The Very Best Summer Camps in Georgia

Summer is around the corner; it’s time to start planning! We’ve scoured the web, interviewed parents, read in-depth reviews and more to find the VERY BEST summer camps in Georgia. From an incredible art camp in Dunwoody to a sensational boys-only overnight camp just over the border… and from a nationally recognized STEM camp with locations all over the city to a kiddo chef experience in the mountains, we’ve got something for everyone!

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One of the best programs out there is Alliance Theatre Drama Camp. They offer performing arts classes for kids 3 years old to teen-agers. We are proud to call them a lifetime sponsor of our “Best Of” guide for summer camps in Georgia, as they certainly deserve the accolade!

Arts Camps | Family CampsTraditional Summer Camps | Overnight Camps | Tech & Ed Camps | Action & Sports Camp | Camps for Young Ones

Performing Arts Camps Atlanta

Arts Camps

Paint with a Twist (Dunwoody) This half day camp for ages 6 and up gives your budding artist a place to really shine. Each day campers will complete a new painting.

Alliance Theatre Drama Camp (Various locations) Creative Play for young children, Drama, Music and Theatre for elementary kids, and Acting, Improve, Film Making and tons more for tweens and teens. After Care is also available.

Act3 Productions (Sandy Springs) Professional theatre instruction for elementary through high school kids that culminates in a theatrical performance.

Camp Broadway (Atlanta) Classic theater camp for teens and tweens. Open to all skill levels; no previous experience is necessary to enroll.

High Museum of Art (Midtown) Kids and teens explore the High’s collection, sketch in the galleries, and create artwork at this day camp.

Forefront Arts Camp (Multiple Locations)Camp activities include acting, singing, dancing, creating props, sets & costumes, comedy sketch-writing, and more for children age 3 – 18.

Zone of Light Art Camp (Atlanta) 11 unique art-themed week programs help your child create beautiful art, explore nature, and make new friends.

Shakespeare Superheroes (Atlanta) Introducing kids to the language, stories, characters and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays in imaginative and playful ways.

Spruill Center for the Arts (Atlanta) Choose from a variety of Visual, Performing & Studio Arts Camps offered for boys and girls ages 5-18. Before & After Care available from 8am-6pm.

School of Rock Camp (Atlanta) Camps are designed to hone music performance and group playing skills in a creative and fun environment.

Whole World Improv Summer Camp (Atlanta) Teens and kids play ensemble exercises, move into scene work and advance into improvisational games, then give a live improv show.

Fabricate Studio Summer Camps (Atlanta) Beginner and advanced sewing, and art camp.

Camp Master Chef (Rabun Gap) Meet with MasterChef and MasterChef Jr. participants, and participate in cooking competitions, cooking lessons, theme parties, swimming and sport activities.

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Family Camps

Jekyll Island Summer Camps (Jekyll Island) Whether your child is a junior scientist, budding golf or tennis pro, or history enthusiast – Jekyll Island has a summer camp for everyone.

Summer Family Adventure at Callaway (Pine Mountain) Enjoy a four- to seven-night vacation that connects your loved ones in a family atmosphere and offers countless options for fun in a beautiful natural environment.

Greyfield Inn Island Camp (Cumberland Island) Exciting and educational daily adventures for children 5 and up, plus fun for teens and adults as well.

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp (Crandall) Cohutta Springs offers a relaxing vacation in the out-of-doors. Well-rounded and complete vegetarian meals are provided.

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Traditional Summer Camps

Josh Powell (Acworth) Founded by Josh Powell in 1972, kids love it here, signing up year after year! Unplug and get dirty on 25 acres of land, with swimming, canoeing, fort building and more.

MJCCA Summer Camps (Atlanta) Enjoy the most enriching Jewish camp experiences in the South. Select from three exciting camp options for your child’s summer.

Dunwoody Nature Center (Dunwoody) A summer camp for boys and girls who want to explore nature the way it was meant to be. Lots of outdoor adventure on a 22-acre wooded campus just outside the city.

Camp Eagle’s Landing (Stockbridge) Camp Eagle’s Landing is a unique balance of a traditional day camp experience in the convenient and familiar setting of the country club.

Camp Kingfisher (Roswell) Since 1993, Kingfisher offers part traditional outdoor camp and part hands-on nature education. See why we love Camp Kingfisher, and why it is part of my kids’ summer experience.

Charlie Elliot Day Camp (Mansfield) Kids gain new outdoor skills while they hike forest trails, explore waterways and search for wildlife evidence.

Owanyake Day Camp (Toccoa) Camp Fire Camp Toccoa’s day camp offers archery, canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, ropes courses, nature conservancy, outdoor living skills, sports, games, hiking and more!

High Meadows Camp (Roswell) High Meadows is a personal family favorite and one we return to again and again each year. Since 1973, High Meadows has offered a rich, traditional outdoor day program with unique facilities on more than 40 acres of meadow and woodland.

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Overnight Camps

UGA Summer Academy Camps (Athens) UGA’s camps offers a plethora of unique camps for middle and high school kids. These specialty camps allow kids to experience dream jobs in a hands-on, practical manner.

Camp Rockmont (Black Mountain, NC) Although not in Georgia, Camp Rockmont is a favorite of Georgia families. This Christian summer camp for boys offers a traditional overnight camp experience.

Camp Blue Ridge (Clayton) Camp Blue Ridge is a traditional overnight summer camp family owned and operated, co-ed sleep away camp on 250 acres in Clayton Ga. Campers can choose between 55 different activities!

Girl Scout Camp (Multiple Locations) You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to enjoy this affordable camp adventure. Choose from overnight and day camps.

Athens Y Camp/Camp Chattooga (Tallulah Falls) A tradition since 1898- 600 beautiful acres in the North Georgia mountains. Athens Y Camps for boys and Camp Chattooga for girls are tucked in between Tallulah Falls and Lake Rabun.

YMCA Camp High Harbour (Cartersville & Clayton) Campers live in cabins each with waterfront views. They enjoy a general camp program, Pathfinders and two specialty camps on Lake Allatoona or Lake Burton.

Camp Juliette Low (Cloudland) Juliette Gordon Low, founder of this camp and of the Girl Scouts, picked the location of CJL herself. CJL provides campers with fun and exciting ways to become more confident and competent, individually and in groups.

Camp Woodmont (Cloudland) Camp Woodmont is a traditional overnight summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-14, located on 170 acres of beautiful North Georgia woodlands on top of Lookout Mountain.

Charlie Elliot Residential Camp (Mansfield) Five overnight camp sessions offer bird and nature sessions on Sapleo or LSSI, team challenge sessions, Garden Club Camp, adventures in conservation or and expanded and improved shooting sports camp.

Peacebuilders Camp (Americus) Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm is a unique overnight summer camp in rural south Georgia where youth ages 11 to 14 spend a week together learning how to work toward peace and justice.

Camp Dixie (Clayton) Camp Dixie is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For 100 years, generations of families have enjoyed the traditions and shared the memories of their summers at Camp Dixie.

Camp WinShape (Various locations) Established in 1985 in Mt. Berry, Ga., WinShape provides a camp experience that enables campers to sharpen their character, deepen their Christian faith and grow in their relationships with others.


Technology & Educational Camps

American Girl (and Boy) Summer Camp (Heritage Sandy Springs) We love this play-based learning camp that teaching kiddos about unique historical perspectives via American Girl dolls. Two week-long options are great for girls or boys.

Club SciKidz (Various locations) This camp believes that every child is a scientist. Their vision is to make them better scientists by offering 42 unique science day camps.

UGA Summer Academy Camps (Athens) UGA’s camps offers a plethora of unique camps for middle and high school kids. These specialty camps allow kids to experience dream jobs in a hands-on, practical manner.

High Tech, High Touch (Multiple Locations) Kids build robots, play with virtual reality, get energized by building electrical circuits and create their own video game with the help of degreed professionals.

campMODA (Atlanta) Children who attend campMODA learn to use Design Thinking in connection with science, technology, creativity, engineering and math skills to solve real world problems.

Camp Invention (18 locations through metro Atlanta) An exciting, weeklong summer adventure for K-6th graders with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

Computer Coding Using Arcade Game Design (Atlanta) Tutoring Solutions of Atlanta’s computer coding camp caters to the beginners and to those with experience. Campers learn programming concepts by building their own arcade game.

Junior TreeKeeper Day Camp (Atlanta) For Junior TreeKeepers, every day is a new adventure! Explore the outdoors with hands-on activities in environmental science, biking the Atlanta BeltLine, field trips to local attractions and more!

Summer Camp H2O (Atlanta) While engaged in fun and exciting activities, campers will explore the wondrous ocean world all within the walls of the Georgia Aquarium. Included are all all Aquarium galleries and shows (camp theme repeats every week).

iD Tech Camp (Various locations) Whether your kiddo is an aspiring coder, app developer, web designer, or robotics engineer, unleash their inner “maker” and help them do something BIG this summer. Day & overnight STEM programs available.

GEHC Summer Camp (Buford) From scientists to explorers, theatre to band, LEGO to military history…there is something for every one and all ages at GEHC.

Kid Chess (Various locations) Camps feature a variety of activities which include:  Regular Chess, Bughouse Chess, Blitz Chess, Blindfolded Chess, & Obstacle courses.  Several chances to play top instructors, lots of play.

Farm Camp (Nichols) This camp focuses on learning what life was like for children on a south Georgia farm in the late 1800s. Participants will do the same activities that kids their age did, such as animal care, candle making, soap making, gardening, and open hearth cooking. Ages 9–14.

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Sports & Action Camps

Trinity Sports Camps (Atlanta) Elementary aged children enjoy basketball, cooperative challenges, flag football, hockey, kickball, lacrosse, pool/water activities, soccer, and more!

Universal Tennis Camp (7 locations in Atlanta and Cumming) UTA has trained all levels of players from ALTA champions and NCAA champions to touring professionals in a fun, exciting and educational environment.Camp activities at all location include tennis instruction, drills, games theme events; golf instruction/play at Bobby Jones Golf course (Bitsy Grant); Swimming (Chastain and Piedmont)

Pinecrest Academy (Cumming) Pick your passion, Pinecrest offers 40+ camps including sports, art, science, technology, etc. for Pre-K – High school.

Circus Camp (Various locations) Circus Camp is a day-camp experience designed to introduce children to circus, performing, and visual arts in a safe and noncompetitive environment. Camper age begins at 5 years old and includes teens.

Atlanta Braves Baseball Camp (Various locations) Kids love Atlanta Braves youth baseball camps being held throughout the metro Atlanta area for boys and girls ages 5-13. In addition to a baseball curriculum tailored to each age group, campers will be treated to unforgettable experiences such as a field trip or meeting a current Braves player or alumni. Each camper will also receive an official Braves uniform and take home an autographed photo and two tickets to a select Braves home game.

PGA Junior Golf Camp (Macon and Suwanee) Each camp location has been hand-selected and identified as courses which are favorable and geared to the learning experience for young golfers. And they say they have selected the very finest junior golf instructors available. Overnight camps now available.

The Equestrian Reserve (Alpharetta) Fun filled days of horseback riding instruction and fun horse activities, with an emphasis on skill building, safety and responsibility. From beginner riders to sessions for those who want to be junior instructors.

Camp Misty Mountain (Armuchee) Camp Misty Mountain, established in 1971, is Georgia’s Girl Scout Camp. It offers 800 acres of fields, forests, water, and is nestled against the Appalachian Mountains, with horsemanship classes, wrangling lessons and more.

Georgia SkyZone Camp (Multiple locations) This week-long summer camp combines healthy exercise with awesome fun. Sky Camp activities include open trampoline jumping on Sky Zone courts, 3-D Dodgeball, age-appropriate Sky Fitness, games, activities and crafts. Sky Camp provides a daily snack and lunch.

Georgia Gymnastics Camp (Lawrenceville and Suwanee) All camps are managed by well-trained and enthusiastic staff members that provide your child with fun, exciting experiences to remember. Your child will enjoy well-structured and supervised gymnastics activities, games, movies, and arts & crafts.

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Camps for Young Ones

Universal Tennis Camp (7 locations in Atlanta and Cumming) UTA has trained all levels of players from ALTA champions and NCAA champions to touring professionals in a fun, exciting and educational environment.Camp activities at all location include tennis instruction, drills, games theme events; golf instruction/play at Bobby Jones Golf course (Bitsy Grant); Swimming (Chastain and Piedmont)

Club SciKidz (Various locations) This was my son’s first camp at age 4. Campers that are 4 and 5 year olds enjoy experiments and projects in science, technology, and engineering.

Forefront Arts Camp (Multiple Locations)Acting, Singing, Dancing, Creating Props, Sets & Costumes, Comedy Sketch-Writing, and more for children age 3 – 18.

Haverty Hollow Preschool Camp (Atlanta) Campers at the Preschool Camp (ages 3-5 yo) will choose from a variety of activities throughout the day such as arts and crafts, cooking, tumbling, outside games, drama, music, and an optional swim time. Before and After Camp Care are not available.

Camp Kingfisher (Roswell) Owlets Camp, a half-day camp experience for 4-year-olds, is designed from the ground up to be an introduction to best nature camp in Atlanta. Look forward to shorter hikes, plenty of outdoor free play, swimming, and live animal encounters!

Superhero Junior Camp (Atlanta) This fun and creative introduction to performance and theater is designed specifically for ages 4-6. The program does not require reading skills and is active and engaging for younger campers. Campers engage in mask and costume creation, and other art projects based on characters and poetry from Shakespeare’s plays.

Summer Safari Camp (Atlanta) Zoo Atlanta provides many summer camp options for potty-trained 4 year olds through 8th graders. All camps are set-up on a weekly basis. Themes change week to week.

Creative Play Camp at Alliance Theatre (Various locations) The 3-year old camp is inspired by the Theatre for the Very Young. It is half-day; children must be potty trained. In this half day camp students will explore the characters of the galaxy, learn about the three tools of the actor: body, voice, and imagination and listen, share, and retell stories about our favorite out of this world creatures. The 4-year old camp is much like the 3-year old camp except that it lasts all day and explores the topics a little deeper.

Little Sapling Camps (Buford) Little Saplings camp will open up the outdoor world for 2- and 3- year olds by initiating creative exploration and play in the EHC forest. Crafts, a forest walk and a conservation theme will be highlighted at each session of this camp. This camp requires an adult to join in camp activities with their child each day.

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Thank you to Alliance Theatre Drama Camp for sponsoring this post. It is only because of their consistent excellence in summer camp experiences that we agreed to partner with them in this capacity. The opinions here are all my own, all the time!

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

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  2. Wow!! The greatest guide ever! All the camps in one post, I can’t thank you enough. I have been looking for a great camp to take my daughter to around Georgia. She’s seven and adores camping. The few spots I knew before weren’t as nice but I’ve found some gems here that I love (after a quick google image search) and I’m sure my girl will love too. Thanks 🙂

  3. This is incredible article! You have really given a lot of insight!

  4. Hello, these are descent camps to visit.
    As a mom I consider sending my kids to summer camp.
    However there is a big variety of camps.
    My colleague recommended me ceo of my life camp
    Do you have any ideas about this camp?, it should be enterprenureal camp for kids
    Recommend others?

  5. Thanks for the list.

  6. Glad you share the list of Summer Camps In Georgia

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