Camper forms may be mailed to PO Box 308, Columbus NC, 28782, emailed to, or dropped off in person to the Recreation Department.


The Summer Day Camp starts the second week day after the last day of Polk County Schools. It operates from 7:00-6:00 Monday through Friday. We provide a fun-filled, active, and educational experience for children ages 4 - 14. Children must be 4 before the beginning of day camp and must have been in a preschool/school setting prior to attendance. Trips to Roper Mountain Science Center, KidSenses Children's Museum, and the Pisgah National Forest are just a few of the field trips offered weekly. Every Monday afternoon, children are bused to Gibson Park Pool for swimming fun.

Below is the fee structure for 2017. Payments must be made on Monday each week of Day Camp. You must pay for a minimum of three days, even if fewer days are attended.

# of Days

1 Child

2 Children

3 Children

4 Children
















Sample Daily Schedule:

7:00-9:00 Free Time/Campers Arrive
9:00-9:30 Morning Snack
9:30-11:00 Group Games
11:00-12:00 Lunch
12:00-3:00 Swim Time
3:00-3:30 Afternoon Snack
3:30-5:00 Crafts/Group Games/Enrichment
5:00-6:00 Free Time/Campers Depart


Archived Field Trips

Photo   Harmon field

Frequently Asked Questions...

Do I need to pay before Day Camp starts?
No, payments are due the Monday of each week of Day Camp. There is, however, a one time application fee of $20 that must be received in advance.

Can the cousins from Georgia go to day camp when they visit us?
Yes! As long they have submitted an application and have paid, any child is welcome.

Is there an extra fee for special trips?
Generally, yes. We try to keep the cost to a minimum. Typically, it is less than $8 per child.

What do I need to bring with my child to camp?
A Rubbermaid-type box with your child's name is useful to hold swimming gear, lunches, snacks, and crafts made throughout the day. Your child should bring one lunch and two snacks every day to camp, unless otherwise indicated. Sunscreen is required for the pool, and bug spray can come in handy, as well. If your child is younger, an extra set of clothes is helpful for accidents that may occur.

How do I sign up for the field trips?
Field trip sign ups will be on a clip board next to the sign in sheet in the lobby. The sign up sheet will be posted about one week before the trip.

Can I drop off or pick up my child anytime?
Yes, but please let us know if you plan to drop off at times other than between 7 and 9am and/or pick up before 4pm, as we may be out at the pool or otherwise away from Stearns.

Where is Stearns Gym?
It is in downtown Columbus, behind the old Stearns School on N. Peak St. Here is a map...

Where is Gibson Park Pool?
It is in Columbus on Park St. Here is a map...