Camps to Check Out for Your Kids this Summer

For parents of school-age kids, the month of May invariably brings thoughts of June summer camps. The best camps keep kids safe while engaging their minds, bodies and spirits, helping campers develop new interests and skills even as they make new friends. Here are some camps Brentwood Lifestyle really likes.

The Nashville Predators has two cool camps—literally. Sk8 to Gr8 and the Nashville Predators Hockey School offer on-ice and off-ice coaching from Olympic figure skaters and Predators players and coaches. Campers experience exciting challenges that strengthen each camper’s strength, agility and knowledge of the respective sports while team-building activities help melt the ice and form fast friendships. 

But some kids would rather skate onto a stage. For young musicians, there’s School of Rock. This camp offers a unique opportunity for kids of any skill level to learn how to play in a band and perform for friends and family. Campers not only get the opportunity to play instruments that might be of interest to them, but they form lasting bonds—and sometimes bands!—with like-minded students that last well past camp. 

Perhaps your kid gets his or her kicks with actual kicks. For him or her, check out David Deaton’s Karate Camp. Now in its 48th season, this caring camp with a family of instructors teaches children how to safely avoid dangerous situations or manage situations if they do occur. The self-defense skills are easily learned and deal with stranger danger, bullies, and what to do when parents aren’t around.

For young naturalists, there’s Mr. Bond’s Science Guys. For more than 20 years, Mr. Bond and his trained team of lab-coat-wearing leaders have inspired kids to love science through hands-on demonstrations that promote problem-solving skills and teamwork in a fun and friendly setting.