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2016 Summer Camp Guide Cabarrus County

Mar 21, 2016 09:00AM ● By Nick A

With Spring here, if you are a parent, it means many summer camps have opened up enrollment and it is time to start thinking about signing up.

With a variety of programs and activities, summer camp offers fun and meaningful adventures. Think about what you want in a camp before you enroll your child make sure to include your child in the decision-making process taking into account their interests and desires. 

To help you weigh some options we have put together this list of summer camps with options for a range or ages, interests and timeframes.

Are you interested in including your camp in this guide? Sign up in our directory, we will be adding to this guide as summer approaches.

 4-H Summer Filing

4-H Summer Fling is a special program sponsored by the NC Cooperative Extension Cabarrus County Center 4-H program. The program is designed for youth between the ages of 5-14 and is intended to stimulate personal and educational interest while allowing children to have fun during the summer months. Most activities will be held at the Cabarrus County Center in Concord.

Cannon YMCA Summer Programs

Through summer day camps, The Y provides kids a variety of imaginative activities that nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and make their bodies healthy and strong. Every summer they create new experience for hundreds of kids and teens.

These programs include: Around the World theme, Teen Expeditioners Camp and Mini Camp for 4-5 year-olds. The Y has Locations in KannapolisWest Cabarrus, and Harrisburg

You can view the entire 2016 YMCA Summer Camp Guide here.

 Camp Cannon at Cannon School

Camp Cannon offers over 130 camps to choose from in The Arts & Academics, SciTech, Sports, and College Prep for ages 3 to 18. Camp Cannon's programs are open to all private, public, and homeschooled children. 

Camp runs seven weeks from June 6 through July 29 with the exception of the week of July 4. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with early care starting at 7:30 a.m. and late care until 5:30 p.m.    
Sunshine House Summer Challenge Camps

Field trips are the highlight of your camper’s summer, and this year’s field trips will be better than ever! Your camper can float around a water park, hang behind the scenes at a live TV broadcast, tour a MLB ballpark, hike to a waterfall, discover exotic animals at a zoo, feast at a restaurant, or even explore dinosaur fossils at a natural history museum. All in a safe, licensed environment with trained educators and child care professionals. Designed for children ages 5-12, all-inclusive packages are available providing field trips, meals, activities, and a swag bag.

 Davidson College Day Camp On Lake Noman

Summer on the water is a particularly special way for your child to spend their summer here and Lake Norman has a few wonderful options. Campers participate in activities such as swimming, sailing, canoeing, water skiing, tubing and games.

The camps are for ages 10-14 (grades 5-9) and run Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. most weeks in the summer.

 Cabarrus County Discovery Day Camp

The Discovery Day Camp at Frank Liske Park not only challenges children's minds with interactive projects but also promotes healthy bodies and introduces them to nature.  In addition to 6 to 12 year olds there is also a "Teen Camp" for ages 13 and 14 years.  Each age has specialized activities to keep them engaged and happy.

City of Concord Summer Day Camps

Summer Playground camp for 6-10 year olds. Camp operates June 20 through August 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program is geared to motivate and stimulate the participant's willingness to learn through field trips and age appropriate activities and much more! Fee includes most trips and program offerings. Pre-registration is required.

Camp GoneAlot is offered to young men and women ages 11-13. Camp operates June 20 through August 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program is geared to motivate and stimulate the participant's willingness to learn through field trips and age appropriate activities and much more! Fee includes most trips and program offerings. Participant will need to bring snacks, water bottle and lunch. Pre-registration is required.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Back by popular demand, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College youth summer camps are set to return this year. The College is excited to announce that popular topics like graphic design and youth entrepreneurship will return as well as the addition of courses including babysitter certification, pet sitter prep, fashion design, robotics, healthcare and cyberdrone discovery.

Babysitter Certification

June 13-14, North Campus, Salisbury

June 20-21, South Campus, Concord

Designed for youth who plan to babysit, this camp includes American Red Cross Babysitter Training, CPR certification and instruction in operating a small business safely. Participants will learn leadership skills in developing a babysitting business and learn about basic child care. Ages 11-18. $149

Petsitter Prep 101

June 15-16, North Campus, Salisbury

June 22-23, South Campus, Concord

Designed for youth who plan to provide care and company to pets, this camp includes nationally- recognized certification from PetTechtm in Pet First Aid and CPR. Campers will learn basic care, pet CPR and basic first aid, how to safely walk and hike with pets, as well as receive tips from the Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center on how to develop a pet care business and safely market themselves. Ages 11-18. $149

Be a Fashion Design Diva

June 20-23, North Campus, Salisbury

July 18-21, [email protected], Kannapolis

This camp is designed for students to learn about the art of fashion design. Campers will explore the history of iconic fashion designers, learn about career opportunities in the fashion industry, and discover what it takes to be a designer. Students will design and create their own garment and model their creations at a fashion show for parents held on the final day of camp, which will meet at Maia’s Fashions in downtown Salisbury. Ages 14-18. $149

Lego Robotics

June 27-30, North Campus, Salisbury

July 11-14, South Campus, Concord

Taught by instructors from CyberKids Robotics, this camp includes construction, team-building, problem-solving, and a whole lot of fun. Campers will study robotic movements and take turns at different roles within the team as they construct and program their robot and complete a series of challenges. Ages 9-13. $149

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Metal Robots

June 27-30, North Campus, Salisbury

July 11-14, South Campus, Concord

In this camp, taught by instructors from CyberKids Robotics, students will learn about kinesthetic robot construction and as a team build an advanced FTC metal robot using computer-aided design (CAD) software to design the chassis, drivetrain and attachments. As they learn how coding relates to robots and basic programming, students will work as a team to accomplish a variety of challenges using the robot, ending with a demonstration for parents. Ages 12-18. $149

Healthcare Superheroes

July 11-14, North Campus, Salisbury

Does a strawberry have DNA? Can you tie shoes with only one hand? In this camp, students will learn about the unique “super powers” of various healthcare superhero careers including nursing, radiography, dental assisting, occupational therapy, physical therapy, biotechnology, and emergency medical services, through hands-on activities like listening to heart and lung sounds, making dental plaster molds and more. Campers will also learn CPR and receive a bag with healthcare superhero gadgets. Ages 11-14. $299

Groovin’ On Graphics

July 18-21, South Campus, Concord

Over four days campers will become familiar with Adobe Creative Suite and will learn how to make layer-based images, merge photos, use filters to create unreal effects, and much more in order to develop the kinds of visually compelling images used for games, photography, film and graphic arts, as well as websites. Ages 14-18. $299

Groovin’ On Graphics – The Next Level

July 25-28, South Campus, Concord

Campers will explore the Adobe Creative Cloud and its application to web development, learning intermediate and advanced image editing techniques. Pieces worked on in the first camp will be further polished and made into an online portfolio to allow students to market their graphic design and web skills. Prerequisite: Groovin’ on Graphics I or prior experience using Adobe Creative Suite. Ages 14-18. $299

Cyberdrone Discovery

July 18-21, North Campus, Salisbury

July 25-28, CBTC, Concord

Once deemed futuristic, drones are becoming increasingly common. In this camp, students will be introduced to the world of “flying robots” and learn navigation, GPS technology, common aerodynamic concepts and autopilot technology. Exciting, hands-on activities will include flying the drones in an outdoor obstacle course, taking aerial selfies and video, landing the drone on a bullseye and flying it through hoops. Ages 12-18. $149

Youth Entrepreneur Summer (Y.E.S.) Camp

August 1-4, [email protected], Kannapolis

Participants will gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a career option, identify and evaluate various opportunities, and create and plan their own business. They will meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs in our community and participate in numerous activities that promote team building, critical thinking and leadership skills, all in a stimulating, fun environment. Ages 11-14. $149

Photofun I

June 13-16, South Campus, Concord

June 20-23, North Campus, Salisbury

Students will learn basic skills required to shoot and edit high quality images, and through a succession of fun projects will create both portraits and landscapes with their Digital SLR camera. Ages 14-18. $299

Photofun – The Next Level: Digital Design Portfolio

July 11-14, South Campus, Concord

Campers will build on skills learned in Level 1, explore more advanced photographic and editing options, and build a portfolio. Ages 14-18. $299

For more information on the camps, please visit

LearningRx Brain Camps

Brain Camp is a fun, engaging environment where kids do fun activities that work on core brain skills, including memory, attention, and logic.  Kids Ages 8-14.  Cost of Camp is $299.  A minimum of 10 students is required for each camp.  Enrollment closes a week before Brain Camp starts.

For registration and information, click here



Camp Ready Kids

The American Red Cross in conjunction with Kannapolis Fire, Police, and Parks & Rec. departments will host Camp Ready Kids at New Hope Lutheran Church in Kannapolis on June 22 & 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The free two-day safety camp is open to rising 1st through 5th grade students. 

Camp Ready Kids is designed with a variety of entertaining and educational activities to teach campers about safety guidelines, disaster and emergency preparedness. Campers participate in a range of activities including:

· Fire safety training

· Environmental safety

· Health and Wellness training

· Gun safety, bullying, internet security, and/or drug abuse prevention

· Forest safety

· Basic first aid

· Water safety training

· Disaster/Emergency Preparedness training

· Games, prizes, and recreation time

Campers are asked to bring a bag lunch each day, but morning and afternoon snacks are provided.


To register your child for camp, please visit their website.

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