Time to register for Atlanta-area Summer Camps!

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Happy 2016, everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re already thinking about summer, but once again, it’s time to start registering your children for summer camp programs. I’ve done posts over the years with links to camps both in the Atlanta area and sleep-away camps that Chase has loved or friends have recommended. There are a lot of options, whether your child is involved in sports or the arts, and I’m also seeing more interesting programs like what Chase attended last summer for kids who are into science and technology.
There are plenty of options all over the state but I’m highlighting the ones that  are convenient to us in Vinings and Buckhead. Chase is attending sessions at the Westminster campus again this year where they have expanded their camp program to include not only a lot of sports and arts and science programs, but they also have Cubby Camp for children 3-4 years old.
Chase loves water sports so he will be attending Camp Seagull-Seafarer’s seamanship program in North Carolina this summer for 4 weeks.  He went to the 2 week Mariner program last summer and loved it. I’m really going to have withdrawal with my baby gone that long, but I really think it will be great for him to be in a cabin with 10 other boys for that long and allow him that kind of independence.  Wish me luck, I’ll have to pour myself into my work!  Another draw to Camp Seagull-Seafarer is that they are affiliated with the Coast Guard, so all of their boating activities are overseen by USCG licensed captains. Chase will also be able to earn 4 Boy Scout badges at Camp Seagull.
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Here is a list of links to Atlanta camps with details about ages and programs:
  • The Westminster School offers summer programs for every interest for ages 3-18. Registration begins January 11.
  • The Lovett School has a variety of camps for grades K-8 this summer starting in June with Camp Lovett and 2 July Jamboree sessions with traditional camp activities. Registration is currently open.
  • Pace Academy has Paceketeer Camp for ages 3.5-5 and Pace Camp for grades K-5. They offer both half and full day sessions. Registration opens January 15.
  • Georgia Tech’s CEISMC Summer Camps for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) concepts. Registration opens in mid-February.
  • Club Scientific, another science camp in Atlanta (They have LEGO robotics!!!). Early Registration has already started.
  • Alliance Theatre Drama Camps offers summer theatre camps for ages 3 and up. Registrations begins January 11.
  • Kids Tennis hasn’t listed their programs for 2016 yet, but offers tennis and golf camps. Check their Facebook page for updates.
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal Day School has a fun Jr. Mad Scientist camp as well as athletic and arts camps for ages 4- 8th grade. Registration begins February 1 and they have multiple camp dates throughout the summer.
  • Atlanta MJCCA offers over 100 summer camp programs and will be in 4 locations in 2016-Dunwoody, Emory, East Cobb, and North Fulton. Their returning camper registration begins January 10, first time campers, January 17.
  • Dwyers Adventure Camps is now accepting registration for children aged 5-12. They are offering a special for sign-ups before January 15 too!
  • NYO Sports offers a wide variety of sports camps as well as year-round sports programs; they are currently accepting registration.
  • Bitsy Grant Tennis and Golf Camp a tennis and golf camp located conveniently in Buckhead; registration begins in February.
  • Dan Perez Baseball Camp is a baseball camp for boys and girls 5-12 years old; accepting registration now.
  • Chastain Park Art Camp has a variety of art camps. Registrations is through Atlanta iParks or call the Art Center for details.
  • YMCA Buckhead, registration now open for children 5-18
  • Forefront Arts Theatre Camps offers 55 Summer Drama Camps in 14 locations around Atlanta; Camps available for children 3k -20. They are currently accepting applications.
  • Dunwoody Nature Center begins registration for members February 1; open registration begins February 15. They will be holding a Summer Camp Open House January 24.
  • Marist offers sports camps but the Boys Fun Camp, which is all boys and they get to play old-school games all day, comes highly recommended. Word is there is going to be a Girls Fun Camp this summer as well. Their site says they are still finalizing their schedule for 2016 so check back soon.
  • Emory University hosts a variety of sports camps throughout the summer as well as a LEGO-based Bricks for Kidz camp with a STEM focus.  They also have a program for the “Talented and Gifted” that your child will need to qualify for but its super pricey.  Chase qualified so I looked into it and its more than a sleep away camp.
  • High Meadow Summer Camp in Roswell is a traditional outdoor day camp; open registration for campers 3-14.
  • Children’s Museum Atlanta Imagine It! Camps offer adventure, science, drama, and creativity camps.
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell host Camp Kingfisher, a nature camp for children 4-rising 9th graders. Their registration begins January 25.
  • Club SciKidz is a science and technology camp for boys and girls ages 4-15. They have locations throughout the metro Atlanta area. Currently registering for camps beginning June 6.
  • CampMODA: a Design Thinking Camp is being presented by the Museum of Design Atlanta at 4 locations: MODA’s Midtown campus, The Lovett School, GA Tech’s College of Architecture, and First Presbyterian Preschool on Peachtree. programs are available for children ages 5-14 are are now registering for summer sessions.
  • GA Tech Lacrosse Camps focuses on older children looking to polish their lacrosse skills but has both day and overnight camps for boys and girls ages 8-18.

For those of you with Boy and Girl Scouts:

  • Camp Rainey Mountain in northeast Georgia is filling up fast so get registered soon! They offer over 70 merit badges, activities like hiking, whitewater, climbing, and an ATV program, and high adventure programs.
  • Scoutland on Lake Lanier offers camping for Cub Scouts and Webelos. Their locations allows them to focus on aquatic activities.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has 4 summer camps:

  • Camp Meriwether in Luthersville, GA is best known for it’s equestrian programs. Check out their Open House January 24.
  •  Camp Misty Mountain in Amurchee, GA in north Georgia is a traditional north Georgia mountain camp with hiking, equestrian programs, canoeing. They will be holding and Open House, Troop, Family and community Fun Day May 22.
  • Camp Pine Acres is located on Lake Allatoona and is known for its water sports programs. Their Open House will be held February 21.
  • Camp Pine Valley south of Atlanta doesn’t offer overnight camps.
  •  Camp Timber Ridge  in Mableton, GA has STEM leadership programs, outdoor cooking, and more. They will be having an Open House January 31.

I’ll also link to a post I did a couple of years ago that has a great list I got from Camp Meri Mac.

Hope this list helps you with your summer planning!

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