PCC Registering Children for Explore Summer Camps

Campers learning how to kayak on the Tar River.

WINTERVILLE—Though a chilly start to spring may have pushed aside thoughts of summer for the time being, Pitt Community College wants to make sure parents know registration for this year’s Explore Summer Camps is underway.

Designed for youngsters ages six to 18 years old, the camps cover a wide range of interests, including music, science, computers, art and health care. Costs, start dates and capacities vary, and registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

PCC Explore Camp Coordinator Lisa Webb says the college is “anticipating another big year of participation.”

“Our lineup of STEM camps is always popular, and we’ve added a number of new options this year, including Bruiser’s Automotive Institute and Camp Newspaper,” Webb said. “We’ve also added a couple of academic, but definitely still fun, camps in Mathletics Marathon and Typing Triumphs, based on parent feedback.”

For youngsters who enjoy the outdoors, Webb says there are camps on BMX riding, kayaking and SUP Yoga – a combination of yoga and stand-up paddleboarding. Children who love the arts, she said, can sign up for camps on drawing, ceramics, digital music creation, drama and literature, while kids who enjoy working with computers have many options, including programming, 3D game design and coding.

“Not only are our Explore camps educational, they give children opportunities to meet and interact with other kids from the community who share their interests,” Webb said. “A lot of the camps are career-related, too, so they teach youngsters about jobs and the skills and training needed to perform them.”

Webb says the camps allow kids to maintain their regular school routine during the summer while enjoying dynamic classroom experiences. “The camps offer participants opportunities to learn brand new subjects and to brush up on areas they went over during the school year – and they’ll have a blast doing so,” she said.

Webb says that for the very first time, this summer’s camp lineup also includes STEAM: KinderCamps for youngsters between the ages of three and five years old. They will take place on Pitt’s main campus in the Education and Child Development Program’s new model preschool classroom.

Each KinderCamp features science, technology, engineering, arts and math instruction. They also emphasize relationships, social and emotional learning, and social competence.

More information on KinderCamps is available by contacting Melissa Rees, chair of PCC’s Education and Child Development Department, at mdrees975@my.pittcc.edu.

Along with locations throughout campus, Explore camps will take place at various Pitt County locations. Webb says all camps will be led by knowledgeable instructors, including Pitt County Schools teachers, PCC faculty and respected professionals from the community.

“The tremendous excitement our instructors have for their camps is contagious and filters through to campers,” she said. “All of them have many years of experience in their respective fields and a passion for teaching America’s youth about the trades they love.”

The first round of Explore Camps begins June 10 with “Camp Scrubs,” which will give participants a chance to learn about health care careers and earn Basic Life Support CPR certification. Most camps will take place in June and July, though there are several in August.

Camp fees range from $50 to $190 and include a T-shirt. They are nonrefundable, unless a camp is cancelled by the college.

Registration deadlines vary, and PCC reserves the right to change camp instructors and cancel any camp prior to its first meeting due to limited enrollment. In the event of a cancellation, parents will be notified and fees refunded.

Webb said parents and/or guardians are responsible for providing their children with transportation to and from camps, regardless of program location. She said students are expected to arrive 15-20 minutes before camps begin and should be promptly picked up once they have ended.

Participants must provide their own meals and may not leave their respective camps for lunch, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Parents must contact Webb at (252) 493-7317 or lawebb292@my.pittcc.edu to submit completed camp registration forms and payment. They may also reach out to PCC’s Melany Ball at (252) 493-7854 or mdball522@my.pittcc.edu.