2015 Summer Camp Guide


 

Please note, this is the 2015 Guide! The 2016 Guide will be published in early March.

Traditional

YMCA Summer Camp Programs. Buckhead, Marietta, Kennesaw. Summer camp is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as day camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. YMCA summer camp teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership. There are several YMCA locations in our area, including Buckhead (Carl E. Sanders), Northeast Cobb (Marietta), and Northwest Cobb (Kennesaw).

Primrose School Summer Adventure Club. Smyrna, Mableton and Marietta. Ages 5 – 10 years old. At Primrose Summer Adventure Club, we’re launching imaginations farther than you ever thought possible. It’s a whole new world of discovery at Primrose. We know what it takes to fuel your child’s natural curiosity about the world. That’s why we provide a fun, hands-on experience including engineering design challenges, outdoor exploration, creative play and much more. It’s prime time for active minds to engage, learn and grow.

Camp Whitefield Summer Camps. Mableton. For Kindergarten – 4th graders. A Christ-centered day camp. During the day, the campers will spend time in praise and worship, playing games, making arts and crafts, competing in age-appropriate physically challenging events, advancing educational knowledge, forming new friendships, and exploring God’s creation in a fun, loving, and caring environment. There will be two different groups within Camp Whitefield to ensure that age-appropriate games and activities will keep younger and older elementary children engaged all day long! Wacky Wednesday not only includes water games and water slides, but also other games that will guarantee to be messy fun, so be sure to wear old clothes every Wednesday.

A Child’s Night Out. Marietta. Ages 6 – 13 years, children must have completed or be attending kindergarten. This program operates when the Cobb County Public Schools are closed: Summer, winter, and spring breaks, and teachers’ work days. Plenty of arts and crafts and special field trips. Lunch usually provided, except for days with certain field trips.

Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department Camps. These camps cover a variety of themes and are held throughout Cobb County. Most info is still “TBD” but check back for updates soon.

St. Benedict’s Summer Camps. Offerings for both preschool (9am – 1pm) and elementary (9am – 3pm) with extended care available. Each week has a unique theme – info available in the link.

City of Smyrna Day Camps. The city of Smyrna offers a variety of day camps throughout the summer. From traditional camps, so specialized topics. Extended care available.

Summer Day Camp. Offered to girls ages 7-11. Enjoy the days of summer while bonding with other girls and learning how to form a sisterhood with one another. We will explore everything that summer is about:  forming friendships, growing and just plain having fun!  Skating, biking, swimming, arts & crafts, dancing, volleyball, movie day, bowling,etc.  There is no limit to the kinds of activities we will do on a daily basis.
Date:  June 1, 2015 – August 6, 2015
Hours:  9am – 4pm, (drop off is 8:45 am at the Smyrna Community Center and pick up is 4:00)
Ages:    Girls, 7-11 years old
Price:  $210 per child (includes all activity costs and lunch, snacks & drinks)
**Breakfast is not included**
Registration will begin May 11th and end May 29th.
For more info or to register, contact: Jennifer Jackson, (404) 468-3589,  jjackson0807@yahoo.com

 

For the Littlest Campers

Playful Minds Weekday Camp. Smyrna. Ages 18 months – 5 years. Experience a true sense of a home away from home, combined with a splash of trendiness that is absolutely refreshing! Mathematics, early literacy, language skills development, and science educational offerings embrace the philosophy that playtime and learning can coexist and, when done masterfully, will awaken the Little Genius on the inside. Half day and full day available. Camps start June 1 and each week has a specific theme. The half day program includes snack and a lunch. The full day program includes all meals and snacks.

Buckhead Prep at Smyrna Market Village. Smyrna. Ages 18 months – 6 years. Buckhead Prep at Smyrna Market Village is offering mornings camps in June and July for $150 per week. The children will have a great time and will learn so much! Call for more info: 404-846-2622.

Wee Whitefield Summer Camps. Rising Pre-K students. A shorter, modified version of Camp Whitfield, listed above.

 

Performing Arts

Jitterbug Performing Arts. Smyrna. Camp hours: 9am – 1pm with extended day available until 4pm. Ages: Potty trained – 10 years old. Camp at Jitterbug explores aspects of singing, dancing, acting, puppetry, costume creation, prop & set making, performances & more! Whether your child already enjoys performing or is a little hesitant, we are here to boost their confidence and get them excited about being themselves! Each week is different, not only because the theme changes, but because our camp is catered to who enrolls; to make sure every child has an influence and puts their own spin on their performance at the end of each week–that’s right, a stage performance with lights and the whole shebang every Friday! (pssst. Smyrna Parent readers get $10 off, by the way.)

The Studio Atlanta Dance. Vinings. Ages 2.5 – 12. Our summer program is ranked among the top in Atlanta for several reasons. Our 10 weeks of incredibly versatile offerings for dancers of all ages and skill level is unparalleled in the Atlanta area. Camps incorporate movement, dance & art with a variety of themes.

beDance with Ms. Reggy. This brand new studio just opened in Vinings in January! They will be offering summer camps for children ages 6 – 12, from 9am – 1pm or 9am – 3pm, depending on age and extended session. The theme of this musical theater summer camp will be: The Princess and the Frog

Math and Music Makers Summer Camp. Smyrna. Ages 3 – 3rd grade. Our camp day is upbeat and active as we introduce mathematical concepts in nontraditional ways focusing on critical thinking and number sense. We use music/songs to reinforce math facts and we teach rhythm, pitch, music vocabulary and notation. We also introduce students to the piano with group keyboarding lessons each day. Children are exposed to different genres of music and all kinds of instruments with live professional music performances each week. Literature, games, arts and craft projects, outdoor activities, and innovative lessons bring it all together for a summer full of fun! (Also listed under STEAM/STEAM.)

Young Actors Playhouse. YAP is offering some fun and entertaining camps for the kids this summer! Whether your child is new to theatre or an experienced veteran, we have something to offer. Camps are as follows: Junior Improve, Ages 11-14, June 1st-June 5th; Elementary Improve, Ages 8-10, June 8th-June 12th; The Big Bad Wolf Camp, Ages 8-14, June 15th-June 27th; Prince and Princess Camp, Ages 5-8, Weekly Camps, beginning June 1st.

Jennie T Anderson Theatre Performing Arts Camps.  (Scroll down a bit when you go to the linked page.)
E.T.C. Camp is for rising 3rd – 9th graders: E.T.C. is the Exciting, Entertaining, Educational Theatre Company.An energetic and fun camp for students who enjoy the performing arts and want to be on stage. Campers will rehearse a musical show to be performed for family and friends Friday Night. Campers should have an equal interest in singing, dancing and acting. ***No experience required—just high energy and enthusiasm. Performances are held at 7:00pm, on Friday night of each session.
PROMPT Camp is for rising 5th – 9th graders: Prompt is a musical theatre workshop camp—not a performance opportunity. Campers will work on their musical theatre skills in acting, singing and dancing through study in vocal technique, stage presence and good audition materials.

Georgia Dance Conservatory. Located in Marietta Square, the Georgia Dance Conservatory works to inspire a love for the art of dance, beginning from a young age. There are Fairytale Camps available for beginners and Ballet Bootcamps for more serious dancers with experience. In addition, they also offer “Summer Intensives” – specialized classes for those 11 – 18.

 

Art

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Marietta. Ages 5 – 12. This years summer camp theme is “Art Around the World.” We will explore the cultures, wildlife, landscapes, and art of four major continents. Each week there will be a full day (9am – 3pm) camp, broken into morning and afternoon sessions for 2 age groups (5-8 and 9-12). These sessions will cover different subjects, mediums and techniques, and will not repeat in any other camp…so sign up for more than one week! Morning sessions will cover two-dimensional art, afternoon sessions will cover three-dimensional art, such as sculpture, ceramics/clay and textured media.  They also have teen week for those 13 – 19 years old.

Vinings School of Art. Vinings. Ages 5 – 14. Please note that the link currently features spring break/school holiday camps, but summer camp info will be coming soon! Camps allow children to explore the fine arts: painting, sculpture-making, clay, drawing and include daily fitness programs. Morning only and full day camps available. Camps are divided by age: 5-6, 7-9, 10-14. Extended day and early drop off options available. Themes include: Art + Movement, Art only, & Spanish crafts, cooking and culture.

Mable House Art Camp. We offer both morning and afternoon camps for children ages 5-16. Mix and match for a day of fun! Remember to bring your lunch (ready to eat—no microwave) and be ready to get messy as you create your own “Masterpieces”! Though this is primarily listed as an arts camp, there are also sessions on theater, storytelling, science, dance, music, songwriting and more!

The Art Place – Mountain View. Sometimes the addition of a COLOSSAL scale can be enough to invigorate and inspire a child to see differently! This summer’s “Attack of the Colossal ART Camp” is a tribute to Perspective, Originality and Discovery! From drawing to painting, collage to assemblages, and printmaking techniques, TAP’s Summer Arts program is a chance for children ages 4-9 to use their imaginations and make the lessons learned their own! In Imagination 103 theater camp, campers cover stage presence, acting exercises, performance and storytelling for 5 of our 6 weeks of elementary camps. Choose mornings for elementary aged campers and afternoons for 9-12 yr. old campers in Dig A Little Deeper. There are supervised lunches for 9 yr old students attending both morning and afternoon classes and extended day options in the mornings and afternoons for clay class and workshops on given weeks. Students can only register for one of the elementary camps and must be 4 years old before March 10th

The Art Station – Big Shanty. Throughout the summer, campers will become sleuths, investigators, detectives, and agents using a variety of art techniques to solve each week’s mystery. Each week we will use a variety of techniques and materials such as clay, drawing, painting, design, pastels, and more! You are welcome to sign your child up for multiple sessions, just keep in mind that the curriculum is the same for ALL the weeks with a particular theme.  *Example: if you sign your child up for two weeks of Missing Masterpieces, they will be repeating the same projects so we recommend you do not sign up for two weeks of the same theme.

 

Sports

i9 Sports Camps. Smyrna. Multi sports camp at Nickajack including academics and brain builders for 1st – 6th grade. Unfortunately, I cannot link directly to the information page. From the “Find a Program Near You” page (link provided), enter your zip, then select “Summer 2015”. Uncheck “Leagues” and “Clinics” so that only “Camps” is selected. Nickajack Elementary is the first one listed.

Way to Play Sports.  Smyrna. Ages: Rising 2st – 6th graders. Experience the opening year of WAY2PLAY Sports Summer Camp for rising 1st through 6th graders. The camp is from 8:00-5:30 and is all inclusive including a hot, healthy lunch and snacks. The camp is staffed by Cobb County certified teachers and staff members. This camp is very close to the heart of Smyrna. Much more details on the website, or contact eric@way2playsports.com directly with questions. Early bird discounts available now!!!!

Smyrna Cheer Academy. Smyrna. Ages 3 – 12. If Cobb County Schools are on break, you can count on Smyrna Cheer Academy to be open with plenty of camp opportunities. Their weekday camp runs between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The camp will focus on cheer, but will also feature visits to the library, a summer reading program, and cooking classes.

North Metro Martial Arts. Smyrna. Ages 6 – 12, including special needs. Daily activities include: Martial Arts Training, strength and conditioning, leadership training, bullying defense training, weapons training & life skills training.

Champions Fast Pitch Academy. Marietta. Founded on Christian principles, Champions Fastpitch Academy began in the Spring of 2000 as private pitching, we have grown to now reach over 3000 kids in counties throughout Georgia, Alabama, and North Florida. After 10 years in Atlanta we have helped hundreds of young ladies reach their dreams of playing at the collegiate level. We now have 8 instructors offering pitching and hitting instruction, strength and conditioning programs, as well as a college recruiting service. Our mission is to build upon the God given potential of each individual, developing the skills needed to succeed on and off the field.

NIKE Golf Camp Legacy Links. Smyrna. Ages 9 – 17, all abilities. Full day and half day camps available. Strong emphasis is placed on the fundamentals—stance, grip, posture, full swing, rules & etiquette, etc. As the week unfolds, campers receive quality short-game instruction and by Friday, each Nike junior golfer will see improvement in his or her golf game!

NIKE Boys Basketball Camp. Smyrna. Ages 9 – 15. This program is intended to help players develop athletically. The individual camp is a great opportunity for young basketball players looking to develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills. This program also includes a curriculum for intermediate/advanced players looking to enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, team play, and more.

 

STEM/STEAM

Club Scientific. Marietta. (Locations throughout Atlanta, scroll down in the link provided to see camps available at 2 Marietta locations). Ages 4 – 15. We believe that every child is a scientist and that we can make children even better scientists! Club Scientific 2015 Summer Camps season will offer 24 summer day camps. All of our hands-on National Science Standard activities make science challenging and fun. Our camp directors are highly trained college graduates, assisted by currently enrolled college students that have been trained by Club Scientific. Camps available for 4 – 15 year olds. Whether it’s astronomy, paleontology, chemistry or robotics that your child loves, there’s a camp for them!

Camp Invention. Marietta. Rising 1st – 6th graders. (Locations throughout Atlanta, this link brings you to the camp in Marietta.) At Camp Invention, children (from 1st – 6th grade) rotate through four fun modules a day, where they work in diverse teams to engage in investigations, experiments and engineering challenges. Our curriculum writers use rigorous testing each year to deliver new and exciting modules that meet national and state education standards while offering your child hands-on activities that make learning fun. The Marietta camp themes include Inducted (Marine Science), Design Studio (Design), I Can Invent (Video Game Design & Entrepreneurship), Kartwheel (Overall STEM skills).

Bounce U Create & Bounce Camp. Kennesaw. Please note that link currently features spring break camp, but summer camps to be posted soon – including a technology camp featuring robotics with Legos!

Builder Bunch LEGO Summer Camp. Locations throughout Atlanta. (Smyrna, Marietta & Powder Springs locations shown in link provided.)Want to send your LEGO-lover to a fun camp this year? Send them to one of our Builder Bunch camps for a week of LEGO fun! Your child will learn how to build Boats, Bridges, Trains, Catapults and more while competing with students their age in our elementary engineering based LEGO(r) missions. At the end of the week, your child will earn an award for completion and a Builder Bunch Badge that corresponds to that camps’ topic. Each week of Builder Bunch camp is totally different. Your child will learn a different set of skills and earn a different badge upon completing each of our camps. For more camp information, please click here or call us today at (855)-694-4327.

Math and Music Makers Summer Camp. Smyrna. Ages 3 – 3rd grade. Our camp day is upbeat and active as we introduce mathematical concepts in nontraditional ways focusing on critical thinking and number sense. We use music/songs to reinforce math facts and we teach rhythm, pitch, music vocabulary and notation. We also introduce students to the piano with group keyboarding lessons each day. Children are exposed to different genres of music and all kinds of instruments with live professional music performances each week. Literature, games, arts and craft projects, outdoor activities, and innovative lessons bring it all together for a summer full of fun! (Also listed under Performing Arts.)

 

Riding/Nature

Jennifer L. Buck Stables.  Marietta. Link goes to 2014 info, but we have confirmed that there will be a 2015 camp. Info posted is still applicable and the camp is already 1/2 way full so call to register! 302-750-3309. More riding time and better, safer instruction than any other camp.  Emphasis on summer fun, correct Hunt Seat riding, and making new friendships in a happy and safe environment. We only use show quality horses and ponies.  We have something to fit every size of rider and will match up your child properly.  Minimum age of 5 and max age of 17.

SoPhar Ranch.  Powder Springs. Western, English,/Dressage and Jumping Camps available. Link takes you to their facebook page, where they will be updating summer camp info soon!

Pony Tail Acres Summer Camp. Powder Springs. Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced camps available. We look forward to working with your child throughout the week and teaching them all about the care and keeping of our four legged friends, and having plenty of fun as well!

Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. Nature Camps. Powder Springs & East Cobb. Camps available for 3rd – 8th graders (varies by week). Before and after care also available during select sessions. Call Kaye Wilson at 770-528-8824 for more information.

 

Specialty

Kid Chess Camps. Marietta. Learn or improve your chess skills in a fun and educational environment.

Live, Love, Learn Writing Summer Camp. Smyrna. Moore’s Chinese Martial Arts welcomes Jenny Millkey with Live Love Learn Tutoring. She will be running a writing summer camp from our location. Camp is for rising 5th graders, middle, and high school. Please check out her website and registration information.

 

Church Based

There are many, many church-based summer camps and Vacation Bible Schools available – so many that we could not attempt to list them all here! If you’re interested in one for your child, you may want to start with our church-based PMO and Preschool listing here, since most, if not all, are offering summer programming for kids.

 

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A New Orleans girl turned Georgia peach and stay at home mom to 2 daughters. Before taking the leap into full time mothering, I worked at at an Atlanta-based advertising agency. I have lived in Smyrna for almost 10 years and am still not sure how I managed to find a job more chaotic and unpredictable than advertising.

Alicia

A New Orleans girl turned Georgia peach and stay at home mom to 2 daughters. Before taking the leap into full time mothering, I worked at at an Atlanta-based advertising agency. I have lived in Smyrna for almost 10 years and am still not sure how I managed to find a job more chaotic and unpredictable than advertising.