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 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, you should be able to find many of them in Charlotte Parent’s Database.
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 be a lot of fun. Camps take place both on the main campus at the Center City campus. There’s an optional meal plan at camps on the main campus, for $43.50/week.
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.
- Escape room
- Make your own video game
- Human body
- Art through the ages
- Virtual reality
- Animal Planet
- Chemical concoctions
- Interior design
- Hand lettering
- Plants an animals of North Carolina
- Creative writing
- Musical theater
- Zombie Outbreak and Survival Camp
- Build a radio
- Solar system
- Culinary camp
- Mock trial
- Adulting 101
Most of the camps cost $250 week. Registration opens January 28th, 2020.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Summer Camps
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department offers a wide selection of camp for kids of all ages. They offer both half-day and full-day programs. The camps take place at recreation centers, parks and nature preserves. Prices vary, but start at $75/week.
To see the camps, go to the Activity Search and enter “summer camp” in the search box. Registration opens for most of the camps on February 10th, 2020.
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 game-making, science myths ocean exploration, anatomy, and much more. In all, there are more than 100 camps to choose from, so your child can try a different one each week this summer.
Registration for 2020 summer camps starts January 23rd for Discovery Place members and January 30th for non-members.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte offers summer camps for age 3 to 18. Camps take place at ImaginOn, Charlotte Latin and UNC-Charlotte. 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. Registration opens Friday, January 31st, 2020.
Central Piedmont Community College
Check back soon to see CPCC’s offerings for summer experiences. In 2019, they offered camps in drones, making a 3D Video Game, Clay, LEGO Films & Stop Option, Forensics and much more. Prices started at around $250/week.
Charlotte Parent has put together a list of summer camps. You can search by type of camp, geographic area or name of camp. Not all summer camps are updated for 2020 yet, but this is definitely an option to keep your eyes on.
Microsoft DigiGirlz Camp
Microsoft offers a free three-day high-tech summer camp for high school girls. When registration opens it fills up quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on it. At the time of this update, no information is available yet for 2020.
Check back soon. In previous years, Queens University of Charlotte offered FREE 3-week language immersion classes in the summer. High school students, and some middle students, can learn Chinese or Arabic. We will update when this information is made available for 2020.
Charlotte Summer Camps
CharlotteSummerCamps.com claims to be the area’s most complete list of summer camps. They’re organized by type of camp.