Daffodils are popping up; spring is just around the corner. The time has come – the thing we look forward to and dread all at the same time. SUMMER!! So what do we do and most importantly, what do we do with the kids?
Our son is a very active, almost 8-year-old. He likes to have his days filled with activity and with two other smaller children needing attention, it is not always possible for Mom to occupy his time. Summer camp is a great thing in our home. We have tried a variety of summer programs and have been pleased with all. The key for me has been signing up for camps based on his interest and balancing it with academic camps that support academic interests. Needless to say these are not the most popular but even he will admit to having fun.
Over the past few years we have done sports camps at Providence Day, Queens University and the Cornwell Center. All have been fantastic and the ones he has enjoyed the most are full day with a specific sport in the morning and swimming in the afternoon. Camp Whip-Poor-Will by far was a favorite last summer. He came home every afternoon ready to return the next day. We also participated in academic camps through his school.
We have also always participated in Bible School and summer play day programs at our church. Your church, friend’s churches and preschools are a great starting spot for summer activities. Many summers, friends and I have tag-teamed taking our children to a variety of programs offered by our churches. Most of these are often inexpensive and great for all ages of children.
A good rule of thumb is to set a budget and stick to it. The cost can get crazy. Something that worked for us last summer was to set the amount, pre-pick several camps and then sit down with my son and let him chose from these. For the younger kids, nothing beats a morning at the pool, lunch, naps and an afternoon play date or time spent in the yard. I like to call this Camp Mom!
Sign-ups have begun for almost all camps. Camp Whip-Poor-Will fills up fast as do the YMCA programs. Because of so many options, listed below are links to different programs and a link to the Charlotte Observer summer camp guide. This is a very extensive list of camps in Charlotte – great reference.
Camp Whip-Poor-Will – http://www.campwpw.com
Charlotte Latin – https://mylatin.charlottelatin.org/summercamp/
Charlotte Observer Camp Guide – http://www.charlotte.com/camp/
Charlotte Prep – http://www.charlotteprep.com/podium/default.aspx?t=109004
Children’s Theatre – http://www.ctcharlotte.org/Summer2008.htm
The Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist – http://www.mpbconline.org/mpbc/cornwell%20center/Sports%20&%20Recreation.htm
Country Day – http://www.charlottecountryday.org/summerprogram/index.asp
Davidson College – http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x22642.xml
Discovery Place/Nature Museum – http://www.discoveryplace.org/home/nature_museum-workshops.php
Kamp Gabe 4 Kids – http://www.kampgabe.com
Music, art and leadership camps http://www.explorebeyondschool.com/explore/sort_activity/summercamps.php
Providence Day http://www.providenceday.org/home/content.asp?section=summer%20programs
Queens University – Sports http://queens.edu/athletics/summercamps.aspand
Trinity Episcopal School – http://www.tescharlotte.org/program/summer.asp
UNC-Charlotte – http://www.summer.uncc.edu/camps/
Remember, if you have tried a great camp, please post a comment below. Thanks and happy camping!