What to do this summer?


Representatives from a variety of local organizations were on hand Monday at the Cullman Civic Center for the Cullman KIDS’ Summer Showcase. (Photo courtesy Joey Orr)

CULLMAN – As the end of the school year and beginning of summer vacation approaches, parents and kids alike face the inevitable question: what now?  Grace Chapel Children’s Minister and Cullman City School Board member Joey Orr coordinated this week’s Cullman KIDS’ Summer Showcase at the Civic Center, in cooperation with the Cullman County Board of Education and others.

Following is an alphabetical list of groups and organizations that presented ideas at the event, along with program and contact information, based on information supplied to event coordinators by group representatives.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System – Learn, Grow, Eat & Go Camp June 18-22, 2018 for second-fifth graders going into 2018-2019 school year. 4-H Gardening Classes. Monthly, first one May 31, noon to 2 p.m.  Fifth graders 2017- 2018. Contact Cynthia Tubbs at cat0053@auburn.edu, www.facebook.com/jmgcullman/.

Alabama Kids Code – STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Camp ages 5-18. Contact Jackie Whitehead at jackie@alabamakidscode.org, www.alabamakidscode.org.

Clairdays Karate – Karate.  Contact Robert Clairday at Robertclairday@gmail.com.

Cornerstone Revival Center – VBS July 11-13, buses each Sunday for Children’s Church.  Contact Robert Brantley at Robertbrantley88@gmail.com, www.cornerstonerevivalcenter.com.

Courtney’s Dance Artistry – Summer dance camps in June ranging from ages 3-16.  Contact Courtney Foshee at dancecda.info@gmail.com, www.dancecda.com.

Cullman City Head Start – Preschool for ages 3-5.  Contact Heather Battles at hbattles@cullmancats.net, www.cullmancats.net/headstart.

Cullman City Schools Summer Feeding Program – Summer Feeding Program at West Elementary. Children 0-18 eat free breakfast and lunch.  Contact Terri Abbott at tabbott@cullmancats.net.

Cullman Created For A Purpose – Created For A Purpose at St. John’s Church, July 9-13 for Girls third-eighth grade.  Contact Stephanie Jowers at stephjowers@bellsouth.net, www.facebook.com/cullmancreatedforapurpose/.

Cullman Custom Travel – Travel opportunities.  Contact Leigh Anne Combs at cullmancustomtravel@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/cullmancustomtravel/.

Cullman First Baptist Church – Vacation Bible School, Summer Bible Study, Sunday and Wednesday Night Programming.  Contact Rebekah Mickle at rmickle@cullmanfbc.com, www.cullmanfbc.com.

Cullman High School – Athletic Camps for Cullman High School.  Contact Mark Stephens at mstephens@cullmancats.net, www.cullmancats.net.

Cullman High School Athletic Department – Athletic/academic camps hosted by CHS.  Contact Jonathan Hayes at jhayes@cullmancats.net.

Cullman Homeschoolers Activities and Resource Group (CHARGe) – Field trips, meet-ups, park days and clubs for different age groups.  Contact Lana Freeman at lanafreemanschool@yahoo.com.

Cullman Regional- One-day Safe Sitter babysitting training course, June 19 and July 18, for boys and girls ages 11-14 or grades six through eight.  This course prepares children to become responsible, safe sitters and teaches choking rescue and CPR. Class fee is $55. Children of Healthy Life members $35.  Each child will receive a Safe Sitter babysitting kit. Lunch and snacks are provided. Contact Meredith Easterwood at meredith.easterwood@cullmanregional.com, www.cullmanregional.com.

Cullman Shooting Sports – Summer Firearm Training Camp, Phase I and II for boys and girls ages 9 -16.  PHASE I: safety education, different types of firearms, learn different calibers, fundamentals of basic pistol and rifle shooting, simulation to improve accuracy, safety and sportsmanship; June 11-15 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  $200 per child (cost includes protective eye and ear wear for each child, firearm rental, ammunition, and simulation room with firearm). PHASE II: June 18-22, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. $225 per child (includes items as listed above).  Contact Rachel Handley at rachelxGL19@yahoo.com, www.cssrange.com.

Cullman United Soccer Club – Youth soccer organization, registration and tryouts happening now and season starting Aug. 1.  Summer camps to be promoted soon. Contact Jacob Swann at jswann@cullmanunited.org, www.cullmanunited.org, www.facebook.com/cullmanunited/.

Cullman Volleyball – Cullman High School Volleyball Team youth camp for school age kids (K-6) in the Auxiliary Gym at Cullman High School, June 11-13, 9 a.m. – noon.  Contact Meagan Cagle at Mcagle@cullmancats.net,

Daystar Kids – Kidfest at Daystar.  Contact Steve Patrick at Stevepatrick@daystarchurch.tv, www.daystarchurch.tv/Kidfest.

Fancher Education Center – Summer Literacy Camp for Children ages 5-10: reading and writing activities to help keep kids’ reading skills fresh and to help build on their experiences with literature throughout the summer; ongoing throughout the summer available on a weekly basis. Craft Camp for Ages 5-13, throughout the month of June with a new theme each week: different summer-themed crafts with different media.  Summer Tutoring for kindergarten through 12th grade in math, literacy, science, social studies, etc.; available by appointment. Sensory Friendly Educational Enrichment Activities available by appointment.  Contact Cherrelle Fancher at lifelonglearning@fancheredu.org, www.fancheredu.org.

First United Methodist Church – VBS, June 4-7, Youth Summer Days, Young Moms Bible Study.  Contact Melissa Betts at Mbetts@cullmanfumc.com, www.cullmanfumc.com.

Genesis Performing Arts – Baton, dance, tumbling, and pageant summer classes and clinics.  Contact Stacey Long at genesis.performers@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/genesisperformers/.

Grace Chapel – VBS, June 25-27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for students who have completed kindergarten to completed sixth grade.  Contact Joey Orr at gracechapelkids@yahoo.com, gracechapelal.com.

Heads Up Prevention (Wellstone Behavioral Health) – Evidence Based Programs: ages 9-13, 8-Session Program for ages 14-19, 12 Session Program. Dates and times are flexible. Contact LaQuentin Ragland at laquentin.ragland@wallacestate.edu, www.facebook.com/HeadsUpPrevention/.

Holly Pond High School Majorettes – 2018 Bronco Tiny Twirlers Camp, June 18-22, for K-5 students, at Holly Pond School.  Contact Evan Curtis at wcurtis@ccboe.org, www.facebook.com/HPBroncoBand/.

Karma in Cullman – Summer feeding program for kids 0-18 years old at different locations throughout the county in June and July on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with partnership with West Elementary.  Contact Stephanie Fillmore at fillmore455@att.net, www.karmaincullman.org.  

North Alabama Agriplex – Summer camps.  Contact Rachel Dawsey at cullmanag@gmail.com, www.agriplex.org.

North Alabama Homeschool Expo – Homeschool Expo with workshops and events for the whole family on June 16 at Cullman Civic Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Contact Stephanie Pragel at admin@4-theloveoflearning.com, www.northalabamahomeschoolexpo.com.

Northbrook Baptist Church – VBS: Game On, June 10-14, 4 years-fifth grade.  Contact Erica Tucker at erica@northbrookbc.com, www.northbrookbc.com.  

Ole Time Way Baptist Church – VBS (no date given).  Contact Christin Blackmon at Christin@drakecpa.com, www.facebook.com/Ole-Time-Way-Baptist-Church-1418106675108806/.

Saint Andrews United Methodist Church – Vacation Bible School, June 25-29 for age 4 through those who have just completed 6th grade.  Contact Kellie Britton at kgb12905@gmail.com, www.standrewsumc.org.

Southern Starlets – Baton, dance, and tumbling camps and clinics in June.  Contact Shirley Byrd Beshears at Southernstarlets@bellsouth.net, www.facebook.com/southernstarlets/.

The Factory Dance Productions – Dance classes, Disney Dance Camp, master workshops.  Contact Nohealani Naehu at thefactorydance@gmail.com, www.thefactorydance.com.

The Link of Cullman County – Summer Enrichment Program: activities and tutoring for kindergarten thru 5th grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 3 p.m. June 5 through July 19 (no activities 4th of July week).  Kindergarten Readiness Camps will be held in 4 locations across the county July 16 – 27 from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday of those two weeks. These camps will help prepare kindergartners to begin school with the necessary skills to be successful in the classroom.  Contact Reginnia Roat at reginniaroat@linkingcullman.org, @TheLinkofCullmanCounty, www.linkingcullman.org.

Victory Cheer Academy – Summer Tumble Clinics and Tumble Session, Ages 3 and up, June and July.  Contact Lacy Stancil at Vca@victorycheeracademy.com, www.Victorycheeracademy.com.

Wallace State Men's Basketball – Wallace State Basketball Academy: Session 1: June 20-22, Session 2: June 25-29, Session 3: July 16-20.  Boys and Girls Ages 5-17. Contact John Meeks at john.meeks@wallacestate.edu, http://athletics.wallacestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2014/07/2018-Wallace-State-Basketball-Academy.pdf.  

Wallace State Volleyball – Volleyball camps conducted at Wallace State.  Contact Randy Daniel at randy.daniel@wallacestate.edu, http://athletics.wallacestate.edu/sports/volleyball/.

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