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Forsyth summer camp keeps kids academically engaged
Registration open for K-sixth grade
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* To register for SmarterMe Camp Explore, visit
* For more information, contact Amy Sol at or call (678) 516-5062.

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Spring break may have just ended, but the focus of many parents is already shifting to summer and ways to keep children occupied and engaged while not in school.

Next Generation Focus is accepting registration for its SmarterMe Camp Explore, which is a summer day camp that helps local students and their teenage mentors stay academically sharp.

The camp will run June 6-10 at Grace Chapel Church of Christ, providing rising kindergarteners through sixth-graders with the opportunity to participate in math and science activities.

Participants all will make arts and crafts, learn about history, listen to music, play outside and develop their character under the guidance of teen and adult mentors, according to Megan Reed, a public relations representative for the nonprofit.

Next Generation Focus is the brainchild of Forsyth resident Amy Sol, who wanted to create a space where children have the chance to “participate in educational programs and other life-enrichment activities in which they may not otherwise be able to … due to financial restraints.”

“Students should sign up for Camp Explore because summer camp offers the unique opportunity to explore and learn STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] concepts in a fun and encouraging environment,” said Cristy Ferencie, assistant director of Next Generation Focus.
“They benefit by learning teamwork, making new friends their age and developing mentoring relationships with local teen volunteers.”

At Camp Explore, students will learn about a different topic each day.

Hours for the camp run from 9 a.m. to noon, with extended care available until 5 p.m.

Teen volunteers help plan activities for their students each day and will be at the camp with them.

A healthy snack is provided each day, though students with allergies are asked to bring their own.

If registration is completed before May 15, fees for regular hours are $70 for one child, $135 for two and $200 for three campers.

After May 15, fees increase to $80 for one child, $155 for two and $230 for three.

Fees for extended hours are $140 for one camper, $280 for two and $420 for three.