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Cabarrus Magazine's 2018 Summer Camps Guide Presented by Code Ninjas

Mar 23, 2018 03:27AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the Code Ninjas Facebook page.

It's officially Spring, and as a parent that means summer will be here before you know it! Planning ahead if you have kiddos waiting for you at home is always a good plan, especially if you have little ones that will be on their break. 

The Cabarrus County area has plenty of fun and exciting summer camps perfect for your little ones to go to. We've compiled a list below for your consideration, presented by Code Ninjas.

Don't see one that should be included? Let us know in the comments and we will add it! 


Code Ninjas Camps

Fun and rewarding coding camps for kids ages 7-14.

Game Builder’s Club                                                   June 25-29, Aug 6-10

The Code Ninjas Game Builder's Club is the best place that your child can build their very own video game every single day! Every day their skills at game building will progress further and they will have a blast while they do it. Games are made in Scratch, and all children between the ages 7-14 are welcome! This curriculum is designed for young kids and those who are just beginning to code.


Beginning JavaScript                                                  July 9-14, Aug 13-17

In this course, ninjas will learn real JavaScript. They will progress through creating numerous JavaScript applications that can run in a browser or even on a server using node.js. It's not strictly game based, so students who take this course should be looking for a deeper understanding of real coding.


Code Drones                                                             June 18-22, July 30-Aug 3

Code Drones allows ninjas to see their code in action by coding their very own drone and making it do a series of tricks and follow certain flight paths. Kids love to build their drone, set it up, and then make their own challenges.


Minecraft Create                                                        June 11-15, July 23-27

Minecraft Create is a project filled camp where students will be able to use multiple programs to build objects and import them into their very own Minecraft world! This is the perfect environment for your child to learn about editing and modeling their own 3D objects, practice solving Redstone circuit puzzles, and interact with their fellow Minecraft lovers! The curriculum is designed for all ages, and all levels of experience. This camp is not textbook based. It will be guided and led by the Senseis who will have already gotten acquainted with TinkerCAD and MC Edit.


Roblox Create                                                             July 16-20, Aug 20-24

In this camp, students learn the basics of building and creating in Roblox (a family-friendly, user-generated online gaming platform similar to Minecraft). In Roblox, your child can create much more than just a game. Every student will design, plan, and build their own 3D world!


Ages: 7-14
Location8905 Christenbury Parkway, Concord, NC

To sign up for one or more of their camps, visit

Horizons Unlimited Summer Camp

Culinary Camp

June 18th- 21st
Instructor: Neil Pifer

Does your student love to cook? This is the camp for you! We will learn the basics of food safety, baking, knife skills, and planning meals all while having a BLAST. We will be working with the experts of Rowan-Salisbury Schools Food Service department and local restaurateurs who are leaders in the field of food service and hospitality. Future chefs will be in the making!

Ages: Rising 8th-10th graders
Price: $100.00 camp fee

Advanced Coding Camp (Open to Salisbury Community Schools)

Eligible schools: Knox, Overton, Isenberg, Koontz

June 25th- 28th
Instructors: Kyle Whisenant, Erik Barton, Becca Glenn and Jamesha Thomas

Learn how to create computer programs, dive deep into the language that your cell phone and computer uses every day. During this coding camp, you will work with drones, robots and game design. Transportation can be provided to and from camp if needed.

Ages. Rising 5th -7th graders
Price: $10.00 T-Shirt Fee

K-2 Kids Coding Camp

Developed and presented by Rowan-Salisbury AIG Nurturing

August 13th-16th
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Instructors: Nancy Goodnight and Amy Vedeikis

If you love robots and trying to figure out how they work, this camp is for you! Our young campers will start each day learning the basics of coding before working with a variety of robots in design and team challenges. Ozobots, beebots, nanobots and lego robotics are just a few of the different robots our campers will be coding! In conjunction with the NOVANT STEM Scholars Program, our campers will have the added bonus of middle school students mentoring them through several challenges.

Ages: Rising 1st-3rd graders
Price: $100.00 camp fee

Novant STEM Scholars

Eligible Schools: Rowan-Salisbury Schools Middle School Students Rising 6th-8th

August 13th-16th
Instructors: Neil Pifer and Kyle Whisenant

Campers who attend this camp will participate in a broad variety of digital experiences including coding, robotics, 3D printing/design, and immersive virtual reality. Each day of camp will provide an exploration of how each of these technologies is used in careers that require skilled technicians and specialist to develop their computational thinking.

Price: Application Required/$10.00 T-Shirt Fee

Camp Invention Returns Again!

What is Camp Invention?

Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Our top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create. Horizons Unlimited will be hosting Camp Invention again for two weeks (same offering both weeks) in July. Please register through For more information, contact Neil Pifer at (704) 639-3004 or [email protected]

Horizons Unlimited - Camp Invention - Fast Forward

Age: For children entering grades K through 6 
Price: $225

Location1636 Parkview Circle, Salisbury, NC

Learn more about the program by visiting

Classic Summer Camps

WinShape Camps


WinShape Camps for Communities is a day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to create the most fun and meaningful camp for completed 1st-9th graders in town. WinShape Camps for Communities partners with local churches and Chick-fil-A operators to provide an exciting camp experience for campers right here in Concord.

Whether your kids like soccer or science, there is something for everyone. WinShape Camps combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one unforgettable week.

At WinShape Camps, we are in relentless pursuit of the ultimate camp experience; one that challenges campers to sharpen their character, grow in their relationships, and deepen their Christian faith. 

Camp registrations began March 4. Check them out on Facebook at WinShape Camps (Concord) to stay tuned to camp incentives and events. 

Ages: 1st-9th graders
Location: 3101 Davidson Hwy, Concord, NC

Half Day Adventure Camps

Courtesy of the Cabarrus County Library.

Get your kids outdoors in these completely outdoor half-day camps. Campers will interact and discover the natural world around them, complete with multiple animal encounters in Critter Camps.

A variety of experiences from paddleboat polo and mini-golf to creek stomping and hiking will engage young minds in Adventure Camp. Kayak and log-rolling camps will increase participants confidence in the water.

Watercraft Teen Camp (with expedition) will engage our older campers in all types of water sports including kayaking, logrolling, canoeing, paddle boating, and tubing. We will even be offering archery camp for the warrior in all of us. Spring break camp will be out of this world with the theme of Star Wars!

Ages: 4-15
LocationFrank Liske Park and Camp Spencer Park

Cannon Memorial YMCA Summer Camps

Through their summer day camps, the YMCA provides kids a variety of imaginative activities that nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and make their bodies healthy and strong. Every summer we create new experiences for hundreds of kids and teens. We make sure our campers have fun while making new friends, building self-confidence and becoming more self-reliant.

Our traditional summer and preschool camps encourage kids to explore new adventures through hands-on learning. Youth can find out who they are in Teen and Leaders in Training (LIT) Camps. Cannon Y Summer Camp is a safe and engaging place! 

Locations include Kannapolis, West Cabarrus, and Harrisburg.

Location: Varied

Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County

Their Summer Program operates from June to August during the months when children are out of school for summer break.  The program is for rising 1st through rising 9th graders, and is open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Registration begins each year in February and continues until the program reaches capacity.

Breakfast, lunch, prepared fresh daily, and an afternoon snack are included in the program at no extra cost.  Each day children participate in a variety of  activities such as arts & crafts, computers, game room, life skills, performing arts, and physical fitness.

The Summer Program schedule includes weekly field trips to a variety of fun places like the Gem Theater, Starlight Theater, Kannapolis Rec Park, Fries Skating Rink, and many more.  Each group also gets to spend a few weeks at Camp Spencer, where they have the opportunity to swim in the pool, canoe, fish, and participate in other special programs.

Learn more here:

Creative Endeavors

Hive & Co. Summer Camp

"Our fun & enriching half day programs educate, inspire & entertain your creative young artists!" Their website states. 

Each day, they plan a well-paced line up of projects, involving a wide variety of materials, subjects, and art principles. Throughout the week, students could have the chance to explore decoupage, painting, drawing, chalk pastel, oil pastel, sculpture, papier mache, collage, or printmaking!

Session runs 9am-12pm: $125 includes all materials & snacks & drinks.

Session One July 17-19: 5-8 year olds
Session two July 24-26: 5-8 year olds
Session Three July 31- Aug 2: 8-12 year olds

Location3 Union Street North, Concord, NC

Learn more by visiting

The Pottery Cottage

From their website: "This is our 5th year doing camp and it's going to be better than EVER! 

We have been planning since January and have an action packed agenda to keep any kid (age 5-12) happy!!! All of our camp weeks are themed and are curriculum-based so kids actually learn while having fun. Each week we will paint on canvas, work with clay and pottery wheel, paint pottery, paint on wood, create a recycled/up-cycled masterpiece, fuse glass and much more. We never repeat the same activity twice!

"We understand that camp can get costly and have kept our camp prices the same as last year."

Full day: Drop-off 9am, Pick up 4pm
Half day: Drop-off 9am, Pick up Noon  OR  Drop-off 1pm, Pick up 4pm

Ages: 5-12
Location:  5226 Highway 49 S, Harrisburg, NC

Join in on all of the fun at The Pottery Cottage this summer!

Art Exploration Camp

August 6th-9th
Instructor: Kyle Whisenant

This year’s exploration will focus on encouraging students to explore painting, sculpting and mixed media. They will learn various techniques for painting and new ways to create images. A field trip to one of our North Carolina art galleries will be included in the cost of camp. Come let your imagination take the wheel!

Ages: Rising 6th-8th graders

Creative Arts in the Community

Developed and presented by Rowan-Salisbury AIG Nurturing

June 25th-28th
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Instructors: Nancy Goodnight and Michelle Allen

Join us as we explore the community through the lens of the creative arts. Visual arts and writing will go hand in hand as we take daily field trips to explore our local community. Campers will learn the basics of photography and a variety of related art forms to compliment original writing projects while creating a keepsake scrapbook.

Ages: Rising 4th – 6th graders
Price: $100.00 camp fee
Location: 1636 Parkview Circle, Salisbury, NC

Art Box Studio Summer Art Camps

Art Box Studio summer camps are week long, Monday-Friday. Owner and instructor Lori Earnhardt offers session times in the morning, afternoon and evening to accommodate a variety of schedules. Sessions are approximately 1 1/2 hrs. each day.

"We focus on planning the overall composition and explore unique painting techniques in the acrylic media on stretched canvas. I offer camps to persons kindergarten age and up. 

Actors of Tomorrow


Actors of Tomorrow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing quality children's theatre in Cabarrus County. Their Mission is to create and enrich the lives of young people by providing meaningful opportunities to explore the field of Performing Arts. 

They are very excited to offer 5 fantastic weeks of theatre. Below you will find a description of each camp!

To Register-visit their website:

Join us as we bring to life the enchanting tale of the beautiful, gentle Snow White and her jealous stepmother, the Queen. Sent on a perilous journey into the woods, Snow White befriends the forest animals and the delightful seven dwarfs in this classic tale adaption of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Ages: 8-12
June 25th-29th
Final Camp Performance-Friday, June 29th at 5:30pm

Come join us as we sing some of our favorite and well known songs from popular animated movies.
Ages: 8-14
July 9th-12th
Final Camp Performances-Friday, July 12th at 5:30pm

Jim Hawkin's fantasy has come to life when pirate Billy Bones steps right into his bedroom!  Billy Bones leaves Jim a treasure map and we're off sailing on the Hispaniola to Skeleton Island!  The ship's crew is a rowdy bunch, who is whipped into mutiny by the one-legged man -- Long John Silver.  Suddenly we're swept into the action of high seas adventure! When the Captain and his loyal sailors are captured, only our boy hero -- Jim Hawkins can save the day! 

Ages: 8-18
July 16th-20th
Final Camp Performance-Friday, July 20th at 5:30pm

Do you love Musical Theatre!  Come join a musical adventure as we sing songs from your favorite songs on and off Broadway!
Ages: 12-18
July 23rd-27th
Final Camp Performance-Friday July 27th at 5:30pm

Do you love Classic Fairy Tales? Come to Fairy Land Camp where each actor will get to act out their favorite Fairy Tale stories.
Ages 8-14
July 30th-Aug. 3
Final Camp Performance-Friday, August 3rd at 5:30pm

Drama Kids

Drama Kids’ extensive and comprehensive curriculum was designed by educators, and is the result of more than 35 years of experience and continuous development. While kids are learning and developing new creative thinking styles and skills, they are also developing other important life skills, including public speaking. ALL Drama Kids programs are guaranteed to be both educational and FUN!

To learn more about all the great programs they have this summer, visit their website

Ages: 4-14
Location: 426 Church Street N. Concord, NC


Camp Flip Flop


Looking for a great summer camp experience for your children this summer?  Cabarrus County Gymnastics has just the camp for you!  They have half day and full day summer camps for elementary aged children and a half day camp for your pre-schoolers.   Early drop-off and late pick-up are available.

Full Day Camp Flip Flop - Rising K - 5th grade  

Cost: $184/week

The full day Camp Flip Flop is from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.  Activities include gymnastics, games, crafts, and more!

Snacks will be provided but campers will need to bring a bag lunch.  The cost of the camp includes all field trips - however campers may want to bring extra spending money.

Available every week from June 11th - August 24th.  We will be closed June 30th - July 8th.

Half day School Age Camp Flip Flop - Rising K - 5th grade

Cost: $115/week

The half day school age Camp Flip Flop is from 9am to 12pm or 12:30 - 4pm, Monday through Friday.  Activities include gymnastics, games, crafts, and snacks!  

Available every week from June 11th - August 24th.  We will be closed June 30th - July 8th

Half day Pre-School Camp Flip Flop - Ages 3-5 

Cost: $115/week

The half day pre-school Camp Flip Flop is for children 3-5 years of age and is from 9am to 12pm Monday through Friday.  Activities include gymnastics, games, crafts, story time, and snacks!  All campers must be toilet trained.

Available July 23rd - July 27th

Summer Baseball Camps

Cabarrus Baseball Academy Baseball Camps, ideal for campers between the ages of 7-15, are anchored by expert coaches with years of playing and coaching experience, and provide the most comprehensive, individual instruction available in the Cabarrus County area. 

Camp Dates:

July 9th – 12th 
Ages 7 – 12
9am - 1pm - $120 

 July 23rd – 26th 
 Ages 12 – 15 
 9am - 1pm - $120

Tournament Camp Week

Players practice and play with the same team all week.
A Champion is crowned based on a points system & awards are given at the end of the week.

July 30th – Aug 2nd
Ages 9 – 12
9am – 1pm - $120

Summer Camp Field Location TBA.

To register contact CBA - 908-621-3602 - [email protected]

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