Decatur/Avondale Estates Patch 2013 Summer Camp Guide

Make sure you get your kids registered now to get them out of the house and exploring their talents!

The bright sunshine and recent warm temps of late are reminders that summer is just around the corner. That means it’s time to sign up the little ones for summer camps to keep them busy, stimulated and refraining from the dreaded summer whine of “I’m bored!”

Here’s Patch’s roundup of regional summer camps that may be a perfect fit for your kids.

City of Decatur Summer Special Interest and Day Camps

Day camps are offered in one-week sessions at Glenlake Park, McKoy Park, and Decatur Rec Center. Special Interest Camps are offered throughout the summer during the weeks when City Schools of Decatur are not in session.

Ages: rising Kindergarteners to eighth-graders

Dates: vary per specific camp

Costs: varies, but financial aid is offered in some cases


YMCA Day Camps

You can always visit your local YMCA to find out about summer camp offerings for your little ones.
Find YMCA camps in you area.


Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

The Girl Scouts offer all kinds of overnight and day camps for girls of all ages.

Learn about each of the various Girl Scout camps on the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta website.


Westminster Schools Camps

Check out all the summer camps offered by Westminster: arts, baseball, Camp Wildcats, golf, Leadership in Training, robotics, sports, sports intensive, summer day camps, tennis, theatre advanced, theatre intensive. Westminster also offers before and after care during the summer. 

Ages: grades K-12

Dates & Times: vary per session

Cost: $700 per session


The Galloway School Summer Camps

The Galloway School offers a variety of summer camps, including unique ones like video game programming camp, for children ages 3-14. The camps are each a weeklong and are designed to help children explore their various interests and talents.

Ages 3-14

Dates & Times vary per each weeklong session

Cost: $200 and up


Pace Academy Summer Camps

Pace Academy offers three general summer camps for specific age groups as well as specialty camps, like the two-week Dangerous Camp for Boys and Girls, which costs $700.

Ages 3 ½ -high school seniors

Dates & Times vary per session

Costs: $175-$750


Camp Can-I-Cook

Does your little one adore her or his Easy Bake Oven? Is she or he like a shadow while you’re making dinner in the kitchen, just desperate to help out? Camp Can-I-Cook is offered by the Young Chefs Academy of Sandy Springs.

Ages: 4-15

Dates: vary per each session

Costs: $175- $285 


Fernbank Summer Camp 2013

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is offering various weeklong summer camps. According to its website, educators will guide campers on an exploration of the scientific world: ecology, paleontology, entomology and more. A low counselor-to-camper ratio ensures your child’s safety while providing a unique one-on-one learning experience.

Ages: rising kindergarteners to fifth-graders

Dates: vary per session

Times: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., depending on program (Aftercare is also available for additional costs.)

Costs: $350 for nonmembers and $300 for members


Safari Day Camps at Zoo Atlanta

The Summer Safari Day camps offered at Zoo Atlanta gives children a hands-on learning experience about wildlife and nature. There are full-day and half-day camp options available as well as aftercare.

Ages: potty-trained 4-rising fifth-graders

Dates: May 28 - August 9

Nonmember Costs: $175 for half-day; $295 for full day



Tucker Taekwondo Center Summer Camp 2013

Participants will enjoy instruction in traditional Taekwondo forms (Palgwe) and sparring (Olympic Style). Master Wallace Taylor will be teaching all weapons seminars! All participants will learn Nanchaku, Bojutsu(Staff) and Bokken(Sword)!

Ages: 5-16

Dates: Session 1: June 24-28; Session 2: July 8-12

Times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Costs: $250 if you register before April 30


Down to Earth Summer Camp

Children get to take part in a wide variety of activities that includes: gardening, crafts, games, cultural enrichment, music, Capoeira, storytelling, African history & art, dance, field trips, and weekly visits to the swimming pool.

Ages: 4-12

Dates: not yet available for 2013

Times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Costs: $875 (based on 2012 costs)

Did we miss a great camp that people should know about? Add it in the comments area below this article.

Natalie Snedden March 13, 2013 at 01:44 PM
The First Baptist Church offers great camps at a REASONABLE price which parents can afford. $200/week. http://www.fbcdecatur.com/camp
Fiona Thompson March 13, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Another great local summer camp offering @ The Friends Schools of Atlanta and their Summer Arts Program located 862, Columbia Drive, Decatur and a favorite for Decatur families. http://www.friendsschoolatlanta.org/programs/summercamp.aspx
Rachel May May 03, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Check out Synchronicity Theatre's Playmaking for Kids camp - www.synchrotheatre.com.
Priscila Benson March 20, 2014 at 02:17 AM
Check out Oak Tree Camps - https://www.facebook.com/oaktreecamps They offer full and half day programs at Emory University (and one week at Clayton State University). Seriously awesome program that focuses on the interests and development of campers. They also go on really fun field trips to different venues in Atlanta. Highly recommended!


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