

Cost: $85.

Camp “After Hours”

Ages: Rising sixth- to 12th-graders

Dates: June 19-21, 3-6 p.m.; June 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Campers will take classes in two of the four courses of production, music, choreography and theater.

Camp Artselle and Camp “After Hours” will culminate with performances June 22 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., 307 College St. N.E., Hartselle.

Cost: $50.

Camp Carnegie

Ages: Rising first- to sixth-graders

Dates: July 24-28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Embrace the imaginative world of art, music, acting and creative writing at Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E., Decatur.

Cost: $160 for Carnegie members; $190 for non-members. Includes lunch and snack.

Register: Register by June 30.


Drum Camp

Ages: First- to ninth-graders

Dates: July 10-14, 5-7 p.m.

Keep rhythm with the Huntsville Drumline Percussion and Performing Arts Center, 1800 Jordan Lane, Huntsville.

Cost: $45.

Register:; 256-430-5566.

Hip-Hop Camp

Ages: 8 and older

Dates: July 10-13, 9 a.m.-noon.

Learn how to pop and lock with the high-energy choreographed and freestyle steps of hip-hop. No dance experience needed. Held at Athens State University.

Cost: $90.


Comics & Cartooning

Ages: 10 and older

Dates: July 24, 26 and 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Campers will learn how to animate objects, suggest motion and draw facial expressions in order to invent characters and create a comic strip. The Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church St., also offers summer classes for pre-kindergarten to high school students, ranging from jewelry-making and pottery throwing to watercolor and stained glass mosaics.

Cost: $75.



Camp Invention

Ages: Kindergarten to sixth-grade

Dates: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Campers will create items made from duct tape, design inventions to prepare planets for habitation, build giant air cannons and become an electrical engineering super spy. Held at Priceville Junior High School.

Cost: $225.

West Madison Elementary School, 4976 West Triana Blvd., Madison, will host a Camp Invention, June 12-16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Gross Out Camp

Ages: First- to- fourth-graders

Dates: July 17-21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Explore the woods, experiment with chemistry labs, get up-close and personal with Alabama reptiles and learn the scientific method at this camp held at Point Mallard Park.

Cost: $175, scholarships available.

CSI for Kids

Ages: 9 and older

Dates: July 17-19, 1-4 p.m.

Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes to uncover mysteries using forensic science and profiling skills. Held at Athens State University.

Cost: $75.


Gross Science

Ages: 9 and older

Dates: July 17-19, 9 a.m.-noon.

Get down and dirty with the slimy, smelly and weird elements of the human body. Campers will explore why jam forms between toes and boogers are in the nose. Held at Athens State University.

Cost: $75.


Roaming with the Dinosaurs

Ages: Kindergarten to sixth grade

Dates: July 24-28, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Explore the world of the dinosaurs during adventures at Huntsville Botanical Garden, currently home to animatronic dinosaurs, including the tyrannosaurus rex, parasaurolophus, stegosaurus, ankylosaurus and triceratops.

Cost: $230 per week, $50 per day.



Archery Camp

Ages: 10-16

Dates: June 19-21, register by June 12; July 17-19, register by July 10; 10 a.m.-noon.

Watch out Robin Hood and Katniss Everdeen. Participants at Decatur Parks and Recreation’s archery camp will learn how the proper techniques of the sport while practicing at T.C. Almon Recreation Center at Point Mallard.

Cost: $45.

Register:, 256-341-4944.

Soccer Camp

Ages: 3-16

Dates: June 5-9 and July 17-21; mini soccer, 8-9 a.m. for ages 3-6; half-day, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. for ages 6-16; full day, 9:15 a.m.-8 p.m. for ages 8-16.

Kick the summer off right with the British Soccer Camp at Point Mallard Park.

Cost: $103 for mini soccer, $135 for half-day, $195 for full day. $10 extra if registering within 10 days of the start of camp.

Golf Camp

Ages: 8-12

Dates: June 5-7, 9 a.m.-noon.

Calhoun Community College’s golf coaches Richard Morgan and David Snyder will teach campers how to putt, pitch, chip and swing. Make sure to bring golf clubs, water and sunscreen. Held at the Strike Zone at Point Mallard Park.

Cost: $65.

Register: or the first day of the camp.

Calhoun also organized a softball camp for girls in seventh to 12th grades. The camp, scheduled for June 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Calhoun’s softball field, will teach players the fundamentals of hitting, pitching and base running. Led by coaches Jayne Clem, Nancy Keenum and Gil Loeser. Register by June 10. Cost is $75.

Rowing Camps

Ages: 11-18

Dates: June 12-16, 26-30 and July 24-28, 8-11 a.m.

Learn from former collegiate national champion Audrie Hamann, who won titles with her twin sister while rowing for Calhoun Community College and Athens State University. Campers at Row Huntsville at Ditto Landing will develop the basic skills for rowing and paddling.

Cost: $175 per week.


Camp Safe Haven

Ages: 5-13

Dates: June 5-July 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Activities include drum and violin lessons, nutrition classes, games, swimming, movies, math and reading skills, camp idol, skating and more. Breakfast and lunch provided. Held at Carrie Matthews Recreation Center, 902 Sixth St. N.W., Decatur.

Cost: $30 per two weeks.

Register: 256-341-4690.

Camp Extended Day

Ages: Kindergarten to sixth grade in Decatur City Schools

Dates: Through Aug. 4, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Campers will create arts and crafts, play board games, sing karaoke, go skating and swimming, explore instruments and visit parks in camps combining education and entertainment.

Cost: $30 for one day; $45 for two days; $85 for three to five days.


Fort Decatur Kids’ Day Camp

Ages: Elementary and middle school

Dates: Monday-June 29; July 10-Aug. 3, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Activities include arts and crafts, sports, board games, fitness, special guests and more. Lunch is provided. Held at Fort Decatur Recreation Center, 610 Fourth Ave. S.E.

Cost: $8 per day, $25 per week, $85 per four week session. Extra $15 for after camp care from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Register: 256-341-4946.


Ages: Rising second- to 10th-graders

Dates: June 26-30, 7:45 a.m.-4:55 p.m.

Archery, musical theater, construction, wacky science, secret ops, lacrosse, gymnastics, cooking and more await campers to Winshape, a camp that combines entertainment with education children about the Bible. Decatur Baptist Church, 2527 Danville Road S.W., will host the camp.

Cost: $209.

Register: or 256-340-2441. Twitter @DecaturLiving.
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