Don’t look now but SUMMER is sneaking up and it’s about to smack you in the face with a big glove full of “I’m bored!” and “He won’t stop biting my crayons!” and “I didn’t know we weren’t supposed to put that in washing machine”. Are you ready?
Never fear, we’ll get you there with a Summer Camp Guide full of all kinds of great full-day, half-day, and even sleepaway camp options. And to help you out even further, over the next few weeks we’ll highlight some of these camps to give you just a taste of what your summer could look like. So sit back and let the luxurious feeling of preparation wash over you and enjoy the knowledge that being a Rocket City Mom means being a Rock Star Mom!
This camp for rising 1st-12th graders takes place at Huntsville High School June 24-28. Started in Jackson, Mississippi more than 20 years ago it is now based in Birmingham with camps in Birmingham, Jackson, Huntsville, Auburn, and Atlanta.
Summer Show-Offs uses a child’s love for music to build confidence and character through song and dance performance. Students are divided into age groups, and each group learns 5 songs that are performed at a big show on the last day of camp. Every camper has a solo, and gets to explore their talents in a fun and encouraging environment.
Local camp coordinator Carolyn Bakke has sent her two children to the camp for the last five years. “They both LOVE the camp,” says Bakke. “And I love watching them spend time with their counselors who are such positive role models and love watching them grow in their confidence and communication skills. I am a strong believer that the confidence, stage presence, discipline, and character built through arts programs like Summer Show-Offs are a key part of our children’s educational and character development – whether they use these skills on a stage, a classroom, a board room, or a church!”
The camp meets from 9AM-2PM Monday through Thursday with a dress rehearsal and final performance on Friday. The cost of the camp is $210 per child. www.summershowoffs.com
Summers at Country Day School harkens back to the long, lazy days of childhood summers spent hiking, fishing, swimming, and just having fun. Opportunities to learn and grow are organic and children are given the time and space to develop socially, emotionally and physically. For older campers, field trips are frequent and included in tuition costs. Certified teachers will work to encourage summer reading and are available to tutor students individually but the focus is on making everything fun and providing each of the campers with a happy summer experience.
Camp Country Day is for children ages 2-14 with four, eight, and ten week options available. Summer session begins June 3th and continues through August 9th. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 7:30AM-5:30PM. Prices vary depending on which option you choose. Half-day camp is available for preschool age children.
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".