Summer Camps

Durham Parks and Recreation summer camp programs offer a safe, inclusive environment where all children are encouraged to participate. We are committed to the development of our campers' life skills through group activities and exposure to diverse athletic and educational experiences.

2019 Summer Camp

Monday, June 17 - Friday August 16
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Camps will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

Registration opens Monday, March 18 at 8 a.m.

2019 Durham Parks and Recreation Parent Handbook

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2019 Summer Camp Guide

PDF Version

Camps Ages
Youth Camps
Ages 5 - 12 (Child must have completed kindergarten and turned 5 by September 1, 2017 and cannot be older than 12 years of age by September 1, 2017)
Teen Camps
Ages 13 - 17 (Teen must be 13 by September 1, 2017 and cannot be older than 17 years of age by September 1, 2017)
Specialty Camps
Ages Vary (Please note: Specialty Camp dates vary and are not held every week)
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.


Registration will begin on Monday, March 18, 2019. Online registration will be available 24 hours/day and on-site registration will be available at any recreation center or the administration office. Registration for camps at W.I. Patterson and East Durham will not be held on-site. Registration for these camps will be accepted at any open recreation center, the administration office, or online.

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 (PDF), at the administrative office or any recreation center. If approved, the reduced fee is valid for one year.

Please note: 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 February 12 to ensure that it is processed and approved by the March 12 summer camp registration date.

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.