- Mary Caldwell For the AJC
Your memories of summer camp may be filled with canoes and campfires, but today's camps cater to more varied interests.
You can still find the more traditional camps if that's what your child would prefer, but there's now one to suit just about any kid's interests.
Here are 11 unusual camps your quirky kid will love this summer:
Location: Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville.
Cost: $595 per week for day camp, $895 for extended day, and $1495 for overnight
Dates: June 18-23
Camp Jam bills itself as the "ultimate rock 'n' roll experience," with "no canoes, lots of rock." Campers learn about song writing, the music business and receive instruction on their instrument. They'll also record in a studio and participate in multiple daily performances.
Location: 1055 Arbor Way, McDonough.
Dates: June 19-22
Harry Potter fans will cease being Muggles as they divide into their houses and participate in fun daily projects including Broomlore and Care of Magical Creatures. They'll even get to play a game of Muggle Quidditch.
Locations: Decatur, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs
Cost: Starts at $275 and goes up to $625, depending on the class
Dates: Camps start the week of June 5-9 and continue weekly through July 24-28. No camps are held July 3-7.
Kids learn circus skills, including trapeze, tightrope walking, juggling and magic. They'll get to watch the pros perform a live show every day and will perform their own grand finale circus show.
Advanced campers who can choose to take an intensive program that focuses on advanced aerial skills, and an Xtreme Magic Camp is also offered.
Location: 5287 Covington Hwy, Decatur
Dates: Camps start the week of June 5-9 and continue weekly through July 17-21. No camps are held July 3-7.
Kids will get a behind-the-scenes view of shelter operations and animal care through hands-on experience. Just don't be surprised if your child wants to bring home a new four-legged friend.
Locations: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 W. Howard Ave., Decatur or The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.
Dates: Two-week sessions on July 17-28 for ages 7-15 (other dates are sold out) and June 12-23 and July 10-21 for ages 4-6
Camps for varying age groups introduce kids to the language, stories and ideas of Shakespeare in age-appropriate ways.
Location: Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs.
Cost: $225 for museum members; $250 for non-members; $25 per week for lunch
Dates: June 5-9 , June 12-16, July 10-14 and July 17-21. The deadline to register is May 26.
Kids can enjoy crafts, games and food as they learn about the historical periods associated with a different American Girl doll for each day of the week. For example, Thursday focuses on Melody, a doll representing the civil rights era, with specific information about Atlanta.
Location: Peterbrooke Chocolatier, the Forum, 5135 Peachtree Pkwy, #930, Norcross.
Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from May 30 to Aug. 10, except for June 27, 28 and 29.
One-day camps let budding chocolatiers learn about the process of making chocolate as they dip their own treats, color with edible paints and build a gift basket to take home. The camp is open to children and adults, so parents and kids can sign up together if they'd like to.
Locations: Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Technology Square, 75 5th St. NW, Suite 200, Atlanta; and Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta (at the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets)
Dates: June 10-14, July 17-21 and July 24-28. Other sessions are full, but you can be put on a waiting list.
Kids are split into two age groups, with each working toward launching (or growing) a business. The camp has trained entrepreneurs since 2013, helping to launch over 150 profitable businesses.
Location: 229 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 725, Atlanta.
Cost: $800 for two weeks or $1,500 for four weeks, with scholarships and a sliding scale also available
Dates: Camps sessions last for two weeks each on June 5-9 and 12-16; June 19-23 and 26-30; and July 10-14 and 17-21.
Teens learn about the fundamentals of journalism and create a multimedia project. They'll be able network with local media professionals, take field trips to gather footage and visit media organizations.
Location: Trees Atlanta TreeHouse (The Stove Works Building), 112 Krog St. NE, Suite 7, Atlanta.
Dates: June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14 and July 17-21.
Campers explore the urban forest as they learn about common tree types, compass orienteering and invasive species removal projects. Trips include a Fernwood Forest hike and birding in the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum.
Location: The Sketching Pad, 924 Center St., Conyers.
Dates: June 5-9, with an additional session being held June 12-16 at George Walton Academy. Registration for the second session will be open soon.
Kids and teens will learn about storyboarding, panel design, building a narrative, as well as inking and more. They'll create their own short comic during camp.