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Summer camp guide: Options include art, sports, outdoors, theater, dance, history
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Youths participating in the Real Interactive Summer Learning Experience camp celebrate a team win during the six-week program that accepts rising first- through sixth-graders.

Parents of little girls who like to dress as princesses or little boys who want to don first century Roman armor can find a summer camp in North Georgia that’s perfect for their children.

Registration season for summer camps is underway. Gainesville and Hall County have camps varying in activity, length and price to fit a child’s camp needs. Whether it’s a traditional sports camp, a chance to explore nature or a week of theater training, parents can find the perfect activity to engage their child this summer.

Gainesville/Hall County

Quinlan summer art camps

“The Art of Illustration:” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27 to July 1, July 4-8, July 11-15, July 18-22 and July 25-29 at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Cost is $125 per week, or $100 for members.

New Pottery Camp: 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $25 per child per day. The pottery project may be taken home at the end of the day.

Scholarships are available for Quinlan summer art camps. First- through eighth-grade students with exemplary artistic skills who cannot afford camp may apply. Scholarship forms are due Friday, May 20.

For more information and to register, call 770-536-2575, visit www.qvac.org or info@qvac.org.

Alicats Dance Camps

“Pretty Princess Camp:” For girls ages 3-7 from 8 a.m. to noon June 27-30. Come dressed as a princess, make crafts and learn a dance to perform for parents at the end of the week. Cost is $40 per day or $149 for the week at Alicats Dance and More, 3616 Atlanta Highway Flowery Branch. For more information, visit alicatsd.ipower.com/new.

Born to Perform “Seussical Camp:” For girls ages 5 and older. Two weeks of camp are available, July 18-22 and July 25-29. Half-day sessions are from 8 a.m. to noon and full-day sessions are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs vary by week and length of day from $199 for one, half-day week to $499 for two full-day weeks. For more information, visit alicatsd.ipower.com/new.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County

Summer Camp: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6 through July 15. Cost is $150 for one child, $200 for two children, or $75 per child for three children or more. For $50, children can participate in an extra week, July 18-22. Camp is running at all four locations and includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

For more information or to register, call 770-532-8102 or visit www.boysgirlsclubs.com.

Northeast Georgia History Center

“Time Travel Summer:” 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in two sessions, June 6-10 and June 13-17 at the history center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Cost is $100 or $75 for History Center members. A 15 percent discount is applied to the cost of siblings. Campers will march in Roman armor, cook in medieval cauldrons and make Native American pottery.

For more information, contact Rachel Phillips at 770-297-5900 or rphillips@brenau.edu.

DreamBox Theatre

“Night at the Zoo” June 20-24 and “Fairy Tale Rock” July 11-15 at the Academies of Discovery, 3215 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville. Both camps run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Register elementary children in rising first through sixth grade by May 1 for “early bird” tuition cost of $160.

Basketball Camp

“Bounce Out the Stigma” Camp from “Mighty Mike” Simmel, 13-year Harlem Wizards professional basketball player, in partnership with Hall County Parks and Leisure. Special needs youth from across the state invited 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 to July 1 at the North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville. Registration is $45.

For more information and registration, visit www.bounceoutthestigma.org.

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

Pet P.A.L.S Summer Camp:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13–17 and July 11-15 for ages 7-9 and June 20–24 and July 18-22 for ages 10-12 at Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, 845 West Ridge Road, Gainesville. Activities include animal interaction and training, guest speakers and crafts. Cost is  $185 and includes T-shirt. Space is limited.

Register online or call 770-532-6617.

Elachee Nature Science Center

Summer Camps 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 through July 29. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. PreK $120 member/$140, elementary schoolers for kindergarten through fifth grade $130 member/$150, middle schoolers for grade sixth through eighth, $175 member/$195. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis. Extended care offered morning and afternoons for additional fee.

Get more information online or call 770-535-1976

Day Camps

Gainesville Parks and Rec

Discovery Day Camp: ages 6-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 to July 22. Extended hours available. Cost is $85 for residents and $115 for nonresidents. Camp at Gainesville Middle School,1581 Community Way. Campers can stay the whole summer or as little as one week. Breakfast, lunch and swim lessons included. 

Horizon Camp: ages 6-12, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 23-27. Cost is $65 for residents, $90 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Martha Hope Cabin, 528 Prior St. NE.

Kids on the Go Travel Camp: ages 6-12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 23-27. Some extended hours available. Cost is $150 for residents, $200 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St.

Camp Kazoo: ages 6-12, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 25-29. Cost is $65 for residents, $90 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Martha Hope Cabin, 528 Prior St. NE.

Summer’s End Travel Camp: ages 6-12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 25-29. Some extended hours available. Cost is $150 for residents, $200 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St.

Get more information online or call 770-531-2680.

J. A. Walters YMCA

Rising kindergarten through sixth grade camps’ cost per week is $110 for members and $135 for nonmembers. The J.A. Walters YMCA is at 2455 Howard Road in Gainesville. Camps are also available at Flowery Branch Elementary School, 5544 Radford Road in Flowery Branch.

May 31 to June 3: Super Heroes

June 6-10: Safari/Animal Adventures

June 13-17: Wild West/Gold Rush

June 20-24: Dinosaurs/Jurassic

June 27 to July 1: Medieval Knights and Princesses

July 5-8: Under the Sea/Pirate Adventure

July 11-15: Sports

July 18-22: Color Wars

July 25-29: Wet & Wild/Aloha

Aug. 1-4: Science

Rising ninth and 10th grade Leaders In Training Camp’s cost per week is $80 for members and $105 for nonmembers. Offered at the J.A. Walters Family YMCA. Camp requires a four week commitment.

Lakewood Baptist Church at 2235 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville is available as a drop-off and pick-up location to the J.A. Walters camps.

Get more information online or call 770-297-9622.

Sports Camps

J.A. Walters YMCA

Baseball: ages 6-13, June 6-10. Cost is $110 members/$165 nonmembers. Includes a field trip to a Gwinnett Braves game.

Soccer: ages 6-13, June 13-17. Cost is $110 members/$165 nonmembers.

Splish Splash: ages 6-13, June 20-24. Cost is $165 members/$200 nonmembers. Children do not have to be proficient swimmers.

Flag football: ages 7-13, June 27 to July 1. Cost is $110 members/$165 nonmembers. They will visit the Falcons Training Camp facility for a tour.

Mixed Sports: ages 6-13, July 5-8. Cost is $110 members/$165 nonmembers. Each day, campers will get to try out different sports.

Volleyball: ages 10 and older, July 11-15  Cost is $110 members and $165 nonmembers. Campers will learn the basics of serving, setting and working as a team.  Each day the campers will play games.

Basketball: ages 6-13, July 18-22. Cost is $110 members and $165 nonmembers. Campers will travel off site each day to a local gym to work on skills and return to the YMCA to play games.

Bowling: ages 6-13, July 25-29. Cost is $110 members and $165 nonmembers. Campers will travel to a local bowling alley each day and return to the YMCA each afternoon for fun activities.

Call the YMCA at 770-297-9622 for more information.

Gainesville Parks and Rec

Basketball: grades 1-8, 9 a.m. to noon June 6-9. Cost is $85 for residents and $115 for nonresidents. Camp will be at City Park, 525 Prior St. NE, Gainesville. Bring glove, bat, water bottle and a snack.

Softball: grades 1-8, 9 a.m. to noon June 6-9. Cost is $80 for residents and $110 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Gainesville High School softball field, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Bring glove, bat and water bottle.

Lacrosse: ages 4-15, 10 a.m. to noon June 14-16. Cost is $65 for residents and $90 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Cabbell Field at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville.

Fishing: ages 8 and older, 9 a.m. to noon June 20-24. Cost is $65 for residents and $90 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Allen Creek Soccer Complex, 2500 Allen Creek Road, Gainesville. Bring equipment, bait, water bottle and snack.

Pee Wee All Sports Camp: ages 4 and 5, 10 a.m. to noon June 27 to July 1. Cost is $35 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Camp will be at City Park, 525 Prior St. NE, Gainesville.

Soccer: ages 4-10, 10 a.m. to noon July 11-14. Cost is $65 for residents and $90 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Cabbell Field at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville. Bring soccer ball, shin guards and water bottle.

Volleyball: ages 9-14, 10 a.m. to noon July 11-15. Cost is $65 for residents and $90 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Gainesville High School’s gymnasium, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Bring knee pads and water bottle.

Swim: ages 6 and older, 9 a.m. to noon July 11-14. Cost is $60 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville.

Cheer: ages 5-11, 9 a.m. to noon July 18-20. Cost is $75 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville School of Gymnastics, 112 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Backyard Sports Camp: ages 8-14, 10 a.m. to noon July 25-29. Cost is $90 for residents and $120 for nonresidents. Camp will be at City Park, 525 Prior St. NE, Gainesville.

For more information, call 770-531-2680 or visit www.gainesville.org/camps.

Specialty camps

Gainesville Parks and Rec

Baton camp: ages 4 and older, 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6-10. Extended hours are available. Cost is $75 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Gainesville Middle School, 1581 Community Way.

Pre-ballet camp: ages 3 and older, 9 a.m. to noon June 6-10. Cost is $110 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE.

Vet camp: three sessions for ages 6-12, 8:30 a.m. to noon June 6-10; 12:30-4 p.m. June 27 to July 1; and 12:30-4 p.m. July 18-22. Cost is $100 for residents and $135 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE.

Under the sea art camp: ages 3-10, 9 a.m. to noon June 13-17. Cost is $150 for residents and $200 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE.

Princess camp: ages 4-8, 8:30 a.m. to noon June 13-17. Cost is $125 for residents and $170 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE.

Camp escape: ages 11-14, 12:30-4:30 p.m. June 20-24. Cost is $135 for residents and $170 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE.

Pre-engineering Lego camp: ages 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to noon June 27 to July 1. Cost is $150 for residents and $195 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville.

Engineering fundamentals Lego camp: ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m. June 27 to July 1. Cost is $150 for residents and $195 for nonresidents. Camp will be at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville.

Chef camp: two sessions for ages 6-12, 9 a.m. to noon June 27 to July 1 and July 11-15. Cost is $90 for residents and $120 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE.

Outdoor adventure camp: two sessions for ages 8-12, 8:30 a.m. to noon June 20-24 and 12:30-4:30 p.m. July 11-15. Cost is $125 for residents and $170 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE.

Once upon a time camp: ages 4-8, 8:30 a.m. to noon July 18-22. Cost is $100 for residents and $135 for nonresidents. Camp will be at the Martha Hope Cabin, 528 Prior St. NE.

For more information, call 770-531-2680 or visit www.gainesville.org/camps.

University of North Georgia — Gainesville campus

Fencing camp: ages 13 and older, 9 a.m. to noon June 6-9 at the Gainesville campus gymnasium in the Hugh Mills physical education building. Cost is $129.

Batik bears camp: ages 5 and older, 9 a.m. to noon June 6-9 in room 108 of the Dunlap/Mathis building. Cost is $129.

Volleyball camp: ages 10-17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13-16 at the Gainesville campus gymnasium in the Hugh Mills physical education building. Cost is $129.

Pottery camp: ages 9-15, 9 a.m. to noon June 13-17 and June 20-24 in room 110 of the Dunlap/Mathis building. Cost is $159.

Arts and animals camp: ages 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon June 13-16 in room 108 of the Dunlap/Mathis building. Cost is $129.

Create like the masters camp: ages 5-8, 9 a.m. to noon June 20-24 in room 108 of the Dunlap/Mathis building. Cost is $139.

Creative writing camp: fourth through sixth grade, 9 a.m. to noon July 11-14 in room 128 of the Dunlap/Mathis building. Cost is $129.

Basketball camp: grades K-5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11-14 at the Gainesville campus gymnasium in the Hugh Mills physical education building. Cost is $129.

Calligraphy camp: grades 5-8, 10 a.m. to noon July 11-13 in room 122 of the Dunlap/Mathis building. Cost is $99.

Tennis camp: ages 7-17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18-21 at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus tennis courts. Cost is $129.

Paint and glaze pottery camp: ages 9-15, 9 a.m. to noon July 18-21 in room 110 of the Dunlap/Mathis building. Cost is $129.

Driver’s education and swimming lessons also available through the summer.

Register and view full camp schedule

Lumpkin County

The Holly Theater

Ages 12-18: Senior Performance Camp, Technical Theater Camp and Teen Improv Camp from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6-17. Cost is $250 for the week or $180 for additional students from the same family.

Ages 3 1/2 to 5: “The Lion King Jr.” Mini Exploration Camp from 10 a.m. to noon June 20-24. Weekly cost is $125.

All other Holly Theater camps are sold out. Waiting lists are available online.

For more information or to register, visit www.hollytheater.com.  

White County

North Georgia Zoo

“Junior Zookeeper Day Camp” July 25-27, offered in $50 per day half-day sessions 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and $85 per day full-day sessions 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For ages 8 and older. North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland.

For more information and registration, visit www.northgeorgiazoo.com/zoo-day-camp.html

Dawson County

Bowen Center for the Arts

Summer Art Camp at The Bowen: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6-9 and June 13-16, for children ages 6-9 at the Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N, Dawsonville. For more information, call 706-216-2787 or visit www.dawsonarts.org. Tuition is $125.

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