Summer Fun, Near or Far!

With just a quick hop, skip, and jump summer will be underway in beautiful North Carolina. One of the trademarks of summer, for children, is memories made at camp and now is the time to get signed up! Don’t miss out on the many opportunities available to those living in the luxurious Ryan’s Crossing community. Whether attending local or miles away, summer camp is a must-do for every child!

For new campers, staying a bit closer to home may make more sense. With endless options just around the corner, the most difficult part may be deciding which camp to attend!

  • Chatham YMCA is host to a variety of summer camps from traditional day camps to sports camps to overnight camps. The traditional day camp includes swimming, snacks, and crafts. Sports-focused days will include basketball, soccer, flag football, and more. The Chatham YMCA’s Camp Kanata is minutes away from Pittsboro, in Wake Forest. This traditional overnight camp is filled with fun canoeing, waterslides, and more.
  • Camp Royall, located in Moncure, is dedicated to campers who prefer an autism-friendly environment. Campers participate in a wide range of activities such as swimming, boating, or crafts–all tailored to support individual needs.
  • Clapping Hands Farm is led by artists, craftspeople, and naturalists who provide rich experiences with a focus on hands-on activities. Each themed week offers unique opportunities such as ukulele lessons, learning to quilt, or even a week dedicated to writing and performing a musical
  • Chatham County Parks and Recreation has opened its registration doors for several summer day camp options. Dance camps, sports camps, and wellness camps are just a few of the activities offered just around the corner from the Ryan’s Crossing community.

Has your child already found their love for long-distance exploration? There are many amazing overnight camps local to North Carolina!

  • Green River Preserve takes campers to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a focus on environmental education and outdoor activities. Located within over 3,000 acres, this camp champions the individual as participants learn about themselves and the natural beauty that surrounds them. From fly-fishing to rock climbing to boating, there is never a dull day at Green River Preserve.
  • Camp Illahee, in Brevard, is an overnight camp that has been welcoming girls since 1921. Here, friendships are formed that will last a lifetime as campers bond through a variety of activities. Open-air cabins are nestled in a heavenly setting and the challenges of the “outside world” are forgotten almost immediately.
  • Camp Easterseals UCP is an overnight camp near Roanoke, Virginia for children and adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities. This camp has opened doors for those who may not do well at traditional camps as its staff is trained to work with those living with differences. All activities are designed for accessibility and enjoyment.
  • The YMCA is host to camps on both sides of the state:
    • Its famed coastal camps are among the most popular for children near and far. Camp Seafarer (girls) and Camp Sea Gull (boys) rank high as participants build self-confidence and leadership skills. Campers will learn sailing techniques, including the ultimate accomplishment: taking a Sunfish out on their own.
    • Head west to Camp Cheerio and two epic opportunities! Camp Cheerio’s traditional “campus” sits on 135 acres of rolling mountain land and offers over thirty-five activities such as archery, fishing, or horseback riding. Cheerio on the New River answers the call for high adventurers with nearly two dozen adrenaline-boosting activities such as mountain biking, orienteering, or tree climbing.

For many, summer camp was a pinnacle of childhood providing memories and stories that are accessed frequently. For the lucky residents of Ryan’s Crossing, a gorgeous new home community in Pittsboro, NC, summer camp options are endless. Whether your campers prefer to stay local or pack an overnight bag, now is the time to reserve a spot at summer camp!

Relocating to North Carolina this summer? Visit Ryan’s Crossing to find the perfect, custom-built, brand-new home!


Water safety is so important and should always be included when making summer plans, especially in the Ryan’s Crossing area which is blessed with pools, ponds, and lakes. Basic swim lessons are a must-do, even if your family does not typically spend time on the water.

  • British Swim School of Durham offers private, semi-private, or group lessons for all age groups (including adults!)
  • The Farm at UNC is a favorite stop for waterbugs, many of whom learned to swim here before joining its summer swim team. With three large pools, there is plenty of room to relax at The Farm and you’ll always be steps away from a quick cool-off.
  • YMCA has been teaching swimmers for decades! With nearly two dozen locations in the Triangle area (including Chatham YMCA), taking lessons has never been more convenient.

No matter where the summer takes your family and friends, make sure each adventurer has confidence in the water!