Summer Programs

Our Summer Program’s goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment while offering opportunities for personal and social growth, exploration, and fun for all children ages three to fifteen. We promote a relaxed, easy-going, and friendly place for students in our community and the public. We offer a full-day summer program from early June through August. You may register for individual weeks or multiple weeks at a time.

Summers at TDS give children the opportunity to learn a new craft or hobby, enhance and develop existing skills, travel to local places, and make new friends.

We are committed to maintain a staff who are talented, passionate, and experienced working with children. Our staff consists of experts, artists, and educators from TDS and other local schools and programs. We also strive to create partnerships with local businesses who offer fun, exceptional, and creative opportunities for our students.

Our hope is that your child leaves TDS feeling happy and full of great memories. For questions regarding our Summer Program, please contact me with any questions.


Melissa Cabrera
Director of Summer Programs
Director of Technology

2019 Registration Information

Mission & Values


We provide a safe, fun, and memorable summer experience for our students.  We foster a love of learning and a confidence to explore strengths and passions while also guiding our students to lead a life of purpose.


  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Resilience

Basic Information

We offer eight weeks of a variety of week-long programs including, but not limited to, nature-based adventures, arts, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), literacy, cooking/baking, games, sports, and more!

Our staff is comprised of passionate and talented local artists, experienced teachers, and college students with teaching experience from the Triangle area.

Camp Hours:

Regular camp hours are from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Before-Care is available from 8:00 am – 9:00 am.
After-Care is available from 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm.

* We have a 15 minute drop off and pick up time for the camp. Drop off time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and pick up time will be from 3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Lunch Policy:

Lunch at TDS is healthy and social!  When the weather cooperates, all camps eat outside at designated picnic tables. Students must bring a lunch from home.  TDS encourages families to provide nutritious lunches for their child(ren). In addition to lunch, students should also bring snacks and a drink in a seal-able bottle.

The second half of lunchtime includes outdoor play and games.  Students can choose to participate in organized sport games, enjoy the playground equipment, read a book, or sit back and talk with friends.  Recess is supervised by teachers.

The variety of activities that takes place during lunch affords students the opportunity to establish connections to other students with similar interests.  This sense of belonging helps students build confidence.  TDS strives to develop independent learners who can self-advocate.  Even during lunchtime, we are working towards this goal!

Tentative Daily Schedule:

Ages 3-6 Workshops

9:00 – 9:20 Morning Gathering (Gym drop-off)
9:20 – 9:45 Workshop Activities
9:45 – 10:00 Snack
10:00 – 10:30 Outdoor Play
10:30-12:00 Workshop Activities
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:15 Rest Time
1:15-2:00 Outdoor Play
2:00-3:00 Workshop Activites
3:00-3:15 Dismissal

Ages 5-12 Workshops

9:00 – 9:20 Morning Gathering (Gym drop-off)
9:20 – 10:15 Workshop Activities
10:15 – 10:30 Snack
10:30 – 11:00 Outdoor Play
11:00 – 12:00 Workshop Activities
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 Outdoor Play
1:15 – 3:00 Workshop Activities
3:00 – 3:15 Dismissal


Workshop Tuition

Ages 3-12
Before February 15th: $270
After February 15th: $285
* LCB Technology camps: + $15 Supply Fee
Ages 13-15
CIT Program
Before February 15th: $50
After February 15th: $60


$10 off  for each friend you refer.

Multiple Children Discount:
First child – full tuition,
All other children – 10% off (must be enrolled in the same week(s) as first child).

Spring Promotion:
Sign up with friends, each receives 10% off the registered week.

Before / After Care Rates

8:00 am – 9:00 am: $30/week
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: $35/week
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm: $60/week
8:00 am – 6:00 pm: $75/week
* Drop-in: $10/hour

Cancellation & Changes Policy

At the time of registration, you will be required to pay at least 20% of the camp tuition and the registration fee as a deposit. This deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel your registration before May 31st, TDS will refund the tuition amount minus the initial deposit. You must request this cancellation in writing before May 31st. After May 31st, no refunds will be given and full payment is due. This policy does not apply to Before or After Care (full refunds will be given if cancelled the week prior to your registered week.)


Withdrawal from a camp may not be transferred to a sibling or applied to a program offered outside of the current summer season.

Low Enrollment

TDS reserves the right to cancel any camp based on low enrollment or other circumstances. If TDS cancels a program in which your child is enrolled, you will be offered a 100% refund or credit toward another camp.

TDS reserves the right to substitute instructors, add or remove activities, and to alter camp schedules as necessary. Refunds, in full or part, will not be made as a result of program change or modification.

Changes: Adding, Switching, and more!

Once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to make changes to the application on your end. If you need to make any changes to your child’s application, you will need to submit these changes in writing to

Changes may include:
Adding or removing Before and/or After Care
Switching, canceling, or adding Camps
Student Contact or Medical Information
Any other questions or concerns about your child’s application, please contact Melissa at the above email address

Counselor-In-Training Program

Our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is for students ages 13-15 seeking to gain leadership training and experience. CIT participants will work closely with a leadership instructor who will guide and facilitate the CIT’s experience through problem solving activities and role playing. During this training, CITs will contribute to daily meetings and discussions about challenges and successes throughout their CIT experience working with students and a teacher. CIT participants will also learn important leadership techniques and skills relating to communication, goal setting, teamwork, and problem solving. In addition to leadership training, as part of our full day camp, CITs will experience the various educational and recreational opportunities through field trips depending on their assigned workshop and instructor. At the end of each week, CITs will receive an evaluation from the Summer Program staff about the trainee’s noticeable strengths and areas of improvement throughout the week.

Please see above for information about the summer schedule, rates, and discounts. If you have any other questions about the CIT program, please email TDS Summer Programs.



Internship Program

Interns will be working closely with teachers and students within the workshops. This program is designed for 16 year olds and up to work with experienced teachers assisting them in the classroom, activities, and field trips for their assigned workshop. Interns will be required to provide in-class support which may require dedicated time spent with specific students to facilitate the projects and activities.  Your job is to motivate and encourage the students in order to provide a fun and memorable experience for them, the teacher, and yourself.

This program is a great opportunity for you to gain the necessary skills to become a responsible and reliable member of the community with a strong work ethic. Although, this is an unpaid internship, keep in mind that the benefits of this program are incredible, and you will be able to add this experience to your resume in addition to receiving a letter of recommendation, if needed. Please submit a cover letter and a resume to .

Interns are also welcome to apply for our paid Before and After Care positions (limited spaces).