Outdoor Children's Camps Alpharetta GA

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Camp Kingfisher at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
(770) 992-2055 x222
Roswell, GA
 
Out of the Box Art Studio
(678) 867-7713
11940 Alpharetta Hwy,Suite 140/142
Alpharetta, GA
Cost
$$
Ages
4And Up
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

Splatters! Pottery Painting
(678) 710-0103
5162 McGinnis Ferry Rd
Alpharetta, GA
Hours
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm;Thu 10am-9pm; Sun 1pm-5pm; Mon by appt
Cost
Prices from $11 on up per item.
Ages
2And Up
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Indoors

John's Creek Baptist Church
(770) 623-8203
6910 McGinnis Ferry Road
Alpharetta, GA
Cost
Free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Parents Resources

Just For Giggles
(770) 664-0555
12635 Crabapple Road, Suite 250
Alpharetta, GA
Hours
Check the Calendar online for times or schedule an appointment
Cost
Private lessons, studio time, camps...
Ages
5And Up
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

Future Stars Soccer Academy
P.O.Box 628 - 3000 Woodrow Way
Atlanta, GA
 
CYT Summer Drama Camp
(678) 229-2009
Johns Creek Baptist Church,7500 Mc Ginnis Ferry Road
Alpharetta, GA
Hours
June 9-13; June 7-11
Cost
$215; Discounts for siblings
Ages
14-Jun
Services Available
Camps

Life Time Fitness
(770) 664-9696
855 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA
Hours
Daily, 24 hours. Child center: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-6pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Indoors

Dynamo Swim School
(770) 772-6789
5075 Abbotts Bridge Road, Suite 1000
Alpharetta, GA
Hours
Call for current schedule
Cost
$48/4 classes; $96/8 classes; $120/10 classes; annual registration fee $10/individual; $35/family; major credit cards accepted
Ages
14-Mar
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Leagues & Teams

CYT Summer Drama Camp
(678) 229-2009
15770 Birmingham Highway,Birmingham United Methodist Church
Alpharetta, GA
Hours
Summer 2008: June 2-6; July 14-18; July 21-25
Cost
$215; Discounts for siblings
Ages
14-Jun
Services Available
Camps

Great Big World

Spending time immersed in nature helps produce happy, well-adjusted kids.

By Violet Snow

April 2010

I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are—a fourth-grader in San Diego, quoted in Last Child in the Woods (Workman Publishing Company, 2005), in which journalist Richard Louv introduced the concept of “nature deficit disorder” in children.

Freewheeling outdoor play, from building stick shelters to cloudgazing, that was once common for children is much less available to today’s youth—and Louv says they’re missing something vital. He blames influences such as the loss of green space, an obsession with safety, educational pressures and the fascination of electronic media.

Numerous studies show that problems such as obesity, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve when kids are exposed to nature. Cornell University researchers found that children with ready access to nature handled stress more successfully (Environment and Behavior 5/03). Scientists at the University of Southern California found that children who had park space within 500 meters of home tended to be less overweight (Association of Research Libraries conference, 4/09).

One recent University of Illinois study, involving children with ADHD, may help explain why interaction with nature is so important for all youngsters. It is based on attention restoration theory. Most of the time we use directed attention, which lets us focus on tasks but also fatigues with use. Involuntary attention is spontaneous and does not require effort. Natural settings often contain elements that engage involuntary attention, which allows directed attention to rest and recover.

In this study, children with ADHD took guided walks for 20 minutes through three different settings: a park, a quiet downtown area and a residential neighborhood. The youngsters’ capacity for concentration was tested after every walk; they scored higher after walking in the park than after the other outings (Journal of Attention Disorders 8/08).

Nature’s regenerative effects can be observed in all children, but they often need encouragement. The second edition of Last Child in the Woods (2008) lists 100 suggestions for connecting kids and nature, such as buying a truckload of dirt to play in; going for a family walk when the moon is full; buying field guides to birds, trees and flowers; planting a butterfly garden; and studying animal tracking.

Andrea Taylor, PhD, one of the University of Illinois researchers, believes that these study results offer clear implications for public policy. “We have to make nature accessible,” she says. “It’s not enough to have a massive park six blocks away. There should be small pockets of natural area near the home.

Louv’s book sparked the creation of a Children and Nature Network ( www.childrenandnature.org ) to promote awareness and push for legislation. Such calls for action are starting to bear f...

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