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Looking for summer camps in and around Hall County this year? We have a ton of them
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Kids participate in a summer camp at Elachee Nature Science Center. Photo courtesy of Elachee.

If your children are looking for ways to have fun this summer, there are plenty of opportunities in the area.

Gainesville Parks and Recreation

Parks and Rec offers more summer camps and activities than you could ever imagine. Here is what will be available in 2019. 

Day Camps

  • Horizon Day Camp will give children 6 to 12 years old the chance to do arts and crafts, sports and other group games to keep them active during the summer months.

    • 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 28-31. Cost is $60 for Gainesville residents and $80 for non residents.

  • Discovery Day Camp will give children 6 to 12 years old the chance to learn all different things, including swimming lessons and weekly field trips.

    • 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 3 through July 12. Cost is $90 per week for Gainesville residents and $120 per week for non residents

  • Camp Kazoo Day Camp will give children ages 6 to 12 years old the chance to have “wild and crazy” fun with a variety of different activities, arts and crafts, water games and sports.

    • 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 15-19, July 22-26 and July 29 through Aug. 2. Cost is $70 per week for Gainesville residents and $95 per week for non residents.

Specialty/Travel Camps

  • Kids on the Go Travel Camp for children 6 to 12 years old 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28-31. Cost is $120 for Gainesville residents and $160 for non residents.

  • Air and Space Camp for children 6 to 12 years old 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 10-14, June 24-28 and July 15-19. Cost is $125 per week for Gainesville residents and $170 per week for non residents.

  • Pastry Decorating Camp for children 9 to 15 years old 9:30 a.m. to noon June 10-14. Cost is $200 for Gainesville residents and $260 for non residents.

  • Engineering for Kids Camps for children 4 to 7 years old 9 a.m. to noon for morning camp and 1 to 4 p.m. for afternoon camp June 10-14. Cost is $150 for Gainesville residents and $200 non residents. For both sessions, cost is $250 for Gainesville residents and $330 non residents.

  • Princess Ballet Camp for children 3 to 5 years old 10 a.m. to noon June 17-21. Cost is $130 for Gainesville residents and $170 non residents.

  • Vet Camp for children 6 to 12 years old 8 a.m. to noon June 17-21, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 8-12 and 8 a.m. to noon July 22-26. Cost is $100 per week for Gainesville residents and $135 per week for non residents.

  • Chef Camp for children 6 to 12 years old 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 17-21, 8 a.m. to noon July 8-12 and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 22-26. Cost is $90 per week for Gainesville residents and $120 per week for non residents.

  • Summers-end Travel Camp for children 6 to 12 years old 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22-26 and July 29 through Aug. 2. Cost is $150 per week for Gainesville residents and $200 per week for non residents.

For more information, visit www.gainesville.org/fullpanel/uploads/files/2019-camp-guide.pdf.

J.A. Walters Family YMCA

Traditional camps for children kindergarten through fifth grade cost $110 for members of the YMCA and $135 nonmembers. The camps are available at the J. A. Walters Family YMCA as well as Spout Springs Elementary School and Wauka Mountain Elementary School. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m.

Weekly themes:

  • May 28-31, Escape the Ordinary

  • June 3-7, The Great Adventure

  • June 10-14, Down on the Farm

  • June 17-21, Camp Hollywood

  • June 24-28, Y Wars

  • July 1-5, Stars & Stripes

  • July 8-12, Lost in Space

  • July 15-19, Splish Splash!

  • July 22-26, Wild About Nature

  • July 29 through Aug. 2, Full Steam Ahead

Sunshine Pre-K Camp will be offered for 3- and 4-year-olds only at the J. A. Walters Family YMCA. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost for five-day participants is $50 per week for members and $65 for non members. Cost for three-day participants is $30 per week for members and $45 for nonmembers.

Rising sixth- through eighth-graders can enroll in teen camp at J. A. Walters Family YMCA, Spout Springs Elementary School and Wauka Mountain Elementary School. Cost is $110 for members and $135 for non members.

Leaders in Training Camp is available for rising ninth- and 10th-graders. Cost is $50 per week and participants are required to register for a minimum of five weeks.

For more information, visit www.gamountainsymca.org/summercamp2019.

Quinlan Summer Art Camp

Heroes of Art Camp is divided by grade level — rising first- and second-graders, third- and fourth-graders, fifth-graders and up — and offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One-week sessions cost $110 for members and $135 for non members.

Two-week sessions are $205 for members and $255 for non members.

Session dates:

  • Session 1: June 3-7

  • Session 2: June 10-14

  • Session 3: June 17-21

  • ​Session 4: June 24-28

  • Session 5: July 1-5

  • Session 6: July 8-12

  • Session 7: July 15-19

  • Session 8: July 22-26

Quinlan will also host a Summer Art Camp for children 13-years-old and up from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Sessions are $100 per child per session.

Session dates:

  • June session: June 18-22

  • July session: July 9-13​​

​Summer Clay Camp is also available for children 4 to 14 years old. Tuesdays are for ages 4 to 6 years old, Wednesdays and Thursdays are for ages 7 to 14 years old.

Cost is $25 each day and students get to take home their creations to paint.

For more information, visit www.quinlanartscenter.org/summer-art-camp.

Elachee Nature Science Center

Kindergarten through sixth-grade day camps are available for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall. Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $170 per child, per week. Elachee members receive a $20 discount.

Pre-K day camp is for children 3 to 5 years old who are not entering kindergarten in the fall. Camp runs from 8 a.m. to noon and is $160 per child, per week. Elachee members receive a $20 discount. Campers will get a condensed version of camp with age-appropriate activities.

Child care after camp is available from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for an extra $60 per camper, per week.

Weekly themes:

  • May 28-31: Water Week

  • June 3-7: Sense of Wonder

  • June 10-14: Habitat Haven

  • June 17-21: Space Week

  • June 24-28: Wet and Wild

  • July 1-3 and 5: Elachee Explorers

  • July 8-12: Mad Science Mayhem

  • July 15-19: Creature Feature

  • July 22-26: Camp Rewind

For more information, visit www.elachee.org/camp-elachee/summer-day-camp

Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier offers a full-day summer camp program for children and young adults 6 to 18 years old. Campers will have the opportunity to take part in activities like arts and crafts, computers, sports and recreation along with numerous academic activities.

Camp is offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cumming Elementary School, Fair Street International Academy, Lula Elementary School, Joseph F. Walters Club, New Holland Knowledge Academy, Positive Place Club, Tadmore Elementary School and Teen Center.

For more information, visit www.boysgirlsclubs.com/what-we-do/summer-camp

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

Pet P.A.L.S Summer Camp at the humane society will give children the chance to gain experience in animal training as well as take part in fun activities and arts and crafts.

There are five week-long camp sessions for different age groups available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Cost is $185 per camper.

Camp Dates:

  • June 17-21, ages 10-12

  • June 24-28, ages 7-9

  • July 8-12, ages 10-12

  • July 15-19, ages 7-9

  • July 22-26, ages 7-12

For more information, visit www.humanesocietyofnortheastgeorgia.org/petpals-summercamp

ALICATS Dance and More

Give your children the chance to go “under the big top” at this carnival-themed summer camp that runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you register your child for six to nine weeks of camp, the cost will be $125 per week. Registering for three to five weeks will cost $135 per week. Both registrations will include extended care from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

Weekly themes:

  • May 28-31: Festival Treats

  • June 3-7: Keep it Up

  • June 10-14: Clowning Around

  • June 17-21: Circus Animals

  • June 24-28: Ring Master

  • July 8-12: Acrobatics

  • July 15-19: The Greatest Showman

  • July 22-26: Carnival Games

  • July 29 through Aug. 2: Life at the Circus

For more information, visit www.alicatsd.ipower.com/new/summer-camps-and-classes-2/summer-camp

Bounce Out The Stigma 2019 Georgia Camp

Give your child the basketball camp experience they’ve always wanted at this special needs youth summer camp 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 to 28.

The camp is for anybody 8 to 21 years old who is challenged with autism, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, learning disabilities, motor difficulties or similar childhood issue.

It will take place at the North Hall Park and Community Center. Cost is $50 per child.

For more information, visit www.bounceoutthestigma.org/special-needs-basketball-camp-ga

ADVANCE Summer Camp

The ADVANCE Summer Camp, June 10-14, offers campers the chance to interact with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and learn through its “Avoiding Drugs, Violence and Negative Choices Early” program.

The camp is free and for children 9 to 12 years old. It will be held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 at Academy Sports and Outdoors on Dawsonville Highway.

For more information, visit www.advance4kids.com/2019-advance-camp.html

Gainesville School of Ballet

There is a wide range of camps available for kids at the Gainesville School of Ballet throughout the summer.

  • Princess Camps include creative movement and choreography instruction. There is a daily art project and snack is included, too. No experience is required.

    • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. June 3-7 and June 24-28 for children 3 and 4 years old. Cost is $100 or $170 for both weeks.

    • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 3-7 and June 24-28 for children 5 to 6 years old. Cost is $115 or $195 for both weeks.​

  • Musical theater workshops offer lessons in ballet, tap, jazz and drama. A performance is scheduled at the end of camp.

    • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 3-7 for children 7 to 10 years old. Cost is $160 or $270 for two weeks.

  • Junior Company Ballet Workshop offers ballet and pointe, conditioning, ballet pantomime, dance history and theory of choreography.

    • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3-7 for children 10 years old and up. Cost is $160 or $270 for two weeks.

  • Junior Company Multi-idiom Workshop offers ballet, jazz and tap.

    • 2 to 5 p.m. June 24-28 for children 10 years old and up. Cost is $160 or $270 for two weeks.

  • Advanced Dancers Workshop offers  ballet and pointe, conditioning, ballet pantomime, contemporary dance history and theory of choreography

    • 1 to 4 p.m. June 3-7 and 2 to 5 p.m. June 24-28. The class is for children 12 years old and up and costs $160 for one week or $270 for two weeks.

  • Summer Intensive will feature guest artists from all over the country that will teach and choreograph works for a spring concert. Dancers will learn ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, pilates and ballet conditioning. Three class levels — trainees, apprentices and juniors — will be offered at the full-day program June 10 through 21. Cost is $700.

For more information, visit www.gainesvilleballet.org/school/summer-programs

Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club

Summer camp at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club will get your children out on the lake, enjoying the sun and water. They’ll learn all about the sport of canoe, kayak and dragon boat. Trained staff and counselors will be on site to make sure everyone is safe and has fun. Life jackets are provided.

Camps are available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19.

Cost for members is $145 per week and $175 for non-members. If you’d like to drop your child off at 8 a.m., an additional $20 per week is required. If you’d like to pick your child up at 5 p.m., an additional $45 per week is required.

Typical daily schedule:

  • 9 a.m. drop-off and group game

  • 9:30 a.m. canoe and kayak exploration and instruction

  • 11:30 a.m. free swim

  • Noon lunch in the shade

  • 1 p.m. group activity/afternoon paddle

  • 3 p.m. pick-up

For more information, visit www.lckc.org/programs/introductory-instructional-programs/summer-camp

First Baptist Church Family Life Center

The Family Life Center offers two camps to help your child learn about all different sports while working on a team.

  • Playball Camp is from 9 a.m. to noon June 17-21 and July 15-19. The camp is for children 3 to 5 years old and costs $150 per week.

  • Summer Sports Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-28. The camp is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade and costs $150 per week.

For more information, visit www.fbcgainesville.org/family-life-center

UNG StarTalk

This Chinese and astronomy camp offers two weeks of summer camp to 24 local and out-of-state rising ninth- through 12th-graders. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required, as students will learn everything they need at the camp.

The program is completely free, but an application must be filled out by May 26 in order to be considered for the camp July 7-20.

For more information, visit www.ungstartalk.weebly.com

Camp Appalachia

The University of North Georgia is hosting a summer camp for students to learn all about 19th-century life in North Georgia. They’ll receive instruction from graduate students and professors about Appalachian arts and culture while doing group projects based on the history they learn.

Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 3-7 at the Vickery House in Dahlonega.

Cost is $125 per camper.

For more information, visit www.ce.ung.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=19SDUNG012

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