Summer is coming, and that means parents will need to decide where to send their children for summer camp to keep them occupied. There are oodles of classes and educational summer camps out there ready to teach kids lots of new skills, so there’s plenty to choose from. Just make sure the camp is a good fit for your child’s interests and abilities.
The Traditional Woodsy Camping Environment
When I was a kid, my mother sent me to a YMCA summer camp located on a lake, with plenty of hiking trails, and places to build campsites. The camp offered swimming lessons, boating and canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, and once in a while a chance to have a sleepover in the campsite. I absolutely loved it. I will always compare camps to that type of outdoor setting. Georgia has indoor as well as outdoor educational summer camps and classes available for all types of kids.
Camps for Budding Musicians
Camp Jam, billed as “America’s most comprehensive Rock Camp,” offers Rock N’ Roll summer camp for children ages 7-17. The camp was organized by Jeff Carlisi, lead guitarist and songwriter for .38 Special. It has locations throughout the United States, and the Atlanta Camp Jam sessions are held at Oglethorpe University, as well as Davis Academy Middle School.
Sessions are held June through July, and programs are available for all ability levels. Campers learn playing techniques and stage presence, and classes are held in drums, bass, vocals, keyboarding, interactive songwriting, and live stage performing. Audio and video tech classes are also taught. Registration fees range from $399 for day camp to $1,395 for the overnight camp. For more information: (800) 513-0930.
Arts and Drama are Also Popular
The Ferst Center for the Arts Drama Camp, located at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, offers its Summer Camp 2011 program.
- Camp 1, Musical Theatre Camp, runs June 6-10. The program is designed for campers ages 10-15, and costs $250 per camper. The students learn to use their voices and bodies as instruments of expression, as well as for tools for theatrical character development. The campes also learn choreography, contemporary performance dance, and how to use their voice in a large performing arts theatre. The session ends with a Cabaret Show produced by the campers.
- Camp 2, Drama Camp, runs June 13-July 8, and costs $70 per camper. It offers workshops on acting, directing, playwriting, technical aspects, musical theatre, and comedy improvisation. Campers are treated to special workshops such as accent work, clowning, puppetry, and fight choreography, as well as field trips and weekly recreational activities. This camp also ends with a show, produced by the campers. For more information: (404) 385-4219.
Camps for the Sports Enthusiast
Young baseball fans can learn the finer points of their favorite sport at the 2011 Danny Hall Baseball Camp, held at Georgia Tech, or at the Georgia Southern University (GSU) Baseball Camp, held at GSU in Statesboro.
- The Danny Hall Baseball Camp day sessions run June 13-July 14 for ages 7-12, and cost $250 each. The day camp emphasizes the fundamentals, techniques, and the mental aspects of baseball. Campers will play at least one game each day. Kids can also try Pitcher/Catcher Defense Camp and Hitting Camp. Registration for each camp is $125. For more information on the Danny Hill Baseball Camp: (404) 894-5410.
- The GSU Baseball Camp offers Eagle Baseball Kids Day Camp July 5-8, for children ages 6-12, at a cost of $130. Players will have the chance to polish their baseball skills, and benefit from a competitive and challenging atmosphere. GSU also offers Eagle Baseball Overnight Camp July 14-17, for rising fifth graders through high school seniors, at a cost of $360. Participants will receive instruction in all aspects of the game, including hitting, defense, pitching, catching, base running, and strategy. For more information on the GSU camps: (912) 478-1350.
Other programs include summer camps that focus on horseback riding, computers, swimming, tennis, basketball, football, soccer, and cheerleading. There’s a camp to suit almost every child’s interest. Good luck narrowing down the field.
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Caption: Aspiring musicians jam at the concert at the conclusion of the camp.
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