Find your summer camp! has the BIG LIST!

Even with those pesky snow make-up days, summer break is less than two months away! It is time to get your summer plans together for your kids, and the AJC is going to make it easy for you with its all-inclusive BIG CAMP LIST!

I am loving all the Margaret Mitchell House summer camps – different themes such as writing (my favorite), playwriting and mystery in the city. What could that be about?

Also love the topics for the Atlanta History Center summer camps – American Civil War, From this Land, Great Innovations. My son would love those!

Also the theater internships and Camp Newspaper in Roswell look fun too!

A lot of elementary schools are doing camps. We have gone to art camp and music camp at our elementary school the last two years. They were relatively inexpensive, were with teachers I knew and just gave mom a little break.

What camps are you thinking about for the summer? Do you like them to be physical types of activity or more mental? Do you like to let your kids express their artistic side during the summer?

How much are you willing to pay for summer camp? When do you send kids to overnight camp?

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April 14th, 2011
12:54 pm

Not one of those camps will work for me due to location and hours. I’m debating enrolling my girls in the parks & recreation camp, but even those hours don’t work with my schedule in the summer. We switch to 4-10 hour days and it is hard to find a regular summer camp (read: not daycare) that will open at 6:30 for drop off.

It usually runs about 300 a week for my two girls. Hate it, but not a lot of other options.


April 14th, 2011
1:23 pm

I never went to camp when I was younger & never really thought about it for my kids. I think summer is more for relaxing. :) But we decided last year to send my son (10 years now) to a day camp for kids on the autism spectrum; he has Asperger’s. This year he’s going on a week long (5 day) overnight camp. I’m kinda nervous since this will be the first time he’ll be away overnight without a family member. But he’s looking forward to it since he’s met a few kids his own age that will be going as well. They’ll be doing a lot of outdoor things, running, swimming, zip-lines (I cannot picture him doing that but we’ll see,) and they have the kids supervised 24/7. It’s $500, which is a lot for us, but will hopefully be worth it. The price is lower than I expected though (with having to have the kids supervised by trained to deal with ASD kids) because of grants from some companies.


April 14th, 2011
1:24 pm

meant to say: supervised by staff trained to deal…


April 14th, 2011
1:27 pm

Tech’s drama camp is $750 for a week at the Ferst Center? Holy crap!


April 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

@Jarvis, I wonder who’s teaching the class for that price.

With gas prices so high, it will limit where my son can go. I’m not willim
ng to drive far so it may just be the local Boys and Girls Club again. I really wanted to expose him to some different types of activities other than sports, but again, gas prices have made that nearly impossible. I never went to camp, but I always wanted to. My kids usually do several week-long camps. It allows them to experience different things. They’ve done art, music, science and sports.

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April 14th, 2011
1:52 pm

Summer already?


April 14th, 2011
2:04 pm

Funny you should post this. Just this morning I was looking for girls’ soccer camps for the 10 year old. Anyone have any suggestions?


April 14th, 2011
2:15 pm

@ Momof2girls.. Check out the local high schools in your area (within driving distance). Most will offer a summer camp. Local colleges also have summer camps… Emory, Kennesaw Mountain, etc.


April 14th, 2011
2:27 pm

It depends on what “mood” the kids are in as to what they are going to do….

Some summers they want to stay home and lay around with minimal structure and I allow it.

Other summers, they have attended a camp at my church…. approx. $100/week.

Nothing to heavy during the summer. Fall will be upon us quickly and then I have to hear about the CRCT in Aug. and the test is not until April.

I try to let them just be kids during the summer….. Play outside, ride a bike.. come in the house when the street lights come on type of thing. I also enjoy the break. I am not making sure that everything is ready for the next school day…. lunch, homework, clothes, field trips, etc…….

During the summer I leave home in the morning to go to work and I just make sure that there is food in the fridge……..AHHHHH they are growing up.


April 14th, 2011
3:14 pm

Why is it that any type of “Atlanta List” never includes anything for those of us on the South side of town!!


April 14th, 2011
3:58 pm

I doubt if my two will be going to any camps, but we will be visiting some of these places..During the summer, we go do something every weekend..

@lwa..Not sure how old yours are, but mine are 8 (9 in June) and she eats like a horse already..He has his moments..Neither one orders off of the kids menu anymore when we go out to eat, so that can add up to big $$..I’m thinking that when they get to be teens, I’m gonna have to trade them in for kidding..


April 14th, 2011
6:05 pm

My kids went to church camps (sleep away) frequently. We could get scholarships for them and the kids worked at the church to help defray the costs.

Day-camp wise, they did the YMCA camp, Sandy Creek at Athens, parks and rec camp, gifted program camp at UGA, college classes for kids at a 2 year school, and they visited the VBS at a number of churches.


April 14th, 2011
7:11 pm

All fine and good if one lives ITP. :) thankfully mine will be busy w/ swim team. Our oldest (now age 12) has attended 4H camp the last couple of summers. It’s four days, very reasonably price wise and she has a blast. Flyers usually come home via the school or check online. I am looking for a day-camp option for my youngest after swim season is over.


April 15th, 2011
11:15 am

@ Becky.. My 10 y.o. eats like a horse and has since the age of 2. We stopped eating off the kids menu at the age of 6. In the summer I just make sure there is plenty of fruit, bread/meat for sandwiches, snacks and I make the announcement after I visit the store….”This is all we have for the week. Go slow or starve come Thursday.” This usually works.


April 15th, 2011
12:29 pm

My two both loved sleep away camp and went from the time they were aged seven. They learned how to pack their own suitcase and to be responsible for their own things. We paid in the neighborhood of $175-$200 per child weekly. That was 10-15 years ago. It was tough to leave them, at first, but they were so proud of their independence. They made new friends and also experienced things we do not do as a family…i.e. canoeing.

There are typically day camps offered through the county. I worked with Gwinnett Parks and instructed Day Camps for 5 or so summers…that was over 15 years ago. I wore the kids out and then they were ready to go home for a nap…me too:). We played games outside for 3 hours, in the sunshine. I had a great tan those summers!


April 15th, 2011
2:19 pm

Also, check our the newest and coolest camps online directory: Summer Camps US. – it’s really easy to use and really well done.


April 15th, 2011
2:21 pm

I forgot to add: if you are looking for just summer day camps, check this one out too:


April 17th, 2011
11:51 am

CDD: What camp did you send your son to? My son has is an Aspie too, and I’m curious as to what’s out there – did you like it? Etc. Thanks!


April 17th, 2011
11:53 am

CDD: And what’s the “new” camp you are sending him too as well?