Follow the trail to a Dawson Summer! A variety of summer camps are offered through Dawson's Recreation and Music & Worship ministries. Choose a camp below, and register today!

KidLife Week

Age 4–Grade 5

June 3–7  |  Monday–Friday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon

KidLife is a fun and exciting week where kids learn about God and His love for us. At KidLife, kids will experience God’s Word through Bible study, music, worship, crafts, games, snacks, fun activities, and more!


KidLife Registration

Basketball Camp

Grades 1–5 Completed

Basketball Camp 1:  May 28–31   |  Tuesday–Friday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon
Basketball Camp 2:  July 8–11   |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon

Dawson's Recreation Ministry is crazy for basketball! We invite children of all skill levels to kick off their summer with a half-day, basketball camp (no experience required).

Dawson Recreation's Sports Minister, Romeo Penn, will lead another outstanding basketball camp this summer. You may have seen Romeo at Dawson on the court working with local youth from our area. Romeo is a former professional basketball player and has become a nationally/internationally known basketball skills trainer (PennPoint Sports Ministries). Romeo uses his talents and experience to develop basketball skills in young players, as well as influence them to grow in their faith.

Cost:  $100 Per Camper

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Adventure Camp

Grades 1–5 Completed

Adventure Camp 1:  June 10–14   |  Monday–Friday  |  8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Adventure Camp 2:  June 24–28   |  Monday–Friday  |  8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adventure Camps are held at the beautiful wooded Camp Dawson, near Calera, just the place for a summer adventure. Each morning, campers will meet at the Family Recreation Center on Dawson's campus and travel by bus to Camp Dawson. There are a variety of activities for campers to choose from each day, such as archery, swimming, BB guns, recreation games, crafts, high ropes course, and rock wall climbing.

Cost:  $180 Per Camper

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Big Art Camp

Grades 1–5 Completed

Big Art Camp 1:  June 17-20  |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon
Big Art Camp 2:  July 8-11  |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon

Children of all skill levels come back year after year to learn about art and create their very own masterpieces. Led by experienced teachers Jimmy & Nancy McGowan, campers explore various forms of artistic expression such as drawing, painting, sculpture, origami, and multi-media collage. At the end of the week, your artist will have many fantatic pieces you will want to display for everyone to see.

Cost:  $100 Per Camper

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DMA Music Camp

Preschool (age 4 by Sept. 1): July 15-18  |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  $125 Per Camper
Grades K–5 Completed: July 15–19  |  Monday–Friday  |  9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  |  $200 Per Camper

DMA Music Camp is about exploring new musical skills and enjoying fun team building games throughout the week. Preschool and elementary campers enjoy a variety of activities, including instrument exploration, worship rally, and recreation. Camp highlights for the week include Team Spirit Day, Water Splash Day, and Talent Showcase Day.

For questions regarding music camps, please contact Kimberly Jones, Dawson Music Academy Director, at (205) 871-7324 or

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Ballet Camp

Age 5–Grade 2

July 29–August 2  |  Monday–Friday  |  9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Dawson Ballet School Summer Camp is a delight whether your little dancer is a first-time ballerina or has experience. Snacks will be provided, and campers also get to enjoy a craft time. Enjoy a recital at the end of the week and see what your little ballerina has learned at camp.

Cost:  $100 Per Camper

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