Summer may be a few months away but it’s time to start planning your kids’ activities NOW, especially if summer camp is on the agenda. Our Smarty camp partners have the most incredible summer fun in store for your campers. Working moms need to map out every single day of summer long before school gets out. For stay-at-home moms, camp provides enrichment for kids to explore the things they like while giving moms a breather. Regardless of which might apply to you, camp opportunities in Charlotte and surrounding areas are plentiful, but you need to get your game on N-O-W. Charlotte area camps fill up fast! To help you with your planning, CSP has put together our tried and true Smarty camp favorites!
SMARTY EDUCATION CAMP PARTNERS:
Charlotte Christian School Summer Camps provide opportunities for children from junior kindergarten through grade 12 and are available from June 6 – July 22. All camps are open to the public and have morning sessions from 9 a.m.–noon and afternoon sessions from 1-4 p.m. From sports camps led by Charlotte Christian head coaches to techy camps that feature E-sports, Minecraft and LEGO Robotics to service opportunities and crafty options – there is something for everyone! Some new camps being offered this year include Woodworking Camp, Disney Magic, Amelia Bedelia Presents, Latin Dance Camp, Cards and Cardio and Camp Luau. Please visit www.charlottechristian.com/summercamps to view camp descriptions as well as to register for a camp.
Calling all rising Kindergarten through rising 6th Graders, be the next music hit-maker or the next Vincent Van Gogh. Learn your way around the kitchen or take a trip through decades past. Each week is a new adventure and an opportunity for your child’s imagination to run wild. Camp Prep with busy families in mind—those who may be looking for a week or two of summer fun or those who need full-time summer care. Our camp is also open to Charlotte Prep rising 7th and 8th Graders who work as Counselors-in-Training (CIT) as they develop leadership skills throughout the summer. Visit charlotteprep.org/student-life/camp-prep to get more information and register for a summer of fun or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.
Summer Camps at Central Piedmont are the perfect place for campers to own the summer! Now offering a variety of options on several campuses, for students ages 9-18. Be sure to check out our most popular camps like Crime Scene Investigator, Beautiful You, and Clay Creations. Our newest 2022 camps include eSports Apprentice, YouTube FX Masters, Adventures in Augmented Reality, Medical Careers Camp, Robotics, Recycled Art, Jewelry Making, and more…! Spots fill up quickly, so register online today at youth.cpcc.edu.
Covenant Day offers 29 standout camps for TK-12 so you can make this the best summer ever. Want to conquer incredible obstacle courses to become an American Ninja Warrior? Join Ninja Camp. Want to grow your babysitting business? Join CPR Certification and Babysitting Camp. Want to build robots, rockets, circuit boards, or catapults? Join one of our many engineering camps. You can play unique sports like pickleball, ultimate frisbee, and golf or produce on a play and musical. You can learn to bake or learn best practices for applying to college. No matter what camps you choose all our camps are led by caring counselors that are here to help each camper grow as individuals and have the most fun this summer. Check out all the opportunities and start designing your dream summer at www.covenantday.org/summercamps.
800 Fullwood Lane
Matthews, N.C. 28105
Join us for a JOYFUL summer at Palisades Episcopal School’s Camp Gryphon! Tons of swimming, specialty camps, field trips, service projects, sports camps & more. Day camps run weekly from June 6 – August 5 (full-day & half-day options available: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.). All children ages 5-10 are welcome. For more information and to register, visit us at pescharlotte.org/summer – space is limited so register online TODAY!
Smarty Community Partners
The most flexible camp in Charlotte is back and better than ever! Camp Air at Big Air offers morning sessions, afternoon sessions, all day sessions and full weeks! Registration is easy and can be done up to the day of! Our dedicated Camp Air Team structures the play time, eat time, and activity time that changes each day to keep our campers engaged and excited! Don’t feel like packing a lunch? Teach your kids how to budget and load a Big Air gift card for purchases in Big Eats Cafe or grab a meal pass with your booking. We offer Camp Air on Spring Break as well so if you don’t have plans, we’ve got you covered! For more information click here.
Carolina Flipz is a fun-filled, action packed, structured gymnastics based camp! Campers will engage by rotating between the main gymnastics events throughout the day to help develop their skills as well as play organized games that coordinate with our weekly themes, which range from Ninja/Nerf June 6-10 to Ocean Week June 20-24 to Stars/Stripes June 27-July 1 to Superhero Aug. 1-5. Camps run from June 6 through August 5. For a full list of camps and for more information click here.
10160 Pineville Distribution Street, Suite B
Charlotte Ballet provides a nurturing and structured environment that encourages individuality, creative expression and an appreciation for the art of dance. Expert instruction is offered to both students who are training for professional careers in dance, as well as to those who are interested in simply experiencing the joy and benefits of dance training. Favorite storybook tales come to life through dance, music, crafts and performance. Each week-long camp meets from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday. Students ages 3-6 can now take two weeks of Dance Camp this Summer! These camps culminate with a fun performance at the end for families. No dance experience required.
When: June 13-17 and August 1-4
Attire: Dancers are invited to wear clothes that are comfortable for dance and play.
Shoes: Ballet slippers
Tuition: $150/per week
Registration Fee: $20
Facility Fee: $20
Go to CharlotteBallet.org for more information.
Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center Summer Programs include exciting experiences for both newbies and experienced youth and teens. We have recreational camps that are full and half day for ages 7 – 18. And an Intermediate Camp for grades 4 – 12 who have experience in dance, acrobatics or circus arts. All programs are taught in a safe and supportive environment. There will be a short show-and-tell performance on the last day of camp where campers can show what they have learned.
For advanced dancers and aerialists ages 8 and up, we offer the Circus & Dance Creation Lab. This is a two-week program that culminates in a performance. Students will have the opportunity to take technique classes in dance and circus such as contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop, aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, juggling, and acrobatics. You do not need experience in all these disciplines but experience and a desire to be challenged is a requirement. Audition deadline is April 22.
Go to CLTCirqueDanceCenter.org/summer for more information.
Matthews Playhouse makes summer feel extraordinary. With enchanting themed-camps based upon storybooks, popular films, video games, and Broadway shows (such as Encanto, Paw Patrol, Villains, Harry Potter, Lego Masters, etc.), Matthews Playhouse is sure to please even your most fickle child. Both half and full-day camps are offered for children ages 4 through 12th grade. For the older children and teens, our full day Intensive classes in Acting and Musical Theatre Camps are a wonderful way to hone specific performance skills and with a culminating evening performance to showcase what they learned, both participants and family members are sure to be delighted.
100 McDowell St
Matthews, North Carolina
Engage your child in a fun and exciting athletic experience at a premier institution with an outstanding coaching staff.
Queens University of Charlotte Athletics Camps emphasize learning and improve the fundamentals and skills of our sports in a safe environment. Camps are designed for all ages and different skill levels. We offer a full day and half day options and our full day camp includes lunch daily.
Some sports offer team camps for varsity and junior varsity high school teams.
Sports Camps Offered:
Girls- soccer, volleyball, cross country and track and field, swimming, sports performance, field hockey, basketball, cheer, dance, lacrosse, softball, tennis, triathlon, and rugby
Boys: Soccer, cross country and track and field, swimming, sports performance, basketball, cheer, dance, lacrosse, tennis, triathlon and rugby
Ages: 4 – 18
Half and full day options
Held at Queens athletic facilities
For more information and to register:
Queens University of Charlotte Athletics Summer Camps
Located between Lenoir and North Wilkesboro in North Carolina, YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge gives kids ages 6-16 the chance to make life-long memories on over 2,000 acres of land, streams, and trails just 90 miles from Charlotte in the mountains of North Carolina.
When someone joins us at YMCA Camp Harrison, they can expect to enjoy God’s creation, build relationships and challenge themselves as they learn new skills. Our campers develop lifelong friendships by embracing authenticity and accepting their differences. For more information on our available sessions, visit our 2021 Dates & Rates page.
YMCA Camp Harrison
Where campers build character, develop confidence and grow in their faith.
Welcome to the place where campers have the opportunity to learn, thrive, and lead in a safe, action-packed environment.
YMCA Camp Thunderbird is a co-ed overnight camp for kids (ages 6-16). Serving the community since 1936, Thunderbird boasts a rich history of giving generations of campers from all over the world memories to last a lifetime.
Two miles of shoreline on Lake Wylie provides an amazing backdrop for life-changing experiences. Just 30 minutes from Charlotte, the camp’s ultimate water playground helps kids cultivate individual talents and skills like independence, self-discipline, and empathy. Life at YMCA Camp Thunderbird is packed with tradition and activity which all center around building friendships and confidence.
Campers can expect unforgettable adventures, a safe and nurturing environment, and a place to be their best self.
Many exciting adventures await your camper at YMCA Camp Thunderbird.
You can find YMCA Camp Thunderbird at:
1 Thunderbird Ln
Lake Wylie, SC 29710