Throughout the fall semester we will be recruiting camp instructors and selecting camp topics. The schedule will be posted by January 2014 and registration begins shortly after that. We place an emphasis on hiring the most qualified camp instructors and counselors to lead each camp in an engaging, fun, and safe environment. Once our camp instructors and counselors are hired, you will be able to learn more about them through our website.
We will have camp options each week for rising grades 1-12 and a focus will be placed on topics that are interesting, hands-on, experiential, and fun!
If you would like to receive an email once the camp topics are posted online, be sure to sign-up for our email list
Camps on Campus will be undergoing some changes in Summer 2014. There will no longer be overnight camps and we will no longer be charging for extended day pick-up and drop-off. We therefore anticipate only one fee structure for 2014 camps; however we are still in the process of setting that based on budget as we set our schedule for next year. Fees will be posted online with the 2014 camp schedule by January 2014.
Once camp registration opens in January 2014, you may register either online by adding each camp of interest to your shopping cart or call our Registration Center at (704) 687-8900. If you have not registered for camps with us before, get a head start by creating a profile for each child. Establishing your account early will save you time during registration when camps fill quickly.
Camp registrations are made on a first-come, first–serve basis and no exceptions will be made. If a camp is full, a waiting list is created and spots will continue to be filled based on registration date from the wait list. No exceptions are made including for siblings of currently registered campers. This is to ensure a fair and equitable registration process for all campers and parents.
Be sure to register early to ensure a spot in your camp(s) of choice.
Yes, for your convenience, we offer a non-refundable deposit of $100 towards each camp to which you register a camper. You can pay in any increments you wish along the way, however the remaining balance for each camp MUST be paid in full at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. Registrants will be reminded before the deadline passes.
If payment is not received, the camper will be withdrawn from the camp. If the camp is not yet full, the registrant may choose to re-register the camper if a space is still available and make the payment in full at that time, however if a wait list was in place, the spot will be filled immediately.
In previous years, a parent information "packet" was emailed shortly preceding each camp. To make these resources more accessible and timely, the information "packets" will now be posted under our Parent Resources by March 2014. An email will be sent to registrants once the information packets are posted online.
Currently, we are in the process of reserving our space needs through UNC Charlotte Conference Services. Once this location is determined, we will post that information here in our FAQs as well as under Parent Resources.
View the Campus Map
The safety of our campers is our #1 priority during the Camps on Campus program. All camp instructors, counselors, and staff are put through a mandatory background check before being hired. Campers are supervised at all times by at least 1-2 camp counselors, all of whom are over the age of 18 and have completed training including training by Student Health Services on common issues such as food allergies/EpiPen injections, etc. All camp counselors will carry a portable first-aid kit and a cell phone to communicate with camp administrators and 9-1-1 if necessary. You can learn more about our camp staff, including counselors and instructors on our website once hiring is complete.
UNC Charlotte also has a state authorized police department that provides a full array of police and security services for the campus community exclusively. You can learn more about the UNC Charlotte Police Department at http://police.uncc.edu
Carolinas Medical Center-University borders our campus for any medical emergencies.
At the time you register your camper, all medical and allergy information will be collected. A detailed spreadsheet is maintained of each enrolled camper each week and that information is distributed to the corresponding camp counselor, instructor, and camp staff interacting with that camp. All camp counselors will be trained by Student Health Services on allergies and related medication.
If accommodations are needed for a camper with disabilities, documentation of the disability should be provided and accommodation requested at least two weeks before the start of camp.
Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be made available upon request for persons with disabilities. Accommodation requests must be specifically relayed at least two weeks prior to the start of the camp. You must notify both the Office of Continuing Education and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services with accommodation requests.
Continuing Education Contact: The Registration Center
Disability Services Contact: Kristin Kolin
When calling the Office of Disability Services, please indicate the Continuing Education Summer Camp your son or daughter is taking.
Resumes/applications are being accepted for camp instructor and camp counselor positions through UNC Charlotte Human Resources. We have placed a general description inviting qualified instructors to propose camp topics and areas of specialty, but during the fall semester, we may also be recruiting for specific camp topics to be taught.
Please be aware that in addition to the qualifications listed on each position description, all camp instructors and counselors must pass a background check before being hired.
We recognize that many parents have had campers participating in Camps on Campus for many years and may have questions about program changes being implemented in 2014. We would like to emphasize that we are taking care to protect the many things that make the Camps on Campus program successful and any changes are only designed to improve upon an already great program.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions you may have. If you have any additional questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Over the years, participation in overnight camps has decreased. Additionally, the staffing needs, housing availability, and other resources required for a residential program had exceeded the demand for such a program. Discontinuing the residential feature of Aspire camps will allow us to focus our energy and resources on our day camp programs as well as expand our recruitment pool of qualified camp counselors who previously may have been unavailable for staying overnight for residential camps.
Camps on Campus will still be offering camps for rising grades 9-12 (some may be focused for grades 11-12), however they will be renamed to distinguish them from the Aspire/residential program of past years. Many of these camps will maintain a career-focused and/or leadership theme as did the Aspire program.
We are aware in past years that former campers have often progressed up to the level of camp counselor and many have done a great job for us in the past. However, as a university-sponsored camp program and with the level of responsibility required for both on-campus and off-site activities, we felt it was important to increase the minimum age of Camp Counselors to 18 and require counselors to be enrolled college students. This will allow Camp Counselors not only to serve as adult supervision for all campers, but especially to serve as mentors for our 9-12 grade campers who may be preparing for college. We will specifically be targeting our recruitment of Camp Counselors to education majors with prior experience working with children and youth and who have demonstrated leadership experience on campus or in their community.
We are currently considering maintaining the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) volunteer program for older campers who have been with Camps on Campus for several years. If this program is continued, the CIT would serve as an assistant/resource to the lead Camp Counselor. If you have an experienced camper who is interested in serving as a CIT in the future, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very empathetic to the many variables that may make full payment of the camp registration difficult or situations that may arise in which a parent may need to register a sibling of a currently enrolled camper after a camp has filled. We have found however, that when exceptions are made, other parents and campers often suffer the consequences as their camper who is on the waiting list loses his/her potential spot even though they registered first. Going forward, therefore there will be no priority registration for siblings of enrolled campers.
Similarly, with prior exceptions made to individuals for non-payment by the payment deadline, a precedent was being set in which there was no fair way to make an exception for one parent and not another.
We have decided therefore to be proactive in informing parents that due to the demand of our summer camps, all registrants are encouraged to register all campers in their family at the same time and complete those registrations early in the registration period and have their balances paid in full at least two weeks prior to the camp to avoid withdrawal of their camper.
We have been fortunate to have some extremely talented Camp Instructors, many of whom have been with the Camps on Campus program for several years. With many campers returning each year to the Camps on Campus program, we want to make sure we are offering a fresh catalog of topics each time, while still continuing to offer some of our most popular and successful topics.
By asking all interested and qualified Camp Instructors to submit their resume and sample lesson plans, we are creating an equal playing field where veteran camp instructors may very well be selected to return to the program yet also potentially new instructors can also be considered. This open recruitment process that includes instructor applicants supplying lists of specialty areas of knowledge and a sample one-day lesson plan also gives the camp administration an opportunity to review new camp topics to be included in the 2014 catalog.
If a particular camp has been in strong demand in past years and the topic is of a specialized nature in which we’ve had a successful instructor teaching in the program, a past instructor may be directly asked to return. Likewise, if a camp is coordinated through an academic college on campus, such as the robotics camps, instructors are selected by the coordinating department.
We know that our performance camps are often a family favorite of both campers and their parents. Recently, the UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture began partnering with the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to offer dance and theatre summer camps on campus. In an effort to ensure we are not duplicating the efforts of other UNC Charlotte departments’ summer offerings and competing for space and participation, we will be taking a look on whether there is enough demand and distinguishing elements between the camps to continue offering this category of programs. If it is decided that we will no longer offer dance and theatre camps, we do plan to create and/or continue other fine arts niche areas that are not currently being offered on campus such as music and art. We will update this portion of our FAQ site once more details are known.
Available athletic camps are currently offered through the Athletic Department. Information can be found at http://www.charlotte49ers.com.