Not to rush you, but summer break will be here before we know it. If you’re making plans for your family’s vacations, don’t forget to book a week or two of camp activities for the kids. Our annual guide of local summer camps should help you find overnight and day camps that work for your family. Register early since many camps fill up quickly.
Brainy Bytes Technology Camps
STEM adventures await, whether you are looking to conquer robot, drone and minecraft challenges or wanting to create games, movies, 3D objects, websites and more. Weekly half-day and full-day camps for ages 5 and up start June 4. Locations throughout Cherokee and Cobb. 770-826-0449. www.brainy-bytes.com/nw-atlanta.
A Christian camp located on Lake Allatoona that offers day and overnight camping programs for children and youth to engage them socially, spiritually and physically through a variety of outdoor activities. IMPACT Camp (co-ed, ages 12+) June 9-15, Discovery Day Camps (co-ed, ages 5-11) June 11-15, 18-22, 25-29 and D24 Overnight Camp (co-ed, ages 7-13) July 2-6, July 9-13.
Visit www.campgideon.com for more information, pricing and online registration.
For children entering K-6th grades at Lyndon Academy, 485 Toonigh Road, Woodstock. June 11-15, July 9-13. Participants enjoy hands-on fun by designing and building prototypes, problem solving, exploring STEM concepts and learning teamwork. In partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 800-968-4332. www.campinvention.org.
Camp Juliette Low
An overnight camp for girls ages 7-17 that offers outdoor programs to foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork and leadership. Traditional camping, platform tents, outdoor adventure, fun and friendship await. One- and two-week sessions available June 3-July 28. Located on Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, Ga. For more info call 770-428-1062, email info@CJL.org or visit www.CJL.org.
The Woodstock Aquatic Center and Gold Swim school will host weekly Summer Camp Splash June 4 through July 20 for ages 5-12 with a of maximum 16 campers per week. Campers need to bring a packed lunch daily; snacks and water provided. Camp is $265 per week, $250 for multiple weeks, 10 percent off for siblings. To register, call 770-591-1998, email Frontdesk@goldswim.com, or online at www.goldswim.com.
Cherokee County YMCA Day Camps
Summer camping experience available at the Woodstock and Canton locations. Full-day camp for ages 5-15, and half-day camp for ages 4-5. Traditional and specialty programs offered. Cost of traditional full-day camp is $170 per child per week. For more info, call 678-880-3502,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ymcaatlanta.org/coy.
Cherokee Tennis Center
Tiny Tots Camp for ages 8 and younger Monday-Thursday 8:15-9 a.m. Cost is $50 per session. Includes tennis games, review of tennis fundamentals with the emphasis on fun. The USTA 10-and-under format uses smaller nets, softer/lower bouncing balls, and short courts tailored to younger players. Each camper will receive a prize each week.
Day camp is for ages 8 and older, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $160 per session and consists of tennis drills, point play, game play and more. Each session will end with prizes and a pizza party. Campers will receive a T-shirt during the first week. Multiple-child discounts are offered. Camp dates are June 11-14, 18-21,15-28. July 9-12, 16-19, 23-26. Register online at www.cherokeetenniscenter.com or call 770-592-4582.
Fairytale Dance Camp is four hours of games, craft activities, snack, play time, tumble, lunch and dance. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in June and July. Call 678-445-2731 or check www.danceimagination.com for updates.
Dance For His Glory
Camps will be held June 11-15 and July 9-13, and are available for ages 7-18. More information and registration available online at www.danceforhisglory.net.
Elm Street Cultural Arts Village
This organization has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Camps are taught by trained counselors, who introduce children ages 5-14 to the exciting world of the theater. Campers explore the craft of acting and learn the discipline of performing, as they develop their unique creative voices. Elm Street’s camps are to provide young people with performance and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose. Campers develop poise, movement, speaking and acting skills as they explore improvisation, theater games, character development and the many other skills. Call 678-494-4251 or visit their website for more information.
Georgia All-Star Gymnastics Day Camp
Children will participate in gymnastics, arts and crafts, outdoor and indoor games, sprinkler time, watch movies, and have quiet time to read, rest or play alone. Children need to bring a snack and drinks for the morning and afternoon, and a sack lunch. Sessions are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekly May 29-July 27. Half-day and full-day rates available. Early drop-off (7-9 a.m.) and late pick-up (5-6 p.m.) available for additional $7. Located at 105 Arnold Mill Park, Woodstock. 770-516-2654. email@example.com. www.ga-allstars.com.
Camps for ages 2-12 are broken down into three camp days and times. Toddler and preschool camps have weekly themes, while school-age children will explore painting, drawing, collage, mixed media and printmaking. No two camp sessions are alike. Located at 6687 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. For more details, visit www.paperscissorscakeartstudio.com, call 404-867-1630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A summer camp with a pint-sized town where safety messages are taught by Cherokee County safety professionals to children entering kindergarten in the fall. Topics covered include water, poison and fire safety, stranger awareness, school bus, pedestrian and traffic safety, and more. Volunteers help run three one-week sessions at Bascomb Elementary School 9 a.m.-noon, June 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22. Cost is $80 per child per week and includes crafts, snacks and a T-shirt. For more information and registration forms, visit http://safekidscherokeecounty.org. Contact director Ashley Arp, email@example.com or 770-894-2151 for questions.
Cherokee Recreation and Parks
Registration begins 9 a.m. April 16, 770-924-7768, www.crpa.net
Designed for individuals ages 6-22 with disabilities, sponsored by the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Association, will be held at Woodstock Elementary School May 29-July 27. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Jen Fischer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adventures Express Camp
Weekly camps May 29-July 27 at the rec center for kindergarten-age 8 and Hickory Flat Elementary for kindergarten-age 12. 6:30-9 a.m. drop-off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. camp activities, 4-6:30 p.m. pick-up. $130 weekly, $30 deposit per week due at registration.
The basics of fishing, strategies and tactics, and other skills will be taught to campers ages 9-14, June 4-8 and June 18-22. Campers will travel to new destinations each day. A cookout and fish fry will wrap up the week. Cost is $150 for each week. Contact Adam Fussell, email@example.com.
At Riverside Athletic Complex, ages 8-18, 9 a.m.-noon May 29-June 1. $160. Contact Adam Fussell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Recreation Center pavilion for ages 9-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11-15 and July 9-13. Water field trip daily. $250. Contact Frankie Sanders, email@example.com.
Adventure Teen Camp
At Recreation Center pavilion for ages 13-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-20. Outdoor adventures including zip-lining, ropes challenge courses, canoeing/kayaking and more. Contact Jen Fischer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Recreation Center pavilion for ages 13-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25-29. Fun trips to White Water, rafting, Six Flags, white water rafting and more. $250. Contact Jen Fischer, email@example.com.
Cherokee High School fast-pitch
At Twin Creeks Softball Complex for ages 7-14, 9 a.m.-noon June 25-28. Glove, bat, cleats and athletic clothing needed. $130. Contact Kate Borden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Champions Fast-Pitch Softball
At Twin Creeks for ages 7-14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23-26. Glove, bat, cleats and athletic clothing needed. $125. Contact Kate Borden, email@example.com.
Xplosive Speed & Agility
For ages 6-15, 6-8:30 p.m. June 25-28. Participants will refine their techniques, increase speed, strength and agility for any sport. $95. Contact Neely Motijunas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Recreation Center gym for ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 2-3 and 5-6. $75 for two days, $140 for four. No camp July 4. Learn fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling. Contact Jen Fischer, email@example.com.
Challenge Island STEM-Wars
Camp for ages 6-11, 9 a.m.-noon June 11-15. Movie-inspired challenges, including building your own spaceship, droids and rockets. Includes all materials. $170. Contact Frankie Sanders, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Recreation Center stage for ages 5-12, 9 a.m.-noon June 4-8, and ages 13 and older 1-4 p.m. June 4-8. Discover the art of magic including card and coin tricks, making objects appear and disappear, levitation and read a spectator’s mind. Parent show on Friday. Contact Frankie Sanders, email@example.com or 770-894-2151 for questions.