summer camp 2132School is almost out here for summer in sunny Union County, NC, and moms and dads like me are looking to keep their kids active. There is no shortage of great camps for kids in the area to meet the interests of most any child and fit the work schedule of busy parents.

If your daughter enjoys horses, then Thunderbay Academy or Cedarhill Farm in Waxhaw is sure to make her smile. Got a budding Olympic gymnast at home? Get ‘em tumbling at Southeastern Gymnastics in Weddington.  If your son is a video game geek then have him try his hand at animation or designing his very own game at Charlotte Latin over in South Charlotte. Charlotte Parent magazine has a handy directory that makes it easy for you to search for day or overnight camps by zip code.

We are pretty lucky here in Union County that our great public schools also have a robust summer camp program, too. At just $100 bucks per week per child, you really can’t beat it as a great deal for an awesome summer experience for kids. Our local YMCA’s in the greater Charlotte area are also chock full of activities to keep your young ones engaged during the hot months.

Historic Pleasant Grove Camp Ground in Mineral Springs, NC, gives kids an old-school outdoor camp experience like the ones most people my age would remember. Started in 1829, this one-of-a-kind camp gives generations of kids a traditional experience their parents and grandparents had growing up. Cabins, picnic tables, games of horseshoe and volleyball keep children running around all day instead of sitting around with electronic devices. Ice cream and water balloon fights are a fun daily norm. If you want your kid to truly unplug, Pleasant Grove is the place to do it.

Summer camps are a great way for your kids to make new friends, learn new skills, and develop a sense of independence. My son Russell has made lots of friends and had a blast in previous summers at Camp Lure Crest, which provides a heap of activities like cruising down a zip line. He also enjoyed Camp Double R while he was an elementary school student, too.

If you know of an interesting camp you’d like to suggest, don’t hesitate to tell us about it below in the comments area. I’m eager to hear from those of you who are following us.