Summer camps are in season for kids

May. 23, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

School's nearly out, so that means summer camps are just around the corner.

There are dozens of camps in and around Sanford this summer, ranging from free to hundreds of dollars. Some are once a week, some meet for a full week and others last for a good portion of the summer.

Kelly Quinones Miller has been compiling a list of all the camps in the area on her website, socialsanford.com. Most of the camps this summer have been around for a while, she said, but there are some new ones like a boating camp at Jordan Lake.

Miller said the list will be updated throughout the summer, whenever she learns about a new camp happening.

"Our area has a lot of great camps, but sometimes people don't hear about them," she said. "So that's my goal, is to let people know what's out there."

For more information on all the area camps including prices, dates and how to register, go to http://essentiallee.com/socialsanfordcamps2014.pdf unless otherwise noted.

General interest

YMCA: For elementary and middle school age children.

Lee County 4H: Ages 6-18 can learn about everything from sewing to robotics, baking and fitness.

Lee Christian School: From age 3 to rising sixth graders.

Stevens Center: Ages 3 and up will work on art and fitness projects.

Lee County Parks and Recreation: Children of all ages can explore nature at San-Lee Park.

Academics

Lee County Library: Themed reading programs open to all children up to sixth grade.

Lee County Schools: Various camps on robotics, science or math for rising 6-10 grade students. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1jVkvnI.

Boys and Girls Club: Camp for rising 9-12 grade students will include college tours, STEM (science, technology, math and science) activities and tutoring, "career launch" program, field trips, gym/swim time and more. To register for the free camp, held at 1414 Bragg St., call (919) 774-3525.

Sports

Blackbelt Leadership Academy: Ages 5 and up.

Beginning and advanced horseback riding: Ages 5 and up, and family lessons.

Jordan Lake boating camp: Ages 7-14 learn about kayaking and paddle-boarding.

First Baptist Church basketball, volleyball and day camps: Open to all children in kindergarten or older.

Girl Scouts outdoor survival: Day camp open to girls of all ages at San-Lee Park.

Lee County Gymnastics: Recreational camp for children of all ages.

Sanford Academy Gymnastics: Recreational camp for children of all ages.

Sanford Area Soccer League: Skills camps for ages 3-18.

Sanford Elite Soccer Academy: For ages 7-19.

Sanford Municipal Golf Course: Ages 9-14 can learn about golf etiquette and fundamentals.

Arts and Crafts

ArtStudio: Ages 5-18 can explore drawing, painting, sculpture and more.

CCCC campuses in Sanford, Lillington and Pittsboro: Children of all ages can learn about cooking, photography, crime solving and arts and crafts.

Find X Designs: Ages 8 and up can learn about sewing and other fabric arts.

Junior Appalachian Musicians: Children in grades 3-8 can learn traditional mountain music and instruments.

Kindermusik with Real Great Music: Children up to age 7 can learn about music and instruments.

Lee County Arts Council: Children of all ages can participate in camps with various themes.

Painted Petal: Art classes for ages 5 and up.

Temple Theatre: Youth Conservatory for older children, and weekly camps for rising K-2 students.

V. Art: Children of all ages can learn about painting and drawing in various materials and media.