No lazy summer days here: Area organizations offer summer activities to keep youth learning this summer  

Last year’s Rec. Center day campers meet then “Boy Band” contestant Marcus Pendleton, also known as K-MARZZZ.


Last year’s Rec. Center day campers meet then “Boy Band” contestant Marcus Pendleton, also known as K-MARZZZ.

Link to Coffee County Manchester Public Library Summer 2018 Events

John Coffelt, Staff Writer  MCS day camps Manchester City Schools will offer LEAPS Summer Camps May 29 through June 15 at Westwood Elementary School. The camps are free and further information will sent home with students concerning camps. Most of the camp leaders will take teacher recommendations for their camps. Leading the selection will be Fairy Tales and Stem for upcoming fourth- and fifth-grade students. The camp offers a new take on the old happily ever after through Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. The camp is inspired by classic fairy tales this camp is loaded with STEM challenges that will push your child to think outside of the box while looking at these classic stories and designing and engineering solutions to problems that occurred once upon a time. Also for fourth and fifth graders will be newspaper camp that would explore the world of newspaper reporting and the print process of making a school newspaper/newsletter. Camp will include research, practice writing and reporting the news then a tour of the local newspaper and meeting with the publisher of the Manchester Times, Josh Peterson. Numbers, Numbers, Everywhere, a camp for those completing first and second grades will focus on developing number sense, and would be a great opportunity for those who with Spring Star testing. The camp will include two standards based number concepts and station activities each day using concrete manipulatives. Lessons would consist of a combination of Marilyn Burns’ literacy and mathematics mentor text series and “Mathematics Their Way” by Mary Baratta-Lorton. Upcoming first graders are able to attend Science and Craft Camp or phonics remediation camp. And last up is Tennessee History Camp for third-grade students who will make a book on Tennessee history to take home to use next year when they study Tennessee history.  Elements covered will be the Grand Divisions, rivers, symbols, background history and about state parks. Contact your city school for more information. Manchester Rec. Day Camps Manchester Recreation Department Summer Day Camps will be held May 29-July 2 for ages 5-12. The cost is $60 per week plus a one-time $10 activity fee. Rec. Complex members receive a 10 percent discount.  For more information, call 728-0273. Other Rec. Department camps include a Youth Basketball/Speed and Agility Camp June 18-22 at the Manchester Rec. Complex for grades kindergarten through sixth. Basketball camp will be 8-11 a.m. and Speed and Agility will be noon-3 p.m. The cost is $40 individually or $60 for the pair. Register by June 8 at the Rec. Complex. The Youth Soccer Camp will be June 11-15 at the Manchester Soccer Complex, 421 McMinnville Hwy. for ages 8-15. Ages 8-11 camp will be 8-11 a.m., and ages 12-15, from noon to 3 p.m. Sign up at the Manchester Rec. Complex by June 1. Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park Old Stone Fort’s Junior Ranger Camp is open. Registration may be completed by calling the Museum at 931-723-5073 or by going online to

This camp will take place from June 25-29 The cost is $45 per camper. This year’s theme is Shine Like the Sun. Campers will learn all about first aid and how to react when confronted with an emergency, compass navigation and map skills, the native wildlife of Tennessee, canoe and paddling skills and more. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and snacks throughout the day. This is a day camp and will last from 8 a.m.-noon. Registration is $45 per camper and is limited to children ages 8-12. If your camper is over 12 be sure to ask about our Advanced Junior Ranger Camp. Dance Camps Duck River Dance studio will offer dance camps in a range of dance styles for all ages. A ballet intensive for ages 12 – adult will be 6-8 p.m., June 4-8. Each day dancers will focus on a specific area of ballet; Fees are $25 per day or $100 for the week. Weekly dance camp for ages 6 -9 years will be June 11-15  from  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Throughout the week dancers will learn ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop.  Each day dancers will enjoy activities, snacks, crafts and a walk to the park for lunch.  The cost is $160 for the week. A mini-dance camp for ages 5 – 7 years will be June 18-20, from 9 a.m. – noon.  Each day dancers will enjoy dance lessons, activities, snacks, crafts and more. The cost is $80 per student. An intensives week for ages 9- adult will be July 10-12, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Each day dancers will focus on the technique, history and artistry of the style.  Dancers will work together to create a complete routine each day. The cost is $40 per day or $110 for the series. For a complete list of summer camps go to Cannon County  Center for the Arts The Arts Center of Cannon County’s 2018 Summer Youth Conservatory will run June 4-15 with a participant show June 17 at 2 p.m. The Junior Session 2: is June 18- 29, with a show June 30 at 10 a.m. The Senior Session is July 9-20, with a show July 21 at 10 a.m. The Summery Youth Conservatory is dedicated to the development of life skills through participation in the arts – helping kids reach a new stage.  In addition to classes, this program offers the opportunity for all participants to appear on stage in a production at the end of each session. This is also a valuable opportunity to be seen on stage by Arts Center directors. Students will audition for roles in performances. Classes offered are Fundamentals of Acting/Advanced Acting (taught by Matthew Hayes Hunter), Creative Movement/Dance (taught by Megan Castleberry – Jr. Sessions and Chase Miller – Sr. Sessions), and Voice/Music (taught by Collin Peterson. Sign up online at to download an application or call 615-563-2787. The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Hwy. For more information check the website at

or call 615-563-(ARTS) 2787.