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March 13, 2018

Smarty Summer Camp Guide 2018: Palisades Episcopal School

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Written by Amie Berryhill, PES Third Grade Teacher and Camp Gryphon Director

At Camp Gryphon, Palisades Episcopal School’s day camp, we believe three vital components work together to create a perfect summer camp experience: play, reading and service. Our campers spend the majority of their days engaged in physical play. We swim daily, visit the trampoline park weekly and spend afternoons playing large group games in our recreation center.
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March 11, 2018

From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Get involved and change lives with Active Reading

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By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Active Reading involves reading a book WITH a child rather than reading a book TO a child. This evidence-based approach improves children’s language skills, vocabulary and ability to understand what they read on their own.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has partnered with Read Charlotte to offer workshops that teach parents and caregivers fun ideas and activities that can be used to support early literacy at home. During the series of four 60-minute workshops, you will learn how to use the ABCs of Active Reading one-on-one in a fun environment with your child.

Workshops are geared towards parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5, but older or younger siblings are welcome to attend. Registration is required, and workshops take place at many locations and at various times of the day in an attempt to provide access to all. Sign up for an Active Reading workshop today! Read More →

March 9, 2018

Smarty Summer Camp Guide 2018: Girls on the Run

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Camp GOTR combines the best of Girls on the Run with all the fun of camp! During each week-long session, rising 3rd – rising 5th grade girls will build friendships in a fun and inclusive setting that includes interactive games, being physically active, and expressing creativity through art & crafts and storytelling.

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Camp GOTR by Girls on the Run will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls to develop self-confidence and learn life skills they can use now and as they grow! Girls on the Run will be offering two weeks of camp, Girls Have Heart which focuses on emotions, and Girls Have Power which focuses on friendship. Read More →

March 8, 2018

Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE week of camp at YMCA Camp Harrison, an $1,100 value!

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It’s time for an awesome CAMP GIVEAWAY! Today we bring you a free week of camp at YMCA Camp Harrison – woot, woot! One lucky Smarty will win one week of kid-free bliss. Read on!

YMCA Camp Harrison is a co-ed overnight camp for kids 6 – 16 located just 90 miles from Charlotte in the mountains of North Carolina. Set on over 2,000 acres of land, it is the perfect retreat for kids to explore nature in a safe, and supportive environment. Campers experience a vast array of activities and challenges, develop independence and autonomy, are led and encouraged by our nurturing staff, grow in their Christian faith, and make friends and memories to last a lifetime. Camp Harrison on Herring Ridge builds confidence, character and faith in every camper.

Our friends at Camp Harrison are giving one luck Smarty a week of overnight camp for her child age 6 – 16, valued at $1,100. Winner receives one week of Camp Harrison Resident camp valid at winner’s choice of Session 2 (June 10 – 16) and Session 9 (Aug 5 – 11). Read More →

Smarty Summer Camp Guide 2018: Charlotte Christian School

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It’s time to plan some summer fun! Charlotte Christian School has hosted outstanding summer camps for more than 10 years and this season’s line-up promises lots of new adventures in academics, arts, sports, and technology. Opportunities include more than 75 ways for your child to explore new ideas like film production or solving mysteries or further develop a special passion like football, cooking, or computer coding.

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Charlotte Christian School Summer Camps provide opportunities for children from junior kindergarten through grade 12. All students from the community are welcome including students from other schools. From sports camps led by Charlotte Christian head coaches in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling to “techy” camps that feature STEM Science and LEGO Robotics – there is something for everyone! Read More →

March 6, 2018

Smarty Camp Guide 2018: Charlotte Country Day Summer Programs

Are you ready for a GREAT summer? Sign up for Summer Programs at Country Day! With more than 150 creative classes and challenging sports camps, our Summer Programs are designed for children as young as three-years-old to those who will be seniors in high school. Whether you’re looking to expand your skills or make new friends, Country Day has the camp for you!

6 things we love about Country Day’s Summer Programs:

1 There is something for everyone! 150 different themed camps offered for ages 3–18. There is a wide variety of traditional and specialized camps, such as art, drama, cooking, computer, STEM, science, and more.
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2. Bus transportation is available this year! For convenience and due to popular demand, they are offering a bus transportation service from Christ Church (1412 Providence Road) and Cannon Campus (1440 Carmel Road) to Bissell Campus, where the summer programs are held.
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3. They fit your schedule! Half-day and full-day, morning, and afternoon camp options from 7 am to 6 pm all summer long.
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March 5, 2018

Smarty Summer Camp Guide 2018: Camp Trinity

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By Smarty Guest Blogger, Mary Beth Bradberry, Assistant Director, Trinity Center, and Director, Camp Trinity

Hi. My name is Mary Beth Bradberry, and I am Assistant Director of Trinity Center as well as Director of Camp Trinity. I want to share with you some information about Camp Trinity, which is the overnight residential summer camp of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. Camp Trinity is a part of Trinity Center, and Trinity Center is located on sixty-two acres on Bogue Banks just off the coast of North Carolina and just down the road from Atlantic Beach.IMG_7322-X2

Before I tell you about Camp Trinity, let me share a bit about myself. I started coming to Camp Trinity when I was ten years old and have been in love with the place and its ministry ever since. I worked on staff for Penn Perry, who was at that time Director of Camp Trinity and who is now Executive Director of Trinity Center. Penn has worked for Camp Trinity and Trinity Center for over thirty years, since he was eighteen years old. He and I both believe deeply in what Camp Trinity has to offer. Read More →

March 4, 2018

From the Smarty Education Corner: The Lasting Impact of a Fletcher Education

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By our Smarty friends at The Fletcher School

At Fletcher, the first day back from Winter Break is always buzzing with activity as we welcome back current students and our Falcons who have taken flight — to begin their career, to advance their education, or to take on life’s adventures. On Young Alumni Day, Fletcher’s positive impact shines through our confident, thriving graduates.

Young Alumni Day is an annual Fletcher event, part of which is our engaging and inspiring Alumni Panel. Each year, we welcome Fletcher alumni to serve on this panel to share their post-graduation experiences with our current Fletcher students. Each experience shared is unique, and yet each story is linked by a common thread that is woven during their time at Fletcher and provides the backbone for their success. Our current students benefit from this chance to learn of the opportunities and potential challenges that, as students with learning differences, they might encounter in their next step. Hearing first-hand how our Fletcher graduates meet success post-graduation inspires our students and reaffirms the value of their Fletcher education. Read More →

March 1, 2018

Presenting the 2018 Smarty Summer Camp Guide!

Is anyone ready for warmer weather? Summer may be a few months away but it’s time to start planning NOW, especially if summer camp is on the agenda. Working moms need to map out every single day of summer long before school gets out. For SAHM’s, camp serves as an enrichment program for kids to explore the things they like and give moms a break. Regardless of your working status, the camp opportunities in Charlotte and surrounding areas are plentiful, but you need to get your game on N-O-W. Charlotte area camps fill up fast! To help you with your planning, CSP has put together some of our tried and true Smarty camp faves.

Teen Adventure Travel

Wilderness Adventures


Wilderness Adventures, founded in 1973, is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to adventure in the most stunning places on earth while developing their leadership skills within a supportive small group community. Based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, WA programs take place around the world and offer students exciting activities as well as hands-on experience building their communication, creative, and critical-thinking skills. Our small group experience allow student groups to learn from each other, bond over shared experience, and make friendships to last a lifetime. We encourage you to ‘Do Something Wild’ and join us this summer for an adventure you’ll never forget!

Contact Information:
Phone: 307-733-2122
Live Chat available at, M-F 8am-5pm MST
Mailing Address: PO Box 2768, Jackson, Wyoming 83001

Registration Information:
Click on “Enroll Now” button in upper right-hand corner

Instagram: @wildernessadventures1973
Facebook: @wildernessadventures1973
Twitter: @WAsummers

Do Something Wild – Wilderness Adventures from Wilderness Adventures on Vimeo.


Overnight Camps

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Camp Trinity Summer Camp 2018

Camp Trinity is a residential summer camp sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. Camp Trinity offers young people rising 2-12 grades an opportunity to experience camping in an enjoyable and beautiful settling along Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Camp Trinity is a traditional camp that offers a balance of supervised group activities and individual free time. Some of our daily activities include: swimming instruction, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, sports, Christian Education, evening programs (carnival, twilight swim, dance night, etc.), crafts, beach games, and more. All daily activities are tailored to fit the age group of your camper’s session. Read More →

February 28, 2018

Why I found Wilderness Adventures for my teen

My kids have been going to sleep away camp since they were six years old. They have adventure running through their blood. Last summer, my oldest, now a junior in high school, officially outgrew camp because she decided not to pursue the camp counselor program. Together, we have been looking for a summer opportunity that will continue her love of the outdoors while at the same time build her confidence through leadership. When we discovered Wilderness Adventures, we knew this was going to be the perfect fit.

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The Philosophy behind the Wilderness Adventures program is what struck me most…

“We know that a small group experience in the wilderness serves as a valuable catalyst to enable our students to become more responsible, tolerant, and self-confident while developing a powerful, all-inclusive community. We also know that through an intimate outdoor experience, our students learn to become peer leaders, acquire a responsible appreciation for the natural wonders of our planet, and develop a newfound environmental ethic to carry with them throughout their lives.”

The leadership and confidence components are most important in my mind. In today’s digitally-charged world, teens can lose self-confidence due to the perfect world they see all around them in social media. As a result, now more than ever, the importance of truly unplugging and rebooting is critical for teenagers. The Wilderness Adventures program offers the most amazing programs for teens as they adventure across the world, 100% unplugged and one with nature. From Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, to Alaska, Australia and even Kilimanjaro and beyond, Wilderness Adventures has so many programs that will be life-changing for your teens. Read More →

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