For many area youngsters, the end of the school year signals the beginning of summer fun in the form of camp experiences.
With each passing year, the offerings become more varied and the opportunity to participate opens up to a broader group of youngsters.
Augusta Prep is offering nearly 40 different summer camps this year, with some open to children as young as 3.
“Because we try to provide a wide range of camps for ages 3-18, we have something for everyone,” said Cornelia Issac, the director of summer camps at Augusta Prep. “We have everything: traditional day camps that have their own themes each week, sports camps where kids can come just for fun or hone their skills for the next level of competitions, creative arts and exploratory camps that allow kids tons of hands-on experiences.
“Our Augusta Prep Summer Academy brings students back into the classroom to help prep for the PSAT/SAT or brush up on English, math, organization, study skills and even introduce them to their classrooms for next year,” added Issac.
The Family Y, with locations throughout the area, also offers a number of camps for the younger children.
“At Marshall, we offer a traditional camp for ages 5-12,” said Shonna Sargent, the program director at Marshall Family Y in Evans.
“We focus on character development, including our core values of respect, caring, responsibility, honesty and faith.”
Bricks 4 Kidz is another camp experience open to the younger crowd. Many of its camps are open to children as young as 5.
At right, see a listing of area summer camps.