Summer Camp



Play More this summer with Durham Parks and Recreation! We offer a variety of traditional summer day camps for all ages and interests! Children ages 5-12 enjoy fitness fun, arts and crafts, friendship-building activities, swimming, day trips, and much more at our Youth Summer Camps. And because camp is an experience every child deserves, we are excited to offer summer programming for teens ages 13-17. Our teen summer connect camp provides an opportunity for Durham teens to engage in age-appropriate activities focused on a particular interest. 

Come join us for new experiences and an undeniable summer of fun. This summer, our youth, and teen camps will be held Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, August 18, 2023.

Note: In-Betweeners and East Durham Specialty Summer Camps are no longer being offered for Summer 2023 


Registration will begin on Monday, March 27, 2023. Summer camp registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Online registration will be available 24 hours/day beginning Monday, March 27, 2023, at 9 a.m.

In-person registration will be available at the Administration Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and at Recreation Centers during facility operating hours. If you need assistance updating your ActiveNet account for online registration, please call 919-560-4355 and staff will be able to walk you through the steps to make sure you are ready to register on Monday, March 27 at 9 a.m.

School-aged girl outdoors at camp with a bright green t-shirt on

Youth Summer Camps

Tuesday, June 20 - Friday, August 18, 2023
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

There is an energy and magic to summer camp that cannot be replicated! Friends, experiences, and memories to last a lifetime! DPR's Youth Summer Camps are designed for school-aged children ages 5-12.

By September 1, 2022, the camper must have completed kindergarten and turned 5 years old, and cannot be older than 12 years of age.

Youth Summer Camp Locations and Ages

 Youth Camp Locations Ages
 Edison Johnson Recreation Summer Camp 2023 Ages 5-12
 W.D Hill Recreation Center Summer Camp 2023 Ages 5-12
 Walltown Recreation Center Summer Camp 2023 Ages 5-12

Youth Summer Camps are offered for a total of 9 weeks. Registration for each week must be done individually. Please note for the summer of 2023, DPR is now only hosting camps at the three locations above.

Youth Summer Camp Fees

Residency TypeFees
City Resident$132 per child/week
Non-City Resident$157 per child/week

In order to reserve space, please be prepared to make a $25 payment per week at the time of registration. After June 1, deposits are non-refundable.

Teen Summer Connect Camp

Tuesday, June 20 - Friday, August 18, 2023
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Teen Summer Connect Camp is for campers currently enrolled in middle school or high school (Ages 13-17) and is designed to immerse campers in a variety of fun and inclusive activities tailored specifically to their ages and interests. Space is limited.

By September 1, 2022, the camper must be 13 years old, and cannot be older than 17.

Teen Summer Connect Camp Locations and Ages

Teen Camp Locations Times Ages
 Holton Summer Connect 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 13-17

 Teen Summer Camps are offered for a total of 9 weeks. Registration for each week must be done individually.

Teen Summer Connect Camp Fees

Residency TypeFees
City Resident$87.75 per teen / week
Non-City Resident$102.75 per teen / week

In order to reserve space, please be prepared to make a $25 payment per week at the time of registration. After June 1, deposits are non-refundable.

Sliding Fee Scale

A sliding fee scale may be used to reduce the amount paid for summer camps. The scale ranges from 10-100% and is based on income, number of members per household, and special circumstances affecting the applicant’s ability to pay. Applications are available online or an appointment can be made in-person to pick up an application at the Administration Building located at 400 Cleveland Street by calling (919) 560-4355. If approved, the reduced fee is valid for one year.

Plan Ahead: if you are a new sliding fee scale registrant or your current application is expired or will expire soon, you must submit a new application by Friday, February 24, 2023, to ensure that it is processed and approved by the summer camp registration date.

If you need to check your sliding fee scale expiration date login to your account on our ActiveNet registration site. Under the "Payment and Order Management" section select "Scholarships List."

Information needed for registration in ActiveNet and / or ePACT

  • Proof of age/completed school grade
  • Parent/guardian contact information
  • Authorized pickup name(s) and contact information
  • Emergency contact information (other than parent/guardian)
  • Required medication(s) (if administration will be during program)
  • Special needs
  • Physician and dentist contact information (address & phone) (optional)


DPR is excited to continue our contract with ePACT, an online forms management company that helps us securely collect all medical and emergency information electronically. After completing your registration with DPR, you will receive an email invite from ePACT on behalf of DPR to share information with us. Click ’Complete Request’ to create a free account, or log-in if you already have an existing ePACT account. Make sure to enter the information for each child, and share it with DPR so that program staff have access.

Special Services

DPR encourages participation of all school-age children in its School-Age Care (SAC) Program. To provide quality services and activities to all its participants, children needing significant assistance with personal care (i.e. toileting), behavior management, support to participate in activities, constant eyes-on supervision, and/or hands-on support, or who have trouble communicating needs/wishes for more than 30% of the time may be required to bring a care provider (at no expense to DPR) to provide 1:1 support. DPR will assess each participant’s abilities and notify the parents/guardians if 1:1 support is required. DPR will reasonably accommodate participants needing such support. 

Please Note: 1:1 care providers must pass a background check prior to supporting a participant in the SAC program

DPR strives to make our programs, services, and facilities accessible for all individuals and families, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ability level.