Have fun, make friends, go on adventures, and sharpen your academic skills through the Pigeon Center’s summer enrichment program.
Kids who have completed kindergarten through ninth-grade can take part in the program held weekdays during the summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Activities are centered on an overarching theme such as science, math and music; how to be my best me (character education), or global discovery. Participants play outside and help grow vegetables and flowers in the center’s garden and their garden plots at Grace Episcopal Church and Francis Cove Church. They enjoy crafts, music and games, as well as reading and math activities. Special programs range from yoga to anti-bullying.
Annual activities include a soccer match and flag football with the Waynesville Police Department and Haywood County Sheriff’s Department.
Field trips include a range of experiences:
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;
Local venues, such as indoor and outdoor pools;
Cherokee Indian Reservation for fun and educational activities.
Breakfast, lunch and a snack are served each day. In addition, the center 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 ninth grade. When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on summer weekdays. Program generally begins the first full week after Haywood County Schools ends and continues through the last full week before schools begin. Cost: $450 per child for the summer, multiple student discounts possible. 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: Applications can be picked up at the center starting Jan. 1 of each year. The program can serve about 65 participants so students are enrolled on a first-come basis. How to help: Counselors and interns assist with the summer enrichment program. Volunteers help students with reading Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and may assist with food preparation. Volunteers also help with the center’s summer projects including cleaning, building, materials prep, organizing and setting up classrooms, or preparing kitchen and pantry areas.