Exploring Summer Camp Options
I put my daughter to the task this year of searching online for a summer camp. I realized that things had gotten a little off track when she started bringing up shopping sprees, water park trips and scones. Once I directed her to a list of camps that didn't cost as much as our car, she lamented that she may actually have to hike, touch dirt or see a bug. Clearly, we're not on the same trail when it comes to a camp experience. We did a little research together and found tons of camps to fit nearly any personality and multiple budgets. Plus, many also offer financial assistance or options for affordability.
Although we found tons of camps that we like, we have decided to opt for a couple of day camps. Last year, we had a blast with Drama Kids of the Triad, and all three girls are giving it a go again. The change in their confidence level, social skills and willingness to speak in front of others was dramatic over just one five-day session that culminated in a week-end performance. I'm looking forward to seeing them progress even further this summer.
A few other camps that we are eyeing in the Piedmont are:
Mad Science, active since 1985, offers hands-on entertaining and educational science experiments.
Center for Visual Arts Summer Art Camp is the largest in the area. Finales include parades, tea parties, plays and more.
Sawtooth School for Visual Arts choices include puppetry, animation and theater design.
Totally Kids Camp at Salem Gymnastics has 30 themes to keep minds and bodies moving.
Winshape Day Camp combines sports, recreation, arts and worship.
YMCA camps abound throughout the Piedmont. Your kids may even get to touch dirt!
Camp Carolina Trails (for diabetes), Victory Junction (to better the quality of life for children with serious illnesses) and Camp Carousel (sponsored by Hospice to help children cope with the death of a loved one) are also some great specialty camps that we found on our search.
For more residential and day camp ideas, check Piedmont Parent's Online Camp Fair. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a list of articles on camp cost, unique experiences and tips.
Give us a comment. What's your all-time favorite camp memory?