Middle & Elementary School Enrichment Opportunities


Since many of the camps span elementary to middle, we have middle school and elementary enrichment opportunities listed together. Let us know if you have a favorite camp, you’d like to add. Also, if you have an 8th grader, there are many opportunities for them listed on high school as a “rising 9th grader.”  We hope this list helps parents add depth to their student’s summer.


Gaston County Extension 4-H Camps  (elementary and up)

2016 August 4-H Calendar         2016 July 4-H Calendar        2016 4-H June Calendar

They are finalizing the 2016 day camps that are out of Dallas and Gastonia. Costs begin at only $10 and range up to $100.

Cub Scout Day Camps

A variety of nearby camp opportunities beginning at $70.

Girl Scout Camp

Each summer thousands of girls across North Carolina attend summer camp to meet new friends and explore the great outdoors. This summer, your daughter could have the opportunity to explore and learn valuable leadership skills at one of the three summer camps operated by Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.  Cost begins at $100.

Summer camp at The Schiele Museum  (rising 1st to 8th grade)

This is a unique experience full of excitement for exploring science and the natural world. Participants can look forward to hands-on activities and a wide range of learning experiences within the museum, outdoors on the trail, and on carefully selected trips in the local community.

Bricks for Kids (kids aged 6 to 12)

Designed and created by teachers, architects and engineering professionals, our hands-on curriculum introduces children ages 6–11+ to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts and mechanics using LEGO® bricks, gears, motors and technology. Email kcampbell@bricks4kidz.com for more information.

Gaston YMCA: Best Summer Ever (elementary to high school)

The Gaston County Family YMCA offers five camp locations throughout the county during the 11-week summer following the Gaston County Schools calendar.  Cost begin at $85.

Central Piedmont Community College Camps  (ages vary from 4th to 12th grade)

Baking Camp 

This camp provides a great mix between the kitchen, eating a nutritious lunch, socializing with new friends and age appropriate activities. Cost is $349.

Culinary Camp

This exciting hands-on camp is taught by certified culinary professionals that will instill confidence and inspiration as they learn to prepare a variety of new foods, while following recipes designed for their age group.  Cost is $349.

GameTech Animators

Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film!  Cost is $225.

Program It!

This camp is an introduction to text-based programming.  The campers build their own video games. Cost is $225.

All Girls Maker Camp

This camp will appeal to girls who like to create, build, or problem solve as well as students who are interested in art, jewelry design, and/or computer science.

Crime Scene Investigator

Campers will learn about the science of a crime scene and how to process it. They will receive their own mock crime scene kit to use in processing and documenting actual crime scenes in our crime lab!

App Adventures

Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Whether you want to move past the basic techniques or want to jump right in, we are ready for you!

Cool School at UNC- Charlotte (rising 4th through 5th grade)

Gaston School of the Arts: Visual Arts Camp (3rd grade and up)

GSOA’s Visual Arts Camps will allow your child to explore a variety of media!  Cost begin at $170.

Gaston School of the Arts: Drama Camp (K-5th)

Your K-5th grader will love getting to experience every facet of the main stage production including auditions, choreography, music, set design, prop construction, costuming, lights and sound, crew work and much more. As the culmination of there over two and a half weeks of learning, your student will perform in GSOA’s production of The Jungle Book. Cost is $125.

Engineering Camp Charlotte (rising 6th to 8th grade)

Engineering Camp Charlotte will be housed at the newly built UNC Charlotte Center City, an architectural marvel located at 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC.  Week 1: July 11 – 15, 2016     Week 2: August 1 – 5, 2016

The program will accept students in rising grades 6 through 8 and will run two separate week-long day camps in July — Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Families may apply for one week or multiple weeks as the curriculum differs each week. Students will be grouped by age. Tuition is $365 per week and includes snacks and lunch.

Engineering Camp Charlotte (rising 3rd to 5th)

Week 1: July 18 – 22, 2016
Week 2: July 25 – 29, 2016

In its third year, Engineering Camp Charlotte will be housed at the newly built UNC Charlotte Center City, an architectural marvel located at 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC.

The elementary program will accept students in rising grades 3 through 5 and will run two separate week-long day camps in July — Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Families may apply for one week or two weeks as the curriculum differs each week. Tuition is $365 per week and includes snacks and lunch.

Summer Scholars Program at UNC

Summer Scholars Program offers students interactive experiences that refine the skills, knowledge, and attributes related to mathematical and scientific careers. The students are engaged in instructional contact in math, science research, engineering activities, and technical writing skills for 2-3 weeks during the month of June and/or July. Additional activities may include field trip to an educational site, guest speakers, local area competitions, preparatory activities for science fair and public speaking. There is an enrollment fee for Summer Scholars for twelve instructional days (sibling discounts are available upon request). Fee amounts are provided when you apply online.

Clemson Summer Camps (Age 8 to 17 varies per camp)

Since 1934, YLI camps has provided an exciting summer camp experience for youth in South Carolina. We offer something for every child, including a marine science camp, an outdoor adventure camp, a shooting sports camp, a traditional camp, and technology camp. Average camp cost is about $530.

Camp Sewee
Camp Sewee brings children together to study marine science on the coast. 40% of our campers choose to return to Camp Sewee each year.
Why Campers Love Sewee: On the Beach – Learn about the ocean – Boat rides

Camp Hannon
Campers come here for the thrill of the wilderness: challenging hikes, real mountain biking and intense survival experiences.
Why Campers Love Hannon: Challenging – Hikes & bike rides – Swimming in the river

Camp Voyager
Camp Voyager is for the techies. The gamers. The creative explorers. The young engineers who always have to figure out how things work.
Why Campers Love Voyager: Learn technology-  Climbing wall – Team games

Camp Wildlife
Hunt, fish, shoot and ride at Camp Wildlife — the ultimate summer camp experience for those who love the great outdoors!
Why Campers Love Wildlife: Challenging – Learn to shoot – The lake

4-H Camp
The jam-packed week includes team sports, water sports, paintball, archery, nature hikes, a ropes course and climbing tower, arts and crafts, a talent show and more.
Why Campers Love 4-H: The blob – Make new friends – The zip line

Summer camps at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are back and better than ever! New offerings focus on current exhibits, highlight Lost Hollow, and more. Cost begin at $120.

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MarineQuest via the University of NC at Wilmington (elementary to high school)

Students learn about marine life, diving, turtles, etc. Camps begin at $700.

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SOAR in Balsam, NC
40 years empowering campers with ADHD/LD to build friendships, overcome challenges, & increase self confidence. ACA-accredited adventures include rock climbing, rafting, horseback riding, snorkeling, & more. Cost is $2300 and up

Duke’s Honor Institute for Middle Schoolers

Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Honors Institute for Middle School Students. This international and elite program challenges young students to explore advanced topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within a supportive academic and residential environment. Cost is over $5300.