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Youth and Family Activities
Parents' Night Out
Parents' Night Out provides parents an opportunity to have a night out on the town or enjoy a quiet evening at home while their children enjoy a fun filled night at the ECU Student Recreation Center. Activities include games, wall climbing, and swimming at the SRC in addition to pizza, bowling, and video games at Mendenhall Student Center.  The registration deadline is the Thursday before each program date.  Early registration is strongly encouraged since this program fills up fast. This event is for children ages 5-12 and a maximum enrollment of 40 children will be maintained for each date.

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Summer Camps
Campus Recreation and Wellness offers two Youth Summer Camps.  Both camps are structured for a particular age group and offer a fun educational experience for your child.

  • Rec Junior Camp (Ages 5-8)
    Rec Junior features the use of ECU's world class Student Recreation Center while exploring the different subjects of the world! Campers will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities each week relating to the different themed weeks:
    • Swim (SRC pool)
    • Rock climb at the indoor Climbing Wall
    • Bowling (tentative)
    • Physical activities and games
    • Arts, crafts and experiments
    • Guest speakers and on-campus field trips
    • 1-2 off-campus field trips per week
    The off-campus field trips include taking trips within Pitt and its bordering counties to visit various museums, historical sites, canoeing adventures, water excursions, and more. Camp activities are designed to help each camper become more independent and enhance self-confidence in a fun, safe and active environment.
  • Recreation Nation Camp (Ages 8-12)
    Situated at East Carolina University and Recreation Nation Camp features its world class Student Recreation Center while exploring the many attractions of Eastern North Carolina centered on the theme week as well as having the opportunity to:
  • Swim (SRC pool and West Water Park)
  • Rock climb
  • Bowl
  • Participate in sports activities
  • Challenge course activities
  • Climb on the new alpine tower
  • Participate in activities and field trips centered on the camp’s themed week.

The field trips include taking trips to various museums, state parks, historical sites, athletic facilities, canoeing adventures, water excursions, and more. Camp activities are designed to help each camper become more independent and enhance self-confidence in a fun and safe learning environment.

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Youth Swim Lessons
Child swim lessons are available for ages 4 and up. The "tadpole" level is for children who have never had lessons and cannot put their face in water. These lessons are offered from 6:00pm - 6:30pm. The "fish" level is for children who can put their face in the water and have some arm/leg action, but little forward progress. The time for this level is from 6:45pm - 7:15pm The "dolphin" level is more advanced and for participants who have coordinated arm/leg action and can swim across the pool. These lessons are from 7:30pm - 8:00pm.

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Youth Summer Memberships
For more information about youth memberships to the Student Recreation Center, please contact Dena Olo at or (252) 328-6387.

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Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day is a day filled with activities for East Carolina Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni and their families on Paradise Beach at the North Recreational Complex. Activities include the zipline, sand volleyball, kayaking and canoeing, horseshoe, slip-n-slide, disc golf and much much more!

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Youth Climbing and/or Swimming Parties
The climbing wall and pool are open to be reserved for any number of occasions including birthday parties. A minimum number of 8 kids is required in order to reserve a specific facility. The cost is $10 per child. Please click on the link below to request a reservation for either the climbing wall or pool.

Party Request Form