It's hard managing your family schedule when both parents work full time; even more so if you're a single parent with a full-time job. By the time you get the school year running smoothly, it's already time to plan for summer. Arranging a full summer of child care is the annual task most moms dread. The lack of true full day options can be frustrating and make you feel like you're the only mom who has a normal 9-to-5 job.

That's why Summer Camp Guru has search filters that allow you to pinpoint camps by drop-off and pick-up times. We also provide the details on extended care for each weekly session. See how it works:

Find a Charlotte Day Camp


Combining Half Day Camps

For more variety, you can often combine two half day camps at the same location. Include half day options in your search, and then look for "yes" under full day combo. Just be aware that it's often more expensive than a single full day camp.

Camp providers that offer this include:

  •  Charlotte Country Day (South Charlotte) 

  •  Charlotte Latin (South Charlotte) 

  •  Davidson Day School (Lake Norman) 

  •  Harris YMCA (South Charlotte) 

  •  Morrison YMCA (South Charlotte) 

  •  Providence Day School (South Charlotte) 


So how much is it going to cost?

Cost varies widely and depends on the activity type, counselor ratio, and amenities. You will get a very different experience from a traditional day camp where you play games and go on field trips vs. a high-end technology camp with certified classroom teachers. However, there is something for everyone.

The average cost of a full day Charlotte summer camp is $272, ranging from $110 to $560.

  • based on weekly session data from 200 camp providers in the greater Charlotte area, calculated from aggregate camp provider averages

  • includes the cost of before- and aftercare if needed

  • coverage from 8 AM to 5:30 PM - unfortunately, there are only 59 of these organizations!

  • does not include combining half day options


Providers with camps under $200:

  • B.B. Dance Productions (South Charlotte) 

  • Back Creek Christian Academy (North Charlotte) 

  • Blooming Einsteins (South Carolina) 

  • Bounce U (South Charlotte) 

  • Center for Children at the Vine (Central Charlotte) 

  • Cornelius PARC (Lake Norman) 

  • First Baptist Church West (Central Charlotte) 

  • Fuzion Force (North Charlotte) 

  • Golden Eagle Taekwondo (Lake Norman) 

  • Huntersville Parks & Rec (Lake Norman) 

  • Huntersville Presbyterian Church (Lake Norman) 

  • Johnston YMCA (Central Charlotte) 

  • McCrorey YMCA (West Charlotte) 

  • Ms. Dee Dee's After School & Summer Care (Union County) 

  • Sangrock Blackbelt World (South Charlotte, Union County) 

  • Simmons YMCA (East Charlotte) 

  • Stratford Richardson YMCA (West Charlotte) 

  • The Lighthouse at MUMC (South Charlotte) 

  • US-K Martial Arts (South Charlotte, South Carolina) 

  • Young Explorers Center (North Charlotte) 


Don't forget about financial assistance! Many camps offer this, but you need to apply early. Check the scholarship box in your search criteria to get a list of camps that offer financial aid.

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