2020 Summer Camp Guide


Are your kids counting down the days until summer vacation? Of course, moms know that there’s a direct correlation between school’s end and the increase in the usage of the word bored. Not this year! The Birmingham area has a plethora of amazing camp opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities. We would love to help you find the right fit for your young adventurers!

Deer Run Camps & Retreats

Overnight or Family Camp at Deer Run = GAME CHANGER.

Located on 100 wooded acres, Deer Run Camps focus on having fun, being adventurous, unplugging, and connecting. Whether an overnight camp or a family camp, everyone experiences days filled with creating new friendships, discovering strengths, and making memories that will last a life-time.

Students who come to Deer Run leave with direction, new friendships, and a deeper understanding of who they are. In a world where preteens, middle schoolers, and high schoolers have such difficulty making meaningful connections, Deer Run offers a place where students can truly engage with each other …technology free! They’re given space to explore, laugh, and rest, away from the constant social media/screen drain.

Whether flying across the zip lines, enjoying some paintball games, or developing their fishing skills, students are encouraged and cared for by our incredible counselors and deeply connecting alongside their peers.

Campers are in cabin groups by age for activities, Bible study, and recreation, then come together for large groups games, individual tracks, worship, and daily speaker session. Campers also choose one track for the week to develop abilities in areas such as fishing, wilderness skills, self-defense, drama, percussion, and ukulele.

Overnight camps are one-week, six-night sessions for preteen, middle, and high school students who have completed grades 3-12 or two-week sessions for ages 12-14.

DEER RUN FAMILY CAMPS are an all-inclusive, everything-planned-for-you, life-changing experience for all ages! Family Camp helps you unplug from the busyness of your regular routine and spend focused time with each other while having loads of fun. Enjoy recreation, games, relaxation, upscale lodging, delicious meals, and incredible service!

Each family also has a personal college-age or young adult assistant to help with your kids when needed, engaging them in fun camp activities while parents break away for a valuable marriage/relationship and parenting tips session.

Single Parent Camps are June 12-15 and July 17-20 and are designed specifically for those who are parenting alone. This is a unique experience of refreshment, adventure, strengthening, and an opportunity to connect with other single parent families.

Family camp is an opportunity to be fully engaged with your kids. Choose a 3-night camp experience in June, July, or Labor Day Weekend or one of the single parent camps.

3845 Perkins Road
Thompson’s Station, TN


Kidcam Camps

Why Parents Love Kidcam Summer Camps: Over 45 years experience of running summer camps (and it’s all we do 365 days a year!)

Kidcam offers 10 weeks of summer fun with all the best activities offered at Oak Mountain State Park. Full summer and weekly camp sessions are available online now for registration. Purchase only the weeks you need and build your summer around you!

Kidcam’s unique “Kid’s Choice” curriculum keeps our Rockstars (campers) fully engaged in daily activities & programs they choose. Kidcam’s Mission, through The Spirit of Summer, is designed to build a powerful summer camp experience that will inspire greatness, bring smiles to faces, and ensure personal preference with a mix of Kid’s Choice, weekly field trips & swimming, and long-standing traditions that create memorable moments and lasting relationships.

Camp Dates: May 26- July 31, 2020

*The ability to pay weekly (no later than the Friday prior)
*10% Off when you buy 3+ Weeks before May 9th
*Sibling Discounts when individual weeks are purchased
*Free Before Care
*After Care until 6pm
*Weekly Schedules built around the summer theme of Kid’s Choice *Other Age Programs built specifically for each age group

At Kidcam, summer camp isn’t just something we do, it’s all we do. And we strive to do it better than anyone else. Creating meaningful summer experiences for kids ages 5-13 is our focus 365 days a year. We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming, safe and supportive summer family where every child is treasured for what makes him or her unique. Through our long-standing traditions and values, we create a sense of belonging that gives children the confidence to be who they are. While enjoying a summer of fun, adventure and wonder, Kidcam campers are made to feel that they are a part of something truly special.

We call it the Kidcam difference. Our campers call it summers that rock!

200 Terrace Pkwy


Mason Music

For students who have little or no experience with music and may be wondering which instrument is right for them, Mason Music offers a half-day music camp in the summer that allows each student the opportunity to learn how to sing and play instruments like the guitar, piano, drums and violin. Each student will spend time with a teacher in small groups working and learning the basics of these instruments. There are also larger group activities, crafts and games that will involve the whole camp. The goal of this camp is to allow students to explore their interest on several instruments and learn general music concepts like pitch and rhythm, all while having a whole lot of fun!

June 8-12 (Session 1) – Greystone Studio
June 22-26 (Session 2) – Mountain Brook Studio
July 6-10 (Session 3) – Bluff Park Studio
July 20-24 (Session 4) – Cahaba Heights Studio
July 27-31 (Session 5) – Cahaba Heights Studio

Bluff Park | Cahaba Heights | Greystone | Mountain Brook


High Point Climbing and Fitness Birmingham

High Point camps teach kids 5-14 years old about rock climbing. Our enthusiastic instructors will teach climbing skills and equipment usage, and facilitate warm-up and team building games to keep your young athlete engaged, moving, and having fun!

Trust, communication, and teamwork are also essential to the sport of rock climbing. Instructors will guide and encourage campers to work and climb as a team, and hold them to a high standard of conduct and behavior.

Our instructors will meet your child at their level of skill and strength and help them improve. Beginner climbers are welcome, and we will be supportive of young climbers that are hesitant with heights! Our instructors endeavor to help our campers finish camp with a sense of self-confidence & accomplishment.

June 1-July 31

4766 Hwy 280

iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens

iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 450,000 alumni and 20+ years of experience. Weeklong, day and overnight programs for ages 7-18 held at 150+ prestigious campuses including University of Alabama at Birmingham, Caltech, and NYU.

Kids and teens learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more!

Students explore a top campus with new friends, learn from world-class instructors, and create impressive projects for their portfolios. Small class sizes are guaranteed (no more than 10 students per instructor) to ensure proper pacing for all skill levels.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham


Baylor Summers

What are Baylor Summers? A wide variety of action-packed, skill-building, fun-filled, sports, tech, arts, enrichment and outdoor adventure experiences. We take full advantage of our beautiful campus by offering incredible overnight camps and an array of day camps for boys and girls of all ages. Make the most of summer by making it a Baylor summer!

June 15-July 31st

We also offer an overnight Leadership camp. – Modeled after the Baylor School mission to foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world, Leadership Baylor is a week-long overnight camp for rising 7th and 8th graders who are motivated to become tomorrow’s leaders. Campers will discover their individual strengths and weaknesses, while learning strategies and skills for servant leadership, team building, public speaking, and success in non-profit or for-profit businesses.

Field trips and invited guests will connect campers with Baylor’s vast network of community and civic leaders, as well as experts in business and service. Campers will reside in Baylor’s dorms and enjoy meals in our dining hall. A “launch” will conclude the week, with campers presenting their ideas for returning to their community and making a positive difference.

171 Baylor School Road
Chattanooga, TN

Space One Eleven Summer Art Camps

Summer Art Camps for rising 2nd through 12th graders are a perfect way for young artists to learn a new art form or improve upon their art skills! These camps give young artists ample time to dive into their projects, make friends, and create a piece of art ready for the end of summer art exhibition. All camps are taught by working artists in Space One Eleven’s professional art studios.

Through Space One Eleven’s scholarship application, class and camp fees are based on a sliding scale. Families may qualify for free or reduced tuition, through the generosity of foundations and private contributors.

Students in grades 2 through 5 paint, draw and sculpt to create a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional projects that are influenced by historical or present-day artists from Alabama and that coincide with the theme, I’M AN ALABAMA ARTIST, TOO!

Specialty camps allow middle and high school students the opportunity to focus on a medium of their choice for a full week. Specialty art camps offered are drawing, ceramics, sewing, printmaking, photography, animation, and more!

2409 2nd Avenue North

Highlands School

Highlands Summer Camp is a higher degree of fun complete with enrichment camps and traditional day camps to meet almost every interest for ages 4K – high school.

We offer a huge variety of enrichment camps to target diverse interests including specialty camps like Dr. Seuss Camp, American Girl Doll Camp, and Harry Potter Camp, just to name a few. We also offer camps for ages ranging from 4K through high school.

Camp Dates: June 1-July 31


4901 Old Leeds Rd.


SHE Camp

SHE Camp hosted by GirlSpring July 27-31 at Homewood Theatre Register at https://www.girlspring.com/summer-camp/

Ages 9-12 // 9 am – 3 pm // $275 SHE Camp for ages 9-12 is designed to empower girls to make confident choices, encourage team work and inclusion, a positive self-image and teach leadership skills- all while celebrating their imaginations, unique sprits, interests and comedic voices. Activities include improvisation, storytelling, dance, crafts, group discussion and plenty of laughs! The week long program will conclude with a final showcase open to family and friends.

Ages 13-18 // 9 am – 3 pm //$275 SHE Camp for Teens 13-18 is dedicated to empowering young women who are navigating the middle school and high school years to make confident choices in their lives, as well as voice their unique interests and point of view through comedy and satire. Over the course of the week, they will learn improvisation, sketch comedy, and stand-up comedy accompanied by dance, crafts, group discussion, and plenty of laughs! SHE Campers will gain tools they need to build confidence in themselves, the importance ensemble and working as a team, assertiveness, positive self image, and self expression. The week long program will conclude with a final showcase open to family and friends.

Camps will be led by SHE Camp co-founders Jessica Antes of Chicago’s The Second City and Stacey Smith. Funding for camp is generously provided in part by Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

PO Box 530284

YMCA Camp Chandler

Camp Chandler offers 8 Day Camp sessions and 8 Resident Camp Sessions.
Whether you are looking for individual, small group, or camp-wide fun, we definitely have something for you! Campers are grouped according to age and gender. They live in cabins with up to 13 other campers and at least 2 counselors. Friendships grow as they live, share meals, laugh, and play together during a full week of fun! Campers are given the opportunity to participate in more than 20 different activities like horseback riding, skiing, archery, sailing, the high ropes course, and more.
Camp Dates: May 31, 2020 to July 24, 2020
1240 Jordan Dam Rd.

Riverview Camp for Girls

Riverview offers both one and two-week sessions and campers often combine sessions for a longer camp experience. With all of our session options, there will be a time to include Riverview in your summer! 

The Riverview Campus is the original and first operating camp in Mentone. We were made for outdoor adventure, from swimming to horseback riding to climbing to canoeing and so, so much more! Riverview is a private Christian camp for girls.

When is the last time you tried something for the first time? Here’s your chance! Riverview Camp is about trying new things you’ve never done before and loving to return each year to enjoy your favorites. There is something for everyone! 

Camp Dates: June-July (all session dates are online)

PO BOX 299

Crestline Summer Camp

Each week is a different theme!

June 15-18
Versus: Get ready for a week of good ol’ competition. We’ll play recess games like capture the flag, four-square and BUMP. We’ll also introduce some old-school games like Kick-the-Can and Steal the Bacon. At the end of the week we will have an awards ceremony.

June 22-25
Nature Study Society: We will spend our days honing our observation skills, fostering curiosity and wonder of all things nature, and making things using materials from nature.

July 6-9
Imagination Station: (4K – 2nd) Each day will be full of pretend play activities and crafts. This summer we will be archeologists, astronauts, veterinarians and royalty.

July 13-16
Mystery Detectives: We will work together to solve a new mystery each day. We will decode secret messages, complete missions and follow clues to solve the mysteries.

There is only room for 30 kids during each camp, so sign up today!
506 Hagood St
Mountain Brook

Dawson Summer Music Camp

Campers in K-5th grade discover their inner talent during Summer Music Camp (July 13-17) as they explore the instrument of their choice (guitar, piano, percussion, ukulele, violin, or voice) in small group instrument sessions with 6-10 campers who possess similar musical skills. Campers also enjoy rec games, art electives, and fun team building activities. Whether campers are new to music or have played an instrument for years, they will enjoy a camp experience that allows their inner talent to shine!

1114 Oxmoor Road

Mountainbrook Gymnastics Summer Camp

3677 Bethune Drive
Mountain Brook


3960 Montclair Road

Camp Straight Street

2281 Old Tyler Road

Gross Out Camp

P.O. Box 321038

Zoo Camp

2630 Cahaba Rd

Mike Getman Soccer Camp

P.O. Box 660754


Musical Theater Camp featuring Sister Act (Jr.)

1006 19th Street South

Camp VST at Virginia Samford Theatre

1116 26th Street S

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