5 Within 50: Summer Camps

Hey Mom & Dad! Don’t forget to do your homework and keep our dear friend COVID in mind. Camp schedules and restrictions are continually evolving. Check out their websites for updated information. 

Allegre Farm Camp

Does your child think the chicken came before the egg because the meat aisle comes before dairy at the grocery store? Children from ages six to thirteen can get a taste of life on a real working farm at Allegre Farm Camp in Dacula. Besides the obvious farm activities (learning to milk a cow and taking a hay ride), campers can learn about the importance of bees and how to care for them from the beekeeper, gather eggs, feed the animals, visit the garden, take a pony ride and visit the compost pile to dig for the most important animal on the farm (worms!). Allegre’s Education Director Angie Mallard is passionate about helping little farmers learn all about farm life, and uses interactions with nature to reinforce scientific experiences with the campers and to promote the preservation of the earth and its natural resources.

Zoo Atlanta Safari Camp
Atlanta, Grant Park

If it feels like your wild one might belong in a zoo…. Zoo Atlanta’s Safari Camp offers minds-on programs that allow campers ages seven to twelve to explore the amazing living resources of the zoo! Campers enjoy hands-on learning opportunities with the animals, explore biofacts and take part in science experiments and demonstrations. Your little Jane Goodall will learn about the biology and behaviors of animals, problems many animals face in the wild and learn about Zoo Atlanta’s conservation and research programs. Camps include a variety of themes, such as Songs of Nature, Wild Water and Purrfect Match (for all the cool cats and kittens).

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/ Departments/CommunityServices/ EnvironmentalHeritageCenter 

If you’re looking for a variety of camp activities for Junior with an educational bend, look no further than the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC)! GEHC offers a range of camps for ages five to thirteen (not all camps are available to all age groups) focusing on the history of our community and STEM learning, such as LEGO Water Journey, Wildlife Forensics, Eureka! Inventors Camp, Under the Sea and more. One of our DiGger’s daughters has been counting down the days until she turns 10 and is old enough to attend GEHC’s Harry Potter Camp (she hasn’t quite mastered Fred and George’s aging potion). Tuition also pays for one session on Treetop Quest’s Spider Quest rope obstacle course.

Art Camps at the Hudgens Center for the Arts

Let your little Van Gogh unleash his creative energy with the real life artists at the Hudgens Center for the Arts! Young artists aged five to twelve will discover the elements of art and principles of design with professional fine art instructors with emphasis on technique and craftsmanship. Last summer, the Hudgens hosted camps virtually that included Creative Camper Kits full of all of the supplies needed to participate and engage creatively, plus a Fabulous Friday online art exhibit for budding artists to showcase their work – perfect for now-Zoom-proficient Grandma!

Camp All-American
Johns Creek

What began in 1989 with a couple of hula hoops and an above ground pool has transformed into THE summer camp experience for kids! Camp All-American has spent the past 30 summers adding new themes, activities, zip lines and more to the highly engaging (and highly exhausting) summer camp offerings. Programming is designed especially for your child’s age group, with camps for kindergarten through eighth grade, and CIT options for ninth through 11th graders. Additionally, fifth through eighth graders have the opportunity to attend Summit Overnight Camp on a 900+ acre facility in Brevard, NC. 

Warning: these camps fill up faster than a kid on a zipline. Do your research and be prepared when registration opens!