With openings sometimes difficult to secure, Lake Norman area towns are once again offering a variety of summer camp programs for young people. Here is a quick look.
Cornelius Parks and Recreation
After two summers of restrictions, Cornelius’ summer camp program is back to normal operations for 2022. With that comes 66 different camp offerings between full-day camps, half-day camps and the new Summer Recreation Experience. The programs also will include field trips to various places around Charlotte and Lake Norman.
Though the department is gearing up for a full slate of activities, they are still in need of counselors. Parks Director Troy Fitzsimmons said out of the 25 positions, he had 17 lined up the last week of March, but two of them dropped out for other opportunities. Anyone age 16 and older is welcome to apply for a position.
“We’re confident we’ll hit our number,” Fitzsimmons said. “For college kids, we try to hit them up on spring break to get them hired. We’ve been advertising at senior communities to see if some of those folks may be interested. We’re doing everything we can to try to recruit folks.”
The Summer Recreation Experience focuses on STEM-related topics and is held in the afternoons. Additionally, kids can stay active though a wide range of sports camps, including baseball, pickleball, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, golf and disc golf.
Campers have the opportunity to visit Carowinds, Discovery Place Kids, Defy Gravity, Reed Gold Mine and more.
There have been 30 camps to sell out already, plus the first six weeks of the SRE have already generated a significant waitlist.
Fitzsimmons said the number of returning campers is a benchmark to the quality of the town’s camp programs.
“We’ve been offering these camps for a couple of decades and we continually try to improve year after year,” he said. “We get the repeat customers and it spreads by word of mouth. That’s how we’ve built up demand. We offer a good comprehensive, one-stop shop.”
To register for a Cornelius summer camp or to be a counselor, visit Cornelius.org or in person, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Cornelius Town Hall.
Cornelius fast facts
Camp options: 66; 30 are sold out
Themes: Sports, science, technology, arts
Davidson Parks and Recreation
The Town of Davidson is offering 2022 Summer Camps for ages five to 16 (rising kindergarten to rising 10th grade). Davidson summer camps are a great way for campers to explore their imaginations, learn independence, and build lasting friendships through a variety of offerings. The town offers camps in theater, art, sewing, STEAM, soccer, tennis, karate/self-defense and many more, with sessions and programs held at a variety of locations, including businesses in town, the Parks and Recreation Office, Davidson parks and Town Hall.
Scholarships are available for Davidson residents, and all campers are eligible for a discount if they register for both a morning camp and an afternoon camp during the same week. For more information call, 704-892-3349 or visit online at townofdavidson.org/dpr.
Davidson fast facts
Options: morning, afternoon session
Themes: Science, technology, arts, sports
Contact: townofdavidson.org/dpr, 704-892-3349
Mooresville fast facts
Ages: 3-16 (some with parents)
Themes: Sports, art, swimming, nature
Mooresville Parks & Recreation
Utilizing multiple facilities throughout the town, it’s all happening this summer with the Mooresville Parks & Recreation Department. Camps focusing on many subjects – with science, nature, art, family activities and more, including beginning swimming lessons for pre-K youngsters – are offered.
Registration is underway for Mooresville Parks & Recreation Summer Camps, with limited availability remaining. To learn more visit mooresvillerecreation.org and click “CAMPS” to view the entire listing. To register, click “VIEW ALL PROGRAMS.”
Also, the Mooresville department is emphasizing that camp counselors are needed. Those who love kids and opportunities to make a difference in the community are encouraged to apply. The town is hiring now for Recreation Aides. Call the War Memorial Center to learn more, 704-663-2670.
Huntersville Parks & Recreation
Openings in Huntersville summer camp programs are like tickets to a Garth Brooks concert in Charlotte every time it’s rescheduled – they don’t last long. During the March registration period, programs for older kids filled up fast, with waiting lists in place.
However, openings remain in the Mini Adventure Camp program for those aged 3-5. The weekly camp sessions – with themes ranging from blue water cruises to “Paintastic” experiences are offered from mid June to early August. The list of opportunities is accessible at huntersville.org/parksandrecreation, and there is also an online catalog of summer camp offerings for future planning.
Huntersville Parks and Recreation officials are also looking for summer camp counselors. Those interested are invited to apply by visiting the town and parks and recreation websites and searching for “summer camp counselor” information.
Huntersville fast facts
Ages: 3-5, available spots
Themes: Daily adventure