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Area summer camps list
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Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club
Lake Lanier Olympic Venue


Canoeing and Kayaking, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. "Come Try It" instruction for beginners, recreational boats for rent to experienced paddlers. our recreation boats are available for rent. Cost: $15 per person for instruction, rentals $15.00 per person per hour.

Monthly paddling events

Moonlight Paddles, 7:30 p.m. May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7. Full moon paddles once a month led by professional instructor, free to club members, $15 nonmembers.

Monthly adult classes

Learn to Kayak, 6-7:30 p.m. May 17, 19, 24, 26; June 13, 17, 20, 24; July 12, 14, 19, 21; Aug. 1, 5, 8, 12; Sept. 13, 15, 20, 22. Cost: $75 per class. Each class includes four coached sessions on basic paddling skills, water safety, exposure to different boats.

Elachee Nature Science Center

June 6-10

Wheel of Animals. Exploring the Animal Kingdom at Elachee. Enjoy crafts, instruction and fun as we learn about one unique critter after another. Pre-K and elementary-age children.

June 13-17

Lightning, Lava and Landslides. Study how the Earth is affected by the weather and climate above and geologic forces below. Pan for gems and minerals and work on map reading and geography skills to search for a "treasure" hidden in the nature preserve. Elementary-aged children.

June 20-24

Slimy, Slithering Ecotherms-Reptiles and Amphibians of Georgia. Meet Elachee's resident snakes, turtles and frogs. Search for salamanders in Elachee's creeks and streams and then take some time to relax and visit with the animals brought to camp by a visiting herpetologist. Pre-K and elementary-aged students.

June 13-17

Wilderness Survival. Discover what it takes to survive in the wilderness. Learn to identify edible plants and other food sources, build shelters and navigate with and without a compass. Middle-school students.

June 27-July 1

Junior Master Naturalists.A look at the plants, animals and natural systems of the Chicopee Woods. Develop compass and mapping skills to navigate the preserve and use GPS devices to locate geocaches hidden deep in the Chicopee Woods. Middle-school students

All camps are $110 for pre-K members, $120 for elementary school members and $135 for middle school members. Nonmembers are an additional $20.

Sautee Nacoochee Center

June 13-17, June 20-24

Summer Day Camp. Experienced camp counselor will create a play with the children. Designing the costumes, painting the set and learning lines will be just part of the fun. The children will produce an end-of-week performance for parents and friends. Each week there will be different activities and a different play. Visual art, games and water play will round out the camp experience. Camp director is Jessi Evans, the Sautee Stars Theatre Education Project and Creative Movement director. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $130 per week for members, $140 for non-members. For children ages 6-12.


May 31

YMCA Day Camp. Designed with a wide range of activities to expand your child's horizons. $10 program membership fee and a $15 registration fee. Each week of camp is $99. There are 11 weekly sessions. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Pre-camp care (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and postcamp care (4-6 p.m.) are available at no additional cost. Ages 4-12.

Gainesville Parks and Recreation 

June 6

Discovery Summer Day Camp. Eight weekly sessions. Weekly fee $80/$70 city resident discount. Pre-camp: 7:30-9 a.m.; camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; post camp: 4-5:30 p.m. Gainesville Middle School. Ages 6-12.

May 31-June 3

Camp Travel-Lotta. Our most popular field trips all in one amazing week. Trips include: Zoo Atlanta, World of Coca Cola, Georgia Aquarium and Fernbank Museum Register by May 16. $134 and $124 for Gainesville residents. Ages 6-12.

June 20-24, July 11-15

Chef Camp. The perfect opportunity to see all the fun things that takes place behind the scenes. Aprons are included as part of the camp. Make pizza, ice cream, bread and more plus sample cuisine at some of your favorite restaurants. Bring snacks and water daily. Trips are subject to change.

9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. $100/$90 city resident discount. Gainesville Civic Center. Registration ends June 10 and July 1. Ages 6-12.

June 27-July 1, July 25-29

Veterinary Camp. See vets in action at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, Elijay Wildlife Preserve, Zoo Atlanta and the Hall County Humane Society. Bring snacks and water daily. Bring sack lunch Friday. Trips are subject to change. 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. $105/$95 city resident discount. Gainesville Civic Center. Registration ends June 23 and July 21. Ages 6-12.

July 5-7

American Red Cross Babysitter Training Camp.This program is designed to educate and prepare young babysitters for the task ahead. Participants must complete the entire program to receive a certificate of completion. This class does not certify campers in First Aid or CPR. Campers should bring a pencil, notebook, lunch, snacks and drinks each day. Campers have the option to swim at Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center at the end of each day. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Thursday. $75/$65 city resident discount. Frances Meadows Center. Registration ends July 1 Ages 11-15.

Hall County Public Library System
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Hall County Parks and Leisure Services

June 13-17

Princess Camp. This camp features fun, arts and crafts, cooking activity, health awareness and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $60, East Hall Community Center. Girls ages 5-10.

July 11-15

Camp Jewels. This camp features fun, arts and crafts, hands on cooking activity, fashion tips, health awareness and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $60, East Hall Community Center. Ages 11-14.

July 11-15

Baton Camp. Learn fun opportunity to perform at local events. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $70, East Hall Community Center. Ages 5 and older.

June 3-9

Hall County Schools eXtreme eXperiences Camp. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lanier Charter Career Academy, 2723 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville. $75. 770-532-3161.

Kids Craft Classes. Once a month on Tuesdays for children ages 5-12. East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davidson Road, Gainesville. $2 per class. 678-450-1540.

Kids Craft Classes. Second Friday of the month for children ages 5-10. Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 J M Turk Road, Flowery Branch. $2 per class. 770-965-7140.

Dustin's Place

June 13-16

Therapeutic Riding Summer Camp. Open to all disabilities, ages 4-12. Therapeutic riding summer camp and weekly therapy lessons. Kids will enjoy learning about horse safety, tacking up, riding for hours while doing therapy activities and enjoying crafts and water play. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Brecht Stables, 6580 Riley Road, Cumming. $250 for the entire week. $50 due at time of registration and the rest due on the first day of the camp.