Well now summer camps are over and next year may be a year of new camps for many. I thought I’d capture any input that people have from their Atlanta-area summer camp experience in 2011 so in January when we start booking again, we all may know some new things available.
I thought I’d write this post to share ideas on what camps I know of and to get input from others on camps they use and the ages they are appropriate for.
Since Chase was 4 1/2 I’ve sent him to summer camps. They are different lengths based on the child’s age and most seem to have before and after care if you don’t have time in your schedule to pick them up at odd times during the day.
This past summer I had scheduled him for 7 weeks of camps and ended up cutting it back by 1 week. As a working mom I think summer camps provide an organized play date for your children with a combination of relaxing/swimming time as well.
I do think that next summer I will cut it back to 5 weeks of camp to give him more flexibility to go to the beach etc. That doesn’t mean I won’t try to sign him up for a surf camp somewhere as well!
Most schools will have programs and it really depends on your child’s interest as to which ones you choose. My son has gone to the following:
Camp Wildcats (ages 4-7) at Westminster and Westminster Summer Day Camp (ages 4-13).
Pace Camp at Pace Academy
Haverty Hollow in Garden Hills has a camp for younger children (ages 3-5 for Preschool Camp and ages 5-10 for Frog Hollow Camp) at Garden Hills Recreation Center.
A whole new world has opened up. Chase can now go to Josh Powell Summer Day Camp which they take a bus out to the country everyday. This camp is very rustic and a true “camp”, there is running water but its cold.
Update 1/14/15: Sadly, just learned that Josh Powell Summer Day Camp has closed.
Haverty Hollow will allow 6 year olds to come to Frog Hollow at their main location on E. Beechwood off of Northside Parkway.
There are tennis and swim camps offered at the Cochise Club as well. I know all of the programs expand as they get older. I have several friends that prefer the academic approach to camps and are sending their children to “camp” as the Schenck School. It’s a great summer program to help give your children an academic boost for the next school year.
Chase isn’t old enough for sleep away camps yet, but I’ve heard a lot of girls go to Greystone as they get older and I saw a friend post that her daughter went to another sleep away camp this summer as well.
If you’re reading this, please post any camps you like and what age and sex they are appropriate for as I’m sure I’ll be looking for them in the next year or so as well.
Tips for Planning Summer Camp Schedule
- I know I start booking for most of these in January and February – I’m sure many think I’m crazy, but you’ll be wait listed if you don’t!
- If you wait until March to register for camp, most have filled up.
- Westminster is available to book late January as is Pace.
- Josh Powell is usually early February as is Haverty Hollow.
- Returning campers usually get booking priority.
- It requires careful coordination as most don’t run on the same two-week schedule.
- Most will allow refunds of fees up until May 1st, then you’re stuck with what you’ve booked back in January.
- I try to leave at least three weeks free for beach time and at least one “do nothing” week at home, especially the week before school starts so they are well rested up from the summer fun!
What camps have you used? Let’s try to put together a more comprehensive list as a tool for next year!