School is almost out for the summer, which means parents everywhere are in panic about what they are going to do with their children for the next 12 weeks.

Never fear, summer camp season is here.

“Have your children spend a summer with the Parks and Recreation staff filled with fun activities, including indoor and outdoor games, board games, field trips, and much more,” said Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator.

“The first two sessions of our summer camp are full, so I recommend that parents sign their kids up before we are at capacity.”

Camp Heights 2014 has several sessions to keep kids busy when school is out of session.

The first session for kids age 5 to 11 is June 16-20 and the last weeklong session wraps up July 28 to Aug. 1. The camp, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will be at Skipcha Elementary School. Cost is $75 per camper per week and Harker Heights residents will receive a $5 discount.

Register in person at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing, or go to

More Heights camps

The Recreation Department also offers three recreational camps throughout the summer. During the first camp, children ages 5 to 12 can learn how to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert during a four-day cooking camp. The kids will make and eat what they create. Kids Cooking Camp is from 1 to 3 p.m. June 9-12; July 21-24 and Aug. 4-7. Each camp session is themed and costs $60, which includes supplies and ingredients.

A Youth Art Camp is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for ages 5 to 8 and from 1 to 2:45 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Each session is themed and costs $65 per session for the first child and $55 per each additional child in the family and includes materials. The dates for the art camp are June 23-26 and July 28-31. Children with a passion for Legos will create masterpieces during the Bricks 4 Kidz camp from 1 to 4 p.m., June 16-19, July 2-31 and Aug. 11-14. Children ages 5 to 13 can enroll and the fee is $120 per session. Register online at

In July, the Harker Heights Summer Basketball Camp will feature Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Fran Garmon and former University of Minnesota-Duluth player Jennifer Smith. The camp, for youths ages 7 to 9, is from 2 to 5 p.m. July 14-18. Registration will continue until June 30 or until 50 campers sign up. The registration fee is $30 per camper. For kids interested in soccer, the Athletic Department is offering two soccer camps: A Brazilian soccer camp June 16-20 and a British soccer camp Aug. 18-22. For more information, go to

Bell County Museum

Kids can get ready for a ton of fun this summer with summer camps at the Bell County Museum. The first camp will take place July 8-11 for ages 9 to 12. The second one is July 22-25 for ages 6 to 8.

In keeping with the museum’s latest exhibit, “Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation,” which opens June 14, each camp will explore a different decade every day, beginning with the 1920s and ending with the 1950s. Cost is $30 per child and includes refreshments and crafts.

“Our program coordinator Troy Gray has cooked up some terrific ideas designed to delight and inform our summer campers,” said Stephanie Turnham, museum director.

“Some activities he has planned include having a magician, learning to dance the Charleston, making sodas, exploring nose art on planes during World War II, and making Mr. Potato Heads using real potatoes.”

To register or for more information, call Troy Gray at 254-933-5243 or send an email to

Young authors

Young authors in grades one through five can hone their skills in writing and publishing during the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library’s Writing Camp Aug. 11-14. Campers will learn several writing techniques. Cost is $20 per attendee and $10 for a second child in the same household.

Students in grades one through three will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and students in fourth and fifth grade, along with those who have previously attended a writer’s workshop, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m.

The library also offers a four-day acting camp for children ages 8-12 who are interested in theater arts from 1 to 4 p.m. June 23-26. Cost is $20 per attendee and $10 for a second child in the same household.

The workshop will culminate with a short one-act play performed by participants.

Vacation Bible School

Harker Heights

  • Trinity Baptist Church: June 8-12.

The church is at 403 E. Farm-to-Market 2410

Call 254-699-0529

  • Harker Heights United Methodist Church: June 23-27.

The church is at 208 W. Cardinal.

Call 254-699-6271.

  • Mountain View Baptist Church: June 30 to July 3

The church is at 1400 E. FM 2410.

Call 254-698-4119.


  • Northside Baptist Church: June 23-27.

The church is at 1800 W. U.S. Highway 190.

Call 254-690-6722.

  • First Baptist Church: June 8-12.

The church is at 200 Avenue H.

Call 254-698-6435.


  • First Baptist Church: June 23-27.

The church is at 506 N. Main St.

Call 254-939-0705.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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