Thursday, March 19, 2009

UGA to offer wide array of summer camps, activities

From learning graphic design to dancing en pointe, summer camps at the University of Georgia have something for everyone from toddlers to teens in the summer of 2009. Programs range from a few hours in class to several days on campus with the option to stay overnight in the residence halls. Subject matters vary from Newton’s laws of physics to puppet shows about the environment.

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will offer pre-college programs for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in science, engineering, business, communication and the environment. Information is available at

The camps, participant grade levels, dates, costs, and deadlines include:

• Avian Adventures, high school juniors and seniors interested in learning about poultry science, June 17–19. $50. Registration deadline is May 15.
• Georgia Plant Science Scholars Program, high school students, June 22–26. $100. Registration deadline is April 17.
• Animal Science in Action, high school juniors and seniors, June 2–3. $75. Registration deadline is May 15.

The college will also offer 4-H camps at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Jekyll Island 4-H Center, Fortson 4-H Center, Burton 4-H Center of Tybee Island and Wahsega 4-H Center. Information on those programs is available online at

Community Music School

The Community Music School will be offering private lessons on instruments all summer. They also will hold Kindermusik Early Childhood classes for children from newborn through age 7. Information is available online at for private lessons, or for Kindermusik classes. Kristin Jutras is director of the Community Music School, and she can be reached at 706/542-2894 or

Department of Dance

The department of dance will host Festival Dance Camp at UGA for dancers age 11 and older. Intended for serious dancers, the intensive dance program will feature ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip-hop and character dance styles. Instruction will include classes, lectures and other activities. Campers can attend for either one or two weeks. The two-week sessions run June 14–27 and cost $1,250 to stay in the residence halls or $325 per week for day campers. A single week in the residence hall costs $800. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by May 31. For additional information, contact Mitchell Flanders at 770/228-1306.

Fanning Institute

The Fanning Institute will hold a Latino Youth Leadership Program to develop leadership skills in high school-aged students and to encourage the pursuit of a higher education. Leadership Sin Limites! will be held July 25–30 for students of Hispanic heritage age 15–19. A second session in January 2010 is also required for participants.

Additional information, including an application form with required essays, community service and recommendations, is available at or by calling 706/542-1108. Applications are due April 15.

Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel

The Summer Academy at the University of Georgia will offer a series of academically focused summer day camps designed to keep the minds of 11–17-year-olds active during summer break. For camps that last from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., there is an option to go to Legion Pool until 5 p.m. for an additional $25. There is no Legion Pool option for half-day programs. Some program discounts are available for children of UGA students or employees, parents registering more than one child and anyone registering by April 24. For additional information, contact Jen Schumann at 706/542-7255 or .

A complete schedule of classes is available online at The camps, participant age ranges, dates, times and costs include:

• Animation and Graphics, ages 12-17, June 22-26, 8:30 a.m.-noon, $199.
• The Art of Photography, ages 12-17, June 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $319.
• Aviation Camp, ages 12-17, June 22-26, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $339.
• Comic Book, Manga and Cartoon Art, ages 11-17, June 1-5, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $289.
• CSI Academy, ages 11-15, July 27-31, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $349.
• Beginning Film School, ages 11-17, July 13-17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $369.
• Advanced Film School, ages 12-17, July 6-10, July 13-17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $679. • Game Camp! Athens, ages 12-17, July 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $369,
• Graphic Design, ages 12-17, July 27-31, 8:30 a.m.-noon, $199.
• Performance, Music Concentration, ages 12-17, July 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $299.
• Performance, Theater Concentration, ages 12-17, July 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $299.
•Mini Medical School (two sessions), ages 11-15, June 8-12 or July 6-10, 8:30a.m.-3:30pm, $349.
•Robotics and 3D Animation, ages 14-17, June 22-26, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., $149.
• Robots and Animation, ages 11-15, July 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $299.
•Secret Agent Camp, ages 11-15, June 29-July 2, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $309.
• Technology and Art, ages 11-15, June 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $299.
•Website Design, ages 12-17, June 1-5, 8:30 a.m.-noon, $199.

The Georgia Center will also offer the Summer Institute of Reading Development, as one of eight sites across the state. The program is designed to boost reading skills. Additional information is available by phone, 800/964-8888, or at

Georgia Museum of Art

The Georgia Museum of Art will host its third annual community-wide outreach program, Art Adventures: Folk Art June 15 - July 17. One-hour workshops will be held at community organizations in and around Athens-Clarke County for organized groups and will be based on folk art from the museum’s collection. Participants will learn about the subjects, techniques and materials folk artists use and create their own art. Registration will begin on May 11. Additional information is available at or by phone 706/542-4662.

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

For high school students aspiring to work as journalists, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is offering Journalism Rockstar, weeklong summer camp to be held June 7–13. Attendees will help to produce a newspaper or a broadcast show. They will learn about TV news broadcasting, journalistic writing, graphic design and photojournalism. Seminars will be offered in advertising, public relations, staff leadership, media rights and criteria for applying to UGA and Grady. The program cost is $525 until April 24 and $575 after April 24. Registration deadline is May 16. Registration fee includes tuition, housing in residence halls, meals at the dining halls and supplies. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, contact Joe Dennis at or 706/542-5022. Camp information is also available at

Hugh Hodgson School of Music

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music will hold several summer camps for middle and high school musicians and marching band participants. The camps offer rehearsals, performances, private instruction and classes with UGA faculty. The camps offer the option of staying in the residence halls. Additional information is available by contacting Katherine Isbill at 706/542-2061 or or at

The camps, participant criteria, dates, costs and deadlines include:

• Saxophone Performance Workshop, ages high school through college, June 21–26, $495 (to stay in residence halls), $395 (day camp). Registration deadline is May 29.
• Summer Marching Band Camp: (for high school students in twirling, dance, color guard, drum major, marching percussion, band leadership and auxiliary beginner camp) June 14–18, $480 (to stay in residence halls), $380 (day camp). Application deadline is June 5.
• Step Off, day camp for marching band basics for students beginning marching band, June 14–18, $125. Application deadline is June 5.
• Summer Music Camp, for students with at least one year of experience on their instrument, for band, orchestra and chorus: grades 6–12; guitar: grades 6–12; piano: grades 9–12; jazz band: grades 9–12. June 7–11, $495 (to stay in residence halls), $395 (day camp). Application deadline is May 29.
• Summer Music Institute, for rising high school sophomores through seniors by audition only, June 7–11, $495 (to stay in residence halls), $395 (day camp). Registration deadline is May 29.

Marine Science Extension

The Marine Extension Service’s Education Center and Aquarium will present Summer Marine Science Camps in Savannah this summer for participants ages 4–15. The camps will teach participants about science and explore the Georgia coast. The registration deadline for all camps is April 1, and enrollments for camps for children ages 4–12 will be determined by lottery on April 1. The Island Scientist camp is an academically advanced program. Applications are available by contacting Anne Lindsay Frick at or 912/598-2355. All forms should be mailed. Faxed and e-mailed forms will not be accepted. Additional information about the camps is available at

The camps, participant age range, dates, times and costs include:

• Fish Fry, age 4, July 21–23, morning session, 8:30–11:30 a.m., or afternoon session, 1–4 p.m. $75 per session.
• Sea Squirts, ages 5–6, July 13–July 17, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., $205.
• Sea Camp, ages 7–8, session 1: June 8–12, session 2: July 27–31, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., $230 per session.
• Salty Dawgs, ages 9–10, June 15–19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $275.
• Estuary Explorers, ages 11–12, June 22–26, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $275.
• Island Scientist, ages 13–15, July 6–10, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $370, application, essays, previous camp experience and letters of recommendation required.

McPhaul Center

The Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Child and Family Development Center has a few spots left in its summer camp program for children who will enter kindergarten and first grade in the fall. The program will have two sessions: May 26–June 19 and June 22–July 24. After a $50 registration fee (or $80 fee for both sessions), the sessions cost $160 a week. The camp will include field trips and activities like bowling and reptile and amphibian outreach. Additional information is available by phone at 706/542-4929.

Sports camps

Several athletic camps will be offered on campus this summer, including basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, gymnastics, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball. More complete information is available online at

State Botanical Garden

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will host several summer camps for children ages 3–8. Campers will learn about earthworms, streams and rivers and several other nature-related topics. Each camp will include crafts, puppet shows and indoor and outdoor activities including garden explorations. The botanical garden also offers summer camp junior counselor positions for children ages 13–17. Additional information is available by phone, 706/542-1244, or at by clicking on “Summer Camps.”

The camps, participant age ranges, dates, times and costs include:

• Garden Earth I, ages 5–8, June 8–12, June 15–19, 9 a.m.–noon, $95 ($85 for garden members).
• Garden Earth II, ages 5–8, July 6–10, July 13–17, 9 a.m.–noon, $95 ($85 for garden members).
• Sweet Pea Club, ages 3–4 plus parent or grandparent helper, June 22–26, 9–11 a.m., $110 ($100 for garden members), additional children: $60 ($55 for garden members).

Torrance Center

The College of Education’s Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development will host Camp Invention for children entering grades 1-6. Campers will learn about Newton’s three laws of physics and participate in inventive modules, including creating miniature amusement park rides. The camp will be June 1–5 from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. in Aderhold Hall. Camp is limited to 110 children and the registration fee is $185 ($110 before March 31). For more information, contact Elizabeth Connell at, or call 800/968-4332 or go to

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