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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Smarty Summer Camp Directory

By Rachel H

It's here, it's here, it's here! Each member of the Smarty Pants Team is dancing a jig in our homes this morning because we are so pumped to have this fabulous Camp Directory to share with you today. We took the advice of our readers and used the following criteria for putting this directory together:

~ Not too many camps where the choices get overwhelming
~ A good mix of camps from all over the Triad
~ Options of half-day, full-day and overnight camps
~ Camp options for ALL age ranges (babies to teens)
~ A mix of arts-based camps, sport camps, dance camps, and educational camps
~ Smarty Approved - which means each camp below was recommended by a local mom

We took your comments, went to work, and are thrilled to present this list of sponsors below. Many of these camps are offering discounts to Triad Smarty Pants readers, so be sure to tell them you saw this listing. You can access each camps' website by clicking on its name. And be sure to keep checking back by clicking the white Summer Camps button on our site - we have other camps interested in participating, and will be adding more options to this directory over the next few weeks.

No matter which camps you choose to have your children attend this summer, we hope your kids will create memories of Summer 2010 that will last a lifetime!

On to the good stuff ...

Academy of Dance Arts, Inc. - The Academy of Dance Arts, Inc. is in its 63rd year of operation and has touched the lives of thousands of families in the Winston-Salem community. This summer the Academy will offer weekly dance camps for ages 3 to 12+ beginning July 5. Prices are either $60 or $75 depending on the class. Each class ends with a performance for families in the studio. Camp themes include Sugar Plum, Disney, Angelina Ballerina, Disney Classics, Pop Disney, So You Think You Can Dance? (covering ballet, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical), Ballet Technique, Pointe, and Rhythm Tap. Call (336) 724-9041 for more details.

Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts - Summer Session 2010 - Offering camps, classes, and intensives in KinderMotions, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Turns/Leaps/Flexibility as well as BADA Style Master Classes with leading choreographers! This is a great chance to try our programs without the long-term commitment. We have a variety of dance disciplines, so your children can see if they are ready for the structure of classes. Your children will be able to stay in shape, explore their creative side, work on dance technique, strengthen areas of weakness and continue building flexibility and strength. Discounts available! Plus, receive a $10 discount for mentioning the Triad Smarty Pants website! 336.584.6727

Burlington Day School/The Elon School Summer Enrichment Programs - Want your son or daughter to have a GREAT TIME this summer but still LEARN? As Alamance County’s only independent schools, Burlington Day School and The Elon School offer summer programs that continue/enhance your child’s learning through enriching yet fun classes. Our programs have traditional offerings, (full day camp, tutoring), or perhaps you would like to try something different – like beading, Shakespeare, scuba or green livin’ – through classes that develop new skills and knowledge. There is something for all ages! Programs will be held at both campuses. Ages 3 - adult. Offered weekly Monday – Friday. Session Dates: June 7 – August 13, Contact for more info:,

Camp Hanes - For more than 80 years, YMCA Camp Hanes has operated as a safe, fun, overnight camp located at the base of Sauratown Mountain in King, North Carolina. Campers live and play at our “400 Acre Memory Maker” where they learn and develop the core character values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. Side by side with well-trained, safe, enthusiastic and supportive staff, campers learn a sense of accomplishment through developing skills at activities like archery, high ropes, teambuilding and arts and crafts. Campers live in community where an emphasis on making and being friends helps create a sense of belonging. Triad Smarty Pants readers will receive a $50 discount when you register and mention this ad. 336.983.3131

Camp Hollymont is a residential camp for girls ages 6-15. Camp Hollymont is surrounded by the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains. Campers live in dorm-style housing and enjoy beautiful grounds, an air-conditioned dining hall, and an athletic complex with a large indoor pool. Choose from daily activities (skills) such as horseback riding, swimming, tennis, archery, sewing, cooking, arts & crafts, drama, soccer, dance, and more! Night activities include theme nights, talent shows, scavenger hunts, etc. Elective off-campus trips include whitewater rafting, waterskiing, campouts, and more! Please visit our website above for an application or to register online. Mention this ad and receive a $20 gift certificate towards the camp store.

Camp Merriwood - Quality, summer camp programming. Highly-screened and trained college-age counselors. Emotionally and physically safe, healthy, and positive camp environment. The structured day allows campers to bump their comfort zone and experience new things. Emphasis on the camper-counselor relationship and small groups. The camp week includes: Team building activities, Skills Classes, Cabin v/s Cabin Games, Music and Bible Class times, Aquatics, Paddle Boats, Campfires, Hayride, Climbing Wall, and Nature Hikes. Skills Classes include Archery, Riflery, Canoeing, Derby Car making, High Ropes Course, Crafts, Drama, Outdoor cooking, Model rocketry, and Geo-tracking. (Activities depend on age group.) High camper return rate! Forever memories. Located in Clemmons, NC. 336.766.5151,

Camp Play Ball at the Jerry Long YMCA – We are offering this specialized sports camp to teach, train and enhance sportsmanship and athletic ability. Each camper experiences creative skill development, thrilling competition and, of course, they will have fun! Sessions include All Sports, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Football, and Baseball and are offered June 14-August 20. These camps are for ages 5-12 and will run Monday-Friday from 8am – noon. We also offer a Future Stars All-Sports Camp for ages 3-5. All camps are $90 Members, $135 Non-Members. Visit for a complete listing of camp dates and sessions. For more information or to sign up, contact Bradley Willard at or call 721-2000.

Camp Tekoa is a summer camp and conference center located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, near Hendersonville. Tekoa is owned and operated by the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. Tekoa offers a wide variety of summer resident and day camps for boys and girls. These include elementary day camp, and resident camps for elementary, middle school and high school students. Tekoa also offers Adventure camps for middle and high school students. Our adventure camps include, Water Adventure, Survivor, Mountain Biking, High School Ultimate Challenge and High School Expedition. $30.00 discount for week long and $15.00 discount for day camp and mini camp if you register online by March 1, 2010, pay in full at the time of registration, and have paperwork back to camp postmarked within 3 weeks of the day you registered. 828.692.6516

Canterbury Summer Programs - Our program is entering its eleventh year of providing adventurous, educational camps to the children of Greensboro. We are excited to continue to offer camps to a variety of age groups (Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade) with a broad array of topics. For the first time ever our camps will be structured around three engaging tiers: “Cougar Camp,” “Venture Out,” and “Athletics.” Each tier offers unique opportunities for exploration and fun! Join us for time-travel, dinosaur digging, printmaking, robotics programming, rock climbing, camping, cricket, basketball, and much, much more! Contact us at (336) 288-2007, ext. 138 or at

Cash Lovell Stables Summer Camps -
For three generations, Cash Lovell Stables has taught horse lovers of all ages to safely enjoy riding and caring for horses. From our family-centered, family-run, climate-controlled facility, children ride daily under the tutelage of our university-educated instructors and staff. In addition, children learn grooming, tacking, feeding, basic veterinary care and hoof care, as well as driving a horse to a carriage – and so much more! Ever covered a pony in whipped cream? Or dressed him up in feather boas for a costume contest?? At Cash Lovell Stables, this and so much more is just part of a day’s camp fun! Day camps running all summer, for ages 3 & Up, $275 - $500, depending on the camp. Mention this ad and recieve $10 off! Located at 2210 Darwick Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27127. 336.971.9388 or 336.784.6385

Centenary Weekday School Summer Sizzlers - Summer is a special time for children. Turn summer into a time of exploring, discovering, learning new skills, making friends, and having fun! Join us at CWS in Greensboro for one of our summer sizzlers camps. Each week the curriculum focuses on a unique theme that introduces preschoolers to the exciting world of education. Every adventure includes art, music, outdoor play, games, snacks, and story time that directly reflects a theme of the week. Six different three day camps to choose from and each camp runs from 9am-1pm. Open for children ages 2-6. June 6th-8th, June 15th-17th, June 22nd-24th, July 13th-15th, July 20th-22nd, July 27th-29th

Child Enrichment at First United Methodist Church - Summertime is FUN time at Child Enrichment! Summer session is open to children ages 4 months - rising 1st graders. They will enjoy arts and crafts, water days, field trips, Kids in Motion, Little Light Shine, participate in the High Point Library summer reading program, and much more!! Offered June 8th-July 29th, Tuesdays-Thursdays. 9am-12pm. Cost is only $50.00 per week or $165.00 per month. Registration begins March 2nd, 2010. There is a registration fee of $30.00 per family. Located at 512 North Main Street, High Point, NC 27260. Please call 889-3103 with any questions or visit our website above.

Children's Museum of Winston Salem Come over to the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem this summer for Camp Imagination 2010! We are offering some returning favorite camps this year like "101 Uses of a Cardboard Box" and our very popular "Opera Camp." Plus we are introducing brand new camps like "Our Musical Earth" and "Big Bang Boom Rock Star Camp!" We offer half day camps for age 4 - rising Kindergartners and full day options for grades 1st - 4th. Please visit our website above for more details and to register. Mention Triad Smarty Pants and receive $10 off each camp you register for. For additional information call 336.723.9111 (ext. 208).

The Creative Learning Center for Very Young Children - Adjacent to the UNC School of the Arts campus in W-S, we offer two week long, 1/2 day (9-12:00, Lunch Bunch optional) summer camp programs for your 3-5 year old to enjoy. You're invited to enroll in one or both programs, and encouraged to visit our Open House on Sunday, March 7, 3-6:00 p.m. where we will answer questions about our school year program and accept applications for camp and school. Camp: $25 one time registration, $125 per week. July 19-23 will be "Arts in Action" where we will walk to UNCSA for a dance class, meet a guest musician, and create our own art all while having fun in a developmentally appropriate setting for your imaginative child. July 26-30 will be "Farm & Frolic" where children will meet farm animals, garden, do farm related projects, and end the week with a farm party celebration.

Creative Palooza Summer Camp - Creative Palooza is an arts-based summer camp designed to spark your child’s imagination. The program is offered to rising kindergartners through sixth graders, and operates a full-day schedule with flexible drop-off /pick-up options. Curriculum includes Art, Computer Lab, Drama, Spanish and American Sign Language. Camp operates June 14th through August 20th. Creative Palooza is sponsored by First Christian Church, 2320 Country Club Road, Winston Salem. Get more details at our website above, or contact Sue Halford at 336-970-5102. Cost is $135/week or $40/day plus registration fee. We will waive our normal registration fee of $25.00 for those who mention this ad on TSP!

Eagle’s Nest is a magical place that encourages wonder and helps children grow through meaningful experiences. Campers discover what it means to belong: from rocks and rivers, to forests and friends. Children participate in a variety of self-selected activities, including wilderness adventures (backpacking, climbing, canoeing, gardening), arts (songwriting, musical theatre, darkroom photography, blacksmithing) and athletics (horseback riding, Ultimate Frisbee, archery). In addition to learning skills in their chosen activities, campers experience the joy of being independent and making friends in a fun, safe and vibrant camp community. Located in the mountains of western North Carolina. 1, 2 and 3-week sessions available. 828.877.4349

EMFexplorers Camp - Eastern Music Festival and Music Academy of North Carolina present a NEW EMFexplorers Day Camp specifically designed for 9 and 10-year-olds − Backstage Pass: The Making of Music! With backstage access to professional musicians and exclusive performances, participants explore current music genres and professions, including movie and video game music, jazz and blues, Americana, classical music, and composition. Each student composes and performs music, creates an individual recording in a professional studio, experiences an orchestra rehearsal, and participates in a Q & A session with a conductor. One Session: July 19-23 (9am-Noon). Located in Greensboro, NC. When registering, mention for a special gift. 336.333.7450 x28,

EMFkids Camp- Eastern Music Festival presents EMFkids Day Camps: Introducing Young People to the Symphony Orchestra for children ages 4-8! Participants receive a top-notch introduction to classical music through hands-on learning. Instructors from Music Academy of North Carolina provide a kid-friendly and creative approach to music through instrument demonstrations, rehearsal visits, singing, and an introduction to melody, harmony, and rhythm. Each participant is given two tickets to an EMF orchestral performance during the week of the camp. Session 1: July 5-9, 9am-Noon, Ages 4 & 5. Session 2: July 12-16, 9am-Noon, Ages 6-8. Located in Greensboro, NC. When registering, mention for a special gift. 336.333.7450 x28,

Greensboro Ballet
Greensboro Ballet offers week-long themed camps for 3-6 year olds in Greensboro and Summerfield. Camps are offered starting in June and ending in August. Some camps are collaborative camps with the Center for Visual Artists, making them full day camps. We also have open classes for ages 7+ and a dance intensive in August for the more serious dancer aged 13+. For more info, visit the website above or email 336.333.7480

Greensboro Day School - Enjoy a magical summer at Greensboro Day School. Our campus sizzles with excitement during the summer! Summer 2010 offers some tried and true favorites, such as Wes Miller’s Basketball Camp, PS-1st grade Learning Camps, and amazing drama camps. Come join us for new camps too: DIY camp, Once Upon a Time Art, and Golf Camp, just to name a few! If your camper is an artist, athlete, actor, or academic, know we have something for everyone – ages 4 and up. Online registration will be available in March. Visit our website above for complete details.

kidZart Children’s Renaissance Center SUMMER CAMP
No “summer of a thousand field trips” here! kidZart provides REAL programming for summer vacation & puts together the most original, fun, exciting, new & different summer camp experience possible! This summer our popular Chess, Gardening, & “Cool Treats” Camps return! We will also offer Krafty Kidz, Detectives, BrainWorx, and many other Camps. (All Day Camps includes breakfast, lunch & PM snack - $105.00/week) Our 1/2 day "Mini-camps©" will include Horseback, Swim, Tennis, Clay Creations, Photography, Girly-girly Spa, “Art’s Parts”, and more... (prices vary) kidZart will begin taking Registration on April 5, 2010. All Day Supply Fee - $45.00, but mention TriadSmartyPants & take $10.00 off! Please contact us for availability, spaces fill up quickly! 2211 Edgewood Avenue Burlington, NC 27215 336.585.1170

Knollwood Baptist Church Preschool - There are few camp choices for young children since many camps expect campers to be out of diapers, but Knollwood’s Summer Fun (located in W-S)is for children from three months to rising first graders. Summer Fun is staffed by the preschool teachers, so children are well supervised. Campers enjoy art, reading, science, snack, and music, plus plenty of outdoor play and socialization. Each week follows a different theme, like Digging Up Dinosaurs and Happy Birthday, America. Summer Fun is a great option for prospective students, longtime students, and children who just need a fun and loving summer camp. June 21–24, June 28–July 1, July 12–July 15, and July 19–July 22. Summer Fun is from 9–1pm. Lunch is provided on Thursdays. Sign-ups start in April.

Mt. Tabor Preschool “Summer Fun” - Ages: 2 (by August 31, 2010) through Rising Kindergartners are invited to attend a week of Summer Fun at a fantastic preschool. Our experienced, ENTHUSIASTIC staff will provide fun-filled activities including story time, arts and crafts, outdoor play and water play. Camps are offered Monday-Thursday June 21-24, July 19-22, or July 26-29 from 9:30-12:30pm. Cost of each week is $85. Children bring a lunch and drink daily. Snack provided by the Preschool. Registration is open to public beginning April 12, 2010. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate children with food allergies requiring the use of an Epi-Pen. 3543 Robinhood Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106, 336.760.2326

Oakview UMC Preschool - This summer, let your child explore their world while learning through our FUN, hands-on academic center. Oakview UMC Summer Camp has been providing enriching, educational and entertaining summer programs for infants through rising 4th graders since 2003. Camp runs for 6 weeks with a different weekly theme and fun day. Campers will enjoy activities such as water day, bike day, movie day, Kids in Motion, and carnival day. A free, catered hot lunch is served daily. Camp is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June 15th – July 22nd; 9:00 am – 11:55 am. Come join in on the fun!!! Located at 321 Oakview Road, High Point, NC 27265. info@oakviewumcpreschool, 336-841-4018

Olde Forest Racquet Club - located at 200Pinedale Dr. Elon, NC 27244, Olde Forest has always been a great place to be to enjoy tennis, swimming and sun! We will offer tennis camps for kids during Summer 2010. Weekly camps will be offered, as well as daily camps on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Check back here or at for dates and times for varying age groups. 336.449.7121

The Piedmont School - Founded in 1982, The Piedmont School is a place where children who are struggling in a traditional educational environment can achieve their learning potential. Students in first through eighth grades attend the school’s full-day and half day programs during the traditional school year. Tutoring and summer programs are also offered. The Piedmont School is a co-educational, non-profit organization dedicated to educating children who have learning differences and/or Attention Deficit(Hyperactivity) Disorder. Centrally located in the Piedmont Triad region, The Piedmont School is 10 minutes from Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Click here for the direct link to our summer school brochure. 336.883.0992

Reynolda House Museum of American Art offers two unique summer programs in July for elementary and middle school students. Using the Museum’s renowned collection of American art as inspiration, students create original artwork during Summer Enrichment and their own writing compositions during Writing Adventures. Students also enjoy time in the Museum, historic house, and education studios. Plus, they are the only visitors allowed to swim in the historic indoor swimming pool! Both programs offer half-day, one-week sessions. Become a member of Reynolda House and save $15 on registration! Located in Winston-Salem, NC. Register by calling 336.758.5599 or download the registration form at

Saint John's Camp Falcon - St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Winston-Salem invites your child to Camp Falcon. This year’s theme, “Oh the Places We’ll Go,” allows students to explore a Dr. Seuss book each week and use that book to springboard into creative activities in areas such as outdoor/gym games, arts and crafts, dramatic play, and cooking. Sound Biblical teaching, live praise and worship, and exciting field trips are hallmarks of our program. Camp is open to preschoolers through rising 8th graders. Flexible scheduling is available. Visit our website above and click on the Camp Falcon link. Contact Camp Director, Brandi Lovejoy at 336-725-1651 ext. 402 or for more information.

Saint Pius X Summer Camps 2010 - SPX camps is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary by offering the most exciting day camps for children in rising K-9th grades in the Triad! Join our experienced camp staff for 8 weeks packed with sports, enrichment, art entertainment and science themes sure to delight your child. Choose from basketball, princesses, race cars, pets, painting, cheerleading, all sports, games, cooking and more. Be sure not to miss our annual Little Miss SPX Pageant! Camp hours are 9 am-3 pm. Multiple camp and family discounts provided – the more you buy, the more you save! Extended day care available. Contact Lori Warren at 336-273-9865 for more information. Located at 2200 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27408.

Salem Sports Camp for Kids - Come Soar, Roar, and Score this summer at Salem Sports Camp for Kids. Using the superb athletic facilities of Salem Academy and College, the camp offers half-day, co-educational learning and fun for all skill levels through age-appropriate activities for kids between the ages of 4 to 11. With activities such as swimming, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, archery, and golf, campers learn the fundamentals of both individual and team sports under the expert care of our sports camp staff in a secure, non-competitive environment. Don't miss out on the fun this summer! Three sessions - 8:30am – 1:00pm with snack and lunch provided. Space is limited so register now. Mention Triad Smarty Pants and receive $5 off! 336.721.2732

Sawtooth School for Visual Art - Summer Art Camp at Sawtooth School for Visual Art is a different adventure every week! We’ll “Ride the Orient Express” June 21-25 and then we’ll be “Under the Sea” June 28-7/2. If your child is interested in visiting many different countries, join us for “Travel-Rama” 7/5-7/9. Reading will be celebrated during “Magical Mystery Book Tour” 7/12-7/16. Next up we are on our way to exotic “Amazing Africa” 7/19-7/23. Want to have fun with paint? That’s what we’ll be doing during “Dribble, Splat, Splash” 7/26-7/30. We always end the summer “At the Circus” and you can too 8/2-8/6!

SciWorks Summer SciCamp is a blast! Day Camps for students age 4 thru rising 12th grade offered June 14 – August 20. Every week is different – sign up for one or multiple camps (with discount). These are just a few of the themes: “Me, Myself and I” and “The Bear Facts” for 4-5 year olds. “Rainforest Round-up” and “Blast Off!” for K-1st grade. “To Infinity and Beyond!” and “Science of Super Heroes” for 2-3grade. “Architect Apprentice”, “Wizards Week”, and “Crime Scene Explorers” for 4-6 grade. And, we’ve added a Middle School camp this year from Aug. 9-13th only – “NanoCamp!” – all about the amazing world of Nano Science! Our newest program – “SciWorks 101” (Offered June 14-18 only) is specially designed to give rising 9th thru 12th graders a look at what it’s like to be a museum educator/floor demonstrator. For students considering a career in science or education, this is the summer experience for them! 336.714.7105

Stokes Family YMCA Summer Camp and Teen Camp
Ages K- rising 5th for summer camp, and rising 6th- rising 9th for Teen Camp
YMCA traditional day camp packed full of fun, games, and memory makers! We strive to hire the best staff members for each age group who want to play all day and keep your kids safe while having a blast. Our activities are age appropriate, crazy fun, and guaranteed to keep your child engaged all day! As for teen camp, our activities are geared for those pre teens and teenagers that crave a summer that impacts their life forever! Register your child or teen today for a summer experience they won’t forget!!! Located at 105 Moore Rd. King, NC 27021. Contact for Teens (rising 6th- rising 9th)and for K- rising 5th graders. 336.985.9622

YMCA Day Camps are a great way for your child to spend their summer! The outdoor-based day camp is filled with high energy games, songs, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, archery and much more. Each week is centered on a specific theme and delivered by mature, well-trained, energetic staff to ensure your son or daughter has a summer of fun and a lifetime of memories. The YMCA is committed to supporting working families, and in order to ensure every child has the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from our camps, Financial Assistance is available for those in need.

Readers, keep checking back, as we will be adding a few more camps to this list. Also, if you live in Forsyth County, be sure to pick up the March issue of Forsyth Family Magazine to see more camps offered in your area!

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