Start the summer off right at one of SFA’s camps, designed to challenge, educate and engage participants through hands-on learning. With camps covering a variety of subjects, there’s an opportunity for children of any age. Explore the options below.
2020 Summer Camps
Art, incoming ages 5-11 and 7-11 grade
Art Academy: Ages 5 to 11, June 8 to 19
The Art Academy camp classes are arranged by approximate age and will include Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and much more!
Secondary Art Academy: 7 to 11 grade, June 26 to July 2
The Secondary Art Academy camp classes are arranged by approximate age and will include Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and much more!
Registration for both camps begins April 27.
Music, incoming 6-12 grade
High School: Incoming 9 to 12 grade, June 7 to 12
Middle School: Incoming 7 to 8 grade, June 14 to 19
Drum Major (Military and Corp Style): Incoming 9 to 12 grade, June 21 to 25
For more information, visit the SFA School of Music Band Camp page.
Choir Camp: Incoming 9 to 12 grade, July 13 to 16
One of the first of its kind, SFA’s annual All-State Choir Music camp is designed for 9th-12th grade students preparing for the TMEA All-State choir auditions. Committed to both the Large and Small School All-State process, section leaders are a combination of SFA faculty and esteemed high school directors from various parts of Texas.
Piano in the Pines Camp: Incoming 7 to 12 grade, July 19 to 24
At SFA's Piano in the Pines summer camp, students will have the opportunity to engage in daily private lessons with a piano faculty member, receive coaching for piano duets or ensembles, and take supplemental classes in technique and history to improve their overall musicianship. Performance classes will help students prepare for performing on stage in a supportive environment while individual time in practice rooms between lessons will refine their repertoire. The week culminates in a duet/ensemble performance concert on Thursday and a final solo recital on Friday in one of our concert halls.
Strings Camp: Incoming 6 to 12 grade, July 5 to 11
Come join the SFA strings faculty, guest artists and staff for a week of unforgettable music making and friendship. The SFA Strings Camp invites junior high and high school students to be involved in this one-week intensive orchestra camp.
Pre-Law, current 10-12 grade
Pre-Law Academy: Current 10 to 12 grade, June 8 to 15
During your pre-law academy week, you’ll attend lectures and panel discussions on a wide range of topics, from how to prepare for law school to an in-depth look at trials and the criminal justice system. You’ll also have the opportunity to take tours and participate in hands-on learning experiences, including: Crime scene investigation simulation, visit to the county jail, discussions of court cases and controversies, mock negotiations and a mock trial competition, with finals held in the Nacogdoches County Courthouse.
Outdoor, ages 4-15
SFA Gardens Environmental Education
Ages 4 to 6
Wonder Woods, June 8 to 12
The Wonders of Wildlife in the East Texas woods will be explored by our youngest campers using songs, games, art projects, hiking and hands-on discovery. The Pineywoods Native Plant Center provides a wonderful, diverse environment for campers to wander and investigate. We will end our fun-filled week on Friday with a fishing trip and family sack lunch.
Ages 7 to 11
Jack Creek Camp
Session 1: June 15 to 19
Session2: June 22 to 25
“Connections in the wild” will be our theme as campers gain an understanding of the interdependent relationships between all parts of the natural world while expanding and improving their outdoor skills. With plenty of time to hike and explore the woods and streams of East Texas, campers will learn from hands-on investigation, games, crafts and expert guest speakers. The week will end with a special day of canoeing and fishing at Lake Naconiche.
Ages 12 to 15
Wilderness Adventures: July 6 to 10
Wilderness Adventures gives older campers an opportunity to take their outdoor skills to the next level and develop important team-building skills. Students will conquer the SFA rock wall, canoe the rivers of East Texas, enjoy a three-day camping trip and more during a week of exciting, experiential learning activities throughout Texas Forest Country.
Recreation, ages 6 months+
Early Childhood Laboratory's Summer Fun Program: Completed grades K to 5
Session dates and themes will be available spring 2020.
Experience summer with SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory’s Summer Fun Program. From crafts, cooking classes, field trips and more, this unique program offers children the chance to participate in myriad activities. The program provides service five days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Current Charter school students: April 1
All other children: May 1
Enrollment packets will be available in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, Room 101.
For more information, contact Deedra Vaughan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Jack Rec Camp: Ages 5 to12
Session dates will be available spring 2020.
A non-sport specific camp, Little Jack Rec Camp makes sure that all activities are geared towards beginner and intermediate skill levels. This program is a fun recreational, motivational and educational adventure for children ages 5 to12. Camp sessions are one week in length and structured like a normal day of regular school with campers moving through our facilities participating in different programs throughout each day.
Learn-To-Swim: Ages 6 months+
Session 1: June 1 to 11
Session 2: June 15 to 25
Session 3: July 6 to 16
Session 4: July 20 to 30
Designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants of all ages and abilities to become safer and better swimmers. Visit the Learn-To-Swim page to explore the different levels of swim lessons offered.
Sciences and Mathematics, incoming K - 8th grade
Investigations in Mathematics and Science Academy: Incoming 6 to 8 grade children, June 22 to 26
The Investigations in Mathematics and Science academy is an interactive learning experience for students entering sixth through eighth grade. iMAS challenges and inspires students mathematically and scientifically through real life learning investigations guided by SFA STEM faculty members and district master teachers.
Ladyjacks Who Code: Incoming 7 to 8 grade, July 27 to 30
The Ladyjacks Who Code summer camp is a fun, engaging experience, blending both online and "unplugged" activities. Students will learn to create computer programs designed to enhance collaborative learning, develop problem-solving skills and persist through difficult tasks. Created for students entering seventh or eighth grade, this camp allows participants to develop interactive games and/or stories they can share with other students.
Little STEM Jacks: Grades K to 5, Aug. 3 to 4 or 6 to 7 (dates depend on child's age)
The Little STEM Jacks is a summer camp for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade, providing them with the opportunity to explore and engage in hands-on learning activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including: Egg drop, engineering design, computer science, exploring the galaxy, Wiggle Bots and more!
Sport specific, ages 3+
Johnny Cardenas Baseball Camps: K to 8 grade
Youth Camp I: June 1 to 4
Youth Camp II: June 8 to 11
Kyle Keller Basketball Camps: incoming 2 to 12 grade
Overnight Camp: dates TBA
Day Camp: dates TBA
Ages 3 to 5
Lil' Jacks Summer Camp: dates TBA
Ages 5 to 10
Summer Day Camp: dates TBA
Ages 9 to 13
Summer Academy Camp: dates TBA
Ages 11 to 18
Elite Field Player Residential Camp: dates TBA
Elite GK Residential Camp: dates TBA
Ages 14 to 18
College ID Camp: dates TBA
AXE U Tennis Camps: ages 5 to 19, dates TBA. Contact Erin Scott at email@example.com for more information.
Debbie Humphreys Volleyball Camps
Incoming 3 to 9 grade
Individual Skills Camp: dates announced early February
Incoming 8 grade to College Freshman
Advanced Camp: dates announced early February
Incoming 9 to 12 grade
Libero/DS Clinic: dates announced early February
Setter Clinic: dates announced early February
Hitter Clinic: dates announced early February
Varsity, JV, Freshman and grade 8
Team Camp: dates announced early February
Coaches - All Levels
Coaches' Clinic: dates announced early February
Theatre, incoming 10-12 grade
Theatre Workshop: Incoming 10 to 12 grade, July 12 to 25
Entering its 54th year, this is the oldest program of its kind in the state of Texas. The SFA Summer Theatre Workshop consists of two weeks of concentrated instruction in acting, voice and movement, or scenery, costumes, make-up, sound, lighting and stage management for high school students.
Writing, ages 13-21
Barrio Writers: ages 13-21, dates announced early February
The Barrio Writers program consists of free workshops & additional "Café Hours" (one-on-one tutoring) throughout the academic summer break & monthly cultural arts events during the school year for teens. Through these workshops & events, students will build their skills in reading, grammar, creative writing, critical-thinking and freedom of expression through the cultural arts.