Summer Camp

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) will offer Summer Connect Half Day Camp from July 20-August 7, 2020. As always, our main goal is to provide our participants with a safe environment to play and have social experiences. During this time of concern with the COVID-19 pandemic there have been many discussions on how to make the Summer Connect program experience safe, yet fun for our participants. Please know that every consideration has been made with the best possible safety practices in place to protect our participants, their families, and our staff.

Summer Connect Half Day Camp

Week 1: July 20-24, 2020
Week 2: July 27-31, 2020
Week 3: August 3-7, 2020

Lottery Information

In accordance with the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education and Local governments, DPR will offer small groups of no more than 9 participants. Due to the limited capacities, DPR is asking Parents/Guardians to submit an application for entry into a Lottery. DPR will randomly select Parents/Guardians and will contact those selected to register their children for these programs. 

In order to be considered for the lottery, you must complete a lottery application by the deadline indicated for each week of programming. There can only be one lottery application per family. The selected Parents/Guardians will be notified via email and phone to register and pay for the Summer Connect Program within 48 hours of the selection. Spaces for each location will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Selection Process:
All applications received by the deadline for each week of programming will be considered for the random selection. The lottery selection is by each Parents/Guardians application (and not individual children). For example, if a parent includes a request for four (4) children on their application for the lottery and their application is selected then all four children will be placed in the Summer Connect Program, as space allows.

Please note: A separate lottery draw will be made for each week of programming. For example, a family could be selected for week 1 and not selected for weeks 2 and 3, or a family could not be selected for week 1, selected for week 2, and not selected for week 3, etc.

Lottery Application

  • Lottery entries for week 1 must be received by 7/12/20 at 12 a.m.; random selection and notification completed by 7/14/20
  • Lottery entries for week 2 must be received by 7/19/20 at 12 a.m.; random selection and notification completed by 7/21/20
  • Lottery entries for week 3 must be received by 7/26/20 at 12 a.m.; random selection and notification completed by 7/28/20

If your child(ren) is not selected the Parents/Guardians will receive an email notification. Participants not selected will be placed on a waiting list and if a space becomes available the Parents/Guardians will be contacted to register and make payment the same day.

Youth Summer Connect 2020

Child must have completed kindergarten and turned 5 by September 1, 2019 and cannot be older than 12 years of age by September 1, 2019.

Edison Johnson Recreation Center - Youth Summer Connect 2020
Get out of the house and into some fun activities! Summer Connect 2020 at Edison Johnson Recreation Center will have your child up and active, with loads of excitement, fitness activities, and some cool crafts all while social distancing.
Ages 6-12
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

W.D. Hill Recreation Center - Youth Summer Connect 2020
Hitch a ride with W.D. Hill's School-Age Care program for new adventures for summer 2020! Campers will discover new friendships, adventures and lots of summer fun. Activities include STEAM projects, outdoor activities, non-traditional games, and weekly themes.
Ages 6-12
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

I.R. Holmes, Sr Recreation Center at Campus Hills - Youth Summer Connect 2020
Join us at I.R. Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center at Campus Hills for Summer Connect! Summer Connect will provide participants with a host of outdoor and indoor recreation fun! Participants will be able to partake in a wide variety of stimulating activities aimed to offer new experiences and undeniable fun all summer long!
Ages 6-12
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

W.I. Patterson Recreation Center - Youth Summer Connect 2020
Come join us for our exciting Summer Connect program at W.I. Patterson Recreation Center. Each week we will have a theme that combines entertainment, science, art, and outdoor activities. From building and decorating volcanoes, to playing outdoor games, interactive virtual field trips to museums, zoos, and many of the world heritage sites, kids will have a chance to engage in fun activities this summer.  
Ages 6-12
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

East Durham Recreation Center - Youth Summer Connect 2020
Connect with friends this Summer at East Durham Recreation Center! Kids will enjoy themed activities, outdoor games and new adventures. Come play with us this summer!
Ages 6-12
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Teen Summer Connect 2020

Social Distancing with a twist! We are excited to announce that we will be offering modified summer programming for teens ages 13-18. Teens will have the opportunity to participate in modified version of some of their favorite activities. Come join in on the fun, save your summer, and enjoy our adapted twist to social distancing.

Teen must be 13 by September 1, 2019 and cannot be older than 17 years of age by September 1, 2019.

Holton Career & Resource Center - Teen Summer Connect 2020
Ages 13-17

7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Walltown Park Recreation Center - Teen Summer Connect 2020
Ages 13-17
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.


Residency TypeFees
City Resident$62.75 per child / week
Non-City Resident$77.75 per child / week

Summer Connect Includes:

  • Breakfast or Lunch (depending on program time)
  • Water bottle
  • DPR face covering  
  • Individual program supply kit for each participant

Sliding Fee Scale

A sliding fee scale (SFS) may be used to reduce the amount paid for summer camps. The scale ranges from 10-100% and is based on income, number of members per household, and special circumstances affecting the applicant’s ability to pay. Applications are available online, at the administrative office or any recreation center. If approved, the reduced fee is valid for one year.

The SFS program applies to the Summer Connect Program. Parents/Guardians who have a current, approved reduced rate assigned will receive the applicable discount at the time of registration. Please note that those who previously had a SFS rate that has expired must submit a new application. SFS Applications may take up to 5 -7 days to process.

Information needed for registration in Active Network and / or ePACT

  • Proof of age/completed school grade
  • Parent/guardian contact information
  • Authorized pickup name(s) and contact information
  • Emergency contact information (other than parent/guardian)
  • Required medication(s) (if administration will be during program)
  • Special needs
  • Physician and dentist contact information (address & phone) (optional)

Your registration in the Summer Connect Program is NOT complete until you submit all required information requested in ePACT. 


DPR is excited to continue our contract with ePACT, an online forms management company that helps us securely collect all medical and emergency information electronically. After completing your registration with DPR, you will receive an email invite from ePACT on behalf of DPR to share information with us. Click ’Complete Request’ to create a free account, or log-in if you already have an existing ePACT account. Make sure to enter the information for each child, and share it with DPR so that program staff have access.

Special Services

DPR encourages participation of all school-age children in its School-Age Care (SAC) Program. To provide quality services and activities to all its participants, children needing significant assistance with personal care (i.e. toileting), behavior management, support to participate in activities, constant eyes-on supervision, and/or hands-on support, or who have trouble communicating needs/wishes for more than 30% of the time may be required to bring a care provider (at no expense to DPR) to provide 1:1 support. DPR will assess each participant’s abilities and notify the parents/guardians if 1:1 support is required. DPR will reasonably accommodate participants needing such support. 

Please Note: 1:1 care providers must pass a background check prior to supporting a participant in the SAC program

Summer Connect Safety Precautions 

  • All DPR staff and participants will complete a wellness screening and temperature check each day. Any person with a temperature of 100.4˚F or greater or showing/experiencing symptoms will NOT be allowed into the program. 
  • DPR staff and participants are required to wear masks during program hours. 
  • Increased cleaning and sanitation protocols have been put in place throughout all DPR facilities.
  • DPR is not allowing any other programs to take place in the building while the Summer Connect program is operating; this is an effort to not cross-contaminate program areas or people in the facility. 
  • DPR is following proper hand hygiene and social distancing guidelines as recommended by the CDC and NCDHHS.

DPR strives to make our programs, services, and facilities accessible for all individuals and families, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ability level.