70+ Summer Camps in and Around Lake Oconee | 2019

As always, Lake Oconee Life is your expert guide to local happenings—and to help you peruse the local summer camp offerings this year, we not only give you the rundown below, but we also have all the summer camps on a searchable calendar so you can sort your options by camp type, age group, and location.

Read on to discover the many fantastic ways that you can keep your kids busy and engaged this summer or use the links below to jump to any category.

Traditional Day Camps

Overnight Camps

Faith-Based Camps

STEM/Science Camps

Art Camps

Drama Camps

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Traditional Day Camps

May 28- July 26, 2019, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Kids' University Day Camps (week to week)

Every year, Georgia College in Milledgeville hosts a summer full of week to week day camp fun for kids from Rising Kindergarteners (must be at least 5 years old) to Rising 6th graders. Each week has a new theme, and each day is packed with supervised excitement. Sign up for just one, for all 9, or for any combination of weeks in-between.

Campers are divided by age to make sure that all activities are age-appropriate, and their enthusiastic Kids’ University counselors are current students and recent university graduates who love kids, are certified in first aid and CPR, and have passed a comprehensive background check. Certified lifeguards supervise daily swimming time (except for Rising Kindergarteners and 1st Graders, who have water-based fun instead of pool fun).  

Register online or in person to make sure your space is reserved!


June 10-14 and 17-21, July 15-19 and 22-26, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - White Anchor Equestrian Horse Camp

White Anchor Equestrian in Madison is a new equestrian facility offering lessons for all skill levels of riders, from beginners to individuals who are ready to compete, and this summer they are offering a day camp for kids age 6 to 13 to learn about and ride horses. Four weeks are being offered, so you can choose the week right for you or immerse your child in equestrian fun by signing up for all four sessions!


June 17-21 and July 15-19, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Saltamacchio Summer Day Camp

Saltamacchio's Tang Soo Do Karate School in Eatonton is offering two weeks of day camp fun—one in June and one in July—for campers age 4-12. Camp starts at 9, but early drop off begins at 8:30 AM. Camp tuition includes a summer camp t-shirt, drinks all week, and lunch on Friday, but campers should bring a sack lunch and two snacks on Monday through Thursday. On Friday at 1:30 PM parents can come watch a presentation to see everything that their kids have learned all week.  




Overnight Camps

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Weekly sessions from June 2- July 20 (Sundays at 3:00 PM to Saturdays at 10:00 AM) – Camp Swamp

In rural Penfield, Georgia, Camp Swamp is striving to be “the safest place on the planet, besides your home.” Campers from age 9 to 18 can come enjoy soccer, laser tag, swimming, fishing, a 300-foot Slip N Slide, a 12-foot pool slide, Ultimate Frisbee, low ropes course, arts and crafts, ping pong, paddle boating, and more, on 188 beautiful acres of woods and open fields. Your kids will make memories with cabin challenges, Bible classes and devotionals, and night activities, and even if they attend all the camps offered, they will still get to be back home with you for most of Saturday through Sunday morning every week.

Special weeks include a basketball camp available June 2-8, and Shining Stars Performing Arts Academy available June 23-29.


Faith-Based Camps

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June 10-13, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM - Lakeside Church VBS Free Camp

Jump Into the Wild with Lakeside Church at Lake Oconee this summer! Kids from 3 years old to 6th grade are welcome to enjoy four free days of fun and fellowship.


Jun 10-14, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Rolling River Rampage at Eatonton First UMC

Campers will have a river rafting adventure with awesome music, creative crafts, exciting science, plenty of recreation, and fun Bible study to “help kids know that God is always with them as the ride the rapids of amazing grace” if they join up with Eatonton First UMC’s Rolling River Rampage. Along the river, your children will learn all about the wonder, surprise, and beauty of life with God.


June 10-13, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM – Lakeside Church VBX

Lakeside Church at Lake Oconee is also offering VBXtra, an extended hours camp on those same four days as Into the Wild VBS:

Sport Camp with Coach Peyton Roth (1st – 5th grade): $65

Drama/Music with Jenny Morris & Kathy Carroll (1st-5th grade): $65

KinderMusik with Amy Reber (3 years – Kindergarten): $150


June 23, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and June 24-27, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - | "To Mars and Beyond" VBS

Crossroads Baptist Church is hosting a “To Mars and Beyond” themed Vacation Bible School for kids K4 through 5th Grade. Kids can join in, blast off, and land on the moon, while discovering the many wonders of God's universe.



STEM/Science Camps

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This summer, two local schools will be hosting weeklong sessions of Camp Invention—a nationally-acclaimed STEM summer camp program led by local teachers. Since 1990, this program has been giving kids the opportunity to become innovators and inventors through teamwork and hands-on creative problem-solving.

This Summer focuses on CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING in Deep Sea Mystery (repairing and building underwater equipment, STEM APPLICATION in DIY Orbot (designing remote-controlled bots), INNOVATION in Innovation Force (using engineering and inventing to conquer villains), and CONFIDENCE in Farm Tech (using technology to clean up pollution and save animals).



June 10-14, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM - Camp Invention: Supercharged at Lake Oconee Academy

Rising Kindergarteners to Rising 6th graders can attend this hands-on, high-energy STEM camp for 5 days at Lake Oconee Academy in Greensboro.  


June 17-21, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (extended hours- 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM) - Camp Invention: Supercharged at Morgan County Elementary

Rising Kindergarteners to Rising 6th graders can attend this hands-on, high-energy STEM camp for 5 days at Morgan County Elementary in Madison. At this location, an extended experience will be available from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM to accommodate working families.


Art Camps

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July 15 – 19, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Art Camp at The Plaza Arts Center

Children ages 6 to 14 are invited to a fantastic week of art activities at The Plaza Arts Center Community Center in Eatonton. It’s the 9th year of Art camp with the Plaza, where projects include drawing, painting, pottery, weaving, and more. The deadline for registration is May 30th, and space is limited, so sign up early!



Drama Camps

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June 3-7, 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM - Camp Broadway

Camp Broadway at The Plaza Arts Community Center provides a thrilling week of performance fun for kids age 6 to 14. This year, the musical theme is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, and students will be guided through instruction in dancing, singing, costumes, and makeup from Miss Pegz Fazio and her assistant Miss RaeVyn Holsey. Campers will put on a showcase performance on Friday at 4:30.

June 10-14, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Fine Arts Factory Camp

Fine Arts Factory Camp introduces young people to the many facets of live theater on state and behind the scenes. Training in acting, improvisation, singing, dancing, visual arts, long with other activities for kids age 6 to 12. Other fun activities include board games, introduction to karate, tumbling, cardio fitness, movies, facials, manicures and more. Lecture, demonstration and viewing will be held on Friday.


July 8-12, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - The Arts Barn Performance Arts Camp

Kids ages 7 through 12 can come to Festival Hall in Greensboro for this performance arts camp, which culminates on July 13th at 11:00 AM with a performance of “Rats,” a musical based on the story of the Pied Piper. Camp tuition includes a special camp t-shirt. Space is limited and payment is due by June 28th, so be sure to sign up early to reserve your child’s spot. Email nicole@festivalhallga.com with any questions.

July 15-19, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Fine Arts Factory Camp

Fine Arts Factory Camp introduces young people to the many facets of live theater on state and behind the scenes. Training in acting, improvisation, singing, dancing, visual arts, long with other activities for kids age 6 to 12. Other fun activities include board games, introduction to karate, tumbling, cardio fitness, movies, facials, manicures and more. Lecture, demonstration and viewing will be held on Friday.


Whether you are searching for a traditional day camp, free VBS, or a more specific camp like a science or drama camp, we hope you found what you were looking for. If you would prefer, you may hop on over to our searchable calendar here and plug in dates, ages or locations to make your planning as simple as possible.

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