Check Out These Youth Summer Camps In Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES – The children are out of school and summer officially begins next month. How will the children take care of themselves? Here are some low-cost local summer camps offered this year.

Creative Cruces

The nonprofit organization Cruces Creatives offers a series of classes for students in grades four through eight — and all classes are free. Most start in June and are held for a few hours several days a week in person. Information and registration are available online at

  • Adventures in Circuit Land (grades 4-6)
  • Illuminated newspapers (grades 4-6)
  • STEAM Summer Couture (grades 4-6)
  • Digital manufacturing: manufacturing in 3D (grades 4-6)
  • Digital manufacturing: manufacturing in 2D (grades 4-6)
  • Catching the elusive sound wave: audio recording (7th-8th grade)
  • Catching Light: Introduction to Photography and Videography (7th-8th grade)

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Teen Connection 2021Summer Program

The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department is hosting programs and activities for teens in grades six through 12 this summer. In-person programs begin June 1 and are held weekly until July 30 at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center located at 304 W. Bell Ave.

Registration is free and can be viewed online at In-person registration can be done at the A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven Building, the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, or the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office.

  • On your marks, get set, gold! — Wacky Olympics, cooperative sports and games (June 1-4)
  • The Quantum Realm — Focus on scientific experiments, rockets (June 7-11)
  • Light, camera, action! — Focus on Arts and Theater (June 14-18)
  • And after? — Explore fun and interesting careers (June 21-25)
  • stranger things — Paranormal experiences (June 28-July 2)
  • Where in the world is Teen Connection? — International Orientation (July 6-9)
  • clueless — CSI techniques and criminal investigation (July 12-16)
  • Splash! — Water Conservation and Water Activities (July 19-23)
  • To take a walk! — Outdoor Adventures (July 26-30)

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

The museum is offering virtual summer camps and activities for kids of all ages this year. For more information and to register, email Classes are free, but donations are suggested for some.

  • LEAP in science week — June 8 (4-5 years old) and June 10 (6-10 years old). Celebrate National LEAP Week with online science and literacy programs for children and families.
  • Tales around the campfire — June 12 (all ages). Campers and their families will learn about the art of storytelling and its importance in cowboy life.
  • Down in the farm — June 22-24 (5-8 years). Camp participants will learn what animals live on a farm and what they need to survive.
  • count on yourself — July 3-6 (9-13 years). Campers will learn about the struggles and triumphs of Tularosa Basin ranch families.
  • Explore fiber — July 13-15 (8-12 years old). Where does wool come from? Campers will learn about different fibers and their potential uses.
  • Cowboy camp — July 17-20 (5-8 years). Campers will receive their gear which includes designing their own cowboy gear and learning all the tools of the trade.
  • pleasure of gardening — July 27-29 (5-7 years old and 8-12 years old). All participants will explore how seeds germinate and what nutrients they need to survive.

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Camp Innoventure

Arrowhead Center is offering a free online camp this summer for fourth and fifth graders. Students will learn about different entrepreneurs and industries and carry out innovative activities at home.

Classes will be held in groups via Canvas over Zoom. Registration can be done online at

Classes will take place:

  • June 21-25
  • June 28-July 2
  • July 12-16
  • July 19-23
  • July 26-30

Learning Games Lab

New Mexico State University’s Learning Games Lab is hosting two week-long summer sessions for middle schoolers. Sessions are free and open to all state students.

The kids will meet for two hours a day on Zoom and play games developed by NMSU and other studios. The “Game Lab consultants” will give their opinion on games, experiment with digital tools and present their own game ideas on the last day.

Applications must be submitted by June 11. Registration can be done online at–summerpro.html. The sessions will take place:

Leah Romero is the Trending Reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

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