Every time spring rolls around, it becomes a free-for-all for summer camp advertising, which is awesome and great but can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are new to the summer camp world. That why we came up with the idea to each pick 3 summer camps that we either have sent kids to or would send our kids to, with the hope that it would make the numerous summer camp options seems a little less intimidating. None of these links are sponsored, just camps that either our kids have attended and loved or camps we think would be fun.
Locations: Young Harris (girls) Mount Berry (girls and boys–but separate camps)
My daughter attended the Winshape Camp at Young Harris last year. We were a little nervous as this was her first overnight camp experience. She can be shy at first, so all of the excitement as the campers arrived made her a little nervous. Luckily, the camp uploads pictures of camp activities each night and my husband and I were on pins and needles waiting to see pics of Emily each day. We could tell by the pictures that she was having a blast. She convinced us to pre-register her for this year before we left Young Harris last summer!
My children will attend East Coweta High School in a few years. As such, I want them to be comfortable with the surroundings at the school. My son attended this camp last summer and he practiced baseball basics and got to see some high school players at work. Our kids love sports. When the season is over, they seem lost! Area high schools usually host week-long day camps at a lower rate than private sports camps. If I can get them into a few of these camps for the same amount as one session at a private camp, it is definitely worth it.
Location: various locations
I worked at a YMCA day camp one summer while in college. All I can say is that those kids had F-U-N! There were a lot of activities and fun themes. There is also an extended day option available for parents who work full-time. Your local YMCA also has swimming as well as sports camps to keep your kiddos active during the hot summer months.
Sports Broadcasting Camp July 14-18 at Emory University
Ages 10-18, boys and girls
Does your child love sports? Would they enjoy a career as a TV sports journalist? Here is your child’s chance to learn how to become a sports broadcaster at the nation’s premier Sports Broadcasting Camp!
Ages range from 6 to 14, boys and girls
Have an Atlanta Hawks fan at home? Check out their 2014 summer camps. Your child will be taught skill development training, participate in skill competitions and full court games under the direction of top notch coaches.
Camps are offered at various metro Atlanta locations including Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody, Davis Academy in Dunwoody, Suwannee Sports Academy in Suwannee and Cobb, and JP Mosely Recreation Center in Stockbridge.
Participants will receive an official Atlanta Hawks camp jersey, t-shirt, headband, water bottle, draft day photo and ticket to a future 2014-15 Hawks home game. There will be special appearances from an Atlanta Hawks player(s), coaches, alumni or mascot.
Ages 5-18, boys and girls
Sign your child up to participate in the Emory Nike Tennis Camp where campers will learn technical tennis instruction and drilling. Campers will walk away from camp with the inspiration and self-confidence to improve their tennis game even after camp is over!
Legacy Theatre, Tyrone
July 16-20, Ages 5+
The musical theatre mini camp sounds like so much fun – the kids play games and participate in acting workshops and dance lessons. My oldest daughter loves dance and has shown an interest in learning more about acting, so this would be a great option for us. There’s also an option for older kids the following week!
In the Art of It studio, Sharpsburg
We had my oldest daughter’s birthday party at this studio and LOVED it. Both of my girls are very into art, so this would be a fun local option for us when they are a little older. Check out my review here.
St. Paul Lutheran School, Peachtree City
ages 4+ (ages vary by specific camp)
There are several camps offered throughout the summer. Examples include Little Engineer, Young Builder, Jurassic, Little Robot Inventor, Grossology, Young Physician, Space Engineer, Jr. Video Game Maker, Jr. Robot Creator, Special Effects, Emergency Vet, CSI, etc. My oldest daughter loves science, so she would have a blast at several of these camp options.
611 Hwy 74 South, Peachtree City
June 25-29, Ages 3-18
My son is still a little too young for this one right now, but next summer we will be all over this one. He loves being active and getting to run around and like most little kids, loves playing with all types of balls, but especially soccer balls and baseballs.
Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta
Ages 4-14, May 27 – August 8 (weekly sessions)
We love the zoo and already have a membership there thanks to the grandparents. As much as the Goober loves going to see the animals there, I know he would love this camp with its educational and fun activities and up-close encounters with the animals.
Kedron Fieldhouse, Peachtree City
Ages 5-11, June 23-27, July 7-11,
My nephew would be all over this camp in a heartbeat if he lived closer, so I’m going ahead and putting it on our list, since I’m sure he is going to infect the Goober with the same love of building and engineering. Classes are grouped ages 5-7 and ages 7-11.
7975 Highway 54, Sharpsburg
July 7-11 (beginner/intermediate riders)
You can check out my Meadow Wood review here! My daughter still rides and boards her horse at Meadow Wood.
New Hope Baptist Church
Ages 1st to 6th grade
Camp Starts: 6/16/2014
My son loved all kinds of sports. He played Upward basketball at New Hope Baptist Church for several seasons. Through Upward he made new friends, polished his basketball skills, had fun, and was encouraged in a positive, Christian environment.
Flat Creek Trail in Fayetteville
Ages 3-6 yrs
Dance, Princess, and Tea Party Camps! Need I say more?
My daughter grew up dancing and horseback riding. Carla’s Dance Factory and Meadow Wood Farm are both long-time Fayette County businesses that have taught generations of children.
Hope this post helps you narrow down you search! The Atlanta Parent and Macaroni Kid PTC have a more comprehensive lists you can check out and tips and resources to narrow down your search if none of the camps we are highlighting fit the bill for your family.