DFW Region Summer Camps Offer Coding and More


DeSoto ISD GREAT Program

For the fifth and sixth graders of the DeSoto School District, a BIG summer awaits.

DISD, in conjunction with the DeSoto and Glenn Heights Police Departments, is again offering Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) June 1-24. Sessions are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The program will include:

*Conflict resolution.

*Definition of objectives.



*Guest speakers.

The free program is an opportunity for students to explore, practice and learn alternatives to gang involvement, strengthen their relationship with law enforcement and participate in structured activities while on vacation of summer.

Torrance Hopkins, DHS school resource officer, said the program gives students the opportunity to interact with police officers and see them in a different light.

“They see that the police are people like them who smile, laugh and play.” said Hopkins. “Students see that the police care about them, we teach life skills like anger management, conflict resolution, teamwork, communication and more, giving them an education in outside of normal school lessons.

All sessions and activities will be led by School Resource Officers from the DeSoto and Glenn Heights Police Department.

Guest speakers will include representatives from the fire department, police department tactical team, drone operators and more.

Applications are available here link.

Students will be responsible for covering costs associated with field trips.

Contact Hopkins with questions such as location, etc. at [email protected] or call 972-230-0726, ext. 2976.

Please note that the availability of this program and others listed in this article is limited. Check with each program contact for openings.

Midlothian Junior Police Academy

Additionally, this summer, School Resource Officers from the Midlothian Police Department will host a Junior Police Academy (JPA). The free camp is designed to strengthen the bond between law enforcement and local youth, giving them the chance to see what it’s like to become a cadet police officer during their summer vacation.

The academy, for students ages 8 to 13, is modeled after the police academies that adults attend to become sworn peace officers. Junior cadets will be introduced to physical training such as competing in an obstacle course, self-defense tactics, handcuffing and walking. Cadets also get a first-hand look inside equipment such as patrol and SWAT vehicles and a fire truck.

At the end of the academy, students will participate in a graduation ceremony that recognizes their endurance and hard work.

Dates: June 13-16 and July 11-14 for 8-10 year olds, June 20-23 and July 18-21 for 11-13 year olds.

Complete the application at this link.

Other Notable Summer Programs

CIO of Cedar Hill

CHISD Youth Summit Flyer

Youth Summit with Cedar Hill Police ISD and Cedar Hill Police Department.

Youth Summit is a free summer event for kids ages 11-18. Entrants must live in Cedar Hill or attend school in Cedar Hill. The Youth Summit is designed to be a positive opportunity for youth and police engagement. During the three-day event, attendees will engage directly with officers and volunteers in several interactive sessions, including:

  • Self-defense lessons
  • K9 Police Demonstration
  • Crime scene processing
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • The DWI experience
  • SWAT field day
  • Interact with the police
  • Trail “simulated” by our Judge Petty

In addition to these sessions, attendees will receive a Youth Summit t-shirt, a goodie bag, and many positive experiences with those who serve and protect them every day.

Lunch is provided daily.

DeSoto DSI

NIA (Nurture, Inspire and Affirm)

Contact: Jareese Johnson at [email protected] or visit www.niakids.org.

children’s theater

Seven weeks of training in dance, acting and singing culminating in a professional theatrical performance for students in grades 9-10.

Dates: June 13 – July 29 (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (parents must provide transportation and provide lunch for the student daily)

Cost $925 (installment payments available). Scholarships available.

Summer Esports Boot Camp

A week-long summer camp designed to educate and help students discover careers in the esports industry. This summer camp is delivered virtually and live from the district’s state-of-the-art esports facility. For 9th and 10th graders.

Dates: June 13-July 17

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (parents must provide transportation and provide student lunch daily)

ISD Midlothian Summer Camps

Camp Invention (other districts in the region may also offer Camp Invention)

This camp, for students in grades K-6, offers hands-on activities designed to fire up their imaginations and skyrocket their confidence while exploring STEM fun from oceans to space. Dates and times are June 20-24 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Activities include:

* Campers create a habitat for their very own aquatic animal – along with a symbiotic friend – and prototype the next big aquatic innovation to attract and hook investors at the fish market.

* Inspired by real-life space exploration, kids build a Spacepack, design an Astro-Arm device, complete gravity-defying cooking challenges, mine asteroids and watch erupting ice volcanoes.

* Students will make exciting connections between science and art as campers build their own robotic artist to create art and discover how inventions have changed the way people create.

* Kids will experience the fun of physics and engineering as they build and test their own mega marble arcade, then complete collaborative challenges to improve their design thinking.

Register on INVENT.ORG/CAMP or call 800-968-4332. The cost is $245 with a $30 discount for two siblings using code SIBLOVE30, or a $40 discount for three or more siblings using CODE SIBLOVE40.

Camp Directors: Kimberly Moss, [email protected], and Casey Nelson, [email protected]

Red Oak ISD Summer Camps

Red Oak READS combines reading and bingo for district students this summer.

The goal is to encourage students to read throughout the summer, set their own goals, participate in scavenger hunts and qualify for cool prizes.

Students can register online and upload their bingo board. Download and color Flat Herkimer (the falcon mascot) to prevail in the photo locations.

“Our students thrive with activities and a fun little competition,” said ROIDS Superintendent Brenda Sanford, noting that the program can be fun for the whole family. “We encourage our community to get involved and provide reading places for students in businesses and at home.”

Students can mark out bingo squares to read while on vacation, under the stars or near the water. They can also read poetry or a comic book, read to their pet, or take a selfie at the library.

For more information and to register, visit the ROIDS website at https://www.redoakisd.org/roreads.

Grand Prairie ISD Summer Camps

Virtual Swift Coding Camp

This virtual camp will help students learn Swift coding landing using their GPISD-issued iPad. The camps will be open from grades 4 to 12. Campers returning from a previous year will move on to more advanced content. With games, activities, small group lessons, and guest coding experts, students will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of a wide variety of coding concepts.

Date: July 12-14

Apply here link.

Students must use their district-issued iPad to participate.


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