If you're considering keeping your teen busy during the long summer break with an overnight camp, you might want to look into the camps in Abilene, Texas, a city with a Western heritage and traditional values -- and located just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Going to camp can help a teen build self-confidence and learn some life skills -- while he's having a lot of fun. With camps in Abilene, Texas offering sports, music and other themes, you're likely to find one that your teen will enjoy.
Abilene Summer Music Festival
The Abilene Summer Music Festival Orchestra Camp (hsutx.edu/asmf/tuition) offers budding orchestra musicians a comprehensive six-night camp opportunity. Professional musicians provide teens with advanced instruction. Camp days include such electives as composition and music history, as well as music classes and practice for the concerts in which they perform. Resident campers stay at Hardin-Simmons University, which provides them with meals, instrument rental if needed, and a festival T-shirt.
ACU Leadership Camps
Abilene Christian University (acu.edu/events/summer-camps/index) offers a variety of Christian-based overnight summer camps for your teen. ACU Leadership Camps offer leadership training for young believers with a focus on strengthening the mind, body and soul. There are several leadership camps, based on the age of the camper. Pulse camp is a community-building experience students entering grades 7 through 9. Campers partake in unique afternoon activities in the Abilene community to enhance their leadership skills while building a commitment to their faith. Kadesh Life Camp challenges high school students through service experiences, events, and worship. ACU also offers overnight summer sports camps for teens that focus on multiple or specified sports, as well as providing skills development, leadership training and spiritual mentoring.
Hardin-Simmons University Sports Camps
Hardin-Simmons University (hsuathletics.com/camps) offers sports camps for teen athletes. Summer overnight sports camps include a girls' basketball camp for girls entering grades 6 through 12, as well as a co-ed soccer camp for ages 8 through 18. The camps feature instruction from top-notch University team coaches. Overnight campers stay in college dorms. The university also provides teens with college admission and financial aid information. Teams can receive discounts on camp admission.
Abilene Summer Piano Camp
Abilene Summer Piano Camp (hsutx.edu/news-and-events/event/piano) is a special opportunity for talented piano students. The camp is open to students entering the 8th grade through graduating high-school seniors. The camp curriculum includes classes on technique, piano ensemble, sight-reading, composition, theory and ear training, plus supervised practice and recreational activities. Students stay in dorm rooms at Hardin-Simmons University and perform in a recital for friends and family, which includes a farewell reception. Instructors are talented HSU piano instructors.
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