2012 Summer Camp Guide
By Cathy Crenshaw Doheny
Posted: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
As children count down the final months of school before vacation, parents begin their quest to find a plan to keep the kids occupied during the long summer months. For many, the obvious choice is summer camp.
Although children are out of school, they still thrive on learning, whether it is physical or educational, and summer camps provide a great atmosphere for both, says Kristie Phillips, owner/director of Kristie Phillips Athletic Center (KPAC) in Statesville. Often when children are bored, they find unhealthy, inappropriate activities to fill their time; with summer camp they will have guidance and activities for continued positive influences.
Karan Barber, 2012 Camp Director at Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, says she believes that summer camp also can be an opportunity for kids to connect with the natural environment.
The joy of a child who rediscovers play, song, and outdoors without electronics is brilliant, she says.
From conservation to gymnastics to robotics, Lake Norman camps offer something for every taste. But, with so many choices available, how does a parent know exactly which camps may be right for their child?
When starting to research potential camps, Phillips, also a mother of three young children, recommends making safety the top concern.
I believe parents should definitely look into the staffing of the camps and verify that the camp does background checks and safety certification of their staff for the safety of their children, she says.
Jason Lampton, marketing director for the Lake Norman YMCA, says he believes that parents should focus on the overall experience their child will receive from camp and offers the following suggestions:
1. Camp should be more than just childcare. Make sure there is an enriching, engaging and safe environment that will impact your child well beyond the summer months. Campers should have the opportunity to do things they couldnt do at home, learn new skills, make new friends and create memories that last their entire lives. Make sure camps have specific programs that provide what you want your child to get out of camp, whether thats educational, physical or creative.
2. Camp staff is crucial. No one is more important to the camp experience and safety than camp counselors. Research how the camp selects, hires and trains their staff.
3. Visit the camp. There is no better way to know for sure than to see facilities, meet the staff and learn about the offering first hand. Go to the location, ask to speak to staff, do a tour, attend an information session or orientation and ask other parents about their experiences.
4. Tap the mommy network. This is the best, most honest source of information in the world. Find out what parents from previous summers have to say about their experience at summer camp. Moms rarely hesitate to give their opinions about things that pertain to children.
2012 Lake Norman Summer CampsCarolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org/summercamp. Ages: 7-14. June 18-August 3, full Day Camps. 2 weeklong sessions of each; Nature Scene Investigators (ages 7-10), Hawkwarts: A Camp for Muggles (8-12), Young Veterinarians Camp (11-14). FUN, Canoeing, games and crafts, science experiments, ecology, conservation and more. $224 for CRC members, $299 for non-members. Karan Barber, 704-875-6521 ext. 124; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Racquet Club at Westport
2525 Shanklin Lane, Denver. http://theclubatwestport.com/summer_camp. Ages: 5-16. Weekly sessions beginning June 11. Quick start tennis program for beginners through Prep Camp for middle/high schoolers. Cost depends on camp.704-489-2227; Info@TheClubAtWestport.com.
The Childrens Schoolhouse
7616 Caldwell Station Road, Huntersville. www.thechildrensschoolhouse.com. Ages: 3-6. June 11 August 17. Art, gardening, cooking and more. $120 for four days, $80 for two days. Abbi Douglas, 704-724-3776; email@example.com.
Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture (PARC) Department
21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.www.cornelius.org/parc. Ages: 3-18. Various sessions throughout the summer. Variety of sports, arts, recreation and special needs camps. New this year: Full Day Camp. Cost depends on camp. Registration begins March 1st. 704-892-6031 ext. 160; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davidson College Athletic Camp Programs
100 North Main St., Davidson. www3.davidson.edu/cms/x22642.xml. Ages: 9-18. Various sessions throughout the summer. Baseball, basketball, football, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, swimming, volleyball, wrestling. Cost depends on camp. Visit the website to find the appropriate contact person for your camp.
Davidson College Day Camp at the Lake
152 Lake Campus Drive, Mount Mourne, NC.www.davidsonwildcats.com. Ages: Grades 5-9. June 18-Aug. 3. Swimming, sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, tubing. $300 per weekly session ($275 for second camper in family), $50 non-refundable registration email@example.com.
Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation
416 Armour St., Davidson. www.d-recs.org. Ages: 3-17. Various sessions throughout the summer. Baseball, basketball, soccer, Lego, art, music and more. Cost depends on camp. 704-892-3349; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery Place Kids
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. www.discoveryplacekids.org. Ages: 2-4. June 4-August 17. Science, nature, art, animals and more. Cost depends on camp. 704-372-6261 ext. 300; email@example.com.
Future Fashion Designers
123 N. Main Street, Mooresville. www.futurefashiondesigners.vpweb.com/Camps.html. Ages: 8-15. Check website for dates. Fashion design and sewing. Cost depends on camp. 704-799-3553.
Huntersville Parks and Recreation
14200 Holbrooks Rd, Huntersville, www.huntersville.org. Ages: Rising grades 1-9. June 18-Aug.17. Day Camp and Teen Adventure Camp. $90-$800, depending on the camp (either weekly or a four-week session for Teen Adventure Camp) and Huntersville residency. 704-766-2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iredell County Parks and Recreation
200 South Center St., Statesville.www.co.iredell.nc.us/Departments/Recreation.Day camp: Ages: 5-11, June 18 - August 10, $110-$170/wk; Adventure day camp: Ages 11-13, June 18 - August 10, $145-$170/wk; Excursion camp (overnight): Ages 10-13, June 15-23 or July 20 28, $450-$600/session. Jen Winters, 704-878-3103; email@example.com.
July Experience at Davidson College
100 North Main St., Davidson. www3.davidson.edu/cms/x3808.xml. Ages: Rising high school juniors and seniors. June 30 July 21. A preview of college life in a three-week educational and social program. $3,500 plus books and personal expenses for the three-week session. 704-894-2508; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristie Phillips Athletic Center (KPAC)
2809 Amity Hill Road, Statesville. www.kpacgym.com/fun-stuff/camps/Ages 3 and up. June 11 August 17. Gymnastic instruction, sports, games, arts, crafts, outside water games, theme weeks, field trips. $135 per week or $35 per day for ages 5 and up, $110 per month for ages 3-5 (Preschool Summer Camp is 2 days per week from 9:00am -1:00pm.) 704-872-2888; email@example.com.
Lake Norman SCUBA
482-E River Hwy, Mooresville. http://www.lakenormanscuba.com/Letter.html. Ages: 8-19. June-August. Beginner, advanced and fun diving camps. $299-$399 per week. 704-660-DIVE (3483)
Lake Norman YMCA Camp
21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius.www.ymcacharlotte.org/lakenorman. Preschool ages 2-5 years; grades K-10. May 29-Aug. 24. Traditional day camp, lake activities, performing arts, overnight, sports, gymnastics, Lego camps and more. $54-$588 depending on camp. 704-716-4418; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. www.lattaplantation.org. Ages: 8-14. June through August. Outdoor and historic adventures. $175. 704-875-2312.
170 Joe V. Knox Ave, Mooresville.www.ymcacharlotte.org/lowes. Ages: Preschool ages 2-5 years; grades K-10. June 4-Aug. 24. Traditional day camp, performing arts, overnight camps, sports, watersports, field trips, Lego camps and more. $58-$453. email@example.com
Mooresville Recreation Department
418 Carpenter Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115, www.MooresvilleRecreation.org. Ages5 18. June- August. Traditional, basketball, baseball, bowling, cross-country, tennis, soccer and more. Camp venues include: 3 different Recreation Centers, Parks and various public school facilities. Fees vary depending on camp. Online registration is available.
Peninsula Yacht Club Sailing & Watersports Day Camp
18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius.www.peninsulayacht.com. Ages: 3 14 years of age. June 11 - Aug. 10. Summer Day & Watersports Camp, Sailing Camp and Toddler Camp $175-$350 depending on the camp. 704-892-9852 ext. 32; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playwise Preschool Academy, Inc.
10012 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. www.playwisepreschool.com. Ages: 3-6. June 20-Aug 11. Animals, cooking, nature and more. $108 per session (10 percent sibling discount). Barrie Moen, 704-724-1312; email@example.com.
1601 Forney Hill Rd, Denver.www.ymcacharlotte.org/sallys . Ages: Preschool ages 3-5 years; grades K-10. June 11-Aug. 24. Traditional day camp, art, performing arts, sports, nature, field trips and more. $98-$198.704-716-7300; firstname.lastname@example.org
Camps on Campus
9201 University City Blvd. www.summercamps.uncc.edu. Ages: Rising grades 1-12. June 11-Aug.3 (no camps the week of July 2-6). Math, engineering, musical theater and more. $230 weekly (regular day), $250 weekly (extended day), $475 weekly (overnight). 704-687-8900; email@example.com.
Math CAMMP & Robotics
COED Building, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd.www.cammp.com. Ages: 6-12. June 25 - 29. Problem solving, using hands-on manipulatives, building and operating machines and more. $240. Dr. Jack Piel, 704-687-8731; firstname.lastname@example.org , or Dr. Michael Green,704-687-8897; email@example.com.
UNCC also hosts athletic camps in various sports. Find more information at the following link: http://www.charlotte49ers.com/
University Child Development Center
16701 Northcross Drive, Huntersville. www.universitychilddevelopment.com. Ages: 4-12. June 13-Aug. 19. Field trips, sports, arts and crafts and more. $140 per week and one-time $175 activity fee (covers all field trips). Martil Cosper, 980-275-2524; firstname.lastname@example.org.
University City YMCA Camp
8100 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte.www.ymcacharlotte.org/universitycity. Ages: Preschool ages 3-5 years; grades K-10. June 11-Aug. 24. Traditional day camp, performing arts, overnight, sports, golf, science camps and more. $95-$421. 704-716-6702; email@example.com.
2012 Alan Major Basketball Clinics
9201 University City Blvd. Ages: 8-17. Day/Overnight Camp June 18 21, July 29 Aug. 2; 2 Day Clinic Aug. 3-4; 704-687-4939 or visit www.charlotte49ers.com