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.

2018 Summer Camp

Monday, June 18 - Friday August 17
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Camps will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the holiday.

Registration opens Monday, March 12.

2018 Summer Camp Guide

Online Version | Printable Version (PDF)

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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 12, 2018. 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, East Durham and West Point on the Eno 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.