Forsyth County students have been out of school for more than a week, and local parks departments are hoping to keep them active and learning.
Throughout the summer, the city of Cumming and Forsyth County parks departments are hosting numerous camps, including many focused around particular interests and activities.
“We have camps, I hope, that fit pretty much any need that your child might have an interest,” said Greg Little, parks director for the city.
“It keeps them active during the summer months, getting them out of the house where all they do is exercise their thumbs playing PlayStation or doing something online. A lot of kids that have already picked out an interest that they really want to put some energy into.”
Sports camps are among the most popular.
“We offer a wide variety of camps including sports camps in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, lacrosse, strength and agility, tennis and wrestling,” said Laura Pate, with the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation department, in an email.
“We also offer general-themed day camps, adventure camps, archery, art, dance, gymnastics, nature and safety town.”
Little said the city offers camps for many sports, which are generally sponsored through Forsyth Central High School, and offered a sports camp that is more general.
“One of the neat camps we do is the fun-damentals camp, which is just a variety of sports activities. It may be baseball one day, soccer the next day, but they introduce the kids to a variety of different sports with one being stressed each day.”
For those who want to do something other than sports, kids can also learn an art form.
“We offer art camps in drawing and painting as well as pottery,” the county’s Pate said. “They are very popular and children will learn how to draw and paint using different mediums. In pottery camp, the kids will use hand-building techniques to make different take-home pottery pieces.
“We also have dance camps and drama camps for the folks that are involved in those,” Little said. “Those are kind of broken up into age groups. Our Mini Fairy Princess [dance] Camps are for the younger ones, and the Fairy Princess Camps are for the older ones that want to participate. ”
Dates, price and availability depend on the particular camp. More information and registration can be found online at parks.forsythco.com/ and crpdonline.org/.