Camp Best Friends 2013
The City of Atlanta’s Office of Recreation will host the 2013 Camp Best Friends program for over 2500 children ages 5 - 18 years old. Camp Best Friends has been serving families throughout metro Atlanta for 30 years. There will be 7 traditional day camps, 9 specialty camps, 2 Freedom Schools, 2 partnership camps and 4 high school teen service learning camps.
The 2013 summer season starts June 3, 2013 and ends July 26, 2013. Camp hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. There is no camp Thursday, July 4, 2013 in observance of Independence Day.
Daily activities for all camps include:
-Integrated Reading -Creative Writing -Recreational Swim -Instructional Swim - Game Room -Computer Instruction -Organized Sports -Golf / Tennis Instruction* - Exercise -Arts & Crafts -Martial Arts* -Dance* -Performing Arts* -Interactive Science*
Atlanta Resident / City of Atlanta Employees: $35.00 per week / per child
Non - Resident: $110.00 per week / per child
Registration begins March 11, 2013
Camp Best Friends Traditional Day Camps (ages 5 - 12)
From the moment campers arrive each day, service leader interns guide them through traditional camp experiences including an integrated reading curriculum, creative writing, drama, music, group games, dance, arts and crafts and physical fitness. They have opportunities to sing songs, tell stories, and meet new friends. All activities are geared to show campers how POWERFUL they really are!
Ben Hill 404-346-5891
Bessie Branham 404-371-5010
Grant Park 404-624-0697
Grove Park - 404-799-2342
Peachtree Hills 404-237-2756*
Rosel Fann 404-624-0772
*Ages 5 - 14.
Freedom Schools (Ages 5 - 10)
The City of Atlanta has incorporated in our programming the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. This program provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. These characteristics tied with our traditional camp qualities, is a recipe of summer fun!
*Highest grade accepted rising 6th graders.
M.L. King 404-658-1149
Camp Best Friends Specialty Camps (age or skill specific)
Ranging from line dancing with senior citizens after apple picking to learning the butterfly stroke and a follow through on the tennis court, there are a wide variety of specialty camps for every kid (from young to older) to enjoy within Camp Best Friends! Develop your skills in areas you're comfortable with or try something new!
Adamsville - Pre - Teen Camp (ages 11 - 13) 404-505-3181
Adams Park – Basketball Camp (ages 8 -16) 404-756-1827
Butler Park - Seniors Camp (ages 50 and Up) 404-658-6034
Central Park - All Sports Camp (ages 6 - 12) 404-874-1780
Coan Park- Therapeutics (ages 6 - 21) 404-371-5008
*All campers must be interviewed. **Mild to moderate cases only.
Langford Park – Cheer and Dance Camp (ages 6 -12) 404-624-0668
Southbend - Cultural Experience (ages 5 - 12) 404-766-9049
Lake Allatoona - Residential Camp (ages 8 - 14) 404-392-3366
Washington Park Camp (Tennis and Swim) (ages 5 - 12) 404-658-1436
Camp Best Friends Partner Site Locations
Adamsville (with Metro Atlanta YMCA Partnership) - (ages 5 - 10) 404-505-3181
Thomasville (with Boys & Girls Club Partnership) - (ages 5 - 18) 404-624-0816
Atlanta Teen Leaders Summer of Service Learning Camps (grades 9th - 12th)
The City of Atlanta ATL Summer of Service Learning (SSL) Program offers teens ages 14-18 the opportunity to become involved in their community while receiving leadership training in the summer as well! The ATL Summer of Service Learning, (SSL) is a teen camp based around service and experiential learning. These components, coupled with cross-cultural exchanges, teach you what it means to be a responsible community citizen. As participants of SSL, teens will have the opportunity to channel their creativity and passion in meaningful community service, engage in the world around them, and address problems of local, national or global importance. The ATL SSL program encourages youth to be more than just volunteers by incorporating service-learning activities that revolve around decision-making, leadership, and teamwork.
**No fee for enrollment. Youth not enrolled through Atlanta Workforce Development Agency’s stipend program are eligible to receive community service hours towards graduation requirements.
***Only 25 slots available per site.
For eligibility all youth must complete application requirements.
Collier Park (Grades 9 - 12)
James Orange (Grades 9 - 12)
Perkerson Park (Grades 9 - 12)
Zaban (Grades 9 - 12)