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.

2020 Summer Camp

Monday, June 22 - Friday August 14, 2020
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Registration opens Monday, March 16, 2020.

Visit our ActiveNet site for a listing of 2020 Summer Camp options.

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Camps Ages
Youth Camps
Ages 5 - 12 (Child must have completed kindergarten and turned 5 by September 1, 2019 and cannot be older than 12 years of age by September 1, 2019)
Teen Camps
Ages 13 - 17 (Teen must be 13 by September 1, 2019 and cannot be older than 17 years of age by September 1, 2019)
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 16, 2020. 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, at the administrative office or any recreation center. 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 14, 2020 to ensure that it is processed and approved by the March 16, 2020 summer camp registration date.

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.