Every summer, campers of ages 3 – 14 explore different themes such as Outdoor Explorers, Inventor’s Workshop, and Artbotics and go on adventurous field trips to places like the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Jumpstreet, and Laser Quest to keep hands moving and brains buzzing all summer long at The Children’s School.
Thanks to highly-engaged counselors and community partners such as Home Depot, our summer camp experience is filled with discovery, excitement, curiosity, and experiential learning.
“We build strong relationships between our campers, counselors, parents, and the community. Summer camp at TCS provides an experience that helps the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and cultural development of each camper,” said Kareemah Abdullah, Extended Day and Summer Learning program liaison at TCS.
The camp’s daily routine is filled with opportunities for children to participate in activities that are based on the particular camp session theme. Art, music, science, cooking, language and literacy, water play, and sports (both competitive and noncompetitive) are also integral parts of the daily schedule.
Here’s a preview of what a day in TCS Summer Camp looks like!
Morning: Campers arrive every morning at 8:30 a.m. After checking in with counselors and fellow campers, kids hop on their buses to travel to the field trip location of the day. Art and weekly-themed activities get kids engaged before lunch.
Afternoon: After lunch, campers head to the pool for water play and time to cool down. The afternoon is filled with time to use our brain fuel from lunch to power mindful activities such as read-alouds and organized centers for free-play. Counselors-in-training (rising seventh and eighth graders) support the camp staff in creating amazing experiences and help mentor young campers every day. Carpool begins every day at 3:15 p.m.
Extended Day: If you are a working parent or need more time to pick up your child(ren) from camp, extended care is offered until 6:00 p.m. and provides children with after-camp activities in visual, performing and exploratory arts; sports; and environmental studies.
Summer camp at TCS is an opportunity for children to continue serious learning throughout the summer and make new memories with new friends!
Kareemah recalls one of her favorite summer camp memories, in which a five-year-old camper gained the courage to try something new: “During one of our camp blowouts, we rented the Big Kahuna, a large (over 20+ feet tall) waterslide. Imagine being five-year-old Reid and everyone is cheering for you to climb the stairs to the top and then ride the slide into a pool of water! After a lot of encouragement Reid builds up the confidence to climb the stairs to the top and then he freezes. We are all still cheering and yelling ‘You can do it’ but, he doesn’t budge. Finally, Celestin, (one of the counselors who is now retired) climbed the stairs, sat next to Reid giving gentle encouragement when all of a sudden both of them by accident come down the slide and splash into the pool. Reid’s face was priceless! He stood up and laughed at Celestin! His smile and laughter brightened the whole upper field!”