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Splash into a Dawson summer! A variety of activities for kids and students are offered through several of Dawson's ministries. Learn more below!


KidLife Week

Age 4–Grade 5 Completed

June 6–9  |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon

Check back for more info! Registration begins May 1.

Cost:  FREE

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Ballet Camp

Age 4–Grade 2 Completed

June 20–24  |  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. There will be time for a snack, as ballerinas can work up quite an appetite, and craft time gives those little feet time to rest. Enjoy a ballet recital at the end of the week and see what your little ballerina has learned at camp.

Cost:  $135 Per Camper

Register for Ballet Camp


Basketball Camp

Grades 1–5 Completed

Basketball Camp 1:  June 20–23   |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon
Basketball Camp 2:  July 25–28   |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon

Dawson's Recreation Ministry is crazy for basketball! We invite children of all skill levels in grades 1–5 (completed) to kick off their summer with a half-day basketball camp (no experience required).

Cost:  $135 Per Camper

Register for Basketball Camp 1
Register for Basketball Camp 2


Big Art Camp

Grades 1–5 Completed

July 18–21  |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–Noon

Join us for a fun and exciting time of art led by Jimmy McGowan. Dress for mess, as we will explore several forms of art, like drawing, painting on canvas, a 3-dimensional project, origami, and a collage. All skill levels are welcome!

Cost:  $150 Per Camper

Register for BIG Art Camp


Day Camp

Grades 1–5 Completed

Day Camp 1:  June 13–17   |  Monday–Friday  |  8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Day Camp 2:  June 27–July 1   |  Monday–Friday  |  8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Day Camp is 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. Campers bring their own lunches and snacks.

Josh Donaldson is serving as this year's Camp Director.

Cost:  $200 Per Camper

Adult and student workers are needed. Click here to apply.

Register for Day Camp 1
Register for Day Camp 2


Music Camp

Preschool: July 11–14  |  Monday–Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  $125
Grades K–5 Completed: July 11–15  |  Monday–Friday  |  9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  |  $200

Music Camp at Dawson Music Academy 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.

Register for Music Camp


CentriKid Overnight Camp

Grades 3–5 Completed: July 25–29  |  Monday–Friday  |  $385 Per Camper  |  Timber Creek Camp, Pulaski, MS

CentriKid Camp is for kids finishing 3rd–5th grade. It is a great time for your children to learn about Christ and for them to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Kids will spend the week in worship, Bible study, recreation, tracks, and end each day in church group time (this is a sweet time where dawson kids and chaperones will share, pray, and play together). If you are looking for a camp where your children will grow closer to God, and their church friends, this is it!

To reserve your child's spot, we must have the completed registration form submitted with a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $100 NO LATER than February 13th.

The total cost for children is $385 and for chaperones is $85.
This includes camp costs (Chick-fil-A lunch on the way to camp and back, housing, CentriKid camp shirt, etc.) and transportation.

Register for CentriKid Camp


Hispanic VBS

Stay tuned for more details!


Middle School Summer Nights

Grades 5–8 Completed

June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27  |  6:00–8:00 p.m.

Summer Nights are a time for students to grow in community. Whether you can come to one Summer Night or all four, we hope students will join us when you can. See our weekly emails for more information on times and locations. No cost or registration needed.


High School Summer Nights

Grades 9–12 Completed

June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27  |  6:00–8:00 p.m.

Summer Nights are a time for students to grow in community. Whether you can come to one Summer Night or all four, we hope students will join us when you can. See our weekly emails for more information on times and locations. No cost or registration needed.


DSM Breakaway

Grades 6–12 Completed

July 18–22  |  Monday–Friday  |  Wilderness in the Smokies in Sevierville, TN (Student Life Camp)

At Student Life Camp in 2022, students head to Tennessee’s largest waterpark at Wilderness in the Smokies. At camp, we will look at God’s relationship with unlikely people through the life of David. Throughout the week, we hope students will see the ways God uses unlikely people to live unlikely lives, showing the world the unlikely story that God loves us and wants us as part of his kingdom. JD Greear and Ben Mandrell serve at camp pastors, North Point Worship will lead worship, and the Skit Guys will serve as special guests. The combination of the waterpark and Student Life Camp makes for an environment suited perfectly for students to worship God, study His word, and build relationships with peers.


DSM Back to School Retreat

Grades 6–12 Completed (We recommend that 6th grade parents join us on the retreat if their child is attending.)

August 19–21  |  Friday–Sunday  |  Springville Camp and Conference Center in Odenville, AL

B2SR is exactly that, a retreat. It is a time to get away, be filled with God’s truth, and grow in community as students prepare their hearts for the busyness of the school year ahead.

Cost: TBD

Registration available in July.