Durham Academy Summer Programs 


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Durham Academy aims to prepare children for a mission-driven life in which they engage in their community as happy, moral and productive citizens. At Durham Academy Summer Programs, we work to continue that mission throughout the summer and welcome children from all over our community to join in a partnership that makes us stronger and more connected.

Durham Academy Summer Programs strives to help children to find daily inspiration, feel celebrated for who they are and be supported by those around them. We aim to inspire our campers to be their best selves, explore new interests, make new friends and give them space to discover the people they are growing into. We celebrate the diversity of children’s life experiences and backgrounds and work to help them feel a sense of pride in those things that make them who they are. Finally, our staff works tirelessly to support our campers during their time here to help them feel safe, accomplish their goals and have a great time while they are with us.

Summer is a time of fun, exploration, creativity, learning and adventure for our kids and staff. We strive to provide a personal and positive experience for all of our campers and help them discover the magic of camp. Our staff members are excited to share their interests and passions in a setting that allows room for exploration and input from campers.

We hope that your family will join us this summer to celebrate the wonder of camp at Durham Academy Summer Programs!


Dan Gilson, Summer Programs Director and Extended Day Director

Thanks for selecting us as a Best of the Triangle finalist for
2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015! 



Summer Programs 2019
  • Week 1: June 10–14
  • Week 2: June 17–21
  • Week 3: June 24–28
  • Week 4: July 1–3
  • Week 5: July 8–12
  • Week 6: July 15–19
  • Week 7: July 22–26

Summer Programs Contacts

Dan Gilson
Summer Programs Director


Jennifer Thornton
Assistant Summer Programs Director



William Edwards
Assistant Summer Programs Director



Zakia VanHoose
Volunteer Coordinator & Before and After Care Coordinator


Casey Williams
Office Assistant


An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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