The Cost of Triangle Day Camps

How much can you expect to shell out this summer?


Full day camps in the Triangle area range from $100 to $525. The average is $277, and 47% fall between $200-300.

Half day camps run from $60 to $550 (the most expensive is horseback riding). The average is $190, and 56% fall between $150-250.


Average Cost of Full Day Camps

graph of cost distribution of full day camps in the Triangle


Average Cost of Half Day Camps

graph of cost distribution of half day camps in the Triangle



Full Day Camp Costs by Category

Average Triangle full day camp cost by category




Horseback riding is one of the most expensive camp options - due to the horses! STEM camps tend to be on the high side due to the equipment requirements as well as the cost of qualified instructors, many of whom are certified classroom teachers. The General Day Camp category is a good bet for affordable camps. These programs include games, outdoor activities, enrichment, and sometimes field trips; they are often offered by Parks & Rec, the YMCA, or churches.


Full Day Camp Cost by Location

map with costs of full day camps in the Triangle

Average costs are impacted by the type of camps offered, not just rent prices and demographics.


What's included in the data

Our database includes 250 camp providers in the Triangle area. Some camps were excluded from this analysis because they do not meet our full or half day criteria. Full-day camps last more than six hours, so 9am-3pm camps are excluded. Half day camps must last 3-4 hours, so preschool 9-11am sessions were excluded. Also excluded were the college-level NC State Design Camp and iD Tech, which run $600-1000. Finally, only 5-day camps were included.

This represents 152 providers for full day camps, and 126 for half day camps.


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