There are many camps available for youth this summer in Abilene and the surrounding area. Two unique camps that are fun, educational, and affordable are Rocket Fest Camp at TSTC and Summer Safety Camp at Safety City. Space is limited at both camps.
Rocket Fest Camp will be held on the Abilene campus of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) June 28 through July 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth ages 14 and up. Students will learn about the science of rockets, building rockets in the morning and launching them in the afternoons.
The camp, sponsored by Texas Tech University in Abilene and the Texas Workforce Commission, will end with an event open to the public where camp participants will launch rockets for spectators and parents.
Contact Tom Dolan at 325-660-9169 or Tom.Dolan@ttu.edu for a camp application. There are just 50 spots open for this camp.
Summer Safety Camp, held at the South 7th Safety City Campus, will be held Aug. 9-12 for children entering grades 2nd through 4th. The City of Abilene reports that professionals from all over the Big Country will come to Safety City to present a variety of topics to campers in a fun way. Topics may include fire safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, water safety, animal safety, weather safety, and more.
Log onto www.abilenetx.com under "Hot Items" for a registration form and brochure. Mail the form along with a $25 registration fee by July 16 to Safety City, P.O. Box 174, Abilene, TX 79604-0174. Space is limited and children will be registered on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information on the safety camp, call Safety City staff at 325-676-6096.
Safety City is a child-sized town designed to teach kids about safety through interactive and fun activities. Plans are underway to build a new 2,700 square feet police station at the facility with an expected cost of $217,000. The board is currently fundraising for this construction.
For some large lists of camps in the Big Country, check out these Abilene Reporter-News articles: