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Winter Break Camps for Kids



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Making sure your kids stay happy, safe and active during the upcoming Winter Break can be a tough task to tackle. But this list of local camps has something for every kid to keep them entertained and to shake the snow out.

United Futbol Academy Norcross — Two Youth Soccer Camps

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2020 High School Tryout Prep Camp (U15-U19)
Dates: December 15, 17, 19 and 20 and January 5, 7, 9 and 10
Times: Weekdays, 6:30-8 p.m.; weekends, 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $100 for all eight sessions
Registration deadline: December 11

UFA Norcross Academy coaches invite all players born from 2006-2002 to sign up for their 2020 High School Tryout Prep Camp, perfect for players wanting to prepare for high school tryouts.

This is a high school camp for all players wanting to make their Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. These sessions will cover conditioning, speed, agility and high intensity technical training for all positions on the field. Each session will be led by full time UFA staff who know what it takes to play at a high level.
All players will need to wear or bring their own ball and shin guards, as well as plenty of water.

Winter Ball Mastery Camp (U8-U14)
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 for all eight sessions
Registration deadline: December 31

UFA Norcross Academy coaches invite all players born from 2014-2007 to sign up for their Winter’s Ball Mastery Camp. This camp is a must for players who relish taking on defenders one-on-one, as well as twisting and turning to create scoring opportunities. This camp will work towards developing the confidence to be able to perform these skills in games.

The camp is designed to develop skills such as ball mastery and foot speed, one-on-one moves to beat players, stop and start moves to create space to pass, shoot and dribbles, as well as turns and disguise to speed away from defenders.

Location: Summerour Middle School, Norcross 30071
Info and registration: Contact Sam Helliwell at sam@unitedfa.org or visit norcross.unitedfa.org.

Scouts BSA Winter Camp Bert Adams Scout Camp

Scouts BSA and Venturers can attend Winter Camp with their Troop or Crew, or as individuals.
Dates: December 27-31
Cost: $200 for youth, $100 for adults. Troops/Crews of five or more youths will receive two adults at no cost. Youth attending without their Troop or an adult are $220. Camperships are available for scouts who cannot cover the full fee.

The Atlanta Area Council is proud to offer Winter Camp at for Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing Crews. For five days and four nights in December, Scouts BSA and Venturers will have the opportunity to camp and play at one of America’s premier camps.

Their winter camp will introduce unique programs and merit badges that are not available at either of their summer camps. They pulled together the best of their summer camp staffs for an all-star leadership team. Activities include over 40 Merit Badges, games, Cracker Barrels, an epic Klondike Derby, cold weather camping activities and campfires.

Location: Bert Adams Scout Camp, Covington 30016
Info and registration: Contact Veronica Bramlett, Camping and Program Assistant, at 770-956-5687 or check out campbertadams.org/wintercamp.

Alpharetta Recreation Parks & Cultural Services Winter Camps

Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL) Camp

A fun basketball camp open to all skill levels for ages 5 to 16.

Dates: December 21-23 and December 28-31
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $125.00 for residents; $187.50 for non-residents
Location: Wills Park Recreation Center, Alpharetta 30009
Registration: bit.ly/AEBLWinterCamp

Gymnastics Camp

Explore bars, beam, trampoline and foam pit, as well as floor exercises. This camp is offered for kids ages 3 to 12.

Dates: December 21-23 and December 28-30
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: Priced per day
Location: Alpharetta Community Center, Alpharetta 30009
Registration: bit.ly/gymnasticswintercamp

Dance Camp
Campers ages 3 to 10 will enjoy learning new dances, playing games and doing crafts. Camp sessions vary in theme; see registration for details.

Dates: December 21-23 and December 28-30
Times: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $80 for residents; $120 for non-residents
Location: Alpharetta Community Center, Alpharetta 30009
Registration: bit.ly/winterdancecamp

Zoo Atlanta School’s Out Virtual Sessions

When school is out, camp is in! Zoo Atlanta intends to engage and excite young learners ages 7 to 12 through interactive virtual camp sessions. These minds-on programs transport your children to the Zoo as we visit animals on grounds, explore biofacts and observe science experiments and demonstrations — all from the comfort and safety of your home.

Camp sessions are held on the Zoom platform, with engaging post-camp activities on Seesaw, an online learning management system. Each program includes an online parent meet-and-greet prior to the program. Internet access required.

Predators on the Prowl
From big cats to small invertebrates, predators are some of the most amazing creatures on the planet. Join in as Zoo Atlanta investigates the extraordinary hunting abilities of these animals, the reasons why they are critical to their environments, and ways we can protect them in their natural homes.

Dates: December 21-23
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $25/day per family for members; $30/day per family for non-members
Info and registration: zooatlanta.org/program/schools-out-session/

To the Dismay of the Prey!
Watch out! While not always an easy job, being able to find food and avoid predators is essential for animals to survive. Young scientists will have a blast exploring the clever ways that prey animals outsmart predators.

Dates: December 28-30
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $25/day per family for members; $30/day per family for non-members
Info and registration: zooatlanta.org/program/schools-out-session/

Winter Break Day Camps at Robert D. Fowler YMCA —Members Only

Spend your holidays at the YMCA! Holiday Camp offers a variety of activities for children 5 to 13 while they are off for the holiday break. Activities will be themed and consist of arts and crafts, swimming in a heated pool, cooperative games, sports and team building activities. Each camp day is individually priced, so a camper can come on selected days. Capacity is capped at 30 campers, so be sure to register early.

Dates: December 21-30 and January 4-5
Time: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 early registration; $50 late registration.
Info and registration: ymcaatlanta.org/ymca-locations/norcross/

2020 Winter Fencing Camp with Dunwoody High School Wildcats Fencing Club

En garde! The Dunwoody Wildcats Fencing Team invites you to join in for some winter fencing fun! The camp is open to rising 6th grade to 12th grade students. Coaching is provided by Dr. Kathy Vail, Head Coach of the Dunwoody Fencing Club. No experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided for use during camp. Experienced fencers will improve their techniques and beginning fencers will learn about an exciting, new sport.

Dates: December 28-30
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $200, includes provided equipment, t-shirt and snack
Info and registration: dhsfencing.org/2020-winter-fencing-camp/. Email questions to dunwoodyhsfencing@gmail.com.

Winter Camp Sessions at Chattahoochee Nature Center — Camp Kingfisher

Get your kids outside and unplugged! Camp Kingfisher offers an outdoor camp experience filled with hiking adventures, animal encounters and outdoor play on a 127-acre riverside campus. Campers grades K-7 learn about nature and understand the ecosystem of the Chattahoochee River area with hands-on science education.

Age groups are broken up to: current K to 2nd grade — Broad Winged Hawk; current 3rd to 4th grade — Cooper’s Hawk; and current 5th to 7th grade — Red Tailed Hawk.

Dates: Winter Session 1 runs December 21-24. Winter Session 2 runs December 28-31.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp ends at 2 p.m. on final day.
Cost: $248.68 for members; $292.56 for non-members. For the oldest group (Red Tailed Hawk): $301.96 for members; $355.25 for non-members.
Info and registration: chattnaturecenter.org/education/camp/seasonal/

Winter Break Camps at Tumbles Johns Creek
Prevent your little polar bears from hibernating during winter break with cool Winter Break Camps. They’ll enjoy a four-hour camp filled with exciting activities for children aged 4 to 9 years old.

They will escape the cold weather with exciting specialties — Gym, Tumble Zone and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). Campers will get to warm up in the Tumble Zone Indoor Playground, stimulate their brains with activities and experiments in our Santa STEAM room and then burn off their milk and cookies with fun exercises and obstacle courses in the gym. They’re invited to wear their best reindeer or elf ears and enjoy a magical wintertime at Tumbles.

Dates: Camp 1 — December 21-23; Camp 2 — December 28-January 1.
Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $50 for one child; $40 for each additional sibling.
Info and registration: johnscreek.tumbles.net/camp

Kelsey Asher is a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She has held a variety of marketing leadership roles for several small, startup companies in a variety of industries including publishing, construction and technology.

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Atlas Behavioral Health Celebrates Opening in Peachtree Corners



City leaders, Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA), healthcare professionals and well-wishers joined Atlas Behavioral Health Co-Founders CEO Daniel C. Martinez, CFO Jason Price and staff in celebrating the opening of its new Peachtree Corners facility with a business reception and ribbon-cutting event.

Suzanna Martinez PCBA Board; Phil Sadd Council City of Peachtree Corners, India Martinez, Social Media Influencer, Daniel Martinez CEO Atlas Behavioral Health; Mike Mason Mayor City of Peachtree Corners; Jason Price CFO Atlas Behavioral Health; Lisa Proctor PCBA Board; Julie River MS, LAPC, NCC Lead therapist Atlas Behavioral Health; Monte McDowell PCBA Community Outreach; Toby Anderson PCBA Board; Dr. Walter Brooks PHD, LPC, CPCS, NCACII, CCS Clinical Director Atlas Behavioral Health

Martinez shared how Atlas provides a map to wellness and provided a tour that demonstrated the level of thought and planning that went into every room and decision at the facility.

“At Atlas Behavioral Health, we value everyone as a dynamic individual and leverage the power of a group setting to build strength, connection and, ultimately, recovery,” stated Martinez. 
Price shared the Atlas mission to “provide exceptional, client-centered treatment that empowers our clients to live a life of purpose and meaning. We are committed to removing barriers to care by offering affordable, accessible and evidence-based treatment options that meet the diverse needs of our community,” he said.

Mayor Mike Mason and Councilmember Phil Sadd were on hand for the celebration along with PCBA Board Members Lisa Proctor, Toby Anderson, Suzanna Martinez, PCBA Community Outreach members Monte McDowell and Audrey Boyce and business supporters.

Mayor Mike Mason shared, “The city council and I are delighted that you have chosen Peachtree Corners for your business location. We are pleased to have this critical resource available as part of our business-friendly city.”

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Insight Sourcing Group Adds Kane Kiester as VP of Energy Procurement and Management



Insight Sourcing Group, a leading consulting firm focused on procurement optimization and clean energy, has announced the addition of Kane Kiester as the new Vice President of Energy Procurement and Management at Insight Energy, Insight Sourcing Group’s sustainable energy business.

Bringing more than 20 years of experience as an energy executive and sales leader, Kiester has focused his career on advancing innovative energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers. He comes to Insight Sourcing from NRG Energy, where he was the Vice President and General Manager of the East Region since 2021.

Kane Kiester

“Insight Energy’s mission to guide organizations towards more efficient energy procurement and consumption aligns with my personal commitment to provide clients long-term impact,” said Kiester. “Our team prioritizes the customer experience and is uniquely positioned to deliver full-lifecycle energy management due to our deep procurement and sustainability expertise.”

At Insight Energy, Mr. Kiester leads a team that is currently managing more than $8 billion in client spend and has a 97% client retention rate. Insight Energy’s team provides strategic procurement services to focus on clients’ needs to reduce energy spend.              

“Kane brings a proven track record of optimizing energy procurement for customers, and successfully producing sustainable solutions that reduce cost and manage risk,” said Tom Beaty, Founder and CEO of Insight Sourcing Group. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the team and anticipate that he will guide the continued expansion of our energy practice.”

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Consulting Firm Focuses on Procurement Cost Optimization 



left, Tom Beatty, Brian Houpt and Brent Eiland, taken at ISG’s 20th anniversary party at The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island in South Carolina (Photos Courtesy of Insight Sourcing Group)

Insight Sourcing Group celebrates 20 years of serving clients and preserving history.

Unless they are part of a company looking to trim operating costs, most people probably don’t quite know what a business focused on strategic sourcing, cost optimization and procurement operational transformation does. That’s what Insight Sourcing Group has done for more than 20 years from its headquarters in Peachtree Corners.

“We go into companies and look at what they spend money on other than payroll, and we determine ways to take out the cost, often through supplier negotiations,” said Tom Beaty, Insight Sourcing Group founder and CEO.

“We have a couple of different businesses, but the main one is a consulting firm, and we’re the largest consulting firm of this kind of specialized procurement,” he explained. “Strategic sourcing is that process where we get bids from suppliers and negotiate and establish contracts for customers. …We did over 1,000 projects last year.”

Company group shot at the 2021 Holiday Party at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta

Among the company’s clients are major corporations like Genuine Parts, Meta (formerly Facebook), Under Armour, Freddie Mac and Cox Media. Besides being the biggest company of its kind, Insight Sourcing Group is one of the best. It has garnered numerous accolades since its founding.

“We have … tons of customers and almost all of them would be name brands like lulemon and large manufacturers,” Beaty said. “Normally a big part of their revenue goes back out the doors to vendors — something they haven’t focused on in the past. When you’re growing a lot, it’s something you may neglect and then that growth is a little harder.”

Insight Sourcing Group announced 20% firmwide growth in 2022, with 84 new team members added, of whom 23 joined as part of an acquisition. The team drove more than $1.2 billion in contracted savings for the 243 clients served firmwide over the course of the year, completing 1,199 procurement and sourcing projects in 2022, according to information provided by the company.

Insight Sourcing Group has registered growth every year since its founding in 2002, resulting in recognition by Consulting Magazine, which included the firm as No. 24 on its list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for 2022. Other notable awards for the year include Insight Sourcing Group’s seventh consecutive year on Forbes’s list of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms and its 15th consecutive year on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Best Places to Work in Atlanta.

Good for environment, good for diversity

Perhaps the cherry on top is the Insight Energy initiative that delivers customized energy and sustainability solutions to reduce costs, manage risk and improve competitive position. It realized an $8 billion client energy spend under management for 245 energy and sustainability clients and an impressive 94% client retention rate.

The year also marked Insight Sourcing Group’s public commitment to a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030.

“Through our energy management business …we go into companies and …help them actively manage gas and electricity, and then we have a green sustainability practice. We go in and we help convert carbon energy spend to green spend,” Beaty said. “A lot of our clients have [Environmental Social and Governance] goals that relate to green energy.”

Besides helping its clients become more ecologically friendly, Insight helps them work with more women-based and minority-based vendors. The company recently helped a large private equity firm that owns many other companies achieve $2 billion in diverse spending. And Insight was the engine that made the accomplishment possible. 

In 2022, the firm’s supplier diversity practice achieved an $18 billion spend prioritized for diversity impact, supported 78 corporate supplier diversity programs and increased each client’s supplier diversity investment by an average of 2.4 times.

Giving back through history

With all those major achievements that enhance businesses, Insight also works hard to give back to the community. Perhaps its greatest philanthropic achievement is the project that records oral history of combat veterans called the Witness to War Foundation.

A year before launching Insight Sourcing Group, Beaty discovered a group of 150 veterans called the Atlanta World War II Roundtable who met monthly to share their war experiences.

Growing up with a fascination for WWII, and later for combat in general, Beaty couldn’t believe that all this rich history wasn’t being preserved. He bought a video camera and launched the Witness to War Foundation in his spare time, despite having no video or audio expertise.

“In 2001, I started interviewing combat veterans …to capture their stories to preserve them for the history as well as for their families and for them,” said Beaty, who is not a veteran himself. “We have a website with over 1,000 war stories on it now.”

The footage will eventually be part of a collection in the Library of Congress. The organization also supplies footage for documentaries and museums as well as other projects. It’s the largest oral history preservation organization of its kind in this country, attending about 20 different military unit reunions a year.

“We’ve done over 3000 interviews, including Senator Bob Dole,” said Beaty. “But we mainly focus on everyday heroes, and we’ve done a bunch of Peachtree Corners veterans.”

Insight was also a major contributor the Peachtree Corners Veterans Memorial in Town Center. It sponsored one of the six statues in the structure.

“There’s a proverb …that says, “When an old person dies, a library burns.” Losing the stories of veterans is kind of the same thing,” said Beaty. “That’s why this is so important.”

Learn more about Insight Sourcing Group at insightsourcing.com.

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