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OVERNIGHT & DAY CAMPS

CAMP AURORA IS SUMMER CAMP A GOOD CHOICE?

TIPS TO A CAMP SCHOLARSHIP


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Learn why fans are raving about backstage tour

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5 Reasons why summer camp is a good choice for kids

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Tips for a scholarship

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Summer campers turn into cast members at Aurora Theatre

12 Overnight Questions to ask Summer Camp the director when Guide choosing a 14 Day Camp camp Guide 6 Theatre camp is 18 Where do enriching lives dinosaurs and 7 STEM camp sloths hang out where creativity for the summer? reaches new heights! 5

The Gwinnett Summer Camp Guide is published by the Gwinnett Daily Post. For advertising inquiries, please contact the Gwinnett Daily Post / SCNI Events at Events@Scompapers.com or 770-963-9205

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Reasons

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Why Summer Camp Is A Good Choice For Kids

ummer vacation offers students a respite from lessons and the routine of school. Children might once have eagerly awaited those final days of classes so they could lounge poolside, skip rocks across ponds and spend the long days of the season playing with friends. But many of today’s youngsters spend much of their summer vacations indoors playing with their digital devices.

following are five reasons why summer camp might be the right fit this year.

Perhaps that’s why one of the last vestiges of the classic summer vacation escape — summer camp — remains such a viable option for parents who want their children to get outdoors once the school year ends.

2. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Lots of camps build their itineraries around physical activities that takes place outdoors. Campers may spend their time swimming, running, hiking, playing sports, climbing, and so much more. This can be a welcome change for kids accustomed to living sedentary lifestyles. Regular physical activity has many health benefits and can set a foundation for healthy habits as an adult.

Although kids needn’t be in camp all summer long, a week or two can benefit campers of all ages. The

1. EXPLORE TALENTS. Summer camps help young people explore their unique interests and talents. Under an organized, yet often easygoing, camp schedule, kids can dabble in sports, arts and crafts, leadership, community support, and so many other activities that may not be fully available to them elsewhere.

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hoosing the right camp for your child can be a challenge. Here are some of the best questions that you should ask a camp director about his or her camp.

1. UNDERSTAND THE BASICS. Is this a single-gender or co-ed camp? How long are the sessions? How does the camp handle teasing & bullying? What is the camp’s counselor-to-camper ratio? What are the pricing options? 2. WHAT ARE THE CAMP’S CORE VALUES AND/OR MISSION? What does the camp strive to add to the life of each camper, and do their values match those of your family? Every camp should know their primary goals for the lessons that their campers will pick up during camp, those goals should match your own.

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3. GAIN CONFIDENCE. Day and sleep-away camps offer campers the opportunity to get comfortable in their own skin. Camps can foster activities in self-esteem by removing the academic measures of success and fill in with noncompetitive opportunities to succeed. Campers learn independence, decision-making skills and the ability to thrive outside of the shadow of their parents, siblings or other students. 4. TRY NEW THINGS. Camp gives children the chance to try new things, whether that’s learning to cook, exploring new environments or embracing a new sport or leisure activity. Opening oneself up to new opportunities can build character and prove enlightening for children. 5. MAKE NEW FRIENDS. Camp is a great place to meet new people and make lifelong friends. Campers flood in from areas near and far. This provides kids with a chance to expand their social circles beyond their immediate neighborhoods and schools. Camps benefit children in a variety of ways. Lessons learned in camp can strengthen values, build confidence, develop coping mechanisms when adversity strikes, and enable campers to make lifelong friends.

To Ask The Director When Choosing A Camp 3. WHO TENDS TO THRIVE HERE…AND WHO DOESN’T? This answer should tell you a lot. No camp should be all things to all people, so a good camp director should have a thoughtful answer to this question. 4. WHERE DO YOUR COUNSELORS COME FROM? A camp is only as good as its role models, so you should feel confident in the process a camp uses to hire its counselors. 5. HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR STAFF? Some camps do shockingly little in this department. How long is the camp’s staff

training? Do they bring in recognized experts? Asking to see the staff handbook can tell you a lot about who will be supervising your child during his or her session. 6. HOW IS THE CAMP DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHERS YOU ARE LOOKING AT? What makes this camp different? A thoughtful camp director should be able to tell you how their mission, values, approach to staffing, and camp community set them apart from other camps in their area. Good Luck finding the right camp for your family.

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Theatre Camp is Enriching Lives By Beth Slaughter Sexton, Staff Correspondent

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ne only has to look at Carson Skidmore’s theatre resume to see this young man is talented, accomplished and ambitious— and it was summer theatre camp at The Aurora that first gave him a big push. “I was in middle school and this was the first theatre camp I’d ever been to,” the Gwinnett County native said. “It was a good start because one of the most important things about it was learning that, ‘O.K., here it is outside of school. Here’s how things run. Here’s what I can do...Here’s how theatre is in the real world.’” His theatre education in school began in 5th grade when he said he auditioned for chorus as a way to make friends and get involved. “I remember at the audition, it’s funny to say that now because it was 5th grade and the bare bones of an audition,” he said. “But I remember doing all these crazy voices and accents and our chorus teacher was, ‘Wow, Carson. Where was all this?’” He loved watching movies and impersonating the characters and often entertained his friends by sounding like Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO of Star Wars. Skidmore, the son of Chip and Kathy Skidmore of Lawrenceville, graduated from Rock Springs Elementary, Creekland Middle and was a 2019 6  SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

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honor graduate at MARCIGLIANO PHOTOGRAPHY Collins Hill High School. While he continued to perform after that 5th grade chorus program, it was on stage at CHHS that he took his skills to another level. High school audiences awarded standing ovations to his castmates and Skidmore for his portrayal of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors; Harlequin in Changes of Heart; the baker from Into the Woods; multiple characters in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Unabridged; Link Larson in Hairspray; Dr. Galen Gray in Anatomy of Gray; part of the ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Lord Farquaad in Shrek. He’s taken part in many other theatre productions, festivals and camps and is already making his mark as a freshman at Columbus State University where he’s played Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web; the butler in The Importance of Being Earnest and will soon star as Jessie Tuck in Tuck Everlasting. Now majoring in theatre, Skidmore said he has fond memories of theatre camp and the friends he made there—some for life and others now re-connecting. He was walking down the hall at Columbus State one day when someone came up to him and said, “Hey, you were in my Aurora camp years ago.” “In theatre camps, you’re all working together,” Skidmore said. “You make connections as friends.”


STEM Camp

Where Creativity Reaches New Heights!

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ationally recognized, Camp Invention is a nonprofit summer enrichment program for kindergartners through 6th graders that is inspired by the brightest thinkers around — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. At Camp Invention, children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on STEM-based challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, collaborate with teammates and build invention prototypes. Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention program, Elevate! Campers can spark their

creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas. There are many Camp Invention throughout Gwinnett County and beyond. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12). Visit www.invent.org/camp

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Tips For Acquiring A Summer Camp Scholarship

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he majority of camp organizations offer some type of scholarship opportunity in an effort to make their experience more accessible to all families. So what can you do: 1. START EARLY. Do your research on what summer camps you hope to attend and start making phone calls, plus ask about any unadvertised discounts. 2. CONSIDER CAMPS OUTSIDE YOUR PRICE RANGE. Sticker shock is real, however, you should be evaluating camps on more than just cost. 3. BE FLEXIBLE. If you do qualify for a summer camp scholarship, you might not get first pick on what dates your child will attend camp. 4. BE PREPARED. Camps typically use families latest tax returns to determine summer camp financial aid, so be prepared to provide them.

5. RESPOND PROMPTLY AND ENGAGE the summer camp throughout the process.

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OTHER WAYS TO PAY FOR CAMP USE YOUR FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT FSA accounts let employees use pre-tax dollars to pay for child care expenses for kids under the age of 13. If enrolling a child in summer day camp allows the parent to work, then the camp tuition qualifies as an eligible expense. USE THE CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE CREDIT Like the FSA, the Child and Dependent Care Credit gives parents a tax break when they need to pay for child care so they can work. Eligible children must be under 13, live with you for more than six months each year, and depend on you for more than half of their support. This credit will help you at tax time by reducing the amount of money you pay in federal taxes dollar-for-dollar. OUTSIDE SOURCES Don’t forget to check outside sources like your church or local social organizations. They may have a general camp fund they draw from to sponsor local kids who want to attend summer camp.


Summer Campers Turn into Cast Members at

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By Beth Slaughter Sexton, Staff Correspondent

hether it’s Jedi training, heroes and villains, Disneymania or musical theatre bootcamp, Camp Aurora at the Aurora Theatre welcomes kindergarteners through 12th graders to join the many casts of its summer theatre camps. The Aurora offers one-, two- and three-week camps divided by age groups for students on its downtown Lawrenceville campus beginning June 1.

“Acting camps provide students an opportunity to work toward a common goal by learning a variety of skills,” says Renita James, the Aurora’s director of education and summer camp director. “Our campers might come in and start their day with improv and then move on to stage combat and then work on choreography or dialects. There’s so much opportunity to learn so many skills and immediately put their newly learned skill to use.” At the end of camp, the students perform in a showcase or present a full performance in front of an audience. Most camps begin daily at 10:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with time out for lunch. The costs range from $300 for a one-week camp; $500 for two weeks

and $625 for three weeks. There are opportunities for scholarship funding and scholarship auditions for the musical theatre camp. June camps include a three-week summer musical camp where 60 students will work to produce the one-hour Disney musical, Moana. Other June camps include Battle Acts, Heroes and Villains, Musical Theatre Bootcamp and Disneymania. July’s camps include a two-week musical theatre camp where students will explore the works of Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of Hamilton. Other July camps include Heroes and Villains—Magic and Mischief Edition and a bi-lingual camp for 1st-5th graders which is taught in English and Spanish for both native and non-native speakers with a performance presented in both languages. Right before summer camps start, The Aurora will offer a Jedi training workshop May 4, where students learn basic combat moves and the Jedi code. For registration and more information on all these camps and events, visit www.auroratheatre.com. “Students can expect to have fun,” James said. “We work hard, but we have a blast.”   SUMMER CAMP GUIDE  9


CAMP GUIDE: Overnight Camps ATHENS Y CAMP

CAMP HIGHLAND

CAMP TWITCH & SHOUT

CAMP WOODMONT

camphighland.com 678-393-0300

camptwitchandshout.org 706-248-9328

campwoodmont.com 423-472-6070

CAMP HOLLYMONT FOR GIRLS

CAMP WESTMINSTER

CHARLIE ELLIOT WILDLIFE SUMMER CAMP

TALLULAH FALLS

athensycamps.org 706-754-6912

Christian Boys Camp / Christian Girls Camp

ELLIJAY

Interest Driven Activities Camp

ATLANTA BALLET ATLANTA

centre.atlantaballet.com 404-892-3303

RABUN GAP

Ballet Dance Camp

hollymont.com 828-686-5343

CAMP ALL AMERICAN

Christian Camp

CAMP CHEHAW

CAMP KINGFISHER

chehaw.org 229-430-5275

chattnaturecenter.org 770-992-2055

ALBANY

ROSWELL

Nature Activities Camp

CAMP CHEROKEE

CAMP MASTER CHEF JR.

WHITE

campcherokee.com 877-647-8542

RABUN GAP campmasterchef.com 754-301-8885 Culinary Camp

CAMP DIXIE CLAYTON

CAMP RAMAH DAROM

Small Family Camp / Outdoor Fun

ramahdarom.org 404-531-0801

CAMP EVERGREEN

ATLANTA

Cultural Leadership / Activities Fulfilled

CAMP SOUTHERN GROUND

CLARKESVILLE

campevergreen.org 404-210-9149

Christ Centered Fun

CAMP FIRE CAMP TOCCOA TOCCOA campfirega.org 706-886-2457 Youth Development Camp

Adventure Nondenominational Christian Camp

MANSFIELD

georgiawildlife.com 770-784-3121

Wildlife / Outdoors / Adventurous Summer Camp

CAMP JULIETTE LOW

Coed Adventure Camp

campdixie.org 678-701-3052

CLOUDLAND

Teen Music Camp

CLOUDLAND cjl.org 770-428-1062 Leadership for Girls

Wildlife / Outdoors / Adventurous Summer Camp

Adventure Christian Camp

NORCROSS

blueridegecamp.com 954-665-8686

Nature Camp / Campgrounds

CONYERS

campwestminster.org 770-483-2225

campjam.com 800-513-0930

Spritual Based Camp w/ Fun Teachings of the Gospel

CLAYTON

Designed for kids diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome / Skills Camp

CAMP JAM

JOHNS CREEK

campallamerican.com 678-405-2266

CAMP BLUE RIDGE

DUNWOODY

FAYETTVILLE

campsouthenground.org 678-561-9602

Interaction Camp / Tech-Free

CAMP STRONG4LIFE WINDER

strong4life.com 770-785-7228

Health & Wellness Camp

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Time for an Adventure of a Lifetime

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n adventure of a lifetime awaits kids in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during summer camp at Tremont Institute in Tennessee! Imagine splashing around in an icy cold mountain stream, climbing ridges to an unbelievable view, or choosing from a variety of activities to discover nature through hands-on explorations, day hikes, and crafts.

Tremont offers kids of all ages an in-depth summer learning experience that fosters an understanding of the beautiful Smoky Mountains and encourages a lifelong appreciation and stewardship of the environment. From backpacking in the wilderness to learning about the secret haunts of salamanders, Tremont Institute offers a variety of opportunities to serve different interests, abilities and age groups. All programs include meals, lodging, and professional caring instruction. Visit Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont camps at gsmit.org/summer-youth


CAMP GUIDE: Overnight Camps COHUTTA SPRINGS YOUTH CAMP

CRANDALL cs-yc-com 706-602-7346 New, Fun Exciting Way of Finding Jesus / Optional Activity Camps

GIRLS SCOUTS OF GREATER ATLANTA

TIMBER RIDGE / MERIWETHER GirlScoutSummer.com 770-702-9103 Adventure / Skills Camp

GLISSON CAMP & RETREAT DAHLONEGA glisson.org 770-864-6181 Christian / Nature Activities Camp

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS INSTITUTE AT TREMONT CAMP TOWNSEND, TN gsmit.org/summer 865-448-6709 Outdoor Adventure Camps

ID TECH CAMPS

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP ATLANTA

VALLEY VIEW RANCH EQUESTRIAN CAMP

Sports Media Camp

valleyviewranch.com 706-862-2231

playbyplaycamps.com 800-319-0884

STRONG ROCK CAMP

idtech.com/ga 888-709-8324

CLEVELAND strongrockcamp.org 706-348-1533 Christ-like Skills Camp

MARCUS JCC ATLANTA

SUMMER ACADEMY AT UGA

atlantajcc.org 678-812-4135

ugayouthprograms.com 706-542-3537

ATLANTA

Tech Coding Camp

ATLANTA

Jewish Commununity Engagement Camp

RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY GAINESVILLE

riversidemilitary.com 770-532-5261

Military Leadership & Adventure Camp

ATHENS

STEM / College Prep / Career Prep / Outdoor Activities

CLOUDLAND

Horseback Riding for Girls

WINSHAPE CAMPS ATLANTA

camps.winshape.org 844-972-2677

Fun Faithful / Christian Camp

YELLOW JACKET TENNIS CAMP ATLANTA

yellowjackettenniscamp.com 404-894-5410

Instructional Tennis Camp

YOUNG LIFE FARM CAMPS

BUFORD, SUWANEE younglife.org 770-298-3740 Christian Leadership Camp

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CAMP GUIDE: Day Camps A PLACE FOR ME

BRAIN BALANCE

aplaceformega.com 470-282-1011

brainbalancecenter.com 770-614-4790

LAWRENCEVILLE

SUWANEE, ROSWELL

Special Needs Camps

Personal Skills Development Camp

ACADEMY OF BALLET

BUILDER BUNCH SUMMER CAMP

academy-ballet.com 770-242-6379

builderbunch.com 855-694-4327

NORCROSS

ATLANTA

Summer Dance Program

Lego Based / Building & Engineering

ANDREW SIMPKINS INNOVATION FOUNDATION SPARK IT CAMPS

CAMP AURORA @ AURORA THEATRE

LAWRENCEVILLE asifoundations.com 678-682-4193 STEAM Camp

AOPS ACADEMY

LAWRENCEVILLE

auroratheatre.com 678-226-6222

Performing Arts / Drama Camp

CAMP CONNECT SUWANEE

JOHNS CREEK aopsacademy.org 470-323-9090 Learning Camps

myhomeworkcentral.com 678-541-5738

AR5 GWINNETT VOLLEYBALL CAMPS

CAMP INVENTION AT HEBRON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

STEM, Urban Design & Community Development

SUWANEE

A5gwinnett.com 630-667-1009

DACULA

Volleyball Camps

hebronlions.org 800-968-4332

ART WORKSHOP CAMPS

Athletics & STEM Camp

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

LAWRENCEVILLE

arworkshop.com/ lawrenceville/#schedule 770-751-8157

Creative Art Camps

ATLANTA

childrensmuseumatlanta.org 404-659-5437

Culture, Arts, Science, Social & Emotional Programs

ATLANTA HAWKS BASKETBALL ACADEMY

CIRCUS CAMP

basketballacademy.hawaks.com 404-878-3187

circuscamp.org 404-370-0001

ATLANTA SILVERBACKS CAMP

CODE NINJAS CAMPS

ATLANTA

NORCROSS Circus Training

Instructional Basketball Skills Camp

ATLANTA, SUWANEE

atlantasilverbacks.com 678-714-7454 Indoor Sports Camp

BOMBARDIER CAMPS

SNELLVILLE, DACULA, SUWANEE, CUMMING codeninjas.com 770-284-1056 Computer Coding Camps

JOHNS CREEK

CRESCO MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Arts & Crafts, Adventure Quest, STEM

crescomontessori.com 770-992-8031

bombardiercamps.com 404-626-6067

JOHNS CREEK

Academic Development Camp

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Enrichment Programs at GAC Summer Camps

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ummer is coming, and holds so much potential for your children. At Greater Atlanta Christian’s summer camp in Norcross, children experience the right balance of play and learning, meeting their need for downtime and pure “fun” as well as opportunities to dive deep into a skill like indoor tennis, ballet, lego-engineering or coding! With more than 30 summer enrichment programs in athletics, arts, and academics, our campers have a daily opportunity to make new friends, explore new talents, and experiences in a safe, Christian environment. With an incredible group of trained counselors, your child will be encouraged and celebrated in all they do. See why hundreds of families choose GAC as their summer camp option each year. SIGN UP TODAY: greateratlantachristian.org/summer-camp


CAMP GUIDE: Day Camps D BAT SUMMER CAMP SUWANEE

dbatperimeter.com 770-813-3333

Athletics Traning Camp

EMORY TOTAL TENNIS CAMP

DECATUR www.bryantcamps.com 404-727-6389 Instructional Tennis Camp

ENGINEERING FOR KIDS OF NORTHEAST GA CAMP SUWANEE engineeringforkids.net 678-726-1216 Engineering Programs

FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

ATLANTA fernbankmuseum.org 404-929-6300 Geology, Zoology, Nature, Dinosaurs and more programs

FERST CENTER

GEORGIA GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

LAWRENCEVILLE, SUWANEE ggacademy.com 770-962-5867 Gymnastics Developmental Traning Camp

GIRL SCOUT CAMP

ATLANTA

LILBURN lilburndaycamp.org

Professional Performance Camp

GO WITH IT FARM

ferstcenter.org 404-894-2787

GA MUSIC CAMP

BUFORD derwynbrowne@gmail.com 770-298-3740 Instructional Music Camp

GEATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

NORCROSS greateratlantachristian.org 770-243-2000 Enrichment Programs, Arts, Athletics, & Academics

ALPHRETTA

GWINNETT BALLET THEATRE

LAWRENCEVILLE

gwinnettballet.org 770-237-0046

Performing Arts / Ballet Camp

GWINNETT CO. PARKS & REC SUMMER CAMPS LAWRENCEVILLE

gwinnettcounty.com 770-822-8000

gowithitfarm.com 404-538-5113

Adventure, Athletics, Special Interest, & Leadership Camp

GREAT BEGINNINGS OF SUGAR HILL

GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL AND HERITAGE CENTER

greatbeginningsllc.com 770-945-3995

gwinnettEHC.com 770-904-3500

Horseback Riding Camp

SUGAR HILL

STEM Enriched Activities Camp

BUFORD

STEAM & Exploration

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CAMP GUIDE: Day Camps GWINNETT EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT HOSCHTON

researcher.r@comcasst.net 678-507-9394

Instructional Aircraft Training

GYMNASTIX TRAINING CENTER BUFORD gymnastix.net 678-546-6626 Instructional Gymnastics Training

HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH ROSWELL

sciencemadefun.net 770-667-9443

STEM Activities Camp

i9 SPORTS

DULUTH, LAWRENCEVILLE, STONE MOUNTAIN i9sports.com 770-456-5909 Athletics Development Camp

METRO GYMNASTICS SUWANEE

metro-gymnastics.com 770-831-1520

Gymnastics Camp

MIND AND MOTION DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS OF GA

NORTH GEORGIA ELITE BASKETBALL CAMP BUFORD

northgaelite.com 770-598-4596

Instructional Basketball Skills Camp

MUSIC ON MAIN

SUWANEE mindmotioncenters.com 678-749-7600 Therapeutic Summer Camps

LILBURN musiconmainstreetlilburn.com 770-609-6393 Band Camp

NEW LONDON SCHOOL OF DRIVING

OLIVIA’S DOLLHOUSE TEA ROOM

newlondondriving.com 770-466-0410

oliviasdollhouse.com 404-908-9073

NORCROSS SOCCER ACADEMY

PASSPORT ADVENTURES IN ART CAMP

norcross.unitedfa.org 770-840-9275

thehudgens.org 770-623-6002

LOGANVILLE

Driver’s Education Camp

NORCROSS

Instructional Soccer Camp

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JOHNS CREEK Princess Parties

DULUTH Art Camp

PCBC SUMMER CAMP NORCROSS

www.pcbcchurch.org/camps-and-clinics 770-582-7665

Athletics Development Camp

PINECREST ACADEMY CUMMING

pinecrestacademy.org 770-888-4477

Fun, Adventurous Activities Camp

PLEASANT HILL PRESBYTARIAN SUMMER CAMP DULUTH

pleasanthillpc.org 770-476-8716

Christian Growth & Development Camp

SCHOOL OF ROCK ATLANTA

schoolofrock.com 678-580-1882

Rock Music Camp / Instructional


CAMP GUIDE: Day Camps SCI-TECH HUB CAMP LAWRENCEVILLE scitechhub.com 770-856-1818 Biology, Chemistry, Culinary, Engineering, Arts & Craft

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igh Touch High Tech offers in-school hands on science programs, week long summer camps, day care programming, birthday parties, and special events. They come to you! As science standards are currently evolving, High Touch High Tech can tailor programs to meet school’s specific curricular needs. Since 1994, they have been a recognized leader in program development that increases scientific and technological literacy among elementary and middle school students. The High Tech High Touch scientists, who are all degreed professionals, have presented “in-school” field trips through interactive hands-on science experimentation that meet Georgia Standards of Excellence for science to over 100,000 students each year. As the curriculum and timeline become solidified HTHT will slowly integrate new objectives into their programs. Programs can be funded by student families, PTA donations, Foundation donations, and sometimes even government grants. All related equipment, supplies and materials are provided. Many programs include take-home materials. Early bird and Title I school discounts are available.

DULUTH

theactorsedgewny.com 770-846-6721

Acting / Theatrical Camp

SCIENCE CREATIONS

THE LITTLE GYM CAMPS

sciencecreations.com 404-863-7080

thelittlegym.com/snellvillega 770-982-0901

SHAPING MINDS AFTER SCHOOL & SUMMER CAMP

TOP NOTCH TRANING CAMP

STONE MOUNTAIN

Get Ready for some Hands-On Science Programs

THE ACTOR’S EDGE SUMMER CAMP

STEM Activities Camp

SUWANEE, MARIETTA shapingminds.com 404-474-2350 Athletic Activites & Educational Camp

SNELLVILLE PERFORMING ARTS SNELLVILLE

snellvilleperformingarts.com 678-390-4528 Theatre,

Dance, Music Camp

SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY BUFORD

train-museum.org 770-476-2013

Railroad Educational Camp

SUWANEE ACADEMY OF THE ARTS

LAWRENCEVILLE Gymnastics Camp

PEACHTREE CORNERS

topnotchtrainingcenter.org 770-416-1881

Gymnastics Camp

WEALTHY HABITS SUMMER CAMP ATLANTA

wealthyhabits.org 678-218-1291

Financial Literacy Camp

WOODWARD ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP JOHNS CREEK

woodward.edu 404-227-5403

Academic, Athletics, & Enrichments Camps

YMCA SUMMP CAMPS LAWRENCEVILLE

SUWANEE suwaneeacademy.com 678-482-6333 Performing Arts Camp

ymcaatlanta.org/program-locations/ summer-camp/gwinnett.php 770-963-1313

TABULA RASA, THE LANGUAGE ACADEMY

YOUNG CHEF’S ACADEMY

Aquatics / Teen / Specialty

Spanish & French Language

CUMMING, METRO ATLANTA youngchefsacademycorp.com 404-633-2633 Culinary Camp

TGA OF GWINNETT

YOUTH TECHNOLOGY LEARNING CENTER

LAWRENCEVILLE trlanguages.com 678-985-8080 Development Camp

DULUTH

playtga.com 404-855-1090

Youth Sports Camp

DULUTH

youth-technology-learning-centerytlc. business.site 678-517-3500

STEM Camp

Visit ScienceMadeFunAtl.net

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Where do dinosaurs and sloths hang out for the summer? SEE THEM ALL AT FERNBANK By Beth Slaughter Sexton, Staff Correspondent

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ith already so much to see and do at Fernbank, visitors are in for a special treat this summer as new exhibits, activities and live animals help make the home of the world's largest dinosaurs such an exciting place to spend the day, the week—or the season. Membership does indeed have its perks and a special benefit for members of Fernbank Museum of Natural History is having first choice in choosing a weekly camp for their kids. There are only a few spots left as summer camps fill up quickly for young explorers and scientists at Fernbank. But not to worry. There are plenty of museum opportunities to enjoy throughout the summer, including outdoor exploration and activities along its 75 acres of wooded trails and fun in the Fernbank Forest. No matter the weather, Fernbank offers as much to do inside as it does outside. “We have three floors of exhibits of science, fossils, dinosaurs,” Brandi Berry, Fernbank’s vice president of marketing said. “…We’ve had live animal exhibits before, but this may be the first time we’ve had mammals. We’ve had frogs and reptiles, 18  SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

but everybody loves a furry cute animal. We’ll be able to bring out some of the animals and have an encounter with our visitors. I think it will be a lot of fun.” With such titles as “Nature’s Ninjas” and “Survival of the Slowest,” the two newest live animal exhibits promise to entertain while teaching “you can be fast or slow, nature finds a way to survive,” according to Fernbank’s Allison Trice. Trice, who is vice president of membership and guest services said there will be a variety of animals for guests to enjoy, but one that is getting a lot of buzz is the sloth. Not just a cartoon character any more, the sloth is making its live Fernbank debut this summer. Additional summer highlights at Fernbank include Reptile Day and a series of other Discovery Days; 3D and 2D movies featuring “Hidden Pacific” and “Australia’s Great Wild North” and a Dinosaur Birthday Bash in August, to name a few. For information, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org “It’s nice that our guests come here and they have so much fun, they almost forget they have learned something,” Berry said. “We consider Fernbank a ‘World of Wow!’”


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The 2020 Guide to Summer Camps in Gwinnett County  

An annual publication from the Gwinnett Daily Post providing a comprehensive directory of summer camps in the Gwinnett Country area of Georg...

The 2020 Guide to Summer Camps in Gwinnett County  

An annual publication from the Gwinnett Daily Post providing a comprehensive directory of summer camps in the Gwinnett Country area of Georg...

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