Article by Abby Parks
Here in Calhoun County, the kids are already out of school and itching for some fun activities to keep them entertained. From camps to crafts to sports to movies, there are so many great opportunities awaiting your children this summer. Rather than leaving all the digging to you, we wanted to make you aware of all the possibilities so that you can plan for your kids to take part in whatever may strike their fancy.
From your classic summer “away” camp to day camps, there are lots to choose from in Calhoun County.
Located in Munford, Alabama, Camp Mac is top-of-the-line as far as a camp away from home goes. Your kids can enjoy their days with all kinds of adventurous and fun activities like horseback riding, water sports, wilderness survival training, tennis, baseball, basketball, swimming, canoeing, fishing, team sports, crafts, dancing, and more!
- 6-Day mini-terms run from May 31-June 5, June 13-18, & July 11-16
- 11-Day Junior terms run May 31-June 10, June 13-23, & July 11-21
Cost: $1,890 for 6-day/$3,185 for 11-day
Ages: 1st-4th grade or 2nd-6th grade (completion of).
For more information, click here.
Owned by the First United Methodist Church in Anniston, Camp Lee is offering 4 week-long day camp sessions this summer with activities like Bible study, Field Games, swimming, rockslide, canoeing, creek walk, and arts & crafts.
- Day Camp Session 1–June 6-10, K-2nd grade
- Day Camp Session 2–June 13-17, 3rd-5th grade
- Day Camp Session 3–June 20-24, K-2nd grade
- Day Camp Session 4–June 27-July 1, 3rd-5th grade
Times: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
For more information, click here.
The YMCA in Anniston offers two day camps during the summer. The first, Kinder Camp, features indoor swimming, learning skills centers, arts & crafts, organized games, playground time, gym time, devotions, camp songs and more for ages 5-6. This camp takes place at the YMCA, while their other Day Camp, designed for kids 7-12, is held at Camp Hamilton (children are transported to and from there daily by bus). Activities like outdoor swimming, biking, canoeing, hiking, paddle boating, arts & crafts, and archery will be part of their fun outings.
The City of Oxford is hosting a Tennis Summer Camp designed after Charlie Rivera’s Camp Sessions. Participants get to work with coaches and in small groups. They’ll receive 7 hours of tennis instruction each day, video analysis, on court games, target hitting drills, balls drills, and more for all levels of youth. Lunch is provided each day. For more information call Jack Totherow at 256-452-3661.
Dates: TBA in months of June and July
Times: 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday
Cost: $200/week for full day; $100 for ½ day (younger children)
Alabama 4-H (Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities) offers summer day camps for youth ages 9-18 and is open to new enrollees. There are camps focused on fishing, archery, and a Boundary Line Bison Ranch Tour. Space is limited for all these events and pre-registration is required at least one week in advance of the event. *Space for each of the 3 events is limited to 25.
To Register Visit: Calhoun County Extension Office 1702 Noble St. Suite 108, Anniston, 36201
To Register Online: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Questions Call: 256-237-1621
- Fishing & Fish Fry–Learn to cast, tie knots, & ID fish; lunch provided (Jacksonville)
Friday, June 10 (10:00am-1:00pm); Cost: $10
- Archery–All equipment provided; bring your own lunch (Anniston)
Tuesday, June 21 (8:30am-3:00pm; Cost $5)
- Boundary Line Bison Ranch Tour–Includes lunch (Piedmont)
Thursday, June 30 (9:00am-1:00pm; Cost: $15
Jacksonville State University offers a variety of fun weekly camps throughout the summer for ages 5-15 that include activities ranging from sports games to swimming and more.
Dates and Events:
Early Bird Deadline
June 6-10 – Yay Summer
June 13-17 – Camper vs. Counselors
June 20-24 – Future Gamecock
June 27-July 1 – Music Week
July 5-8 – Costume Week
July 11-15 – Shark Week
July 18-22 – Adventure Rec Week
July 25-29 – Gamecock Olympics
August 1-5 – Animal Week
August 8-12 – Carnival Week
Cost: JSU Affiliate $35 Daily/$140 weekly; Non-affiliate $40 Daily/$165 weekly
To get your child or teen involved, find out more here.
The City of Anniston is hosting summer day camps at three locations: Carver, Norwood Hodges, and Wiggins Community Centers. For children ages 5-12, these 10-week camps feature nature and science activities, drama, games, sports, arts & crafts, swimming, music, field trips, and more. Parents can pay weekly or for a 10-week block.
Dates: May 31-July 1; July 5-August 5
- Weekly $55 resident/$60 non-resident
- 10 Weeks $530
- May/July $265
- July/Aug $265
- Registration fee $25
To learn more and register, click here.
Located at The Bridge, First United Methodist Church in Anniston, CAST is hosting a week long drama camp for ages 4-14 that will cover musical numbers from favorite children’s musicals like Seussical, Shrek, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and more. Kids will learn singing, acting, and choreography. There will be a Parent Preview Show at the end of the camp at 6pm on July 22nd.
Dates: July 18-22
- 9:00am-12:00pm Ages 4-8
- 1:00pm-5:00pm Ages 9-14
Cost: $100/$75 per added sibling
The Anniston Museums and Gardens will be featuring many fun events for children this summer, including the Explore Like Lewis and Clark Summer Camp for ages 7-13. In this three day camp, children will discover the wonder of animals, plants, and Native American Culture as they explore the Anniston Museums and Garden. There is also an Abstract Art in the Garden Day Camp for ages 6-15 (divided by range). Your child can also take part in Feed Our Friends on Mondays in June and July for $2.
Other Great Summer Opportunities
There’s all kinds of fun activities for kids at the libraries in Calhoun County Mondays thru Fridays in the months of June and July. They include arts & crafts, movies, puppet shows, special events, and the Summer Reading Program. To learn more, click on the links for event calendars:
The Oxford Civic Center has open registration for upcoming fall youth activities including Cheerleading, Tennis, and Oxford PARD Flag Football. For more information, call the Civic Center at 256-831-2660.
The swimming pool at the Civic Center will be open to the public daily in the summer until Labor Day, Monday – Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm at a cost of $2.
*It will not be open Memorial Day Weekend due to some unforeseen repairs. Call 256-831-2660 for re-opening date.
Amstar Cinema 12 at Quintard Mall in Oxford will be continuing their awesome summer movie series featuring great classic children’s flicks. The price of admission is $5 per child which includes their ticket plus a box of popcorn and kids’ sized soda. Check out the schedule below, and find out more online here.
May 31-June 1
An American Tail
The Secret Life of Pets
The Land Before Time
The Tale of Despereaux
Despicable Me 3