2018 Summer Camp
Not your “Run of the Mill” summer camp!
Autrey Mill’s camp emphasizes connecting children with nature and history. Kids are provided a break from competitive activities and ever-present technology. We keep campers engaged with plenty of activities and learning opportunities, but there is always time to examine what’s under a log, catch a tadpole, or to imagine living in the past.
Our Camps are divided into age groups with multiple options for ages 5-14. In an effort to divide the ages and offer more age-appropriate lessons when possible we have divided into the following groups:
Discovery Camp for ages 4-5
These half-day programs include both nature and creativity focused camps. Both introduce campers to a variety of topics through activities, games, crafts, visits with animals, and exploration of our 46-acre nature preserve. Choose from nature themes like Zoology Camp, and Wild Water or creative themes like Preschool Nature Art, Preschool Mini Camp, and Preschool Cooking & Crafts.
Investigator Camp for 5-11
These full-day programs include both nature and heritage-focused camps. Habitat Hunters and Wild Water camps are filled with actives designed to engage youth in the outdoors. Cooking and Crafts camp is designed to inspire exploration of the past through basic recipes and crafts. This group will be divided by appropriate age, and you will be able to choose a “buddy” for your child.
Nature Adventurer 6-11
Our Nature Camps introduce a variety of natural science topics through activities, games, crafts, visits with animals, exploration of our 46-acre nature preserve, and scientific experiments. Choose from Outdoor Adventure, Jr. Naturalist, Habitat Hunter, or Wild Water camps.
NEW* to 2018 these camps are designed for campers who want to explore both history and nature. The themes include Heroes of the Past, Celebrations of the Past, and Nature & History Detective. These camps are full of games, crafts, animal encounters, and stories from the past.
History Adventurer 6-11 with Ms. Alison
Our Heritage Camps bring history to life and spark campers’ imagination through creative activities, games, crafts, and exploration of our historic buildings. Choose from Time Traveler, Heritage Doll, Woodland Fairies, Nature Art & Games, or Cooking & Crafts camps.
Explorer for 10-14
Our Explorer Camps engage older campers with exploration and study of the habitats and wildlife or our collections and heritage buildings through hands-on activities and experiments. Hikes, visits with our animals, games, and crafts will round out the camp sessions. Choose Zoology camp, Curious Culinary, or Naturalist camps.
Jr. Counselors 12-13
This transitional program gives campers an opportunity to explore both camp life and the responsibility of volunteerism. The Volunteer Jr. Counselor Program was created as a venue for volunteers aged 12-13 to gain valuable life skills as they interact with staff and supervise campers
*Four Day Camps are priced: $180M $120
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CELEBRATIONS OF THE PAST CAMP
Campers will explore varying cultures through their holiday traditions and parties. Such as: Mardi Gras, Day of the Dead, Holi (Celebration of Colors), Native American Sun Dances, Chinese New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and a Victorian Christmas. Campers will learn the traditions of these celebrations including their origins, the games, dress, and food.
COOKING AND CRAFTS
Campers will take a step back in time through simple recipes and heritage crafts enjoyed in the past. A cooking activity and a craft are introduced each day including making Johnny Cakes, ice cream, Native American crafts, and more! Fun games and other activities will round out each day. Open to boys and girls.
CURIOUS CULINARY CAMP
Campers will take a step back in time through recipes and heritage projects enjoyed in the past. A cooking activity and a project each day including things like: making apple head dolls, campfire-cooking demonstrations, harvesting, foraging, rock candy experiments, old fashion taffy pulls, and more! Fun games and other activities will round out each day. Open to boys and girls.
HABITAT HUNTERS CAMP
Habitat Hunter participants will learn the essential elements that all animals need to live. We will discover and explore habitats all over Autrey Mill Nature Preserve; on land, in water, and in the air. Campers will take a close look at an ecosystem and discover the delicate balance that makes all life possible. Be ready to get a hands-on experience with scientific experiments and outdoor activities in this camp.
HERITAGE DOLL CAMP
Campers bring a doll to the Heritage Village to join them in a variety of activities like making dollhouses, a variety of dolls, doll accessories, a doll journal, dressing up in period costumes, and an end-of-week tea party. Games, hikes, explorations of our historic buildings, and other fun activities with a historical focus can all be shared with their special friend. A variety of activities are offered each week, so sign up for one or both weeks!
HEROS OF THE PAST
Hero’s abound in American and World history. Participants in this camp will learn about true American Heroes and fictional ones as well. Campers will take part in games, crafts, adventures, and stories. Crafts include comic book construction, super wardrobes, mythical tools, and more. Featured Heroes include: Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, Slue-Foot Sue, John Henry, Mose Humphreys, Davy Crockett, and more!
HISTORY AND NATURE DETECTIVES
Using a magnifying glass, campers will take a closer look at local wildlife and history. Participants will be engaged in crafts, animal encounters, historic tours, archeological digs, scavenger hunts, puzzles, and much more. Campers will be lead on a historical and nature mysteries which may include archeologic forensics, secret messages, Morse code, animal signs, and native American trail signs.
Jr. Counselors will begin the week as campers, participating in select camps. Then, with help from counselors, they will learn how to implement games, songs, stories, or crafts with the campers. After completing the mini-camp training sessions Jr. Counselors are tasked with helping the counselors as, they supervise games, crafts, explorations, and more. Space is limited and an application is required.
NATURE ART AND GAMES
This camp combines two fun activities: creating art and playing games. Campers will create all sorts of interesting projects with nature themes or utilizing natural materials. Each day will include traditional games like badminton, croquet, hopscotch, and other pastimes popular with kids in earlier generations. Hikes to collect materials and inspiration, exploration of the Heritage Village, and more will keep campers creative and active. Open to boys and girls. Preschool Nature Art campers will create all sorts of interesting projects with nature themes utilizing natural materials. Storytime, hikes, and engaging activities will keep your little one happily occupied during this fun week.
Through a variety of interactive, engaging activities, students in our new Naturalist Camp will have the opportunity to learn how scientists study the environment. Campers will be exposed to soil and water chemistry techniques and use the scientific method to learn about the plants, animals, and fungi that live in Georgia. Campers explore nature both on land and in water. We will discover many different species of animal that call Autrey Mill Nature Preserve home. Campers will learn the different kingdoms of animals and how to classify invertebrates and vertebrates.
Here is a wonderful program for when the older siblings start going back to school. Preschool campers will enjoy nature and heritage activities designed to educate and entertain.
If your camper is seeking an adventure while exploring the outdoors, this camp is for them. Campers will learn what it takes to survive in the wild. Campers will also meet our reptiles and amphibians in this Adventure Camp.
TIME TRAVELERS CAMP
This camp will transport explorers to various periods in history! We’ll set our time machine and explore life during the time of the Native Americans, Colonists, Civil War era, Industrial Revolution, Depression, or the groovy 70s. Campers will discover these eras through engaging activities, games, and crafts from the past.
WILD WATER CAMP
Campers at Wild Water Camp will examine the properties of water; learn about the importance of the water cycle while exploring the Autrey Mill Wetlands. Each day participants will get to explore Sal’s Creek at Wild Water Camp.
Fairies, elves, trolls, and other mythical folks at Autrey Mill? Campers will use their imaginations and build observational skills while discovering the enchanted world of Autrey Mill. The week will include woodland hikes, craft projects, mythology, fairy houses, costumes, and more! Some favorite activities like making fairy dwellings and costumes will repeat, but lots of different activities each week, so sign up for one or more weeks.
Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the different animals that live in Georgia. Students will observe, identify, and classify birds, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and more. We will use hands-on scientific equipment to help identify, properly record, and measure the flora and fauna of Georgia.
2018 Summer Camp Scholarships
The Camp Autrey Mill Scholarship was created to help children age 5-14 who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend camp. The Scholarships are made possible through contributions from individuals, sponsors, partners, and membership supporters.Follow the link below to complete the application, please note that a recommendation letter from a non-relative is requested. The 2018 Scholarship Session has closed.