County offers kids many options for summer camp fun
by Rebecca Johnston
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A plethora of summer camps offering activities of every kind for children of all ages are gearing up all across Cherokee County to keep youngsters entertained and learning during the school break.

Parents can enroll their offspring in everything from dance and theater classes to programs offering swimming, bowling, and gymnastics.

* The Cherokee County YMCA offers camps at two locations, with activities of all types offered in a variety of age groups and programs. The Canton YMCA will see about 120 to 130 campers per week, and the south Cherokee location gets about 400 to 500 campers each week during the summer break.

“We have camps both here in Canton and at the lake and we have a great staff of outstanding young adults who do a great job working with our campers,” said John Hicks, YMCA branch executive director for Cherokee County.

The Canton camps take place at the Pruett Family Y in north Canton and will offer campers an opportunity to swim in the state of the art zero entry pool with fun water features. The Canton camps serve ages 5 to 10.

Campers at the Canton camp can use the indoor basketball court, do art and crafts projects in the Reinhardt Room, play field games at Heritage Park and experience GaGa ball at the Y Courtyard. The camp focuses on 5-to-10-year-olds.

“Camps are about fun and making friends, but our camps are also about moving young people along the path of growing up, Hicks said. “Camp helps young people grow and prepares them for success.”

Hicks said that the camps are offered by the week for a fee depending on the type of camp. There is a financial assistance program to help those who can’t afford the fees on an income need basis, he said.

“The other part is that at Woodstock we have 200 acres, and our camps are very healthy and very active,” Hicks said. We offer outdoor time, which is very important and the camp is a dream location.

The Woodstock location is located on 225 acres on Lake Allatoona. Coined as “the hidden jewel of Cherokee County,” the outdoor Y is the outdoor camp of choice from the pool to the waterfront and from the activity field to the hiking trails, campers can expect a fun filled day of great fun. The outdoor camp serves campers ages 5 to 15.

For fees and information call the Cherokee YMCA at (770) 345-9622.

* The Cherokee Arts Center in downtown Canton is once again offering its popular Camp Imagine arts camp under the direction of new Executive Director Mary Akers.

The Cherokee Arts Center is offering four weeks of Art Camp the weeks of June 4, 11, 18, and 25. Daily classes run 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“This year we have professional artists and teachers such as Woodward Academy’s Karen Clegg, who teaches advanced placement art,” Akers said. “We are focusing in on the arts, we have hired the best teachers, we have lesson plans — this is going to be run like an art school.”

The summer program will have an art show at the end to showcase children’s art. The classes are limited to 12 children per class to allow for personal attention and art instruction, she said.

Children will get to experience all different mediums such as clay, painting, drawing, and more. Classes are available for children ages 5 to 8 and 8 to 12. Half-day sessions cost $125 per week, and students can enroll in the two sessions per day with a supervised lunch offered.

For registration information go to or call (770) 704-6244.

* The Academy of Dance Arts in Canton is offering a series of week-long one-hour sessions for children ages 3 and 4 to introduce them to ballet, dance camp sessions of one and one-half hours for children ages 5, 6 and 7, and a new Musical Theatre Camp for those ages 8 to 10.

Christi Hinkley, director and owner of Academy of Dance Arts, said the camps require not prior experience and that the sessions are designed to give participants a fund time.

“This is a wonderful way to introduce the young ones to ballet and tap, and one the last day parents get to come and watch,” Hinkley said. “For just one hour a day, this is just enough to keep them interested and I feel it is a fun camp.”

For more information and costs on the dance and musical theatre camps call the Academy at (770) 479-4615.

* Summer Camp At Zenit Gymnastics is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 14 and participants will have gymnastic classes, trampoline time, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, watch movies and more.

The week-long camps begin May 29 and the last camp is July 23 to 27.

For more information call Zenit Gymnastics at (770) 345-0888 or go to

* FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock offers a variety of classes and activities, including Improve Camp for New Actors June 25 to 28 for young people ages 9 to 13 and 14-18. and Create-A-Book For Kids July 10 to 12 for ages 6 to 12. Each camp except for Improv includes the related book. Camp sizes are limited, and paid reservations are required. For information visit and other camps and activities visit

* Stellaris is offering an art and adventure day camp at Sixes United Methodist Church on Bells Ferry Road in Canton. The camp uses visual arts, culinary arts and performances to “visit” a different country each week.

For information and costs visit

* The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency is offering camps featuring swimming, bowling. field trips, and pizza parties among the activities. The camps run May 29 to July 27. For information call (770) 924-7768.

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