FoCo Parents: School's almost out, have you registered for summer camps?

Kimberly Bond

(Forsyth County, GA) With May just around the corner, Forsyth County kids are hearing the siren song of summertime. However, along with those cherished weeks of freedom come childcare challenges for some families and struggles with boredom for others. Fortunately, there is no shortage of summer camp options in Forsyth County. These camps offer many different opportunities for summertime learning, enrichment, social interaction, and – most importantly – lots of fun. Here’s our rundown of some of the top options:

1. Forsyth County Parks & Rec Summer Camps: FoCo families don’t have to look further than their own Parks & Rec offerings to find great summer camp options.

“We are proud to offer a wide variety of summer camp programs for the community,” shared Laura Pate, the Deputy Director for Administration and Recreation. “Children can hone a sport, participate in adventure activities, learn something educational or just have fun while making new friends. We offer these programs to enrich children’s lives and also to assist parents with childcare and summer entertainment,” Pate added.

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The Parks & Rec catalog has a full listing of summer camp options.(Photo/Forsyth County Parks & Recreation)

2. City of Cumming Summer Camps: The Cumming Recreation & Parks Department is offering several themed day camps for children of all ages and summer classes in art, dance, basketball, gymnastics, and even horseback riding. These camps are open to anyone; you don’t have to be a resident of the city of Cumming to sign up, making them a great option for grandparents or aunts and uncles who may be hosting little ones during the summertime. To register, go online or visit the Cumming Recreation and Parks Department’s main office at 437 Pilgrim Mill Road to sign up in person.

3. Forsyth County 4-H Summer Day Camps: Hosted by the University of Georgia Extension Program, kids in grades 4-12 can sign up for six different day camps through the local Forsyth County 4-H club. Day camp options include Dahlonega Day, Farm Day, Tellus Day, Sawnee Mountain Day, Animal Shelter Day, and The Floating Classroom at Elachee Nature Science Center.

Heather Haines with the UGA Extension program praised 4-H camps, saying “Georgia's 4-H summer camping program, administered through the county offices of UGA Cooperative Extension, offers a 4-H summer camping experience unparalleled in the nation.”

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4-H campers enjoy crafts and friendships in the great outdoors.(Photo/UGA Extension)

These camps are a great option for kids who love to get outside. “Every camp offers great adventure, friendship and fun,” shared Haines.”If you love an outdoor adventure with lots of swimming, archery, hiking, and hands-on-learning about nature then 4-H Camp is for you,” added Haines.

To find more information or register your child, check out the website.

4. Farmer Sue and the Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm: Forsyth County parents who have young kids love Farmer Sue and the Art Barn for birthday parties and field trips. This year kids can also attend week-long Art & Animal Camps at her farm in Canton. There will be opportunities to help out with farm activities like gathering eggs and brushing the animals, and there will be a new art project each day. Each day will conclude with a hayride.

Farmer Sue shared, “We are a working farm that provides an interactive and educational experience for people of all ages! [At this camp, kids] will discover the magic of farm life.”

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Kids get hands-on with real farm animals like these ducklings at the Art Barn.(Photo/The Art Barn)

To find out more, go to https://www.theartbarn.com/camp.

5. Wake Lanier: If you have a child into water skiing or wakeboarding, a summer camp at Wake Lanier might be just right.

A staff member shared, “Wake Lanier provides the most exciting watersports summer camps in the Southeast! Campers will build confidence and develop new friendships while having an absolute blast.”

Each day includes a mandatory water and boat safety instruction session, team games and activities, and lots of opportunities to get out on the lake and enjoy water sports of their choice. There are both day and overnight camp choices. Campers typically must be at least 8 years of age or older to participate, but you can check with staff depending on your child’s experience level.

“We accept campers of all skill levels and ages and teach wake surf, wakeboard, ski and much more behind brand new Supra wake boats,” shared a staff member.

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Wake Lanier might just be the coolest summer camp around.(Photo/Wake Lanier)

Learn more at https://wakelanier.com/summer-camps/.

6. Camp Invention: Sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is a week-long day camp for kids in grades K-6. This camp focuses on STEM activities to encourage kids to think like an innovator. This year’s program, Explore!, will teach participants about themes including robotics, space, physics, and more using arts and crafts and fun building activities like creating a marble arcade. Many local elementary schools including Sharon Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, and Amana Academy are hosting Camp Invention sessions this year. Learn more at the Camp Invention website here: https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention

Looking for other fun summer activities in Forsyth County? Comment below or email kbondwriter@gmail.com to let us know!

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