Summer Day Camp

Press Release May 13, 2020 Summer Day Camp Covid-19

The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure for our residents and guests.

On May 5th, Governor Roy Cooper modified North Carolina’s Stay At Home Executive Order, transitioning the state to Phase 1 of slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions. Under the modified order, day camps may open if they meet new requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After careful staff review and conversations with various Parks & Recreation professionals in the area the recommendation to cancel the 2020 Summer Day Camp Program was made by staff and approved by the Board of Commissioners.

The health and safety of those in our summer day camp program as well as valued staff members is of utmost importance to the Town of Emerald Isle. Recommended guidelines for operation cannot be maintained currently nor in the foreseeable future for our Summer Day Camp.

### For press inquiries, contact:

Whitney Smith, Programs Supervisor


2020 Summer Camp Weekly Breakdown      (Print Weekly Sessions)

Week 1 - Spring Stampede-June 15-June 19

Week 5 - Mad Science-July 13-July 17
Week 2 - Sports Extravaganza-June 22-June 26 Week 6 - Artful Antics-July 20-July 24
Week 3 - Great American Bash-June 29-July 2* Week 7 - Animal Planet-July 27-July 31

Week 4 - Fun & Fitness-July 6-July 10

Week 8 - Summerslam-August 3-August 7

2020 Summer Day Camp Rules and Regulations

For 2020, a lottery system will be in place for registration, however the lottery date has not been set yet due to COVID-19. NO CAMPING OUT REQUIRED!

Registration forms can be emailed in to Whitney Smith at or mailed in to 7500 Emerald Dr Emerald Isle NC 28594 Attn: Whitney Smith.

Only one registration form required per family.

We will keep everyone updated on when we will be able to have the lottery.

Registration documents

Click here for registration documents.

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp Program Mission: Is to provide both entertaining and educating activities for children 6-12, where activities are facilitated in a safe, fun environment by means that are structured and well supervised.  Activities will provide enrichment for children and community. 

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp Program Objective: Is to reach out into the community and neighboring communities to encourage children and parents to see Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp as a place for children to interact with one another, learn valuable lessons in communication, develop teamwork skills, enhance physical condition, provide avenues for creative endeavors and present the children with opportunities to give back to the community.  

Summer Camp Overview:

Please read the attachment above for detailed information, policies and procedures of Emerald Isle’s Summer Day Camp. Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation takes great pride in the Summer Day Camp program offered to children ages 6-12 (age 5 if they have completed kindergarten) each summer. Camp operates from 7:30am until 5:30pm Monday through Friday during all 8 weeks of camp.   Membership to Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Community Center is not mandatory.  Contact Whitney Smith at 252-354-6350 or with questions.

Maximum registration per session is 34 campers.

After Lottery Registration Procedure:
Should all camper spaces not be filled during the lottery, Summer Day Camp registration will remain open until all spaces are filled.  Please contact the Programs Director at  A waiting list for each session is available and typically utilized.


Summer Day Camp is $85 per week per child. Half of your total balance for all weeks your child is signed up for is due by Friday May, 15th. The remaining balance will be due on or before the first day of summer camp, Monday, June 15th. Failure to pay by this deadline will result in the forfeiture of your child’s registration. Each week there is a per diem due for the field trips. You will see each week’s total fee due that week on the weekly breakdown attachment. The weekly per diem must be paid in cash the week your child is attending.

Points of Contact:

  1. Wesley Pearson, Summer Day Camp Director:
  2. Lisa Sparr, Summer Day Camp Assistant Director:
  3. Whitney Smith, Programs Supervisor: (252) 354-6350