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SPARC Summer Camps


  1. Summer Adventure Camp


    An action-packed traditional summer camp experience with weekly themes, crafts, games and more. Drop off and pick up campers at Disney Elementary. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    June 1-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week





  2. Summer Quest Day Camp


    “Too old” for day camp? Summer Quest is designed for older kids with weekly themes, crafts, games and more, held at Glendale High School. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    June 1-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week




  3. Before & After Explore


    Join us before and after Springfield Public School’s Summer Explore program, for a fun camp-like experience with games, crafts, sports, teambuilding and more. Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Field, Westport and Carver schools. Space is limited. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. SPARC 837-5737

    For students going into grades K-8
    Session 1: June 7-30
    Session 2: July 7-30
    Before Explore: 6:30 a.m.-School begins
    After Explore: School Dismissal-6 p.m.
    Before Explore: $20/Week or $5/Week with Free/Reduced Lunch status
    After Explore: $40/Week or $15/Week with Free/Reduced Lunch status





  4. Ritter Springs Day Camp


    Love the outdoors? If so, join SPARC as they spend most of the day outside experiencing creek walking, canoeing, swimming, cook-outs and more! Drop off and pick up campers at Glendale High School, Disney Elementary and Bowerman Elementary. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    June 1-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week




  5. SmALL Stars Youth Sports Camp


    Enjoy a week-long sports-focused camp adventure! Campers travel to a different facility each day for an exciting sports experience. The goal is to introduce each camper to various sports in a safe, fun and positive learning environment. Campers learn basketball, soccer, tennis, golf and rock climbing. Campers receive a camp T-shirt and take part in an end-of-camp celebration with pizza, prizes and more! Pick-up and drop-off at Cherokee Middle School. View the Summer Camp Guide for more information on themes, locations, etc. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    Aug. 9-13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week



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Farm Park Summer Camps


  1. My Little Pony Half Day Camp


    Do you have a child that loves horses? This camp is for them! Campers will get to spend the week with our two miniature horses Firefly and Bullet. They’ll get to learn all about a horse’s life on the farm and even get to ride a pony. Register by June 4.

    For ages 4-5 yrs.
    June 7-11
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
    $50/Camp
    $20/ Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)





  2. Rutledge-Wilson Had a Farm Half Day Camp


    Everyone wants to visit the big red barn! Campers learn how all the animals inside help us make farms such a fun place to visit through animal interactions, games, activities and crafts. Register by July 9.

    For ages 4-5 yrs.
    July 12-16
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
    $50/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/ Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)




  3. A Fairy Tale Farm


    Do you know who lives on the farm? We are going to explore the farm and meet all the animals that live on it through animal interactions and some of our favorite fairy tale stories. Optional before- and after-care available for an extra fee. Register by July 23.

    For ages 4-5 yrs.
    July 26-30
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
    $50/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)





  4. Discovery Farm Day Camp


    Do you have an inquisitive child who wants to know everything about animals? Discover the answers to basic animal questions as we explore the barn and learn about the animals that live there. Register by June 11.

    For ages 6-7 yrs.
    June 14-18; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)







  5. Little Farmers Day Camp


    Dream of living life down on the farm? Come give it a try! See how farmers live from day to day and the impact it has on our environment. Experience animal interactions and be a farmer for the week. Register by June 25.

    For ages 6-7 yrs.
    June 28-July 2; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)







  6. Once Upon a Farm Day Camp


    Do you know who lives on a farm? Take a peek inside the barn and learn about the animals found inside, their care and the products they provide for us. Register by July 15.

    For ages 6-7 yrs.
    July 19-23; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care(5 Days)







  7. Earth Keepers Day Camp


    Farmers not only live off the land when they grow the food that we eat, but they also leave an impact. Join us at the farm as we learn about the world around us through hands-on activities and investigations. Register by June 18.

    For ages 8-9 yrs.
    June 21-25; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)







  8. Best in Show Day Camp


    During the summer, many farmers enjoy displaying their animals at summer fairs. Learn firsthand how to prepare and train an animal for a fair at the end of the week. Register by July 30.

    For ages 10-12 yrs.
    Aug. 2-6; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)






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Outdoor Initiatives Summer Camps


  1. Adventure Days


    If you are ages 11-14 and like all kinds of outdoor adventure, these day trips are for you! Each day is packed full of different outdoor activities that include climbing, cave crawling, kayaking, and more. Sign up for one day, or for the ultimate adventure, all seven! Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Family Center outdoor pavilion. Limited to 12 kids. Register by Monday prior to each program. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    Dates and times vary, see table for details
    $35 Per Day

    Time: Wed., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    Date: May 26 Fishing & Horseback Riding
      June 2 Archery & Survival Skills
    Date: June 16 Kayaking on the James River
      July 7 Rock Climbing Skills & Climbing @ Zenith Climbing Center
      July 21 Go Carts & Swimming @ Moonshine Beach
      Aug. 4 Kayaking on the Niangua River
      Aug. 11 Caving & Swimming @ Doling Park




  2. Bicycling Adventure Week


    If your kid enjoys cycling, then this adventure camp is for them! Early in the week we will ride the greenways in Springfield and at Table Rock Lake stopping at places like Moonshine Beach, Rutledge Wilson Farm Park, and the Botanical Center. Then we will spend a day planning, preparing, and going over skills in preparation for an overnight bike trip Thursday to Friday on the famous Katy Trail! Meals and camping equipment included on overnight campout. Personal bicycle required. Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Family Center outdoor pavilion. Limited to 10 kids. Register by June 4. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    June 7-11
    (Camping at Missouri State Fair Campground June 10-11)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    $225



  3. Kayaking Adventure Week


    This week long adventure camp will be packed full of kayaking fun on Missouri rivers and lakes! Certified instructors will start with the basics on day one, practicing paddling skills at Lake Springfield Park, and build up to an overnight float trip on the Current River on Thursday to Friday. Each day campers will learn paddling skills while also getting a classic day camp experience. Kayak and lifejacket included throughout. Meals and camping equipment included on the overnight float. Drop off and pickup at Lake Springfield Park Boathouse. Limited to 10 kids. Register by July 9. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    July 12-16
    (Camping at Akers Ferry Campground July 15-16)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    $225



  4. Outdoor Trailblazers Camp


    Does your child love the great outdoors? This outdoor skills camp will feature all the best outdoor activities the Ozarks has to offer and more! Each day will include an outdoor adventure that is centered around an outdoor skill. Campers will learn all about these outdoor skills through fun games/activities and then get to go on an adventure with certified staff. Camp highlights will include canoeing & kayaking skills at Fellows Lake, a day float on the Niangua River, rock climbing skills and a trip to Zenith Climbing Center, survival skills and a trip to Fritz’s Adventure, and to cap it all off parents are invited to join us Friday night for a family adventure night that includes dinner. Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Family Center outdoor pavilion. Limited to 12 kids. Register by Aug. 13. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 9-12 yrs.
    Aug. 16-20
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    $225


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Equestrian Summer Camps



  1. Equestrian Summer Camp


    Saddle up for summer! Horses are assigned to each camper for an action-packed week learning how to halter, lead, groom, saddle and ride! Other activities may include barn chores and games! Bring a snack, water bottle and mask, wear jeans and closed-toe shoes. Helmets and horses provided. Camps may be repeated. Limited to 6 participants. Call 833-3291 to register. Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center 833-3291

    For ages 7-17 yrs.
    Dates and times vary, see table for details
    $165/wk

    Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants may be dropped off 30 min. prior and picked up 30 min. after camp times.
    Date: Beginner Summer Camp NEW RIDER – never independently saddled/ridden, limited experience.
      Session 1: June 7-11
      Session 2: July 12-16
      Session 3: Aug. 2-6
      Progressive Beginner Camp Attended HorseShoe 1 and 2 or Beginner Summer Camp. Can lead, groom, saddle and mount with assistance/light instruction. Can start, stop and steer at walk, working on confidence in trot/jog.
      Session 1: June 14-18
      Session 2: July 19-23
      Beginner/Intermediate Combined For any skill level ranging between beginner or intermediate
      Session 1: Aug. 9-13
      Session 2: Aug. 16-20
      Intermediate Camp In regular lesson program, independent rider at walk, trot and working towards canter/lope.
      Session 1: June 21-25
      Session 2: July 26-30
      Advanced Camp In regular lesson program, cantering but needs more experience.
      Session 1: June 28-July 2




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Archery Summer Camps


  1. Contact head archery coach Amy Francka for information regarding youth archery programs. Read more here.

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Skate Park Summer Camps



  1. Skate Camp


    For beginner and intermediate skate boarders. Instructors teach the basics of skateboarding in a fun camp setting. Riders will develop and enhance skills while creating new friendships and building confidence. Instruction focuses on control, safety, park etiquette and skating fundamentals. Limited skateboard rentals. Scholarships may be available.  Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

    For ages 6-14 yrs.
    Sat., July 10-31;
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    $45


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Zoo Summer Camps


  1. Dickerson Park Zoo’s Z.E.B.R.A. classes and summer day camps open up an amazing world of animals for all ages, from tots to teens. Registration is coordinated through the Zoo. Click here for an updated list of camps, classes and more Zoo education.

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Ice Park Summer Camps


  1. Community Sports Development Program (CSDP) Ice Hockey Camp


    Want to continue to develop your hockey skills? Youth will receive on-and -off ice training to develop different abilities to become a great hockey player. Skating, body strength and overall knowledge of ice hockey will be taught by certified coaches. This Camp is for kids who already have hockey experience. Jordan Valley Ice Park 417-866-7444

    For ages 9-17 yrs. (9-12 yrs. Mon. and Wed.; 13-17 yrs. on Tues. and Thurs.)
    June 1-July 30
    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    $75/Week or $300/Entire camp



  2. Figure Skating Summer Camp


    If you’re already comfortable skating on the ice, this may be the camp for you! Work on your figure skating skills to become an even better skater. Open to all who have completed Learn to Skate Basic 3. Jordan Valley Ice Park 417-866-7444

    For ages 6-17 yrs.
    June 1-July 28
    Tues. and Thurs., 7:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    $75/week or $300 for all 8 weeks


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Golf Summer Camps


  1. Junior Golf Clinic at Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course


    PGA instruction of basic golf fundamentals for juniors. Includes putting, chipping, full swing and proper etiquette and course play. Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962

    For ages 6-15 yrs.
    Session 1: June 14-18
    Session 2: July 19-23
    Mon.-Fri., 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    $90/Session; $180 for both


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Scholarships may be available to Greene County residents ages 18 and under.