2016 Atlanta Summer Camp Directory
There are many excellent summer camps available to metro Atlantacampers.The following profiles represent just a few of the exciting and inspiring options open to your child this summer. For additional information on these camps, scroll to the bottom and look at “Beyond the Basics."
High Meadows Camp
High Meadows campers are arranged in groups by age level. Each group generally consists of 12-15 campers and two counselors. As campers’ age levels increase, so do their opportunities to exercise responsibility and decision-making skills.
Ants (preschoolers) participate in a half-day program that includes pony rides, nature, crafts, introductory swim and playground time. Grasshoppers (rising kindergarteners) enjoy a full day of camp featuring a variety of age- and skill-appropriate activities. Juniors (rising first- and second-graders) spend the majority of their day outdoors, while Super Seniors (rising third- and fourth-graders) make their home in rustic, outdoor shelters and participate in additional activities including archery and woodworking.
Senior campers (rising fifth- through ninth-graders) develop and follow their own schedule of classes and events. They may participate in classes mentioned above plus many others such as darkroom photography, pioneering, animal care, canoeing, performing arts and many more.
Seniors may choose to take part in the Knighthood program, which features challenges and activities that hone their skills as they work to attain the elusive level of Knight.
High Meadows Camp offers an exciting and challenging experience that will stay with your child for a lifetime. For more information, call 770-993-7975 or visit highmeadowscamp.org.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Summer adventures await at the all-new Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The Museum offers two remarkable summer camp adventures for kids 5-9, with endless opportunities for fun on the exhibit floor and in Atlanta’s own Centennial Olympic Park.
Perfect for younger children and first-time campers, ADVENTURE CAMP is designed for children to explore the Museum’s learning zones in-depth while having exciting new experiences. Decorating a camp T-shirt, creating unique crafts, learning yoga, and cooking together are just some of the adventurous activities campers will experience. Adventure Campers will also have time for outdoor play in the Museum’s backyard at Centennial Olympic Park.
Have a young scientist in your life? They will go crazy for MAD SCIENCE CAMP! Campers engineer new machines, participate in the Robot Olympics, unlock the power of chemical reactions, build their own roller coasters, and unleash the awesomeness of the scientific method with lessons in rocketry and more. Campers develop their own hypotheses and explore the world around them with this jam-packed week of fun.
ADVENTURE CAMP and MAD SCIENCE CAMP each take place over one week with a session each in June and July. All Children’s Museum of Atlanta Summer Camp sessions are led by professionals and certified teachers whose goals are to guide your children to use their imaginations to the greatest potential.
A brand new summer adventure is waiting for your child at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. For more information, call 404-527-3693 or visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, Summer Programs
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta and LEGO® Education work in partnership to deliver high quality educational experiences that will prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world. Now educators can discover the learning philosophy of LEGO Education in the thrilling atmosphere of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, offering a wonderful balance of learning and fun.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta and LEGO Education have joined forces to bring an all-new line up of curriculum-relevant, educational workshops to local teachers.
With 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof, the sky’s the limit at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. The addition of LEGO Education’s tried and true learning resources offers you the ideal place to let your class experience a world of fun and creativity while developing important 21st Century skills.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta offers teachers well-designed, age appropriate, school trips that meet current education standards, bringing math, science, engineering and language arts to life. For more information or details, visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.
Midtown International School Camps
Come enjoy the weeks of summer at Midtown International School’s robotics, science, international studies, fine arts and performing arts camps. Weekly camps offered include Rocketry and Propulsion, Robotics, Egyptology, International Adventures, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics, Elements of Art using Multi Media, Children’s Theatre, Film/Video Production Software, Photography, Comedy Theatre, and Stage/Magic Show. Class sizes are limited to 12 students per class and are grouped by camper ages: K/1, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, 6th-8th. Highly qualified MIS Faculty members, who are content experts in their subject area, teach summer camps. Additionally, MIS camp teachers are trained in gifted and talented education and provide authentic meaningful learning experiences with the depth and complexity required for today’s innovative learners. The Midtown International School campus is conveniently located near North Druid Hills and I-85. The campus contains nature paths and a beautiful stream for outdoor explorations and observations. For more information or to register for a weekly camp, call 404-542-7003 or visit midtowninternationalschool.com. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available. Information can be found on the MIS website camp page, here.
Smart Girls Summer Camp, Atlanta Girls’ School
Girls enrolled in SMART Girls Camp (grades 3-9) learn to be curious and confident young mathematicians, scientists, and artists. Students learn important math, science, technology, and/or creative writing skills through eye-opening experiments and hands-on research. Campers also participate in art, drama, and/or puppetry workshops, designed to inspire creative thinking and build confidence. SMARTER Girls Camp (grades 7-9) crosses the bridge from simple talk about STEAM programs to actual steps toward pre-engineering fun! Campers will truly turn their minds on through interactive work, and will also learn leadership skills. SMART START Girls Camp (grades 1-2) is an introductory camp to basic STEAM concepts through this year’s theme “Smart Girls Around the World.” For more information or to register, call 404-845-0900 or visit atlantagirlsschool.org.
Squirrel Hollow Camp
Squirrel Hollow Camp, a remedial summer program of The Bedford School, serves children with academic needs due to learning differences, or any students who need an academic boost. Between 40 and 50 students, ages 6 to 15, attend the two two-week day camps, held on The Bedford School’s beautiful 46-acre campus in Fairburn, Ga. Campers participate in an individualized academic program as well as recreational activities. Students receive instruction in reading, reading comprehension, writing skills and math through a variety of structured, multi-sensory techniques and materials. Tuition is $1,300 for one week and $2,500 for two, with a $100 discount per week if registered by April 15. For more information, call 770-774-8001 or visit thebedfordschool.org.
If you hear the words Space Camp®, you may think it’s just an adventure for children and would-be astronauts. While the flagship program is for children ages nine to 18, many people don’t realize that there are Space Camp programs for everyone, from adults who always dreamed of going as a child to families wanting to share an out-of-this world experience together.
Space Camp is located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Ala., less than four hours from Atlanta. The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian affiliate museum and also the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center, showcasing America’s space program and the city’s role in it. On display are the National Historic Landmark Saturn V moon rocket and hundreds of other historic artifacts as well as exhibits that provide a look into the present and future of space exploration.
While the Center serves to celebrate and inform, Space Camp strives to immerse participants in their own space adventure. Initiated in 1982, the program now has more than 700,000 alumni, including five astronauts, two of which have flown in space, and a third is scheduled for a mission to the International Space Station in May 2016. Families with children ages seven and up can take part in the Family Space Camp program, building rockets and creating memories of testing out what it feels like to walk on the moon or to take a space walk.
You don’t have to be a parent and child to visit Family Space Camp.Grandparents can share this experience with their grandchildren, and aunts and uncles can bring their nieces or nephews as well.
Whatever the combination, Space Camp helps families bond and strengthen communication as they learn how each person on a team contributes, from the scientists conducting experiments on the International Space Station to the flight director in mission control. Success comes only when every member of the team works together, a good lesson for life.
Along with Space Camp, the Rocket Center is also home to Aviation Challenge®, where families can train like fighter pilots in F-18 simulators and compete for the Top Gun award. Every Aviation Challenge trainee gets a call sign, just as real pilots do, and families take part in land- and water-survival training, including shelter design and fire building.
Family Camp experiences are offered as three-day camps on many weekends throughout the year. Family Space Camp is offered as an extended four-day program on select holiday weekends and includes an additional mission to the International Space Station. Lodging is onsite in the Space Camp Habitat or Aviation Challenge Habitat and all meals are included and are served in the Space Camp Crew Galley.
For more information on Family Space Camp and other programs, visit spacecamp.com or call 800-637-7223.