Summer Camp Options in Rutherford County

Are you ready for summer? Check out these summer camp options in Rutherford County.

1. Murfreesboro City Camps

The city of Murfreesboro is offering a variety of camps, but they are filling up quickly! Learn more here. As of the writing of this article, here are the City of Murfreesboro camps with availability.

Wildlife Camp

Let your children ages 9-12 strengthen their appreciation of Tennessee’s wildlife and outdoor sports by spending the week with us. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, reptile research, hiking, birds of prey program, outdoor cooking, and archery. Experience the outdoors in a new way this summer; camp offered June 10-14, July 8-12, and July 15-19.

Cheer Camp

Let you kids ages 8-14 come get in the cheer spirit at Cheer Camp, July 22-26. We will have experienced cheer instructors to teach the beginner or more advanced cheerleader. Your cheerleader will be learning chants and cheers, tumbling, and choreography. The fun week will end with a show for all family and friends to see what their cheerleader has learned.

Sports Camp

At Sports Camp, participants ages 8-14, explore a variety of sports and activities from the traditional to the unconventional. Emphasis is on sportsmanship, good attitudes, teamwork and Fun. Children will play sports like dodge ball, flag football, kickball, softball/baseball, and floor hockey along with many other active games. They will also enjoy a fun afternoon of swimming in the Sports*Com pool. There’s many weeks this is being offered: June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19.

Youth Volleyball Camp

From the beginner to the more advanced volleyball player, Children aged 8-14 can come and spend July 29-Aug. 2 learning new skills with our experienced instructors. This will be a fun filled week refining the players athletic abilities in the gym, the sand volleyball courts, and hanging out at Beach Boro.

History Through the Arts

Children aged 8-14 can learn about the past through different art forms and find different ways to relate to the present. We are taking a hands-on approach to history through music, dance, art, and fashion. The camp is offered twice June 3-7 and July 8-12.

Guard Start Jr. Lifeguard

Do you have a swimmer ages 11-14 that wants to be a lifeguard or make some extra money as a teen. Let them Do something unique and learn how to save lives: become an American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard! At this camp they will learn First-Aid, CPR, and water rescues. They can tell your friends all their friends they are a certified Junior Lifeguard, and they will receive an official Jr. Guard Shirt. Though CPR is taught, it does not make them certified. Offered Jun 10-14 and July 8-12.

Disney at the Movies

This selection packs in small excerpts of over a dozen Disney classics that are known to everyone, and John Higgins has skillfully woven them together into a seamless presentation that has more grins per measure than you can imagine! Includes: Zip-A-DeeDoo-Dah; A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes; Never Smile At A Crocodile; Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; Bare Necessities; Under The Sea; Be Our Guest; Beauty And The Beast; A Whole New World; Friend Like Me; Circle Of Life; Can You Feel The Love Tonight; This Land and Colors Of The Wind. Camp is for ages 8-11 and is offered June 10-14.

Night on Broadway

Do you have a theatre lover? Or someone who wants to learn to act? This camp features The Greatest Show, Wicked Choral Medley, Dear Evan Hansen Choral Highlights, Choral highlights from Hairspray. This is the chance to be a part of some music from your favorite new musicals! For ages 12-17 and offered July 8-12.

For more information on these camps and more, visit their website and check out the brochure. Registration starts on March 1, first come, first serve. Register online or in person. Also happening, Tennis Camps. Check back on the site for these dates and registration info

2. Discovery Center

502 S.E. Broad St, Murfreesboro

Kindergartner through fourth-grade students can participate in camps at Discovery Center. There are pre-K camps as well. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and extended care is available for an extra $20 a week. Cost is $200 for nonmembers and $175 for members. Register at explorethedc.org/camps/

Options include

  • STEAM Heroes: May 28-31, July 1-3;From Newton to Da Vinci, kids explore different hero of STEAM.
  • Explorers Club,June 3-7 and July 8-12; Kids investigate the world, from outdoor journeys to indoor projects
  • Astronaut in Training,June 10-14 and July 15-19; Kids learn about space in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.
  • Camp Catch ’em All,June 17-21 and July 22-26; The perfect camp for Pokémon trainers and animal lovers.
  • Cooking up STEAM,June 24-28, July 29-Aug. 2; Kids learn how a kitchen and a science lab are very similar through hands-on (and tasty) activities.

3. Murfreesboro City Schools Camps

Murfreesboro City Schools’ Extended School Program (ESP) has planned a summer filled with fun and learning including science, art and technology camps. All Murfreesboro City School (MCS) students can enroll in any ESP Summer Camps.
Camps include:

KinderCamp (July 15-19)
Open to children pre-registered for kindergarten at MCS and focuses on preparing upcoming kindergarteners for the transition to elementary school. Students attending KinderCamp will get the full ESP experience during the week of camp.

Archery Camp (June 24-28)
Hosted at Black Fox and features two certified archery instructors. Students enrolled will learn the basics of archery including how to handle a bow and arrow and shooting techniques.

Edible Education (July 8-12 at Mitchell-Neilson) (July 15-19 at Northfield)
Focuses on providing age appropriate hands-on cooking instruction for students.
Makerspace Camp (June 24-28) hosted at Discovery School allows students to use their imagination to build, design and create. This camp includes a trip to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville.

Soccer Camp in conjunction with Murfreesboro Soccer Club (June 3-7 and June 10-14)
An opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of soccer while actively improving foot skills, speed and agility. This camp is hosted at Overall Creek.

Camp Big Shots (June 10-21)
A two-week summer camp organized specifically for active adventures. Certified teachers are involved with the two-week camp and teach a variety of skills including archery, woodworking, coding, and robotics. Campers also enjoy field trips to Nashville Shores and canoeing the Harpeth River. Mitchell-Neilson will serve as the host site.

Drone Coding and Aerial Photography (June 24-28)
Hosted at Overall Creek will teach students to write the code that controls a drone and the fundamentals of drone photography.

Girl Scout Camp with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee (July 15-19)
Features outdoor activities and teaches students how to earn badges while learning about the origin of Girl Scouts. Girl Scout Camp will be hosted at Discovery School.

For detailed information, visit www.cityschoolsesp.net or contact the School-based ESP Site Director or Central Office ESP at 615 893-2313.

4. Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center

100 Sam Ridley Parkway East, Smyrna

Camps at SOAC, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway, are 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $75 per child, per session, except SOAC Survivor and Destination Imagination, which are $125. Visit townofsmyrna.org/departments/outdoor-adventure-center for details and registration or call 615-459-2553.

Options include

  • Myth Busting Mayhem, ages 6-8: 8 a.m.-noon June 3-7
  • Dinosaur Adventures, ages 5-8: 8 a.m.-noon June 10-14
  • Summer Under the Sea, ages 5-8: 8 a.m.-noon June 17-21
  • Camp Bio Blitz, ages 7-10: 8 a.m.-noon June 24-28
  • Summer in Space,ages 7-10: 8 a.m.-noon July 8-12
  • Arts and Culture, ages 6-8: 8 a.m.-noon July 8-12
  • Arts and Culture, ages 9-12: 8 a.m.-noon July 8-12
  • SOAC Survivor, ages 8-12: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15-19
  • Destination Imagination,ages 8-12: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 22-26
  • Summer Safari, ages 7-10: 1-5 p.m. July 29-Aug.2

5. Business Education Partnership Camps

Hosted by MTSU, Center for Educational Media, 1301 E Main St, Murfreesboro

The Business Education Partnership Foundation will host three free summer camps for students interested in pursuing careers in business and science. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Camp M.D., June 24-28: Saint Thomas Rutherford introduces students to different careers in healthcare.
  • STEMEx, June 10-14: Students are exposed to different careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Business Camp, July 15-26: Students learn about business at MTSU’s College of Education.

Camps are open to rising sixth- through eighth-graders. Applications available at rutherfordbep.org and due by March 1. Contact Amelia Bozeman at 615-278-2008 or abozeman@rutherfordchamber.org

6. Rutherford Works

3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Rutherford Works program presents STEM camps this summer. Contact Regina Ward at rward@rutherfordchamber.org. Click here for more. Offerings include:

  • Code Like a Girl, June 3-7: Middle school girls explore the world of robotics through a variety of challenges.
  • The Maker’s Coding Lab, June 10-14 and July 15 – 19: Students in third through fifth grade explore the world of computer science.
  • Robot Royal: Endgame, June 10 – 14: Middle school boys get hands-on robotics and coding training.
  • Cyber Ambassadors Bootcamp, July 8-11: High schoolers are introduced to computer science.

7. MTSU Offerings

CSI: MTSU, June 18-21: The Forensic Institute for Research and Education CSI Camp will take campers through the ins and outs of crime scene investigations, allowing them to tackle “real life” situations. ninth-graders through college freshmen can register at mtsu.edu/fire/CSI-camp.php.

  • MTSU sports camps, May 28-Aug. 2: Children ages 7 to 12 learn life skills through a variety of sports activities. Discounts available. Visit mtsu.edu/camps/.

Camp STEM at MTSU, Camp STEM offers fun and engaging hands-on STEM experiences and summer camps for K-8 students. Register online at campSTEM.us or email info@campstem.us, or call 615-415-7963.

  • Game Design, June 3-7 and June 10-14: Children in grades third through eighth learn to plan and design a variety of game types.
  • 3D Game Design Studio, June 17-21 and June 24-28: Students in grades sixth through eighth learn to build Minecraft games such as Capture the Flag, Slimeball Soccer, Tower Defense, and more.

8. Carpe Artista

101 Front Street, Smyrna

Children get to sample art, music and theater through a variety of camps through Smyrna’s non-profit, Carpe Artista which centers on bringing music, visual art, and performance art into the community and schools. Classes and camps like these throughout the year let them put on programming in the community like Depot Days, Front Street Christmas, and other events throughout the year and offer scholarships for students

Summer camps include musical theatre camp, jukebox hero camp, visual arts camp and mini-camps for elementary age campers. Click here to learn more or call 615-984-4038.

9. Center for the Arts

110 W. College St., Murfreesboro

Camps run from Monday through Friday for two weeks, with a Saturday performance on the final day of the camp. All-day camps are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for students in third through 12th grades. Half-day camps are 9 a.m.-noon for kindergarten through second-graders. Scholarships and discounts available. Shows include “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” “Peter Pan Jr.’” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Lion King Jr.” Visit boroarts.org or call 615-904-2787 for more.

10. Springhouse Drama Camp

14119 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna

Springhouse Drama Camp, formerly known as SALT Shaker Drama Camp, is now enrolling for June of 2019. Offered each year since 1999, Springhouse Drama Camp is a day camp that meets Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm, with each camp culminating in a performance showcase on Friday evening at 7:00pm. During the week the students learn and play theatre games, put together a showcase performance, and study in group workshops run by industry professionals.

Springhouse Drama Camp operates under Springhouse Theatre Company and meets on the campus of Springhouse Worship and Arts Center in Smyrna, TN. The new camp director for this year, Will Sevier brings decades of experience.

Three camps are being offered: Upper-level Drama Camp (having completed grades 7 – 12) on June 3 – 7, Elementary Drama Camp (having completed grades 1 – 6), and the Musical Theatre Intensive Camp (grades 3 – 12) June 17 – 21. Drama camp tuition is $175. Intensive Camp is $200.

Learn more at springhousetheatre.com

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