NC Summer Camp 2022: When to Apply, Who’s Popular

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In this 2016 photo, Bryson Byrnes, left, scores a player during a football game with the children of the Progressive Baptist Church’s annual summer camp at the Arbor Glen Outreach Center in Charlotte.

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Parent’s Guide to Summer Camps

Summer is fast approaching and comes with three months of free time for school-aged children. We’ve rounded up camp options around town, tips for signing up, and a quick guide to last-minute spring break that doesn’t require a lot of planning or money.


School is still in session, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer camps for kids.

Specialty camps in Charlotte include sports, arts, and STEM activities for kids to enjoy, but they can fill up quickly.

According to a North Carolina summer camp expert, it’s best to register your kids for camp as soon as possible to secure their spots.

Do I still have time to register my child for summer camp?

Greg Wood, CEO of Winston-Salem-based Summer Camp Directories, which offers a list of more than 130 summer camps across the country, said it’s already too late for parents to register their kids for some fields.

“Some of the camps I work with are already full for the summer,” Wood said. “It’s partly a factor of the size of the camp, the number of campers they can accommodate and the popularity of the type of camp.”

What are the most popular campsites?

In recent years in particular, Wood said there’s been a type of camp that’s most desirable among children and parents.

“Sports camps are very popular because a lot of their activities take place outdoors and people may tend to be more comfortable with kids outside,” Wood said, adding that arts camps and academic are also highly valued. “Many camps have expanded to offer virtual programs since COVID-19 hit a few years ago.”

What makes a camp good?

Although most COVID-19 restrictions in Mecklenburg County have been lifted, Wood pointed out that some parents may still feel uncomfortable sending their children to camp, and exceptional camps will strive to implement security protocols.

“A sense of comfort and security is probably more important than ever,” Wood said. “Beyond that, when the campers are happy and want to leave, it’s a sign of success.

According to a study by the American Camping Association, impactful camps offer children the opportunity to build relationships with peers, work in teams and develop social skills through activities that capture their interests.

The study also found that the skills children learned at camp lasted over time and helped them thrive in school and work as adults.

Here are some of the best Charlotte-area camps that still have openings and how much they cost:

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Alex Korman

Sports courses

  • Leadership Martial Arts: This 11-week camp offers themed weeks with games, activities, field trips, and martial arts. Dates: June 13-August. 26. Price: $195 per week, or $175 per week for siblings.

  • Dream Big Basketball: This camp offers young basketball players a chance to improve their skills. Dates: June 13-August. 18. Price: $199 per player for a full day camp week and $129 per player for a half day camp week.

  • Ninja Nation: The ultimate week of fun with ninja activities, classes, team building, competitions and games. Dates: June 13-August. 26. Price: $350 per week.

  • Charlotte Soccer Academy: Kids can work on speed, agility and position-specific soccer skills. Date: June 6 to July 22. Price: $125 for four-day camps, $180 for five-day camps.

  • US National Whitewater Center: This camp offers instruction in water paddling, rock climbing and nature exploration Dates: June-August. Price: $300 to $500 per week.

  • Hornets Hoops: Kids can develop their shooting skills, ball handling, defense and rebounding skills. Dates: June 13-August. 18. Price: $275 to $325 per week.

  • Champ’s Camps: Learn about race cars and tracks with hands-on activities at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Dates: June 27-August. 5. Price: $200 per week for members, $275 per week for non-members.

  • Charlotte City Tennis: This camp focuses on skill development, point play, and games appropriate to age and skill level. Dates: June 13-August. 26. Price: $250 per week.

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Jenna Reason [email protected]

Artistic internships

  • Clayworks Pottery Camp: A chance for kids to create colorful pottery on a potter’s wheel. Dates: June 20-August. 5. Price: $190 per week.

  • School of Rock Music Camps: School of Rock Charlotte offers a variety of camps to learn how to play in a band or how to write songs. Dates: June 8-August. 26. Price: $165 to $475 per week.

  • Arts+ Summer Camps: A camp designed to give students a chance to immerse themselves in visual arts and music education. Dates: June 13-August. 5. Price: $250 to $350 per week.

  • Charlotte Summer Camps Children’s Theater: Campers can take part in theatre, song and dance activities. Dates: June 6-August. 8. Price: $160 to $595.

  • Carolina Kids Voices: A choir camp for kids who can perform Motown hits and classic movie soundtracks. Dates: June 13-August. 5. Price: $195 per week.

  • Small Hands Big Art: Kids can create different forms of papier-mache art, batik painting, sculpture and printmaking. Dates: June 13-August. 15. Price: $255 to $475 per week.

  • Flour Power Studios: At Flour Power, kids can learn to cook and make their own snack. Dates: June 13-August. 26. Price: varies according to the number of days of a camp.

  • Miller Street Dance Academy: This camp offers dancing, cheering, tumbling and more for all skill levels. Dates: June 13-August. 8. Price: $175 per week.

  • Integration Station Camps: Sensory and motor training for children led by trained therapists. June 20-August. 19. Price: $700 per session.

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Nancy Pierce PA

Academic camps

  • CPCC STEM Summer Experience: This camp includes esports, forensics, programming, and robotics activities. Dates: June 21 to July 28. Price: $235 to $350 per week.

  • STEM Summer Camp at Level Up: Kids focus on LEGO robot building, physical sports, e-sports, Pokemon, crafts, swimming and more. Dates: June 6-August. 26. Price: $160 per week.

  • Socrates Academy Summer Camps: Kids can use clay to make ocean-themed pots and ceramics. Dates: June 13 to July 1. Price: $170 to $190 per week.

  • Charlotte Christian School Summer Camp: A variety of camps focusing on crafts, cooking, sports and games. Dates: June 6-August. 5. Price: $155 to $400 per week.

  • iD Tech: An overnight tech camp focusing on 3D design, web design, programming and more. Dates: June 27-August. 12. Price: from $999 per week.

  • CodeWizardsHQ: A virtual coding camp with training in Scratch, Python, Java, and Minecraft. Dates: June 6-August. 25. Price: $447 to $499 per course.

  • Camp Corvian: includes themed weeks on STEAM, sharks and outer space. Dates: June 6-August. 5. Price from $160 to $190 per week.

  • Discovery Place: Discovery Place offers a variety of themed camps to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and art. Dates: June 6-August. 19.Price: $160 for members, $180 for non-members for half day, $300 for members, $350 for non-members for full day.

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David T. Foster, III [email protected]

All-inclusive camps

  • Summer at Providence Day: Offers camps on Harry Potter, Dungeons & Dragons and various sports. Dates: June 6-August 5. Price: $210 to $460 per week.

  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte: CrossFit, arts and American girl themed camps are just a few of the camps offered. Dates: June-6-August. 8. Price: $185-$225 per week for members, $245-$300 per week for non-members.

  • Covenant School Day Camps: Camps focus on sports, musical theater, and engineering activities. Dates: June 6 to July 29. Price: $155 to $280 per week.

  • Charlotte Country Day School Camps: Offers over 300 creative classes and challenging sports camps. Dates: June 6 to July 22. Price: $190 to $470 per week.

  • Charlotte Latin School Camps: Children can participate in sports, arts and STEM projects. Dates: June 6 to July 29. Price: $180 to $545 per week.

  • Trinity Episcopal School Wildcat Camp: Themed camps include Roblox, Engineering, Wizarding World and Secret Agents. Dates from June 13 to July 22. Price: $175 to $425 per week.

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Evan Moore is a duty reporter for the Charlotte Observer. He grew up in Denver, North Carolina, where he previously worked as a reporter for the Denver Citizen, and graduated from UNC Charlotte.

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