Summer is just a few short months away. And for many parents, that means making plans for camps to keep their children occupied. From athletics to art to arithmetic, Lake Norman families have so many summer camp options that choosing just the right camp may seem intimidating.
Dave Bell, YMCA camping experience director, suggests that parents should think about their goals for their child’s summer. He offers the following points to consider when making a summer camp choice:
I want my child to make friends. “Find out what the camp does to intentionally facilitate the act and skill of friendship making,” he says. “Talk to the director and see what they do on the first day to get kids comfortable in a new group and what times there are throughout the week for kids just to interact with each other.” I want my child to learn new skills. “Most camps play lots of games, but is there intentional skill-building woven into the activities? Is there purpose behind the programming at the camp?” I want my child to have some type of educational enrichment. “Does the camp have story or reading time during the day? Are there any educational pieces throughout the session? Does it match up with grade requirements at local public schools?” asks Bell.
Following is a partial list of the many summer camp opportunities available in the Lake Norman region. For a searchable database of more than 1,270 summer camps throughout the Charlotte region, click here. And if you want to help send a low-income kid to summer camp, click here. –Compiled by Moment Palmer
Camp Invention Odell Elementary School 1215 Moss Farm Road NW., Concord. Ages: Rising grades 1-6. http://www.campinvention.org/. June 27-30. $215 or $185 if registered before 3/30. 800-968-4332. UNC Charlotte Ages: Rising grades 1-6. July 18-21. http://www.campinvention.org/. $215 or $185 if registered before 3/30. 800-968-4332.
Cannon School - Camp Cannon Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Ages: 3-17. www.cannonschool.org/campcannon. June 6-July 29. Arts, math, science, and sports. $165-$375. 704-721-7198; email@example.com.
Carolina Raptor Center Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org/summercamp. Ages: 4-12. June 20-July 29. Canoeing, games and crafts, science experiments, ecology and more. $224 for CRC members, $299 for non-members. Natalie Childers, 704-875-6521 ext. 110; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Racquet Club at Westport 2525 Shanklin Lane, Denver. http://theclubatwestport.com/summercamps.aspx. Ages: 5-16. One-week programs June 13 - Aug.1. Quick start tennis program for beginners through prep camp for middle/high schoolers. $110-$225, with lower costs for Westport club members and half-day programs. email@example.com; 704-489-2227.
The Children’s Schoolhouse 7616 Caldwell Station Road, Huntersville. www.thechildrensschoolhouse.com. Ages: 3-8. Start dates vary throughout the summer. Creating with clay, child-friendly construction projects, cooking and more. $120. Sommer Emery, 704-912-2078; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornelius Parks Arts Recreation & Culture (PARC) 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. www.cornelius.org/parc. Ages: 4-16. Various sessions throughout the summer. Variety of sports, recreational, and art camps. Cost depends on camp. 704-892-6031 ext. 160; email@example.com.
Davidson College Athletic Camp Programs 100 North Main St., Davidson. www3.davidson.edu/cms/x22642.xml. Ages: 10-18. Various sessions throughout the summer. Basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, wrestling. Cost depends on camp. Visit the website to find the appropriate contact person for your camp.
Davidson College Lake Campus Day Camp 52 Lake Campus Drive, Davidson. www.davidsonwildcats.com. Ages: Grades 5-9. June 13-Aug. 5. Swimming, sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, tubing. $300 per weekly session ($275 for second camper in family), $50 non-refundable registration fee. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davidson Day School Camp 750 Jetton St., Davidson. www.davidsonday.com/camps. Ages: 3-12. June 6-July 29. Arts, music, crafts, sports and more. $225 full-day camp, $175 half-day camp. Emily Griswold, 704-237-5200.
Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation 416 Armour St., Davidson. www.d-recs.org. Ages: 3-17. Various sessions throughout the summer. Baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, art, music and more. Cost depends on camp. 704-892-3349; email@example.com.
Discovery Place Kids 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. www.discoveryplacekids.org. Ages: 2-rising second graders. Various sessions throughout the summer. Science, nature, fitness, animals and more. Cost depends on camp. 704-372-6261 ext. 300; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Fashion Designers 123 N. Main Street, Mooresville. www.futurefashiondesigners.com. Ages: 8-15. Check website for dates. Fashion design and sewing. $305 for five-day camps; $165 for half-day camps for beginning sewers. 704-799-3553.
Huntersville Parks and Recreation P.O. Box 2879, Huntersville. www.huntersville.org. Ages: Rising grades 1-9. June 20-Aug. 19. Day Camp and Teen Adventure Camp. $90-$800, depending on the camp (either weekly or a four-week session for Teen Adventure Camp) and Huntersville residency. 704-766-2220; email@example.com.
Iredell County Parks and Recreation 200 South Center St., Statesville. www.co.iredell.nc.us/Departments/Recreation. Ages: 5-13. June 20-August 12. Adventure camp, excursion camp. $100-$315 depending on camp. Jen Winters, 704-878-3103; firstname.lastname@example.org.
July Experience at Davidson College Box 7151, Davidson. www3.davidson.edu/cms/x3808.xml. Ages: Rising high school juniors and seniors. July 3-23. A preview of college life in a three-week educational and social program. $3,400 plus books and personal expenses for the three-week session. 704-894-2508; email@example.com.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Latta Plantation Nature Preserve 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. www.lattaplantation.org. Ages: 8-14. June through August. Outdoor and historic adventures. $175. 704-875-2312. Reedy Creek Nature Center 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. www.parkandrec.com. Ages: 4 and up. June through August. Outdoor and wildlife adventures. $75-$150. 704-598-8857; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mooresville Recreation Department 418 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. www.ci.mooresville.nc.us. Ages: 5-18. June-August. Basketball, baseball, cross country, tennis, soccer and more. Cost depends on camp. 704-663-7026.
NOMAD’s Fantastically Fit Summer Camp 11202 Harris Road, Huntersville. http://fitness.nomadaquatic.com. Ages: 5-12. June-August. Academics, sports, water aerobics, swimming, arts and crafts and more. $200 per week ($50 non-refundable fee to hold spot), half-days and single days available at reduced rate. 704-949-1544; email@example.com.
North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing Blythe Landing, 15901 N.C. 73, Huntersville. www.nccsailrow.org. Ages: 7-18. June 6-July 29. Introductory through intermediate sailing skills. $150-$300 for one-week or two-week sessions. 704-947-7245.
Peninsula Yacht Club 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius. www.peninsulayacht.com. Ages: 3 and up. June 13-Aug. 1. Toddler sessions, summer day camp and strictly sailing camp. $175-$300 depending on the camp, with lower fees for club members. 704-892-9852; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playwise Preschool Academy, Inc. 10012 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. www.playwisepreschool.com. Ages: 3-6. June 20-Aug 11. Animals, cooking, nature and more. $108 per session (10 percent sibling discount). Barrie Moen, 704-724-1312; email@example.com.
University Child Development Center 16701 Northcross Drive, Huntersville. www.universitychilddevelopment.com. Ages: 4-12. June 13-Aug. 19. Field trips, sports, arts and crafts and more. $140 per week and one-time $175 activity fee (covers all field trips). Martil Cosper, 980-275-2524; firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNC Charlotte Camps on Campus 9201 University City Blvd. www.summercamps.uncc.edu. Ages: Rising grades 1-12. June 13-Aug. 5 (no camps the week of July 4-8). Math, engineering, musical theater and more. $230 weekly (regular day), $250 weekly (extended day), $475 weekly (overnight). 704-687-8900; email@example.com. Math CAMMP & Robotics COED Building, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. www.cammp.com. Ages: 6-12. June 27 July 1. Problem solving, using hands-on manipulatives, building and operating machines and more. $230. Dr. Jack Piel, 704-687-8731; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Michael Green, 704-687-8897; email@example.com. Athletics UNCC also hosts athletic camps in various sports. Go to www.charlotte49ers.com, then click on a specific team page, then click the “summer camps” link.
YMCA of Greater Charlotte Lake Norman YMCA Camp 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius. www.ymcacharlotte.org/lakenorman. Preschool ages 3-5 years; grades K-10. May 31-Aug. 19. Traditional day camp, performing arts, overnight camps, sports and more. $52-$1500 depending on camp. 704-716-4400; firstname.lastname@example.org. University City YMCA Camp 8100 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. www.ymcacharlotte.org/universitycity. Ages: Preschool ages 3-5 years; grades K-10. June 13-Aug. 19. Traditional day camp, performing arts, overnight camps, sports and more. $93-$525. 704-716-6702; email@example.com.