It’s that time of year again and Stephenville is gearing up for a variety of summer camps and activities while kiddos are out of school.
Here’s a look at just some of the summer fun coming.
Library Reading Program
The Stephenville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 1 when kids can pick up their reading logs for a chance to earn a goody bag at the end of summer. The events will start June 7 with a visit from the Stephenville police and fire departments and special guest Sparky the fire dog.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the kids enjoy a lot of fun and free activities this summer,” said children’s programming coordinator Cathy Paulino. “From Sparky to Harry Potter’s birthday party, we have something for everyone.”
Stephenville Museum’s Camp Pioneer
Camp Pioneer is taking place from 9 a.m.-noon June 4-7 at the Stephenville Historical House Museum. This year’s theme is “Exploring the Wild Wild West” and will feature a variety of educational activities for area kids. Cost is $75 per child and additional children from the same family are $60. Enrollment ends Friday, May 25, so call 254-965-5880 to register.
Art, Theatre & Animation Camp
This annual Stephenville High School camp is changing things up this year with the addition of animation. Art, Theatre & Animation Camp will have two sessions from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m June 4-7 at the high school. An animation/art showoff and performance will take place at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, the last day of camp.
“We offer art and theatre together as one session. This year's show is Hurray for Hollywood and students will work on their song, dance and acting performance as well as creating costume, prop and set pieces,” said SHS theatre teacher Mindy Pope. “They will also have a daily session of art that will include learning about Alexander Calder and creating their own kinetic sculpture in addition to other art projects.”
Registration can be done by visiting artsintheville.com and will close once the camp is full.
“We are really excited to combine our creative writing and photography camps into one Animation Camp,” Pope said. “Campers will learn about storytelling and photography to create their own stop motion animation videos. Videos will be shown prior to the performance on Thursday.”
For questions call 254-552-6494.
STAR Council camps
STAR Council will offer three annual camps.
Camp G.U.T.S. (Gearing Up Towards Success) will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19-21 at the Graham Street Church of Christ Family Center. This is a leadership camp and is free for kids in grades sixth-eighth.
All Star Camp will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10-12 in the Foster’s Home for Children gym. This camp is for grades fourth-fifth and is about building healthy tribes. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The camp is free to attend.
Bosque Safari will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 1-2 in the Foster’s Home for Children gym. This is for incoming first-third graders and features games, crafts, developing skills and other fun — snacks and lunch is included. The camp is free to attend.
Pre-registration for these camps must be done beforehand by calling 254-965-5515.
“I’m excited about our plans for Camp G.U.T.S. Some of our activities will be a little heavy as we discuss current and past issues regarding intolerance, but our main focus will be on promoting and practicing tolerance, accepting differences as simply different, and not necessarily bad or wrong,” said Rhyland Ramirez with STAR Council. “We’ll spend some time enjoying and celebrating our differences together, and hopefully participants will go home and share what they learn with their families and friends.”
CTFAC Summer Art Camp
The annual Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Summer Art Camp will have two sessions taking place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. June 25-29 at the River North Gallery. The camp is for children ages five and up will be instructed by Gilbert Intermediate art teacher Liz Meiron.
“We have a blast getting our hands dirty at art camp with tie-dye, paintings, ceramics and much more,” Meiron said. "I can't wait to see last year's artists again and meet new faces at this summer's art camp."
Cost is $100 per child and seating is limited. Call 254-965-6190 to reserve your child’s spot.
A full list of summer activities can be found on the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce website under “events” at www.stephenvilletexas.org.