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Camps & Children's Programs

North Charleston Recreation Department offers a wonderful selection of Children’s Programs available to the community.

Some programs require a registration application and registration fee while others may not. Please note this listed under each program. CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED AT REGISTRATION; only checks, money orders or cashier checks.


Registration locations:

For Children’s Programs, registration locations are dependent upon each program. Please refer to the details of each program or contact your local community center for registration.

Programs Offered:

  • Activity & Play Day
  • Afterschool Program
  • Children’s Festival
  • Double Dutch
  • Fishing Camp
  • Summer Camp
  • Step Team
  • Winter Wonderland


7:30am-5:30pm • Various CCSD Holidays
ages: 5–12
registration: Continuous
registration fee: Residents, $7; Non-Residents, $12
location(s): Select North Charleston Community Centers

Activity & Play Day is offered during most school holidays, to provide a safe haven for children while parents are working. Children will be entertained with a variety of activities throughout the day. Participants must bring a bag lunch, drink, and snack. Please register early as space is limited.


ages: 5–12
registration fee: Contact the Children’s Program Directors
location(s): North Charleston community centers and several Charleston County District 4 schools

The North Charleston after school program is designed to keep your child motivated and active after school while providing quality supervision and guidance.

We focus on academic enrichment and recreational activities designed to teach your child valuable leadership and life skills they can use in their everyday decision making processes.

Commitment, responsibility, socialization, creativity and physical activity are the key components of the program which ensures that children are on track to become productive citizens of society.


Ages: Pre-school
Registration: March 30–April 24, 2016 • Park Circle
Registration fee: Free
Location(s): Park Circle

Held on the first Friday in May from 9:00 am-1:00 pm, the Children’s Festival is a major part of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival. Children are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate, comfortable clothes as activities will be held outdoors.

For more information, please call Allyson Austin at 843-740-5807.


ages: 5–12
registration: February 1-April 29 or until camps are full
registration fee: Contact your community center
location(s): Designated area community centers

The NCRD hosts an exciting summer camp from June 9 –August 5, 2016. The camp provides a safe and secure environment and offers the opportunity for children to have fun during the summer. Children enjoy a variety of activities including arts and crafts, games, sports, swimming, cultural art center visits and special surprises.

Each camper receives a colorful camp shirt and is required to wear this shirt on field trips. The Summer Feeding Program will provide daily lunches for all campers. Registration is offered at Armory Park, City Hall, Felix Pinckney, Gethsemani, Jeanene Batten, Northwoods Park, Park Circle, Thomas Evans, Sr. and Accabee


ages: 5–8 and 9–12
registration: contact Edwina Peterson 843-740-5802
registration fee: $30
location(s): Northwoods Park, Persephone Moultrie Community Center

The NCRD offers an Afterschool Step Team program. The Step Teams design their own step routines, however all music used must be approved by the Programs Division. Teams are judged on their sound, appearance, coordination, sportsmanship, rhythm and originality, and are eligible to compete in 3 major competitions held in January, February and April.


November 29 and 30, December 1 and 2 • 9:00am-1:30pm
ages: Pre-school
registration: Month of October
registration fee: Free
location(s): Armory Park

Children are invited to come enter the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. Santa’s elves are on hand to lead children through several fun stops including a music room, arts and crafts, and a puppet show. The children will also have a chance to see Santa and take a group Christmas photo.

For more information, please call Allyson Austin at 843-740-5807.


ages: 8–12
registration: February 17 until maximum capacity (12 campers)
registration fee: $75
registration site: City Hall

Discover freshwater and saltwater fishing and much more! Enjoy learning about offshore and inshore fishing safety, become familiar with different types of rods, reels, baits and lures. Great field trips are planned for the participants to experience.

Camp session is offered from 8:30 am–4:00 pm, June 20-24. Each participant receives a colorful camp shirt and is required to wear this shirt on field trips. Space is Limited!

For more information, please call Allyson Austin at 843-740-5807.


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