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Summer day camps you can afford

Do you remember when you could go to a summer day camp the entire summer and make close friends you would remember or even keep in touch with forever? That's no so common anymore. Most camps are 1-2 weeks long and provide academic, artistic, or athletic specialties, so children are too focused on the work, and not so much on fun and relationships. Furthermore, because those camps are specialized, they are also very expensive, meaning after you pay for one or two camps at $200-$700 a week, your summer budget is tapped out and the kids spend the rest of the summer at home, glued to the television.

This may or may not apply to homeschoolers, but many of us do like to take a break for the summer, and give the children a reprieve from day to day home education. If this is your plans for the summer, is to fund one or two high quality weeks of summer camps, you can find many options in the Atlanta Parent Summer Day Camp guide. If you are more concerned about what your child will do for the entire summer, these less expensive options are a good place to start.

The City of Atlanta offers residents day camps for as little as $35 a week. Non residents pay $110.

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has summer day camps that vary in age and activities from location to location and can cost from approximately $60 a week to over $120.

Dekalb County Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural affairs is offering summer camps from June 2 to August 1, Monday -Friday for $55 a week.

Cobb County Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs Department has a variety of summer camps starting at $65 a week.

YMCA has summer camps across the Greater Metro Atlanta area, depending on location, prices start at $88 a week. They have discounts for needy families.

Then there are those rare camps in your neighborhood that offer some kind of creative services all year, and then for the summer open up camp opportunities, or maybe they don't offer camp yet, but will offer it if you ask, and help them find a few more kids. One such camp is Gminor Studios. Previously, they have offered one-week camps, but because clientele asked, they are expanding this summer. They are located on Sugarloaf Road in Lawrenceville and if you are anywhere nearby you will want to support their program. They promise that "Campers will get in touch with their inner celebrity while learning singing and audition techniques. Theatre/Drama simple powerful techniques for improv, character motivation, monologues, and auction prep. They will be fusing music theatre, humor, virtuosity and entertainment, art, basketball, and other fun activities and games into an activity packed camp for creative kids. They will have American Idol and Glee formats, and the end of the summer, they will have performances and short film productions to show off all their work. (This camp is not listed on their website yet, but their contact information is.) Oh... and homeschoolers, this is run by a homeschooling family.

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