We are excited to announce the launch of Summer Camp 2021. In accordance with federal, state and local health authorities, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has adopted a series of modified guidelines to ensure COVID19 health and safety measures are met. Such guidelines include the use of masks, daily wellness screenings prior to entry, utilization of the pod model, and other modifications to activities within camp. The Austin Parks and Recreation department is looking forward to providing a fun and meaningful summer program experience for your family that will prioritize the health and well-being of all campers and staff.

Important Information

New this year is the introduction of a lottery system.  The lottery system will help us more equitably offer limited spaces to families. To ensure a smooth registration process, please read the important information below regarding the new lottery registration process for 2021. CLICK HERE for lottery enrollment step-by-step procedures.

April 19 - May 16
Registration for all families. 
To register, please go to: www.austintexas.gov/parksonline

May 19 
Specialty Camps (Nature, Therapeutic, and Cultural and Art Camps) will begin contacting participants who received a lottery spot in camp. Be on the lookout for an email or phone call as parents will have a very short turnaround time to confirm spots. All individuals selected for camp will be asked to pay a $20 deposit for all selected weeks to ensure enrollment. The Department has made all deposits refundable this year. 

May 26
General Recreation Camps will begin contacting participants who received a lottery spot in camp. Be on the lookout for an email or phone call as parents will have a very short turnaround time to confirm spots. All individuals selected for camp will be asked to pay a $20 deposit for all selected weeks to ensure enrollment. The Department has made all deposits refundable this year.

Beginning June 7
Virtual “Stay Creative” Summer Camp

Beginning June 21
In-person Summer Camp (nature, art, general)

Beginning July 6
Summer Playground Program 

Please review our Participation Guidelines and Essential Eligibility for COVID modifications as well as our Parent Handbook for more detailed information.

Program Documents and Forms

Participation Guidelines and Essential Eligibility (PDF)

Youth Registration Form  (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - English  (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - Spanish  (PDF)

Virtual Programs Release Form

Summer Camp Payment Schedule - English (PDF)

Summer Camp Payment Schedule - Spanish (PDF)

Nature Camps

Nature-based summer camp programs provide hands-on educational and recreational activities that increase appreciation for the natural environment and awareness of the conservation ethic.

Cultural and Art Camps

Visual and performing arts, culture and history summer camp programs preserve and protect the past, celebrate Austin’s diversity, build community, and develop awareness and appreciation for the arts.

Therapeutic Camps

Therapeutic summer programs embrace the diversity that defines Austin and works to ensure that all individuals are accepted, included, and welcomed to participate, play, and recreate together with a team of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and Inclusion Aids.

Community Recreation Camps

Community recreation summer programs at Recreation Centers have a youth development philosophy which focuses on providing youth opportunities to enhance their interests, skills and abilities through intentional programming and quality experiences that help develop social, emotional, ethical, physical and cognitive competencies.