Special Programs

Watauga County Parks and Recreation offers several special programs for Watauga County residents throughout the year.  The following are programs currently scheduled.

Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is a fundraising event for Watauga County's Special Olympics.  The plunge is promoted and organized with local law enforcement agencies.  The Polar Plunge is the only time to legally jump into Appalachian State University's Duck Pond!  "Plungers" pay $25 to jump and are encouraged to find sponsors for their jump.  Prizes are given for the Most Extreme Costume, Top Fundraising Group and Top Fundraising Individual.  All plungers will receive Polar Plunge beach towels. 

Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp is a 7-week day camp program for children ages 5 - 13 (children must have completed kindergarten).  The camp is centrally located at Watauga High School.  Camp is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.  This structured camp provides themed weeks with activities, field trips, arts, and games related to the week's theme.  In addition to activities around campus and the weekly field trip, campers also go the Watauga Community Recreation Center once each week.  Campers pay a per week registration fee.  Space is limited.  Registration began May 2, 2022 and currently has a waitlist. No Refunds

Fun In the Sun Camp

Fun in the Sun Camp is a 7 week day camp program for children between the ages of 5 & 13 AND must be a rising 1st - 7th Grader. Camp is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm and is located at Hardin Park for weeks 1-6 and located at the Watauga Community Recreation Center for week 7. This camp starts June 20th and goes until August 12th. This structured camp provides activities, field trips, arts, and games. In addition to activities around campus and the weekly field trip, campers also go the Watauga Community Recreation Center once each week.  Campers pay a per week registration fee.  Registration began May 2, 2022. No Refunds

Teen Extreme Camp

Teen Extreme Camp is a 5-week day camp for rising 7th through rising 9th graders. Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm and is located at  the Watauga Community Recreation Center.  Camp starts June 27th and goes through July 29th. This camp provides activities for teens to engage in field trips, arts, and games. In addition to activities around campus and the weekly field trip teens also go swimming at the Watauga Community Recreation Center once each week.  Campers pay a per week registration fee. Space is limited. Registration began May 2, 2022 and is open until filled. No Refunds

Extreme Dance Camp

Extreme Dance Camp is a 1-week camp during the summer for girls and boys ages 6 - 14.  The camp focuses on clogging, hip-hop and cheerleading.  The camp meets at Watauga High School and is open from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  The campers perform in special end-of-camp program.  No Refunds