Summer Camp Guide
Award-winning program set on 17 acres that incorporates animal care, outdoor games and play, fishing, crafts and farm entrepreneurship in addition to chicken races, gem mining, gardening, hayrides, cooking, fort making, outdoor survival and more. Overnight camps now available.
Ages: Half-day: 3.5–5; Full-day: 5–13; CIT Program: 14–15
Dates: Weekly, June 14-Aug. 13
Art Adventures sessions provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s collection followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures using newly learned art-making techniques.
Dates: May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 4; morning and afternoon sessions
Price: Pay-what-you-wish. Registration required at ackland.org
Small classes taught by professional artists with a focus on skill-building and creative expression. Offers both visual and performing arts camps, including hip-hop dance, painting techniques, cartooning and comics, ceramics, improv acting and more. On-site, online and hybrid camps will be offered this summer.
Grades: Rising grades K-12
Dates: June 14-Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: $175/week, half-day camps; $350/week, full-day camps. Member discounts available.
Offers a variety of classes, dance camps and workshops in creative arts, ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, rhythm tap, hip-hop, musical theater and dance workshops for children with special needs.
Dates: June 14-Aug. 21; frequency and times vary
Price: Varies. Call or visit website.
Classes and dance camps/intensives in creative movement, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, conditioning, musical theater and more. Visit website for COVID-19 protocols.
Dates: June 7-Aug. 13; half-day, three-quarter-day and full-day camps available, as well as weekly classes.
Price: Call or visit website.
Traditional summer day camp on 100 acres of beautiful land 20 minutes outside of Durham. Camp has been open for 50 years and offers activities such as swimming, archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, nature, athletics, tennis and golf. Transportation is provided. Camp Riverlea provides a structured program where children can continue to develop as fully self-actualizing people while learning and perfecting new skills, broadening their range of personal experiences and learning how to live more effectively in their world.
Dates: Session 1: June 14-July 2; Session 2: July 5-16; Session 3: July 19-Aug. 6
Price: Varies per session
Programs allow campers to experiment with visual and performing arts, sports teamwork and leadership, wildlife and nature conservation, STEM and so much more. Camp Shelanu offers a broad focus with specialty camp options and a commitment to inclusion and diversity. All campers get to swim every single day, with swim lessons for those who need them included in the tuition. Camp Shelanu is centered on Jewish values like giving, kindness, welcoming newcomers and repairing the world. While there are opportunities to learn about Jewish culture and traditions, there is no religious instruction at camp. All faiths and backgrounds are welcomed with joy.
Ages: 5-12, with a LIT program for rising eighth through tenth graders and CIT program for ninth through tenth graders
Dates: June 7-Aug. 27
Price: $238+, need-based scholarships available
Weekly courses in subject areas such as leadership, stop-motion animation, theater, outdoor adventures, cooking, forensic science, sports, Lego, comic design, Minecraft, fashion design, “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and more.
Dates: Beginning June 21; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Campers will experience the incredible world of the sanctuary. They will visit the animals daily, learn about the essential role carnivores play in their natural habitats, find out what it takes to be a wild cat veterinarian, practice wildlife biology skills and help some of the tigers express their creativity through painting. Each week of camp is limited to 12 campers.
Dates: Visit website for dates.