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Chase has had a great time at three sleep-away camps this summer! I’ve mentioned them before, but the maritime and water sports programs at Camp Seagull/ Camp Seafarer are so great and he has such an amazing experience that I can’t say enough good things about them. He also attended a Boy Scout camp and a Georgia Tech Lacrosse Camp this summer and came home tired, dirty, and completely happy! I also want to mention that many of these camps require sign ups starting in early October, so if you’re thinking about next summer you might need to start doing your research now!
I’ve been posting about summer camps as a resource for parents for several years now, so I wanted to link to a couple of posts with good lists of summer camps that either Chase or other friends have enjoyed. I update these lists as I get more information so they do change from time to time. To save you the trouble of searching through the archives, take a look at the “categories” list on the right side of the blog – if you click on “Atlanta Summer Camps” all of my posts are there in one place.
Meanwhile, here is a post from a few years ago about summer sleep-away camps and a list of both local day and sleep-away camps I’ve put together over the years.
Since a photo is worth 1,000 words, here are a few pictures of Chase’s summer camp experiences- the smiles say it all!
- 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!
Planning to keep kids entertained during the summer months often involves a carefully-calculated mix of day camps and sleep away camps. I have posted previously about summer day camps in Atlanta both here and here. But I recently found this comprehensive guide to sleep away camps throughout the Southeast, courtesy of Camp Mac, all of which are convenient to Atlanta and I knew it was a resource I had to share.
- Camp Highlander
- Eagles Nest Camp
- Gwynn Valley
- Camp Mac
- Camp Seagull/ Camp Seafarer
- Sanborn Western Camps (located in Colorado)
- Camp Glen Arden
- Camp Green Cove
- Camp Greystone
- Camp Hollymont
- Camp Illahee
- Camp Kahdalea
- Keystone Camp
- Camp Merrie-Woode
- Camp Merri-Mac
- Rockbrook Camp For Girls
- Camp Skyline
- Camp Ton-A-Wandah
- Alpine Camp for Boys
- Camp Arrowhead
- Camp Carolina
- Camp Chosatonga
- Falling Creek Camp
- Camp High Rocks
- Camp Laney
- Camp Mondamin
- Camp Rockmont
- Camp Timberlake
- Camp High Harbour
- Camp Rainey Mountain
- Camp Woodruff
Do you have any camps to add to the list? Leave a comment to let me know!
*Update July 2016*
I’m adding additional camps to this list that I’ve gotten to know since I originally posted.
Camp Seagull/ Camp Seafarer has become one of Chase’s favorites- he loves all of the water activities they offer.
I’ve also posted updates with lists including Atlanta-area day camps as well as sleep-away camps which I will link below:
- Time to Register for Atlanta-area Summer Camps 2016!
- Time to Register for Atlanta-area Summer Camps 2015!
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!