Editor’s Note: As of press time, all the information in this story was accurate. But, as we know, things with COVID-19 can change rapidly. Please be sure to check directly with the camps concerning cancellation and refund policies or any changes to programming prior to registering.
Who knows what the summer holds, really, but if you’re feeling like you’ve been in camp counsellor mode since, oh, maybe March of 2019? This list’s for you. Atlanta’s summer camp scene is always stellar, and this summer is no different. You can find everything from sports and science to circus and safari—and more—to suit every interest. So while the situation can always change, we’ve checked in on the status of some of Atlanta’s favorite summer camps so you can get your ducks in a row for when (and if) the time comes. Keep reading for our roundup of favorites and their statuses, below.
Club SciKidz is committed to offering programming that demonstrates how science works in the real world. Camps are filled with activities in veterinary medicine, robotics, forensics, video game creation, food science, paleontology, engineering, chemistry and biology, astronomy, oceanography, emergency medicine, and special effects.
Dates: Registering now for camps to begin June 1, 2021
In the meantime: Get awesome experiments and projects delivered to your door by Club SciKids with their monthly science and tech subscription boxes for kids.
High Touch – High Tech Science / STEM Camps
You may recognize them from your kids' favorite days at in-person school (back when that was a thing). High Touch - High Tech is known for their curriculum enriching experiments and activities in the classroom, and now you can set up camp in your home, clubhouse, park, community center, or even basement. Customizable for morning or afternoon programs, you can also opt for even a POD-style day camp option.
Ages: Elementary & Middle School
In the Meantime: Check out their offering of "come-to-you" camps here, and start planning! They also offer at-home summer camp kits, which you can watch for on Facebook.
Camp Invention's nationally-acclaimed STEM summer camp provides in-person and at-home opportunities to take on fun, hands-on challenges that build confidence, collaboration and creative problem solving.
In the meantime: Made for kids with big imaginations and a love of tinkering, Innovation Exploration Kits™ deliver some of the best Camp Invention® activities for at-home fun and learning.
If you're looking for a camp where you can drop your kids off in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day sweaty, dirty, and happy, this is the old-school style summer camp for you. With woodworking, cooking, crafts, swimming, and more, Haverty Hollow has been churning out summer memories since the '70s.
Dates: Starting June 1
In the meantime: Registration is underway for Frog Hollow Camp, for ages 5 – 10, held at the East Beechwood location. Use the Contact Us page to request registration forms. A preschool camp that's traditionally held at the Garden Hills Recreation Center is still up in the air, and availability will depend on whether city facilities can open or rent their space.
1225 E. Beechwood Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
Camp Kingfisher at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Looking for summer adventure for all? In addition to traditional camp programs like hiking, canoeing, and swimming, campers at Camp Kingfisher get immersed in the beauty of nature and wildlife with hands-on experiences. Activities and themes encourage personal growth, teamwork, and environmental stewardship in campers. Camp Kingfisher’s 7 session themes determine the content of live animal encounters, science exploration activities, and educational hikes.
Ages: 4 year olds to 9th grade
Dates: Starting June 1
In the meantime: Current 5-year-olds to 7th graders can get to enjoy spring time at CNC at the Camp Kingfisher 5-day outdoor spring break camp experience. Registration begins for spring break camp on March 2.
9135 Willeo Rd.
Safari Day Camp at Zoo Atlanta
Explore the amazing living resources of the Zoo! Campers will be immersed in hands-on learning about nature leading to a deeper connection to wildlife and wild places, all while having fun and making friends. Safari Camp provides an immersive, educational experience in a unique setting. It’s more than a camp; it’s a personal exploration of our place in the natural world.
Dates: Starting June 1
In the meantime: Keep up-to-date on important camp dates by checking on Zoo Atlanta's Facebook page.
800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Roots & STEMs
Roots & STEMs offers nature immersion camps to help kids get Back To Earth through nature exploration, farming, outdoor play, and nature appreciation.
Dates: TBD for 2021
In the meantime: Check their Facebook page for Summer 2021 announcements, and to see pictures from summers past.
5110 Jekyll Rd.
Cumming, GA 30040
Junior TreeKeeper Camp
Camp will be onsite and in-person based out of Tree Atlanta's Kendeda Center building. Campers will learn about their natural world and explore the outdoors. Kids will spend time doing hands-on activities in environmental science, biking along the Atlanta BeltLine, taking field trips to local attractions, and more.
Ages: Grades 1-6
Dates: Registration is open, and camps align with Atlanta Public Schools' calendar.
In the meantime: Kids can learn about the urban forrest anywhere with Tree Atlanta's virtual youth programming.
225 Chester Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30316
Art Camp at The High
Dive into art this summer at the High! Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries, create original artworks, and showcase their masterpieces in a special exhibition each week. Campers will learn about the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions while honing their skills in drawing, painting, and design.
Ages: Rising 1st through 8th
In the meantime: To sign up for a membership and receive 25% off Art Camp registration, visit The High's Membership page.
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
One of Atlanta's most unique summer camps has gone virtual! When you register for a 3-month Circus-In-A-Box series, your children are sent a box full of supplies, surprises, props, projects, and more. A series of 10 videos encompasses many of the activities taught at Circus Camp since 1992.
Easy Going Sewing
Price includes instruction, fabric, and supplies. The number of projects each student finishes during a week of camp will depend upon the skill level of the student and the difficulty of the projects they choose. There will be six students maximum per classroom.
Deets: Drop-off is from 8-9 a.m. Sewing is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with breaks to play and eat lunch.
4046 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta
Leap Parkour Camp
This summer, let them bounce off someone else's walls at LEAP parkour camp. Parkour is moving through any given environment using efficient movements. At camp, you'll learn to perform vaults over obstacles, scale walls, and jump over long spaces.
3580 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd.
Atlanta Falcons Flag Football Camp
The Atlanta Falcons Summer Camps offer young players the unique opportunity to learn new skills through the official Atlanta Falcons flag football curriculum and get closer to the team they love!
Note: This camp is facilitated by the Atlanta Falcons organization, but the camp itself is held at various sites throughout the metro area.
Atlanta Braves Baseball Camp
Braves Baseball Camps presented by Mizuno offer young ballplayers the unique opportunity to learn new skills through the official Braves Camp curriculum while getting closer to their favorite team than ever before! Join us for nonstop baseball fun with an emphasis on teamwork, attitude, and healthy competition.
In the meantime: Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Optional extended day programs are available before and after camp beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 6 p.m. You can also register for semi-private lessons which run after camp until 4 p.m.
Summer Camp at Piedmont Park
Each EnviroVentures Summer Camp session features outdoor sports and recreation, exploration of the Park’s wetlands and lake, Wheels Day Fridays (bring your bike or scooter!), arts and crafts, park stewardship, special programs and much more! During our EnviroVentures Summer Camp all full day campers participate in daily swimming at our Aquatics Center.
Ages: 5-13, and counselor in trainers from 11-13
In the meantime: Assuming it is allowed under any state and city guidelines that are in effect in the summer, camp will happen at Piedmont Park. Please check the website for an update on registration in February.
1071 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Summer Camp at Chastain Horse Park
Summer campers enjoy hands-on activities, from horse bathing to bareback riding, and are full of team playing where students are able to develop confidence, leadership, and friendships.
In the meantime: Beginners through advanced students can take private lessons for fun, competition and the love of the horse. With over 20 school horses and ponies, CHP has animals for all abilities and personalities. The minimum age is 6 years old.
4371 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30327
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