Parents in Baton Rouge looking for ways to keep their teens busy during the long, hot Southern summer can choose from a variety of summer camps for their teenagers, ranging from sports camps to nature camps. Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and is a community rich in charm, character and entertaining activities.
1. Nature and Animal Camps
The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center offers a camp for youths 14 and younger that is filled with activities such as hikes, games, nature crafts and live animal interactions. Teens ages 14 to 17 can also participate in the Swamp CIT program, where they can learn the skills necessary to become a camp counselor. At the Baton Rouge Zoo Camp, 13-year-olds can choose from one of the weeklong day camps with themes such as Oh, Grow Up! and This is How We Zoo It. During camp, campers will get to take guided hikes, experience animal encounters and listen to keeper chats. Teens ages 13 to 17 can apply to participate in the Zoo Krewe to get hands-on training to see what it's like working in the zoo.
2. Sports Camps
Your teen can participate in one of the summer sports camps offered through the Baton Rouge Recreation Department. Summer Basketball Camp runs through June and July and is for youths 14 and younger. During camp, teens will learn how important it is to stay physically fit, about being competitive and how to make positive choices. Extreme Sports Camps are for 13 and 14-year old teens and includes a BMX Camp that focuses on the basics of BMX racing, track etiquette and proper bike maintenance. At Skate Camp, teens learn about park riding and etiquette and the basics of skateboarding. Several tennis camps are available for teens, to help them improve their game or learn the game, including a Xcelleration Tennis Camp, Open House Tennis Camp and Big Banger Tennis Camp for youths 16 and younger.
3. Traditional Day Camps
If you're looking for a recreation summer camp for your teen, the Baton Rouge Recreation Department offers some. The teen camps are for teens 13 to 16 years old and feature weekly themes such as Holiday Hullabaloo, BREC Olympics and Fear Factor. At the YMCA of the Capital Area, your teen can go for a teen day camp to enjoy swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, and field trips each week. Teens 13 to 15 years of age can also participate in the Counselor in Training or Leader in Training program at the YMCA to build leadership skills and work with the younger campers.
4. Art and Theater Camps
If you have a teen artist at home, you can sign her up for the Aspiring Artist Camp at the Baton Rouge Gallery, where she can work on creative art projects and work on mastering the basics of art. At the Independence Park Theatre, teens can join one of the performance camps to work with other teens and kids, producing a full-scaled musical. Your teen will learn about staging, choreography and music vocals. At the conclusion of the camp, campers will perform for family and friends.
- BREC: Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Camp
- BREC: Baton Rouge Zoo Camp
- BREC: Summer Basketball Camp
- BREC: Extreme Sports Camps
- BREC: Tennis Camps
- BREC: Recreation Summer Camps
- YMCA of the Capital Area: Summer Camp
- BREC: Baton Rouge Gallery Camps
- BREC: Summer Guide
- Baton Rouge Government: Facts About Baton Rouge
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