Summer Camps Set to Start Throughout the El Paso Area

With Summer rapidly approaching, parents and kids all over the Borderland are looking for activities too keep busy.

While this list is by no means complete, it does offer a glimpse of camps offered in the area. If you or your organization are holding a camp, feel free to forward us the information to include in this list via


Looking for something fun & dramatic to do with your kids this summer? Try theater! Registration is now open for part of a KIDS-N-CO. Theatre Camps. This year KNC is focusing on improving skills at all age levels by breaking down Production Camps and Musical Theater Camp by age levels: Beginning for ages 8-11 and Advanced for ages 12-15.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Production Camp 1 – June 11-July 6, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; performances are July 6, 7 & 8
    • Production Camp 2 – July 9-Aug 3, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; performances are Aug 3 & 4
    • Musical Theater Camp – June 18-July 13 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; performances are July 13, 14 & 15
    • Kinder Camp 1 – June 18-June 29, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., with a performance on June 29
    • Kinder Camp 2 – July 9-July 20, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., with a performance on July 20
    • Kinder Camp 3 – July 23-Aug. 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., with a performance on Aug. 3
    • Costume Design & Sewing – weekly classes throughout the Summer

Production Camps 1 & 2 are separated into two groups: Beginning (ages 8-11) and Advanced (ages 12-15). Classes are designed to challenge the actors according to their skill level. The camp will culminate in productions that are suited for each age group. Each group will delve into acting, tech, costumes, and make-up. The Production Camps are led by Vanessa Keyser. Public performances will be presented on the final weekend of each camp.

Musical Theater Camp is separated into two groups: Beginning (ages 8-11) and Advanced (ages 12-15). Classes are designed to challenge the musical theater actor according to their skill level. The camp will culminate in productions that are suited for each age group. Each group will delve into acting, singing, dancing, choreography, costumes, and make-up – ages 12-15 will be taught by Anthony Michael Stokes; ages 8-11 will be taught by Rachel Robins. Public performances will be presented the final weekend of camp.

Kinder Camps 1, 2 & 3 are for kids ages 5-7. The young thespians learn how to feel comfortable on stage by learning theater games, through which they begin to get an understanding of improvisation. During the process, they will work towards putting on a short play, written specifically for the students and performed at the end of the session. Kinder Camp 1 will be taught by Vanessa Payan,

All camps are on the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tuition is $300 for Production Camp, and Musical Theater Camp, and $200 for Kinder Camp. Discounts are available for people attending multiple camps, or for families with siblings attending camp.

Registration can be done by phone or in person, by appointment or during KNC hours, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, at First Presbyterian Church, or during the production of KNC’s current show, “Anti-Social.

For more information, call (915) 274-8797


New Aviation Simulators Highlight of Summer Camp Program at New Mexico Museum of Space History

Cadets attending Wheels Up! summer camps at Rocketeer Academy will get early flight experiences with a suite of eight cockpit simulators recently acquired by the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

“This is an exciting expansion of our educational programs as we start to add aviation to our museum’s mission,” said museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “The simulators became available from Aces Alley in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, this spring and we were able to act quickly and buy the full setup. These are high-fidelity simulators with top-of-the-line controls. Infrared sensors on the pilot headsets are tracked so the view on wide-screen video displays changes as you turn your head.

“Campers will be able to fly aircraft ranging from World War II fighters to the F-16 Fighting Falcons now at Holloman Air Force Base. They can fly alone, or engage in four-on-four dogfights.”

The simulators are set up at the Museum Support Center, 1402 Eddy Drive, on the other side of the railroad tracks behind the Alameda Park Zoo. Wheels Up! Summer camps will be held there.

In addition, cadets will use wind tunnels to fly a radio-control airplane and test wing sections, learn basic navigation, and be challenged to plot and fly a three-leg course. Cadets also will build and launch model rockets. For more information about Rocketeer Academy’s Summer Camp Program, visit the museum website and click on the Education tab at the top of the page.

Wheels Up! will be held June 11-15 for cadets entering grades 7 and above (Apollo level) and July 16-20 for grades 4-6 (Gemini level). A more basic aviation camp will be held for grades K-1 (Comet) and 2-3 (Mercury) the same weeks at the New Horizons Dome Theater.

“Next up, we plan a range of activities to offer the simulation facility to schools, corporate groups, or just any group that would like to rent it throughout the year.  This will be a fun addition to what’s available to the local community,” Orwoll said.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website or like the Facebook Page



Horses Unlimited Rescue and Education Center Inc. will be hosting two summer camp sessions. The sessions are a four-day educational camp where participants learn all about horses.  The summer camp will help fundraising efforts by Horses Unlimited Rescue to build their arena. The arena will allow for a safe place to ride, as well as create a space to host events for the community.

Session 1 – June 12 – 15

Session 2 – July 10 – 13

Registration cost is $200 per student and space is limited.

Please support the Horses Unlimited Rescue and Education Summer Camp as they strive to make an impact in the El Paso community by providing education and recreation with their equine companions.

Horses Unlimited is a community partner of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office as they assist with the housing and relocation of stray horses in the county.

For more information on the summer camp please contact Horses Unlimited Rescue and Education Center at 915-491-7653.


Latinitas Hosts Annual Summer Camp with newly added focus in Culture

Latinitas, a local non-profit organization is hosting Latinitas Summer Camp. The camp will run for three weeks beginning on July 9 at the El Paso Leadership Academy. Each week, the camp will follow a different theme, including Arts and Media Week, STEAM Week, and for the first time, Culture Week. The camp will invite girls to engage in various activities including coding, engineering, and animation and film production to empower young girls in media, science, and community involvement. They will also hear from speakers from diverse professions.

Girls from 5th to 7th grade will be able to attend field trips each week to Hueco Tanks, FabLab and the city court to explore career fields and encourage girls to get innovative. The camp will be open for thirty participants. Twenty of those will be students from the El Paso Leadership Academy and the remaining tickets will be open to girls from any district in El Paso. Tickets will be $100 per week for each participant and will be sold at


WHEN: July 9th-July 26 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: El Paso Leadership Academy 1918 Texas Ave. 79901
WHAT IS LATINITAS? Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina Youth through media, art, culture and technology. Latinitas aims to enable young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and technology outreach thereby addressing the critical state of Latina girls today.
Latina girls ages 12 to 17 are the largest group of minority girls in the country, they are more likely than non-Hispanic peers to face the four most serious threats to achieving success: depression, pregnancy, substance abuse and becoming a high school drop-out.
In 2014 teenage girls had the second highest suicide rate among Latinas.
Although the high school dropout rate of Hispanics reached its lowest in 2014 at 12%, it’s still higher to those of white and black students.
40 per 1,000 Hispanic girls reported a teen pregnancy in 2014.


Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso Expands Summer Programming Registration Now Open

Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso, an afterschool youth development program serving the El Paso community since 1929, announced today the expansion of Summer Programming. Registration in now open for any child age 6 to 18.

Summer Programming begins June 4th and ends August 10th. Summer activities will include swimming, tennis, dance/modeling, art, hiking, culinary arts and much more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Program hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Summer Programming fees for current Boys & Girls Club members are $60 for the10 week program Non-members $60 for the 10 week program plus a $24 Boys & Girls Club registration fee

For more information about Summer Programming or The Boys & Girls Club of El Paso, please visit their website.


UTEP Youth Basketball Camp Coming This Summer

The new UTEP men’s basketball staff, under the direction of coach Rodney Terry, will conduct two Youth Basketball Camps at the Don Haskins Center this summer.

The first camp is July 9-12 and the second is July 30-Aug. 2.  Both camps run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and the cost is $250 per camper.  Camps are open to youth ages 6-12.  Military and UTEP faculty receive $50 off.

Lunch will be provided.

Visit the Miners BBALL Camp website to register or call (915) 747-5323 for more information


What: Youth law enforcement academy.
Where: Sheriff’s office region viii training academy
12501 Montana Ave.

When: July 9TH – July 13TH, 2018
Time: 8:00am – 11:00am
Topics discussed will be from various sections within the sheriff’s office.
Free to all participants
Youth academy is open to teens ages 13-18. Who have not yet completed high school.
All participants will be asked to provide their own transportation to and from the training academy.
Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis.
Class size is limited
Applicants will be contacted to confirm their enrollment/acceptance.
You may pick up a registration packet at any of the following locations
Sheriff’s headquarters – 3850 Justice Dr. / 538-2119
Montana station – 12501 montana ave. / 856-4875
Clint station – 190 n. san elizario / 851-3287
Vinton station – 436 e. Vinton / 886-2724

all applications must be returned to Sheriff’s headquarters by june 27th, 2018

For more information please contact public information officer
leslie Antunez at 915-538-2119