Too Early for Summer Camp?

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It isn’t too early to start thinking about summer plans, especially when it comes to camps. With so many options available locally, you can find something fun for everyone. Don’t wait too long to book your favorite, since many fill up fast. Here is a list of some camps to check out now.

Waxhaw Kid Coders (704-243-8801) features cutting-edge technology for all levels – from Beginner through Advanced in Robotics, Game Programming, Electronics and more for ages 4 through teen.

The Goddard School (704-243-0120) curriculum incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into exciting, one-of-a-kind and fun experiences for your young child every day. They offer a broad range of programs and mini-camps to pique the interest and curiosity of every child.

Reed’s Karate Academy (704-843-4545) Weekly field trips, swimming, outdoor play, karate, and more are all part of the Reed’s summer camp experience. Camp groups are established by age and one camp leader is assigned to every six campers for safety.

The Bean and Belle (704-607-6405) Painting, sculpture, and photography are just a few of the ways to explore art at The Bean and Belle camps this summer. Most camps run 9am-12pm, Monday through Thursday, with a few exceptions.!summer-camp/events

Thunderbay Academy (704-843-5669) Daily riding instruction, hands-on horse care, theme-enhanced days, and challenging obstacle courses are all part of the summer camps at Thunderbay. Campers must be between ages 5-12 and camp takes place 9am to 2pm, Monday through Friday most weeks.

Sangrock Black Belt World (704-821-0829) Campers will practice Taekwondo daily, while learning about their environment, community, safety, and discipline. Each week is filled with field trips and enriching activities like swimming, art, and games. Campers must be 4 or older and will be divided into groups based on age.

Camp-Whip-Poor-Will (704-843-9541) is a christian educational camp set on 20 acres with hiking trails, a riding ring, two creeks, and a 10,000 square foot lodge. Campers will participate in numerous activities including crafts, farming, gardening, sports, recreation, storytelling, music, and more. Day camp and optional overnight camp sessions available.

Ballantyne Reading Academy for the Very Young (704-438-7909) If you are interested in helping your child maintain their reading skills over the summer, these programs are for both emergent and independent readers. Campers will go home with an original, published writing product each week. Space is limited.

Camp KC at Millbridge (704-287-5518) If you are looking for a safe, family-style summer camp that is right in your own backyard, checkout Camp KC. Run by area teachers, campers will engage in activities, games, projects, sports, and cooking experiences. Camp hours are from 9am – 4pm at the Millbridge location.

Cedarhill Farm Summer Riding Camp (704-843-5944) Cedarhill offers four levels of camps every summer in addition to regular lessons. Whether your rider is a beginner or experienced, they will enjoy saddle time and horsemanship with qualified instructors. Camps run from 9am – 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Fit 180 Athletics – Summer Fit (704-840-8936) These are one-week athletic conditioning camps to train for the upcoming Cross Country Season. The sessions include information about nutrition, hydration, form, stretching, and strength training for runners. They are held at three different locations including Marvin Efird Park, Charlotte Latin School, and Anne Springs Close Greenway.

Providence Equestrian Center (704-843-5215) Weekly horseback riding camps are available for riders of all ages and levels. Each camp day provides a horse riding lesson and lessons in horsemanship. Camp activities such as crafts and scavenger hunts are weaved into the day to add to the fun. Campers will demonstrate what they’ve learned at the end of the week in a horse show.

Shea Rose Farm (704-843-4306) Standard clinics are offered in the mornings to take advantage of the cooler temperature and to allow for a more concentrated student learning program. During the clinics, students will take care of their horse and tack, ride, and play games. They will spend a lot of time in the saddle. Vaulting clinics are also available daily for beginners through advanced vaulters.

Thimble Bee’s Sewing (704-443-1597) Three, four, and five-day camps are offered for campers ages seven and up. Beginners must take the sewing pre-requisite to attend any classes or camps at the studio. “Learn Your Machine” is offered weekly on Monday mornings throughout the summer. Most camps are half day from either 9am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 5pm, but full days are also available.

Waxhaw Flyers All-Star Cheerleading (704-843-1201) offers a variety of summer camps to keep your cheerleader fresh for tryouts. These include private stunt classes, flyers clinics, handspring clinics, and open tumbling. Check the website for summer clinic dates and times.

Siskey YMCA Summer day camps are centered around improving the well-being of children and focus on friendships, accomplishments, and belonging. Siskey offers something for everyone including preschool camps, educational camps, sports camps, art camps, theme camps, teen camps, and more. There is also an autism immersion program called Camp Boomerang that invites special campers to take part in various activities.

Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association (704- 821-4498) If your child is a sports enthusiast, you may want to sign them up for one or several sports camps. Soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse, cheer, and more are part of the summer camp itinerary. As we move into spring, check the website for updated dates and times for summer camps.

Hunter Farm Camp (704-846-7975) Campers enjoy all the sights and sounds of being on a working farm. They get to feed and care for the goats, pigs, rabbits, cows, and chickens, while also tending to the gardens. Hiking, fishing, and playing on the tire swing are some of the other ways they will pass the time on lazy summer days.

Southeastern Gymnastics (704-847-0785) Tumble and Art camp is a summer favorite at Southeastern. Weekly art themes are combined with instruction on vault, bars, beam, floor, and trampoline for hours of fun. Young gymnasts, ages 3 to 5 ½ are invited for the pre-school gymnastics camp, where they can enjoy age appropriate fun and safe instruction.

Steps N Motion Dance Studio (704-684-0005) Through Hip Hop, Tumbling, and Ballet, your little dancer can spend the days doing what they love to do. Themed classes and fun music are combined with basic skills to help move your dancer to the next level. Classes are organized by age and special clothing is required for certain classes.

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Laura Harlick
Laura Harlick is a freelance writer who resides in Waxhaw with her husband Pete, and two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth. She enjoys writing about people and events in her community, health and fitness, relationships, children, and travel. Prior to writing, Laura taught elementary school in New York, California, and North Carolina. When she’s not blogging or writing articles for TriW, Laura appreciates family time, yoga, reading, and decorating.