Summer may be far from your mind right now, but it’s time to think about how your kids will make lasting summer memories. Camp registration is under way, so check out these overnight camps your kids will love.

Riverview Camp for Girls

Adventure, inspiration, character and confidence building await you in Mentone, Alabama atop beautiful Lookout Mountain where there is a camp community full of fun, friends and adventure. Swing from a zip line, dress in the colors of your tribe, and try activities like archery, horseback riding or canoeing. The Riverview Equestrian program is a favorite and there is no extra fee to participate. There are over 20 activities to choose from with something for every interest. Riverview creates a positive, Christian environment and a feeling of family for girls to make life-long friendships. Many girls return year after year and more than 200 girls have received 10-year blankets. Mother-Daughter weekends, one-week and two-week sessions with longer stays available for girls ages 6-16 from June 4-Aug. 4. Only 2 hours from Atlanta. For an information packet: 800-882-0722 or riverviewcamp.org

Athens Y Camp for Boys/ Camp Chattooga for Girls

Fun, tradition and Christian values in a rustic setting – that’s what makes Athens Y Camp for Boys and Camp Chattooga for Girls special, along over 600 wooded acres in the North Georgia mountains. The programs provide opportunities for personal development, spiritual growth and friendship building. Daily activities allow kids to learn new skills or improve existing ones. These include archery, sports, guitar, ropes course, riflery, crafts and more. Campers enjoy watersports including The Blob, 100-foot Bullet Slide, Zip Line, Dive Tower and Wet Willie slide as well as fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Trips to nearby locations include Tallulah Gorge State Park and the outpost camp on Lake Rabun. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7-14 from June 5-July 30. Tallulah Falls, Ga. athensycamps.org

Deer Run Camps & Retreats

One-hundred acres of wooded property makes Deer Run Camp a 95 percent outdoor-based camp. A 45-foot climbing tower, paintball, giant swing, waterslide, zip lines, low and high ropes initiatives, canoes and kayaks among many other activities will keep campers engaged and keep their adrenaline pumping. Kids can also develop their skills through their choice of tracks in fishing, percussion, drama, sports or archery. Deer Run is a Christian camp with the goal of influencing good character, building life-long friendships and encouraging adventurous experiences. Camp counselors and staff members want to plant seeds for loving others by sharing love and the word of Christ through everyday activities. Camp sessions for kids who have completed grades 3 through 12 are available; vary depending on age from June 4-Aug. 29. Thompson’s Station, Tenn. (10 miles from Franklin, Tenn.) deerrun.camp

YMCA Camp Ocoee

Activities such as archery, mountain biking, horseback riding, high ropes and more are a staple in the daily activities at Camp Ocoee. Kids enjoy water sports on Lake Ocoee including canoeing, water skiing and stand up paddleboards. The camp is situated in the Cherokee National Forest with open-air cabins. Campers have the opportunity to go on an overnight campout in tents by the lake, and cook s’mores over a campfire. The Christian values learned and the confidence gained by campers becomes a way of life. Generations of families have fond memories of their time at Camp Ocoee. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7-15 for up to four weeks from June 4-Aug. 4, excluding July 2-8. An early bird special is available until Jan. 31. Ocoee, Tenn. campocoee.com

Camp Barney Medintz

Located in the North Georgia Mountains, Camp Barney, the MJCCA’s Jewish overnight summer camp, provides a meaningful and transformative Jewish camp experience for rising 3-11 graders. Camp Barney’s facilities are extensive, and the activities endless, but the Camp Barney experience is about much more. Campers develop lifelong friendships, challenge themselves with new activities, gain self-confidence and independence, and strengthen their connection to their Jewish identity – all while having the best summer of their lives. Information sessions: Dec. 11 and Jan. 8, 1 p.m. at the Camp Barney office in Atlanta. Two-week and four-week camping options available. Cleveland, Ga. campbarney.org

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

Is your daughter horse crazy? At Valley View Ranch girls get their own horse to care for and ride the entire time they are at camp. This includes grooming, tacking and cleaning the horse stable. Girls can spend four to six hours per day with the horses, and 600 acres of trails allow for trail riding time outside of training. Campers get instruction in Western and English riding, with an instructor ratio of two to one. Traditional camp activities such as archery, swimming, and arts and crafts are woven into each day, and nightly activities include karaoke, campfires and scavenger hunts. One-hundred percent of the staff comes back year after year. One or two week sessions are offered for girls ages 8-17 from June 4-Aug. 4. Cloudland, Ga. valleyviewranch.com

Camp Juliette Low

For nearly 100 years, girls have been coming to Camp Juliette Low (CJL) to gain independence, develop leadership skills, and create friendships that last a lifetime! Located on Lookout Mountain, CJL is one of Georgia’s oldest summer camps and maintains a traditional setting including platform tents, limited electricity, and camp activities like archery, canoeing, swimming, and horseback riding. Campers will find a place to learn new skills like paddle boarding, sailing, ceramics, zip-line, backpacking and outdoor cooking. The counselors and staff are alumnae and provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment. One-week and two-week sessions for ages 7-15 from June 4-July 29. Early bird special is available until Jan. 15. Cloudland, Ga. cjl.org

Cub Creek Science Camp

Imagine a camp that is also a private zoo with over 300 animals, where you can adopt your favorite animal for a week, such as a lemur, arctic fox or sloth. Campers will have fun solving a mystery in the crime science course, making fudge or cotton candy in the candy factory and exploring the ropes course. In addition to adventure and science areas, traditional camp activities include roasting marshmallows, archery, crafts and singing songs. The camp also has a pool for swimming and area ponds for fishing. One-week to six-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7-17 from June 4-Aug. 12. Rolla, Mo. mosciencecamp.com

Camp Tekoa

Climb through caverns, go waterfall hopping and ride the lake zipline at Camp Tekoa, located close to the Pisgah National Forest. The classic camp experience is mixed with more extreme activities. Choose from overnight camps with lake activities, canoeing and campouts or from adventure camps for middle and high schoolers with whitewater rafting, stand up paddle boarding and mountain biking. Camp Tekoa takes pride in hiring passionate staff members, who play with the children, lead devotions or guide activities. Campers leave with a mission to share the light of Christ. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7-17 from June 11-Aug. 5. Hendersonville, N.C. camptekoa.org

Camp Westminster

Let your kids become immersed in the outdoors at Camp Westminster, trying the cable wakeboarding system, going horseback riding or taking a cooking class. With 120 acres, campers have many opportunities to explore the outdoors including canoeing, fishing or the high ropes course. Dance classes and group sports are also offered. Counselors are seen as strong mentors, who build relationships and help campers learn about the gospel. Staff members want campers to leave having encountered Jesus, with friendships and memories for a lifetime. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 6-17 from June 4-July 23 excluding the week of July 3. Conyers, Ga. campwestminster.org

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