Outdoor Children's Camps Canton GA

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Camp Kingfisher at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
(770) 992-2055 x222
Roswell, GA
 
Club Scientific
(678) 880-6460
636 Steels Bridge Road
Canton, GA
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Cost
$225/session
Ages
13-Apr
Services Available
Camps

The ArtBarn at Morning Glory Farm
(678) 319-0286
208 Roper Road
Canton, GA
Hours
Check website for schedule.
Cost
Moderate.
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village
(678) 494-4251
8534 Main Street
Woodstock, GA
Hours
Office Tue-Fri 2pm-7pm; and during shows
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Entertainment, Indoors

Life Time Fitness
(770) 926-7544
14200 Highway 92
Woodstock, GA
Hours
Daily, 24 hours. Child center: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-6pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Indoors

Canton Theatre
(770) 704-0755
171 East Main Street
Canton, GA
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Entertainment, Indoors

The Bounce House Amusement Center
(770) 345-5867
765 Ash Street
Canton, GA
Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-3pm; Tue & Thu 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-11:30am; Sun 11am-1pm; Call for summer hours
Cost
$7/child; Parents and Children under three are free
Ages
12-Feb
Services Available
Camps, Indoors

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development
(770) 516-0880
3115 Parkbrooke Circle
Woodstock, GA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6pm
Cost
Varies by program
Ages
0-6
Services Available
Camps

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development
(770) 516-0880
140 Foster Road
Woodstock, GA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6pm
Cost
Varies by program
Ages
0-6
Services Available
Camps

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
(678) 331-8687
103 Victoria North Court
Woodstock, GA
Hours
Mon-Sat 9am-7pm
Cost
$$
Ages
0-14
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Indoors, Kids Resources, Leagues & Teams

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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