Each year a number of interesting and unique summer camps are offered throughout the area. See a listing of some of those below. Send your summer camp information to camps@huntersvilleherald.com for consideration.

The Connie Company

The children’s theater wing of Davidson Community Players will offer a number of summer camps this year.

Food for Thought – Recipes for Life:

The Connie Company will offer drama camps this summer for young people 4 to 13 years old. The one-week camp offers 15 hours of instruction in an authentic theater environment. This year’s theme is Food for Thought. Campers will explore a variety of theater games, stories and improvisations based on related topics. They’ll also learn basic acting techniques and stage production at Armour Street Theatre. Each camp costs $95, which includes a snack. The camps are divided by age:

• 4- and 5-year-olds, 9 a.m. to noon: June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and Aug. 1-5.
• 6 and 7: June 13-17, 9 a.m. to noon; June 27-July 1 and Aug. 1-5, 1 to 4 p.m.
• 8, 9 and 10, 1 to 4 p.m.: June 13-17, June 20-24 and July 11-15.
• 10 through 13: July 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon.

New Teen Writers:
The Connie Company will offer a two-week writing class for 13- to 18-year-olds July 11 to 22. The camp will teach a variety of theater games and writing exercises based on the Food for Thought theme. In the second week, the writers will team with young actors to create an original work that they will be perform July 23 at 11 a.m. The camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $125. No audition or previous experience is required. For more information, call 704-892-7953.

Davidson Day School

Davidson Day School will host a summer camp from June 6 through July 29. Activities for the weekly sessions will include sports, games, arts and crafts, weekly themed celebrations, tae-kwon-do, mad science, music and movement, cooking, movies, Fear Factor Fridays, splash days, swimming and weekly field trips.

Each costs $175 for part-time campers and $225 for full time. Find more information and register at the school’s website, www.davidsonday.org/camps.

District Courts

The 26th Judicial District of North Carolina, in partnership with Justice Initiatives Inc., is accepting applications for a summer day camp for teens called Court Camp.

Court Camp is an educational program for teens 14 to 18 who are interested in learning more about law and the state’s judicial system. The weeklong camps take place at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

Campers will meet judges, clerks, deputy sheriffs, attorneys, court reporters, interpreters and other court personnel and take tours of the Mecklenburg County courthouse and jail and the Charlotte School of Law. The camp also provides a chance to observe criminal and civil proceedings and participate in a mock trial.

Camps will be held June 13-17, June 27-July 1 and July 18-22 and cost $30. Applications are due May 2. Find more information and a downloadable application at Justice Initiatives’ website, www.justiceinitiatives.org/courtcamp.php.

Gypsy Soup

Stacey Wackerman, owner and operator of Gypsy Soup catering services, will hold several summer camps to explore cooking, kitchen safety, sanitation and nutrition. Children 6 to 16 years old will learn basic knife skills and fundamental cooking techniques at the classes held at the Dellwood Center, 310 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. Classes meet from 1 to 4 p.m. daily and are offered:

• June 13-17, Tastes From Around the World.
• June 20-24, Sweet Treats.
• July 11-15, Nibbles & Nosh.
• July 18-22, Sweet Treats.

Camps cost $245 to $300. To register for classes or for more information, email Wackerman at gypsysoupco@gmail.com.

Latta Plantation Nature Center

The nature center at 6211 Sample Road is an arm of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. For more information or to register for the center’s camps, call 704-875-1391.

L.A.N.D. (Learning About Nature through Discovery) Camp: Amazing Animals

June 15-19 and July 13-17 – The camp costs $75, is open to children 4 to 6 years old and meets from 9 a.m. to noon. Campers will investigate what makes animals amazingly different from one another. Children will get up-close encounters with animals and go out into the nature preserve to learn where these animals live.

L.A.N.D. (Learning About Nature through Discovery) Camp: Web of Life

July 27-31 and Aug. 10-14 – The camp costs $75, is open to children 4 to 6 years old and meets from 9 a.m. to noon. During this weeklong, half-day camp, children will learn how everything is connected in the natural world. Investigate why bees help you buy new clothes or why the smallest mushroom helps the tallest tree grow.

Outdoor Adventure Camp

June 22-26 and Aug. 3-7: The camp costs $150, is open to children 7 to 10 years old and meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will explore the preserve through canoeing, fishing, orienteering, wilderness survival, sampling wild edibles and field games.

Latta Plantation Equestrian Center

The equestrian center will offer several day camps beginning June 13 and running through the week of Aug. 19, except for the July 4 week. The center will offer beginner and intermediate camps, both $300, and campers must be at least 7 years old by the start of the camp. The dates of the camps are:

• Beginner rider camps: June 13-17, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12.

• Intermediate rider camps: June 20-24, July 25-29 and Aug. 15-19.

The intermediate camp will be available to campers that have attended the beginner camp or have had eight hours of riding lessons. Campers will proceed to lope, including trotting on diagonals, balance of horse and rider, school figures, correct leads and maneuvering-around patterns. Lessons are on flat work only, practicing communication skills, balance and body alignment.

Riding instructors will coordinate lessons during camp and supplement with classroom sessions that cover topics every rider should know. These classes are designed to build a rider’s self confidence while teaching horsemanship safety. The lessons concentrate on safety first, proper grooming, communication skills, body alignment, balance and an independent seat, which are the building blocks of good riding. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance, with a $50 non-refundable deposit and a release form.

The camp lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If arrangements are not made for earlier dropoff or later pickup, the center charges $15 per half-hour before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. For 8 a.m.-to-5:30 p.m. care, the center changes an extra $100 for the week.

Parents are required to provide their child with lunch, but the center will provide morning and afternoon snacks and drinks.

For more information on the riding center, call 704-992-1550.

Special needs camps

Huntersville and Cornelius parks and recreations departments offer a number of camps for special-needs youth 5 to 15 years old:

• Discovery Place Kids Science Camp, July 11-14. Each day camper will spend time in explorative play and an hour in instructional science, math and nutrition programs. This camp take places at the Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville and costs $55 for residents of Huntersville and Cornelius and $60 for non-residents. The camp meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. daily.

• The Little Gym Sports Camp, July 18-22. Each day camper will practice tumbling, coordination, sports techniques, sensory exploration and motor skills. The camps costs $50 for residents of the two towns and $55 for non-residents and meets from 1 to 3 p.m..

• Art and Music Camp, July 25-29. Campers will create original works using multi-media art while exploring music through movement and social interaction. The camp costs $50 for residents and $55 for non-residents and meets from 1 to 3 p.m.

• Learn to Bowl, Aug. 1-5. Campers will learn how to bowl, “strike” up new friendships and enjoy  fun activities like cosmic bowling, decorating a bowling pin to take home and earning tokens for campers to use in the arcade on the last day of camp.  The camp will have a quiet room for playing games, doing puzzles, reading and practicing fine-motor activities. Participants should bring a snack. The camp costs $50 for residents and $55 for non-residents and meets from 1 to 3 p.m.

Registration for these camps begins April 1. Find more information online at www.corneliuspr.org.

Mecklenburg Park and Recreation

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department holds summer camps for special-needs youth and young adults. Each camp costs $100.

Pre-school (ages 2-6)

• Imagination Station: Spend the summer on the Discovery Train, exploring the world around you. The camp will allow discovery through science, art, health, music, friendships, sports and games. Each week, Discovery Train will travel to a different place, such as Animal World, Health Island and Helping Hands Blvd.

Youth (ages 6-12)

• Natural Wonders, 6- to 9-year-olds: This program is designed to introduce the joys of summer to children with disabilities. Together they will learn about nature, sports, group games, arts and crafts, aquatics, outdoor adventure, science, theatre and friendship. They will participate in group play, fitness, sports, music and art and take field trips.

• Summer Express, 6- to 9-year-olds: Designed for children at their best in a small-group setting, campers will visit Summer Fun Depot, Art-Full City, Great Outdoors Center, Musical Mountain, Stars & Stripes Station, Olympic Kids Peak and other destinations. Camp activities will also include water play, group games, arts & crafts, gardening activities, playground time, field trips and more.

• World of Wonders, 10- to 12-year-olds: Children will learn about nature and environmental stewardship through hands-on educational activities, stories, music, art and craft activities, skits and games. Other activities will include swimming, homemade ice cream, picnics and outdoor play. Learn about plants, trees, the seasons, insects, spiders, birds, bats and more.

Teens (ages 13-21)
• Teen Scene,  for ages 13-21: Teen Scene is an eight-week summer day camp that  activities such as sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music and art therapy, cooperative games and guest speakers. For more information on these Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation camps call 704-432-0237 or visit tr.charmeck.org.

Woodlawn Discovery

Woodlawn Discovery, the nature program that teaches people how to connect with the outdoors, has several summer camps aimed at getting children outside. They are:

• June 6-10: What’s Growing? Learn how to prepare and maintain a garden and what to plant. Learn about plants, vegetables and flowers, composting, stages of plant growth and garden bugs.

• June 13-15: Native American PowWow (three-day camp). Explore the culture of Native Americans, including dances, stories, games and art.

• June 27-July 1: In the Woods, Around the Pond – Who’s Been Here? Explore several habitats and learn about the flora, fauna, birds and animals that live in each. Campers will keep journals their discoveries and learn about protecting natural resources, including the necessary elements for your own backyard habitat.

• July 6-8: Let’s Go Camping (three-day camp). Set up a campsite, cook over the fire and go hiking. It’s everything great about camping, but with a good night’s sleep in your own bed!

• July 11-15: Eric Carle’s Bugs. Using the inspiration of Eric Carle’s books, explore all kinds of bugs through art, games, hunts and building habitats.

• July 18-22: Woodland Art. Nature is one huge art palette. Get creative ideas flowing using natural materials to create works of art such as drawings, collages, weavings and paintings.

• July 25-29: Outdoor Adventures. “A few dangerous things every child should do” to build a fort, cook on a campfire, throw spears, skip rocks and other ideas that make exploring the woods fun. This camp includes storytelling, learning camp songs and making useful gadgets for outdoor fun.

• Aug. 8-12: Woodland Fairies, Pixies, Gnomes and Trolls. Who is hiding under the rocks and behind the leaves? Study mini-habitats, make costumes and jewelry, go on hunts, have a tea party and learn about valued character traits. Enjoy woodland singing, dancing, art and stories under the trees.

• Aug. 15-19: Frog and Toad. Re-create the world of “Frog and Toad” and act out their stories,  make costumes and write your own stories. Get the chance to sing all the frog songs you know. Learn the difference between real frogs and toads, too.

• Aug. 22-26: In My World. Explore the world around you based on picture books of Lois Ehlert. Look at her art and stories about butterflies, squirrels, birds, gardens  and ponds and write your own.

Camps are for children 4 to 11 and cost $100 per week or $60 for three-day camps at Woodland Discovery, 8755 Poplar Tent Road. Children should bring their own snacks. For information and to register, e-mail woodlandsdiscovery@gmail.com or call 704-439-7764.