Summer Enrichment Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Summer Program which begins June 12, 2023.

Have fun, make friends, go on adventures, and sharpen your academic skills through the PCMDC’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).

Activities are centered on an overarching theme such as science, math, music, character education (how to be my best me), and global discovery. Participants play outside and help grow vegetables and flowers in the PCMDC’s garden as well as garden plots at Grace Episcopal Church and Francis Cove Church. Students enjoy crafts, music, and games as well as reading and math activities. Special programs vary from year to year but range from yoga to anti-bullying.

Annual activities include a soccer match and flag football game with the Waynesville Police Department and Haywood County Sheriff’s Department.

Field trips include a range of experiences such as:

  • Miller Farm to swim, ride horses and enjoy other activities;
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Museum in Atlanta or the Greensboro Civil Rights Museum, or the International Human Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta;
  • Green McAdoo Cultural Center, Clinton, Tennessee;
  • Schiele Museum, Gastonia, North Carolina;
  • Carowinds theme park;
  • Cherokee Indian Reservation for fun and educational activities;
  • Local venues, such as indoor and outdoor pools.

Breakfast, lunch, and a snack are served each day. In addition, PCMDC hosts two family dinners where camp families share a pot-luck dinner and receive updated program information and enjoy performances by the campers.

Who: Students who have completed kindergarten through high school.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on summer weekdays. Program generally begins the first full week after Haywood County school year ends and continues through the last full week before schools begin.

Cost: Begins at $550 per child and is a sliding scale. Scholarships may be available. Payment in full is due mid-way through the summer program. Parents or caregivers also are required to commit to 10 hours of volunteer service for PCMDC per child.

How to enroll: Call 828-452-7232 or visit the Pigeon Center to complete our application.

How to help: Counselors and interns assist with the SEP. PCMDC relies on volunteers to help with many things such as reading with the students, food preparation, cleaning, building, materials prep, organizing, setting up classrooms, and preparing the kitchen and pantry areas. Financial gifts very much welcome and can go to support scholarships for students whose family many not be able to cover the cost of enrollment.

Check out our How to Help page!