CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Christian School is blending its typical diverse mix of summer camps with a few new behind-the-scenes offerings that take different looks at some of the latest trends in pop culture.
One such new offering is Camp Sweet Spot, which runs all seven sessions this summer. Here, rising third- through eighth-graders will learn to create their own signature dessert, whether that be a confection made in a jar or a cupcake situated just right on a decorated plate. Aside from the baking and creating dessert aspect, campers will get a look at the business side of creating a brand, marketing and packing product and much more.
Another new offering is The Art of Star Wars. In The Art of Star Wars, a camp designed for rising kindergartners through sixth-graders, students will view the Star Wars movies, but also create inspired artwork, get to better know the actors behind-the-scenes and work on artwork such as drawing favorite characters, ships in action, movie posters or they can become Jedi artists themselves. There are sure to be plenty of lightsaber battles here.
The same concept holds true for Camp Marvel, another new camp coming this summer and similar to The Art of Star Wars, only with a different theme.
If drama, musicals and performances are more your speed, then the On With the Show series may be the perfect fit. There are two sessions of this new offering – On With the Show (incoming fourth- through sixth-graders) and On With the Show Jr. (for incoming first- through third-graders). Both camps will explore acting, creating, moving and singing through a variety of ways. Each day will dig deeper into theater and movies through music, drama and crafts. Each day will be centered around a childhood favorite film such as The Lion King, Frozen! and many others. The older kids will also take a behind-the-scenes look at what preparation and creativity goes into each performance in the world of dramatic arts.
These are just a few of the new options the school offers this summer, but Charlotte Christian does have something for everyone.
“There is a wide range of focuses and we offer a lot of different options,” said Molly Cain, director of summer camps. “There are a lot of topics covered, it’s not just one specific area.”
In addition to the new camps, Charlotte Christian holds traditional sports options including soccer, volleyball and wrestling. State champion coaches will lead the Knights camp offerings in football (Jason Estep), baseball (Greg Simmons) and basketball (Shonn Brown).
“The wide variety is very important to us because there’s something for everyone regardless of whether it’s technology or sports or drama,” Cain said. “There are a few that repeat, like baseball and Camp Sweet Spot and some others, but it’s fun to see because these camps are designed by Charlotte Christian staff. They can create camps on topics they’re interested in so it’s fun to see what they create. But it’s also the passion of our staff. They feel real excited about what they are offering and the camps they’re creating.”
Some other interesting camp options that caught my eye included:
• BroPerfect: Based off Dude Perfect, this camp will help you create, film and edit trick shots done with frisbees, basketballs and more.
• Community Cares: Earn 15 service hours per session while helping the community with projects such as making blankets or visiting the elderly.
• Bees, Berries and Biscuits: Girls only! This fun offering will allow girls to come home with something sweet to share and get them working with local artisans.
• Camp SMART- SMART (Sweet Mentoring Apprenticeship for Rejoicing Talent) pairs young people with great ideas and the passion to create their own brand and business with young, established business owners.
• Youth Apologetics Conference: This conference is a must as it’s designed to prepare teenagers for what is likely the most spiritually challenging years of their lives.
Lunch is not included in any of the camps, although before, bridge and aftercare is available.
But, no matter what option fits the bill for your family, Cain feel’s Charlotte Christian has something any camper can enjoy and prosper from.
“It’s a really fun and enjoyable experience,” she said. “And I think relationships are a big part of it because kids can come and meet new people in different grade levels and interact with a new group of people. It’s not just Charlotte Christian families, anyone in the community can participate.
“We have a wide range of opportunities and the variety I think is what keeps people coming back.”
Want to learn more?
Charlotte Christian has morning and afternoon sessions running from June 3 through July 26. More information and detailed camp descriptions can be found at https://www.charlottechristian.com/page.cfm?p=982 or by calling the school at 704-366-5657.