Summer Camp 101

by Susan Masten

May 01, 2013

With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to think about summer camp.  While children might be interested in fun and friends, parents are also interested in a safe learning environment supervised by a qualified staff with age-appropriate activities. Believe it or not, it is possible to have it all. With so many options, here are some important things to consider as you make your decision.

What are the activities and is there a balance?  Is there a balance between outdoor play and indoor activities, as you might not want your child exposed to the summer sun for eight hours a day?  Do they go on field trips to cool locations? Do special visitors come to the camp for visits/activities? 

Summer Learning.  While your child might not want to hear this, a program with a curriculum and activities that will continue your child’s learning can help them retain what they’ve learned and even get ahead for when they return to school in the fall.  A positive-learning environment filled with activities to nurture children’s self-confidence is key.  Children should not stop learning just because it’s the summer.

Specialty or overall.  Some programs focus on one specific area – dance, gymnastics, sports.  These can be a great option for a week or two, but might not hold your child’s interest for the 10 weeks of summer.  Look for a program that has a wide range of activities that will interest your child and/or expose him/her to new areas. Children should be encouraged to explore a broad-range of learning opportunities including creative art, math, dramatic play, science, music and computers; to ask questions and to take time making friends and socializing.

Think about some of the basic factors.  Consider distance from home, type of program, size, hours of operation, etc. Flexibility – do you have to sign up for the entire summer, or can you just select a few weeks? Also consider reputation and look for a safe clean environment with seasoned staff (a qualified teacher versus a high school teenager).

Do your research.  Ask your friends, go online and call/visit your top choices in person.  You want your child to be in a stimulating, nurturing and loving environment.

Cumming First United Methodist Church

770-887-2900 ext.220 or ext. 221


Summer Camps 2013


Camp FunTastic!

Willow Brook Academy


Each week, campers participate in indoor and outdoor activities including field trips, sports, music, arts and crafts and will be able to choose from weekly hip-hop dance class or soccer coaching. Visits to our on-site water park are always a favorite! Campers will enjoy the game area with karaoke, board games, air hockey, pool, ping pong, the wii game console and more. WBA also has a computer lab available for theme related games and summer learning. Camp “Fun Tastic!” is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime and be an experience your child will never forget!

 Cumming Dance Academy

Fantasy Summer

770.781.4922 |

Dance camps are an excellent resource for new, aspiring ballerinas! Camp gives them time to get adjusted to the studio, class routines and how exciting ballet can really be! They will be more than prepared to start “feet first” when September comes around! “Fantasy Camps” are divided into different levels based on the age of the ballerina. For ages 2-8, the dancers stay at camp for 3 hours per day for an entire week. On the last day of camp, we have a “Parent Performance” in which we will present a demonstration of all we have learned!

1 Week Camp: July 8-12, 2013

1 Week Camp: July 22-26, 2013

Both Weeks have same schedule.

Ballet Only

2-3 Year Old Camp: 9:00-12:00 Mon-Fri

Ballet & Tap

Late 3-4 Year Old Camp: 9:00-12:00 Mon-Fri

Ballet, Tap and Jazz

5-6 Year Old Camp: 1:00-4:00 Mon-Fri

Ballet, Tap, and Jazz

6-8 Year Old Camp: 1:00-4:00 Mon-Fri