Summer Camps And Programs In The Winston-Salem Area

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Spring is here, and summer is not far behind. Now is the time to start thinking about summer camps and programs for children. The Winston-Salem area has a variety to choose from, including arts, gymnastics, sports, and residential camps. Check out our list of offerings to find something perfect for your children.

Kids on four canoes at camp are paddling on a river. They are all wearing life jackets
Canoeing is one of the activities offered at YMCA Camp Hanes.

Camp Sawtooth

At Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, Camp Sawtooth provides the experience and joy of creating unique artwork in their studios. They offer weekly morning and afternoon classes, from June 17 to August 9, for students aged 6-8, 9-11, and 12-16. Extended care is also available. This creative and educational summer camp program, with instructors who are working artists, will introduce youth to various art and craft mediums, including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textiles, glass, metal, and wood. Morning classes are 9 am-12 pm, and afternoon classes are 1 pm-4 pm. Students taking morning and afternoon classes will bring lunch from home and have a supervised lunch period and break. Scholarships are available. Apply here.

Extreme STEAM Summer Camp

Extreme STEAM Summer Camp, located at Foundations Early Learning Center, is about fun, exploration, and adventure, including unforgettable field trips, unique weekly themes, NFL Play 60, and hands-on STEAM experiments. Theme weeks include Journey to Space, Artificial Intelligence, Under the Microscope, Experts in Engineering, and many more. STEAM Summer Camp is designed for ages 5-12. It is led by experienced educators and childcare experts and is safe, licensed, and secure. Your student will receive a free backpack, t-shirt, and water bottle on the first day of camp. Fresh, healthy meals and snacks are included. There are two locations, and spots are limited.

  • Downtown, 300 N Poplar Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-283-6961
  • Innovation Quarter, 251 E 7th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-223-3407
  • Extreme STEAM Summer Camp Website

Milestones Summer Camp

Milestone’s Camp is for special needs and typically developing students ages 3-12. It runs from May to August (according to the local public school schedule). It is held in Milestone’s Learning Center Classrooms, sensory gym, fenced outdoor play yard, and individual therapy rooms. Activities include visual and performing arts, music, gardening, and other fun, engaging activities. Weekly horseback riding lessons at Riverwood Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center are also included. Call to add your family name to their list, and you will be notified when registration opens. First come-first served.

Reynolda Summer Adventures

Reynolda Summer Adventures offers writing workshops and art adventures. Campers will explore the historic house, gardens, and the museum’s collection of American art. They offer: Creative Writing Workshop for students who have completed grades 6-9, June 24-28, 9 am-2 pm; Writing Adventures Workshop for students who have completed grades 2-5, July 22-26, 9 am-2 pm; Art Adventures for students who have completed K-5, July 8-12 and July 15-19, 9 am-1 pm; Young Naturalists for students who have completed grades 1-5, July 29-August 2. All campers have an opportunity to swim in the historic Reynolda pool. Participants should bring a snack and lunch. Members of Reynolda House Museum receive a 20% discount on the fee. Neil Wilcox Scholarships are available. See the PDF about eligibility here.

Riverwood Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center Summer Session

Riverwood offers Therapeutic/Adaptive and able-bodied riding sessions, with the minimum age starting at 3. The 8-week session runs from June 10 to July 29. Riders must weigh 180 pounds or less. The program is filled on a first-come-first-served basis. 
Riverwood also features Summer Intensive Learning Sessions for elementary and middle school children. Students will have their “own” horse every week, and each day will include grooming, riding, learning about horse care, and much more. The sessions meet weekly on Fridays, 3pm-6pm. The Elementary School program runs June 14-July 5, and the Middle School program runs July 12-August 2.
Other programs are also available.

S.E.E. Day Camp

S.E.E. Day Camp is for blind or visually impaired students in grades K-12. It runs Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 2:00pm, and offers a combination of education, enrichment, and recreation. It is held at Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse on the IFB Solutions campus. S.E.E. Day Camp is free to all students and supported by donations to IFB Solutions. To learn more about the camp, contact Kim Shoffner at or call 336-245-5659.

Summer Community Day Camps And Classes

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)provides summer Community Day Camps and Classes. They offer classes for grades K-9 to have fun and improve skills. Acting Out Day Camp for rising grades 3-5 and 6-9 build the foundational skills of acting and build confidence, public speaking, discipline, collaboration, and creativity. Preparatory Dance classes are Young Dancer Summer Intensive, ages 8-12; Children’s Ballet Summer Intensive, ages 5-7; Children’s Ballet Dance and Art Class, ages 3-7; and Adult Open Summer Intensive, ages 16 and up. Acting Out Day Camps run 8:30 am-4 pm, and children should bring lunch. Dance classes have varied hours.

Summer Dance Camps

The Academy of Dance Arts presents Summer Dance Camps for dancers ages 3-18. For ages 3-11, they offer themed camps that run Monday- Friday and include dance classes, crafts, dress-up, and other activities. The variety of themed camps run for a week each. For ages 3-4, camps are one hour, and older children will enjoy two-and-a-half-hour camps. The academy offers week-long workshops for ages 12 and up, from 11:30-3:30 each day, Monday-Friday. Each workshop features different dance genres: Technique and Artistry, Summer Style, and Ballet. Students will be given a break to eat lunch or a snack.

Summer Enrichment Camp For Students With Exceptional Needs

Imprints Cares Summer Enrichment Camp is designed for students with exceptional needs. It is a full-day camp operated by highly qualified educators. Parents can register for the entire summer or weeks during the summer. Children are separated into groups based on their age, from rising Kindergarten to rising 6th graders. Activities include field trips and swimming at Tanglewood Aquatic Center in Clemmons. The camp fee includes snacks, activities, supplies, camp shirts, and field trips. Campers bring their lunch from home. Camp runs from 7 am-6 pm throughout the summer. Spots fill quickly.

Summer STEAM Camps

Summer STEAM Camps are week-long sessions for rising 6th graders and up, from 9 am-12 pm. Each week features a different camp, including Drone Innovation, Computer Coding with Scratch and Makey Makey, Video Game Design with Godot 4, The Art of Metal Casting, Corrugreatness Cardboard Construction, Intro to Music Production, and many more. There are 10-12 slots open in each camp. Camps will be held at Mixxer Community Makerspace. Financial assistance is available.

Sports Performance Camp

Spots Performance Camp at Wake Forest University will be held June 10-28, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 10 am to 11:30 am. The camp is for youth ages 10 through 12th grade. Youth can sign up for all three weeks of camp sessions or 1 or 2-week camp sessions. Groups will be set by age group and training experience. The program goals include developing and optimizing foundational body weight and strength training, training athleticism, training to reduce the incidence of injury, and increasing core strength and stability. The camps are held at Sutton Sports Performance Center.

Totally Kids Camp At Salem Gymnastics

Totally Kids Camp at Salem Gymnastics is designed for children 3 1/2-11 years (must be independently potty trained). The camp offers two swim lessons, two gymnastics lessons, ninja, and more in every camp. Camps are a week long and for ages 3 1/2-5, running from 9 am-12 pm. Camps for ages 6-11 run from 9 am-2 pm. You can also add early drop-off, Lunch Bunch aftercare for younger children, and extended days for older children. A snack is provided in all camps. Campers 6-11 and those registered for Lunch Bunch must bring lunch.

Wake Forest Baseball Youth Camp

Wake Forest Baseball Youth Camps are for ages 7-13 and run weekly from June 24-28 through July 22-26 from 9 am-3 pm. This camp is designed to teach all the facets of the game and will include throwing drills, defense, hitting, baserunning, pitching, and fun games. The camp is held at David F Couch Ballpark. Wake Forest baseball head coach Tom Walter runs the program.

Winston-Salem Film Academy Summer Session

WSFA offers a Summer Session, June 17-21, for rising 9-12 grade students. The session runs from 10 am-3 pm, Monday- Friday. Students will learn how to shoot and edit videos to tell powerful stories and how to monetize their work. In the 20-hour session, students will be introduced to establishing a YouTube channel, editing videos on Final Cut Pro, acquiring professional sound, doing voiceovers, using green screen, monetizing their production/skill set, and so much more. Financial assistance is available. Sessions are held at Mixxer Community Makerspace.

Winston-Salem Recreation Summer Camps

The city of Winston-Salem Recreation offers Summer Camps including Camp Discovery, 8am – 3pm, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, WePLAY Camp, 7:30am – 5:30pm, for rising 1st to rising 6th graders, and Teen Camp, 8am – 5:30pm, for rising 6th to 9th graders. The camps will be offered for 8 weeks, June 17-August 9, at multiple recreation centers. Winston-Salem Recreation also offers camps throughout the year for off-school days.

YMCA Camp Hanes

YMCA Camp Hanes offers an Overnight Camp for ages 6-15 and a Day Camp for ages 6-12. The Overnight Camp is broken down by grades, rising 1-4 grades, rising 5-7grades, and rising 8-10 grades. Leadership Camp and Adventure Camp are also available. Camp activities encourage campers to challenge themselves, enhance their skills, and learn positive values from the staff and each other. There are many activities to participate in, including an open lake time featuring canoes, paddle boards, water zip, and a lake slide. Day Camp promises a wide variety of activities and adventures. Campers are put in appropriate age groups, where they will work and play together. Week-long sessions include all activities, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and transportation. Activities include lake time, nature fun, archery, and pool slides.

Young Life Camp For Middle And High School Students

Young Life offers a week camping experience for middle school students from Forsyth County, July 19-23, at Rockbridge Alum Springs near Lexington, VA. Activities include a climbing wall, game room, zip line, Pool and waterfront, and much more. For high school students from Forsyth County, Young Life offers a camp July 14-20 at their Carolina Point location near Brevard, NC. Activities include go karts, zip lines, Frisbee Golf, the pool and waterfront, and more. Transportation and meals are included in the cost. Young Life is an evangelical Christian organization that gives kids hope, meaning, and belonging.

More Information About Local Overnight Camps

If you are concerned about sending your children off to an overnight camp a distance away, they can still enjoy the experience right here in your backyard. YMCA Camp Hanes is located on the side of Sauratown Mountain and is North Carolina’s longest-running residential camp. It offers week-long overnight camp and day camp. Learn more about Camp Hanes.

What do your children enjoy most about summer camp? Tell us in the comments.

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