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These Summer Camps Are a Must for Kids in Delaware

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Summer camps are a great way for children to stay active throughout the summer—socially, mentally and physically. Here are some great camp programs in and around Delaware.

Most summer camps offer extended care for a small additional fee; some include before or aftercare in the cost. Financial aid and scholarships are also often available.

Pricing is based on latest available published information. Check websites or call the camps for dates and latest information.


4-H camps offer a wide range of activities including nature and environmental education, animals, photography, cooking, camping, leadership, swimming and performing arts.
Ages: 5–19 Price: $50–$375. State overnight camps: 831-2509. Day camps: New Castle County: 831-8965 Kent County: 730-4000 Sussex County: 856-7303

Delaware Nature Society camps include nature education, water sports, cooking, archery and more, at locations in Wilmington, Greenville and Hockessin.
Ages: 3–15 Price: Starting at $150

Delaware Technical Community College Camps offers activities in STEM, photography, cooking, illustration, sports, cosmetology, architecture, Star Wars, music production, musical theater, robotics and more.
Ages: 5–13 Price: $35–$199 Stanton, Wilmington, New Castle: 453-3041 Dover: 857-1400 Georgetown: 259-6330

The Music School of Delaware hosts classes, workshops and camps throughout the state, featuring private and group musical instruction, vocal and instrumental programs, special recitals and concerts and more.
Ages: 4 months through adult. Price: $80–$475 Wilmington: 762-1132 Milford: 422-2043

YMCA Summer Day Camp operates camps in multiple locations throughout the state, offering activities from art and music to nature and swimming.
Ages: Pre-K–grade 10 Price: $170–$300 (Financial assistance is available.)

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New Castle County

Alapocas Run State Park offers summer camps with activities including rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking and hiking.
Ages: 8–15 Price: $290–$350 Wilmington: 577-1164

American Karate Studio offers a summer camp in martial arts, and keeps kids entertained with books, board games and more.
Ages: 5–12 Price: $225 per week; additional costs may apply Wilmington: 663-7165

Aspira Academy Summer Camp offers STEAM, performing arts, weekly field trips and splash days, breakfast and lunch included.
Ages: 5–13 Price: $150–$285 Newark: 292-1463, ext. 502

Bellevue State Park camps include hiking, fishing, engineering experiments, field trips, boating and nature education.
Ages: 5–15 Price: $75–$350 Wilmington: 761-6963

Brandywine Creek State Park camps provide nature education, outdoor adventure, sports, orienteering, survival skills, tubing and more.
Ages: 5–14 Price: $120–$285 Wilmington: 577-3534

Brandywine Zoo lets kids spend the summer at the zoo learning about animals and wildlife conservation.
Ages: 4–17 Price: $145–$355 Wilmington: 571-7747 brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps

Cab Calloway School of the Arts and Charter School of Wilmington’s SMArtSummer camps specialize in the performing arts, animation, anime, graphic design, illustration, photography, coding, video game design, escape room activities, radio theater, textile arts and more.
Ages: Grades 1–12 Price: $285–$325 Wilmington: 766-3411

Camp JCC is an outdoor, traditional summer day camp for rising first-to eighth-graders with leadership opportunities for ninth- and 10th-graders, all on a 32-acre campus with outdoor pool, recreation areas and nature trails.
Ages: Grades 1–8 Price: $330–$355 Wilmington: 478-5660

Caravel Day Camp promotes building lasting friendships for children Grades K–8 through such activities as nature walks, scavenger hunts, field trips, ninja competitions, water activities and more.
Ages: Grades K–8 Price: $145–$207 Bear: 740-4333

The Center for Creative Arts offers a summer camp focused on visual and performing arts, with activities like pottery, music, stained glass, theater and more.
Ages: Grades K–9 Price: Starting at $155 Yorklyn: 239-2434

Delaware Aerospace Academy divides campers into small teams and provides hands-on activities and many opportunities for problem-solving.
Ages: Grades 1–10 Price: $50–$700 Smyrna, Newark: 834-1978

The Delaware Art Museum’s summer art camp provides a creative experience with professional instruction in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Young artists explore drawing, painting, ceramics and more in the studio as well as throughout the Museum’s galleries and Copeland Sculpture Garden.
Ages: 6–17 Price: Starting at $195 Wilmington: 351-8551

Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) offers summer pre-college commuter and residential studio immersion programs for high school students interested in animation, game art, graphic design, illustration, fine art or photography and video. Ages: 14–18 Price: $775–$1,400 (commuter) or $1,275–$2,400 (residential) Also offers animation camps for middle schoolers.
Ages: Grades 6–8 Price: $645 Wilmington: 622-8000

Delaware Dance Company offers dance camp for 4-to-10-year-olds with any level of experience and dance workshops for 10 to 18 years with advanced beginner through advanced level training.
Ages: 4–18 Price: $180–$400 Newark: ddcoffice@verizon.net

Delaware Museum of Nature and Science camps offer nature and science exploration, with time for outdoor play, experiments, games, stories and crafts.
Ages: Pre-K (half-day), K–Grade 5 (full day) Price: Starting at $175 Greenville: 658-9111

First State Ballet Theatre offers a children’s workshop and a summer intensive camp, with classes including ballet, pointe, contemporary, character and more.
Ages: 4–22 Price: $200–$1,350 Wilmington: 658-7897, ext. 3851

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay gives girls unique, hands-on opportunities to try new things, hone their outdoor skills and take on new leadership roles.
Ages: Grades 1–12 Price: $275–$515 Hockessin, Denton: 456-7150

Hagley Museum offers day camps with experiences ranging from STEM discovery to old-school fun.
Ages: 7–12 Price: $290–$380 (early bird/member discounts available). Wilmington: 658-2400, ext. 285

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Hockessin Athletic Club campers enjoy recreational swim daily plus a range of indoor and outdoor activities from laser tag to STEM workshops and games.
Ages: 3½–12 Price: $188–$453/week Hockessin: 239-6688

Hockessin Montessori School offers arts and crafts, science, technology, dance, drama, education, singing, swimming, field trips and coding.
Ages: 1–12 Price: $185–$350 Hockessin: 234-1240

Kay’s Kamp offers board games, arts and crafts, sports, boating, music, nature, swimming, archery and fishing for children with cancer.
Ages: 5–17 Price: Free Middletown: 304-2496

Lums Pond State Park offers nature education, wildlife research, water sports, rock climbing, crafts, fishing, survival skills and boating.
Ages: 6–13 Price: $200–$300 Bear: 368-6989

Newark Arts Alliance Camp Imagine hosts activities in visual arts, theater, dancing and singing.
Ages: 7–12 Price: $30–$525 (Before and aftercare and scholarships available.) Newark: 266-7266

Newark Bike Project features half-day camps for cyclists, including bicycle maintenance and leadership experiences.
Ages: 11–14 Price: $50 Newark: 525-6833

Newark Parks & Recreation offers camps in basketball, soccer, arts, dance, theater, nature education, archery and more.
Ages: 5–13 Price: $95–$285 Newark: 366-7000

New Castle County Summer Camps offers a wide variety of camps from traditional day camps to sports camps, art camps, equestrian camps and Safety Town at locations across New Castle County.
Ages: 6–17 Price: $80–$350 per week Multiple locations: 395-5654

Spark Summer Camp empowers children through team sports, martial arts, crafts, STEM activities and more.
Ages: 5–12 Price: Starting at $195 Middletown: 572-4123

Tatnall School summer camp features traditional, specialty & sports camps such as: swimming, basketball, soccer, archery, art, dance, STEM, graphic design and more.
Ages: Pre-K–Grade 12 Price: $175–$475 Wilmington: 892-4337

The Independence School provides opportunities to experience new activities and develop friendships while participating in outdoor exploration, creek activities, arts and crafts, stem projects, sports and games on our 90-acre campus.
Ages: 3–Grade 8 Price: $210–$335 Newark: 239-0330 (option 4)

Tower Hill School offers thematic day camps, enrichment bundles, sports camps and clinics.
Ages: 3–18 Price: Starting at $100 Wilmington: 575-0550, ext. 204

Urban Bike Project of Wilmington features biking, bike mechanics and maintenance, community service, leadership, field trips and outdoor adventures with 3 options: Build-A-Bike Camp for all skill levels, Advanced Bike Camp, and Girls Bike Camp.
Ages: 11–17 Price: $150 Wilmington: traci@urbanbikeproject.org

White Clay Creek State Park offers summer camps with activities such as nature education, mountain biking, tubing, survival skills, geology, rock climbing and more.
Ages: 4–15 Price: $125–$295 Newark: 368-6900

Wilmington Friends School provides camp experiences in performing arts, fine arts, technology, field trips, music, swimming, dodgeball, video games, ice skating, bowling, design and more. Ages: 3–15 Price: $325–$425 Wilmington: 576-6794

Wilmington Montessori School programs include day camps for younger ages and specialty camps such as archery for older campers.
Ages: Preschool–Grade 6 Price: $140–$305 Wilmington: 475-0555

Wilmington Youth Rowing Association offers a variety of camps introducing kids to the “ultimate team sport” of rowing.
Ages: 11–18 Price: $200 Wilmington: 777-4533, Louis@WYRA.org

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Kent County

Biggs Museum of American Art ArtVenture summer camps provide week-long themed camps with projects exploring painting, sculpture, drawing and more. All activities are aligned to the National Art Standards for classroom education.
Ages: 6–13 Price: $300, 20% off for Biggs Members. Dover: 674-2111

Killens Pond State Park camps offer hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, survival skills, nature education and trips to the water park.
Ages: 6–13 Price: $165–$220 Felton: 284-4299

Yoon’s Martial Arts offers summer camp opportunities to learn about martial arts with different themes each week.
Ages: 5–12 Price: $189 Dover: 734-4429

Sussex County

Alley Oop Skim camp offers a fun experience for children interested in learning to skimboard and looking for skill improvement.
Ages: 5 and older Price: Starting at $100 Dewey Beach: 227-7087

Camp Arrowhead provides day and sleepover camps. Activities include archery, swimming, kayaking, hiking and more. Operated by the Episcopal Church in Delaware.
Ages: Grades 2–11 Price: $380–$1,450 Lewes: 645-5348, 945-0610

Cape Henlopen State Park offers history and nature-themed camps with activities, games, exploration and more.
Ages: 5–10 Price: $75–$250 Lewes: 645-6852

Dave Marshall Tennis & Fitness offers summer camps and private lessons for children interested in tennis.
Ages: 5–18 Price: $315 for the week and $80 per day for a drop in Lewes: 645-0713

Epworth Preschool will be offering summer camps for children ages 2–6 in 2023. For more information on costs and themes, email bplowman@epworth.faith.
Ages: 2–6. Rehoboth Beach: 227-7120

Kids Cottage offers summer camps with a variety of themes.
Ages: 3–9 Price: $225 Rehoboth Beach: 644-7690

Mr. Hetfield’s Rock & Roll Summer Camp campers will improve their musical skills while having a real band experience. Camp takes place at Rehoboth Elementary School.
Ages: 8–16 Price: $600 Rehoboth Beach: 245-1670

Rehoboth Children’s Theatre offers film camps and theatre camps in the summer.
Ages: 8–14 Price: $375–$395 Rehoboth Beach: 227-6766

RELYance Skim Camp teaches participants how to skimboard and helps improve skills.
Ages: 6 and older Price: $325 Rehoboth Beach: 343-3588

Tower Beach FC Soccer Camps offered by Cape Henlopen High School soccer coach Patrick Kilby. Two soccer camp sessions will take place in mid-July and late-July at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
Ages: Grades 1-8 Lewes: 302-331-6412, patrick.kilby7@gmail.com

Trap Pond State Park camps offer fishing, hiking, nature education, camping, crafts, canoeing, survival skills and more.
Ages: 7–14 Price: $160–$225 Laurel: 875-5163

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Over the Line

Echo Hill Camp on the Chesapeake allows campers to have a meaningful experience where they build confidence, independence and grit. The residential camp has a free choice program, with water sports, land sports, ropes courses, archery, drama, music, arts and crafts, nature and more.
Ages: 7–16 Price: Starting at $1,700 Maryland: 410-348-5303

Camp Odyssey offers adventure experiences with attentive, caring and highly skilled group leaders.
Ages: Pre-K–Grade 8 Price: Starting at $206 Maryland: 443-814-9741

Camp Pecometh has been providing exceptional overnight camp programs to the youth of Delmarva Peninsula for over 75 years. Participate in a variety of activities including: swimming, arts and crafts, challenge courses, canoeing/kayaking, Bible study and more.
Ages: Grades K–11 Price: Starting at $289 Maryland: 410-556-6900

Easterseals Camp Fairlee is a residential, overnight camp offering swimming, boating, hayrides, horseback riding, ropes courses, zip lining and more for children and adults with disabilities, including those with autism.
Ages: 6+ Price: Starting at $2,000 Maryland: 410-778-0566

Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay gives girls unique, hands-on opportunities to try new things, hone their outdoor skills, and take on new leadership roles.
Ages: Grades 1–12 Price: $275–$515 Hockessin, Denton: 456-7150

YMCA Camp Tockwogh is a coed overnight camp that offers traditional camp sessions as well as a specialty watersports camp, teen leadership programs, minicamps and family camps. Waterskiing, sailing, fine arts, archery, outdoor exploration, ropes course and more.
Ages: K–Grade 11 Price: $420–$2,550 Maryland: 410-348-6000

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