Summer Camps

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department takes pride in offering summer camp opportunities to youth in our communities. All of our camps will keep your child engaged in a safe and fun environment that will have them wanting to come back for more. See the tabs below for opportunities available through the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. 

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, Dallas Park and Recreation camps will have limited spaces available and will only be open to Dallas residents.

Registration Information

This year the Dallas Park and Recreation Department will implement a new registration process. In an effort to keep campers and staff safe, our summer camp capacity limits have been reduced. Due to the reduced camp sizes, we expect demand to exceed capacity. In order to allow everyone interested in summer camp an equal opportunity at obtaining a spot, we will be conducting Summer Camp registration through a lottery system. Lottery registration will be open Saturday, May 1 - Friday May - 7th. There is not a fee to register for the lottery. You may register in person or online.


You may register in-person at the recreation center where you wish to attend summer camp. Hours of operation to register in person are listed below:
May 1st
 Saturday  9am - 1pm
May 3rd - May 6th
 Monday - Thursday
 10am - 8pm
 May 7th
Friday  2pm - 7pm

To register online, visit our Summer Camp registration page (link provided May 1st). Find the camp you would like to register for and enroll each camper individually.

If you have two (or more) members of your household that you want to enroll in the same camp, you may use the Lottery Friends option. Each household member must enroll individually and select the other as a Lottery Friend for this to take effect.

Once you have registered in the lottery, you will receive an Activity Sales Receipt via email that lists the lottery enrollment for each household member enrolled and the class details. It will be noted on your receipt that lottery enrollment does not guarantee a spot in the class.


On Monday, May 10th at 12pm, the lottery will be completed and the registration system will randomly place campers in camps. Once a location is full, all remaining campers will be placed in order on the wait list. As soon as the lottery is complete, the system will send a confirmation email to everyone who registered informing them of the status of their registration. Your status will either say "Enrolled" or "Waitlist #." If your status is enrolled, parents/guardians will have until Saturday, May 15th at 1:00pm to make your payment and confirm registration. After that time your spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist. If you applied for and were approved for a scholarship, your payment will automatically be applied.

If camps still have spots available after the lottery is completed and all waitlist enrollees have been given a chance to claim any open lottery spots, the camp will be opened to the public for regular enrollment on a first come, first served basis beginning Monday, May 17th. Summer camp registration will conclude once designated slots are filled. No additional campers will be added once camp has started.

Spaces are only open to Dallas residents.
  • May 1- May 7 - Lottery Registration Open
  • May 10 - Lottery Drawing
  • May 11 - May 15th - Lottery winners complete registration
  • May 16 - Waitlist individuals notified of placement
  • May 17- If space is still available, registration will open until filled.
Program Benefits
Our camps provide opportunities for children to disconnect from technology and become more physically active. Campers experience success and become more confident by participating in team and individual activities and develop a life skill and interest in something they had little to no experience in. In addition, our campers become more independent by learning to do things on their own all while improving their social skills and making lasting friendships.
  1. Rec Center Summer Camps
  2. Teen Camps
  3. Send a Kid to Camp (SAKTC)
  4. CDBG Summer Camps
Dallas Park and Recreation department offers nine weeks of day camps at 41 recreation centers throughout the City of Dallas for youth ages 5 to 12.  Children must be 5 years of age as of 9/1/2020. Your child will be engaged in a structured and safe environment that will keep them active and learning while having fun. 


Your child will be engaged in a variety of physical and educational activities. Activities include arts and craft classes, sports clinics, fitness sessions, cultural and enrichment classes, games, and much more. (Due to COVID-19 precautions, campers will not go on field trips this summer.)

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Our summer camps start dates will vary based on the school district that aligns with the Recreation Center. Recreation Centers that align with Dallas Independent School District will begin on Monday, June 21st, 2021 and will run through Friday, August 13th, 2021. Recreation Centers that align with other neighboring school districts will begin on Monday, June 7th, 2021 and will run through July, 30th, 2021. We will not have camp Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day. Camp hours are 7:30am - 5:30pm. Children are encouraged to  bring their own lunch, however, many sites offer lunch and snack daily. For specific information regarding cost, and other details, contact your local recreation center.