Independence

Middle Schoolers face many challenges emerging from adolescence.  Their socialization, relationship dynamics, and shifting self-image can be life changing literally.  During this time, children wrestle with seeking constant permission to self-proclaimed “I am not a baby anymore” independence.  Commuter Camp helps preteens discover confidence and self-reliance on a path outside the comforts of the car pool-lane

Discovery

Exploring the city using mass transit, hiking, biking, scootering around the city, and discovering Atlanta’s Beltline gives a whole new perspective to our young adventurers.  Each is a unique experience built to teach, challenge, and inspire.  Weather it’s an adventure to the World of Coke, Stone Mountain, Pandora, or Nike Town, every adventure will leave lasting memories.  During each day unfolds, campers begin to discover power of making their own decisions and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  This is not a field trip, it’s a day of merging the gap between Middle School and High School.

Learning New Things

Covering new ground using several modes of transportation – Marta train and bus, electric carts in the city, bikes, free shuttle, and of course our own sneakers to the pavement.  Significant growth for the campers in terms of independence, practical thinking, adaptability, a broader view of what they consider community, and friendship.  Being curious of what’s around them and finding ways to explore with confidence and use the tools they have learned to find their path to independence.

About Us

Commuter Camp was an idea started by me and my wife after we realized that our child spent the majority of his time within the familiar confines of our neighborhood and was not familiar with MARTA and other modes of transportation in the city. It was time to discover independence outside of the carpool lane and chaperoned outings.

We wanted him to be able to function without our supervision, have independent experiences, and make wise decisions without our input. In shaping a plan for this coming of age summer, we also realized he didn’t have a pack of core friends with a deep genuine bond, someone he could share with and rely upon as he transitioned into high school. With this in mind, we assembled a group of his middle school cohorts and started our City Commuter Camp.

The camp focused on the safe and proper use of alternate modes of transportation, including MARTA trains and buses, bikes, city walkways, and Segway tours. In addition to covering how to navigate public transportation, we also covered topics about personal safety, how to spot dangerous situations and get the appropriate help when needed, how to conduct yourself respectfully in public, and assert yourself to make space in the world.

What We Do!

Exploring the city using mass transit, hiking, biking, scootering around the city, and discovering Atlanta’s Beltline gives a whole new perspective to our young adventurers.  Each is a unique experience built to teach, challenge, and inspire.  Weather it’s an adventure to the World of Coke, Stone Mountain, Pandora, or Nike Town, every adventure will leave lasting memories.  During each day unfolds, campers begin to discover power of making their own decisions and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  This is not a field trip, it’s a day of merging the gap between Middle School and High School.

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We Provide a Variety Of Programs to Engage Youths

Biking Adventures

Biking is a must have basic mode of transportation for any kid.  A bicycle is the first means of independence for kids to travel their community.  The bicycle is legally categorized as a slow moving vehicle, according to Georgia Code.  Bikes are a practical tool to help with teaching the basic rules of the road.  The new generation of kids have gotten away from utilizing bikes as a daily means of transportation, and with that goes their sense of adventure and a basic understanding of vehicle dynamics.  In later years, this could lead to more vehicle crashes and fatalities on the roadways.

City Hiking

This is where the rubber meets the road literally.  Seeing the city through the eyes of a tourist.  When traveling abroad, I had the opportunity to truly experience the culture, sights and sounds, smells of the city, and feel the pulse by taking mass transit and walking.  By utilizing Marta, and setting a destination, the campers were in for a treat with surprises around every corner.  The campers average about 8,000-10,000 steps per day hiking the city.

Discovering

When ever me and my family are traveling abroad I get a better feel for that city by using mass transit, hiking, biking, scootering around the city, and discovering what the city has to offer. The city of Atlanta’s Beltline gives that same perspective to our young adventurers.  Seeing the sights, smells, and the emerging art culture. Each adventure is a unique experience built to teach, challenge, inspire, and you never know who or what you might run into in the city.

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PAYMENT INFORMATION:

Cost per week, per participant: $350. Marta cards, Attraction/Tour admissions are all included.

Participants need to bring provisions. Lunch and afternoon snack NOT included.

SUMMER SCHEDULE:

  • June 3-7

  • June 17-21

  • July 8-12

  • July 15-19

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