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Camp Clayton 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 5/25/21

When Can I Register?

  • Clayton Residents may register for Camp on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Non-Residents may register for Camp on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

How Can I Register?

  • You can register online HERE or in-person at the Clayton Community Center Front Desk, 715 Amelia Church Road.
  • Please note that over the phone registrations will not be accepted.

What Is The Registration Deadline?

  • The deadline to register for Camp Clayton is Friday, May 21, 2021.

What are the Camp Clayton Dates and Times this year?

  • Camp Clayton will run Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for 8 weeks. The first day of camp is Monday, June 7 and the last day is Friday, August 6.

How Much Does Camp Cost? 

  • For Clayton Residents, the weekly cost to attend Camp Clayton is $120 per camper. For Non-Residents, the weekly cost is $180 per camper. There will be no deposit or registration fee collected in 2021. 

What is the Payment Schedule?

  • Payment is Due In Full at the time of registration. 

What is Camp Clayton doing to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus?

  • All Town of Clayton Parks and Recreation programs and camps are following the most current and up-to-date North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service COVID-19 requirements, CDC recommendations and Town of Clayton safety procedures. 
  • Camp Clayton has adopted updated cleaning, social distancing, symptom monitoring, contact tracing, and sanitizing procedures. 
  • Participants will be placed in groups of 20 campers or less. Per safety guidelines, groups will not mix during camp day. 
  • Facial mask policies will follow the latest safety recommendations. Currently, masks are mandatory and must be worn by all Camp staff, campers, and anyone utilizing the camp facilities.

What happens if my camper, another camper, or staff member contracts COVID-19?

  • Camp Clayton will follow the most current and up-to-date guidance released by the CDC and NCDHHS. With the dynamic nature of this pandemic and virus, this information is subject to change and will be updated as soon as possible. Please be patient with us as we updates at the same time you do!  
  • In the event that a current Camp Clayton camper or staff has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, camp will close for 24 hours and all areas of the facility will be sanitized. The Town of Clayton Human Resource Department and the Johnston County Public Health Department will also be notified. Contact tracing will be led by the Town’s Safety Office. 
  • Exposed participants will quarantine for at least 14 consecutive days and will not be admitted back to Camp Clayton until they have received handwritten notice from the pediatrician. 

What’s New with Camp Clayton this summer?

  • Smaller overall camp size and the use of a new facility to promote group social distancing
  • New Game Room at the Clayton Community Center with pool, air hockey, foosball, and carpetball 
  • Giant outdoor fans to beat the summer heat and make outdoor playtime more comfortable
  • Disc golf baskets in the back field for those wanting to try a new sport
  • Brand new weekly themes and assemblies
  • Easier registration, payment, and document submission through RecDesk registration software. Please be sure to set up your RecDesk account HERE or contact the Clayton Community Center Front Desk to reset your account password. 

Are there any half-day camp alternatives to Camp Clayton?

  • YES! The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is planning several fun, special interest camp programs this summer. Most are half-day camps that will focus on programs such as Tennis, Nature, Art, Pottery, Theater, and STEM.

What is the Refund Policy for Camp Clayton?

  • 100% refunds will be granted if requested prior to the deadline of Friday, May 28, 2021. 
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing to swoods@TownOfClaytonNC.org
  • Refunds will not be given for missed days, vacations, sickness, or any other unplanned emergencies.
  • In the event that there is a COVID-19 outbreak through Camp Clayton in which the facility needs to be temporarily closed, prorated refunds will be given. 

What is the Town of Clayton Tax Identification Number?

  • The Camp Clayton Tax ID is 56-6001203.

What does my camper need to bring to camp every day?

  • Campers must bring multiple face masks, a backpack, a lunch, two snacks, a refillable water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes for indoor and outdoor play 
  • A towel and swimsuit will be needed on Water Day
  • Sunscreen may be packed and used but campers must be able to put it on themselves 
  • An extra set of clothing for accidents, spills, and messes 
  • Please make sure ALL belongings are clearly marked and labeled 
  • Campers will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave. Do not bring money (cash, coin) for vending machines. 
  • This is a device free camp. Please leave toys, electronics, and technology at home
  • The Town of Clayton is not responsible for lost or damaged items/money/electronics/etc 

Are there discounts available to families?

  • At this time, we do not offer discounts. Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Will the campers be divided into groups by age?

  • Yes! Campers will be placed into groups by age. This allows for all campers to participate in appropriately paced activities with similarly aged peers. Additionally, Camp Clayton will utilize both the Clayton Community Center and the Clayton Middle School to house the groups. 

Where do the campers get dropped off and picked up each day?

  • At the Clayton Community Center, drop off and pick up will be directly in front of the building. Look for the A-frame, check-in table and Camp staff.

  • Please have your laminated Drop Off/Pick Up Number clearly visible in the windshield to limit contact and touchpoints.

  • A staff member will be overseeing drop off from 7:30-9:00 a.m. If you arrive after this time, you will need to park and walk your child inside and check in with the Camp Director.

  • A staff member will be overseeing pick up from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Late fees will apply if your camper(s) is not picked up by 6:00 p.m.

  • Only those indicated as an Authorized Pick-Up Person on camp FlexForms will be allowed to sign-out the camper(s). Bring a photo ID for pick up and drop off.

What are the qualifications and trainings for the summer camp staff?

  • We follow the standards set by the American Camp Association for Camp staff screening and training. 
  • Camp staff are at least 16 years of age. 
  • All camp staff are CPR, First Aid, and AED certified. 
  • All camp staff are thoroughly background checked and drug screened. 
  • All camp staff attend 20 hours of mandatory training on various topics including: camp policies, safety training, facilitating games, behavior management, and learning how to successfully work with children of varying ages and abilities. 

What can I do if Camp Clayton fills up?
Here are your options:

  • You may put your child(ren) on the Camp Clayton waitlist. While there is no guarantee that a spot will become available, it doesn’t hurt to place your camper on the waitlist as some participants drop out of camp prior to the Monday, May 17, 2021 deadline. If your child is selected off the waitlist, you will be contacted via email and phone by the Recreation Program Coordinator. You will have 24 hours following notification to complete the registration process and make payment in full before the next participant on the waitlist is contacted. 
  • You may enroll your camper into a half-day Specialty Camp with the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department. Registration for Residents begins on Monday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. Registration for Non-Residents begins on Monday, April 26 at 8:00 a.m. 
  • You may seek an alternative camp experience with another local resource. 

What are the weekly themes and assemblies this summer? 


Time Travelers Welcome! This summer, step into our time machine for the ultimate exploration experience. We'll adventure through world history, stepping into a new and immersive time period each week, with diversions ranging from active to artistic. The past has so much to teach us, and our future is bright!

1 DINOSAUR DETOUR Dino-Mite Walk Thru Jurassic Park
2 PARTY AT THE PYRAMIDS Hello Mummy! Walk Like An Egyptian
3 KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE Knights, Wizards and Dragons Quest for the Royal Goblet
4 THE OREGON TRAIL Pioneering Spirit River Crossing
6 DYNASTIES OF CHINA Let?s Get Down To Business Great Wall of China
7 ANCIENT GREECE It?s All Greek To Me Olympic Games
8 FUTURISTIC FUN Aliens vs. Robots To Infinity and Beyond


Keeping Everyone Safe and Healthy: COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

Maintaining the health and safety of our campers and staff is more than a goal; it’s a core value of our summer camp program. Clayton Parks and Recreation is committed to following rigorous, data-driven COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Working together with our parents/guardians, we will take every precaution necessary to ensure a safe, healthy summer!

  • CPRD will provide contact tracing at all camp locations. Campers will be assigned to cohort pods of 20 campers, not to interact amongst groups. Due to varied weekly camp attendance, pod groupings are subject to change from week to week, although our goal is to keep groupings as consistent as possible. Siblings, if assigned to different pods, must remain with their assigned group. No exceptions will be made. 
  • All campers and staff will be required to wear a face mask inside the Clayton Community Center and the Clayton Middle School. Campers must keep their face mask on during outside play when physical distancing is not feasible. 
  • CPRD will increase staff awareness of communicable disease procedures through required training offerings and enhanced procedures. All camps will put a communicable disease action plan into place. Training will include, but is not limited to, health and safety procedures, what and how to clean/disinfect/sanitize, daily health self-assessment for staff and campers, general communicable disease information, camper health/symptom assessment and use of PPE.
  • Staff will engage in enhanced cleaning efforts during the camp day.
  • During lunch/snack, campers will eat with their pod. Each camper will wash their hands before and after eating. Weather permitting, campers will eat their lunch/snack outside “picnic-style” to encourage physical distancing while masks are off. 
  • Campers will be asked to wash hands at scheduled times during the day. Hand sanitizer will be readily available and used frequently during camp hours. Camps will prominently display educational content, proper hygiene posters, and child-friendly hand washing instructions.
  • Staff will monitor their pod of children looking for signs of illness and will notify the appropriate personnel if a child develops a constant cough, shortness of breath or appears to have a fever.
  • Staff will monitor coughing and sneezing and will be trained to require campers to immediately wash hands if caught doing so. Additionally, staff will work to educate participants to cough and sneeze into their elbows.

COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies implemented by the Camp Clayton are subject to change based upon current guidance from public health officials.

Additional Questions?

For questions concerning Camp Clayton, please contact Stephanie Woods, Recreation Program Coordinator at 919-553-1550 ext: 3 or email swoods@TownOfClaytonNC.org

For questions concerning Specialty Camps, please contact Joni Hubble-Zeneberg, Recreation Program Coordinator at 919-553-1550 ext: 2 or email jzeneberg@TownOfClaytonNC.org 

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