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2024 Arkansas Summer Camps


Summer is a great time for children to relax, have fun and learn new things. A summer camp can be an excellent way for them to check all the boxes. However, with so many different camps, it can be hard to know where to start. We hope you enjoy our list of everything 2024 Arkansas Summer Camps!

Tips for Finding Summer Camps for Your Kid

  1. Start your search early. Summer camps fill up quickly, so start your search early for the best selection, even looking at dates in Jan. Ask your children’s friends’ parents what they are considering. It’s usually easier to plan summer camps when your child knows they will have a buddy there.
  2. Consider your child’s interests. What does your child like to do? Do they enjoy sports, arts, science or nature? There are summer camps that cater to all interests.
  3. Ask about the camp’s policies. What are the camp’s policies on discipline, homesickness and medical care?
  4. Consider your budget. Summer camps can be expensive, so consider the cost and other travel plans.
  5. Make sure your child is excited about going to camp. If your child is not enthusiastic about going to camp, they are less likely to have a positive experience. Overnight may be hard to convince them (or you!), so start with a partial day camp and ease into the experience.
  6. Keep a list this year for next summer. As you hear other parents talking about their summer or you come across a link, save it on your phone to easily find it next summer.

Once you’ve considered these factors, you can start narrowing down your choices. There are many great summer camps. Keep looking to find the perfect one for your child.

Used with permission from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

2024 Arkansas Summer Camps

If you do not see your community represented in the list below, you can check your local community to see if they are hosting day camps for children or even overnight camps for children from your community.

Organizations that typically host summer camp events include:

  • Library
  • Art, Music or Science Museum
  • Churches and Kid Ministries
  • Community centers or city offices
  • Music, kitchen or toy stores
  • State Parks and Nature Centers
  • Art Studio

Day Camps

Special Interests

Overnight Camps

Church Camps

Family Camps

Used with permission from Wesley Kluck.

Sports Camps

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13 Helpful Tips for Packing for Summer Camp

  • Make a list of everything your child will need.
  • Break in shoes or boots before camp to save all the blisters.
  • Send a fanny pack or sinch backpack – having something to carry their items in gives them an easy place to keep them together. Don’t send a big backpack; it gets heavy with camp treasures!
  • Label everything. Label everything your child brings to camp with their name and contact information. **PRO TIP – Use the stickers you left from the school year to put inside shirts, water bottles, bags, etc.
  • Pack light. Your child will carry their luggage, so ensure it’s not too heavy. **PRO TIP: Prepack clothes in gallon zipper bags with days labeled (and go ahead and include the socks and underwear)—take the guessing out of it for your children. Pack everything they need together in baggies and label them for the days they are gone.
  • Teach your kid tips for keeping up with their stuff. Talk to them about what to do if their items get wet and how to lay them on a clothesline or the ladder on the end of their bed.
  • Send belongings in a tub instead of a suitcase. Rolling in a tub instead of a suitcase is an easy way to get everything in one location, and it’s easy to store underneath their bed.
  • Send a dirty clothes bag. If dirty clothes don’t have a place to land, they will land on clean clothes. They can keep the bag inside their suitcase, but it’s a way to separate everything.
  • Send grocery sacks for wet things. They can throw this in their backpack with a change of clothes or return them to their bunks.
  • Keep bedding simple. Nothing fancy, and always send something you are okay with getting messed up or left at camp.
  • Send a journal or something for them to write down their thoughts, feelings and things they are learning. Having their paper will feel like a safe space whether they write to you, themselves or make drawings.
  • Pack fun money in envelopes. Break up their cash so they don’t have to think about how much they spend. Make it easy on them so they don’t blow the bank the first night!
  • Find out the camp mail (or email) process! This slight touch of home away from home will be crucial to their successful week away from you.

Cover image used with permission from Wesley Kluck, photography instructor at Ouachita Baptist University.

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in Northwest Arkansas with her chicken man and break-dancing son. Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, small business trainer, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now, she is using those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop, which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom! Keisha loves to feed birds, read the stack on her nightstand, do dollar store crafts, cook recipes from her Pinterest boards, and chase everyday adventures on her Arkansas bucket list.

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