Sunday, July 14, 2024

Adventure awaits: GISD promotes community/athletic summer camps


As schools everywhere close their doors for summer break, students are now in desperate need of something to do to occupy their time.

Luckily, the Granbury Independent School District has created a page specifically dedicated to summer camps. From community camps to sports and activities, Hood County and the surrounding areas have something fun for everyone.


Nature Day Camp at Camp Fire El Tesoro

In celebration of 90 years, Camp Fire El Tesoro is hosting a Nature Day Camp for students in kindergarten through fifth grade from now until July 26, located at 7710 Fall Creek Highway.

Come for one week or the whole summer. Camp Fire El Tesoro provides art projects and nature hikes, while afternoon activities focus on adventure-filled experiences with a weekly rotation including canoeing, kayaking, archery and horseback riding. A cooling daily trip to the pool for swimming is also a bonus!

Campers who add the Wednesday overnight experience will experience cooking dinner over a campfire, exploring camp after dark with a night hike and star watching, plus sleeping in a cabin. This is a wonderful way for young campers to build confidence and independence in the safe but “wild” camping world.

To register for Nature Day Camp, visit or call 817-831-2111, ext. 155.

Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp Holland

Camp Holland offers a Cub Scout Day Camp from June 10-14 from 2-8 p.m.

Located in Weatherford at 1301 Holland Lake Drive, Cub Scout Day Camp offers sports and games, STEM and science, nature explorations, crafts and creativity, marksmanship, skits and songs. The camp is open to all boys and girls entering grades one through five.

Register online at

Fourth Grade Public Land Pass

The fourth grade public lands pass provides fourth graders with free access to national parks and federal recreational lands. The pass covers entrance or day use fees at federal recreation sites. Some fees, like camping and special tours, are not covered.

Fourth graders can use their pass at national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, reclamation areas, conservation areas, recreation areas and marine areas.

To obtain the voucher online, visit, complete an online activity, and download and print a personalized paper voucher. Students may use the pass from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31 of their fourth-grade year.

Junior Bowling Clinic at PINS Bowling Alley

Granbury PINS will soon present a Junior Bowling Clinic Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon July 13, July 20 and July 27.

Students will learn bowling basics, plus etiquette, scoring and sportsmanship.

The clinic is open for children ages 8 to 18 and costs $10 per session.

Call Violet Preszler at 909-742-8227 for more information.

Pickleball Camp at TX HOP Club

TX HOP Club will host a pickleball camp in two sessions: June 17-20 and June 24-27. For ages 8-10, the camp will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. For ages 11-13, the camp will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For ages 14-16, campers will participate in pickleball from 1-2:30 p.m.

All participants are asked to wear athletic clothing and court shoes — no running shoes. Loaner paddles and balls will be provided. Participants will also receive a free T-shirt.

Registration is already open and costs $125.

For more information, visit online.

Rifle Camp at Granbury High School

The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps offers 2024 summer air rifle camp and tryout scheduled for June 24-27 at the Granbury High School Air Rifle range, located at 2000 W. Pearl St.

The camp is open to all students entering seventh through 10th grade. It is also an opportunity for ninth and 10th grade students enrolled in JROTC interested in trying out for the rifle team for the school year 2024-25. The camp will serve as tryouts for the said students. Additionally this year, JROTC has added an advanced camp for those individuals already involved in the sport.

The sessions are from 8-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. (advanced camp for current shooters).

Appropriate clothing for the training includes jeans, sweatpants, T-shirts, sweatshirts and gym shoes that do not rise above the ankle.

The registration fee of $125 includes a T-shirt and the use of air rifles and pellets.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Scott Casey at 817-408-4667 or 1st Sgt. Johnny Rositas at 817-408-4666.

Middle School Robotics Camp for Grades 6-8

A middle school robotics camp for students in grades six through eight will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-27 in the Granbury High School Career & Technology Education Center off Howard Clemmons Road facing the airport.

During the camp, students will learn how to build, program and drive different robots to complete set tasks as well as find other like-minded students to learn how to cooperate to compete in competitions.

The cost for the camp is $150 per student.

For more information, email  


The following athletic camps are organized by date:

June 10-13

  • Lady Pirate Soccer Camp for sixth through ninth grade girls at Granbury High School from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sign up by June 9. Registration is $75.
  • Soccer Camp for seventh through ninth grade boys at Granbury High School from 6-8:30 p.m. Sign up by June 9. Registration is $75.
  • GHS Coed Soccer Camp for kindergarten through fifth grade girls at Granbury High School from 8-10 a.m. Sign up by June 11. Registration is $75.

June 17-20

  • Pirate Tennis Camp for incoming second through ninth grade students at Granbury High School from 8-10 a.m. Sign up by June 16. Registration is $70.

June 24-27

  • Basketball for incoming sixth through ninth grade boys at Granbury High School from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sign up by June 23. Registration is $80.
  • Basketball for incoming first through fifth grade boys at Granbury High School from 8-10 a.m. Sign up by June 26. Registration is $80.

July 29-31

  • Football Camp for seventh through ninth grade boys at Granbury High School from 8-11 a.m. Sign up by July 28. Registration is $75.
  • Volleyball Camp for seventh through ninth grade girls at Granbury High School from 8-10 a.m. Sign up by July 28. Registration is $75.

For more information about summer camps, visit the Granbury ISD website, click on the ‘Parents & Students’ tab and scroll down and click ‘Summer Camps.’