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Full summer of special camps planned across Northwest Georgia, including sports, robotics, the outdoors, day camps
By Natalie Simms
There are endless opportunities from day camps to overnight trips, from sports to music to outdoor adventures. There are even some unique options for those with a technology interest including Robotics/Engineering camps at Darlington to Parks & Rec’s LEGO engineering camp.
Below is the first segment of our annual look at summer camps. Please send additions to Natalie Simms at nsimmsHH@att.net. Please use the same format as what appears below.
The YMCA offers two options for kids. Kinder Camps is for ages 3-5 and is designed for the younger child and includes daily swim lessons, arts & crafts and supervised playtime. Kinder Camp is offered as half-day or full-day program. Day Camp is for ages 6-12 and provides a full day of fun at YMCA Camp Bryant. Camp includes archery range, playing fields and nature trails, as well as swimming. There will be 10-week-long sessions beginning May 20 through July 26. Visit http://www.ymcarome.org/ for session dates and registration. Phone: 706-232-2468.
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Association
Parks and Rec is offering a variety of day camps at a number of locations in the county. Camp offerings include sports, tennis, golf, gymnastics, LEGO, kid vs. wild outdoors adventures, and sassy girl or princess camp. Complete camp information is online at http://www.rfpra.com/Camps.html. Phone: 706-291-0766.
- Kid VS Wild-Outdoor Camp: In partnership with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, the Floyd County Wildlife Association and Redmond Regional Medical Center, the participants will enjoy a week of outdoor adventures. Activities include fishing, archery, canoeing/boating, outdoor cooking, wildlife indemnification and education, first aid and more. Ages: 8-13, Dates: June 17-21 or July 15-19, Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cost: $100.
- Camp GoodTimes: Camp GoodTimes is designed to provide a fun day camp experience for special needs participants ages 6-21. Camp activities include swimming, bowling, arts and crafts, movies and more. Date: June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12. Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cost: $85. Location: Gilbreath Recreation Center
- Traditional Summer Camp: Choose one week or join for the entire summer! Each week has a central them and will include a field trip, swimming, recreational games, contests and more. Ages: 5-13 (Campers will be separated into 2 age groups, 5-7 and 8-13). Dates: May 28-Aug. 2- no camp the week of July 4. Time: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $90/week. Location: Anthony Recreation Center
Darlington offers a combination of traditional day camps and specialty sports camps, including some overnight camps. Day camps include those focused on sports, arts and academics. With more than 20 camps to choose from, there is something for every student. Visit Summer for a complete list of camps, dates, cost and registration. Phone: 1-800-36-TIGER.
Shorter offers a number of sports camps for boys and girls. Athletic camps include basketball, baseball, cheerleading, tennis, softball, soccer, wrestling and football. For athletic camps, visit http://www.goshorterhawks.com/camps/campindex for complete list and details.
Berry hosts a number of sports camps through their Athletic Department. Camps available include baseball, softball, boys and girls’ soccer and volleyball. Visit http://www.berryvikings.com/information/camps/index for the complete list and details.
- Basketball camp for boys and girls aged 5-18, organized by Refined Player Personal Training, will take place at the Cage Center at Berry College June 10 - 14 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This will include time for swimming. Cost is $150.00. For more information, please contact Coach Keith Dunn (706-728-0961), Coach Stephanie Dunn (678-656-6184) or Refined Player (email@example.com)
WinShape Foundation offers both traditional and adventure overnight camps for boys and girls in grades 2-12. Campers participate in a number of outdoor and indoor activities, including evening Bible studies and activities. Again this year, they are offering a 1-week camp for girls in grades 1-6 at Young Harris College, in addition to their traditional 2-week camp at WinShape Campus at Berry. There are also 1-week and 2-week overnight camps for boys both offered at WinShape Campus at Berry. The organization also hosts WinShape Camps for Communities at various local churches. The closest camp for our area will be at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, June 24-28. For more information, call 1-800-448-6955, ext. 1120 or visit http://www.winshape.org/camps/. Registration is available online.
Kindermusik at Berry College
Kindermusik offers a number of musical opportunities for kids from newborn to 9 years old. Maymester and summer sessions are available for newborn-3 years old that meet weekly, plus they offer a family time for the entire family to participate together. For older kids, there are weeklong day camp sessions. The May and summer class schedule is available online at Kindermusik
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Rome Civic Ballet
Rome Civic Ballet offers week-long day camps for ages 2-8 years old. Dance camp gives campers the opportunity to experience dance from class to performance. No previous dance experience is necessary to enjoy dance camp and dance shoes are available to borrow. Camp includes ballet, tap, dance games, dress-up, arts and crafts and a performance at the end of the week. Cost is $80. Available dates are June 17-21, June 24-28 or July 8-12. For more information and to register, call 706-232-8804.
Pottery by Lisa
Local artist Lisa Brown Ingram will be hosting a kids’ pottery camp this summer through her Pottery by Lisa business. Pottery Camp will allow young artists to explore clay in a variety of ways including sculptural pottery, hand building, decorating clay and slab work. Students will try their hand at the pottery wheel, glazing, carving, handle making and more. Cost $215 includes all supplies, firings and a snack. Students will be contacted after the completion of the camp to pick up their finished fired pieces.
-Youth Camp: June 3-7 from 8:45-11:45 a.m. for ages 10-15.
-Kids Camp: June 17-21 from 8:45-11:45 for ages 7-10.
Healing Arts Center Yoga Camp for Kids
Beth Novian Hughes will be leading a yoga summer camp for kids the week of June 24 – 28 from 10 a.m.– 12 p.m. at the Healing Arts Center of Rome, 215 Broad Street Suite 210. Our theme will be a different element each day (earth, water, fire, air, space). The camp will include yoga, games, art, stories, snack, meditation, etc. Advanced registration is required for this camp. Cost is $100 for the week. Registration is online under the workshops tab www.studioshacr.com. If you have questions please call 706-331-4631.
Kiki’s Kids Camp
Kiki's Kids Camp is a four-day summer camp for youth between the ages of 6 and 12 who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Campers enjoy the traditional day camp activates like swimming, sports, crafts, and a field trip. But unlike other summer camps, Kiki’s Kids Camp provides educational sessions designed to meet the special needs of young people who have diabetes. Campers are encouraged to bring a brother, sister, or special friend to attend, as well. Teenagers who have diabetes are welcomed to attend as Counselors in Training and Junior Counselors. This year, Kiki’s Kids Camp, is scheduled for June 17th – 20th at Darlington School. Kiki’s Kids Camp is sponsored by Floyd Healthcare Foundation. For more information, call 706-509-3290 or visit http://www.floyd.org/Page/kikiskidscamp.
Rome Little Theatre
The Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation with Rome Little Theatre will be offering a two-week summer theatre camp to provide an enriching theatrical experience. Students will learn about acting and stagecraft from our very talented instructors, Michael Hillman and Chris Parker. A maximum number of 30 students age 10-15 (6th-10th grade) will be accepted. Class time will include learning stage etiquette, improv, audition techniques, light and sound design, set design and basic acting skills. Students will receive group as well as individual coaching and instruction during the process and the two-week camp will end with a presentation in the EH Young Theatre at Berry College. Dates: July 15-29 from 9-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost: $250 for 2-weeks. Call 706-295-7171 or www.desototheatre.com to register.
Theatre Arts in Park- Rolater Park
Alton Holman Heritage Arts will be holding it's annual Theatre Arts in the Park Summer Camp, Monday through Friday, July 8-19, for children age 8-16. Camp is held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day with early drop off and late pick up available The camp is being held at Hearn Academy in Rolater park in Cave Spring. Campers will participate in movement, voice, dance, audition, and stage craft. Camp will end with a performance the evening of July 19. Camp fee is $100 for the full two weeks of camp. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and a snack each day and a camp t-shirt. There is a maximum of 40 campers and registration must be received no later than July 1st. For more information or to request a registration form call 706/266-0084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre Arts in the Park Summer Camp for Wee Folks, ages 5-7, is being held July 15-19 from 9 a.m. until noon. Fee to attend camp is $50 and includes breakfast and lunch daily and a camp t-shirt. Children will be singing, making crafts, participating in stage craft, games & more. Camp is being held at Hearn Academy in Rolater Park in Cave Spring. Campers will perform on the evening of July 19. There is a maximum of 10 campers and the last day to register is July 1. For info call 706/266-0084 or email email@example.com.
The Grand Theatre
Located in downtown Cartersville, The Grand Theatre has been a cultural landmark since 1929. The Grand Theatre offers three musical-theatre camps for elementary (completed grades 2-4), middle (completed grades 5-7), and high school (grades 7-12) levels. Campers will learn basic theatre skills and rehearse a musical that will be performed at the end of camp. Visit Grand for camp information. To register, call 770-386-7343, or go by ticket office at 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville.
Bartow History Museum
The Bartow History Museum is holding both day camps and week longs camps on various subjects. Summer Day camps are from 9 a.m.- noon. Price is $18 for members and $20 for not-yet-members.
For children between the ages of 4-6 years old:
- Pirates in Bartow: Monday, June 3rd
- Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Wednesday, June 5th
- Great Explorers: Monday, June 24th
- Little Jewelers: Wednesday, June 26th
For children between the ages of 7-11 years old:
- Cherokee Life: Monday, June 17th
- Pirates in Bartow: Wednesday, June 19th
- Great Explorers: Monday, July 15th
- Little Jewelers: Wednesday, July 17th
Week long camps are for ages 7-11 and run Tuesday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Price is $90 for members and $100 for not-yet-members.
- Around the World in 4 Days: June 11th – 14th
- Native Americans: July 9th – 12th
- Time Travelers: July 23rd – 26th
Rome-Floyd Library ready for summer reading program
-This year's session goes from May 28 through July 18 and is again in two sections: "Dig into reading," for kids newborn to fifth graders and "Beneath the surface" for those ages sixth grade on up. Got more on the free program, please go to the library's Facebook page.
Vacation Bible School events at area churches
June 2-6: Rush Chapel United Methodist Church, 1225 Rush Chapel Road, Rome. VBS will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for preschool through middle school. “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together” is this year’s theme. For additional details and to register please visit rushchapel or call 706-291-7986
June 3-6: Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, 702 Pleasant Valley Rd. Silver Creek. VBS will be from 6-8:30 p.m. for Preschool ages 3-5 and Grades 1-5. "Kingdom Rock" Kids Stand Strong for God" will be this year's theme. For details, call 706-234-1841 or www.pleasantvalleysouth.com.
June 10-14: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 101 E. Fourth Ave., Rome: Dive into VBS as we go Overboard! This fun-filled VBS is for everyone between the ages of 3 to rising 6th graders. Join us as we “Dare to go deep with God!” from 9 a.m. until noon. Operation Overboard is an underwater themed VBS and has something for everyone! Each day of VBS we will focus on a theme for developing Deep Faith: Depending on God, Daring to Care, Claiming Jesus, Choosing to Follow, and Changing the World. Registration forms for“divers” will be available in Daniel Hall and will also be mailed to parents. Pick up an extra form and bring a friend to be your dive buddy. If you have any questions about VBS or adults and EYC who are interested in participating as part of the Dive Crew, contact Cameron by phone at 706-506-1578 or by email at Cameron@stpetersrome.org.
June 24-28: Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 911 N. Broad St., Rome. "The Vatican Express." To be held at Saint Mary's Catholic School off East Seventh Street.