Camp Discovery

Summer camp for 2023 has wrapped. Please stay tuned for updates on the upcoming 2024 Camp Discovery season!

Campers will enjoy a fun-filled summer of nature-based games, activities, crafts, and more. The goal of our camp program is to foster appreciation and love for the environment through hands-on learning experiences.

What is included with camp?

Each day of camp is filled with fun, high-energy activities, take-home crafts, and games. A camp t-shirt, as well as two snacks each day for full-day camp and one snack for half-day camp is included. Our goal is to send your child home excited about the next day, messy from outdoor exploring, and most importantly, happy. 

What is your age policy?

Campers must be the age listed in the description by the first day of camp. Please make sure that your child is registered for the appropriate camp. Camp activities for each week are specifically designed for the age that is listed. There are no exceptions and false registrations will be canceled and fees will be refunded, minus the nonrefundable deposit.

What is your cancellation policy?

The Elizabethan Gardens reserves the right to cancel or change programs at any time due to weather conditions, safety, or changing COVID-19 policies. If the Gardens cancels a program, we will contact parents/guardians and issue a refund, minus the non-refundable deposit. If a program needs to be canceled by the Gardens, staff will do their best to contact parents/guardians a week in advance of camp start date.

Cancellation requests must be received no later than one-week prior to the first day of camp to receive a full refund. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. To cancel please contact Laura Hensley, Programs Manager, (252) 473-3234 ex. 102 or email Cancelations after the one-week deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Membership fees are non-refundable.

How much is camp?

Week-long Camps

$200 per child, per week +tax

Single, Full-Day Camps

$70.00 per child, per day +tax

Half-day camps

$50.00 per child, per day +tax

There is a $100 non-refundable deposit for all full-day camps and $30 deposit for single full-day and half-day camps, due at the time of registration. Final payment is due no later than one-week prior to camp start date. Registrations and any payments made after the one-week deadline will not be accepted. Once paperwork and deposits are received, staff will email a confirmation, final payment amount, and due date.

How do I register my child and is there a waitlist?

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limited number of spaces in camp, and we highly recommend that you register well in advance. Registration for camp ends one-week before the first day of camp. Your child’s space in camp is not fully reserved until all paperwork and final payment has been received. If camp is full, we will add you to a waitlist for that week and contact you when a spot has opened.

Garden Members at the following levels may register their child early for camp: Azalea, Magnolia, and Oak Circle.

You can register your child(ren) by contacting staff at the Elizabethan Gardens and submitting all required paperwork in the registration packet along with deposit. To receive the registration packet, please fill out the information below or contact Laura Hensley, Programs Manager, at (252) 473-3234, ex. 102 or email

What should my child bring to camp?

For your child to fully enjoy their time with us and for safety we require each child have the following items:

  • You are responsible for providing lunch for your child every day of camp. TEG will provide two small snacks each day for full-day camps and one snack for half-day camps; however, we do not provide lunch. We have refrigeration at TEG, but no way to heat items.
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen- You are responsible for supplying sunscreen appropriate for camper and applying the first layer of sunscreen on child before drop-off. Camp staff will take every measure to assist your child in reapplying sunscreen when necessary. For added protection we recommend your child bring a hat.
  • Appropriate clothing. Camp activities can be messy. Please send your child to camp in clothing that is comfortable, durable, and you do not mind getting wet or dirty. We recommend bringing a rain jacket as well- We play, rain or shine!
  • Close-toed shoes with a back that are durable for walking, playing, and getting wet. Flip-flops or dress-shoes are not permitted at camp.
  • Needed medications or supplies. Please indicate what items your child requires on the Medical Information Form.
  • Optional: Insect repellant
  • Optional: We recommend that your child have a swimsuit, towel, or change of clothes with them at camp. There will be water activities and other messy play while at camp.
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