By Natalie Simms
With the end of the school year on the horizon, summer planning is well under way. There are endless opportunities for kids from day camps to overnight trips, from sports to music to outdoor adventures. There are even some unique options for studying history, making pottery and even a new engineering creations camp.
Bartow History Museum
Located in downtown Cartersville, the Bartow History Museum offers a number of fun, historical themed camps for kids. There will be week-long camps for ages 5-8 on June 18-22 (Pirate Camp) or July 23-27 (Back to One Room School Camp) and for ages 8-12 on June 4-8 (Dig for Victory Camp) or July 16-20 (Monsters & Mythology Camp). Camps are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. Cost is $90 for members and $100 for not-yet-members. If you can’t do all week, you can also sign-up by the day for $20 for members and $25 for not-yet-members. For camp details and to register, visit http://bartowhistorymuseum.org/education/camps/ or call 770-382-3818.
Berry hosts a number of sports camps through their Athletic Department. Camps available include baseball, basketball, softball, equestrian, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Visit http://www.berryvikings.com/information/Camps/index for the complete list and details.
Darlington offers a combination of traditional day camps and specialty sports camps, including some overnight camps. Day camps include those focused on sports, arts, technology and academics. Returning again this year is the Maker Challenge Camp for those interested in making engineering creations for rising third to seventh grades, June 18-22. 11 camps to choose from. Visit http://www.darlingtonschool.org/summer/ for a complete list of camps, dates, cost and registration. Phone: 1-800-36-TIGER.
- The Darlington Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball camp will be June 4-7 from 1-4 p.m. in the Huffman Center. The camp is for boys and girls ages 6-14 and the cost is $75 and includes a camp T-shirt. For more: Bradley Pierson at email@example.com
Kindermusik at Berry College
Kindermusik offers a number of musical opportunities for kids from newborn to 9 years old. Summer classes are available for newborn-3 years old and that meet weekly from May 29-June 14, plus they offer a family time. For older kids, there are weeklong day camp sessions in June and July for ages 3-9. All classes and camps meet at the Ford Complex. There is a $5 savings off fees if you register by May. 1. To see the complete list of offerings and to register, visit http://www.berry.edu/kindermusik/.
LakePoint Sports Complex
LakePoint Sporting Community offers Camp LakePoint, week-long camps where campers will get sports instruction, themed arts and crafts, themed science experiments, field trips, Clip ‘N Climb, and Putt Putt golf. Every week is themed differently. There will be 7-week long sessions from June 4-July 27 (no camp week of July 4). Camp is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $185 per week with discounts for additional weeks. Details. New this year is a Brazillian Indoor Soccer Camp on June 4-8, June 18-22 or July 15-18 for ages 5-14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Details. LakePoint is also offering a co-ed Basketball Day Camp from June 4-7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for grades 3-10. Cost is $190. Details. There will also be a Falcon Fencing Summer Camp offering at LakePoint on July 16-18. Two camp offerings: Jedi Camp for ages 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $125 or the Summer Intensive camp for beginners to intermediate levels (ages 12+) from 1-5 p.m. for $195. To register
Pottery by Lisa
Local artist Lisa Brown Ingram will be hosting a kids’ pottery camp this summer through her Pottery by Lisa business, 205 Hood Drive. This year’s camp will be June 11-15 from 8:45-11:45 a.m. for ages 7-11. Cost is $225 and includes all materials, snacks and firings. Click here to register: http://www.potterybylisa.com/classes/
The Rome Braves will host our annual Baseball Camp on July 19-21 (time to be determined). The cost is $150 per camper and the camp is open to children ages 4-14. Each camper will receive:
- Instruction by members of the 2017 Rome Braves Baseball Team and Staff
- Individual instruction on baseball fundamentals
- One ticket to the game each night of camp
- On-field recognition prior to the June 15 game
- Official camp t-shirt and lunch served daily
- Certificate of Achievement
- Call the Rome Braves ticket office at 706-378-5100 for more information and to register.
Rome Civic Ballet
Rome Civic Ballet offers weeklong day camps for ages 2 through rising 6th graders. Dance camp gives campers the opportunity to experience dance from class to performance. No previous dance experience is necessary to enjoy dance camp and dance shoes are available to borrow. Camp includes ballet, tap, dance games, arts and crafts and a performance at the end of the week. Camp dates will be June 18-22, June 25-29 or July 19-13 with various times between 9 a.m. and noon. There is also an Intermediate Dance Workshop for rising 7th-9th graders on July 9-13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $90. Register online at www.romecivicballet.com by clicking on “Class Registration” in upper right corner (starting April 16).
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Department
Parks and Rec is offering a variety of day camps at a number of locations in the county. Camp offerings include the new Road Trip camp, sports, gymnastics, kid vs. wild outdoors adventures, Camp Glam, Lego Nerf camp, Camp Goodtimes and Camp Anthony. Complete camp information is online at https://www.rfpra.com/. Phone: 706-291-0766.
- Kid vs. Wild-Outdoor Camp
In partnership with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department and Floyd County Wildlife Association, the participants will enjoy a week of outdoor adventures. Activities include fishing, archery, outdoor fire safety, wildlife indemnification, nature crafts, SWAT and more.
Ages: 8-12, Dates: June 18-22 or July 16-20, Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cost: $130.
- Camp GoodTimes
Camp GoodTimes is designed to provide a fun day camp experience for special needs participants ages 6-21. Camp activities include swimming, bowling, arts and crafts, field trips and more.
Date: June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13. Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cost: $100, Location: Fielder Center
- Traditional Summer Camp (Camp Anthony Adventure Camps)
Choose one week or join us for the entire summer! Each week has a central them and will include a field trip, swimming, recreational games, contests and more.
Ages: 5-12, Dates: May 29-Aug. 1, Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Cost: $100/week pre-registration or $120 day of, plus sibling discounts. Location: Anthony Recreation Center
- Lego-Nerf Camp (at Thornton Center)
Campers will enjoy using their imaginations building LEGO creations and releasing their energy in Nerf Wars while building teamwork and communications skills with organized LEGO builds, free play, crafts, Nerf games and more. A light snack will be provided.
Ages: 6-12, Date: June 18-22, Time: 9 a.m. to noon, Cost: $90.
- Road Trip Camp (meet at Main Office on Shorter Avenue)
This one-week camp will include trips to White Water, LakePoint Station, Terminus Aqua Park, the Rome Braves, Colosseum Escape Room, High Point indoor rock climbing and Berry BOLD. Lunch provided 3 out of 5 days.
Ages: 9-13, Dates: July 23-27, Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cost: $275.
Rome Little Theatre
Rome Little Theatre will be offering a summer camp to “immerse young actors in the world of theater.” This year’s camp is “Broadway on Broad Street” and will be June 11-15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 6-16. Led by veteran educators, students will be grouped by age and will spend each day rotating through classes in musical theatre vocal technique, choreography, scene study, and improvisation. Cost is $180 and includes lunch daily and a t-shirt. Registration links and a full list of classes and workshops are available at romelittletheatre.com. For more information, call the theatre at 706-295-7171.
The YMCA offers two options for kids. Kinder Camps is for ages 3-5 and is designed for the younger child and includes daily swim lessons, arts & crafts and supervised playtime. Kinder Camp is offered as half-day or full-day program. Day Camp is for ages 6-13 and provides a full day of fun at YMCA Camp Bryant. Camp includes archery range, playing fields, nature trails, learning labs, group fitness, gardening as well as swimming. Exact dates and times are not yet available. Visit https://ymcarome.org/programs/camp/ for session dates and registration. Phone: 706-232-2468.
Shorter University offers a number of sports camps for boys and girls. Athletic camps include baseball and softball. Click here for complete list and details.
The Grand Theatre
Located in downtown Cartersville, The Grand Theatre has been a cultural landmark since 1929. The Grand Theatre offers three different musical-theatre camps for elementary (completed grades 2-4) on either June 18-22 or June 25-29, middle (completed grades 5-7) on June 4-15, and high school (grades 7-12) on July 9-27. Campers will learn basic theatre skills and rehearse a musical that will be performed at the end of camp. Visit http://thegrandtheatre.org/ for camp information. To register, call 770-386-7343, or go by The Grand Theatre Ticket office at 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville.
WinShape Foundation offers both traditional and adventure overnight camps for boys and girls completing grades 1-11. Campers participate in a number of outdoor and indoor activities, including evening Bible studies and activities. They offer a 1-week camp for girls completing grades 1-8 at Young Harris College and grades 9-12 at Cohutta Springs, in addition to their traditional 2-week camp at WinShape Campus at Berry for completing grades 1-11. There is also 1-week camp for boys (grades 1-6) at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga. and 2-week overnight camps for boys offered at WinShape Campus at Berry for completing grades 1-11. For more information, call 1-800-448-6955, ext. 1120 or visit http://camps.winshape.org/ . Registration is available online.
WinShape Camps for Community
Whether you like soccer, science, or anything in between, there is something for everyone at WinShape Camps for Communities. This one week day camp for completed grades 1-6 combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship with professionally trained staff provided by WinShape Camps. There will be two camp offerings in Northwest Georgia this summer: Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church, 735 Old Summerville Rd., Rome on July 2-6 for $164 or Rockmart High School, 990 Cartersville Hwy., June 11-15 for $214. Register online