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LCRA Outdoor Day Camps 2021

June 14

June 14 @ 9:00 am - August 6 @ 4:00 pm

9:00am - 4:00pm

McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Lake Bastrop and the Colorado River are the site of numerous outdoor day camps during the summer for ages 5-15 at these beautiful Central Texas locations. Some campers will climb the rock wall and participate in a camp-wide field day, while older groups take on the challenge course and raft the Colorado River or Lake Bastrop. All campers swim at Bastrop State Park pool and explore the week’s theme through activities such as guided hikes, presentations, field studies or experiments, nature play and games, with teens learning bushcraft skills and tracking. Educational content is adapted for each age group (Turtles, ages 5-6; Buffaloes, ages 7-8; Eagles, ages 9-12; and Teens, ages 13-15) in these LCRA-hosted camps.

Outdoor Camps – Ages 5-12

Children can attend up to six weeks of day camp starting June 14 in these six varied sessions. Camp is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with each week’s activities revolving around a different outdoor theme. See a printable copy of camps at Outdoor Camps ages 5-12.

  • POLLINATOR POWER (June 14-18) – Campers learn about the varied adaptations of bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, and the critical role they play in an ecosystem. Campers also explore and observe the insect world outdoors, learn about the importance of native plants and nectar plants, conduct a biological survey to contribute to citizen science data, build a bee habitat and create a beeswax product to take home.
  • WATER WONDERS (June 21-25) – Campers experience its macro and micro wonders of the aquatic word, engage in science experiments to understand water’s properties and water quality, and peer through microscopes to view water teeming with life. Turtle and Buffalo campers use underwater viewers to examine live aquatic animals and create an artistic memento of their observations. Eagle campers explore Lake Bastrop from kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
  • MAKING THE MARK (June 28-July 2) – Campers navigate using wayfinding tools, sharpen archery skills on the range, and learn about the Lewis and Clark journey through a historical reenactment and follow in their footsteps by observing and documenting nature. Turtle and Buffalo campers find hidden caches while geocaching and letterboxing. Buffalo campers practice taking a compass bearing and use a GPS to find a waypoint. Eagle campers practice advanced orienteering techniques using a map and compass and then create a treasure hunt for others.
  • WILDERNESS SKILLS BASICS (July 12-16) – Campers build shelters using natural materials, purify water, make emergency signals, start fires without matches, learn how to “stay found” in an emergency situation and identify edible, medicinal and useful plants. Eagle campers participate in a capture-the-flag style scavenger hunt while zombies attempt to steal resources. Turtle and Buffalo campers take part in an adventure race for survival resources.
  • NATURE MAKERS (July 19-23) – After foraging for edible, medicinal and practical plants, campers learn how to utilize foraged plants, such as using Mustang Grapes for jelly, Yaupon for tea and syrup and flowers for a healing salve, and even how to create a pouch for valuables from a cactus pad. Campers set up a primitive forest camp and create a marketplace to trade their wares. Camp will culminate in a celebration of art, craft and food.
  • BUSHCRAFT AND TRACKING (July 26-30) – Campers grow their wilderness survival skills as they learn how to prepare and cook food without utensils, track animals, navigate backcountry, read the landscape to find water and make rope from natural fibers. Eagle campers participate in a capture-the-flag style scavenger hunt while zombies attempt to steal resources. Turtle and Buffalo campers take part in an adventure race for survival resources.
Teen Adventure Camp – ages 13-15

McKinney Roughs Nature Park is the site of the outdoor day camp for teens over the summer at this beautiful Central Texas location. Teens can attend one week of day camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Aug. 2. See a printable copy of the camp at Teen Adventure Camp (ages 13-15).

  • ADVANCED BUSHCRAFT AND TRACKING (August 2-6) – Campers practice bushcraft skills for emergency situation preparedness and survival. With instruction and supervision, campers practice fire-making, food foraging, primitive weapon crafting, water purification and shelter building. Skills are tested in a capture-the-flag style scavenger hunt, while zombies attempt to steal valuable resources. Teams gather the necessary means of survival and use newly acquired skills to outlast others.


June 14 @ 9:00 am
August 6 @ 4:00 pm
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McKinney Roughs Nature Park
(512) 303-5073