From arts to academics, local summer camps have something for every kid

lshirley@macon.comApril 4, 2014 

Middle Georgia kids of all ages and interests can have their pick of the great variety of camps being offered this summer.

Those who lean toward visual arts would enjoy Summer Arts Camp, hosted by Suzanne Rogers, who is an architectural and interior designer, professional photographer and illustrator. In its second year, the camp is set up outside her home. It lasts two weeks, with morning sessions each weekday and a new project every day.

“We are going to repeat some projects that were big hits last year, such as the recycled/upcycled art. We’ve saved a lot of pine boards that were broken in my son’s tae kwon do classes, and I’ve collected a lot of found objects like bottle caps and keys,” Rogers said. “We’ll do paper mache with fabric instead of paper; we’ll have international arts day where we will do Mexican tin engraving; we’ll make tiny terrariums one day.”

Mother Nature Day was one project the campers did last year and loved. The children walk around Rogers’ property collecting items such as pine cones, seed pods, flowers, leaves and grass, then return and create little figures such as a monster or flower fairy on a white background. The projects are photographed for the kids and then disassembled.

“They only take about five minutes to make and don’t last, but it’s a really creative process that the campers liked a lot,” Rogers said.

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Kids who want to focus on academics during summer can choose the Motivating Youth Summer Camp, with two locations this year, 905 Main St. and 600 Eisenhower Parkway, and running all summer long.

“The most important thing is the educational component,” said Motivating Youth founder Roger Jackson. “It’s mandatory for kids to go through and includes reading, writing, language arts and math from 9 a.m.-noon every day, all taught by licensed, certified teachers.”

Jackson’s program runs year-round, but the classrooms have two teachers each during the summer months, and that keeps things moving smoothly, he said.

Other activities are offered after lunch and include arts and crafts, sports and recreation, and speakers on topics that interest kids.

“We bring in people who can talk to the kids on their level and about things they are interested in. For example, we might have a comic book writer talk about drawing, and the kids see how they might turn their doodling into a career. We want to make sure the kids don’t get bored,” he said, adding that field trips are also a big part of the program and are included in the weekly price.

“We take seven to 10 field trips over the summer,” he said. “I think we’ve been to all the sites in Atlanta, CNN, the King Center, Six Flags, and we’ve gone to Jarrell Plantation and other local places as well. I think we’ve been everywhere in Georgia.”

Jackson advised parents to register early as spots fill up quickly. For more information, visit

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