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UGA to offer wide arrary of summer camps

UGA to offer wide array of summer camps

Athens, Ga. – From playing with earthworms to playing the tuba, summer camps at the University of Georgia have something for everyone from toddlers to teens. 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 puppet shows about the environment to producing a news broadcast.

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 counselors positions for children ages 13-17. Additional information is available online at The camps, participant age ranges, dates, times and costs include:
• Garden Earth I, ages 5-8, June 9-13, June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon, $95 ($85 for garden members).
• Garden Earth II, ages 5-8, July 7-11, July 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon, $95 ($85 for garden members).
• Sweet Pea Club, ages 3-4 plus parent or grandparent helper, July 21-25, 9-11 a.m., $110 ($100 for garden members), additional children: $60 ($55 for garden members).

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 ages 5-8. The eight-week program runs May 27-July 18. After a $75 registration fee, the program is $140 a week. The camp will include field trips and activities like yoga, bowling and reptile and amphibian outreach. Additional information is available by phone at 706)/542-4929.

Marine Science Extension
The Marine Extension Service’s Education Center and Aquarium will present Marine Science Camps in Savannah this summer for participants ages 4-18. The camps will teach participants about science and help them explore the Georgia coast.

The registration deadline is April 1, and camp enrollments are determined by lottery. Camps for older participants require entrance essays and letters of recommendation. Additional information about the camps can be found at

The camps, participant age range, dates, times and costs include:
• Fish Fry, ages 4-5, session 1: June 24-26, session 2: July 8-10, 9 a.m.-noon, $75 per session.
• Sea Squirts, ages 6-7, July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $205.
• Sea Camp, ages 8-10, session 1: June 9-13, session 2: June 16-20, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., $270 per session.
• Estuary Explorers, ages 11-12, June 23-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $275.
• Island Scientist, ages 13-15, July 7-11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $360.
• Marine Institute, ages 16-18, July 28-Aug. 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $310.

Georgia Museum of Art
The Georgia Museum of Art will host its second annual community-wide outreach program, Art Adventures: Imaginative Landscapes. Based on works in the museum’s collections, hour-long workshops will be held at children’s organizations in and around Clarke County. Participants will learn about painting landscapes and then create their own versions. Registration will begin on May 12. Additional information is available online at

Georgia Center
The Summer Academy at the University of Georgia will offer a series of academically focused summer day camps designed to keep the minds of 10 to 17-year-olds active during summer break. Camps last from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with an option to go to Legion Pool until 5 p.m. for an additional $15. The Legion Pool option is not available for all camps. Discounts are available for children of UGA students or employees, parents registering more than one child, and anyone registering by April 25. A complete schedule of classes is available online at The camps, participant age ranges, dates, and costs include:
• Comic Book Creation and Cartooning Camp, ages 10-16, June 2-6, $279.
• Beginning Video Production Camp, ages 10-16, June 9-13, $359.
• Advanced Video Production Camp, ages 10-16, June 16-20, $359.
• Screenwriting and Production Camp, ages 10-16, June 23-27, $279.
• Mini-Medical School Camp, ages 10-16, June 23-27, $329.
• DAWGWarts Camp, ages 10-16, July 21-25, $319.
• Rockin’ Rockets and Aerodynamics Camp, ages 10-16, July 28-Aug. 1, $309.
• Sing Your Heart Out Camp, ages 12-17, July 7-11, $279.
• A Young Point of View Photography Camp, ages 12-17, July 14-18, $279.
• Young Actors Camp, ages 12-17, July 14-18, $279.

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, jazz, modern 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 15-28 and cost $1,150 to stay in the residence halls, or $275 per week for day campers. A single week in the residence hall costs $700. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by May 31. For additional information, contact Mitchell Flanders at 770/228-1306.

Torrance Center
The College of Education’s Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development will offer a one-week Summer Challenge program for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students. The academic enrichment camp will focus on conducting historical research through use of primary sources. It will be held June 23-27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm in Arcade. Cost is $300. Registration deadline is May 12. For more information, contact Elizabeth Connell,, after April 1.

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, private instruction and classes with UGA faculty. The camps offer the option of staying in the residence halls. Available at, the camps, participant criteria, dates, costs and deadlines include:
• Saxophone Performance Workshop, all ages, June 15-20, $485 (to stay in residence halls), $390 (day camp). Registration deadline is May 15.
• Summer Music Camp, for band, orchestra and chorus: grades 6-12; guitar, steel drums grades 6-12; piano: grades 9-12 and an audition is required for jazz band: grades 9-12, June 1-6, $480 (to stay in dorms), $380 (day camp). Registration deadline is May 23.
• Summer Marching Band Camp: (for high school students in twirling, dance, color guard, drum major, marching percussion, band leadership and auxiliary beginner camp) June 8-13, $420 (to stay in residence halls), $320 (day camp), extra $110 if enrolled in auxiliary beginner camp. Registration deadline is May 28.
• Summer Music Institute, for rising high school sophomores through seniors by audition only, June 1-6, $480 (to stay in residence halls), $380 (day camp). Registration deadline is March 15.

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. Available at, the camps, participant grade levels, sates, costs and deadlines include:
• Avian Adventures, high school juniors and seniors interested in learning about poultry science, June 18-20. $50. Registration deadline is May 6.
• Georgia Plant Science Scholars Program, high school students, June 23-27. $100. Registration deadline is April 20.
• Animal Science in Action, high school juniors and seniors, June 5-6. $75. Registration deadline is May 15.

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 a weeklong summer camp to be held June 8-14. Attendees will help to produce a newspaper or produce a broadcast show. They will learn about broadcast news photography, writing and reporting. Classes on journalistic writing and photojournalism also will be offered, as will seminars on advertising, public relations, staff leadership and media rights. Attendees will stay in the residence halls and eat in the dining halls. The program cost is $500 until April 18 and $550 after April 15. Registration deadline is May 16. Additional information is available at