This camp is for campers who are comfortable and know the game of chess — not for beginners — and want to take their play to the next level!
Do you have a passion for debate? A love of lacrosse? Do you dig archaeology?
Summits — Durham Academy Summer's camps for ages 8–14 — are deep dives allowing campers focused experience in a specific area. From mechanical engineering and baking to basketball and jewelry-making, we have a Summit to suit every camper. These programs are led by DA faculty and experts from the broader community.
DA Summer 2024
Week 1: June 10–14
Week 2: June 17–21
June 19 (Juneteenth) is optional.
Week 3: June 24–28
Closed: July 1–5
Week 4: July 8–12
Week 5: July 15–19
Week 6: July 22–26
Week 7: July 29–Aug. 2
|Before Care (optional)
|Snack & break
|11:30 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
|Lunch & Play
|Hill Learning Center campers transition to Hill (if applicable)
|Clean Up, Pack Up and Transition to Car Line or Afternoon Enrichments
|Car Line Begins
|Afternoon Enrichments (if added on)
|Aftercare (if added on)
This camp is for experienced and competitive tennis players who want expert strategy and drills to take their game to the next level.
An immersive experience where players of all genders can grow as athletes, connect with fellow teammates, and deepen their passion for the game.
Participants in the Archaeology Adventures Institute work alongside professional archaeologists in Morganton, N.C., to uncover the buried remains of the 16th-century Native American village of Joara and the ill-fated Fort San Juan.
Program a robot to follow a track all by itself! Learn important design techniques for integrating software and hardware, such as the use of voltage dividers to create sensors and how pulse width modulation can be used to control motor speed.
A vibrant space for artists of all ages to explore, experiment and express themselves through a variety of artistic mediums.
In this “glam” program for all genders, students gain knowledge of the fashion industry and develop skills in branding, marketing, fashion journalism and design.
Unleash your inner chef as you explore the fundamentals of cooking in a fun and interactive environment.
Join us for a dynamic experience filled with skill development, strategy sessions, and the camaraderie that makes baseball a beloved sport.
This camp is the perfect launchpad for budding basketball enthusiasts eager to learn the ropes of the game.
Design and construct towers, bridges, and cantilevers. Explore the forces of tension, compression, torsion, bending, and shear.
The thrill of strategy, friendly competition and the joy of gameplay come together for a week of fun-filled entertainment.
Learn the principles of the human body and explore the senses of vision, hearing, and touch (plus a secret sixth sense).
Build your own $100,000 stock portfolio and trade stocks like Apple, Nike or Amazon with a cool investing simulation tool.
Design and build an electronic musical instrument that can be played with just a wave of your hand.
Spirit, teamwork and energy come together to create an unforgettable experience for cheerleaders of all skill levels!
Campers will learn basic concepts of chemistry, such as atoms, molecules and states of matter.
We create an environment where the basics are presented, and those with more interest in this type of development can go as far as they like. The more knowledge you have, the easier playing becomes.
Strategic minds come together for a week of intense chess competition, skill-building and a celebration of the game's rich heritage.
What is DNA, really, and how does it make me “ME” and not a chimp or a squirrel or a pine tree, for that matter?
Learn nutritional literacy through food preparation, activities, food history and the best part — eating!
This camp — led by a former captain of DA Upper School's robotics team, DARC SIDE — is an introduction into the world of robotics and FIRST.
Design parachutes, launch water bottle rockets, and learn about Newton and his laws of motion.
Discover the exciting world of electrical engineering! Experiment with static electricity, create electromagnets, and build your own batteries.
Learn about the sport of fencing in a fun camp sure to inspire future Olympians.
Join us for a week of field hockey training, strategy sessions, and friendly competition in a supportive and dynamic environment.
Experiment with acids and bases and learn how to make a pH indicator out of household ingredients. Make invisible ink, create bubbles, and explore the amazing properties of polymers.
Learn the basics of the game, participate in drills and compete against other campers. Great for any skill level and ability.
Each day will include games, scrimmaging, skill enhancement, and college basketball film breakdown.
Join us for an exciting and empowering week of training, strategy sessions, and friendly competition in both field hockey and lacrosse.
This camp is for the player who has learned tennis and wants to develop skills to advance their game.
Have you ever wondered how an engine works? In this class, you’ll completely take apart a lawn mower engine and put it back together again (the right way).
Discover the incredible world of mechanisms and motion! Learn about levers, gear trains, flywheels, linkages, robotics, and more.
Art in different media such as fiber and textiles is an exciting form of fine art because it involves the fun and challenging process of combining the various art mediums we know about.
Students act as CEOs for leading companies and work in groups to make strategic recommendations to address real business issues.
Young chefs embark on a thrilling culinary adventure inspired by the popular "Chopped" competition!
It's not just a culinary experience — it's a journey into the enchanting world of baking where every creation is a spellbinding masterpiece.
In this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world.
Conceptualization, level design, graphics, sounds and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore.
Design roller coasters, catapults, and zip lines. Explore gravity, buoyancy, energy, work, and friction.
Our summer curriculum was organized around three themes— algebraic problem solving, the visualization of mathematics, and making connections between representations and ideas.
Customize your own Minecraft world and mod the classic game in this one-of-a-kind class. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods.
Students select a food truck theme, design menus, estimate expenses, determine prices and develop financial projections.
Set your financial goals, develop a budget from scratch, shop for a credit card and calculate the monthly cost of your dream car.
Our pickleball pros are proud to “serve” beginner and intermediate players.
In Durham Academy Summer’s Pop Star Performers Camp, we will be learning, rehearsing and performing a mash-up of the campers’ favorite pop songs!
Join us for a week filled with dynamic choreography, freestyle sessions and the celebration of hip-hop culture.
Want to learn the world's fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, YouTube and the CIA?
Join the staff of your very own newspaper, and develop time management and writing skills as you learn “who, what, when, where and why.”