When it comes to planning your child’s summer camp experience, the earlier you start, the better. There are literally thousands of summer camps, so where do you begin? First assess your child’s interests. There is sure to be a summer camp that’s a perfect fit for their passion, or one where they can experience a variety of activities to find their calling. A great place to begin a sleepaway camp search is the Field Trips with Sue Summer Camp Guide on FieldTripsWithSue.com.
For a bit of a cheat guide, here are five different types of overnight camps and a top pick in each category Vinings families should consider for summer 2016.
Traditional Sleepaway Camp: Camp Rockmont
Black Mountain, NC | Camp offered June 5th through August 5th Rockmont.com
Running through the woods playing capture the flag, bouncing skyward before splashing into a warm lake, riding horses, holding snakes, building forts…all of these are activities you’d expect at a traditional summer camp like Camp Rockmont. Based in Western North Carolina, Camp Rockmont is a Christian-based boys camp. If your child enjoys the outdoors, meeting new friends, and being challenged to stretch himself under the guidance of experienced counselors, a camp like Rockmont is perfect. Campers, age 6 – 17 learn and grow through the cabin experience, and time spent in large group activities, as well as developing specific camp skills.
Think it’s a shame boys get to have all the fun? Don’t worry! Camp Rockmont has a sister camp called Hollymont for girls!
University Sponsored Camp: Summer Academy at UGA
Athens, GA | Camp offered June 6th through July 22nd GeorgiaCenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy
Kids can try on their dream career at a university-sponsored overnight program. At the Summer Academy at the University of Georgia, kids age 11 – 17 learn from experts in the field of their choice, get hands-on experience, and receive helpful advice to pursue their career. For those looking at college, the university has offered a popular college preview program, where kids explore the campus of UGA, as well as several other colleges and universities.
Arts Camp: SCAD
Atlanta, GA, Savannah, GA or Hong Kong | Camps offered June 26th through August 6th | SCAD.edu
The prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers Summer Seminars to high school students. Students gain valuable educational experience while developing their creative vision through these exciting art and design workshops, lectures, assignments and projects. Summer Seminars are held on campus to give high school students a taste of SCAD college life.
Language Immersion Camp: Platinum Private Journeys
China | 13 nights | For more information email info@ppj-club.
Learn more than just translation with an immersive language camp like Platinum Private Journeys. PPJ offers a 13-night program in China where kids learn the language and culture from Chinese masters, as well as travel around the region. They’ll visit a Royal Tea Factory and learn to make traditional Chinese teapots; learn calligraphy, Tai Chi, and how to make traditional Chinese cuisine.
Family Camp: Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, GA | 4 to 7 day camps offered June 4th through July 23rd CallawayGardens.com
Why should kids have all the fun? Callaway Gardens offers a summer family adventure where kids and parents participate in their own adventures during the day, and reunite in the evenings to enjoy group activities. Callaway Gardens partners with the Florida State University Flying High Circus to lead guests ages 3-17 in a variety of exciting day-camp activities. And adults will have loads of eclectic fun too.