2017 Guide to Camps in and Around Birmingham

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!

Highlands Summer Camp

Highlands School’s Higher Degree of Learning does not end when the school year is over. We offer a quality summer program as well. Highlands summer camp offers challenging activities, talented teachers and the great variety that you have come to expect from Highlands School. Camp is open to all students entering Kindergarten through the 8th grade, regardless of the school they attend during the school year. We also offer a couple of options for rising 4K and a new Counselor-in-Training program for rising 7th through 11th grade.

4901 Old Leeds Road
Birmingham

205-956-9731

Camp Empower

Our Mission seeks to empower, strengthen and shepherd families and children who are in or have come from “hard places”. Camp Empower is a therapeutic day camp for children (7-12 year old) who may struggle with: attachment issues, learning differences, behavioral issues, anxiety/depression. Each camp is led by professionals in education, clinical social work, and counseling. 

Camp Empower 2017
June 19th  – June 23rd.  
Westminister Upper School 

4601 Valleydale Road 
Birmingham

205-907-5018

Kidcam Camps

Kidcam Oak Mountain is open to campers ages entering K-13, and is the ideal summer day camp for locals. The daily activities consist of all the best amenities Oak Mountain offers, as well as a summer theme curriculum built around the world of Wacky and Wild art, science, games and sports! Full summer and weekly camp sessions are available through online registration. Build your own summer sessions by choosing only the weeks you need, and save 10% when you purchase these before May 9th. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with free before care and affordable after care options until 6pm.

200 Terrace Dr.
Pelham

877-4KIDCAM

Summer School

Our Summer School Program was established to ensure the success of our cadets. While some cadets attend Summer School in order to rectify unsatisfactory grades [something we call Academic Recovery], a vast majority of students attend Summer School to get ahead on their high school curriculum. We offer a unique chance to gain one full credit in history, math, or English for grades 9-10 of the student’s choice/need. Anyone is welcome to enroll in our Summer School Program. The typical makeup of any given Summer School is 50/50–half returning cadets and half new students. In short, enrollment with the academy during the regular school year is not required in order to gain access to this great opportunity. Everyone is welcome!

174 Ward Circle
Camp Hill

256-281-3295

Military Leadership Camp

Military Leadership Camp is designed to prepare the upcoming school year’s cadet leadership; however, Leadership Camp is open to any student seeking to learn to hone their personal leadership capabilities. While attending, cadets will study: military bearing, drill and ceremony, rifle marksmanship, orienteering, repelling, survival skills, basic first aid, and attend leadership classes and practicals headed by faculty members who have held a leadership position within the armed forces. Campers will also visit at least one active military base.

174 Ward Circle
Camp Hill

256-281-3295

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is a two week program ran through Lyman Ward Military Academy which offers students the ability to have fun. Campers will be based on campus, but all major activities will be held off campus. Activities from previous summer schools include, but were not limited to: camping, fishing, hiking, white water rafting, ropes courses, etc. This is a unique opportunity for campers to get a feel for the outdoors and potentially learn a new hobby.

174 Ward Circle
Camp Hill

256-281-3295

Camp LJCC

Camp LJCC offers eight weekly day camps to the entire Birmingham community for children entering grades K-8th. Our camp has a “camp a la carte” system that allows you to plan your summer exactly as you wish – sign up for one week or all eight. You can mix and match weeks with day camps, specialty and/or sports camps.

3960 Montclair Road
Birmingham

205-510-9022

Painting Kids Camp

Are you ready for a NEW experience for you and your children in the Birmingham, AL area? We have the answer!  Kids camp at Painting With A Twist!  Throughout the summer we offer week-long art camps for children ages 6 to 15 years old. They will create one 16×20 painting per day, as well as work on their own large 24×36 canvas PAINT YOUR PET or other custom painting.   Snacks and art supplies are provided during kids camp. After the last class on Friday, we’ll have an art show for family and friends so you can see what your little artists have created during the week.  Check our calendar for complete details.  

701 Doug Baker Blvd #106
Birmingham

205-637-7777

Deer Run Camps & Retreats

Deer Run’s exciting and engaging summer camp experiences genuinely impact your child through providing growth in character, confidence, respect, leadership and faith. This traditional camp located only 2 1/2 hours north of Birmingham near Franklin, TN removes everyday distractions and provides age-graded and age-focused 1 or 2 week sessions with outdoor adventures and challenges. Overnight camps for grades 3-12. Camps are age-graded for preteens, middle school and high school. Day camps (age 5 to grade 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6-8) are available if you are traveling in the area. Day Camps are 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

3845 Perkins Rd
Thompsons Station, TN

888-794-2918

Stomp 'N Shout

Summer Camp is a great place for kids to meet new friends, socialize in a safe environment, learn new skills, and flex their character muscle.  When camps are structured, planned, well thought out and well staffed it’s a great opportunity for introverts to unfold and extroverts to shine!  Stomp N Shout believes that Together Everyone Achieves More!  This summer students will be T.E.A.Ming with each other, and we will be T.E.A.Ming with other businesses, professionals, and individuals to provide students with a summer to remember!  Join Us! We are currently registering for students ages 4-12 years old.

3945 Vanderbilt Rd.
Birmingham

205-808-1234

Blazer Distance Running Camp

The Blazer Distance Running Camp is held on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the city of Birmingham, Alabama from July 12th – July 16th.  Our training will take place at every venue that the current Blazers train at: Red Mountain State Park, Lakeshore Trail, Black Creek park and around the campus of UAB.  The camp focuses on getting your athlete ready for cross country by educating them on nutrition, visualization, proper form and goal setting.  Our goal is not to over train your athlete but prepare and excite them for the cross country season ahead!  

Ages: Entering 7th grade – Entering 12th grade 

Questions: Call Coach Matt Esche, Head UAB Cross Country Coach

1212 University Blvd.
Birmingham

319-321-7942

Lifetime Fitness Kids Camps

Save the bug spray. This summer, your kids will enjoy full days of gym games, field trips, S.T.E.M. activities, arts and fitness, and exciting weekly themes! 

Pirate’s Life – Great Outdoors – Medieval Mischief – Wild West Wackiness – Time Warp – Grossology 101 – Superhero Sizzle – Making Waves – Crazy Crime Lab – Out of This World – Science is Magical – Myths and Legends – Hollywood Week – Game Show Mania

To register, contact Reo Townsend ([email protected]) or Melise Harris ([email protected]) in the children’s office!

3051 Healthy Way
Vestavia Hills

205-547-3151

Camp DeSoto

Camp DeSoto is a Christian summer camp for girls, ages 8-16, located on Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama. At Camp DeSoto girls are invited to experience the fun of summer camp as part of a nurturing Christian community. Through outdoor activities, new friends, loving counselors, worship, and play, Camp DeSoto provides girls with opportunities to learn new skills, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, build lasting friendships, and develop a deeper understanding of God’s love.

264 Highway Above the Clouds
Mentone

256-634-4394

Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Rd
Chattanooga, TN

423-267-8505

Aldridge Gardens Summer Camps

3530 Lorna Road
Hoover

205-682-8019

Camp VST for Theatre Arts

1116 26th Street South
Birmingham

205-251-1228

Camp Fletcher

5150 Fletcher Road
Bessemer

205-428-1059

Summer Camp at Advent

2019 Sixth Ave. N.
Birmingham

205-252-2535

Mike Getman Soccer Camp

1212 University Blvd.
Birmingham

205-870-0194

Summer Camps at McWane Science Center

200 19th St. N.
Birmingham

205-714-8414

Sur La Table Cooking Camps

115 Summit Boulevard
Birmingham

205-298-6382

Camp Straight Street

2281 Old Tyler Road
Birmingham

205-978-9308

Overdrive

3187 Cahaba Heights Road
Birmingham

205-908-7059

Rock Band Camp

3187 Cahaba Heights Road
Birmingham

205-908-7059

Mason Music Camp For Beginners

3187 Cahaba Heights Road
Birmingham

205-908-7059

Singing Safari Preschool Music Camp

2903 Cahaba Road
Birmingham

205-874-9596

Mason Music Camp For Beginners

2903 Cahaba Road
Birmingham

205-874-9596

Mason Music Camp For Beginners

5406 Hwy 280 E, Suite B103
Birmingham

205-908-7059

Mason Music Camp For Beginners

761 Shades Mountain Plaza
Birmingham

205-582-2238

Singing Safari Preschool Music Camp

3187 Cahaba Heights Road
Birmingham

205-582-2238

Singing Safari Preschool Music Camp

5406 Hwy 280 E, Suite B103
Birmingham

205-874-9800

Created For A Purpose

65 Old Montgomery Hwy.
Birmingham

205-871-7002

Extreme Military Challenge!

15719 AL HWY 157
Vinemont

855-962-2267

ArtPlay's Visual Arts Summer Camps

1006 19th St. S
Birmingham

205-975-4769

The Knight School Summer Chess Camp

2612 Vestavia Forest Terrace
Birmingham

205-332-5233

Summer Science Camps
(UAB CORD)

933 19th Strreet South
Birmingham

205-934-5171

Summer Science Institute
(UAB CORD)

933 19th Strreet South
Birmingham

205-934-5171

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