Looking for a summer camp in Charlotte for your child? We get a lot of requests from parents for summer camps, so we’ve put together a list of resources for you to explore.
It’s important to know that registration for some of the camps happens early–as early as late January–and spots can fill up quickly. So, research in advance so you know what you want to sign your child up for when the time comes.
We’re including information about some of the most popular summer camps, but it’s not a comprehensive list by any means! Scroll down for the Charlotte Parent’s Summer Camp Database. You’ll find many more camps there, including at schools and churches.
The church camps are usually the least expensive. Although we’re not including information on the many, many church camps and Vacation Bible Schools, just because of the sheer number of them, you should be able to find many of them in Charlotte Parent’s Database, and they are a great choice for the budget-conscious parent!
Also, please make sure to research and ask the individual camps about the safety measure camps are taking this year.
UNC Charlotte Summer Camps
UNC Charlotte offers some really interesting camps for kids in grades 1 through 12. The camps are designed to keep kids’ brains engaged and to be a lot of fun. Camps take place both on the main campus at the Center City campus.
The camps are broken up by age:
- Cool School: Rising grades 1-4
- 49er Minors: Rising grades 5-8
- Niner Academy: Rising grades 9-12
These are some of the camp topics and activities to choose from, although they’re not all available for all age groups.
- Summer Olympics
- Camp Disney
- Creating video games
- Musical theater
- Designing a Mario Kart Style Game
- Time Travelers (history)
- City builders
- Art through the ages
- Python programming
- Plants and animals
- Hand lettering
- Cosmetic Chemistry
- Build a RC Car
- Creative writing
- Greek Mythology
- Sports writing
- Culinary camp
- Transportation engineering
- Service learning
- Theater production
- College and career readiness
- Mock Trial
- Policy making
Most of the camps cost $250 week. Registration opened January 26th, 2021.
Charlotte AR Experience
This is a FREE summer camp for middle and high school students in the West End and North End. Students will learn to play, learn, and create in Augmented Reality. Lunch is provided and transportation assistance is available. The camp takes place in a different place in Uptown Charlotte each day, and includes a trip to the Immersive Van Gogh Experience and more. More info.
LEGACY: Youth Recording Arts Camp
At this camp, kids age 10 to 17 will learn about the art and technology of music production. It takes place June 14th to 18th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Eastway Regional Recreation Center, 3150 Eastway Park Drive. The cost is just $50 and that includes meals and a t-shirt! Registration closes May 21st. Learn more and register.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Summer Camps
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department offers a wide selection of camp for kids of all ages, including camps that focus on nature, sports, the outdoors, and more.
They normally offer both half-day and full-day programs. The camps take place at recreation centers, parks and nature preserves. Prices vary, but typically start at $75/week.
Find a list of camps here. A lottery system will be used for traditional summer camps at recreation centers. The lottery opened on March 1st, at 9 a.m., and closed at March 4th, at 11:59 p.m. Any remaining slots opened to the public for sign-ups on March 15th.
Discovery Place Camps
Discovery Place summer camps are very popular. They are available for Pre-K through Grade 8. Full-day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and half-day camps run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Half-day camps are $160/week for members and $180/week for non-members. Full-day camps are $300/week for members and $350/week for non-members.
There are camps that focus on different subjects, like building, animals, insects, game-making, the science behind magic, engineering, anatomy, chemistry, and more. Your child can try a different camp each week this summer.
Registration for 2021 summer camps has opened.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte offers summer camps for age 3 to 18. Camps take place at ImaginOn, and Charlotte Latin. There will also be Zoom camps. Tuition for a week-long half-day program for kids 3-5 starts at $160. A full-day week-long camp is available for rising kindergarten students and older, and starts at $290 a week (or $149 for online camps.) Registration has opened
Camp 301 at First Baptist Charlotte
Camp 301 is a day camp at First Baptist Charlotte, 301 S. Davidson Street. It is available to rising kindergartners through rising 6th graders. It takes place from June 14th to August 6th, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $200 per child per week, with family discounts available. Children can attend all summer or can choose weeks. More info.
Central Piedmont Community College
CPCC’s summer camps offer experiences in art, cosmetology, culinary skills, engineering, forensics, law, and technology. They’re held on various CPCC campuses. Price varies, and registration is open now.
Week-long aerial and circus camp for kids age 7-14. $250/week.
Providence Equestrian Center
Week-long half-day equestrian camps for kids age 5 1/2 to 14, at $365/week.
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Anne Springs Close Greenway, in Fort Mill, offers outdoor camps on their 2,100 acres of preserved land. Kids can hike, bike, fish, kayak and more. Registration has opened.
Cornelius PARC Department
The Town of Cornelius offers more than 60 summer camp options for kids and tweens, including art, LEGO, comedy, sports and more. There are full-day options. Registration has opened.
Huntersville Parks and Recreation
The Town of Huntersville offers several summer camps. Registration opened in March.
The YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers over 500 varieties of traditional, sports and themed day camps across their 14 branches. Prices vary. Registration has opened.
Levine JCC Camp Mindy
Levine JCC offers traditional summer camps and sports camps on its 54-acre campus in South Charlotte. There are half day and full day options. Prices vary. Sessions range from 2 to 7 weeks. Registration has opened.
Queens University of Charlotte is offering FREE 3-week language immersion classes in the summer. High school students, and some middle students, Mandarin Chinese. The classes will run from July 12th to 30th, 2021. Registration has opened, students who registered by April 5th receive priority consideration.
Charlotte Parent has put together a list of summer camps. You can search by type of camp, geographic area or name of camp.
Charlotte Summer Camps
CharlotteSummerCamps.com claims to be the area’s most complete list of summer camps. They’re organized by type of camp.
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