Summer Camp is around the corner; classes are filling up quickly. If your tween or teen is looking for something exciting, we’ve got three ideas for you here!
UGA Summer Academy Youth Camps
Summer Academy Youth Camps are designed to allow kids to live out their dreams. Middle and High School students get hands-on, concrete experience in such areas as comic book design, video game development, sewing and more. Many classes are full already, so be sure to sign up soon, and bookmark the site for next year! Click here to read more about some of the UGA summer camp programs: 365atlantafamily.com/UGASummerAcademy
Camp Kingfisher offers programs for ages 4 and older. Rising 8th and 9th graders head over to their travel program! New for 2015 campers can choose the Made for the Mountains woodland excursion or the Riverbank Adventure trek for a wet and wild time. Both options include an offsite overnight stay at a Georgia State Park or in the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area. Whether your kiddo enjoys caving or river snorkeling, mountain biking or kayaking, the Kingfisher travel program is for them! You can read more about Camp Kingfisher’s seven unforgettable summer camp experiences here: 365atlantafamily.com/CampKingfisher
If your kiddo is 11-14 and has a passion for peace and social justice, then head to Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm in rural South Georgia. Koinonia Farm was a critical site during the Civil Rights Movement. It continues to inspire social change through its example of community and its innovations in sustainable agriculture. In this setting Peacebuilders Camp welcomes youth from all over to learn, play, live, and serve together for a week overnight camp.
Peacebuilders Camp fosters rich discussions of global issues while tackling the same issues at the local level, and consistently applying the concepts to the campers’ own lives. They teach this through conversations, games, activities, stories, field trips, and service projects, but also recognize that much of the learning at camp happens organically as a result of our campers’ diversity and their own interest in reaching across lines of difference.
If this appeals to your teen who is older than 14, I encourage them to reach out to Peacebuilders as well…they are seeking teen leaders.
If you are looking for additional Summer Camp ideas, please check out my 2015 Summer Camp Guide, with over 350 camps listed.