Dalton State Hosts Summer Camp Fun for Kids


Exciting new activities for kids who are interested in exploring science, mathematics, technology, literature, and art will be offered at Dalton State in summer of 2016. All students who are in the second- through-eighth grade are eligible to register for any of the camps for their age range.​


The College is now accepting registrations for:

The perennially popular Creek Critter Camp for children ages 5-6 years old will introduce children to the wonders of stream ecosystems. Creek Critters will be taught by Dr. John Lugthart, a Dalton State biology professor, and his wife Gretchen. It will meet Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $25 per child.

In Stream Stomp Camp, children ages 7-10 years old will hunt for animals in the campus stream, learn about water pollution, and discuss ways to protect streams. This camp will be taught by Lugthart and will meet on Tuesday and Thursday, June 21 and 23, from 9 - 11 a.m. Cost is $40 per child.

Back again for year two is the Chinese Culture Camp for students in second- through fifth-grade, taught by Dr. Molly Zhou, who is an assistant professor at the School of Education. Students will be exposed to Chinese language and culture, including calligraphy, painting, festivals, and paper cutting projects. The Chinese Culture camp will take place June 20 - 24. from 8 a.m.- noon. Cost of the Chinese Culture camp is $65 for the week.


Activities for the Advanced Chinese Culture Camp for students third- through sixth-grade include creating their own calligraphy art works as reflected in Chinese history. They will also be exposed to different calligraphy styles to enhance awareness and appreciation of Chinese Culture. The advanced camp will run July 11-15 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and costs $65 for the week.

It is the second year of the Comic Book Camp for second- through fifth-graders, and students will create their own comics by focusing on reading, writing, and illustrations from other comics. Dr. Jacquelyn Mesco, an assistant professor of education, will be teaching the camp in the Brown Center June 20 – 24, from 1 – 5 p.m. Cost of the Comic Book camp is $65 for the week.

Advanced Comic Book Camp will be taught by Zach Talley, who is a physics and biology teacher at Murray County High School and long-time book collector. This two-week camp will run June 13 – 24, from 1 p.m-5 p.m. This camp will allow students to perfect their writing skills and take home a finished product for their families to enjoy. The cost is $130.  

Norm’s Camp for Kids will be offered to students in second- through fifth-grade. Professor Norm DesRosier will assist young campers in finding fun, safe, and age appropriate online games that can be played on PCs and mobile devices. Campers will learn the importance of enjoying online entertainment safely. This is a one week camp that will be offered twice on June 13 - 17 and again June 20 - 24 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost of Norm's Camp for Kids is $40.

Norm’s Camp for Teens will educate teens on how computers work by breaking down and reassembling machines to understand the mechanism of computers. This is a great learning experience for teens interested in hardware mechanisms and assembly, and it will be a one week camp that will be offered twice. Sessions will be June 13-17 and again on June 20-24 from 10.30 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost is $40.

The new fun and interactive Reader’s Theater and Creativity Camp will be taught by DSC alumni and camp enthusiast Ginny Johnson. This camp for second- through fifth-grade students will include exploring the world of literacy through nature, theater, language, and poems in a creative environment. Students will develop and bring life to reader’s theater by using props and their best theatric voices. This camp will run July 11 - 15 from 1 - 5 p.m. and will cost $65.

The World of Science Camp is offered for students in second- through fifth-grades. This camp will be taught by Dalton State’s science faculty members, and it will be hosted at Peeples Hall, home to Dalton State’s biology and chemistry departments. World of Science will include activities in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technology. This camp will be June 13-17, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. The cost is $90 for the week.

For girls who love science, Dalton State is introducing Girls in STEM Camp for girls in fourth- through-eighth grades. This new camp will be taught by current Dalton State female students and alumni who love science and want to share their knowledge with younger females. The purpose of this camp is to boost self-esteem in the sciences and provide strong, positive role models for girls. The camp will be June 27 through July 1 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The cost for this camp is $90.

The wet, wild, and wonderful Nature Exploration at Lakeshore Park is back again. The camp is for children in sixth- to eighth-grades, and it will be on Tuesday and Thursday, July 26 and 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. This camp will be taught by Lugthart and Chris Manis at Lakeshore Park, and the activities include capturing turtles, bird watching, aquatic invertebrate sampling, and more. The cost will be $60 per child, and children must have reliable transportation to and from Lakeshore Park.

Space is limited for all camps, and early registration is encouraged. To register for any of Dalton State’s camps, please contact Sarah Key at 706.272.2194 or skey@daltonstate.edu or click here