2014 Summer Camps and Vacation Bible Schools for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

It’s hard to think about summer camps already, but it is just a few months away!

Here is this year’s roundup of 2014 kids summer day camps and vacation bible schools in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

March and April are good planning months as deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Churches in the area host vacation bible school (VBS) as well as summer camps for kids:

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County. Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other area high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

There are also specialty camps like Swim Atlanta. Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps. Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

Brecht Stables & Dustin’s Place - Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Summer camp dates:
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 3-12, June 2-5
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 3-12, June 9-12
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 12-25, June 16-19
Western beginner, June 23-27
Western intermediate, July 7-11
Adult camp beginner, July 26/27
Adult camp intermediate, Aug 2/3

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Campssports and specialty camps (PDF) all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 2 – 6
Art Camp June 9 – 13, June 16 – 20 by age level
Community Service Camp, June 17 – 19
“I Got the Music in Me” Camp, July 7 – 10
Cooking Camp, July 8 & 9
Kupcake Kamp, July 10 & 11
Science/STEM Camp June 23  – 27 & July 21 – 25

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2014 - there are two sessions June 2 – 6 and June 9 – 13. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a FABULOUS STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm Camp – You can now sign up online for your kids aged 8 – 12 to attend Summer Farm Camp, which will be held at the farm from June 23rd – 27th. Farm Camp hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with extended hours available for an additional fee. The cost is $275.00 per child. A deposit of $150.00 is due by June 1 with the balance due on June 10. Children should bring a healthy lunch each day.

They will prepare food from the farm produce for snacks. Cane Creek Farm is a wonderful place for children to “unplug,” experience nature, and learn where food really comes from. The week-long Farm Camp gives children the opportunity to experience life on a sustainable farm by participating in activities such as feeding chickens and gathering eggs, making compost, learning about pollinators and other beneficial insects, planting seeds, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and preparing fresh-picked produce for tasty snacks. In addition, campers will gain a sense of place by exploring creeks, fields, and forests while becoming familiar with the plants and animals that live in our area of Georgia. And of course, they will have plenty of room to run and have fun being children!

A friend recommended Camp Kerusso as her kids went there last summer (1st – 5th grade). It is located off Pilgrim Mill Road at Camp Lanier on FAA Road. Camp Kerusso dates are the weeks of June 2nd, 23rd and 30th, and July 21st and 28th!  It is from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Some sessions are sold out.

Kids and Pros Football Camp in Cumming, GA from June 9 – 11, 2014.

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
WHEN: June 9th-13th, June 23rd-27th, July 21st- July 25th, July 28th – August1st.
FULL DAY CAMP: 9am – 3pm
HALF-DAY CAMP: 9am – 12pm
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

The Girl Scouts have a North, Central and South Forsyth Division. The camps are held at Camp Lanier on FAA Road off Pilgrim Mill Road at Lake Lanier. They also have other day camps and sleepaway camps.

  • Central Forsyth Day Camp Camp Polly Poons – June – FULL
  • ARTrageous Girl Scout Camp July 7 – July 11 – FULL – has openings for camp aides and adult volunteers.  Contact Christine Cooper at clcooper2006 @ netscape . net for additional information regarding openings.
  • North Forsyth Day Camp – Camp 1912  – July 14 – July 18 – still has openings (as of June 1, 2014) for girls, camp aides and adult volunteers.  Please contact Nichole Hernandez efrainnichole @ yahoo . com  if you are interested in having your daughter join in all of the fun.
  • Other Camps sponsored by local Girl Scout Service Units
  • Council operated Residence Camps (overnight)
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – see for full list

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 11th Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. $10.00 off for Registrations before March 31! www.artistic-adventures.com/summer-camps.html 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com June 4 – August 3 (Weekly)

Uniquely Inspired - sign up your child for a day or for the week! Summer camp schedule is available online. Painting pottery, canvas painting and fun crafts will bring out your child’s creative side. Camps are available the weeks of June 9, June 23, July 14 and July 28, 2014.

Camp Primrose at Primrose School of Alpharetta East – Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005. (678) 339-0107.

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

2013 Summer Fantasy Camp
3 hour Camp per day, one craft per day, snack per day, ballet movie time, dance classes and creative movement, summer camp t-shirt. Ballet Only: 2-3 year olds, Ballet & Tap: Late 3-4 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 5-6 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 6-8 year olds

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth County Fire Camp – TBD

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Broadway Bootcamp June 9 – 13, The Mikado June 9 – 13, Middle/High School Summer Stock Theater June 16 – 27, Elementary Summer Stock Theater July 14 – 18, Forsyth Idol July 14 – 17.

Forsyth Youth Orchestra Summer Camp - June 28 – July 4, 2014 – the FYO is having its second summer camp at the Brennan-Heard house in downtown Cumming, GA. Camp will end with a celebration on July 4 with a sunset concert at Veterans Memorial Park in Cumming, GA. Open to string players (violin, viola, cello and bass) from elementary to high school students and must be able to read music. For more information, visit the FYO website or contact Corina Brito at 678-485-4665.

All Sports Camp – at Rock Creek Park off Hwy 9 on the Forsyth/Dawson line-it is offered 2 weeks-June 9-13 and June 23-27-times are 9-3 cost is $95-extended care from 8-4 is available for an extra $15

Checking local publications like Atlanta Moms and Atlanta Parent magazine might also offer some camp options. Up in Cumming magazine also has a great directory for summer camps.

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy hunting!

 

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 10 – May 12, 2013

cumming aquatic centerIt looks to be a soggy start to Mother’s Day weekend, but hopefully Sunday will be sunny for a bright day to celebrate! Here is a roundup of things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend. As always, please comment and share if you hear of any other events.

Friday, May 10

11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Warbington Farms open for strawberry season! Pick your own or pick up a gallon.

Saturday, May 11

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Team Dutch Monkey Doughnuts Parking lot sale to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Located at 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming, GA. Plus get the best doughnuts in town (and anywhere for that matter!)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Artistic Adventures Always a Festival Fine Art Gallery Grand Opening and Mother’s Day Celebration

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow. Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This Sweetheart Frame makes the perfect gift!

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – LanierWorld sneak peak – Get a sneak peek of all of the LanierWorld water attractions, carnival rides, and games at LanierWorld!!  Pile the family in the car or boat and head on over!  Open Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12:  10 am – 7 pm. Check the events calendar for more details.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, on the half hour. Michaels Kids Club. Make a Mother’s Day heart necklace. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:30am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Warbington Farms open for strawberry season! Pick your own or pick up a gallon. Events for the kids, admission.

11:00 am Barnes & Noble storytime. Celebrate Mom in this special story time.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool Opening (weather permitting) Check the website for updates. Open weekends for one session until Memorial Day weekend.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Flavors of Forsyth at the Forsyth Conference Center. Sample tasty Forsyth County restaurant food, shop for neat gifts from local vendors, jam to music and enjoy the kids zone!
Stamp out hunger food drive – USPS. On Saturday, May 11, 2013, leave a bag of canned food by your mailbox for the mail carrier food drive.

Sunday, May 12

Happy Mother’s Day to moms everywhere. We hope you enjoy your special day.

Stars & Strikes Moms Bowl Free! Moms get free bowling games, lazer tag, shoe rental, bumper cars. Have dinner in the restaurant and get 25% off your food bill!

Moms Eat Free with purchase at Beef O’Brady’s on Freedom Parkway. Up to a $10.00 value.

Moms get a free appetizer at Mia’s Pizza and Eats on Mother’s Day with purchase or a small or large two topping pizza. Must mention their ad to server, dine-in only. Cannot combine with any other deals. Available on Sunday, May 12, 2013 only.

ALL WEEKEND

Peachtree rides carnival – Lakeland Plaza parking lot by Kid to Kid – Exit 14/GA400. Weeknights 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Weekends 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Buy an arm band for $25.00 for all rides, or you can pay per ride. Food and drinks available. Free admission. Open now through May 19.

 

 

Always A Festival Art Gallery Opening in Forsyth County, GA on May 11, 2013

artistic adventures in cumming, gaArtistic Adventures brings Always A Festival Art Gallery to Forsyth County, GA. The fine art gallery grand opening is on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The gallery opening offers fun family activities with proceeds going to cancer research. RSVP for the event on the Facebook page.

From 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, you can take a spin on the pottery wheel for $5.00. From 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, kids can paint an acrylic Mother’s Day card for mom for $7.00. You can also paint some handmade pottery for a cure. Their new gallery is stocked with great gifts for Mom, graduates and upcoming weddings.

There will also be a grower TrueVine Growers bringing in a large selection of flowering plants for Mother’s Day gifts. It’s a mother’s day festival and grand opening celebration of the arts wrapped in one event!

Also summer camp registrations are open for Artistic Adventures 11th season of great pottery and fine art camps!  Camps include Clay, Vacation (Claycation) Bible School, Art Attack camp, Teen Drawing, Watercolor and Acrylics camp, and a Monet and Friends camp for various ages.

Artistic Adventures also offers homeschool, youth and adult classes at many times of the day as noted on the class schedules.  If you have a special need or would like to schedule private lessons, please contact them. You can also host a birthday party at Artistic Adventures and learn to use the pottery wheel!

Visit the studio website and the Gallery Facebook page. Artistic Adventures is located at 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, Georgia 30024. The South Forsyth Studio is convenient to Alpharetta, Buford, Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Duluth, Suwanee and Sugar Hill.

Artistic Adventures, an 11 year old Fine Art and Pottery Instruction facility in South Forsyth, is proud to announce the opening of Always A Festival Gallery, South Forsyth’s newest fine art gallery.

Owner Jayme Teague’s mission behind the gallery is to promote the arts.    Her vision is to be a gallery that benefits both the artist and the art consumer.  People go to art festivals so they can better afford art without high gallery mark ups.  The artists sell at festivals to avoid the same mark ups.

Always a Festival puts the majority of sales (85 – 90%) in the artist hands.  By doing this art prices are affordable to the art collectors.  The gallery will house:

  • Abstract and realism paintings in oil, pastels, acrylics and mixed media;

  • glass fusion;

  • wood;

  • textile art;

  • pottery;

  • blown glass;

  • photography

  • and handcrafted jewelry.

Teague began her quest to promote the arts in 2002 when she opened Artistic Adventures, a premier art studio offering small classes to ensure student success.   Over the past 11 years, hundreds of adults and children have frequented pottery, drawing, painting and glass fusion classes.   Teague said the missing piece to her original dream was the gallery.  Now that the studio side has been operational for several years, she decided to completely fulfill her dreams and converted half of the building for the gallery.

Summer Camps and Vacation Bible School for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

Summer will be here in a few weeks (agh!) and it is time to start planning summer camps for the kids.

Here is this year’s roundup of 2013 kids summer day camps and vacation bible schools in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA. I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often.

March and April are good planning months as deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Churches in the area host vacation bible school (VBS) as well as summer camps for kids:

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County.

Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

There are also specialty camps like Swim Atlanta. Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is an educator-led science and learning camp. Grades one through six in a weeklong camp. Sessions at many local schools. Check website for full listing and pricing details.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm: You can now sign up online for your kids aged 8 – 12 to attend Summer Farm Camp, which will be held at the farm from June 10th – 14th. Farm Camp hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with extended hours available for an additional fee. The cost is $275.00 per child. A deposit of $150.00 is due by June 1 with the balance due on June 10. Children should bring a healthy lunch each day. We will prepare food from the farm produce for snacks.

A friend recommended Camp Kerusso as her kids went there last summer (1st – 5th grade). It is located off Pilgrim Mill Road at Camp Lanier. Camp Kerusso dates are the weeks of June 3rd and 24th, and July 1st and 22nd!  It is from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Kids and Pros Football Camp in Cumming, GA from June 10 – 13, 2013.

United Futbol Academy summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

The Girl Scouts have a North, Central and South Forsyth Division. The camps are held at Camp Lanier on FAA Road off Pilgrim Mill Road at Lake Lanier. They also have other day camps and sleepaway camps.

  • Central Forsyth Day Camp Camp Polly Poons – Session 1:  June 10-14, 2013 – Goddess Boot Camp
  • South Forsyth Day Camp  – June 17 – 22, 2013 – The Girl Scout Games
  • Camp Polly Poons – Session 2 (New):  July 8 – 12, 2013 – Artrageous
  • North Forsyth Day Camp  – July 15 – 19, 2013 – Pirate Camp
  • Other Camps sponsored by local Girl Scout Service Units
  • Council operated Residence Camps (overnight)
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – see for full list

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 11th Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. $10.00 off for Registrations before March 31! www.artistic-adventures.com/summer-camps.html 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com June 4 – August 3 (Weekly)

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com 

2013 Summer Dance Intensive
Fancy Nancy: 2nd-3rd Grade, July 8-July 12
Neverland 4th: 5th Grade, July 8-July 12
Heros vs. Villians 6th: 8th Grade, July 15-July 19
Through the Decades: 9th-12th Grade, July 15-July 19
Jr. l Sr. l Adult Conditioning Stretch, July 15-July 19

2013 Summer Fantasy Camp
3 hour Camp per day, one craft per day, oe snack per day, ballet movie time, dance classes and creative movement, summer camp t-shirt.
Camp Dates & Schedules: July 8- July 12; July 22- July 26
Ballet Only: 2-3 year olds, Ballet & Tap: Late 3-4 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 5-6 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 6-8 year olds

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com, June 10-13, June 24-28, July 8-11, July 15-19, July 22-26

Forsyth County Fire Camp

Fire Camp, which is for students entering sixth grade in August 2013, will be held Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14.   Junior Fire Academy, which is for students entering seventh and eighth grade in August 2013, will be held Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28.  Both camps are free. Both camps will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Department Headquarters at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex on Settingdown Road. Campers may be dropped off at the camp location after 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 5 p.m.  Those interested in attending Fire Camp or Junior Fire Academy must submit a completed application by May 1, 2013. Click here for the application. Space for the camp programs is limited.

Forsyth Youth Orchestra Summer Camp – June 29 – July 4, 2013 – the FYO is having its first summer camp at the Brennan-Heard house in downtown Cumming, GA. Camp will end with a celebration on July 4 with a sunset concert at Veterans Memorial Park in Cumming, GA. Open to string players (violin, viola, cello and bass) from elementary to high school students and must be able to read music. For more information, visit the FYO website or contact Corina Brito at 678-485-4665.

Checking local publications like Atlanta Moms and Atlanta Parent magazine might also offer some camp options. Up in Cumming magazine also has a great directory for summer camps.

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy hunting!


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