Families will hopefully have an easier time this year registering their children for Raleigh’s summer camps.
Registration begins March 5 for the city’s 169 summer camps, which include everything from arts and crafts to computer coding.
Parents often scramble to secure coveted spots in the camps, and an online rush last year stalled the city’s website. Raleigh processed more than 11,500 registrations the first day, many in the early-morning hours. Some people were kicked off the site, and some families lost their seats in their preferred camps.
To avoid those problems this year, Raleigh will stagger registration over four days, based on camp locations. The start time each day is an hour later, at 6:30 a.m.
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Last year’s registration began in February. But Raleigh leaders said they wanted to wait a bit longer to allow families more time to figure out which camps they’re interested in attending.
Here are things you should know before you register:
▪ If you’re new to Raleigh’s online system, go to parks.raleighnc.gov, select “Register on RecLink” and select “Create New Account”
▪ Make sure you can log in to your RecLink account before March 5.
▪ To register for summer camps, go to parks.raleighnc.gov, select “Register on RecLink,” then“Login,” then enter your ID and PIN. If you’re unsure about your account information, select “forgot login ID or PIN.”
▪ Review the camps that you’re interested in and write down the bar code, camp name, location and corresponding day. Be sure to have a backup in case your camp is full so you don’t have to scramble to find something else.
If you need help during the registration process, contact the Recreation Business Office at email@example.com or call 919-996-4800. RecLink support is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-996-2153.
The city mailed a brochure of camps, costs and locations plus a card explaining the registration changes to people who registered for a camp last year. The information is also available online and at parks and recreation spaces.
The camps range in cost from $30 a day for some traditional camps to more than $300 for specialized camps. For information about financial assistance, go to email@example.com or call 919-996-4839.
In-person registration is available starting March 26, and registration forms are available online or at the Recreation Business Office, located at 2401 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Families can register online for Raleigh’s summer camps from March 5-8. Registration is available for specific locations on certain days.
Monday, March 5: Optimist, Peach Road, Powell Drive, Pullen, City of Raleigh Museum, Ralph Campbell, Roberts Park, Sanderford Road, Sgt. Courtney T. Johnson. St. Monica Teen Center, Tarboro Road and Worthdale.
Tuesday, March 6: Lions Park, Marsh Creek, Method Road, Millbrook Exchange, Mordecai Historic Park, Hilburn Academy, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Ravenscroft School and Underwood Elementary.
Wednesday, March 7: Halifax, Hill Street Center, Jaycee, Lake Lynn and Laurel Hills.
Thursday, March 8: Abbotts Creek, Baileywick Park, Barwell Road, Biltmore Hills, Brentwood, Brier Creek, Carolina Pines, Chavis, Durant Nature Preserve, Eastgate, Glen Eden, Green Road, Greystone and John Chavis.